Ash

Ash

A wood renowned for its toughness and resilience. Used for tools handles, furniture and fittings. Ash varies greatly in color from a blond/cream color to a darker tan and brown, found closer to the heart of the tree. There are several species of American ash: black, brown, and white. Like most other hardwoods the timber of the white ash is heavy, hard, strong and durable.

What sets ash apart and makes it valuable for many special uses is its exceptional flexibility. Ash is among the most easily steam-bent hardwood species. Early windmills were made form Ash. Ash is also used extensively in the manufacture of sporting goods. We all know that baseball bats are made from white ash. Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Nearly pure lustrous white, ranging through cream to very light brown. It has an attractive, straight, moderately open, pronounced grain. Heavy, hard, strong and stiff excellent bending qualities. Because of its large pores it is seldom painted but takes all other finishes very well.


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... such as picking up toys or sorting laundry by color. Create a chore chart to help keep everyone on task and ensure chores are completed in a timely fashion. 6. Create a clutter-free zone. From toys on the couch to jackets on kitchen chairs, stuff can pile up quickly. Give yourself a little brea...
Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen
...ch easier. "Keep the cold zone next to the wet zone. This makes it easier to move things from the cold zone refrigerator to the wet zone sink to wash them off and get them ready for the grill in the hot zone," he added. Zones are especially important when a pool is nearby. "Keep the cold zon...
Creating Sustainable, Beautiful Landscapes
...ndscape architects are licensed professionals who often work with landscaping or other construction companies to install their designs. Think of the fashion designer imagining an outfit while a clothing manufacturer makes the apparel, or an artist designing a wall poster that's printed by another co...
Simple Accents/Awaken your senses and brighten your home
...ten and beautify your sink, while enticing scents of Jasmine & White Cotton, Whipped Cocoa Butter and Kitchen Citrus Bliss provide an indulgent hand washing experience. In the bedroom In the sanctuary of your bedroom, keep your focus on comfort. Plump pillows in a variety of shapes and colors ad...
How Green Is Your House?An eco-friendly approach to home care
...re designed to save energy without sacrificing on performance. Where possible, make purchases that will perform double duty, such as high-efficiency washing machines that can save on both energy and water usage. Fuel sources Choosing the right energy source can also help lessen your impact on th...
Get Inspired by Outdoor Living Ideas
... Trex resists fading, staining, scratching and mold. Upkeep is hassle-free with no sanding, staining or painting required, and food and drink spills wash off easily with just soap and water. To see examples of outdoor living settings featuring this year's top looks, visit the Inspiration Gallery...
Luxurious Laundry Room Transformations
...om, to offer these words of advice: * Begin your design overhaul with beautiful, stylish appliances - like the sleek, high performance Front Load washer and dryer set from Electrolux. These eye-catching machines marry a sleek form with high-performance function, including the fastest combined was...
Create Your Own Bathroom Retreat
... Use open storage. When done correctly, displaying items can provide the bathroom with character. Find clear bottles to store extra shampoo and body wash and store it in a cute basket on an open shelf. For more ideas on how to make your bath a retreat, go to www.wellborn.com. ...
Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
...(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing. Throughout...
4 Tips to Make Home Maintenance Easier
...cked over, and protect floors from traffic damage by securing rugs and felt pads to furniture. Take a helping hand. Most phones have levels and flashlights that can help with minor jobs, and your phone's calendar can be set with recurring reminders so that you'll never miss a maintenance date. I...
Bathroom Upgrades to Impress Guests
...wl with holiday ornaments or venture outside for pinecones, which can serve as a fresh and festive centerpiece. * Clean As You Go. Clear your dishwasher before the party and rinse dinnerware throughout the evening to avoid a messy kitchen. A Delta faucet with Touch2O Technology makes it easy to s...
Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
...t, but especially when dealing with new babies and pets. Keep eco-friendly hand soap near the kitchen sink and in bathrooms for family and guests to wash their hands before holding the baby or after playing with pets. Green Works Hand Soap, found at Target, is free of parabens and phthalates and gen...
Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
...mories with guests. Here are a few quick tips to clean and prep your home for a season of get-togethers - anytime day or night. Load the dishwasher first. When you're throwing a get-together, the last thing you want is to open the dishwasher to find dirty dishes. Make sure to run the dishwas...
Emergency Preparedness Tips/Prepare your home for a power outage
... items: * Make sure your gas tank is full * Fill plastic bags with water and place them in the freezer * Stop by the bank to ensure you have some cash on hand * Fill prescriptions that are approaching their refill date Disasters, however, don't always come with prior notice, so having an emer...
Make Your Home Smarter
... save time with apps that allow them to preheat, monitor food as it cooks and turn off the oven all from their phone. Many other appliances, such as washers and dryers, are also on board with connectivity. New apps allow homeowners to check laundry cycles and receive alerts when their clothes are cl...
