Here’s the One Room Where Home Staging Will Pay Off the Most

As most of us know, home staging can help sell a house—particularly in the living room, which has gotten a bad rap lately as a waste of space. The fact is, first impressions matter, and the living room is usually near the entry point for most homes. Reality check: This room may not be the … Continue reading Here’s the One Room Where Home Staging Will Pay Off the Most

Photo Flip: Behold These Bold Kitchen Backsplashes

The kitchen backsplash presents an opportunity to bring color, pattern and texture to your space, and plenty of designers on Houzz have maximized this surface area in their work. From graphic tiles to aged copper and dramatic quartz, the possibilities are many. Here are 62 standout kitchen backsplashes that you can use as inspiration for … Continue reading Photo Flip: Behold These Bold Kitchen Backsplashes

Planting in a Shady Area?

Here are 7 plants that thrive in part sun to shade.  They are easy to grow perennials, so there is no need to replant them yearly. Hydrangea ‘Bloomstruck’ This beautiful Hydrangea is the newest of the Endless Summer series in which they bloom on new growth.  With a light pruning after their first bloom cycle … Continue reading Planting in a Shady Area?

The Impact of Swimming Pools on Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Swimming Season Is Under Way, Are You Covered? Backyard swimming pools are a great place to spend time with friends and family during the hot summer months. And nothing helps beat the heat like taking a swim in your own backyard. But pool ownership also comes with responsibility. If the unexpected strikes, do you have … Continue reading The Impact of Swimming Pools on Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Half Table Console

INTRODUCTION Unless you want to do a lot of sawing, the likely candidate for this project will have an extending mechanism to accommodate a leaf. (Hint: Any damage or wear -- a missing corner block, a major crack -- drastically reduces table prices at flea markets.)   STEPS Simply unscrew the extension mechanism from the … Continue reading Half Table Console