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  • 10 tips to save money, cut stress when buying or selling a home

    10 tips to save money, cut stress when buying or selling a home

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. As the weather heats up, so too does the real estate market. Spring and summer are typically busy seasons for buying and selling a home, and they can also be stressful due to high home prices and increased competition. “Buying or selling a...

  • 5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)

    5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Is it ever too early to think about aging in place, and making home improvements that will allow you to remain living in the same house well into your golden years? Homeowners in their 60s and 70s are no longer the only Americans investing...

  • A smarter way to buy a home

    A smarter way to buy a home

    Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddie Mac...

  • 5 tips to stay on top of yard work

    Cookouts, pool parties and bonfires are summer staples. But before the outdoor entertaining begins, it’s important to prepare yourself with the know-how to keep your yard in tip-top shape so you can enjoy all the season brings. Finding a balance between work and fun can be difficult. Luckily, there...

  • Want to catch homebuyers' eyes? Follow 5 easy steps to a lush lawn

    Want to catch homebuyers' eyes? Follow 5 easy steps to a lush lawn

    When it comes to selling a home there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home's interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it's the exterior of the home that often makes or breaks a sale. Curb appeal is necessary for that vital first impression. Much of...

  • 4 easy ways to make your yard an outdoor oasis this summer

    4 easy ways to make your yard an outdoor oasis this summer

    Summer is the season when your backyard takes center stage. As warm weather arrives, it’s time to head outdoors and create a beautiful and lush outdoor space that you can enjoy all season long. “It’s no secret that backyards are the best place to spend time with family and friends in the summer...

  • How to use color psychology to influence the mood of your home

    How to use color psychology to influence the mood of your home

    Looking to make a few changes around the house? A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference on the look of your home and how you feel living in it. But unless you’re a color expert, it’s hard to know what colors are best among the endless array of options. A great place to start is by understanding...

  • How to combat water damage in your walls and ceilings

    How to combat water damage in your walls and ceilings

    Ask any homeowner what they dread the most when it comes to home ownership, and it’s likely to involve some type of undetected water damage that could result in mold and mildew in their walls and ceilings — and the problems that follow. Most water damage in homes is associated with pipes and appliances,...

  • How to blend contrasting materials for high-impact design

    How to blend contrasting materials for high-impact design

    The melding of contrasting materials throughout the home is a sophisticated way to add visual interest and depth to your design. Bold finishes coupled with muted color tones create an eye-catching statement, while natural wood combined with cool metal boasts a stunning blend of nature and machinery....

  • Easy DIY projects to prepare your home for sale

    Easy DIY projects to prepare your home for sale

    If you're looking to sell your home quickly and for more money, CBS News recommends listing when the market begins to heat up in May. To accomplish these goals, it's essential to make popular areas of the house look appealing to potential buyers. Fortunately, with a little DIY effort, you don't...

  • Cool deck time fun in the summer sun: 3 tips to beat the heat

    Cool deck time fun in the summer sun: 3 tips to beat the heat

    During the winter months, many people eagerly anticipate the sunny days of summer. But, when summer rolls around, these same people are often busy looking for ways to cool off. Getting outside on the deck or porch is an ideal way to relax and escape stifling indoor heat for many Americans. To make...

  • 5 tips to keep your home secure from hackers

    5 tips to keep your home secure from hackers

    Times have changed. It’s no longer enough to protect your physical home, it’s also vital you stay safe from cybercrimes. It has become increasingly easier for criminals to gain access to financial accounts, email and even hack internet-connected devices in the home. The good news is that there are...

  • Black is the new black: Black makes a comeback as a major home improvement trend

    Black is the new black: Black makes a comeback as a major home improvement trend

    Grays, browns, taupes — after decades of neutral-colored shingles dominating entire neighborhoods, homeowners are turning to the dark side. Home improvement experts agree black roofs are making a comeback, offering a sleek alternative that boosts curb appeal and enhances design elements. Decades...