DIY Ideas for Every Room/Simple steps to update and organize
...rge statement pieces that improve the function and design of a room. Living Room When it comes to your living room, do you long for a space to stash toys, books and all the other random trinkets that pile up? Enjoy the benefits of versatile storage with ClosetMaid's new Premium Cubes, available...
Safe, Green Ways to Protect Family & Home
...heir food and water bowls. By cutting off their food and water source, most pests will look for a different, more welcoming place to dine. * Empty trash cans throughout the home on a regular basis. These are prime spots for pests to gather. A natural defense to pests starts by following just a f...
Setting the Mood for Summer in the Home
...the clutter and create plenty of open room for sorting and folding. Put all of your laundry-related items on shelves within reaching distance of the washer and dryer. A mounted ironing board is perfect for smaller spaces – you can keep it out of the way, yet easily accessible. With clutter-free surf...
Tips for a Healthier Home - Follow the Four C's from Trusted HGTV Contractor Mike Holmes
.... Mold thrives in areas of the home where moisture is present and can cause hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rashes, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. * Unwanted Guests Install weatherstripping around doors to seal gaps and repa...
5 Ways to Create a Safer Bathroom
...risks entirely, you can make your bathroom safer for the whole family by following a few simple steps: * Choose a textured floor. The splish and splash of taking a bath often leads to slippery surfaces. When choosing flooring for a bathroom, avoid slick surfaces like porcelain and granite, and loo...
Add Appeal, Save On Your Remodeling Project
...Collection from VT Dimensions. This affordable design element mimics the beauty and strength of stone materials at a fraction of the cost. * Backsplash: To add a sleek and modern touch to your kitchen space, consider adding a new backsplash. Typically made from ceramic, glass or stainless steel ti...
Caring for Your Stone Surfaces
... cleaners, as they can be too harsh on stone and lead to costly repair or replacement. * Seal regularly for the best protection. Have a stone backsplash? It's just as important to seal. * Keep stone floors safe with mats and regular damp mopping to catch abrasive particles that can scratch the sur...
Bringing Indoor Comfort Outside- Make outdoor space an extension of your home
...erving and drink carts that maximize space, such as the Rania Serving Cart from Pier 1 Imports, which has three levels so there's plenty of room to stash an ice bucket, drink dispenser, snacks, lawn games and more. So let the warmth of the season bring many memorable moments to your life and styl...
Four Steps for Attacking Garage Organization
... have stored large items in your garage, it's time to add some final touches to maximize efficiency and make your workspace functional. * Keep a trashcan nearby your work area so it stays free of garbage and debris. * Hang tools near your workbench so you can easily put them back in their proper...
Organize Entryways with Decorative Storage
...cate space for bulkier frequently-used items such as backpacks and lunchboxes, as well as shoes. Don't forget pets, with an area to collect treats, leashes, toys and other care items. Remember to allow room for outerwear and seasonal items such as coats, boots, scarves and umbrellas, which you ca...
A Sparkling, Spotless Home-Spring cleaning solutions to make your house shine
... easily removes tough soils quickly and effectively from a variety of different surfaces. For a well-rounded clean, try the line's bleach-free House Wash or Mold and Mildew stain remover formulas. For more information, visit www.krudkutter.com. A Gentle Clean Give your clothing a clean that'...
Luxurious Laundry Room Transformations
...om, to offer these words of advice: * Begin your design overhaul with beautiful, stylish appliances - like the sleek, high performance Front Load washer and dryer set from Electrolux. These eye-catching machines marry a sleek form with high-performance function, including the fastest combined was...
Make a Splash With Family Pool Fun
...Warmer weather brings leisurely days spent poolside with friends and family. As you get ready to dive in to another season of fun in the sun, remember that safety comes first. With more than 10 million residential pools across America, the opportunities for water recreation right at home are plen...
Shedding Light on Replacement Windows
...udget. Type A pocket window is perfect in situations where the home's existing window frame and surrounding wall are in good condition, but the sash is in need of improvement. Installing a complete replacement window is a good choice for projects involving more substantial renovation. Materi...
Simple Tips Keep Clutter at Bay
...ng. This gives you a fresh, stress-free start in the morning and peace of mind knowing where everything you need is located. 4. Turn clutter into cash. Motivate yourself to de-clutter by making money on your unused and unwanted possessions. You can sell gently used clothing to local consignment s...
Colorful Autumn Additions
.... Pumpkins and gourds of every shape and color make inexpensive additions that brighten any tabletop or mantle. Or, place as many of these beloved squashes you can on a bale of hay outside the front door for a display the whole neighborhood can enjoy. Try transitional pieces Situated right befor...
Create a Fully Loaded Laundry Room
...Today's technology makes those pesky tasks of washing, drying and folding your beloved garments easier than ever before. Gain inspiration for a laundry room update with cutting-edge solutions that work hard to get your clothes squeaky clean and may even make the chore fun. Laundry room meets ent...
