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07.06.17

“The secret is to conceal, reveal and simplify,” says Eric King, a professional landscape architect based in Atlanta, Georgia who has appeared on HGTV, and is now an instructor for Emory University’s Landscape Design certification program. King refers to improving curb appeal, but this approach can be applied throughout your yard, creating a more attractive landscape that reduces maintenance -- and mistakes. Here are 9 tips on how to bring out the best in your greenery, using a landscaping approach.

Read more about Plot Before You Plant: 9 Landscaping Secrets from a Pro

05.30.17

Summer’s the time to kick back during vacation, enjoy time outdoors at summer cookouts and … pay big bills accrued through carelessness? No, that’s not you. Yet many of us overlook simple solutions to summer expenses. Here are seven ways you could rack up unexpected costs.

Read more about Summer Spending: 7 Ways to Prevent Money Mistakes

03.30.17

When it comes to purchasing a home, many borrowers focus on price, not perfection. So it’s no surprise that home improvement projects—like fixing an outdated bathroom, or adding a fresh coat of paint—are on the rise. In fact, with more people buying older houses these days, the home improvement and repair industry has grown into a booming $326 billion business.

Read more about Easy DIY Projects to Improve Your Home Value

03.21.17

So, you’ve finally found your dream house. Sure, it may need a little work—okay, a lot of work—but you’re confident it will all be worth it in the end. That is until your home renovation project starts to go down the toilet (or worse, the toilet starts falling through the floor).

Read more about Tricks for Separating Fixer Uppers from the Money Pits

03.09.17

Should you paint your bedroom red or blue? Ask a design psychologist. Since the 1960s, environmental or design psychologists have studied how our physical surroundings affect our well-being, from healthcare to the workplace. While we all respond as individuals, our emotions can be influenced by colors, shapes, textures and more.

Read more about Peace of Mind: A Design Psychologist Gives Tips on Making a Happier Home

02.02.17

Deciding whether to renovate your current home or buy a new house can be emotionally fraught and financially complicated. As well, there may be aspects of the "stay vs. go" equation you may not have contemplated.

Read more about Should I Stay or Should I Go?

01.05.17

While many think of summer as "home improvement season," winter can offer easier scheduling, better contractor choices and stronger negotiating power. To discover which home improvement and maintenance choices to focus on in winter, we spoke with Don Vandervort, the founder and resident expert at hometips.com and who has written more than 30 books on home improvement.

Read more about Winter Improvement, Summer Enjoyment: Home Fixes for Right Now