  • Fashion influences gardening trends for easy, eye-catching flowers

    Fashion influences gardening trends for easy, eye-catching flowers

    You're getting ready for the day and decide to wear a chic blouse paired with your skinny jeans from your favorite designer. You'll be feeling and looking good with minimal effort thanks to ready-to-wear fashion. In fashion circles, ready-to-wear clothing is what designers produce for shoppers to...

  • Selecting the right grout for beautiful tile floors

    Selecting the right grout for beautiful tile floors

    The visual appeal and functional design of a kitchen or bathroom starts with the floors, which make tile the perfect material for those surfaces. Tile is a logical option for kitchen and bathroom floors when you consider the wide array of sizes, styles, colors and textures available to match the...

  • Conquering closet chaos to killing bacteria: Spring cleaning tips with big impact

    Conquering closet chaos to killing bacteria: Spring cleaning tips with big impact

    The sunshine and blooms are sure signs spring is here to stay, and while Mother Nature may be tempting you to come outside and play, thousands of people are participating in an annual ritual inside the home: spring cleaning. It's time to open the windows, refresh your closets and eliminate the dust,...

  • 6 steps to grow a garden anywhere

    6 steps to grow a garden anywhere

    The benefits from gardening are endless — relaxation, fitness, family fun, delicious food and beautifying your lawn. Across the country, millions of people live in townhomes, apartments or single-family homes that seem to lack the outdoor space needed for a conventional garden. But the good news...

  • 5 bold trends to try this spring

    Spring is in full swing. If you’ve been waiting to make updates to your home, this is the perfect time for a refresh. Whether you’re looking to completely renovate a room or make small décor changes, Linda Crisolo, design expert and merchandising director at Art.com, helps navigate the boldest...

  • 3 super-simple ways to create a barefoot friendly backyard deck

    3 super-simple ways to create a barefoot friendly backyard deck

    When the sun is out and the sky is blue, your deck should be one of the most popular areas in your yard. But, if deck boards leave you with splinters or burned feet on hot summer days, there may be little incentive to spend time in your open-air getaway. The good news is this problem is easily...

  • 2017 Homebuyer Insights Report (Infographic)

    Younger buyers understand the long-term benefits of homeownership. In fact, millennials who have become homeowners are buying what they can afford now, and are planning to purchase their dream home in the future. Learn more about current trends among modern homebuyers in this infographic. Save Save

  • Tips for smoke alarm maintenance (Infographic)

    Having working smoke alarms in your home cuts the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. Follow these steps to help ensure your smoke alarms will sound in the event of a home fire. Save Save Save

  • Add living space to your home with an easy patio makeover

    Add living space to your home with an easy patio makeover

    Everyone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars. Now's the time to take advantage of a golden opportunity right outside your door. Celebrate summer and all it offers by recreating your outdoor space. Whether...

  • Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured

    Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured

    The U.S. has experienced significant shifts in the frequency, severity and locations of natural disasters — including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires — during the past decade. As a result, more than 800 emergency or disaster declarations were made in the U.S. from 2005–2015, according...

  • Transform your backyard with a paver patio

    Transform your backyard with a paver patio

    As the natural extension of a home's interior, making sure the backyard is an attractive and functional exterior space for entertaining family and friends is important to many homeowners. Described by some as an outdoor room, it requires as much thought, creativity and commitment to design a backyard...

  • Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential

    Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential

    Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It's above you, it's below you and in many cases you don't realize how much it can do for you. According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., "Americans have a staggering amount of untapped equity in their homes." How much? Altogether,...

  • Survey: African-Americans passionate about homeownership, but fewer own homes

    More than any other demographic group, African-Americans perceive homeownership as an integral component of the American Dream, and a way to build security and wealth for their families, according to a recent survey. The poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted on behalf of Wells Fargo, found that...

  • Your spring cleaning checklist (Infographic)

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  • Uniquely you hues: Decorating with your personality in mind

    Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products — such as...

  • Big-impact ideas for small patio spaces

    Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can't do much with the space due to its size? There's probably a lot more potential than you think. From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States....

  • Hardworking kitchens can still have style

    Years ago, the kitchen served a very utilitarian function — a place to prepare food and clean the dishes. Today, it's truly the nerve center of the house where people eat meals, discuss the day's events, plan calendars, do homework, check e-mail and entertain guests. With that increased demand on...