DIY Magic to Transform Your Kids' Rooms
...n at every stage - from infant to tween. Add matching bedding and other accessories to complete the look. For a truly show-stopping finish, put a splash of glitter on the walls. Disney Paint, "All That Glitters," is a new clear topcoat that creates a shimmering glitter finish over any painted surfa...
Take Time to Tackle Home Maintenance
... grow and thrive in warm, humid conditions. Inspect your home for excess water and moisture build-up from leaky roofs, faucets, basement drains, dishwashers and washing machines, and fix them immediately. E Exercise caution around appliances. Before using appliances such as space heaters and toa...
Get Your Home Ready for Outdoor Entertaining
...ing, pull out the summer dishes and glassware and make sure they are spotless. To get tableware sparkling clean, use a rinse aid like OxiCleanTM Dishwashing Booster in addition to your dishwasher detergent. It helps boost the cleaning performance of your dishwasher detergent to remove cloudy film, s...
Paint Like a Pro/Easy Exterior and Interior Painting Tips
...lightly whisk the paint on. The brush has more paint on it than you think, so let the brush do the work. * If your painting job is ongoing, don't wash the brushes. Instead, put them back in their bags and keep in the freezer overnight. Then, pull the brushes out about 15 minutes before you plan t...
Seaside Inspiration for the Home
...rs and shells in a wooden tray. This antique-look Photo Frame Accent Table is ideal for displaying fun-in-the-sun photos past and present. A whitewashed finish is the natural choice for breezy, beachcomber appeal. You can find more beach-inspired projects like this at www.joann.com/projects/. ...
Clever Storage for Kids' Rooms
...cessary Crafting Time: 3 to 5 hours Supplies and Tools: Wood crate with 1 drawer Soy Stains: Fruitwood, Cherry, Walnut Rubber gloves Old washcloth, soft rag Circle templates Stylus Ruler or yardstick 1/2-inch flat paintbrush 1. Using rubber gloves and an old cloth, rub the l...
Green Ways to Beautify Your Home
...d could save 2,900 gallons of water per year, and a new toilet could save you 13,000 gallons of water per year. Look for the EnergyStar label on dishwashers and washing machines - they can use up to half as much water and 40 percent less energy. Clean Green - Keep your home sparkling clean with e...
Spring Cleaning Shortcuts
...ze quickly. -To get rid of soap scum, clean the tub and shower with a foaming cleanser that does most of the work for you, and simply rinse it off. Wash shower curtains and liners according to label instructions. -To help prevent soap scum buildup in the future, try switching to a liquid shower g...
Kitchen updates that won't break the bank
...udget without compromising on style or function. We designed this line so they don't have to," says Reep. 2. Set the stage with a beautiful backsplash Another affordable way to make a statement is by updating or adding a backsplash. "A backsplash is a subtle way to update your kitchen. Choose ...
Go with the flow to add flexibility to your home
...room. Upstairs, the advent of the second-floor laundry room has proven a blessing for time-stressed homemakers who want clothes and bedding to be washed and dried where they're commonly needed. Here, too, sliding doors are an ideal solution.-They enable the laundry room to be sequestered behind d...
Five fast home decor updates with fantastic results
...no time. New life to lighting Light is an important element for any room - but are your lamps looking a bit lackluster? Turn older lamps from trash to treasure with a coat of spray paint. Today's spray paint offerings provide endless choices - from shiny metallics to subdued hammered or brushe...
Ten lucky home decor trends for 2013
...3 from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across the country. They're fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to any home. A splash of color Industry leader Pantone's annual fashion color report sets the tone for home decor as well as clothing, and the spring 2013 report is ...
Kitchen trends for 2013: 'Revamping kits' offer high-end results
...top paint information and availability can be found at gianigranite.com. Modern cabinets are what everyone needs to bring their kitchen from "old-fashioned" to "in fashion." However, throwing the old cabinets out may seem drastic. If your cabinets work just fine but the color is keeping your kitc...
Transforming Your Bedroom Into a Stylish, Functional Retreat
... your bedroom, you want everything soft. You don't necessarily need a lot of patterns or colors. The key is to contrast textures like wools, linens, cashmeres and knits to make it feel inviting. Remember to keep everything in your color palette to avoid it looking messy or feeling busy." <s...
Color tips from the pros: How to bring bold hues into the kitchen and bath
...r kitchens and baths? As bright hues are surfacing in kitchen and bath design trends, existing oft-neutral palettes make it easy to introduce bold splashes. Whether it's with a new faucet finish, a vibrant wall color, a playful backsplash - even a brightly-colored sink - adding color instantly cr...
Nick-of-time tips to make your home holiday ready
...ntertops and cabinets. While you're swapping out knobs and drawer pulls, consider giving tired laminate countertops a coat of paint. Add a new backsplash in ceramic tile or natural stone, or go quick and easy with peel-and-stick metal tile that evokes the look of classic tin. 3. Guest bath/powder...
