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Keeping Your Old Home Beautiful

This Old House named the College Hill neighborhood as a one of the Midwest’s best neighborhoods for 2013. The neighborhood is just north of the Washburn University campus and was originally established as a residential and boarding area for faculty and students. Topeka has several historic neighborhoods with lovely homes that were built in the […]

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The Best of 2013

The Best of 2013

The New Year is quickly approaching and your Library’s Home Neighborhood Team is preparing for 2014 by reviewing our favorite interior decorating books of 2013. These resources offer tips and tricks regarding your design space, colors, decorating styles, and what was trendy this year. Check one of these titles out today!

Fireplace Ideas

Fireplace Design and Decorating Ideas

Does your fireplace need an upgrade for the holidays? Are you looking for fresh decorating ideas to spruce it up a bit? Or does your fireplace simply not fit into your decorating style? Stop by the Library’s Home Neighborhood to search through an array of resources to help you dive deep into the design and construction of your […]


Make It Shine

This is my favorite time of year! Everyone makes an effort to be nicer and make their world a better place. That usually includes their living spaces, as well.  Be it the tiniest apartment or the grandest mansion-everyone can add some shine to their holidays! We have a great collection of holiday books and magazines […]


Time to Weatherize!

Now that the weather has turned chilly, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on heating costs. Here are some excellent ideas on weathering your home: Weather strip and insulate the attic access door. Seal around the outside of the chimney with metal flashing and high-temperature sealant such as flue caulk or muffler cement. […]

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October is National Crime Prevention Month

October is National Crime Prevention Month and also the month for Halloween. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has some tips for keeping your house and kids safe: Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night. Keep […]


Attend a Energy Savings Workshop Hosted by Westar

Learn cost-effective steps you can take to improve comfort and conserve energy in your home from Westar Energy. Registration required.

Sketch It Out

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 […]


Do you have a Fire Escape plan for Home?

This morning Greg Bailey Topeka Fire Chief visited the library. He read stories to the kids and he asked us all some questions. To the parents, have you ever been in a fire drill at work?… lots of hands went up. To the kids, have you ever been in a fire drill at school?…Lots of […]


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