Questions in the Home & Garden category.
Displaying 1 through 20 of 14061. Subscribe:

November 28

To have loved and lost... a coffee table.

Help me find a coffee table I saw recently in a catalogue, or on Houzz, or in Dwell... It's haunting my dreams! [more inside]
posted by letahl at 9:53 AM - 4 answers

Double Decker Desk/Table?

I recall seeing a desk built with just a simple tabletop, and 6" below the tabletop there was a shelf that ran all the way around the table. Ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 9:14 AM - 3 answers

November 26

Recommend a climbing plant that will cover a brick wall.

I'm doing some pre-planning for a landscaping project next year. I have a brick wall that I would like to cover with some form of climbing ivy or the like. It is an eastern facing wall (4'w x 8'h), gets plenty of morning sunlight, located in the New York City area and would have to be planted in limited soil depth (6" or so) or a planter. I would like something that grows fast, has a long season and is a perennial. Not sure if Boston Ivy meets these goals but that look would be the ideal. Would appreciate your advice.
posted by mbx at 10:10 AM - 6 answers

November 25

Book recommendation for a first time home buyer in Canada

Can anyone suggest a good book for a first time home buyer in Canada? My wife and I are hoping to purchase our first home in the coming months and we're a bit intimidated at the process. I've seen similar questions before, but the books seemed to be directed at people located in America and I don't know if those would be as applicable or not.
posted by Proginoskes at 8:55 PM - 3 answers

Ice, Ice, Baby (and her klutzy parents)

I want -- nay, NEED an icy sidewalk to be clean and bone-dry. What are your best, most hardcore ice melting and sidewalk clearing solutions, particularly those requiring less specialized equipment and/or money? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 7:18 PM - 19 answers

Ditmas Park for a couple/family?

Tell me about Ditmas Park, and what is has (or has not) to offer a married couple/family. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 5:49 AM - 6 answers

November 24

Ye ol' question: gas or electric?

Help me figure out whether I should be heating my small house with the gas furnace or an electric space heater... [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 11:04 AM - 6 answers

Snow and my garden

First winter in our new house, and the first real (but probably short lived) snow will come Wednesday (USDA Hardiness Zone 6A). We won't have to to prep for this snowfall, but what should we be doing longer term for the plants in our garden during the winter? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:40 AM - 8 answers

The Princess And The Pea

Is it possible to make a mattress firmer, or am I better off buying a new mattress? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 6:34 AM - 9 answers

November 23

What's wrong with this plant?

(Asking for my sister) My sister has this houseplant (pics inside) which is not doing too well. She'd like ideas on what the problem is. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 2:17 PM - 11 answers

How to decorate a home in the short term, before a remodel

My sweetie and I own a small, fixer-upper home. We have many, many home projects coming up, including a big kitchen remodel that will probably be completed in six months. What can we do to make the place look nice until then? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 8:09 AM - 13 answers

Winter is coming

Can a battery-powered snowblower handle the challenge of a Boston winter? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:42 AM - 9 answers

November 22

Applied too much diatomaceous earth to carpet. Now what?

I am trying to determine the best way to clean up some DE that I applied too liberally to the carpet in my apartment, and I'm trying to decide how I can do so without a.) killing the vacuum and b.) killing my brother's lungs (or my own!). Anxiety inside. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen at 7:34 PM - 7 answers

Cold snap, paint stinks

We bought some lovely new radiator covers. But they took a little longer than expected, and there was a cold snap as soon as they were delivered, so the radiators have been on and the windows have been closed...and the air stinks of hot paint. Short of leaving the windows open (and freezing) or leaving the radiator covers outside for a while, any tips for counteracting the paint smell?
posted by chimpsonfilm at 12:09 PM - 4 answers

November 21

Starting sewing (for $200 and under).

My wife wants to start sewing and was wanting to get a Brother HC1850 sewing machine. Supposedly it's one of the best computerized sewing machines for $200 and under. I tried to buy one and it's really hard to find right now. I bought one online and almost instantly the seller refunded my money and told me there's a quality issue and Brother has asked sellers to not sell it until that's sorted out. Which other makes and models compare favorably and should be considered instead?
posted by brokeaspoke at 10:42 AM - 16 answers

Pro/Con: Tankless Water Heater. Is it worth it?

We have a storage tank water heater from the mid-90s, meaning that it could go at any time. I'd like to have a plan in place for when it does. I've read a little about tankless water heating and it sounds great environmentally, but maybe not so great on the wallet (at least initially). I've got some questions for those better-educated on subject than I. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 8:32 AM - 40 answers

November 20

Help me get my wife into fungus farming

My wife is interested in a grow your own mushroom kit and can you help guide me turn this gift up to 11? [more inside]
posted by cmfletcher at 7:08 PM - 9 answers

Preventing good old-fashioned crime

We live in a semi-urban, rust-belt neighborhood that has too many garage burglaries and home invasions between 2am and 5am. Our police department responds to calls but does not have the staff to frequently patrol our area. We have neighborhood communication channels to report incidents after they happen and to encourage neighbors to keep things locked up. What are some effective (and cost-effective) ways to get more people to make their homes and streets undesirable targets, and to make more burglars feel that they might be caught in the act or afterwards without having vigilantes patrol?
posted by michaelh at 9:51 AM - 19 answers

Need kitchen and home color scheme ideas

Are there any books, magazines, or websites that might help the design-challenged pick colors during a complete kitchen remodel or new house construction? We'd like to be able to flip through pictures of various home interiors - most importantly the kitchen but also other rooms - to help us decide on the colors of our cabinets and floors. Google images hasn't been terribly useful.
posted by exhilaration at 7:33 AM - 9 answers

I kill plants. I have a plant. What do I do?

Last night a neighbor very sweetly brought me this little plant - a stub of what seems to be a succulent, about 3 inches high, potted in a tiny glass pot. I have no idea what it is or what it needs, and I'd like to keep it alive. Please help! [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 6:17 AM - 16 answers

« Older questions