Upgrading your kitchen from 'blah' to 'bling' for less
...ame area for school and art projects, and family activities that can be tucked into a corner when not in use. Include flat-panel screens in a back splash or a separate lounge area adjacent to the workspace to entertain family and friends. Counter life's madness with beautiful surfaces Making t...
The surprising truth about carpet
...aning techniques. Think of your carpet like you would a sweater in your wardrobe. If you wear a sweater, it eventually gets dirty and needs to be washed. Your carpet is walked on by people and pets frequently, and much like a sweater, needs to get cleaned regularly to look its best and last a lon...
Four steps to a more beautiful bathroom
... few strokes of a paint brush. Dutch Boy offers hundreds of hues to help you create the perfect atmosphere, whatever your style and space. Give your washroom a tranquil look with a subdued color like Faded Mint, rejuvenate the walls with a bright Borealis Blue, or freshen up with a neutral Rudimenta...
Clean Closets Make a Happy Home
... pack and store the rest for later. * Linen closets stay more organized when you stack similar sized items together. Sort sheets by size, and group washcloths, hand towels and bath towels together. * For closets that hold everything from the vacuum cleaner to art supplies and anything in between, ...
Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan?
...se new flameless wax candles which provide the realistic flicker of a scented wax candle without the hazard of open flame. * Keep battery-operated flashlights and lanterns in easily accessible places in case of power failure. Kitchen Cooking is the leading cause of reported home fires and home...
Teragren's Complete Bamboo Line Certified USDA BioPreferred
...BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – October 3, 2012 – Teragren (www.teragren.com), the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for their complete line of bamboo building products. The USDA Certified Biobased Prod...
Get Your Kitchen Holiday Ready
...bad smells are kept at bay. One way you can do that is with the dual-action formula of Ultra Palmolive(r) Dish and Sponge FreshTM Dish Liquid, which washes away odor-causing residue on sponges while its cleaning action helps remove stuck-on food. Dishes are left sparkling clean and sponges are left ...
Kitchen Cleaning - Organize Your Approach
...anup easier. Then, use a foaming all-purpose cleaner and a damp sponge to easily wipe away residue and grease and leave a fresh scent behind. Dishwasher Use a toothbrush and warm, soapy water to clean around the rubber seal on the door of your dishwasher. Use a scrubbing brush or sponge to wipe...
Cleaning Made Simple
...gallon of warm water. Rinse and dry thoroughly before putting them back. -Clean and sanitize surfaces that come into contact with food. To sanitize washable hard, nonporous surfaces such as granite, without damaging them, spray DuPont Sanitizer for Sealed Natural Stone. Spray until thoroughly wet a...
Five Tips for Wood Finishing Like a Pro
...ep in finishing your surface right. * Clean the surface to remove dirt, debris and flaking from the original finish. You can do this with a power washer or by scrubbing the surface with a stiff-bristled brush and a cleaner such as trisodium phosphate (TSP) or a commercial cleaner. Redwood, cedar ...
Painting Kids' Rooms: Tips and Tricks to Get it Right
...ean. You can wipe off crayon and pencil marks with common non-abrasive cleaners. Eggshell/Satin - Has a smooth finish with a subtle sheen, and is washable and scrubbable. Flat - A beautiful matte coating with no shine. It is ideal for low-traffic areas and hides minor dents or nicks best. ...
Freshen Up Your Home, Naturally
...homeowners have even gone to extreme measures to rid their homes of pungent odors, such as replacing a rug or carpet (34 percent), purchasing a new trash can (26 percent) or replacing a couch or another piece of furniture (17 percent), according to a survey commissioned by Filtrete Filters from 3M. ...
Pest Prevention Basics/What you need to know to keep pests out of your home
...erator or freezer. -Don't leave your pet's food and water dishes out overnight. -Check for water leaks under the sink and refrigerator. -Keep trash and recycling areas clean, and rinse out food containers and beverage cans before disposing of them. -Baits, sprays and traps are effective ways ...
Tips for Taking Care of Your Home
...ts near condensing unit to ensure proper air flow and circulation. * Bent condensing unit fins can often be easily straightened with a fin comb. Washing Machine * Inspect cold and hot water supply hoses for cracks and deterioration. * Look for signs of water or oil leakage. * Check to make su...
Simple Switches to Spruce Up Any Home
...for spring.* Furniture displays: Create a "cabinet of natural curiosities" by putting seasonal elements from nature on display. Birds' nests, seashells, moss and acorns take on a sculptural quality when displayed in groups.* Rugs: Change up area rugs according to season using natural fib...
Simple projects to spruce up the look of your home
...ide. Windows Spring is a great time to take a look at your window treatments and see if they could use a little love. Cleaning your blinds and washing your curtains can give your indoor space a little extra life. If you're repainting, you may also want to consider repainting or restaining your...
