Many folks have rediscovered the importance of home improvement, and that’s led to a renewed focus on enhancing their outdoor spaces. Young homeowners today are taking more pride in their yards, largely bypassing paid services for a DIY approach. Whether it’s a basic cleanup, adding pizzazz to your next backyard gathering, or improving curb appeal,… Continue reading.
I read somewhere that once you have three of the same kind of item, you have a collection. That philosophy — plus my love of after-Christmas bargain-hunting (including deeply discounted artificial trees) — lead me to collect Christmas trees. Each year, my husband and I put up AT LEAST seven trees (sometimes more if I’m… Continue reading.
By Mary Sexton The current DIY boom is a result of millions of remote workers being reminded daily of the need for home improvements. After structural fixes and replacement needs are met, the focus moves to aesthetic enhancements. Accent (or feature) walls have been popular for years, but they’re not just about using an alternate… Continue reading.
By Cynthia and Gregg Reed A messy, disorganized pantry might be easy to ignore by simply closing the door. But the next time you need to grab something, you’ll face the half empty bags of chips and random canned foods strewn about or even falling down. Tackle those haphazard dry goods with some sensible… Continue reading.
Editor’s note: This month we introduce an occasional column featuring easy-to-make projects for your home. The projects appear courtesy of Plain & Simple, a bi-monthly Amish craft and décor magazine published in Shipshewana, Indiana. Plain & Simple features craft-making instructions, quilt patterns, gardening information and recipes. By Marlene Fry Turn an old lamp (perhaps a… Continue reading.
(This article is for informational purposes only. Indiana Connection and Do it Best Corp. assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.) By Claude and Len Schrock One thing that caught many folks off guard last year was the… Continue reading.
By Don and Sally Merriman This year, many people had extra time at home to devote to storage and organization in their living spaces. But sometimes the non-livable spaces became haphazard catch-alls for household items and outdoor tools. If so, devote some time, tools, and a new mindset to those spaces, and start the new… Continue reading.
Chips in the paint of our vehicles are inevitable, especially if we drive rural “chip-and-seal” county roads before they’re fully “sealed.” More than just making our vehicle look bad, chips deep in the paint, like a tiny cut on our body, can lead to worse problems when left untreated. If the car’s three layers of… Continue reading.
By Jason Bolinger Mainstream use of incandescent lightbulbs is dwindling, and for good reason. While many people still favor them (and are buying up what’s left), incandescents waste energy by giving off more heat than light, are inefficient, and have short lifespans. Long-life LED bulbs have power- and money-saving qualities that make them a desirable… Continue reading.
The Fourth of July traditionally kicks off the height of summer travel season. For most American families, that means hitting the road. How fast the nation stretches and gets back on its feet after the pandemic hibernation is anyone’s guess. But whether you’re planning to shake off cabin fever now and cannonball into the travel… Continue reading.
By Eventt Norris As Hoosiers were mandated to stay at home for most of the spring, you may have used that time to do some spring cleaning and decluttering around the house. While providing some much-needed activity, getting rid of stuff also helps clear both your physical space and your mind. As we ease out… Continue reading.
Let’s face it: In the normal course of driving, we’re hard on our vehicle’s braking system. We tap our brakes while enduring stop-and-go traffic and occasionally have that sudden “brake check” to avoid a collision. During your automobile’s life span, and depending upon how long you keep your vehicle, you may need to replace your… Continue reading.
By Pat Sullivan When selling your home, you want it to look its absolute best for potential buyers. Home staging highlights your home’s most impressive assets. It can also greatly decrease the time a home sits on the market. Follow these suggestions for a cost-effective way to make a big impact. De-Personalize: Staging helps buyers… Continue reading.