2016’s most popular appliances

Make ‘hub,’ not ‘hubbub,’ the word that best describes your kitchen this year. The latest appliances for cooking and washing offer clever features to make life a little easier, less frantic and quieter. For example, the soft-close cabinet trend is spreading to include appliances as well, and black is ... well ... the new black, replacing fingerprint-prone stainless steel.

How can you attain that picture-perfect landscaping?

How many times have you driven through a neighborhood where one amazing yard sticks out and catches your eye? How did the homeowners come up with that design, you wonder. What gave them the idea when the homes beside them have such uninspired looks? You know the ones: shrub here, flower there, just fill-the-space yards. How do you overcome that ho-hum?

Boost your curb appeal

Want to add curb appeal, but don't have much money to spend? Here are some simple things you can do for less than $100. Clean up the yard. Put away unused items, like lawn furniture. Clear leaves and branches out from under shrubs, other plants and the house foundation. Make sure the lawn is free from debris and grass clippings are not left on the driveway or sidewalk.