Amy Lauria

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5 Ways to Landscape Around a Central Air Conditioning Unit

Having a central air conditioner is a beautiful thing. What's not so lovely is the eyesore of an outdoor compressor. But with some strategically …

10 bad habits that can cost homeowners in the long run

Every homeowner makes mistakes. The real trouble, however, starts when these blunders become habits that cost a lot of money over time. Some behaviors also create safety issues.<p>If you're guilty of these bad habits, break them — pronto.<p>Clogging pipes<p>Be mindful of what you're putting down your …

Home Improvement

The 4 Best Air Purifiers For Allergies

If you have allergies, you know the torture of trying to sleep at night in a dusty room. You live with a vacuum cleaner by your side and would pay …

Air Purifiers

Do Weighted Blankets for Adults Live Up to the Hype?

A weighted blanket offers “the feeling of hugging someone … without all the annoying hassles of having to be with a person,” comedian Whitney …

Fixer Upper's 5 Best Kitchen Renovations from All 4 Seasons

Four seasons into <i>Fixer Upper</i> (with Season Five coming soon!), Chip and Joanna Gaines are a force in the home-renovation industry, responsible for …

Underfloor heating – our essential guide to warming up your home

Discover everything you need to know about underfloor heating<p>As the weather cools, nothing beats the luxury of warmth underfoot – especially first …

High utility bills? Your thermostat might be on the wrong wall

You may be spending more on heating and cooling than you need to. Why? If your thermostat is in the wrong place it can raise your utility costs.<p>Proper thermostat placement can make your heating and cooling more energy efficient while still keeping you comfortable. Here's where to put it and …

Home Automation

How to Prevent Ice Dams From Damaging Your Home

This winter’s weather has created a perfect storm for ice dams. Heavy snowfall along much of the East Coast, followed by a period of extreme changes …

Mount a TV Like a Pro: Part 1

In my last blog I listed some essential tools for tackling various DIY custom install projects around the house. This time, we’ll put that toolkit to …

Home Improvement

The True History of the Orient Express

To most people the Orient Express is more an idea than a tangible entity. We are most familiar with its life in fiction and cinema: Hercule Poirot …

The Anxiety Detox: Train Your Mind For Relaxation

It's possible, honest.<p>A big cause of stress is feeling like you have to be permanently ‘on’ and when it comes to travelling for work, that pressure …

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Money can't buy happiness, right? Well, some researchers beg to differ. They say it depends on how you spend it.<p>A recent study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as a house cleaner, lawn care or grocery …

Personal Finance

Facebook may have to delete your embarrassing posts

Should social media users have the right to erase embarrassing posts from their teenage years?<p>The British government thinks so.<p>Draft U.K. legislation would allow individuals to ask for information posted on social media during childhood to be deleted. Platforms would then delete the posts, subject …

Hate yard work? 8 ways to achieve a smarter yard

Last April Fool’s Day, Google announced its latest product: the Google Gnome.<p>This “smart” lawn ornament was advertised as being capable of taking care of all of your yardly duties while you kicked back and relaxed with a cold drink.<p>Of course the gnome was just a prank — but the good news is there …

Smart Homes

Make a Bed Your Mom Would Be Proud of Using These 10 Tricks

Make your mama proud<p>No matter the outcome, it's a chore to make a bed. There are layers to smooth, shams to sort out, and duvet covers to wrestle over duvets before the task is done—and all before coffee! Blergh. But because a well-made bed is one of the loveliest things to look at (not to mention …

Home Decorating

Five ways to keep your house cool this summer

When the summer really heats up, even the most robust central air systems can fail without proper care.<p>Maintenance and careful upgrades reduce the chances your air conditioner won't quit in your hour of need. Keeping an eye on your home's HVAC health also lowers monthly energy bills plus could save …

How to Inspire a Group of People to Do the Impossible | Inc.com

It was Andrew Carnegie who said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."<p>When you want to motivate people to do amazing …

Motivation

Check Yourself: 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in July

The summer solstice has passed, July is upon us, and the temperature outside feels like the surface of the sun. We get it—manual labor around the …

There's Finally a Place to Binge-Watch Your Favorite HGTV Shows

Here's where to get your Fixer Upper fix.<p>•After Netflix dropped the networks from its lineup, you can now watch Travel Channel, HGTV, and food Network shows on Hulu.<p>• You can watch full seasons of shows like <i>Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives</i> and <i>Flip or Flop</i> without a cable subscription.<p>• JetBlue also …

The Right Type of Flooring for Every Room in Your Home

Wood wins the prize as America’s favorite hard-surface flooring type, outselling vinyl, porcelain tile, and every other ­option, according to …

Neural Network Merges Dinosaurs with Flowers, Fruit, and Other Lovely Things

Neural networks can play <i>Super Mario World</i>, draw terrifying almost realistic cats, and name some outrageous paint colors. As the learning computers …

6 Rules for Decorating Your Office Cubicle

6 Tips for Decorating Your Cubicle<p>Make It Your Own But Keep It Impersonal<p>Updated June 05, 2017<p>If you're like most of us, you spend a lot of time at …

The Prettiest Patios on the Internet & How to Get the Look — Patio Perfection

There are few things dreamier than sipping your morning coffee outside while reading a new book, or toasting the end of another work day with a glass …

Landscaping

This industrial crane turned home is actually quite nice

Thanks to some bonkers designers, the experience looks (and smells) way cuter than you’d think<p>Crane 29 began its life in the 1950s lifting and loading heavy containers off and on vessels below—just like any other cargo crane in Bristol Harbor. But as of now, its been transformed into something …

Is silence the next wellness luxury?

Back in the day, when your mom banned you from watching television and told you to go to your room to sit quietly in silence, it definitely wasn’t …

How to Cut Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Bathrooms are where we go to pamper ourselves, which explains why 36 percent of remodelers in our survey wish they had splurged on tubs and showers, …

If you want to sell your home for more money, these are the colors you should paint your walls

According to a new analysis by Zillow, paint color should definitely be a change you consider.<p>After analyzing more than 32,000 listing photos of homes that have sold across the US, Zillow came up with a list of the colors that performed the best.<p>For example, homes that are painted "greige," a shade …

The Dos and Don'ts of Potlucks

Pick up a few Potluck 101 tips so that you can have fun, try lots of dishes, and not kill anyone with food poisoning.<p>Potlucks are literally the best. …

Deadheading Garden Flowers

Deadheading is a gardening chore that must be done regularly throughout the growing season. Deadheading is nothing more than the removal of dead or …

This Ancient Japanese Healing Technique Relieves You of Stress and Anxiety in 5 Minutes

Stress is something all of us face in our daily lives. What if we told you were was an ancient Japanese technique for reducing your stress levels …