Host a house concert and see how fast your home gains value – emotional value. Not just a place where people live, your house can become a rich memory of musical good times with artists, friends and family.
Ah, holiday storage. In an ideal world, I’d have a nice finished basement storage room where I could store loads of clear storage containers with all my holiday decorations inside. In reality, my entire collection has to share a tiny bedroom closet with suitcases, formal dresses and my Hobbit costume. While I’d love to be able to buy all sorts of storage solutions for my decorations, I’ve had to be a little more flexible and creative. As an added bonus, it’s much more inexpensive to engineer my own storage. Here are a few tips for dealing with your holiday storage this year.
Across the world, various cultures indulge in foods that are supposed to bring wealth, prosperity and abundance in the New Year. From pork to ring cakes, each tradition has meaning. Want to know what to eat for good luck in 2014? Then read on!
Whether you’re organizing spices in the kitchen, toiletries in the bathroom or blankets in the living room, we all need storage. So why not make storage a focal point in your room design? As a continuation of our unique room series, this week we’re going to focus on unique storage ideas that make a design statement.
Making any sort of improvement to your home, whether it’s a much-needed repair or a renovation you’ve wanted for a while, is an investment. That is why it’s important to hire the right professional for the job. Here are 10 tips to help you pick what contractor should be working on your home.
As builders and remodeling contractors look ahead to 2014, what materials are they likely to choose? Of the new building products cited by architects, builders, designers, and marketers as the ones to watch in 2014, many are technically not “new.” They are materials and products that have been on the market but are just catching on or are long-time favorites with enough staying power to remain top choices for 2014. What most of them have in common, however, are two things: energy-efficiency and sustainability.
It’s the holiday season and along with snow, reindeers and twinkle lights comes the holiday cookie swaps and parties. As much as you love bringing home dozens of cookies from work gift exchanges and holiday parties, there’s also a bit of pressure. You don’t want to bring the same type of cookies as everyone else; you want to stand out. But nothing too crazy – you want people to like them, after all.
It’s that time of year again. Gifts are given, holiday lights go up and “holiday guests are coming to town!” – isn’t that how the song goes? You’re more than delighted to have family and friends stay in your humble abode, but then it hits you – you don’t have a guest room! You prefer to not have your guests sleeping on a pullout couch in the living room. Well, here are some suggestions on how to accommodate your holiday guests properly.
If you’re a regular Zing reader, you probably already know about all the holiday dangers to be found on the inside of your house. But there’s another area you should be concerned about: your outdoor holiday lights display. Icy weather and electrical problems can make setting up and maintaining your fancy display downright dangerous. If you’ll be putting up lights this holiday season, follow these tips to spread Christmas cheer in the safest way possible.
We just don’t keep up with security issues where we live, work and play until after a negative event has surfaced. Especially in neighborhoods where crime is almost nonexistent, we tend to assume that if there wasn’t an issue yesterday, there probably won’t be an issue today. Statistics show that crime can’t be completely eliminated in any community – but it’s certainly possible to reduce the number of negative events and deal with them effectively when they do occur. Read on to find out more.