Mary Joan Dickerson of Cedar Lake is a big fan of the cable networks HGTV and DIY, treating the shows and programming about do-it-yourself landscaping and household tips like an at-home classroom.
Getting a family organized requires more than a few well-chosen New Year's resolutions. Increasingly, homeowners are carving out a physical space — anything from a single kitchen cabinet to an entire spare room — that can function as a family information center and workstation.
A New Year's bash is one of the easier parties to throw. Everyone's already in the merry-making mood, so it's a simple matter of setting the stage.
The Christmas tree is the focal point of many homes during the holiday season, so if yours is looking less than lush, here are some tips from the pros for, well, sprucing up its appearance.
From good to great: By removing a wall that once divided this home's kitchen and den, HGTV "Design Star" winner Meg Caswell created a more open, usable space. Bold yellow, grounded with black and gray, gives the space some wow. "Push color. It will pay off," she says.
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