Cut Home Cooling Costs with These Tips

Air conditioning efficiency is the result of year-round efforts, from pre-season maintenance of your system to smart improvements inside and outside of your home. Take time now to consider the following air conditioning efficiency checklist so that your family is comfortable and your utility bills are manageable through the warmest days of the year. Schedule an annual…

5 Ways to Avoid Botching Your Backyard Barbecue

A backyard barbecue skips the formalities and fills a patio with friends who answer the call of “come and get it” when steaks and corn on the cob are hot off the grill. But even with the relaxed mood of an outdoor barbecue, problems can flare up. Here are five gas grill goofs from Consumer…

DIY Projects You’ll Regret Tackling

Home improvement DIY projects come in many shapes and forms. Maybe someone is an experienced carpenter who can tackle a big kitchen or bathroom renovation without a professional crew, or maybe someone has seen a few too many HGTV episodes and feels inspired to spruce up their abode. Regardless of the motivation for the renovation, do-it-yourself…

Deep Spring Cleaning: 20 Little and Big Things You Might Be Forgetting

Over, under, inside and behind: Clean these often-neglected areas, and your house will look and feel better With the sun finally peeking out after a long, cold winter, freshening your house with a deep spring cleaning can feel really good. If you’re ready to go beyond the basic vacuum-and-mop weekly clean, pick and choose from…

What to Know Before You Paint Your Walls White

A coat of white paint can do wonders in one room and wreak havoc in another. Here are tips for using the popular hue There are few better ways to bring a fresh start to a home’s interior than by painting it white. This clean-slate strategy is often used immediately upon the purchase of a…

Dallas ranks as the hottest spot for millennial homebuying

Dallas and Houston are the hottest spots in the country for millennial homebuyers. That’s what analysts at California-based Meyers Research found in their annual “millennial desirability index” that rated the country’s largest housing markets. Austin ranked third on the same list, which compared data on housing affordability, job growth, cost of living and other factors…

Pantry Organization Made Easy

Browse stunning images of beautifully-organized pantries, and get inspired to reorganize your own kitchen storage space. Let It Slide Slide-out racks, drawers and baskets make finding everything you’re looking for a breeze. Up, Up and Away Make the most of your space, and don’t be afraid to stack items all the way to the ceiling…

Cooking Up Color: 7 Ways to Shine With Yellow in the Kitchen

Here’s what you can do with shades of yellow on cabinetry, accent walls, appliances and more. Continuing our series on accent colors for kitchens, we turn to happy yellow. The quickest way to add a burst of warmth and energy to your kitchen is through the use of vibrant hues such as yellow. But, especially…

6 Kid-friendly Bathroom Updates That Won’t Break The Bank

Updating a bathroom can instantly make your home feel new and fresh. When you’re updating your kids’ bathroom, aim for safety and convenience in the design first. Bathroom updates can become expensive quickly, so here are 6 budget-friendly design ideas for your kids’ bathroom: A Fresh Coat of Paint Painting is an easy and affordable way to…