Home organization for the busy household
... * Teach your family to pitch in: If you're the main housekeeper, it's reasonable to ask family members to help with chores such as loading the dishwasher, picking up toys, taking out the trash and doing the laundry. Delegating small chores throughout the year makes larger organization projects a m...
Top trends to make your windows look hot this summer
...an shades in passionate purple and energy-efficient cellular shades in celery green, to roller shades in sprightly floral patterns. Brands like Laura Ashley, Bali and Graber literally offer dozens of color, pattern and style combinations, making it possible to find a window shade to complement virtu...
Creating the perfect master suite retreat
...y retreat. A perfect - and often inexpensive - place to start is your local antique store, flea market, or even yard sales. After all, one person's trash is another person's vintage treasure. Select delicate, yet comfortable, furniture pieces to add to the relaxing and comfortable feel. Accent c...
Mohawk Makes a Splash with Statement-Making Pinterest Boards that Inspire and Educate Consumers
.... The company has curated 15 pin boards, which visually communicate Mohawk’s key brand stories, while also showcasing its influential role as a home fashion and design leader. Pinterest is the third most popular social media site, ranking behind only Facebook and Twitter, and it is rapidly gaining u...
Time-Saving Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms
...llowing tips: Five minutes to clean laundry * Take a few seconds to spot treat tough stains. * Don't sort laundry before throwing it into the washer. Simply leave out garments that are likely to bleed and use the coldest water setting on the rest. * Use the shortest wash cycle, then treat y...
Clean House Naturally and Avoid Toxic Cleansers
...It's time to tackle the annual home cleaning. But just because you're thoroughly washing, scrubbing and disinfecting your home, doesn't mean you need to turn to cleansers with harsh ingredients and chemicals. In fact, you can easily clean using inexpensive products already in your kitchen, such as v...
What's Your Style? Fresh decorating ideas for your home.
...a bulletin board, in folders or make a virtual one at www.facebook.com/glade. * To create one at home, collect images of things you love, such as fashion, décor, or anything that catches your eye. Sort through the images and look for patterns. This is a great way to narrow down your options when ...
Tips and Tricks to Get Your Home Clean
...soda onto a damp sponge and clean counter tops, stainless steel sinks, the oven range, and within your microwave. To remove soap buildup in your dishwasher, pour a cup of white vinegar in an empty machine and run through the cycle. "Most people are unaware that the kitchen sink is one spot with th...
Spring into 2012 with the hottest colors for your home
...mes hues include Clown's Nose, Kiddie Pool and Orangesicle. Compose. A street of dreams with a focus on soft femininity and vintage 1930s floral fashions are at the heart of the Compose color palette. Rich, dark hues are offset by bright pops of color that despite their origin in an earlier era,...
Trend watch: Color and customization trends for your kitchen
...nish with fun options like cracked pepper, chili pepper or snowflake white finish accents. "Color blocking is something that is trending in both fashion and interior design," says Judd Lord, Delta Faucet Company director of industrial design. "People want to express themselves through home decor...
Simple projects to spruce up the look of your home
...ide. Windows Spring is a great time to take a look at your window treatments and see if they could use a little love. Cleaning your blinds and washing your curtains can give your indoor space a little extra life. If you're repainting, you may also want to consider repainting or restaining your...
Five smart steps to maximize bathroom space
... studs offers a plethora of potential storage space. You can build shelves directly between the studs, which adds lots of extra space for items like washcloths and toiletries, all within the existing footprint. Tip 4: Get wired for modern practicality Your morning routine charges you for the d...
Selling or staying put, 'daylighting' improvements pay off for homeowners
...venting units designed to be installed in easily accessible areas, such as the angled walls in attic bonus rooms, and are operated by hand. A double-sash roof window is available that opens from both bottom and top to form a balcony on your roof. These units are often used in place of, or to replace...
Simple Tricks to Refresh Your Home
...ution to wipe away baked on grease and grime. Remember to make sure the oven is cool before applying the solution. * Don't forget to clean your dishwasher, too. Remove trapped food particles from the bottom and around any moving parts. Pour a cup of vinegar into the empty dishwasher and run it to c...
Need a Quick Room Makeover? Look to Lighting Solutions
...sources of task lighting for reading or playing games, while track fixtures can be used to highlight art work or unique wall treatments such as wall washing or glazing. * Place light sources at various heights within the room to add visual interest. * Use translucent shades on table lamps to con...
Simplifying Home Design with Technology
... iPhone or iPod Touch into a level. Available for free for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. ColorSmart (http://www.behr.com/dsm-ext/templates/html/NoFlashErrorPage.jsp): If you're planning on refreshing your home's walls, this app from Behr paint is a must-have. The app makes it easy to try out diffe...
