The Psychology of Interior Design

Home design can have a powerful influence on your mood, productivity level and overall outlook on life. Understanding a few highlights of design psychology will help you create a comfortable ambience in your home. Tap into natural light. Research has shown that mood and energy levels are directly affected by the amount of natural light we…

Living in Your House During a Remodel

Ownership provides many opportunities to transform a house into your home. When you finally prioritize that extensive remodel you’ve been dreaming of, you may find yourself living in the middle of a construction zone. Staying in your house during renovations isn’t easy, but with these tips, you can turn a potentially inconvenient experience into one…

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Use this fall home maintenance checklist to ensure your home is safe and ready for the change of seasons. Schedule all exterior home projects such as painting, deck staining or foundation repairs to be completed before cooler and potentially wetter weather arrives. Clean gutters of leaves and other debris to prevent blockage that could damage…

Tips and Tricks for Garage Reorganizing

Between sorting, repairing and reorganizing, cleaning out the garage can feel intimidating. Consider these ideas to help you tackle this big home project. No wasted space – The garage can quickly become a dumping ground for all those household odds and ends. With that in mind, consider taking your space vertical. Add shelving, tool racks, equipment…

3 Ways To Maintain Hardwood Floors

Keep your hardwood floors glowing like new with these simple tips. Stick to the basics. A simple solution of ½ cup white or apple cider vinegar mixed with a gallon of water is a natural and frugal way to make your hardwoods shine. Turn off the brushes. When vacuuming hardwoods, be sure to turn off the rotating…

Ways To Enhance Your Outdoor Space

If you’re looking forward to spending more time in your backyard this summer, you may need to tackle a few improvement projects to spruce up your space. Consider the following changes to help you make the most of the time you spend outside. Increase shade. Creating some shade in your outdoor space can make it more…

Make the Most of a Backyard Shed

Need a place to get away or pursue a hobby? A backyard shed can be a great solution. New prefabricated sheds as well as existing ones can be transformed into inviting spaces just steps from your back door. Use these five tips to turn your backyard shed into a place you may never want to…

4 Easy Projects That Add Value

You don’t have to take on an expensive renovation to add value to your home. Here are four simple projects you can tackle in a weekend to spruce up your home and make it more attractive to future buyers. Update your switch plates. Are your outlet covers and light switch plates getting dingy from age? Swap…

Maximizing Sunlight in Your House

Natural light adds warmth and beauty to a home, as well as providing a free mood booster. Here are four ways to maximize the amount of sunlight in your space. Choose lighter paint colors. Walls painted in creamy whites or light grays with a satin finish will brighten up a room and reflect more light. You…

Give Your Yard an Eco-Friendly Makeover

This Earth Day, take some time to appreciate nature all around you, including your own yard. Consider these steps you can take to live more sustainably and protect the environment at home. Plant Wisely Plant perennials (which bloom every year) rather than purchasing annual flowers each season. As much as possible, choose plants that are…