Monday, October 01, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Pumpkin decorating ideas are popping up everywhere right now, with Halloween and Thanksgiving on the horizon and our obsession with pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin-scented everything cranking into high gear. If you're bored with the usual jack-o-lantern and want to pull off some more creative gourd decor, you need look no further than this list below.
1. Go full metal
Photo by Sarah Greenman
Liz Toombs, president of PDR Interiors, likes to keep her pumpkins in service from October through December. "One year, I was even able to incorporate pumpkins into my Christmas decor because I used a woodland-themed tree," she explains.
One of her secrets is spraying them with metallic paint. Toombs gives them a coat of silver and then groups them on a black cloth runner with matching serving pieces and dried grass. "It makes for an interesting texture combination in a chic color scheme," she reports. And she likes to paint the pumpkins on her front stoop and adorn them wi ...
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Appliances are designed to make your life easier, but having to repair or replace one prematurely can put a major strain on your wallet. Sure, they undergo daily wear and tear, but appliances are expected to weather years of use.
But did you know that you could be shortening the life span of your appliances without even trying? That's right. Whether it's negligence or improper use, how you treat your appliances could lead to an expensive repair—or needing to replace them sooner than you should.
Let's look at the ways you may be inadvertently damaging four common appliances—so you can stop doing so immediately!
The refrigerator is one of the hardest-working appliances in your home, since it’s operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, without proper maintenance, it has to work a lot harder, which means it’s not operating efficiently. That will ultimately hurt its chances of lasting as long as it's suppo ...
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
For two years, Kelly Heskett searched real estate listings for a home big enough for her noisy, rambunctious family. She found an ideal one last month in nearby Norristown, PA: a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, single-family house on a quiet street with a big backyard. She and her husband now have plenty of room for their six dogs, three of which were rescued.
“I don’t have children, and I’m not looking to have children. I consider my dogs to be my children," says Heskett, 31, an account manager at a pharmaceutical testing company.
Heskett and her husband aren't the only home buyers basing their purchase on their pets’ needs. A realtor.com® online survey found 75% of pet-owning buyers who closed on a home this year would pass on their dream house if it weren’t right for their animals. Among the respondents, 87% said they took their pets’ needs into account when buying a home.
Heskett even picked her real estate agent, who v ...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
There comes a time when every homeowner will spread their arms, look around, and say, "This house feels too small." Perhaps your kids have outgrown their bunk beds, or your partner's startup blew up, and now every inch of your bungalow is occupied.
One way or another, you need more room. But do you break ground on your current home or break your budget on a new house? The decision to move or improve can be complex and emotional. On one hand, you love your neighborhood and the memories you've made. But on the other hand, you love space. So how do you choose?
The answer depends on your neighborhood, your budget, the housing market, and (sorry) your mom. Here's how to tell whether you should start over in a new place—or transform your existing property.
First, ask yourself the tough questions
You might be salivating over the houses for sale or dreaming of your double-size, custom-built master bedroom—but don't make a snap decision based on a fantasy.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Cooking outside on a barbecue grill is one of the great joys of summer. But before you fire yours up, make sure you're familiar with all the necessary precautions and safety techniques. Yes, of course, you know the obvious risks of cooking on an open flame. But there are preventive measures you should take before and after use to ensure your meal goes off without a hitch.
The following safety tips are easy and effective, and—when put into practice—will make grilling hazard-free.
1. Store your barbecue grill away from flammables
Your grill should be kept far from anything flammable—like a shed, furniture, trees, or dry grass, says Peter Duncanson, a disaster restoration expert with ServiceMaster Restore in Memphis, TN.
The grill should be in a well-ventilated area—not under a canopy, garage, or carport, where it might start a fire or even cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
2. Clean your grill before and after cooking
Before fir ...