The Clean You Need, at a Fraction of the Cost
... water whenever possible. Most detergents are powerful enough to get a deep-down clean regardless of the water temperature. Whether running the dish washer or loading the laundry machine, turn the dial to cold for savings. Use, Wash, Repeat Laundry rooms are often dubbed mud rooms. When cleanin...
Get Your Kitchen Holiday-Ready
...rating leftovers that anyone is likely to eat. * Once a month, clean each shelf and bin one at a time starting from top to bottom. Remove items and wash with warm soapy water. Wash the walls, too. Dry thoroughly. * All-purpose cleaners are safe for most surfaces in the kitchen, including stainless...
Prep Your Home for Months Indoors
...e, scrub each piece thoroughly with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda - this natural cleaning method means that you won't need to worry about harsh chemicals washing off onto your lawn. Baking soda can also be used to eliminate odors from seat cushions or remove the grease from the grill before the off-seaso...
Protect Your Deck Now
...deck is in tip-top shape for backyard BBQs in the spring. There are three steps to winterizing your deck: First, you should give your deck a good wash. There are a number of substances that can get on your deck during the summer that could cause problems during the winter. For example, mold and m...
Different Spaces for Different Paces - Tips for Multi-Generational Kitchen Design
...dant and under-cabinet lighting provides both aesthetics and functionality. Adding dimmer switches is a way to add even more flexibility. Add a splash of color. While monochromatic color schemes have been popular in recent years, older generations may prefer contrast between countertops and cabin...
Your Blueprint for a Greener Home
...r, single-pane windows that show signs of leakage, water damage, or condensation with new double-pane windows installed with proper air sealing and flashing. - Windows and doors should be weather stripped. See the DOE Energy Savers website, www.energysavers.gov, for a comprehensive description of d...
Does Your Kitchen Work Like a Dream? Make the Most of Kitchen Storage
...to experiment. A cutting board kit can neatly store knives within a drawer and has a built-in cutting board. This feature, combined with a pull-out trash underneath, can make food prep a breeze. "People who love to cook often have a lot of pots and pans, and they are usually in a jumbled mess," s...
Low Maintenance Living from James Hardie
... advances have made it easier to streamline household chores and save time. From robot vacuum cleaners and self-cleaning windows, to high efficiency washers and self-cleaning ovens, there are plenty of ways to cut down on chore time. And not all cleaning advances are gadget related. Look for multipu...
Pest Prevention: Three Easy DIY Tips
...ing for protruding nails, loose railings and other safety hazards. After making any needed repairs, carefully clean and re-seal the wood. A pressure washer will do a great job getting the deck clean. Then let it dry for at least 48 hours before applying an oil-based deck stain. Also, check for signs...
Earth-Friendly Household Tips Made Easy
... Protection Agency, more than 90 percent of Americans want to protect the environment. Despite the desire to care for the earth, only 33 percent of trash in the U.S. actually gets recycled, and 54 percent gets buried in landfills. In an effort to offset the amount of product waste that could pot...
Update Your Bathroom in a Weekend
...esults include the following anyone-can-do projects: Paint. A fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to make a big splash in any room. * Light, bright colors can make the room feel more open and airy. * Walls aren't the only things that can be painted. Cabinets, cei...
Make Every Day Earth Day
..., air and water pollution due to hazardous substances such as lead and chromium. Find out where to recycle your electronics at www.earth911.com. Wash Wisely. The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load, according to www.epa.gov. If you are looking to buy a new washer, shop fo...
The master suite: a haven within your home
... one that reflects a practical way of life - a true functionality." In this palette, texture is key and colors are soft and faded. Windswept and washed effects, as well as monochromatic layering, set off this modern collection. Inspired colors from Dutch Boy's innovative Color Simplicity System ...
The ABC'S for Keeping the Home Healthier for Children
...air. These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 deg...
Freshen Your Look and Home This Spring
...ucing two new limited edition home fragrances - Bring on the Blossoms and Sparkle of Spring. As an entertainment journalist and co-host of E!'s "Fashion Police," Rancic is an expert in today's fashion and aims to inspire women to celebrate the season by updating their look this spring. From home...
Easy Ways to Transform a Room
...le pieces that are traditionally complicated to put together. Their ready-to-assemble mounts and stands for flat panel TVs can update any room in a flash. For more information, visit www.z-linedesigns.com. Freshen up accessories. * There's no need to re-upholster a sofa or its matching chairs....
In 2011, Mohawk Will Be Coming To A Home Show Near You!
...h will take place Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13th. You can find more information and directions on the official website: www.GreatBigTexasHomeShow.com.  Taking our show on the road to Colorado, we will take part in the Denver Home Show from Friday, March 18th until Sunday, March 20th...
Economy, housing market drive smaller, smarter home-remodeling projects
... me for advice and guidance to update their bathrooms without breaking the bank," says April Bettinger, owner of Nip Tuck Remodeling in Woodinville, Wash. "They are happy to have recommendations for products that will hold up well, provide a useful life and look nice at the same time," she says. ...
