The Olympic Mountains. The Strait of Georgia. The shoreline of Victoria, Canada. And maybe a pod of orcas, if you’re lucky. You can see all of that (and much more) from one of this home’s three rooftop decks. Located on the rocky shores of San Juan Island, Washington, this coastal retreat has a unique connection to the land it occupies – the home is built directly into the hillside, so it gracefully descends the ground’s natural slope. A team of…

Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden. Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet? A little bit of mold is nothing to worry about, as long as you can identify the cause and promptly clean it up with a…

Despite their destructive habits and overall “ick” factor, snails and slugs are anything but formidable. In fact, there are so many creative ways to repel or kill them that you might have a hard time choosing just one. Commercial snail and slug killers work, but they’re dangerous and can harm the “good” creatures in your garden. Save money with one of these easy home remedies instead. 1. Give them a bath Every time you go out in the garden, bring a…

A water stain on a ceiling is a foreboding sight. Not only is it ugly, but it also often means that something is actively leaking, and more damage may be hidden. But don’t panic – fixing a water stain is pretty straightforward. If you follow this simple guide, you’ll be ready to deal with any discoloration you find on your ceilings. Find the source First, check to see if there is any water on the floor below the stain. This…

Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at Rentokil Pest Control. When you know how to recognize and prevent an infestation, you can keep unwanted visitors at bay. The first step is learning which pests might become an issue for you. Here are the top pests to watch out for, according to Troyano. Wood-destroying…

If you own an area rug, just accept that it won’t remain pristine forever. Eventually someone will spill on it or a pet will relieve itself on it – and you’ll need to clean it. Instead of running out and hiring a professional carpet cleaner right away, you can try to handle that stain yourself using this short guide. Warning! Rugs come in various types of materials, and you should follow the manufacturer’s recommended instructions for how to clean your…

One of renting’s major benefits is that you don’t have to worry about upkeep, maintenance and expensive repairs. So when things go bad – your dishwasher stops working, the roof is leaking or the bugs just won’t go away – your first call is usually your landlord. But how do you know what’s really their responsibility and what falls to you? And what do you do if they refuse to handle the repairs? Read on for the most common rental issues…

When you think of off-the-grid living, you likely picture a no-frills cabin without a single cellphone service bar in sight. But the Folly cabin – located just minutes from Joshua Tree National Park – is anything but a bare-bones space. This rustic cabin, designed by Malek Alqadi, is minimalist-meets-cozy, with a rusted steel exterior and raw wood walls on the interior that contrast nicely next to a dark plaster. Photo by Sam Frost. The living space is small, but it has…

We professional organizers have many secret tools and tips. And when our clients pay close attention and ask us questions, they obtain the magical key to unlock their clutter dilemma. But more often than not, amateur organizers often set out with the best of intentions. They see an idea in a magazine or the internet. They run to the store for organizing products they haven’t completely considered. Suddenly, they find themselves at home opening their latest purchase and realizing this new gimmick isn’t…

If you can’t make it to Munich for Oktoberfest, you can still enjoy a good beer at one of the American events happening all throughout the country in September. From Frankenmuth, Michigan, to Fredericksburg, Texas, you’re certain to find a spirited group of Germanophiles somewhere during the month celebrating all things Bavarian. To get inspired for Oktoberfest, check out these nine Bavarian-style homes for sale right here in the U.S. A taste of Germany on the central coast For sale: $795,000 Nestled near the heart…