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  • Working (It) From Home: Stylish, Sustainable Home Office

    We love a good home office design, and it's even better when the office is in the back yard, away from the distractions of your main home. Telecommuting is so much better for the environment than driving to and from work every day, and Victor Vetterlein's conceptual MOSS (Micro Office Systems…

    Dornob.com35 mins ago
  • Former Industrial Building Features Built-In Bookcase Seats

    A former industrial building in Greece has been transformed into a modern apartment complex catering mostly to young adults. The apartments have been designed by IF_Untitled Architecture with a modern aesthetic that hearkens back to the area's industrial roots. The focal point of the apartment is…
  • Best robotic vacuums from Consumer Reports' tests

    The iClebo Arte YCR-M05, a CR Best Buy at $450, took almost 2 hours to clean our 12x16-foot test room and did almost as well on carpets as the Roomba. Robotic vacuums return to their bases to recharge once they’re finished or the battery runs down.
  • 9 Pet Friendly Features for Your Home

    These pet friendly features will make your furry family members feel right at home.

    Yahoo Homes
  • 10 Herbs That Naturally Repel Insects

    Instead of reaching for the can of bug repellent or insecticide, consider using these herbs as a natural fix.

    Yahoo Homes
  • 9 Creative Ideas for a Small Front Yard

    Whether your house is located close to the street or it’s in a subdivision with a small rectangular plot in front, you have a myriad of ways to create the impact you desire.

  • How To: Resurface a Concrete Driveway

    Durability ranks high among the many reasons to choose concrete as a driveway surfacing material. After years of expo...

    Bob Vila
  • 3 Wacky Tricks for Cleaning Gutters—Plus 1 Good Idea

    Of the many maintenance tasks that homeowners dread, cleaning the gutters may be the least favorite of all. But like ...

    Bob Vila
  • The best gas grills made in America

    Summer doesn’t begin for a month or so but Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start, and with that comes firing up the grill and eating outdoors. The grill pros at Consumer Reports have tested over 100 gas grills to find the best and worst, including gas grills made in the USA Here’s a look. …
  • Try a foam roller to relieve aching muscles

    This type of self-massage technique, called myofascial release, loosens up stiff muscles and relaxes tight spots in your fascia, the thin sheath of connective tissue over muscles. Studies show myofascial release can also reduce soreness and improve range of motion. In addition to a foam roller, a…
  • House of the Week: Your Own Private Island With NYC Views

    Billy Rose owned it, and Lillian Hellman and Marilyn Monroe are said to have visited.

  • Best American-made appliances

    The thousands of products that pass through Consumer Reports test labs each year come from all corners of the globe. There are washing machines and water heaters from Mexico, TVs and refrigerators from South Korea, dishwashers and vacuums from Germany. We see lots of appliances that are made right…
  • Made in America

    Almost 8 in 10 American consumers say they would rather buy an American-made product than an imported one, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. Some iconic American products, from the Apple iPhone to Cuisinart food processors, have little or no manufacturing presence on these shores,…
  • Pro Tips: The 7 Secrets of Craigslist Success

    Whether you’re seeking unique decor that won’t break the bank or hoping to unload a few pieces for profit, look no fu...

    Bob Vila
  • Luxury Ranches: 10 High-End Homes for Suburbanites, Not Cowboys

    Check out ranch-style homes with stunning views, walk-in closets and Soho loft vibes.

  • Sleep soundly on a mattress made in the USA

    With foam mattresses that pop out of a box after being delivered to your doorstep, Casper and Tuft & Needle have burst onto the mattress scene. The upstarts boast that their mattresses are made in America but so are those from such major old-guard brands as Tempur Sealy (including Stearns &…
  • Tree-Topped Rectangular Houses Look Like Giant Potted Plants

    A formerly empty courtyard in Hi Chi Minh City, Vietnam is now filled with five oversized rectangular pots planted with trees that stretch up high above the rooftops of the surrounding buildings. Those ribbed concrete 'pots' are actually architectural volumes making up 'House for Trees,' a…