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How to Unclog a Bathtub

Don’t let dirty water submerge your ankles for one more shower! Take these simple steps to a smooth drain<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Nothing interferes …

Housekeeping

Nobody wants your filthy house, and other tips for selling your home from the 'Property Brothers'

When it comes to getting the best price for your house, there might be no higher-profile experts than Drew and Jonathan Scott, the personable hosts of several HGTV series including the long-running "Property Brothers."<p>The 38-year-old twins started their real-estate ways while still in college, …

Landscaping

The 4 Rules of Beautiful Wood Floors

Follow these simple steps and you may never have to refinish them.<p>Everyone thinks wood floors are delicate and require special TLC, but nothing could be further from the truth. A polyurethane (not wax)-finished wood floor is a cinch to maintain, if you follow just a few easy guidelines.<p><b>Rule #1:</b></b> …

Marie Kondo’s illustrated guide to a home that sparks joy

An entranceway that sparks joy<p>As a self-proclaimed tidying freak, I can tell the state of a person’s closets the instant I set foot in the doorway. One client’s front entranceway was jammed with shoes and a bundle of newspapers ready for recycle. Keys, gloves, and delivery forms were strewn …

Minimalism

A daughter's fight for home after reverse mortgage

Lisa Lajoie has been trying to buy the 1,400-square-foot home in Brockton, Mass., where she grew up, ever since her mother, Aline Lajoie, died 17 months ago.<p>Lisa Lajoie, who is 46, asserts that she has been approved three times for a new loan to purchase the home where she lived with her mother, …

Buy the least expensive house in the most expensive neighbourhood

BE PICKY WHEN HOUSE SHOPPING Typically we like to buy quality when we shop which included shopping for our home. This is why we scoured every …

Housing

7 Styling Secrets to Steal From a Home Stager

They're pros at tricking the eye — whether you're selling your house or not.<p>As a designer and home stager to the stars, Meridith Baer has helped A-listers like Madonna and Brooklyn Decker sell their houses. While she often has the luxury of a large budget to work with, Baer notes that it takes more …

The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Upgrades You Can Make

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend …

Home Improvement

How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom Mold

If you’ve never experienced bathroom mold, perhaps you aren’t looking deep enough into the corners of your bathroom.<p>It’s one of the most common …

Home Improvement

Strange Home Quirks – and How to (Finally!) Make Them Go Away

It makes the strangest sounds. The water smells funky. The lights flicker.<p>You didn’t notice any of this when you first bought your house, but now, …

Home Improvement

6 Cleaning Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Stuff

Even innocuous products like dish soap can lead to big (and expensive) problems if you use it for the wrong task.<p>Even innocuous products like dish soap can lead to big (and expensive) problems if you use it for the wrong task.

Design

Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget - Consumer Reports

Forman's kitchen before the remodel <br>Photo: Houlihan Lawrence<p>Adrian Forman’s last kitchen had professional appliances, a marble floor, and a tile …

Home Improvement

The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

A maid isn't needed, just some better habits.<p><b>1. They put away their clothes every night.</b>When you're changing into your pajamas, it might be tempting to just toss your clothes on a chair or even on the floor, but don't fall prey to that lazy trap. It takes a couple of seconds to put them in your …

Best Renovations for Your Home

Are you ready to sell your current home, but want the biggest bang from your investment? Fortunately, there are a number of renovations that …

Which Is Better — an Open Kitchen or a Closed Kitchen?

Lately we’ve noticed chatter on some of our favorite idea sites, including Pinterest and Houzz, debating whether it’s better to have a kitchen that’s …

Kitchens

The Most Popular Flowers for Each Month in Summer

These blooms are the eye candy you'll spy all season long.<p>We asked Christine Noelle, BloomNation florist and owner/creative director of Chicago's Dilly Lily, which blooms people just love to see in their bouquets during warm-weather season.

10 Things You Can Toss Without Thinking Twice

No, that stockpile of hangers will never come in handy.<p>We get it: Getting rid of your stuff is <i>hard</i>. Not only does it take time and effort, but then there are so many emotional connections to contend with, too. But some things are so trivial, they're not worth saving. So if you crave more space, but …

9 Kitchen Trends That Can’t Go Wrong

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in …

Kitchens

6 Mistakes You Make When Making Your Bed

A few key fixes can make a difference.<p>Making your bed certainly isn't rocket science, but the difference between a messy display and an especially smooth (and super-inviting) mattress is actually all in the details.<p><b>1. You lay your top sheet pattern-up.</b><p>Placing it pattern-side down is actually the …

Sewing

10 Cheap Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

Little details go a long way.<p>1. Update hardware.<p>Hardware can completely change the look of a piece of furniture and it can do the same for your cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet pulls for an new unique look that instantly updates your entire space.<p>2. Use lighter colors.<p>A light color on the walls …

STOP! Before You Clean With Vinegar, Read This

This kitchen staple is handy around the house — just not in these spots.<p>We're huge fans of having vinegar in our cleaning arsenal. It's great at lifting stains, freshening laundry, cleaning windows, and much more. Plus, it's inexpensive and all-natural. But vinegar is also acidic, which means that …

Vinegar

10 Genius New Uses for Dish Soap

It helps with so much more than just cleaning greasy pots and pans.<p>Dish detergent might be a sink-side staple, but its cleaning power is incredibly helpful all over the house. Because the liquid is mild, it's often a great choice over harsher chemicals (plus, we bet you've got an ever-ready …

13 Dangerous Household Items You Should Quit Using Immediately

Common items in your home that are putting you at risk.<p>There are many unknown dangers around our home, most of which we have no control over. In a world of "going green" it's hard to tell which products produce a threat to your health and which are simply natural alternatives. Here's a list of …

Bette Midler's Rules for a Successful Hollywood Marriage

Six weeks after they met, Bette Midler and Martin Von Haselberg tied the knot – at a 2 a.m., $45 ceremony in Las Vegas.<p>But don’t laugh: This Dec. 16 …

1 Sofa, 6 Different Looks

One sofa, six different styles.<p>Want an instant makeover? No need to redo the entire living room. Just add a decorative pillow (or three). Check out these decorating ideas from designers who share their tips on arranging throw pillows.

The 10 Decorating Mistakes Everyone Needs To Make

...On your way to discovering your best style<p><b>1. The Looks-Great, Feels-Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture</b>The decor world equivalent of the Stiletto heel: Beautiful, but oh-so-impractical. It ultimately taught you that no matter how good-looking something is, if you can't sit/walk/relax on it, it's …

How to Hang Pictures Like a Pro

Take these tips from illustrations to your own home.<p>Take these decorator-sourced tips from illustrations to your own home.

Quick Tip #32: How to Smooth Clothing Wrinkles Without an Iron

Hang your garment on a hanger in an open area (shower rods and the tops of door frames work well). Fill a <b>SPRAY BOTTLE</b> with <b>TAP WATER</b>. (Important: Make …

Tap Water