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50 Great Gadgets for a Smarter Home

Everyone loves the charm of a historical home—but the houses of yesteryear have nothing on today's for ease and convenience. Advancements in home …

All You Need to Know About Ceiling Fan Direction

Want to save money and energy with your ceiling fan all year long? Give this advice a spin!<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Since its invention in the late 19th …

Home Improvement

Seat Yourself: 11 Ways to Build Your Own Chair

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Design

21 Coffee Bars to Put Pep in Your Home Design

The explosion in popularity of single-serve coffeemakers like the Keurig has given rise to a new home design trend: the coffee bar. Making a cup of …

Coffee

10 Types of Wrenches Every DIYer Should Get to Know

A single wrench in your toolbox is a fine start, but if you're going to call yourself handy, you'll need to know when and how to use these hand tools.<p>…

Woodworking

How To: Clean Your Cleaning Tools

If you're like many homeowners, you make good on a regular cleaning schedule. So maybe you skip dusting once in a while, but your house is pretty …

Vacuums

The Mysterious Stories Behind 15 Old American Mansions

• Historic Homes & More ><br>• The Mysterious Stories Behind 15 Old American Mansions<p>Shop Products<p>Bob Vila 2X PER Week<p>The latest in news, tips, & inspiration …

Design

9 Unexpected Household Uses for Table Salt

It's an integral part of every meal, but ordinary table salt can do a lot more than add flavor to your food. From cleaning to winter maintenance, …

15 Old House Features We Were Wrong to Abandon

We were probably right to leave behind many hallmarks of yesterday's home, but it's time to reconsider these 15 once-popular details, not for their …

Houses

10 Creative Uses for Club Soda

Club soda, that bubbly constituent of cocktails and ice cream sodas, is made up of water, carbon dioxide, and minerals like sodium bicarbonate and …

Creativity

Kitchen Cures: The Perfect Solution for Every Unruly Drawer

No matter the size of your kitchen, there never seems to be enough storage space to fit the everyday wares and specialty gadgets. Soon, you find the …

9 Ways to Get on Board with Pegboard

Pegboard is a go-to choice for garage storage because its grid of predrilled holes holds a variety of hooks that neatly store tools and keep them …

Clean Faster with 8 Secrets from the Pros

You know the feeling: At the first sign of warm weather, the desire to clean house is at an all time high. However, for today's time-starved …

9 Little Tricks to Make Trash Day Less of a Chore

Taking out the trash is a routine we’re all too well acquainted with. But believe it or not, you can actually make trash day easier—perhaps even …

Hacking

How to Mix Grout

To ensure a great-looking, long-lasting tile job, get this all-important mortar blended just right.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Grout—the putty-like filler …

Baking

12 Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

A big kitchen renovation is one of the costliest (and most cost-effective) improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Can Do

Your microwave is amazing for many reasons: It speeds up cooking, it reheats your favorite leftovers—and let’s not forget about all that instant …

Hacking

11 Bathroom Hazards that Harm Your Home and Health

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Bathrooms

Solved! What to Do When the Washer Won't Spin

Clothes shouldn’t be sopping wet after a run in the washer. Repair your machine's spin cycle with these quick tips–and learn when to call the …

Consumer Reports

How to Get Wrinkles Out Without an Iron

Use this unexpectedly cool appliance hack on your wardrobe for wrinkle-free garments, all without having to haul out an ironing board.<p>Photo: …

Hacking

10 Crazy Gadgets That Cost More Than Your Mortgage

How much are you willing to pay to add an extra dose of utility, convenience, and luxury to your space? For those who can afford to splurge, the …

All You Need to Know About Stucco Homes

Not just for the southwest anymore, this distinctive exterior is catching on across the country. Find out if it’s right for your home.<p>Photo: …

Home Improvement

14 Tips for a Cozy Basement Bedroom

Say goodbye to the basement bedroom blues! You don’t have to settle for a dark and gloomy subterranean chamber. Through creative lighting techniques …

Interior Design

The 19 Most Photographed Homes in America

Whether you’re an avid shutterbug or simply an admirer of regal real estate, you’ll want to save space on your camera roll for these picture-perfect …

Frank Lloyd Wright

10 Easy Repairs Never to Pay Someone Else For

The joys of homeownership are many—as are the little everyday challenges. The occasional leak or break is bound to happen, but there's no reason why …

Home Improvement

13 Unusual Household Uses for Ice Cubes

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Beverages

10 Novel DIYs for a Better Bookshelf

Accumulated over time and filled with memories, your personal library is a lot like your circle of friends. So, to treat your favorite reads right, …

Home Decorating

Let It Go: 14 Things to Trash Without Thinking Twice

It’s a new year, which means it's time to get started on your home resolutions for 2016. The best place to start? Out with the old! While it can be …

Hacking

A Home You Both Love: 12 Solutions for Your Biggest Decor Disputes

If you’re cohabitating with your sweetheart, you’ve probably noticed some slight—or extremely major—differences in tastes and habits. Why let those …

Home Decorating

11 Clever Other Uses for Plastic Wrap

Certain household items are so commonplace that we scarcely notice them anymore. But it may be time to take another look at some everyday household …

Hacking