8 Ideas for Extending Your Porch and Patio Season

Get out the lanterns and throws! Even when it gets chilly, there’s still time to enjoy a cozy outdoor space. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, we tend to get into hibernation mode, perhaps a bit early. We still need to soak in that vitamin D from the sun and breathe in…

Why, When and How to Plant a Tree

Trees add beauty while benefiting the environment. Learn the right way to plant one in your outdoor space. Trees are vital to our landscape, providing beauty and welcome shade. They also offer environmental benefits, such as cleaning the air, attracting wildlife and reducing energy costs when planted near our homes. Many trees have other bonuses,…

15 Entryways That Celebrate Fall With Dazzling Color

Take a tour of porches and stoops decorated in harvest hues for the season. Colorful chrysanthemums, piles of pumpkins and gourds, and rich fall wreaths adorn these festive entryways. Whether you’re looking for some last-minute decorating ideas or simply want to flip through some pretty pictures of fall, sit back and enjoy this roundup of…

Your Guide to 10 Popular Kitchen Styles

Get the details on transitional, farmhouse, contemporary and other kitchen styles. Whether you’re planning a kitchen remodel with the help of a kitchen designer, architect or contractor, knowing which style resonates with you can be a big help. Read on for the need-to-know details about 10 popular kitchen styles, including color palettes and key features of each look. Then…

How to Design a Healing Garden at Home

Read a design expert’s tips on creating an outdoor space for calming the mind, easing stress and promoting healing. Spending time in the garden can be a wonderful mood lifter and stress reliever. For that reason, hospitals and other health facilities have long incorporated healing gardens into their treatment of patients, family members and staff….

10 Friendly Furniture Pieces for a Comforting Home

Comfortable? Check. Sociable? Check. These enduring favorites never go out of style. Our passion for design can lead us to choose the fabulous over the friendly, and, while nothing can compete with a midcentury Danish chair or a classic Eames lounger, there is room in our homes for more anonymous but no less appealing pieces….

9 Porch Decorating Ideas to Use From Thanksgiving to New Year’s

Long-lasting wreaths, potted plants and more can cheer up your entryway from fall through winter. As we enter the busy holiday season, taking the time to give our porches or entryways a seasonal look both for fall and then again — almost immediately — for winter can feel like a push. This year, save some…

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…