7 Family Heirlooms People Hate Having in Their Homes

kzenon/iStock When my parents got married, they were given a number of beautiful wedding gifts that, alas, went straight into their closets to collect dust. One of these gifts—a crystal punch bowl with matching glasses—simply wasn’t very useful during the early years of their marriage, and it didn’t exactly gain usefulness later on once they had […]

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How to Build a Fallout Shelter in Your Home (on a Budget, to Boot)

mrdoomits/iStock With the all the incendiary talk being tossed around by the U.S. and North Korean leadership lately, you might be wondering how to build a fallout shelter. You know, just in case. And with domestic tensions running high, it seems like a foreign attack isn’t the only thing to worry about. If you’re the better-safe-than-sorry […]

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How to Seal Granite Countertops: Steps to Protect This Kitchen Surface

SasinParaksa/iStock The best way to seal granite countertops is a bit of knowledge that you’d better have if you’re a homeowner—that is, if this surface is where you prep your meals. While this natural stone might seem invincible, it’s actually porous, which means that substances can easily seep in. “Oil, water, juice, ink—any liquids or spills, really—can […]

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8 Things Interior Designers Notice the Instant They Walk Through Your Door

If an interior designer were to walk through your front door, like, right now, what would this professional think of the place you call home? We’ll tell you right now: plenty. And that’s even before you’ve given the pro the grand tour. Interior designers, with their sharply honed sensibilities, can take in a space in seconds. In fact, these pros […]

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Reflect on This: 3 Things You Should Never Do With Mirrors—and 5 Things You Should

Terraxplorer/iStock In the world of home decor, mirrors can be a magical design tool. They can brighten a dark room. They can make a tiny space look much bigger. And they can add an affordable touch of glamour to even the most ordinary of spaces. But you shouldn’t hang mirrors just anywhere. Decorating with mirrors comes with […]

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Can the Property Brothers Get $1M for the ‘Ugliest House on the Block’?

Bravo Reality TV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott are pros at renovating homes, but in the latest “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling,” you have to wonder if they’re a bit off their rockers when they vow to take the “ugliest house on the block” and—through a few smart upgrades—turn it around and sell it for a million bucks. Come on, guys, […]

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How to Clean a Bedroom (Because It’s Filthier Than You Think)

vadimguzhva/iStock Determining effective strategies for thoroughly cleaning your bedroom probably isn’t the kind of thing keeping you up at night. But maybe it should be. Because this all-important room in your home gets seriously gunky.  And even though you spend roughly a third of your life there, the bedroom likely lingers low on your list of housekeeping priorities—all […]

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Plumbers Reveal: 9 Crazy Things That Will Absolutely Clog Your Pipes

AwakenedEye/iStock There’s no denying that plumbing is a messy business; most of us cringe at the thought of the nightmarish stuff plumbing pros encounter on a daily basis. Indeed, our expert sources tell us they’ve pulled everything you can imagine from pipes and drains—from a pair of dentures to 10 pounds of wheat (seriously) to a […]

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Vanilla Ice’s Latest Home Reno Is a ‘Giant Leap for Mankind’—This Pic Is Proof

diynetwork.com Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, really knows how to make a grand entrance. No, not the kind where he struts onstage to screaming fans; we’re talking about him actually making a grand entrance. In a home! In fact, we’d go so far as to say that in the latest episode of “The Vanilla Ice Project,” in which […]

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7 Secret Thoughts Interior Designers Have About Your Home—Revealed

Andreas von Einsiedel/Getty Images Interior designers have taste and style to spare, but here’s another trait they typically have in spades: tact. And for good reason—they know that not everyone is dying to hear their uncensored, unsolicited “helpful” opinions about their homes. Friends and family members might not want to know that those quartz countertops they just installed are so last year. […]

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