DIY-challenged? Three easy tricks for floor to ceiling
...rs), pull it down, reposition it, even move it to a different wall. The material does not rip or wrinkle and can even stand up to a trip through the washer and dryer. MuralsYourWay.com carries thousands of murals that can all be printed on SmartStick and customized to fit your wall exactly Wall ...
Shaw, HGTV team up for co-branded flooring line - Licensing partnership extends an already strong relationship
...strategic brand extension into licensed home and garden products. The first products from this effort were announced early last year and included fashion bedding and window treatments by Victoria Classics, utility bedding by Natura World and select bathroom accessories by Ginsey Home Solutions. ...
Hardwood finishes are more eco-friendly than ever
...t need to be taken to a hazardous waste center. Simply let open containers sit in a well-ventilated area, and once they solidify, place them in the trash. Of course, you could always leave the lid on and pass the finishes along to a neighbor or charity organization. Beyond traditional low- and n...
LEED Stop on Eugene Tour of Homes Features Hakatai
...n we first started out. She was thrilled when she got the samples from Hakatai. The house is set in the mountains with trees everywhere. We used old-fashioned style wallpaper and kept it modern with the shower tiles and the iridescence. Hakatai was easy to work with and the whole process was great. ...
Karastan Featured in 4th Annual Hearst Magazines ‘Designer Visions: Cinema Style’
... unlikely husband, hip-hop record mogul Harry (Jack Nicholson). The palette is driven by the apartment’s inescapable views of the Manhattan skyline awash in soft blues and silvery grays. Grounded in this color range, the Howards chose the subtle diamond block pattern of Karastan’s Zanzibar in a neut...
Nourison to expand into New York showroom
... showcase our products and programs from one of the world’s most prestigious addresses.” Home to some of the world’s largest and best known home fashions manufacturers, the new Fifth Avenue location will offer greater visibility and convenience for buyers based in Manhattan or visiting from all ...
Armstrong Green: Opportunity for customer service and better sales
...r has limited knowledge about green building materials, plus is skeptical about information sources. Consumers can, and should be suspicious of greenwashing and the lack of credible industry-independent, third-party sources. Don’t add to industry confusion by labeling products as green or not gre...
How to cut more than $1,500 from your utility bill
...y bills and other household expenses, but there's no need to resort to searching for spare change in the sofa cushions. You can find plenty of extra cash throughout the house by making some simple and smart energy-efficient home improvements. "The average household spends approximately $2,200 ev...
Warm up your kitchen with cozy colors
...attan, fabric or pottery. Don't be afraid to sprinkle in elements of color surprise here and there to keep the space interesting, whether it's the splash of a lipstick red vase or a family photo framed in a vivid shade of electric blue. Let your kitchen be a personal palette that reflects your t...
Winter Weather Safety Tips
...idea to lay salt and sand before and after it snows on driveways and walk-ways to prevent slipping and facilitate ice melting. * Tip #2: Make sure flashlights, candles, matches and a battery powered radio are all kept in an easy to reach location so you're prepared in the event of a power outage. ...
Tips for a Clean House During the Holidays
... 3. Consider mixing up a quick batch of homemade cleaner for an easy, green alternative to harsh chemical products. Mix two tablespoons of mild dishwashing soap and two cups of water in a spray bottle. Give it a shake and use anywhere you'd typically use a commercial all-purpose spray, like counter...
Get Your Home Winter-Ready
...order, and replace or repair any that are damaged or worn. Stock your car and garage with appropriate winter supplies (shovels, scrapers, blankets, flashlights, etc.), and don't forget to keep walkways safe for your family and neighbors with ice melt. Not all ice melters are effective in melting...
Stop Stinky Kitchen Smells with Easy Tips from the "Queen of Clean"
...There's no masking it: when it comes to unpleasant household odors, the stinkiness wafting from the trash can is tops. According to a recent survey, 75 percent of Americans rated trash can odors as the most offensive smell in their home, beating out pet waste, dirty diapers and dead flowers. And...
Put the Fun in Function - Making the Most of Kitchen Storage
...ts and pans as close to the stove as possible. * Keep utensils where you can reach them easily while cooking. A utensil hanging system on the backsplash, or a pull-down knife rack under the wall cabinet next to the cooktop keeps you from digging through drawers. The Pantry Zone If you're tire...
Size Up Your Siding Ways To Invest In Your Home
...Power washing ... sanding and scraping ... painting ... keeping a home's exterior in good condition can take a lot of time, effort and money. And it often leads homeowners to wonder if there are ways to improve their home without all the work. If this sounds like you, low-maintenance siding may be t...
