Caught in the Web

Home Decorating & Improvement


by Laura Emery, Field Editor 


Home improvement, whether it’s decorating or repairs, can be an adventure in fabrics, soft shades, hardware, style and taste, colors, lighting, and much more. Its elements will appeal to your sense of order as well as whimsy. Your home is a work of art that represents your personal sense of style and says a lot about you.

You can captivate your decorating imagination as well as satisfy your architectural and functional needs on the World Wide Web, a source teeming with websites offering up tons of tips and tools.


Improving Home Improvement


Lowe’s has a thorough website, with something for everyone. It features sections on everything from weekend makeovers to tips on how to save energy. Find expert advice, how-to clinics and creative ideas for your home. Buy top brands of tools, appliances and building materials at great prices online.

Here you can find clear instructions on how to do just about anything, from writing a letter of resignation to replacing cracked tile grout.

Do-It-Yourself Network

Here you can find information on solving your toughest do-it-yourself dilemmas, including bathroom and kitchen renovations. You can also get plenty of advice on decorating.

About.Com – Decorating

Here you can read interesting and informative articles, ranging from affordable wall art to fabulous faux finishes.

Home Improvement

If you’ve ever considered tackling a do-it-yourself project like changing out your kitchen countertops or flooring, installing a wine rack, constructing a deck, installing a phone jack, or hanging a bed canopy, this is the place to go.

Top Suggested Website: Better Homes & Gardens


Most everyone has heard of the Better Homes & Gardens website, but do you really know what this website has to offer? This is a highly recommended site for anyone who is planning on decorating a space in their home. The website is packed with useful and interesting tips and tools for every skill level, but you will need to sign up for a free membership in order to access it. is focused on decorating, building and remodeling, crafts, entertaining, cooking, and gardening. It also has extensive information for women and families. In addition to providing useful tools and advice,’s trusted experts keep visitors updated with information on the latest developments and trends around the home and garden. was designed with real people in mind. It has easy-to-use interactive tools, clear visuals, step-by-step instructions, and money-saving suggestions.

If you’ve ever pored over paint color samples and wondered which color fabrics will coordinate with your shade of wood furniture, the My Color Finder tool is for you. With this tool, you can choose between seven types of rooms and multiple styles.

With a few clicks of the mouse, you can decorate your room choice with different paint, fabric, color, and flooring. In the dining room, you can even choose the color of your dinnerware, chairs, and tablecloth. In the kitchen, you can choose the pattern of your countertop, laminate or stone, as well as whether you want vinyl, laminate, stone, tile, or wood flooring. In seconds, your room comes together before your eyes. Try different patterns with different colors and mix and match to your heart’s desire; until, that is, you find the perfect combination for you.

This website also has information on how to group and place pictures, art pieces, and other decorative items.

If you’re done with your décor, and want to work on home improvement projects, visit the Home Improvement section. In this section, there is information on everything from deck planning to plumbing. There is also an extensive section on gardening. This should be your first stop before planning your garden. This website will tell you about beautiful annuals, perennials, bulbs, and roses, as well as trees, shrubs, and groundcovers to put on a year-round show.   


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