  • 3 ways to personalize your home's curb appeal with an eye-catching front door

    At its core, the desire to create a home with curb appeal is a desire to make a home uniquely one's own. After all, no matter how beautiful they are, rows of homes that look the same inherently fail to capture attention. Using personal touches, people want friends and family to know which home...

  • 3 ways to quickly and economically save big bucks on home heating and cooling costs

    What would you rather do: Pay your utility bill or take a much-deserved vacation? With an endless stream of bills each month, you might wonder where you can find the money to jet off to the beach or mountain resort of your dreams. Read on for the solution. The average U.S. household spends more...

  • Don't suffer the pain of high energy bills in your next home

    Do you cringe each month when your utility bill arrives in the mail? If high energy costs are getting you down, don't blame your electronic devices. Heating and cooling are the largest energy expense for most homes, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. If you dream of building a new, custom home,...

  • Spring into home fire safety

    As spring fever begins to take hold, it is important to seize the opportunity to do more than cleaning around your home. The change of the season marks the perfect time to evaluate your home’s fire safety quotient and make necessary updates to ensure you are prepared! Follow these three fire safety...

  • 3 ways to get your home spring ready

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Spring brings warmer weather and longer days. Many of us feel re-energized, ready to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. For homeowners, spring is a great time to think about areas of the home ripe for home improvement. Looking around...

  • Plumbing the possibilities: Kitchens, showers and baths highlight outdoor living spaces

    The trend toward outdoor living spaces that mimic the look, comfort, convenience and functionality of indoor spaces doesn’t have to stop at the backyard grilling station. A growing number of homeowners are exploring new additions to their outdoor spaces, including outdoor showers and powder rooms,...

  • How to get the best-looking lawn for your time and money

    If grubs overtake your lawn this spring, will you know how to get rid of them? Do you have the time and skill to effectively patch those ugly bare spots that developed over the winter? A lush lawn and beautiful landscape are on virtually every homeowner’s wish list, but a lack of time and knowledge...

  • Instilling garage logic in your kids

    It's a long-standing tradition performed at the workbench of American garages — passing garage logic to the next generation. From hammering that first nail to changing a car's oil, the garage is a living laboratory where parents teach their kids life lessons, self-reliance and problem-solving skills....

  • Top 6 home decorating trends

    If you’re planning to tackle a home decorating project this year, here are the top trends you should consider: 1. Marble wallpaper: A lot of the 2017 trends are about going back to classic styles, and it doesn’t get much more classic than marble. Few materials evoke high-end living as simply and...

  • How PMI can make your dream of home sweet home a reality

    In the 2017 housing market, those who choose to pursue the dream of owning a home face several important decisions, such as how much to put toward a down payment. Twenty percent down is typically recommended by most lenders. While 20 percent is not a requirement, paying less can have a big impact...

  • 5 mistakes to avoid when buying your first home

    Buying a home for the first time is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn about how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really won’t know the ins and outs until you actually sit down on the bicycle and start riding. Like most beginners, first-time...

  • Bring design to your home this spring with trending DIY projects

    Whether you're trying your first DIY project or you're a veteran DIYer, you might be browsing through Pinterest for ideas to help give your home a trendier look. PPG, maker of paint brands like Olympic, Glidden and PPG Paints, is here to help you tackle three of the latest trending projects in...

  • 7 often missed baby-proofing tips

    Most parents, or soon-to-be parents, are often aware of the obvious baby proofing checklist items: baby gates, electrical outlet covers, cabinet locks, sharp furniture corners, etc. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are a surprising number of "hidden"...

  • 5 simple projects to recreate your backyard

    Your focus changes during the warm weather months. Your backyard becomes your new living room and the most memorable evenings are spent outdoors with friends and loved ones. This is provided, of course, that you have the perfect space for such gatherings. If you don't, not to worry, the right project...

  • 5 projects to create the perfect outdoor kitchen

    The weather outside is beautiful, so naturally you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible — and that includes mealtime and even the time spent preparing your food. So, if your outdoor cooking station isn't quite master chef worthy, worry not. There are several easy, affordable projects...

