Fragrant Plants That Will Keep Your Home Smelling Good

Anise hyssop will keep your home smelling nice

Anise hyssop smells like licorice, and its leaves and flowers are both edible. Image: Valerianna Claff

A Furnace that Isn’t Picky About Fuel

New furnace that takes wood, oil and electricity

How to Teach Your Houseplants to Call You on the Phone

Plant sensor that connects to an app

This Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor tells you what your plants need via your computer or smartphone. All images in this post: Koubachi AG

Now-You-See-It, Now-You-Don't Pantry

Space-saving can storage next to refrigerator

Mallory of Classy Clutter fit a rolling pantry in the 6-inch space between her refrigerator and wall. All images in this post: Classy Clutter

A Bed That Makes Itself

If unmade beds are a bone of contention in your home, OHEA, a Spanish furniture company, has a solution. They created a bed frame that straightens out pillows and a blanket in only 50 seconds.
When I first heard about this smart bed, my inner child was cheering. Back in the day, my parents nagged us daily to make our beds.
But after a closer look, I realized the OHEA Smart Bed wouldn’t pass muster with my parents.

Do You Wear Your Shoes Inside? And Ask Guests to do the Same?

Creative entryway with shoes on hooks
These home owners hang their shoes from a wall in the entryway — it keeps the place clean and makes for a creative hallway. Image: Erin Quinn

6 Household Hacks Inspired by MacGyver

Alka Seltzer by the sink to help  with clogs
Yikes, the drain is clogged! Quick, what would our favorite secret agent do?

Unclog a drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

Sherwin-Williams Recalls Spray Paint Cans That Can Leak: Fire Hazard

Cans of recalled spray paint

Sherwin-Williams and the CPSC are recalling about 120,000 cans of spray paint because their canisters can leak and pose a fire hazard.

Ideas for Flying Old Glory on July 4th

Houses displaying the American flag on their porches

Celebrate the 4th of July by putting up or accessorizing a flagpole. Here are some ways to show your respect for Old Glory, plus tips on flag-flying etiquette.

Window Film Gets the Recognition It Deserves for Saving Energy

This window film meets California's energy standards

You may not need to do that window retrofit. A new California building code underscores the benefits of using ever-so-humble window film