Family and Dining Rooms

What's the Perfect Gift for Mom? You!

Give your time and her home an upgrade.

Moms are sentimental by nature: who else would save clay imprints of your hands, your messy Valentine's Day card, or the woven potholders you made her in seventh grade? Whether or not they're still on display, you can bet that any project you did for her holds a special place in her heart. These gifts last because they come from a special place—the heart of her child.

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Picture Perfect: How to Hang in There!

Looking to Rearrange the Art in Your Life?
Simple tips for getting artwork on the straight and level

Does your living room or bedroom need a quick makeover? Before you give in to the urge to repaint, you might just try rearranging your artwork. There's no faster way to give a room a new feel than by changing out what you've got hung on the walls.

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Maintaining an Invisible Screen

Once you have installed the screen, you may be inspired to check out invisible, retractable window screens. Kits are available for double doors and French doors. Here are a few tips on maintenance:

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How to Install an Invisible Screen

Have you ever wished that your aluminum or wood frame screen door would stop blocking either your view outdoors or your lovely front door? Retractable screens, also known as invisible screens, will grant that wish.

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How to Change Your Light Switch

There aren't many faster ways to update the look of most rooms than to change out the old style light switches with new designer style paddles. Nothing will date a home faster than old, cruddy switches on the wall.

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Pick up the Pieces: From Broken glass to a Sumptuous Mosaic Table

A few years ago, I bought a fabulous outdoor table at the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena, one of the world's greatest flea markets. The base of the table was wrought iron, authentically weather and aged, just the way I love. The table featured a glass top.

During renovation of my back yard, when I converted my freestanding garage into an office and debris was strewn all over the place, the glass top cracked. I gave a moment's thought to replacing the glass and then came up with the idea of covering the table top in mosaic tiles, a look I have always admired.

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Hide the Boob Tube!

Must NOT See TV!
Ways to Hide The Television When Not In Use

We love our TVs: more than 98% of U.S. households have at least one. With thousands of programming choices, larger and larger screens (a 103" screen debuted at last month's Consumer Electronic Show), enhanced picture quality, the ability to pause and rewind effortlessly, and falling set prices, we can declare that the television experience is just about the best it's ever been.

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What Does Your Home Say About Who You Are?

The Secrets Your Home Reveals About You
Your Personality Affects How and Where You Live!

Look around your home: what can it tell you about the person who lives there? Are you a neat freak who has organization systems for everything from your shoes to your plates? Are you a creative type who expresses her creativity with vibrant colors and bold furnishings? Or maybe you're more of the conservative type with pastel colored walls and subtle nuances. Whatever your choices, your house speaks volumes about who you are.

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Faux-Painting Secrets: Give it the Tuscan Treatment

Cover your furniture and floor with tarps. Don't forget your gloves and protective eyewear. Apply taping mud, also called joint compound. This is a substance you already have on your walls in a thinner and more even coat; it helps get rid of the seams between pieces of drywall.

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5 DIY Tips for an Allergy-Free Home

I'm Allergic to My House!

Spring means warmer weather, longer days and that summer is right around the corner. While most of us are elated to bid farewell to the winter, for people with allergies spring means suffering. Blooming plants mean pollen galore, which triggers otherwise dormant hay fever symptoms for millions of Americans.

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