Archive: Home Improvement

Tuesday Tips: Window Treatments

I love looking out my kitchen window while I'm making breakfast in the mornings. But I sure don't want people looking in on me as I do this in my green and pink butterfly pajamas. That's why window treatments are a home's necessary evil. They not only keep out peering...

By Tania Anderson | April 28, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Tuesday Tips: Choosing a Moving Company

The last time my husband and I moved, we hired three guys who were recommended by a neighbor. They showed up in an unmarked truck covered in graffiti to move our pitiful collection of furniture. It was a little sketchy but in the end our stuff arrived at our new...

By Tania Anderson | April 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Tuesday Tips: Buying Paint

One of the most expensive supplies in a painting project is the paint. It's hard to believe, since it's just paint, but paint a room with cheap stuff and it shows. High-end paint can run you $100 a gallon. So here are a few tips on buying paint without taking...

By Tania Anderson | April 7, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Tuesday Tips: Hiring a Lawn Care Company

Isn't the warm weather great? I can't wait to hear those lawn mowers start roaring. I can say that now because I live in a community that takes care of all the landscaping. But as I get ready to move into a single family home, my gardening thumb will either...

By Tania Anderson | March 10, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Comparing Prices at Lowe's and Home Depot

You've been to one big box store, you've been to them all. There's not a big difference between the look and feel of a Target and a Walmart or a Borders and a Barnes & Noble, in my opinion. But many times where you do find differences is in price....

By Tania Anderson | February 19, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Home Depot's Expo Heads for the Exit

Another big retailer is bowing out of the game. This time it's Home Depot's Expo Design Centers. The company is closing all of its 34 Expo stores, including our own Bethesda, Columbia and Fairfax locations. These stores were a souped-up version of Home Depot's bath and kitchen departments, where you...

By Tania Anderson | January 27, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Tuesday Tips: Best Reader Comments 2008

Shop To It readers are savvy shoppers and I know this from all the comments that have been posted to this blog over the last year. Some of the most interesting have come from my monthly posts on updating different rooms of your home for as little money as possible....

By Tania Anderson | December 30, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tuesday Tips: Window Shopping

One day I will have windows that don't leak frigid air in the winter and hot damp air in the summer. One day I will have windows that don't require a ladder and extra life insurance to clean. One day I will have windows that slide up and down with...

By Tania Anderson | December 16, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Mastering the Bedroom

Some people think kitchens and bathrooms are the most important places in the house. But when I'm house hunting, as I've been doing for the last month, the first room I look for is the master bedroom. What room can be more important than the one where the master sleeps?...

By Tania Anderson | December 2, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Creating a Home Office

These days my home office serves many functions: from coffee room to diaper changing area to bill-paying headquarters to gift-wrapping space. Oh, and I do a little bit of work in there too. But the more functions that room serves, the more pieces of paper there are. It needs some...

By Tania Anderson | October 14, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Tuesday Tips: Organizing Your Closets

How many times have you stuffed an unwanted item in the back of a closet? Eventually those little rooms in our houses start busting at the seams and next thing you know, a simple outdoor excursion that requires a coat turns into a heap of stuff on the floor. So...

By Tania Anderson | August 19, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (18)

Tuesday Tips: Tackling a Child's Bedroom

A child's bedroom can either be a cluttered mess of toys, books and stuffed animals or a fun, easy-to-clean-up oasis for kids and even their parents from time to time. I'm guessing most parents would just settle for something in between the two. So I tapped Wendy A. Jordan, a...

By Tania Anderson | August 5, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Making the Attic Liveable

It towers over our houses, holding up our roofs and protecting us from the elements. Yes, the attic is such a multi-tasker, providing storage for our fake Christmas trees, luggage and the China dishes we inherited from Aunt Sue. But these days the attic is looking a little more appealing...

By Tania Anderson | June 10, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Re-Doing the Basement

The basement. Once a dark dungeon where you were convinced Freddy Krueger lived when you were a kid. Or was that just me? Today, the basement can be a family gathering place, a home office, an exercise room, you name it. So in my quest to offer tips for renovating...

By Tania Anderson | May 6, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tuesday Tips: Updating Your Bathroom

Ahh... the bathroom. Yes, that room in our house where we do the obvious and so much more. Hey, it makes a great place for a 10-second anger management break or to have a hushed conversation with our husband about when our house guest is going to leave. But it...

By Tania Anderson | March 11, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens are one of those rooms in the house that we either love or hate. People who love their kitchens probably had them recently renovated and those of us who hate ours need a serious facelift. I'm probably in the second category, considering my kitchen is way too small for...

By Tania Anderson | January 22, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fixing a Fixer-Upper for the Holidays

The relatives are coming this holiday season and the house is a mess. And I'm not just talking about a few things out of place and dust bunnies as big as your cat. I'm talking paint peeling, kitchen cabinets circa 1978 and windows that just don't seem to close all...

By Tania Anderson | November 6, 2007; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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