Vermiculite Ceilings 101

The textured popcorn ceilings common in mid-century homes have a lot of benefits, which is how they became so popular. They’re fire-resistant, insulate well against heat transfer and sound, and last for decades with little maintenance. There’s one big problem with them, though. Most older textured ceilings were made with a mineral called vermiculite, which … Continue reading “Vermiculite Ceilings 101”

The Pros and Cons of Tigerwood Flooring

If you’re looking for a wood that will turn your floor into the focal point of the room, tigerwood is it. Also known as African walnut, goncalo alves, and Brazilian koa, tigerwood is endowed with bold splashes of color that set it apart from plainer hardwoods. The durability and water-resistance of this wood add to … Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Tigerwood Flooring”

The Homeowner’s Guide to Handscraped Hardwood Flooring

Smooth, shiny flooring might be the norm these days, but it doesn’t suit every home. If you’re looking for something with a little more character, handscraped hardwood flooring has plenty of personality to offer. Also known as hand-sculpted flooring, handscraped flooring is finished with traditional hand tools to give it a rougher surface and the … Continue reading “The Homeowner’s Guide to Handscraped Hardwood Flooring”

Should You Dye Your Carpet?

A sad-looking old carpet can make the whole room look dated, but a replacement isn’t the only way to get the floor back into shape. Dye can breathe new life into a carpet and save you both money and time compared to a replacement. It’s an especially practical choice if your carpet’s pile is still … Continue reading “Should You Dye Your Carpet?”

10 Best Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Your home’s air might smell fresh, but if it’s like the air in most modern homes, it still harbors airborne contaminants that can harm your health. Some of the worst offenders are chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which come from a wide variety of household materials. By absorbing and neutralizing some of these … Continue reading “10 Best Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality”

Best 12 Indoor Hanging Plants for Your Home

Hanging plants add vertical interest to a room, dress up high ceilings and dull corners, and make it easy to fit a little more greenery into a small space. Green isn’t all you’ll get, though. Many of the trailing plants that look good in baskets offer striking colors and forms, and a few will reward … Continue reading “Best 12 Indoor Hanging Plants for Your Home”