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Small Changes to Simplify Your Long-Term Storage
Conquer your attic and basement storage in more than a day, with these easy, bite-size steps for sorting, storing and protecting your stuff
"attic and basement storage in more than a day, with these easy, bite-size steps for... organize and protect your belongings in long-term storage.... holidays and colder weather approaching, now is the time to trek into attics, basements... basements and storage sheds to retrieve boxes that haven't seen the light of day since... paint cans and oh, yes, those ornaments you were looking for. Just looking into an attic..."
6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning
Turn off that cash-guzzling, energy-hogging A/C — these methods of cooling your home and your body are cheaper and kinder to the planet
"your home and your body are cheaper and kinder to the planet... Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in... over air-conditioned air. And use the air-conditioning to knock things back a few degrees... house and use linen on the bed. And when the sun goes down and the temperatures drop... afternoon and evening sun at Home Depot or lowes and you can remove it in winter and..."
Flash Cards for Common Architectural Terms
"obfuscation and intrigue. Most of us learned an extensive vocabulary particular to our... vocabulary, and now, as we talk with our clients, our speech is sprinkled with this terminology... of envy and disgust in their eyes (mostly disgust). Clearly we need to find a better... architectural terms. I suggest you study these for a few hours a day. That way you'll know... about. And maybe you'll stop staring at me like that...."
12 Ways to Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning
If your summer energy bill is leaving you hot under the collar, consider these savvy alternate strategies for cooling down
"option, and it certainly uses a lot of energy. Instead of shelling out the big bucks... Lowe's and bought several ceiling fans and open my windows at night and now my home... blues and greens in pillows, throws and accent pieces. Have fun and stay cool.... it out and closing up the hole in the roof and ceiling. (And yes, we did clean or... air flow and reduce air condition cost. A whole house fan was installed in this 1962..."
6 Fantastic Ferns to Enliven Shady Garden Spots
For long-term interest with little upkeep in challenging conditions, ferns might just be your garden's new best friend
"long-term interest with little upkeep in challenging conditions, ferns might just... light and soil conditions and provide years of interest with minimal maintenance... iving and working in the Pacific Northwest, I am regularly confronted with dark,... perfect conditions for a garden accented with ferns. There are few other plants that... hardscaping and plantings. In addition, a vast array of fern varieties is available, so..."
Meet a Palm That's Fine With Fluorescent Light
Get the look of the tropics without the full-on sun and high humidity — parlor palm tolerates regular indoor conditions with aplomb
"full-on sun and high humidity — parlor palm tolerates regular indoor conditions with aplomb... fronds and long, blade-like leaves, parlor palm tolerates a lack of light and low... indoor conditions that can mean death for some of its cousins. With dark green arched... window and doesn't receive direct sun, and it should be fine. Davidie Rozin Architects... Palms, and Queen Palms. In the U.S. they are mass-produced and sold very cheaply in..."
Great Design Plant: Deer Grass
Give wildlife a snack and give yourself a break — this food-source grass is easygoing in many climates and conditions
"snack and give yourself a break — this food-source grass is easygoing in many climates... growing conditions and climates — not all of them the friendliest or easiest to manage... frost and intense sun to drought and seasonal flooding.... source and shelter. It’s said that the successful sweep of this welcome western United... baskets and storage vessels. While we have only ourselves to blame for the rampant..."
Great Design Plant: Ginkgo Biloba
This ancient tree provides shade, tolerates urban planting conditions and explodes with golden yellow fall color
"planting conditions and explodes with golden yellow fall color... dinosaurs, and that Buddhist monks have revered and planted ginkgos in contemplative temple... moments and foster your appreciation for the ginkgo. Then learn more about this unique... below and replace your thoughts of foul female berries with those of golden fan-shaped... tree, and the leaves did not get dry and crumbly like the rest of the leaves in our..."
Great Design Plant: Dudleya, a Dramatic California Native
Set up this succulent in native conditions and see just how little care it needs to thrive in the landscape
"native conditions and see just how little care it needs to thrive in the landscape... Arizona and even down to northern Mexico and up to southern coastal Oregon, the Dudleya... outcroppings and inland valleys is another remarkable genus of succulents: Dudleya. Native... as hens and chickens? Hi franimarcus, I've heard a few succulents called hens-and-chicks... by hens-and-chicks (in my experience). Hens-and-chicks usually refers to Sempervivum..."
"basic terms for parts and styles of draperies and curtains to get the look you want... draperies and wondered if he or she was speaking in a foreign tongue? Terms like “jabot... “stack” and “puddle” are enough to make your head spin. Never fear: If you become familiar... basic terms, you’ll not only be able to understand your interior designer better... you like and don’t like about window treatments...."
Ecofriendly Kitchen: How to Choose Flooring
Conserve natural resources and your long-term finances by choosing kitchen flooring materials with durability and beauty
"resources and your long-term finances by choosing kitchen flooring materials with durability... resources. And this approach is kind to your financial resources too.... linoleum and cork, and both allow a person to create a design that suits their style... floors and LOVE them! We had hardwood floors in our old house (not my choice) and... knees and back. For me and my back, cork (or rubber/cork blend) is the way to go..."
The Perfect Finish for Your Tile
Bullnose? Quarter round? V-cap? Demystify trim terms and finish off your kitchen and bath tile in style
"Demystify trim terms and finish off your kitchen and bath tile in style... or bath and are ready to order. Have you thought about which trim pieces you will... tiles and stone. Niches are both decorative and functional, and are a great way... as is and not cutting it straight. It will mean cleaning out the mastic and grout... building and I was researching tile edges, specifically radius bullnose, and came across..."
My Houzz: New Life and Style for a 1976 Airstream
Taking a pass on RV standards, the new owner of this 1976 Ambassador Airstream looked to flexible furniture and clean, organized spaces
"restoration and park my home long-term. I looked high and low and landed a dream spot with... afternoon and saw an Airstream trailer parked on the side of the road. “A few days later... Craigslist and saw it was for sale,” he says. “While I hadn’t been planning to take on... in good condition for a 1976 29-foot Ambassador trailer, but came with all the clutter... wallpaper and claustrophobic curtains common to vintage Airstreams. “I picked it up for..."
10 Inground Pools That Go Above and Beyond
An architect explains the structural elements of these modern visions, but feel free to just ooh and ah
"on and how it relates to the house, not to mention its surfaces, both in and around... an air-conditioned room, but the lure of a pool can often be too strong for us to... daunting in terms of all the variables: the pool's location, its size, its configuration... maintenance and expense not to mention the clean water use guilt, our new home will remain... cooldrink and enjoying the sound of water. thanks for featuring our pool John (neptune..."
Common Household Cleansers for Leather Upholstery
Clean and condition your leather sofa, chairs, handbags and more with ingredients already in your cabinets
"Clean and condition your leather sofa, chairs, handbags and more with ingredients... expensive and smelly leather cleansers and conditioners to keep your leather upholstery... been dyed and sealed, so it has a bit of a sheen. But even if it has a sealer, an active... family and pets can wreak havoc on your beautiful leather furniture. From ballpoint... blood and food, there are substances that can work their way into the most beautiful..."