  • Eliminate outdoor flaws with an attractive latticework fence

    Nearly 60 percent of homeowners are planning to spend money on home improvements in 2017 with outdoor living projects leading the way, according to a survey by LightStream, the national online lending division of SunTrust Banks, Inc. While there may be more popular and trendy outdoor projects,...

  • 5 tips to create an affordable and rewarding home DIY project

    When it comes to home improvement, DIY is more popular than ever. There’s just something satisfying about improving your home with your own two hands and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, day after day. However, home improvement projects can be expensive, and many people shy away from...

  • 4 design upgrades for a spring refresh

    With warm weather knocking at the door, it's time to rejuvenate your space and rid the home of winter clutter. While it may be the perfect time of year for a refresh, it can be challenging to find exciting new ways to decorate. With top design trends in mind, here are four simple solutions to spring...

  • Tips for choosing an energy-efficient, eco-friendly HVAC system

    The majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you're already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling system,...

  • 3 upgrades to help boost your home's energy efficiency

    With milder temperatures and longer days, it seems as though the last vestiges of winter are behind us. Yet, if you experienced high heating bills, or drafts and cold spots throughout your home, it could mean your home is not as energy efficient as it could be. Home improvement experts suggest...

  • Small nest egg, big dreams? Tips for buying your retirement home

    Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you'll stop working, how much you'll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you'll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they'll love and live in for all their golden years. In...

  • Spring home improvements you can do in 24 hours or less

    For most of us, the idea of spring cleaning probably sounds refreshing after a winter of bundling up against the cold. Now that spring has arrived, it’s finally time to get started! Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to take lots of time, and is a great way to leave you feeling reinvigorated after...

  • The lowdown on low down payment mortgage

    You would like to buy, but you can't manage that 20 percent down payment. Does this sound familiar? The down payment is the biggest impediment to buying a home according to surveys, but in reality many individuals can qualify for a mortgage with as little as 3 percent down. It is important to compare...

  • 7 home improvements to tackle before you move in

    You found the perfect home, so it's not surprising that you want to move in as quickly as possible. However, there are some projects that are best done when the house is still empty. So, consider completing the following seven items before the moving trucks arrive. * Painting. A fresh coat of paint...

  • 3 tips to make your bathroom remodel a breeze

    If you're thinking about remodeling your bathroom, you’re not alone. Bathrooms are the most common remodeling project people will undertake in 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders. So what's the best way to begin? Here are three expert tips to help you get started: 1. Identify...

  • 3 backyard projects you can tackle in a weekend

    Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, you want to be outside to enjoy it. Your backyard could be the perfect place to bask in the sun, entertain friends or indulge in your hobbies. It just needs a little sprucing up, and the right projects can help. Best of all, many of these projects are...

  • What would Americans do to make their move in 2017? (Infographic)

    Owners.com, an innovative online brokerage, recently commissioned a survey of consumers considering a home purchase in 2017. As real estate prices continue to increase and inventory remains low in some markets, the study found that consumers are making significant compromises to purchase a home....

  • Beauty and utility: Designing a functional, stylish home

    Spring is a time of renewal and home improvement. More and more, homeowners are looking for maximum practicality and durability from everything in their home. They won’t, however, sacrifice style and aesthetic to achieve it. Fortunately, home products continue to advance, be it waterproof technologies...

  • 4 hot, high-tech upgrades to give your bathroom over-the-top luxury

    Americans love luxury and technology, so it's no surprise that the two are meeting and thriving in one of our favorite places — the bathroom. Just as technology is transforming every other area of the house, inside and out, it's recreating our concept of what constitutes a luxurious bathroom. The...

  • Retaining walls create attractive outdoor seating options

    Humpty Dumpty had the right idea when he sat on a wall. Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are a popular solution for beautiful and durable outdoor seating — from freestanding walls that double as seating and two-tiered couches to large applications such as cost-effective amphitheater and stadium...

