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Quick Tips for Designing an Outdoor Dining Space

Whether your home is a house in the suburbs or a high rise in the city, taking advantage of the outdoors is a great way to expand your livable space. If you are working with a large backyard, your ...


8 Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling

(TNS)--Here are eight helpful tips for safe snow shoveling courtesy of the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA). ...


Smarter Living: How to Automate Your Home

The home of the future doesn't just live in science fiction anymore. You can own it today. Better yet, it doesn't require thousands of dollars or long construction times. Home automation is available and affordable thanks to wireless Internet and smartphones. If you ...


3 Tax Mistakes Salaried Workers Make

(TNS)—Every year, salaried employees miss out on opportunities to improve their tax situation. As a result, they lose thousands of dollars in federal and state tax overpayments. ...


Your Place: To Seal or Not to Seal, That Is the Basement Question

(TNS)—Ernie Wyatt, who is from near Macon, Ga., sends the following question: ...


Consumers Feel Confident in January

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, improved moderately in January. The Index now stands at 98.1 (1985=100), up from 96.3 in December. The Present Situation Index was unchanged at 116.4, while the Expectations Index increased from 83.0 to 85.9 in January. ...


Save Space by Compacting Clutter, Opening Walls

As trends in living space transition downward, it could proportionately compound the amount of clutter stacking up on shelves, and in closets, basements and attics. So we turned to Greg Dodge whose recent post at designbasics.com reviewed "5 ...


How to Create a Modern Homestead

Did you know that Hilary Swank raises her own chickens from eggs? She’s not the only celebrity getting into modern homesteading: Julia Roberts composts her kitchen scraps and chicken poop while Oprah has a 12-acre organic garden in Maui. Even the White House has a vegetable garden thanks to Michelle ...


3 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Space

(TNS)—It’s easy to embrace all things new and fresh at the start of a year. Interiors are no different. ...


Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living ...


Your Place: Best to Tend to Pipes before They Freeze

(TNS)—Really cold weather waited for the new year to give us the shivers, a vivid reminder of this fact: ...


5 Home Improvements that Pay Off—and 5 that Don’t

Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. ...


Friends Who Join Forces See Homeowner Dreams Come True

(TNS)—A group of longtime Seattle pals is going from renting together to buying houses together, like a real-life sequel to the television sitcom “Friends.” ...


7 Important Home Renovation Tips You Might’ve Missed

New year, new you, right? Sure! If you’re like most people, the new year is chock-full of health- and wellness-related resolutions—but why stop there? Your home could use some improvements in the new year too. If a major home improvement is on your ...


What You Need to Know about Lead Poisoning

(TNS)—The recent news about high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply has raised concerns about lead poisoning in general. ...


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