Spring fever got you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Despite what you might see on TV, beautiful landscapes don’t happen overnight. Weeds will invade your beds and need to be pulled. The mulch will break down and require replacing. And your attention span will no doubt move on to shinier things long enough for your garden to fall into disrepair. Your spring fever may be temporary, but if you get to know your garden’s unique conditions and choose the…

Buying a home is the largest purchase many consumers will ever make, and many will turn to a lender for financing. But finding a lender you click with can be a challenge, especially if you wait until the last minute. Li-Ning Huang, a research manager on Fannie Mae’s economic and strategic research team, says buyers should start talking to lenders early in the process – before you fall in love with a home – and compare several quotes. “Otherwise, you…

Before Bob Stamps bought this 18th-century home in New Hampshire, it had an outdated kitchen and a mourning room. They both had to go. Although the home was mostly preserved to match its colonial vintage, its kitchen was from the disco era. Stamps decided to “take what looked like the 1970s and turn it into the 1770s.” He updated the room’s bones and overlayed that structure with period-looking pieces. For example, the oven is ensconced in an island that appears to be…

If you go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and never want to leave, we understand; the city can be intoxicating (and not just from the booze). So, let the city’s Southern charm work its magic on you, and peruse these 10 gorgeous New Orleans homes for sale. They might just tempt you to hang your hat in the Big Easy. 918 St Philip St For sale: $1.295 million Photo from Zillow listing This adorable single-story, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom French Quarter…

It’s awards season in Hollywood, and Sunday night is the highlight. Stars will be donning their designer gowns and tuxes for the creme de la creme of awards ceremonies. Winning one of the golden statues is no small feat, even for Hollywood A-listers. To gear up for Sunday night’s ceremony, let’s take a peek inside the homes of 10 past award winners. Jennifer Lawrence Recognized for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jennifer Lawrence snapped up this Beverly Hills home from Jessica Simpson. The…

While we still love a neutral color palette and subtle accents, the design world is going crazy over rich jewel tones like emerald, sapphire, and fuchsia. Jewel tones are most often used as accents to a neutral color palette in the form of an accent wall, a few throw pillows on the couch, or a brightly colored picture frame. In 2017, though, jewel tones are being elevated to the lead design role, playing the part of main color and shimmering accent…

Photo: ShutterStock Come and get it! Pop singer Selena Gomez has listed the Fort Worth mansion she bought last year to spend more time with her Texas friends and family. “The media room won me over the minute I walked in,” Gomez said in a release from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, which has the $2.999-million listing. The agents are John Zimmerman and Todd Terry. Gomez loves watching movies with family in the luxurious home theater, and she was drawn to…

According to the Punxsutawney Phil, winter is sticking around for a while this year. It’s not too late to seal up your house from the cold and save money on your heating bill. These fixes are quick and easy to install, and they’ll help your home stay cozy and warm for the duration. Insulating windows and doors Weather stripping for windows and doors is available in many colors and types. It is simple to install and easy to remove. Use a…

As spring fever creeps in, you might begin to feel a bit restless in your current home. While you wait for the weather to warm, these pricey listings should help fuel your budget-free daydreams. We pulled the most expensive single-family home listing on Zillow in each state. While we left off the working ranches, empty parcels and properties that are also a primary place of business, there is no shortage of amazing amenities on this list. Alabama 16801 Scenic Hwy #89, Fairhope,…

By Barry Bridges Winter brings many pleasures unique to the season, including holiday get-togethers, warm flannel bedsheets, and football viewing parties. Unfortunately, winter also has its share of perils. Ask anyone who’s ever suffered through the flu or gotten their tongue stuck to a frozen metal pole. Many homeowners face a particular set of perils in wintertime – potential mishaps that could lead to property damage, insurance claims, and even lawsuits. Take a look at some of the most notorious winter…