Ideas & Projects

  • Simple All-in-One Wooden Furniture Series Grows with Kids

    A clean and simple series of modular furniture elements avoids all of the bright colors and fuss of typical children's bedroom sets, offering everything kids need from early childhood through the teenage years. A framework of sleek blond wood pulls together everything from wall-mounted storage to a…
  • 16 Natural Ways to Combat Garden Pests

    Learn more on how to naturally repel pests and attract beneficial bugs to your garden without toxic pesticides.

    Yahoo Homes
  • Best gas ranges from Consumer Reports' tests

    The cooking appliance experts at Consumer Reports tested dozens of gas ranges. Here’s the deal: This top-rated gas range is stylish and unlike most gas ranges tested offers fast cooktop heat and superb baking.
  • House of the Week: California Villa With NFL Pedigree & a Car Museum

    It sits above Bill Gates' new horse farm and offers views all the way to the ocean.

  • 3 Good Reasons Never to Use Bleach Again

    Any number of events in our day-to-day can trigger a red alert—or perhaps a "code tissue"—as to when germs are nearby...

    Bob Vila
  • Before & After: Cottage Curb Appeal Makeover

    With some new trim, paint and a few DIY touches, this cottage got a whole new look.

  • Boost Your Curb Appeal with 4 Doable DIY Projects

    When it comes to putting your house on the market, you spend much of your time considering how to stage your rooms to...

    Bob Vila
  • 5 products on deep discount in August

    Consumer Reports product research experts, who track prices all year long, have compiled a list of items that are typically discounted most deeply in August. August is one hot month, so you'll probably be relieved to hear that retailers consider this the end of the season for air conditioners, and…
  • Refrigerators packed with freshness features

    The unit’s bottom-right chamber can switch from freezer to refrigerator for families who would rather have more room for produce than Popsicles. “Our data show that most people are keeping that flex chamber in the refrigerator mode most of the time,” says Justin Reinke, director of refrigeration…
  • Best everyday products for college students

    When they go off to college, students need some of the same everyday items but this time you have to come up with the list. Keep in mind that students will be moving into unfurnished spaces and will want familiar things such as paper towels, tissues, batteries and laundry detergent within easy…
  • Frustrated by customer service?

    Real-time contact is often more efficient than e-mail, where there can be a wait of 24 to 48 hours for an answer, said Sharon Parker-Odom of Carmel, Ind., a Consumer Reports Facebook fan who worked in customer service for 26 years, three of them in call centers. Try a free Web service like Lucy…
  • How to Turn Your Yard Into an English Garden

    Bring a bit of the English countryside to your backyard or garden with some of these design features and tips. Learn more.

    Yahoo Homes
  • Can the Ninja Kitchen System Pulse make dough?

    Food choppers are handy for small food-prep tasks, like dicing vegetables, chopping nuts, and grating chunks of cheese. When it comes to kneading dough, however, we generally think of stand mixers or full-sized food processors. So we were intrigued by the Ninja Kitchen System BL201, a $65 chopper…
  • Trick out your dorm room

    The 5.1 inch touch-screen Samsung Galaxy S 5 runs on the Android operating system and has many of the standard features that you expect from a smartphone, as well as more unique features like the ability to handle a quick, unintended dip in the water and Multi Window that allows you to run two apps…
  • How Much Home Can You Buy for $100,000?

    Growing families, take note. With these homes, a modest down payment will go a long way toward giving you more room to move.

  • Converted Victorian Post Office Apartment with a Modern Feel

    A giant concrete room-within-a-room occupies the space where wooden counters and mail boxes once stood inside a converted Victorian post office apartment in London. The thoroughly modernized space reveals nothing of its past origins once you're inside, focusing instead on how to maximize the…
  • How To: Get Rid of Grass Stains

    Grass stains are souvenirs of outdoor sports and other messy fun—as well as battle scars from labor-intensive rounds ...

    Bob Vila