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  • 00:30

    What are your holiday entertaining essentials in a small space?

    in Design

    The space dilemma can be extremely frustrating when entertaining family and friends during the holidays.

    Is your extended family growing and your house is still the same size? Yeah, we have that challenge, too.

    We've invited Kim Lewis, the powerfully creative lead designer behind more than 120 homes for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and is the designer for FYI's 'Tiny House Nation.'

    When The Washington Post asked Kim how to max storage in a small space, Kim answered:

    "Storage can come in all shapes and sizes. I say let's get creative with your furniture. You can use things like vintage suitcases stacked as your side tables...Each suitcase is a storage space. Storage ottomans work well as a linen closet! For food storage, I suggest a butcher cart in the kitchen, with bins below -- I have a tiny kitchen, and this is what I do! Also acts as a great island when you're prepping food. For outdoor gear, I have suspended a wood pallet from the ceiling with eye hooks."

    Theresa challenged Kim's holiday entertaining creativity with a 1-cubic-foot box challenge. What would you pack in a 1-cubic foot box that are your holiday entertaining essentials?

  • 01:00

    Design for poop? Yes. Let's talk litter boxes and diaper pails.

    in Design

    We're tackling the much under-talked about design dilemma: How do you design for litter boxes and diaper pails? 

    So we're asking the question: When it comes to litter boxes and diaper pails, where do you put the poop without compromising design?

    HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder is sharing her perspective on the unglamorous quandary. Genevieve designs for her new series Genevieve’s Renovation. You can also catch her on Dear Genevieve, HGTV Star, A Hero’s Welcome Home, and hosting HGTV’s White House Christmas Specials. Off air, Genevieve designs for a diverse group of clients and companies ranging from her collection at Capel Rugs, ships with Royal Caribbean, hotels, restaurants, private clients, and her new lifestyle web series A Well Designed Life on ulive.com.

    Married designers and founders of AphroChic, Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason, are experts at design that embraces culture and the unique admixture of the traditional and the contemporary that helps to define us all. Jeanine and Bryan have been featured on Good Morning America, and in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, Elle Decor, EBONY and more.

    Dinah Wulf is the creator of DIYInspired.com, mom to a 3-year-old daughter, and loves to repurpose and decorate. She's contributed to magazines, named one of Mashable’s Moms Full of Inspiring Advice, and partnered with some fabulous brands including Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, Home Depot and 3M DIY. She's also a part of Martha’s Circle, a network of DIY blogs chosen by Martha Stewart’s Editors.

  • 00:31

    Rescuing Renovations with Chic Style

    in Entertainment

    We're giving you a break from your DIY frustrations with soulful style that centers, calms, and inspires our home.
    Mark & Theresa take a much-needed stylish chic break with HGTV blogger Jeanine Hays of AphroChic. She's dishing on her favorite Fall decor ideas and getting us prepped and pampered for Thanksgiving.
    Mark takes the first swing of the season with his favorite ax and heats up our yard with our freshly relocated wood stove in the garden. And they're talking autumn decorating around their home that's easy, inexpensive, and kid-friendly.
    Tune into this episode Wednesday, October 10th at 8pmET on BlogTalkRadio.
    Ask Mark & Theresa questions, or share comments, during the show on Twitter.

  • 01:00

    MyFixitUpLife Radio Show: Inside the Craftsman Experience

    in Entertainment

    Mark & Theresa are inside the Ultimate Tool Playground at the Craftsman
    Experience in downtown Chicago, where it’s all about real tools, real wood, and real

    Theresa is sharing her admiration for Jeanine Hays from Aprochic’s Juju hat
    decorations, her fascination with the ‘cookie inside a cookie,’ and the tips they
    shared on remodeling with your spouse for AOL’s DIY Life. Mark talks about Knex
    interlocking posts, turnstyles, and gears that can be used to make ferris wheels,
    motorcycles and more.

    Ryan Ostrum stops in to give us an insider’s look at the Craftsman Experience where
    Mark and Theresa are building a pressure treated Southern pine playset for the
    Chicago Boys & Girls Club.

    And they’ve invited the fabulous Extreme Makeover: Home Edition producer Diane
    Korman over to play.

    If you have a question about home improvement, email info@MyFixitUpLife.com