Home & Garden

Sun
25
Oct

Cost-conscious home upgrades for fall

Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)
Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)

If you're looking for ways to improve your home but don't have the budget for a full-scale renovation, look at upgrades that add instant value with a smaller investment.

Sun
11
Oct

5 tips to keep your yard healthy this fall

Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)
Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)

A beautiful lawn can be the foundation to a happy, healthier life and lead to spending more time outdoors.

In fact, 86 percent of Americans consider their lawn important to their home and life.

Sun
11
Oct

Keeping the character

Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)
Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)

Renovation with original charm in mind
Not every home renovation is a complete do-over. In fact, some projects are more about preserving the character and charm of the original structure than making everything shiny and new.
A self-taught home rehabber, licensed real estate agent and designer, Nicole Curtis of Minneapolis, star of HGTV's "Rehab Addict," has made an art of introducing the comforts and conveniences of modern living while restoring homes to their former glory.

Tue
22
Sep

Give your home a quick fall facelift, with fabric, paint and seasonal decor

Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)
Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)

(StatePoint) A seasonal home makeover doesn’t need to cost a fortune or be difficult to execute. Quick, easy and innovative ideas can give your home the fall flair needed to celebrate the season.

Mon
21
Sep

Plant now for a beautiful garden — for years to come

Melinda Myers
gardening expert

Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long term beauty to your garden.

Wed
09
Sep

Aerate your lawn this fall for a good start next spring

Fall is a great time to aerate the lawn. Whether you do it yourself or hire a lawn care professional to do it for you, aeration at least once per year provides a number of benefits to your lawn, say experts.

Wed
09
Sep

Understanding design to match your home’s architectural style

Adding the right design elements to your home can complete what its architecture hopes to accomplish. But knowing just what to incorporate to complement — rather than detract — from the style of your home can present a challenge.

Tue
26
May

How to find help with a home landscape

Homeowners often ask the University of Minnesota Extension how to find a student, a Master Gardener, or an industry professional to help them with a home landscaping project or garden design.

Sun
24
May

What’s your dream kitchen look like­—outdoors?

A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)
A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

Sun
24
May

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Or a hirer?

Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)
Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)

Should you save money by doing the job yourself?

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