Category Archives: Homeowner Tips

To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist

Spring is in the air and dust bunnies are under your refrigerator March can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather, but no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside your window, it’s natural to crave a fresh start this time of year. The first official day of spring is March 20, so usher […]

6 Ways to Cut Costs This Winter

These hot tips will help you keep your budget on track (without a total spending freeze). The winter months can be expensive. Beyond holiday shopping, they often encompass travel, big meals, unexpected splurges, and large energy bills. Here are some ways to lower those costs as the temperature drops. READ MORE

10 Christmas Tree Alternatives

No Room for a Christmas Tree? Even if you love Christmas, that doesn’t mean you love stuffing a huge, bushy, needle-shedding evergreen into your home. Perhaps you just lack the space, or the patience, to hang a bazillion ornaments. Consider these creative alternatives to a traditional tree—they’ll provide the same ambiance without the major upkeep. […]

10 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home For Winter

Cozy Up Your Own Nest As the days get shorter and shorter it’s too dark to go for an early-evening walk and the hours until bedtime seem to stretch out before us. Here are some ways to enjoy this time by cozying up in your house for the coming cold months — without spending any […]

Make Over a Room in a Day

20 Easy Home Decorating Ideas With the first snow of the year expected this weekend, you may be trapped inside for a bit.  Make use of your time inside and try some of these decorating ideas.  A little wallpaper, paint, and or colorful accents could make such a big difference in your home. READ MORE

How To Enjoy Conflict-Free Holiday Visits

Modern Manners for Conflict-Free Family Visits Where are you supposed to have Grandma sleep when you don’t have a guest room? Who controls the thermostat? Who gets the first shower? And do you have to let your brother bring his dog? Having family come to stay can be both easier (you know what to expect) […]

How to Prepare Your Garden For Winter

Before the snow starts to fall, this is what you should be doing in your garden. Crisp air, burnt orange leaves, pumpkin spice lattes – we are in the thick of autumn, which puts winter right around the corner. That means it’s time to put finish up your fall planting and start preparing your garden […]

10 Things You Must Do Around The House This Fall

Get your home in shape before the real cold weather comes.   Autumn is a great time for football, hot apple cider — and preparing your home for the cold weather. While temperatures are still relatively warm and the ground is not yet covered with snow, take advantage of fall to complete some around-the-house projects. […]

Stress-Free Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving Day Guide from Houzz Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? With so many details to coordinate, guests to host and dishes to cook, having a plan will save headaches and pave the way for a beautiful feast you can really feel grateful for. This breakdown of just what to do and when, from […]

Things That Go Bump In The Night

No, It’s Not a Ghost… Probably You’re just about to drift off to sleep, when suddenly there’s that strange thumping again. Your mind goes wild with the possibilities. Could it be wind? An animal trapped in the walls? Or perhaps a ghost? Here’s a look at what you need to know in order to understand […]

Change of Season, Change of Scenery

Fall Into Fabrics It’s natural for a change of season to make you crave a change of scenery. Satisfy your desire for a new look by swapping out your home’s fabric accents for fresh ones in rich autumnal tones. Bring harvest hues indoors with these pillows, throws and poufs from the Houzz Shop, and decorate […]

4 Tricks to Make a Tiny Bathroom Feel Huge

Design Tips For Tiny Bathrooms Making a minuscule bathroom appear practical, tidy, and even a tad stylish is pretty darn impossible, right? Wrong! If you focus on clever storage solutions and go bold with color and accents, you can create a space that’s both functional and stylish without breaking the bank. Or the commode, as […]

Fall Landscaping Tips

10 Things Landscapers Do to Their Yards Every Fall Just because winter is coming, it doesn’t mean the yard work’s done. House Beautiful asked a few pro landscapers to give them their to-do list, which you should steal and tackle between now and the end of November. READ MORE

5 Tips When Hiring A House Cleaner

Professional cleaning services are becoming increasingly popular for all of us, who simply can’t or don’t want to find time to clean our houses. This is no wonder, considering the fact that most of us spend years to find the ultimate work-life balance and extra help with home chores will always be more than welcome. […]

Make Holiday Guests Feel Welcome

Sarah Richardson’s 6 Essentials for Making Guests Feel Welcome As the holidays draw near, we prepare to gather with friends and family.  Designer Sarah Richardson’s new book, At Home: Sarah Style, is a room-by-room guide to creating a cozy space. Here are her essentials for making guests feel welcome. READ MORE