Trimwork Carpentry

Adding Style with Trim

Want to change the interior style of your home? An easy way to do this is by adding or changing trim and molding on the inside of your home. Some of the great things trimwork adds or modifies include: creating a separation of rooms, adding a splash of color, making a room appear larger, changing […]

Outdoor Oasis

Creating Your Outdoor Oasis

Winter is finally coming to an end, and if you’re like me, you can’t wait to get started on outdoor projects. Whether you are looking for outdoor entertainment, a children’s play area, an outdoor cooking space or even a pool, we have lots of books with great tips on getting started this spring. Adding pavers […]

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The Kitchen of Your Dreams

Your kitchen should be one of the most organized places in your home. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to find that lid to the bowl you just poured the leftovers in, or that small shaker of ground cinnamon you could have swore you saw yesterday. Maybe you know where everything is but trying to […]

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New in Home 2014

2014 was a busy and exciting year for the library with new self-check kiosks, carpeting, and even a new bookmobile. Not to feel left out, the home collection also added a plethora of new titles as well. My favorite part of looking back on the year is browsing through all of the newest titles for […]

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Holiday Decorating Made Easy

This year has gone by incredibly fast, it feels like Halloween was just last week! Now it’s time to decorate for a new season yet again. Holiday decorating can be quite a chore, especially if you have way too many decorations for your home. If you need a breath of inspiration, the library can help […]

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Capturing the Storm in Image and Word

Are cold temperatures giving you the winter blues? Visit the library for a fresh breath of spring Sunday Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in Marvin Auditorium as former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and photographer Stephen Locke present their new book, Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word & Image. If you have not seen […]

Setting the Stage to Sell Your Home

Setting the Stage to Sell Your Home

Selling your home can be a stressful endeavor, especially if your home doesn’t necessarily pop compared to other homes on the block. Luckily the library can help get the most out of your home. Visit the home neighborhood to see our wide range of books on home staging. We have a variety of resources that […]

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Sketch It Out

When I moved into my first apartment in college, I found lots of issues with space. I had plenty of furniture I could bring from home, but knowing what would fit in my new studio apartment was a challenge. Luckily, I had experience from helping other family members move to help make move in day […]

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Planning Your New Home

If you’re thinking about planning a new home but don’t know where to start, look no further than the home neighborhood here at the library. We have a wide variety of different designs and styles to choose from: cottage, ranch, lakeside/waterfront, cabins, vacation homes, retirement homes, energy-efficient, summer homes and many more. If budget is […]

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The Parade of Homes

Looking at renovating or remodeling this year? Perhaps building a new home but not sure what style of home you like? The Topeka Parade of Homes is a great way to get new ideas and see the latest styles and trends in new homes. Come see the homes which are free and open to the public on May 4-5 & […]

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Spring Into Home Organizing

With warmer temperatures finally here, it’s time to start in on spring cleaning. When I think about spring cleaning, its always about cleaning out those areas and spaces that are seldom used or giving a good scrubbing to something that’s casually cleaned throughout the year. If you’re looking for a great way to start, think […]