Ideas & Projects

  • Do you know your consumer rights? Take our quiz to find out

    Separate from any written warranty you may get from the store or manufacturer, state laws require that most products come with a so-called implied warranty of merchantability, an unwritten assurance that they will be free of substantial defects and last a reasonable amount of time (although implied…

    ConsumerReports.org55 mins ago
  • Artful Textiles from a Dutch Colorist

    Bold graphics and lively colorfields are the mark of Dutch textile designer Mae Engelgeer, who likes to finish her pieces with a shot of bright orange. A graduate of the Amsterdam Textile Institute, Mae delights in vibrant, geometric design—"art for the home," she calls it—that is designed to be…

    Remodelista
  • Anti-Aging Creams of 2014

    The retinol cream that stands the test of time. Discover why dermatologists recommend this wrinkle product more than cosmetic injections.

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  • 11 Favorites: Vola Faucet Color Splash, Kitchen and Bath Edition

    Every architect I know is obsessed with Arne Jacobsen's Vola faucet (including most members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory). Lately we're spotting this icon of plumbing in shades ranging from yellow to cobalt blue to spring green—and we're onboard. 

    Remodelista
  • Colorful, Customizable Bathroom Furniture from Sweden

    Good news for Scandi remodelers: Swoon, a new line of bathroom furniture, is devoted to offering clean-lined basics with pick-and-choose components.

    Remodelista
  • 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Toilets

    $791.25 for the full set, including toilet bowl, toilet seat/cover, Geberit in-wall system, and Samba dual-flush actuator, at eFaucets. The toilet bowl is $438.75 at Quality Plumbing.

    Remodelista
  • Industrial Materials Make for a Welcoming Low-Impact Home

    Building a residence in the flight path of a nearby airport would be intimidating to a lot of families, but one couple trusted just such a project to East Hampton, NY-based Maziar Behrooz Architecture. The Arc House plays on the lot's proximity to the airport by using industrial building…

    Dornob.com
  • 8 home improvements to boost your chances of selling

    When you’re getting ready to sell your home, there are two punch lists you need to worry about.

    Zillow
  • Get the look of a designer kitchen for less

    It costs nothing to put away as much stuff as you can, and it’s one of the secrets to the sleek Euro look, says Kelly Morisseau, a San Francisco designer. European kitchens often feature rail-style storage systems mounted on a backsplash, says Susan Serra, a certified kitchen designer in New York,…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Virginia Mortgage Rates as Low as 2.78% APR

    Initial rates as low as 2.75% (2.78% APR) on 5/1 ARM. Get a great rate and start saving today. Calculate your payment.

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  • Get Organized! 7 Chic Ways to Display Your Jewelry

    For more bedroom decorating ideas, take a look at the rest of this stunning space! Little Green Notebook blogger Jenny Komenda scooped up an assortment of miscellaneous glass dishes at Goodwill and covered them with oil-based enamel spray paint - in the perfect shade of bright blue, of course. …

    PopSugar Home
  • Object Lessons: The Pastel Enamel Pot

    It was discovered that when vitreous or "porcelain" enamel is bonded by high heat to metal, the resulting nonporous, nontoxic, and nonstick surface is not only an excellent heat conductor, but very durable when applied to pots, buckets, ovens, kitchen utensils—just about anything of a utilitarian…

    Remodelista
  • Let’s give a shout-out to the quietest leaf blowers

    Life in the leafy suburbs has gotten a little more peaceful with the newest crop of leaf blowers. Provided that you don’t use them during prohibited hours—too early or too late in the day—these blowers should meet all local noise regulations although we still recommend that you wear hearing…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Steal This Look: Pastel-Bright Children's Room

    In her rustic home In Nantes, France, stylist Aurélie Lécuyer creates a playful, graceful, yet somehow sophisticated space for her little girl.

    Remodelista
  • 5 Favorites: Bunnies for the Design-Minded

    Rainbows and unicorns are things of my past, but somehow I never outgrew my affection for bunnies. Floppy ears and fluffy tails, I figured, were my own particular design Achilles heel—but then I discovered I'm far from alone. For lots of sophisticates, designers included, the love of rabbit is a…

    Remodelista
  • How To: Paint Concrete

    To paint concrete successfully—so that it looks good and lasts a long time—proper preparation is of paramount importa...

    Bob Vila
  • New Site Grants Access to Anyone's Public Record

    Did you know that your record in online and anyone can see it? Search through millions of public records and see what you can find.

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  • How To: Clean Cast Iron

    A durable material if there ever was one, cast iron occasionally requires cleaning, particularly where food preparati...

    Bob Vila
  • Required Reading: Pretty Pastel Style

    “Hear the word ‘pastel’ and you may instantly imagine the sugary pink of a little girl’s bedroom or the cheerful, springtime shades found on retro floral fabrics. Today, these saccharine visions are only part of the story, because pastels are enjoying an exciting, dynamic revival," writes Selina…

    Remodelista
  • House Call: Aurélie Lécuyer in France

    A while back Alexa and I discovered Le Dans La, the blog of French stylist and photographer Aurélie Lécuyer, and found ourselves admiring (make that obsessing over) her whimsically romantic interiors. After 15 years spent living in the center of Paris, Lécuyer and her family relocated to a…

    Remodelista
  • How to decode your cable bill and save money

    Baffled by the bill for your triple play? We break it down for you.

    ConsumerReports.org
  • 14 Ways to Reclaim Lost Counter Space

    Here are 14 great solutions that are just begging to be a part of your kitchen expansion.

    Zillow
  • Oculus of Trees: Lush Courtyard Separates Two Homes

    A two-story courtyard featuring an oculus for six willow trees, surrounded by a peaceful reflecting pool on the upper level, provides a sense of separation between the homes of a retired couple and one of their adult children. Located in Singapore, the Wall House by FARM is technically one…

    Dornob.com
  • How Cruise Lines Fill All Those Unsold Cabins?

    The travel industry's best kept secret is out. (HINT: You will want to book a cruise after reading this...) See How!

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