  • Top 6 design trends for 2017

    Now that 2017 is here, that means a whole new year lies ahead, with fresh ideas to come! What is going on in the design world this year? What's hot? What's trending in 2017? 1. Marble wallpaper A lot of the 2017 trends are about going back to classic styles, and it doesn't get much more classic than...

  • Home sellers: 6 last-minute cleaning tasks to do before every showing

    Real estate experts agree: dirt and clutter are the anti-staging elements that can send buyers running for the door before they ever think of making an offer. Prior to staging your home, invest some time in deep cleaning it, paying attention to everything from the front walk to the garbage disposal...

  • 5 spring DIY craft projects to make old stuff new again

    Spring isn't just the season to clean out old junk from your home, it's also the perfect time to tackle some DIY craft projects that repurpose household items and give them new life. Repurposing, or "upcycling," is one of the hottest trends in home decor and design for 2017, according to online...

  • Thoughtful home design: 4 tips to transform any small space

    During the 1950s, the average-sized American home was just around 1,700 square feet. Fast forward to today, and the average size has increased to about 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many Americans think the bigger the better, there is a growing trend of homeowners...

  • 6 surprising spots in the home you can transform with a wholesale club membership

    You may already know a wholesale club is a great place to buy groceries, but your membership in a club like BJ's Wholesale can also help you save money in virtually every room of the house, not just the kitchen and pantry. Here are six rooms in the house that a wholesale club membership can help...

  • How trending home colors achieve their 'hot' status each year

    You see it every year — a "hot" new color begins appearing on phone cases, walls, ceilings, furnishings and accessories. Soon, virtually everyone who's doing any kind of renovation or design work is incorporating that color into their project. Have you ever wondered how home color trends happen?...

  • Self-employed? Tips to help you navigate the mortgage process

    Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortgage. "Self-employment...

  • Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

    We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It’s easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water can be. In fact,...

  • Expand your outdoor living experience with a retaining wall

    There are many popular ways people chose to get the most out of their outdoor living space these days. They build a fireplace or a fire pit, install lighting or a water feature, add a paver patio or outdoor kitchen, or plant a garden or trees — the possibilities are limited only to a person's imagination...

  • Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows

    Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here's a hint: step outside. You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don't return 100 percent of their...

  • Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools

    DIY projects are surging in popularity right now and it’s easy to see why. A successful DIY project can fix a problem or make a much-needed improvement to your home, while also providing you with the satisfaction of a job well done. Best of all, it allows you to save money over hiring a professional...

  • Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave

    A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like. Some of the most-loved aspects of modern design — open,...

  • Open the door to design (Infographic)

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  • 4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility

    When you're ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it's no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a bathroom where...

  • Rearrange your backyard with a concrete fire table

    Fire pits and fireplaces continue to be among the top 10 most desirable residential landscape design features, according to the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects annually. When you consider that few things compare to gathering...

  • What you should know about rising interest rates

    Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it...

  • Six factors driving the cost of your new HVAC system

    More than half of homes in the U.S were built before 1980, according to U.S. Census figures. With most home heating and ventilation systems lasting around 20 years, millions of American homeowners will be looking at replacing their HVAC systems this year. If you’ll be among them, understanding...

  • Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements

    If you're planning to make some home improvements this year, you're probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates...

  • Trend alert: Wood planks warm up ceilings and walls

    For centuries, hardwood planks have been the ultimate material for residential floors. Combining exceptional durability with unrivalled good looks, oak, walnut, cherry or other solid-wood floorboards add value and beauty to any home they grace. But these days, handsome timber planking is not only...

  • How to safeguard your home this winter from ice dam formation

    The unpredictable winter weather can wreak havoc for millions of Americans across the country, leaving them cold and reaching to crank up the thermostat. Those living in areas where the temperatures can plummet to subzero, and snow and ice are a certainty, are all too familiar with what the season...

  • 6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help you sell your house faster

    Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you're selling your home, you'll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a seller...

  • 4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle

    Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities — a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Is it any wonder that association members report the average cost...

  • Plumbing the power of a powder room addition

    1Never underestimate the power of a powder room to make your home more livable and increase its resale value. Having more and nicer bathrooms consistently scores high in surveys on homeowners’ wish lists. What’s more, extra baths deliver more than just convenience; a National Association of Realtors...

