4 Signs of a Bad Tile Job

An attractive, durable tiling job takes skill and time to achieve, so it’s not something just any contractor can do. If you suspect your tiled wall or floor didn’t turn out quite the way it should have, there are a few tell-tale signs to look for. Tiling mistakes are easier to correct within the first … Continue reading “4 Signs of a Bad Tile Job”

12 Best Fragrant Houseplants

Naturally fragrant houseplants can improve the whole ambiance of a room, creating a more calming or a more invigorating atmosphere, or even evoking memories of your favorite vacation. A few fragrant flowers and herbs do especially well indoors. Among these, you have a variety of choices including intoxicating florals, crisp citrus scents, and appetizing herbal … Continue reading “12 Best Fragrant Houseplants”

The Pros and Cons of Mahogany Flooring

The very word “mahogany” evokes images of beautifully furnished luxury homes and with good reason. As a flooring wood, mahogany’s rich color and smooth grain lend an air of sophistication to a room. As attractive as it is, though, the color can be a little unpredictable and the many types of wood called mahogany make … Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Mahogany Flooring”

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”