Ideas & Projects

  • 16 smart things to do with your tax refund

    Truth be told, you're better off not getting a tax refund. Calculate the proper amount of witholding using the IRS' withholding calculator.  Still, since a tax refund is commonly seen as a windfall, we offer our suggestions for what to do with a refund.

    ConsumerReports.org
  • New Restaurant Alert: Souvla in San Francisco

    When the proprietors of new SF restaurant Souvla contacted us recently, we were happy to learn 1) that owner and designer Charles Bililies is a Remodelista devotee (he found inspiration for his design on RM), and 2) that the food is inspired by the simple, rustic cuisine of the Greek islands.…

    Remodelista
  • Revealed: 10 Best Credit Cards of 2014

    What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2014. Apply online, quickly & securely.

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  • 7 ways to clean green for Earth Day

    Keep the following in mind: Don't mix chlorine bleach with toilet-bowl cleaner or ammonia as it could produce dangerous fumes. Don't mix bleach with vinegar because the combination increases the potency of bleach, which could damage certain materials. Add water to a bucket or spray bottle first,…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Current Obsessions: Found Art

    This past week, we looked at a DIY kitchen overhaul for under $500 and bunny decor for the design-minded. With Earth Day looming, we're dedicating our next issue to eco-friendly and sustainable living. Until then, take a look at a few things we've got on our minds.  

    Remodelista
  • The Magic of Two Courtyards in Melbourne

    Melbourne architecture firm Edwards Moore’s insertion of two internal courtyard gardens into the existing fabric of a small and narrow urban house might at first seem counterintuitive. With limited space, does it make sense to carve more out?

    Remodelista
  • How to design the perfect kitchen island

    What to consider when adding a center island to your kitchen

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Top Husqvarna mower features easy blade changes

    Swapping out the blades to sharpen them entails elevating the heavy machine and then manipulating your tools beneath the mower deck. Thanks to Husqvarna, that task just got easier with the introduction of the 46-inch Husqvarna YT46LS, $2,300, one of a series of tractors that features tool-free…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Editors' Picks: 10 Metallic Sandals for Spring

    Above: Margot spotted the latest Robert Clergerie shoe collection at Louis on Boston's waterfront. The collection includes a glint of silver in almost every shoe;

    Remodelista
  • Mortgage Rates Hit 2.6% - Lower Your Mortgage Now!

    $150,000 mortgage for $643/month. No hidden points, fees or closing costs! Calculate new payment!

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  • Enter to Win: Eileen Fisher Eco Giveaway

    Celebrate Earth Day with Eileen Fisher by entering their #THISISECO Facebook Giveaway now through Sunday, April 20.

    Remodelista
  • 5 Favorites: Bright Metal Lights for Under $125

    Above: The Isaac Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric is handcrafted from steel; The striped fabric cord has an on/off switch; $49 from Urban Outfitters. 

    Remodelista
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Unique and Easy DIY Pendant Lights for Any Room

    Nobody wants to spend time in a room with bad lighting, but how do you avoid it? Well, there's strength in numbers: O...

    Bob Vila
  • An Organizer's Dream: An Art Studio with Color-Coded Built-In Storage

    Presented with a long list of storage requirements—the artist wanted to have her daily tools within easy reach, to be able to display some of her work, and to have a place to archive the rest—and unable to expand the 190-square-foot space, Israeli architects Studio Raanan Stern created an inventive…

    Remodelista
  • DIY Your Way to Designer Pillows

    Let's talk pillows. While they're a decor staple (and you can never have too many), pillows can cost you big bucks. Unless you're willing to pay up, you must add this DIY to your to-do list. In this project, inspired by Burlap and Lace, a plain pillow cover and some fabric paint result in a…

    PopSugar Home
  • Bob Vila Radio: Preventing Moths

    This is the time of year when we shed our winter wardrobes and slip into warm-weather fabrics. To be sure that your c...

    Bob Vila
  • Can Your Pet's Food Stand-up to BLUE?

    Is your pet food made with real meat first? Take BLUE’s True BLUE Test & see for yourself.

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  • Young designers' showcase: With luck, they'll be coming soon to a future near you

    Here are some of the best works by designers under 35 showcased at Milan Design Week.

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  • How to Build a Dog-Friendly House

    The practicality of a dog door depends, of course, on where you live and the size of your dog. But having a built-in dog door is a great boon for both dog and owner. Have a look at Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsens' dog door tucked into a corner of their laundry room. Above: A charming dog door…

    Remodelista
  • 5 things you didn't know you could do with your router

    Here's how to extend its range, set up a personal cloud, and more

    ConsumerReports.org
  • Turn your yard from thirsty to thrifty with these tips

    Here’s how, according to the EnergySaver program at the Environmental Protection Agency. Group plants according to water needs. Because of their differing water needs, turf and shrubbery should always be separated. Know your plant’s water needs and avoid watering during the heat of the day when…

    ConsumerReports.org
  • The 7 dishwasher details that count most

    Combined with a good dishwasher detergent, the best dishwashers from Consumer Reports’ tests produced sparkling loads of dishes without pre-rinsing. If you haven’t bought a dishwasher in a while, you’ll be impressed by the following features.

    ConsumerReports.org
  • A Fashion Designer's Color-Blocked Cafe in Copenhagen

    A good friend of mine recently alerted me to a new cafe masterminded by fashion designer Henrik Vibskov (we both share an affinity for his avant-garde clothing). The cafe is located in Copenhagen's Papirøen (Paper Island), near The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where my friend is studying, and…

    Remodelista
  • Make Your Move to Linton at Ballenger

    Frederick County's most affordable, amenity-rich community of townhomes and townhome-style condominiums. Priced from the low $240s with no city taxes.

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