  • Playroom upgrade: A wall-mount 'barn door' makes more room for fun

    With spring fast approaching and the kids at school, there's no better time to upgrade the playroom. Why not swap out a traditional swinging door for a playful chalkboard wall-mounted sliding door? Your little artists can draw for hours on the chalkboard, plus the sliding door can add up to 14 square...

  • This security system alerts you before something bad happens

    There's a distinctly unwelcome sentiment that every parent, no matter how vigilant, must experience once in a while. You might know it as, "that was close." It happens when your child's sense of adventure unexpectedly outpaces your vigilance. Stephanie Hinderks, a mother of two, remembers the exact...

  • 4 tips to save water in your home

    The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water every single day, 70 percent of which occurs indoors. Flushing the toilet, brushing your teeth and taking a long hot shower all add to the consumption of this valuable natural resource. So what can you do within your own home to reduce...

  • 5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

    The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you'll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less. Marvelous mirrors Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you're...

  • 5 tips to keep your home warm, cozy and protected this winter

    Winter is a harsh and cold season that can be terribly straining on homes, causing costly and inconvenient breakdowns, especially to plumbing and heating systems. Home experts recommend homeowners pay attention to the little things to avoid bigger problems from developing. Taking simple steps, such...

  • Hidden hazards to keep in mind this holiday season

    As we head into the holidays and winter months, it's important to ensure both your indoor and outdoor decorations are safe and securely assembled. These items are often overlooked around your home during the season and they can cause very serious hazards, including fires. U.S. fire departments...

  • Where there is a will - and more - there's peace of mind

    What's the state of your estate? Robert Fishbein, a vice president and corporate counsel in Prudential Financial's Tax Department, says now's a good time to find out. Changes in federal estate tax law have significantly increased the amount at which federal estate tax is triggered, says Fishbein....

  • Make a design statement with cypress

    As Americans design their dream homes, or plan the remodel of their existing ones, wood is once again becoming a prominent feature in their interior design schemes. One species in particular — cypress — is attracting the attention of both millennials in the suburbs and boomers along the shoreline....

  • 4 statement pieces to elevate your bathroom to a work of art

    Investing in a bathroom upgrade is in the cards for nearly a quarter of homeowners planning to renovate within the next 12 months, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. Improving a bathroom is rewarding on multiple levels; if you're selling, buyers love great bathrooms. If you're staying,...

  • 3 easy home improvement projects you can tackle right now

    During the milder months — like summer and fall — homeowners naturally tend to prioritize working on the exterior of their houses, because the weather is nice. But in the winter, we're more apt to tackle smaller home improvement projects inside. This seems like a no brainer, right? After all, no...

  • The evolution of kitchen design: Timeless tips through the decades

    As a reflection of the ever-changing American lifestyle, kitchens have evolved over the past 100 years from a space that was once viewed as a utilitarian work-room in the back of the house, to become the centerpiece of the home. While trends come and go, history has made its mark on kitchen design....

  • Bathroom decor ideas for less than $100

    When it comes to bathroom decor, tastes and preferences are as common and varied as wrinkles on elbows. A look that delights one homeowner may disgust another, but one trend suits everyone's taste: saving money. You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you...

  • Beyond the front door: The benefits of working with a mortgage banker

    So you've found your dream home. Before you start packing up, you'll need to make some big decisions first, like finding the right mortgage. Mortgage decisions can be overwhelming, especially if you try to do it on your own. Your neighborhood mortgage banker can help you navigate this process,...

  • 3 tips to protect your home this winter

    Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home's gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand...

  • 7 ways to bring the beauty of nature into your home

    There's nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can't spend as much time as we'd like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you...

  • New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017

    From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal. One of the most notable...

  • Bathroom renovations even the pickiest in-laws will love

    While the approach of the holidays has many people focused on gift lists and celebrations, you're thinking about the guest bathroom. More specifically, you're thinking about your mother-in-law's commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law's judgment of the archaic toilet that uses...

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