TERAGREN® INTRODUCES NEW PORTFOLIO STRANDBAMBOO FLOATING FLOOR COLLECTION
...BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – February 2, 2010 – Teragren (www.teragren.com), the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels and veneer, today introduced the Portfolio Strand Bamboo Floating Floor collection, the newest addition to the company’s line of beautiful, durable, renewable ...
Green Your Clean
...hose who are sensitive to strong perfumes and scents. -Soften fabric by adding one-quarter cup baking soda or one-quarter cup white vinegar to the wash cycle. Cleaning Kitchens and Bathrooms. -For an all-natural way to clean the oven, try using a nonabrasive scrubbing pad and baking soda. M...
Cleaning From Top to Bottom Tips and Secrets for a Cleaner, Healthier Home
...down, collecting all of the dust and dirt that falls to the floor while you're cleaning. Wipe Down Windows and Walls: Don't clean windows the old fashioned way - newspaper can cause ink residue and paper towels leave lint behind. Your best bet is to use microfiber cleaning cloths and a profession...
Dare to DIY / Home maintenance you can do yourself
... Cleanup The elements can be harsh on the exterior of the home. Here are some tips for taking care of some often neglected outside cleanup chores. Wash Siding Pressure washers are a good way to clean vinyl, metal and some types of masonry siding. You can rent a pressure washer from most rental e...
Naturally Clean and Fresh
...hining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces. Additionally, you can sprinkle on upholstery and carpet to get rid of odors, or add it to your face wash as a natural exfoliant. For more tips and information, visit www.armandhammer.com. Did you know that vinegar can be used to clean surfaces aro...
Laundry Room Redo
...y, you're not alone. According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the average family does 8 to 10 loads of laundry a week. And from wash to dry, a single load takes about an hour and a half to complete. Can anything be done to give laundry a lift? Giving your laundry room a quick...
Color splashes into 2010 styles
...With many more than pleased to have left 2009 behind, the new year begs the question of popularity—which trends will sell the economy out of stagnation? Experts have predicted a desire to break free from the safe, neutral tones that have dominated the last few years and emphasize bright colors to ac...
Easy Care and Fresh Colors Abound in Karastan’s 2010 Tufted Introductions
...ion of easy care and rugged durability Moroccan Style Inspired by ornate grillwork found in the Marrakech medina, Moroccan Style lends an exotic fashion statement with understated chic. This cut-and-loop construction features 22 rich spice hues in subtle tri-tonal colorations that are loaded wit...
A New Breeze of Color for Karastan’s Classic Weaves and New Wovens with Casual Flair
...igh/low woven rib to create a carpet that has unmistakable style and outstanding performance. Loom Art Loom Art is a sumptuous woven boucle loop fashioned to give any room a casual flair. Offering nine shades inspired by nature and the superior performance and easy maintenance of 100% Stainmaste...
San Francisco Designer Remodels with Hakatai Glass Mosaics
...colors, but they also have a great depth of colors and textures.” For more information, please contact Hakatai Enterprises at: 701 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, Oregon 97520, or by phone: 541-552-0855, fax: 541-552-0861, or email: info@hakatai.com...
Strategize for a Speedy Spring Cleaning
...hink of cleaning. Use a multi-purpose solution to wipe down your remote controls, game controls, docking stations, cell phone, blackberry and iPods. Wash the globes on overhead light fixtures and dust light bulbs; it will make the room look cleaner and brighter. Don't forget to do the same to your p...
Colorful New Shingles Inspire Home Makeovers
... In addition to consulting internationally, especially on the emotional aspect of color, Eiseman predicts color trends for industries ranging from fashion to furniture, zeroing in on the hot shades for each season. Eiseman says, "If your home is in need of an update, and you're in the market f...
Refresh Your Nest Affordable ways to liven up your home
...d by a cloud. Get the look by blanketing rooms in the softest neutral shades: cream, mocha and, most especially (and perhaps surprisingly), gray. "A dash of a neutral metallic accent, such as silver, adds a welcome sparkle," said Robinson. "It's like sunlight peeking through the clouds." Distress...
Greener Living - Simple steps toward a more natural home
...ficient and natural. Each one you take makes the next one easier. Here are some simple steps to get you started: No running on empty. Load the dishwasher after every meal, but only turn it on when it's totally full. Running several smaller loads instead of a full load wastes both water and energy....
Priceless Design
...chen an instant and inexpensive makeover simply by replacing outdated fixtures such as faucets, lighting and hardware. You can also add a tile backsplash or under-cabinet lights to really dress up your kitchen. Not only are these functional and design-oriented, they really help deliver a big bang fo...
Kristan Cunningham Home Design Tips
...m> Montage of home design tips from Kristan Cunningham...
Interior Design | Small Spaces
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Building Green / Foundation
...m> In episode two of the first season of Building Gree...
Recycled Kitchen Redo-DIY
...m> Recycled paper counters and glass tile backsplash h...
How To Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly
...m> We waste more water and use more chemicals in our b...