7 Weatherproof Patio Design Tips for Decor That Stands the Test of Time

stevecoleimages/iStock Ah, summertime—and the pleasant prospect of sipping iced tea (or, let’s be honest, a refreshing mint julep) on the porch. But you’d never relax there in a wooden rocker with your feet on a needlepoint stool, right? Savvy homeowners know that outdoor rooms require decor that can withstand the elements—not random pieces you’ve dragged up from the basement. […]

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No Pool, No Problem: 6 Clever Ways to Beat the Heat on a Budget

Jay Reilly/Getty Images Do you gaze wistfully upon the neighbors as they frolic and splash in their backyard pool? Is your lawn too small (and your bank account too slim) to consider installing your own? Fret not, dear reader—you can still cool off this summer. Each one of these swimming pool alternatives costs less than […]

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Guests to Impress? 7 Tips to Make Your Spare Bedroom Shine This Summer

Solidago/iStock With summer vacation season in full swing, chances are good that your guest room will see its fair share of traffic. If you haven’t stepped foot in that space since Uncle Humbert’s visit last Christmas, you might be feeling a little uncertain: Does your guest bedroom say “budget motel” or “five-star getaway”? Will your loved ones actually look […]

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The Heat Is On: 5 Sizzling Reasons to Buy a Home During Housing’s Hottest Season

flammulate/iStock; stevanovicigor/iStock The days are getting longer. Ice cream truck jingles echo up and down the block. But the surest sign that summer is here? It just might be those “For Sale” signs popping up like dandelions in your neighborhood. Yep, we’re smack dab in the middle of the most popular time of the year to buy and […]

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