Idea House (Sponsored)

This year’s show home is in the quintessential Southern California town of Manhattan Beach. Tours begin August 1, 2014. See sunset.com/ideahouse for more details.


Ask the Expert: Erika Woelfel on Choosing Paint Colors

We asked Erika Woelfel, director of color at Behr Paints, for her expert advice on your paint color dilemmas.

Ask the Expert: Arturo Martinez on Solar Water Heating

We asked Arturo Martinez, customer communications specialist at Southern California Gas Company, for his expert advice on solar energy and how it can be used in your home.

Ask the Expert: Pam Burke on designing your outdoor living space

We asked Pam Burke, seasonal and holiday merchant for Orchard Supply Hardware, for her expert advice on designing and updating your outdoor living spaces. I moved from where it’s always sunny to where it’s windy and rains quite a bit. My wood furniture just isn’t going to cut it. What type of material should I purchase? –Mallory Shreff, Portland, OR Aluminum […]

Ask the Expert: Gina Wicker on choosing fabrics for your home

We asked Gina Wicker, design and creative director for Sunbrella, for her expert advice on picking the right fabrics for your outdoor and indoor spaces. I have outdoor fabric on all my furniture outside. Every summer, at least one gets a large “gift” from a bird flying overhead. What’s the best way to clean this cushion? Will washing one and […]