Home Exterior and Outdoors

Solar Panels

Here Comes the Sun!
Are Solar Panels in your Future?


Today an average American homeowner pays nearly $2,000 per year to heat, cool, light and otherwise power their home. As utility companies raise their rates, your future bills are certain to rise. Now, whether you're driven by economics or simply the desire to reduce your carbon footprint, a home solar system can make a big difference. For example, in California, homeowners who have installed solar panels are reporting savings as high as 20% on their energy bills.

How to Fix a Leaky Hose Bib

Is Your Garden Hose a Big Annoying Drip?

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.

Three Coins in Your Fountain

How to bring the soothing sounds of cascading water to your home.

Love the sound of flowing water? Want to bring the tranquil feeling of a running brook to your own backyard?

It's easy to create the feel of a serene paradise at home by installing an outdoor fountain in your backyard, front porch, patio, deck, or even on a small balcony. Outdoor fountains come in many different shapes, sizes and styles such as waterfalls, birdbaths or garden planters and can be freestanding or wall mounted.

Go to YOUR Room! 5 Ways to put that spare space to work for you

It's a luxury any of us would love to be burdened with: a spare room. See how you can create a room truly all your own.

How to Start a Compost

Starting your own compost is simple and has an enormous return. This is one of those projects that'll have you wondering why you waited so long to do it.

Your Guide to Hanging Holiday Lights

Hang Exterior Holiday Lights the Right Way!

Keep Safe with Outdoor Lighting

Night Light!

How to Install Outdoor Motion Sensor Lights

Ever come home late and get a crawling feeling that someone or something is lurking nearby? Sure, we can all get a bit paranoid at times, but we also watch the news and know that it's not always in our heads.

Outdoor Spaces for Tiny Places

Tiny Places, Outdoor Spaces: making the Most of the Glorious Outdoors

Sure, apartment living has its advantages: no property taxes, someone else has to pay the plumber, there's no down payment, and you have the ability to move out whenever you want. But that freedom often comes at the cost of being cramped. No yard, no storage, no patio—what's a Jane to do? Look around! While an outdoor space to call your own may seem like a distant dream, if all you've got is a fire escape or balcony, a little creative thinking may make a space appear almost out of nowhere.

10 Tips for Making your Home a Happy Haven for Birds

Birds of a Feather

Shorter days, cooler nights, leaves falling—there's no denying that summer's behind us.

Being a Jane, you've probably already put away the outdoor furniture, gussied up the guest bedroom, and begun to winterize your home.


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