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HGTV Magazine March 2017

HGTV Magazine is about real life at home. In every issue you'll find money-saving mini makeovers, simple ways to conquer clutter, smart DIY solutions, time-saving cleaning tricks, and so much more. Plus--see how the HGTV experts really live!

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2 min.
8 behind the scenes things you’ll want to know about these home town stars

1 Erin and Ben live in Laurel, MS (population just shy of 20,000). On Home Town, they help people moving to their city find a home and fix it up. Erin, an artist, and Ben, a woodworker, come up with a design plan and work on the reno with local pros. They shop local and eat local, and their friends and other neighborhood personalities make regular appearances. “The community is a character in every episode,” says Erin. 2 Erin was born and raised in Laurel. Ben was born in Mississippi, but his family moved around a lot. They both settled in Laurel right after college and have lived there ever since. “It has the best collection of historic residential architecture in the state,” says Erin. 3 Before HGTV tapped the couple for…

2 min.
dear hgtv magazine,

There were so many things to love about the November issue. The cover was a stunner, and I totally fell for the peeled-and-chipped blue sideboard in the Fox family’s dining room [“A Touch of Fun in Every Room”]. Thank you for the endless inspiration! —Waneta Link, Gillespie, IL Every month I look forward to the day your magazine arrives in the mail. I try to savor it, but I always end up reading it cover to cover in no time. I really liked the grayish blue wall color of the coastal kitchen in November’s “Which Kitchen Is Calling Your Name?” It’s just what I’ve been looking for. —Carolyn Houser, Milburn, OK My sister used to let me borrow her copies of HGTV Magazine—on the condition that I would return them, of course. But this year she got…

2 min.
clean it like you mean it!

For my birthday this year, I bought myself a top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner. I’ve never owned a top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner before, but I’ve heard plenty of people rave about theirs, and I wanted to join the club. Don’t throw tomatoes at me for saying this, but I actually like cleaning my house. I find it relaxing to go through the familiar steps, focusing only on the dirt-busting tasks in front of me. And now that I have a new vacuum, I’m even more into my cleaning routine. I’ve been vacuuming things I’ve never vacuumed before—the back of my sofa, my miniblinds, even the corners of my baseboards using the trusty crevice attachment. Our expert advice–packed story “Don’t Mess Up at Cleaning” on page 17—our biggest cleaning story ever—has also upped my…

6 min.
don’t mess up at cleaning

don’t whiff at dusting TRADE IN your feather dusters and cotton rags for microfiber cloths, which trap dust and dirt. Use them dry or with a light spritz of water or furniture polish. START WITH surfaces closest to the ceiling, and work your way down. Ceiling fans, tops of bookcases, and light fixtures should get done before tables, chairs, and consoles. Commit to dusting furniture— and everything on it—every other week. NEVER USE a back-and-forth motion. The proper dusting technique is single swipes, from left to right. IF THE BLADES of your ceiling fan are grimy, dampen a pillowcase with water, stand on a step stool, then slip the pillowcase over and slide it off each blade. Apply enough pressure so the pillowcase takes the dust with it. For regular fan dustings, use an…

5 min.
how bad is it…

…to add bleach to water in a vase so flowers last longer? The same thing you use to brighten whites can also give blooms a boost. “Adding a small amount of bleach to the water in your vase helps kill the bacteria that cause decay in the flowers’ stems,” says Dave Dowling, president of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. In turn, the stems can suck up more water, which will help your arrangement look lively longer. Just don’t overdo it. “Even a teaspoon is too much,” Dowling cautions, since a too-high concentration can burn the flowers’ cells and cause them to die faster. Your best bet is to add a few drops to a vase full of water using an eyedropper, then put your flowers in. To further extend…

2 min.
yes you can have a stylish

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