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When You Need Real Housekeeping Help
Which is scarier, Lifetime's 'Devious Maids' show or that area behind the toilet? If the toilet wins, you'll need these tips
"preview of episode one via On Demand — I mean, it stars the queen of what most grandmothers... favorite TV housekeeper, Zoila Chavez of Flipping Out). How could I resist?... this part of the world" Much of the "other part of the world" thinks nothing of having... think of while you are there. It is kind of sad but I think some of my customers... owner of a housecleaning business going on 13 years. There's lots of good advice..."
How to Keep Your Upholstery Looking Good
You wouldn't expect your car to maintain itself. Show your sofa and chairs the same courtesy with this 3-part strategy
"wants more of my time and attention?!” I used to hear this all the time when I sold... rivers of resentment would flow. Let me share with you what I told them about why... and lots of use? @joankitchie it's a bit of a how long is a piece of string story really... the back of the corner arm section of the sofa was dragged out of the truck and it is... Because of this I learned the proper use of the attachments. It is a habit that I have..."
Room of the Day: The Most Flexible Foyer Ever
With zones for a bicycle, meditation and storage, and a hand-painted concrete floor, this entry mixes practicality and cool good looks
"method of transportation was a bicycle, he hired DuBose to integrate the parking space... a lot of energy leakage around the door and lots of heating/cooling expense that... gives most of the overall view of the living space. I will add a few "during renovation"... be much of anything out there in pictures of split entry renos that are just the entrance... comes of style and how to make it improve the over all look of the standard split..."
Get the Family to Pitch In: A Mom’s Advice on Chores
Foster teamwork and a sense of ownership about housekeeping to lighten your load and even boost togetherness
"sense of ownership about housekeeping to lighten your load and even boost togetherness... the two of us and his parents. Wanting to make a good impression, I planned to help... wonder of wonders — his father efficiently loaded the dishwasher. In a matter of minutes... pitched in, of course, and the other three, I was astonished to see, did too. Paul put... a lot of cleaning, but he has no idea of the amount of mess he makes. He grew up..."
All Together Now: Tackle Home Projects With a DIY Co-op
"re in good company when you pair up with a pal to clean, organize, repair and replace... couple of years old, but I'm still working to make it home, so I have a list of things... Many of us have at least one of those friends — we love her to death — but our plans... and both of us have crossed a task we were dreading off our list — and we're looking... sense of humor may not be a deal breaker for you, but it is for me...."
Get Stone and Ceramic Surfaces Super Clean
Keep your kitchen or bathroom looking as good as on installation day with the right cleaning methods for counters and tiles
"looking as good as on installation day with the right cleaning methods for counters and... tough part of maintaining the new and sleek appearance of your home begins. Kitchen and... Take care of your investment by using the proper cleaning methods and materials from... they need sealed every year. I have travertine floors that get sealed every 2 years.... having it sealed? Most of what they said is common sense, so the article is about useless..."
Room of the Day: A Garage Makeover That Rocks
A once-neglected Los Angeles garage becomes a stylish man space: music room, office, lounge and guest quarters
"almost all of their budget for construction, which included sealing the garage door, cutting... neighborhood of Los Angeles, was all man cave. As the couple combined their belongings and... front of the house, they found they used their detached garage out back only to store... personality of it's owners. This room is a great example of a home. Thanks for the photos... stamp of approval. Very important. That great chair is not a Spoleto chair, it is..."
Basement of the Week: Fun for All Ages in Connecticut
Crafts, wine, billiards and ... soccer? Yup, this tricked-out family basement has room for all that and more
"active pair of daughters, a Connecticut couple asked interior designer Catherine O'Brien... O'Brien of Grande Interiors to create a fun and healthy space for the entire family to... moisture seal and dehumidifying system keep it healthy. But the real attraction is how... Lots of our basements of the week integrate office space and/or homework stations... level of detailing and execution...I love looking at how skill, vision (and money)..."
Kitchen of the Week: Broken China Makes a Splash in This Kitchen
When life handed this homeowner a smashed plate, her designer delivered a one-of-a-kind wall covering to fit the cheerful new room
"a one-of-a-kind wall covering to fit the cheerful new room... friends and good schools after her divorce, but the cottage she’d found was low on charm... was kind of boring,” Stephens says. They started on their mission to bring a cheerful... generations of shipbuilders. We incorporated some of the wood left over from one of the... a lot of ideas of what to make your kitchen unique. Very clever all of the details..."
True Confessions of a House Stalker
Letting go when a new owner dares to change a beloved house's look can be downright difficult. Has this ever happened to you?
"length of the property, and in front of the house it was surrounded by daffodils in... house with good and honest lines. The landscaping once upon a time was simple too: a lilac... hedge of forsythia lined the driveway, and in the side garden there was a massive... massive bed of peonies surrounded by other old-fashioned perennials. Beyond that there... proud of their house-- People are friendly and if they have taken good care of a..."
To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist
"comforts of home for fall with a few of these ideas for stocking up and staying cozy... lazy days of summer — in September, the comforts of home beckon. From feeding the birds... big pot of soup or chili on the stove, and getting the house and yard in shape after... if any of these to-dos make your list this month.... hints of summer and do it now. All of these things can be done in October!!!! Great... mice out of the shed? Thank you Great list! I plan to make use of it as soon as we..."
Ready Your Home for Fall to Savor the Season More
Settle into the pleasures of autumn with a home that's prepped, organized and full of seasonal delights
"pleasures of autumn with a home that's prepped, organized and full of seasonal delights... are some of Alexander S. Kunz's works in the PrintedArt Collection. Each of them can... reminder of how lovely fall can be! This home has a nice mix of tradition and modernity... bundles of kindling. It makes the task of getting a fire started so much more enjoyable... Dead, of course from the weight of the board, but a gecko none the less. G-ross..."
Why You Might Want to Build a House of Straw
Straw bales are cheap, easy to find and DIY-friendly. Get the basics on building with this renewable, ecofriendly material
"details of how a house works. As our knowledge about homes increases, so does our desire... a good idea. As a firefighter and hearing a story of one of these going up in flames... opinion of a NY State certified firefighter on the subject of ignition of uncured or... it IS good to think about all of the things that worry you. And it IS good to get... layer of anything rigid poses a whole new set of risks with sealing out oxygen. I..."
Discover the Ins and Outs of Pocket Doors
Get both sides of the pocket door story to figure out if it's the right space separator for your house
"sides of the pocket door story to figure out if it's the right space separator for... coverage of both sides to help you decide if pocket doors are right for your new house... Lots of discussion around the lack of sound control of pocket doors. As a door... One of which had a problem for a few years of jumping off of its track and each... consuming reno of the only full bathroom of the house, but it's on the dream list of things..."
The Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas of 2014
Of all the kitchen storage photos uploaded to Houzz this year, these 14 were tops. Which will you save to your kitchen ideabook?
"Of all the kitchen storage photos uploaded to Houzz this year, these 14 were tops... saved any of these photos yourself?... challenge of managing large numbers of spice jars, we came up with the idea of building... months! Good idea Good idea GI GI Great pantry. Love the clear canisters. Good idea... pictures of them after a couple of months of family usage and scrounging through them... made out of a hallway closet is disgusting. Out of sight, out of mind. That all said..."