Product & Finishes

Low Toxic Paints

Top interior paints for non-volatile off-gassing (VOC) and low toxicity.


Formaldehyde-free plywood is becoming widely available. Here's what you need to know.

Ceramic Tile News

We all know that digital technology has transformed photography and the music business. It has also transformed the ceramic tile industry, creating new and intriguing possibilities for home interiors.

Home Trends

Experts at the 2014 Home Builder Show listed new home buyer trends, including rising interest in sound proofing, matte finishes, maximizing storage, and more.

Engineered Wood Floors

An introduction to engineered wood floors.

Bricks and Stones

Six new brick and stone products to consider for your new home, from pavers to walls.

Tall Doors

What you need to know about large tall sliding glass doors: materials, cost, energy-efficiency and more.

3 Cool Sinks

Innovative sinks that combine freshness and functionality.

Heath Tile Seconds

An architect explains how he used seconds from Heath Tile to achieve beauty on a budget in his kitchen.

Dutch Doors

The Dutch door is an old idea that is making a comeback.

Scale & Proportion

Explaining the age-old rules governing the dimensions of interior trim pieces -- for function and beauty.

Interior Trim Styles

An introduction to the most common styles of interior trim, from Colonial to Modern.


New project for a new year: Take control of your lighting to set the right mood for entertaining, dining, and work.

Kitchen Cabinet Choices

What you need to know about kitchen cabinets, from dimensions to types.

Christmas Sales

Bargains are to be had right after Christmas, as illustrated here.

New Remodelista Book

The first book from Remodelista, the essential website for home design.

Piano Hinges

Piano hinges, also called continuous hinges, are sturdy and keep doors from warping.

Milk Crate Shelving

A company called Yube now provides an adult replacement to the milk crate. Their YubeCube is a 13″ cube that does all the duty (and a lot more) of the milk crate, without the fresh-out-of-high-school aesthetic.

Manufactured Stone

Manufactured stone has improved so much in quality that it is becoming hard to distinguish from real stone.

Kitchen and Bath Trends

More quartz countertops and glass backsplashes, greater use of LED lighting, more white cabinetry are among the current trends in kitchens and baths, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Flooring Design

Flooring options, including hardwood, woven and recycled wood products, bamboo, cork, and Marmoleum.

Egg Crate Bookshelves

Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen's clever and clean-lined shelving system.

New Lennox Thermostat

The new icomfort Wi-Fi™thermostat from Lennox is designed like an iPad and lets you control the temperature of your home from anywhere.

Sconce Height

In this video clip Southern Living Editor in Chief Lindsay Bierman shares a tip for finding the right height for sconces.

Sliding Glass Doors

New developments in sliding glass doors.

Deck Maintenance

If the house you are building has a deck, here are tips for keeping it new for as long as possible.

Barn Doors

The barn door is a space saver (no extra feet required for the door swing) and makes a dramatic opening.

Paint Color Tips

Modern interior paint color tips from color consultant Jill Pilaroscia.

Lighting for Dining

As you think about lighting your new home consider how you will illuminate the dining area.