10 Standout Fall Container Gardens With Extra Seasonal Pizazz

Ingredients like preserved leaves, berries and pumpkins add color and interest to potted designs. When it’s time to assemble fall container gardens, including a few sprigs of preserved berries, colorful branches, a bright pumpkin or other bonus natural elements can be an easy way to add more color and interest. If you have existing planted…

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a General Contractor?

General contractors may charge for pre-construction services and offer fixed-price or cost-plus construction contracts. A good general contractor can bring a lot of value to a home renovation or building project. These professionals help their clients set a realistic budget, keep a project on schedule and manage construction so the homeowners don’t have to. How…

How to Create a Joyful, Clutter-Free Kitchen

Give yourself room to both cook and relax by assessing how you use your counters, cabinets and corners. From quick weekday breakfasts grabbed on the way out the door to special-occasion dinners planned and prepared with care, the kitchen is nearly always a hub of household activity — which also means it’s a common place…

New This Week: A Pair of Colorfully Eclectic Kitchens

Bright color and a sense of quirkiness energize these one-of-a-kind designs. An eclectic-style design essentially mixes various styles — a little traditional here, some contemporary there, toss in some midcentury modern and so on. But these days people often think of eclectic style as including quirkiness or whimsy, or having some unnameable feeling that lets…

10 Things to Consider for a Sustainable Landscape Design

Talk to your designer about materials, water use, maintenance and other elements that impact your yard’s footprint. If you’re renovating your landscape and would like to create a more earth-friendly garden, the best thing you can do is talk to your design team about it early on. “Being upfront about your desire for sustainability from…

10 Ideas for Easy Fall Entertaining

It’s a cinch to pull together a quick autumn gathering when you have these simple tips in your back pocket. With crisp weather, school back in session and farm stands brimming with produce, fall is a great time to nurture community with a cozy gathering in your home. But since fall also tends to be…

The 10 Most Popular Bedrooms on Houzz Right Now

Calming colors, luxurious bedding and thoughtful details invite relaxation in these most-saved bedroom photos. The 10 most popular bedrooms from the past three months differ in many ways, but they all have one thing in common: a soft, neutral color palette. Colors like dove gray, crisp white and creamy beige establish a calming backdrop in…

The 10 Most Popular Patio Photos on Houzz Right Now

Pergolas, fire pits, landscape lighting and durable yet beautiful outdoor furniture fill these recent most-saved photos. In many places, fall can be a great time for hanging out on patios, right as the summer weather cools but before the intense winter cold snaps into place in many regions. So if you’re looking for inspiration to…

5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden

Improve your soil and yard the organic way with a valuable garden booster that grows on trees. In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I…