MILDEWY VINYL SHOWER-CURTAIN LINER
Fix it: Wash in the machine (on a short cycle) with some old towels, using hot water and bleach.
Keep it longer: Leave the bathroom door or a window open — and/or a ventilation fan turned on — for 20 minutes post-shower.
KNIFE WITH KNICKED BLADE
Fix it: Check stores like Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table to see when a knife expert who can grind down the edge will visit.
Keep it longer: Use a block, a drawer insert, or a blade sheath to protect it. Our favorite brands, Bisbell (bisbellusa.com) and Lamson & Goodnow (lamsonsharp.com), sell options for from $5 to $25.
SAGGY SEAT CUSHION
Fix it: If the upholstery is still in good shape, remove the foam insert and take it to a Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store to have a replacement cut to fit; a three-square-foot, five-inch-thick cushion will cost about $70.
Keep it longer:Flip cushions every few months to help them wear evenly.
WORN AND WOBBLY WOOD FURNITURE
Fix it: The easiest way to save a wiggly wooden chair leg: Stick in a toothpick where the leg meets the seat, then simply break it off. For scratches, try GHRI-tested Guardsman wood touch-up markers ($5, guardsman.com).
Keep it longer: Whether with a toothpick or with nails, support a loose chair leg sooner rather than later; if you keep the piece in use as is, you risk breaking it.
ONE THING YOU REALLY SHOULD REPLACE
A literal pain in the neck — that's what a worn-out pillow can give you. To tell whether to toss yours, give it the "break test": For a fiberfill or down- or feather-filled pillow, fold it in half with a heavy book on top. If the pillow pops back so it's flat, keep it. If it stays folded in half, it's "broken" — either use the filling to stuff smaller pillows or chuck it.
Before You Throw It Out -- These businesses will repurpose well-used items:
Sure, they take old towels and blankets, but did you know most need pillows, pillowcases, bathroom rugs, and T-shirts, too?
They accept used household items like pillows, shower curtains, linens, and furniture, which are resold to fund job-training programs.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY(habitat.org)
Donate extra paint, tile, and lumber as well as used furniture, cabinets, and fixtures to help a family in need of housing.
SMART(Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles; smartasn.org)
This trade association refers you to local members that accept most textiles (including rugs and towels), which can be recycled into, say, home insulation or carpet padding.
house decorating & home décor ideas
It’s getting closer to summertime and the backyard living is dreamy. Get inspired with 15 backyard spaces that will bring on major décor lust.
It's all in the details! Give your big day an added touch of whimsy with these creative ideas for table assignments and place cards.
So, you think your house is clean? Well … you might have to think again! If you're like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unlikely places where dirt, dust, and germs may be lurking. Even if your home has its share of "dirty little secrets," you're not alone: A 2012 survey sponsored by Kenmore found that nearly half of Americans -- 49 percent -- say they cut corners when vacuuming by skipping areas underneath or behind furniture, and clean only when they see visible dirt on the floor. Because identifying the problem is the first step toward a cure, here are some commonly overlooked areas of the home that should be added to your housekeeping regimen -- and some tips on how to maximize your cleaning efforts.
Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, enhance the natural beauty of your home with crisp white, splashes of bold color and sea-themed accents.
The transparent piece of furniture was created from one single piece of plastic.
SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter.
There's nothing better than cozying up on your couch on a cold February night under a warm duvet. But after months of hibernating, it's easy to tire of all things cozy. By mid-March, I start to get a bit itchy to spruce things up. Sometimes all it takes is a new pillow cover or a pretty new candle. I've been clicking around for some décor inspiration for my living space, as well as rifling through some shopping site for products that scream "bright and airy and not at all snowy." Here are some of my ideas.
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There are oh so many ways to decorate an Easter egg. You can go the tried-and-true route of dyeing eggs, or you can mix it up with glitter, embossing, stenciling or marbleizing. This Easter, we vote you do just that. Ditch the finicky dye bath (who wants blue fingers for a week?) and paint your eggs. From intricate painted patterns to simple, beautiful motifs, we're bringing you 12 of our favorite painted Easter eggs to get you started. Click through the slideshow to get inspired.
Find inspiration for your dining room refresh in the beautifully curated spaces of these talents, culled from the AD archives.
New bed could change the way we think of traditional mattresses.