How to host company comfortably — even if you don’t have a guest room

The key, according to home organizing experts, is preparing for what they may need so they don’t have to ask for much.

By Christina Sturdivant SaniDecember 6, 2022

Bored on a winter weekend? Try one of these cold-weather DIY projects.

When you're out of holiday movies to binge, consider swapping out that leaky showerhead, organizing your closet or tackling one of these other indoor DIY tasks.

By Daniel BortzDecember 5, 2022

The Pantone 2023 Color of the Year is bold and very ’90s

Pantone connected its 2023 Color of the Year to courage and a new way of living. But it also reminds us of scrunchies and Lisa Frank.

By Rachel KurziusDecember 2, 2022

5 things to know if you have to sell your home right now

High mortgage rates and fears of a recession have put a damper on the real estate market. But there are still ways to make selling your home a little easier.

By Michele LernerDecember 2, 2022

John Robshaw shared tips on how to refresh a guest bedroom

Textile and bedding designer John Robshaw chatted with Jura Koncius about creating a well made bed and guest room.

By Jura KonciusDecember 1, 2022

How to pitch stories to The Home You Own

How to pitch stories to The Washington Post's Home You Own editors.

By Staff of The Home You OwnDecember 1, 2022

Liven up your holiday decor with fresh garland, wreaths and more

Experts share tips for how to choose live holiday greenery and how to keep it looking fresh all season.

By Laura DailyDecember 1, 2022
Advice

Why don’t the lights on my pre-lit tree work, and how can I fix them?

You can probably fix burned-out bulbs on a pre-lit tree if they are traditional incandescent mini-lights. There’s also a good chance you can repair LEDs.

By Jeanne HuberNovember 30, 2022
The Home You OwnPerspective

8 home-maintenance tasks for your December to-do list

Don’t add to the bustle of the season with complicated tasks. Instead, focus on essentials to get your home ready for hosting and the cold, dark days ahead.

By Jeanne HuberNovember 30, 2022

7 ways to make your apartment happier, according to mental-health pros

If your small space feels more claustrophobic than cozy, mental-health experts recommend making these easy changes.

By Stacey ColinoNovember 29, 2022

The climate-friendly way to furnish your home

How to keep old furniture out of landfills and choose new, sustainable pieces that will do minimal harm to the environment.

By Scott KirkwoodNovember 28, 2022

How to renovate your kitchen on a budget, from $1,000 to $15,000

Remodeling your kitchen can cost six figures, but it doesn't have to. Here are upgrades you can make on a budget of $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.

By Marissa HermansonNovember 28, 2022

How to remove — or conceal — paint splatters on brick

Removing paint from bricks is tricky because of their texture and pores.

By Jeanne HuberNovember 23, 2022

Think your thermostat is lying? Science explains why.

Many factors — potentially including the color of a room — can affect how hot or cold we feel. Here's why the temperature on your thermostat might seem wrong.

By Rachel KurziusNovember 22, 2022

She has 13 cats in a two-bedroom condo. Here’s her litter-box advice.

Cat fanatic and design expert Kate Benjamin shares her best tips for figuring out where to put a litter box in a small space (and how to deal with the smell).

By Rachel KurziusNovember 18, 2022

Need inspiration for holiday hosting? Elle Decor’s editor took your questions.

Elle Decor Editor Asad Syrkett joined Jura Koncius to talk about entertaining and hosting during the holiday season.

By Jura KonciusNovember 17, 2022

7 expert-recommended rakes to get you through leaf-clearing season

Different types of rakes serve different purposes. Here's how to choose the right one for your specific gardening job.

By Lindsey M. RobertsNovember 17, 2022

An eco-friendly guide to getting your bathroom ready for guests

Here are some options for a clean and comfortable — but also more sustainable — bathroom.

By Laura DailyNovember 16, 2022
Perspective

A gardener’s fall ritual: Swapping flower bulbs and dreaming of spring

Fall marks the end of the year's gardening season. But it's also a time of planning and preparing for the spring to come.

By Catie MarronNovember 15, 2022

How to host Thanksgiving in a tiny apartment

No dishwasher? No problem. With the right strategy, you can absolutely cook and host Thanksgiving in a small space.

By Kalina NewmanNovember 15, 2022