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Required Reading: Heading ‘Upstate’

We’ve been enamored of writer Lisa Przystup’s singular design sense ever since we first featured her sparsely rustic Catskills farmhouse way back in 2017—painted wood floors, a brass kitchen backsplash, and an airy attic guest room included. Ever since—and especially these days—I’ve followed via her Instagram feed, @brass_tacks, for glimpses of upstate life and little-by-little adjustments to her place. It was on Instagram that we first spotted Przystup’s new book—Upstate: Living Spaces with Space to Live, out this month from The Monacelli Press—and we were eager to get our hands on it. When our copies arrived, Julie and I leafed through…


The Bug Master Review 2020

Pest management companies exist to help homeowners eliminate bugs, rodents, and other nuisance wildlife from their homes and lawns. Each provider has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to research a company before making a commitment. The This Old House Reviews team researched some of the top pest control providers in the nation to provide you with honest, unbiased recommendations when it comes to pest control. Keep reading to learn about The Bug Master services and pricing, then compare it to other top-rated pest control companies like Terminix, Orkin, and Rentokil. To get a free quote from Terminix,…


Best Gifts for a Handyman (2020)

Whether your handyman has a budding tool collection or a garage full of tools and equipment, there’s always room for a new gift. To help you surprise the tool-inclined person in your life, we’ve rounded up 15 gift ideas that are sure to help your handyman get their job done. IRWIN Vise-Grip Adjustable Wrench Set Shop Now: $58.36 Having a solid grip on your project starts with a quality adjustable wrench set. As a workshop essential, wrenches are designed to help your handyman tweak their car’s engine or tighten a bolt. This IRWIN wrench set includes 6-, 8-, 10-, and…


Quiet, Please: A Stylish Apartment in Bustling Jackson Heights, Queens

Take a stroll on Roosevelt Avenue in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, and what you’ll encounter is movie-perfect New York City in all its loud and colorful glory: the din of the elevated subway line, pedestrians rushing to catch trains, and clusters of food trucks serving cheap and delicious foods. But walk just a few blocks north and suddenly, it’s quiet enough to hear the birds chirping. Here, tall trees line streets populated by stately apartment buildings and the sidewalks are nearly empty. This is the historic section of Jackson Heights, and it’s where creative director Matthew Axe has…


Shopper’s Diary: Suay’s Ethically Made Home Goods from Los Angeles

We’re currently loving Suay, a Los Angeles-based company that promotes upcycling through making goods from a minimum of 85 percent post-consumer waste. Suay says their “dedication to design, coupled with a drive for activism, is putting reclaimed product at the center of a social, economic, and environmental revolution.” Gathering most of their fabrics from deadstock (unsold/unsellable materials), Suay creates a range of high-quality home goods and apparel. From quilted duvet covers to linen napkin sets, their products all feature bold color palettes that will brighten up a room. All of Suay’s goods are available online and at their sew shop…


S19 E3: All About Walkways

Previous episode: S19 E2 | Next episode: Posting on Oct 25, 8pm ET In this episode: Roger Cook, Jenn Nawada and Mark McCullough explain best practices for installing or repairing a walkway. Mark helps a homeowner install a brand new walkway using natural stone. Jenn heads to Phoenix to recreate the desert in a homeowner’s front yard. Roger helps a homeowner repair a crack in an asphalt walkway. He cuts the asphalt with a cold chisel and removes the tree root underneath. Mark installs a front walkway for a homeowner using natural stone. Where to find it? Because natural stone…

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