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Housekeeping Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home

Is All Purpose Cleaner Best?

Question: I want a quick cleaning routine around the house. Is all purpose cleaner OK to use on all surfaces? Answer: Every surface in and around the home requires special …

Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home Remodeling

How to Avoid Remodeling Fraud

Question: My neighbors recently finished an extensive remodel of their home. They paid their contractor in full, but he did not pay his subcontractors. As a result, several subcontractors put …

Ideas & Quick Tips Lighting Practical Tips For the Home

Guidelines for Hanging Chandeliers

Question: How high should you hang the chandelier over the dining room table? Answer: Dining room chandeliers should be hung out of the way but still in sight. The most …

Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips Remodeling

Keep the Peace in a Remodel

According to the recent Dremel “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) Index Survey, a surprisingly high percentage of men – 44 percent – believe that working on home improvement projects with another family member …

Design Trends Designers Ellen's Blog Home & Interior Design

Children as Designers

I have a pet peeve. I hear parents all the time saying, “I want my kids’ rooms to be child-appropriate, but I want them to flow with the rest of …

Ideas & Quick Tips Leather Furniture Practical Tips For the Home

Care & Cleaning for Leather Furniture

Question: How do you clean leather furniture? Answer: Even premium leathers with the least processing and protection offer greater resiliency and serviceability than fabric upholstery. Maintaining leather in its finest condition only …

Ideas & Quick Tips Organization Practical Tips For the Home

Organizing Your Garage

Question: Our garage is a cluttered mess! Do you have any tips for getting organized and where to start? Answer: Creating effective storage in the garage can be done with …