It’s bad enough that you have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but that tile – it’s so cold! The notion of warming floors for comfort is hardly new. Archeological digs reveal that, as early as 5,000 B.C., cave dwellers were drafting smoke through stone trenches in an effort to warm their subterranean floors. These days, the two most common types of radiant floor heating systems are electric and hydronic, both of…

With social distancing mandates in effect across much of the country, many people working in industries deemed “non-essential” are doing their work from home. And while the constant stream of COVID-19 news, in addition to caretaking or homeschooling responsibilities, can make it hard to stay focused on work, modifying your space can help. An organized and visually appealing work area can help you feel more productive – and more relaxed.  Here are five tips for elevating your home workspace.   Commit to…

If you were counting on crowded open houses (or any open houses, for that matter) to sell your home, you’ve probably been rethinking your strategy. Nearly the entire country is following public health orders to stay at home through April or May, traditionally the prime selling season. As a result, online for-sale listings have taken on more importance than ever, and it all starts with increasing your home’s screen appeal.   Stage your space The first step in staging your home…

With the majority of Americans following stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus, our homes are now working overtime to fulfill the roles of offices, classrooms, gyms and community centers – and it’s easy to feel dispirited after occupying the same space day in, day out. But all hope is not lost: There are simple and inexpensive ways to transform your home into a fresh and inspiring environment.  Give your home some TLC with these seven tips from interior…

Amid travel bans, widespread stay-at-home orders and social-distancing mandates, millions of Americans are learning to adapt to the changes brought about by COVID-19. Countless events have been rescheduled or cancelled, but for a few people – including those who already made plans to move this spring – staying put is simply not an option.  If you are about to move, you can still pull it off with a little extra planning and a few precautionary steps. Here are some tips…

Now that many of us have spent several weeks living inside, we’ve become quite familiar with our homes – in some cases, maybe too familiar. If you were planning to move before COVID-19, and still plan to do so when the timing is right, you might want to take this time to reflect on what’s working and what’s not in your current home. For instance, those stairs you’ve climbed 10 times a day may have kept you moving while you’ve…

If you’ve been washing your hands a lot lately, you might have started paying extra attention to your faucet. Does it drip? Is the chrome flaking off? Is it dated? Plumbing projects can be intimidating, because no one wants to accidentally flood their entire home. But installing a new kitchen faucet truly is a DIY that anyone can handle. As long as you work slowly and follow the directions, you can add a beautiful faucet to your kitchen with zero…

With springtime comes a sense of renewal, and a desire to clean, organize and refresh – especially if you’re spending a lot of time at home. Get your creative gears turning, and whip your space into shape. You’ll be surprised how a few simple changes can give you a whole new outlook. 1. Embrace natural light Create the feel of windows with large mirrors. Photo via Laurel & Wolf. With warmer days comes more sun, so open those blinds and bask…

Getting your home and space organized can help you feel more in control of your environment. That sense of order can reduce stress, help you focus on your own well-being and achieve your other goals. Follow these tips to organize your whole home quickly and easily. Set up a no-fail garage system A place for everything, and everything in its place (or at least you’ll be able to tell if it’s not). I suggest starting out in the garage, because…

Food pantries can take just about any form. These versatile storage areas for canned goods, paper products and less frequently used small appliances may be housed in a walk-in room, a simple drawer, a wall cabinet or a closet. Hutches, armoires and even open shelving also work well. Regardless of the setup, the key to a successful pantry is keeping it organized. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started. Clean it Similar to a refrigerator, the first…