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Expert Advice: Three No-Fail Color Palettes for Walls, Ceiling, and Trim

Never underestimate the power of paint—a fresh coat goes a long way toward reframing a space without the time or commitment of a remodel. But …

Home Decorating

19 Healthiest Foods You Need to Give to Your Dog & What to Avoid

f you have a pet, you must always be concerned about your friend. You must have been so careful about the foods which are harmful and beneficial for …

We're Calling It: The Top Kitchen Paint Colors for 2018

One of my favorite new trends in design is the return of color to the kitchen. For the second year running, I'm taking a look at current color trends …

Interior Design

What you need to know about dog flu

This highly contagious illness can spread like wildfire. Here's how to keep your dog safe.<p>As animal experts around the country amplify their warnings …

Pets

Did you know these 4 Vegetables grows better in shades!

Some vegetables actually do better when grown in part shade, especially when it comes to leafy greens and root crops. As long as you have three or …

Genius dog takes herself sledding in delightful snow video

Sometimes we don’t deserve dogs. They’re so great.<p>While sledding is one of many fun activities for people to enjoy during a snow storm, it’s not too often that we see a dog get in on that action with no assistance.<p>Well, the 3-year-old Australian Shepherd named Secret isn’t a typical dog. She can go …

Pets

These 14 Sleek Solar Homes Do More Than Produce Power

Fewer college teams built homes to compete in this year’s Solar Decathlon, but their gee-whiz features might offer a surprising glimpse of the future.<p>They’re not simply places to live. They charge cars, grow food, collect water, and generate electricity during blackouts. These <i>Dwell</i>-like beauties …

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Get your own corner of the Web for less! Register a new .COM for just $9.99 for the first year and get everything you need to make your mark online — …

How often you should wash everything in your home, according to science

A cleaning guide for your inner germophobe.<p>Cleanliness can be somewhat subjective: some folks wear things once and feel compelled to wash them, while others wear them five times before exposing them to some kind of soap. But when it comes to cleaning your home, there are some standards to consider, …

E.coli

Budget Build-It-Yourself Kitchen Cabinets That Aren't IKEA

There are basically three different ways to get cabinets into your kitchen. You can have them custom-built to fit the space. This is very expensive. …

Kitchens

4 hidden Windows tweaks to speed up your computer

Don't settle for slowdowns.<p>Windows 10 impresses in many ways, like the tight integration of voice control with Cortana, and the way the software adapts to fit both tablets and laptops. At the same time, it can't completely escape its past: The operating system remains a huge, labyrinthine piece of …

What is misophonia?

Chomping and lip-smacking are annoying to many, but for people with misophonia, such simple sounds can breed panic and extreme rage.<p>We all have …

Mental Health

Scoop Fresh Air Into Your Car with This Window Vent

My first car had no air conditioning. In those days not many cars did. What we did have, though, were small triangular vent windows (Figure A) that pivoted outward to scoop buffeting gales of fresh air into the car, which cooled us by evaporation. It worked much better than you might think. It also …

DIY

Groundbreaking new energy storage system mounts to existing poles

Grid reliability is a growing concern as the world transitions to renewable energy and existing infrastructure ages. To address these challenges, …

How to grow seedlings in eggshells

Spring is just about here! Especially for you northerners, we know you're itching to get your hands in the soil and begin growing your favorite …

Gardening

Tools to Help You Paint Like a Pro

Tons of new painting tools hit the market every year, but many are unnecessary or don't work as advertised, so they quickly fade from stores shelves. The products here offer real benefits and can make your next painting or staining project faster and easier.<p>Graco TrueCoat 360DS paint sprayer<p><b>Price</b>: …

DIY

Easy homemade soap

Use this simple recipe and you'll be lathering up with your own soap.<p>As the last generations of Depression-era children or back-to-the-landers take …

Time I

Leaky cottage retrofitted with straw bale sees 80% energy reduction

One of the world’s oldest insulation materials has breathed new life into a leaky cottage in Ontario’s Lake of Bays. Architecture firm Stone’s Throw …

How to Make Your Own Power

Set up one of these systems, and then bellow like Zeus every time you turn on the coffeemaker.<p>Solar<p><i>Location:</i> South- or west-facing rooftop or unwooded area<p><i>Equipment:</i> At least 24 solar panels, charge controller, breakers, switchgear, inverter, and batteries.<p><i>Output:</i> 7.5-kw<p><i>Cost*:</i> $25,000 to $30,000, …

Kitchen Design Ideas That Are Anything But Ordinary

The kitchen is first and foremost a functional space, but that doesn't mean it can't also be unforgettable. These twelve kitchens each have a single …

Interior Design

18 foods that fight common ailments

Try healthy eats that help fight diabetes, heart disease, migraines and more.<p>Did you know that falling asleep easier, preventing PMS and easing the …

Nutrition

Must-Have Elements for a Modern Kitchen

It takes more than just a few sleek appliances to make a modern kitchen. As with most things, the secret to the style lies in the details. Having the …

Great Furniture Projects You Can Build in a Weekend

Easy enough for a beginner. All you need are the right tools and attitude.<p>Building your own furniture can be tough. Especially when you're starting out. Your first couple chairs might be a little wobbly, and your bookshelves may crumble under anything more than a few paperbacks. But you'll get …

Woodworking
Living Rooms

With This Revolutionary Paint, Your Walls Can Turn Heat Into Electricity

Thermoelectric Paint<p>Home owners of the future may be able to save on electricity costs by simply buying a can of paint thanks to a new study by …

Clean Energy

Arduino Solar Tracker (Single or Dual Axis)

If you’ve installed solar panels on a camper van to provide you with electricity on your camping trip or at home to supplement your electricity usage …

Arduino

Scientists discover elixir of youth – for mice – and begin tests on humans

Scientists in the US claim to have discovered a natural compound found in avocado, broccoli and cucumber that has “remarkable anti-ageing effects in …

Anti-aging

New solar panel integrates battery storage, inverter, and smart software into a single unit

<b>This startup is reinventing the solar panel, and aims to cut the cost of integrating clean power and energy storage to homes by half.</b><p>Home solar has …

5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

New research shows these common house plants all absorb harmful chemicals.<p>Dracaena (Dracaena frangas)<p>All five plants did a good job removing acetone …

11 DIY Projects to Turn Your House Into a Smart Home

The smart home revolution definitely isn’t happening overnight. Even with a flood of new devices and platforms available, most of us are still only …