How to Care for Young Trees

How to Care for Young Trees

Growing trees on your land can significantly revamp your landscape. However, this is a job that requires some level of commitment. The most important time in the life of any tree is the first five years. How your tree grows…

6 Garage Organizing Tips That Really Work

6 Garage Organizing Tips That Really Work

Garages are somewhat dumps for just about everything. Because they are large open spaces, they’re easy targets for that suitcase that will not fit in the cupboard, the rollerblades your daughter does not want to throw off yet, the sewing…

Kitchen of the Week: A Bi-Coastal Structure

Kitchen of the Week: A Bi-Coastal Structure

Designing a kitchen is always a struggle, but it becomes much more difficult when you have to design the whole thing from over 3,000 miles apart. Houzz consumer Karen Heffernan was residing in California while the construction on her soon-to-be-home…

Guest Groups: 20 Beautiful Wooden Pieces

Guest Groups: 20 Beautiful Wooden Pieces

On the AphroChic site I love to feature spaces that blend modern design ideas with cultural expression. Nowadays, warm wooden pieces from around the globe are an excellent way to bring international style home. Each month on Houzz I’m sharing…

A World View: Decorating With Maps

A World View: Decorating With Maps

On the lookout for and affordable and easy way to decorate your walls? Consider maps. Whether it is a topographical map from USGS, a nautical chart, a collection of National Parks maps, a subway map, a map of the whole…

Adding Farmhouse Charm to Your Home

Adding Farmhouse Charm to Your Home

I’m a city girl at heart, but there is something about farmhouse decor that appeals to me. I’m not sure if it’s the intrigue of time-worn items, or the relaxation in decor symbolizing a pure and simple way of life….

Houzz Tour: Luxury With a Treehouse Feel

Houzz Tour: Luxury With a Treehouse Feel

Designer Jason Urrutia was finishing a job in Marin County, Calif., when a realtor told him she had something he’d like in a neighboring city. He was not searching for something fresh however, but he moved along in the spirit…

The best way to Dig Magnolias Up

The best way to Dig Magnolias Up

About 80 different species of Magnolia exist, a lot of which thrive outside in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 through 9. Magnolias might be shrubs or trees and, with respect to the species, might be ever-green, semi- deciduous…

The best way to Install Wood Flooring Over Particle Board

The best way to Install Wood Flooring Over Particle Board

Most folks use hard-wood staples or nails to to install hard-wood flooring but this is only an alternative in the event the subfloor is constructed of plywood. Keep from nails for those who have particle board as underlayment or your…

How to Maintain Your Central Heating System

How to Maintain Your Central Heating System

Modern home cooling and heating systems are made from pretty reliable materials, and yet like all the other systems in your home, they require routine maintenance to keep them in good condition. An HVAC system specifically requires inspection by a…