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Mike Holmes >E2

Fire-safety tips for using small appliances

When using appliances, follow the manufacturer's safety precautions. Overheating, unusual smells, shorts, and sparks are all warning signs that appliances need to be shut off, then replaced or repaired.

Start with what you love

As a designer of custom jewelry, Amanda Keidan sometimes takes delicate vintage pieces and reworks them into intricately sculptured, modern collections. The same could be said of her sunny, art-filled home in Venice, California.

Safety is not child's play

I'm always talking about different ways to make your home better, healthier and safer. You know the saying "think outside the box?" Well, it's important to think outside the home - especially if we're talking about children's safety.


Debbie Travis >E10

Haunted houses for sale

Just in time for Halloween, has come up with a list it calls Spectacular Spooky Homes You Can Buy. Here, from top to bottom, are four of the top 10:


Debbie Travis >E10

Plan ahead for the glory of spring blooming bulbs

October is the bulb-planting month for spring surprises, so think daffodils, tulips, crocuses, hyacinths and other early season-flowering beauties. At Brent and Becky's Bulbs in Gloucester, Virginia, (online at brentandbeckysbulbs.

Mix and match fabrics

It's fashionable to use small pieces of co-ordinating fabrics in the same room

How some live large in very tiny spaces

As small as 220 square feet, micro-units gain favour in the U.S