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How to Fix Up a Thrifted Lamp
It's not often that I step into a retail store to look at furniture or lighting. The other day, as I was picking up a shower gift from a popular home furnishings store, I got stuck looking at the lamp selection. The shelves were lined with simple, organically...
Furniture Clinic: End the Curse of Slouchy Couch Cushions
With cold weather and holiday entertaining just around the corner, our attention often turns to our home interiors. Take a good look at your furniture from the perspective of a guest: How do things really look? A few easy updates can make a big difference...
High-End Look for Less: Make a Layered Headboard for $20
Adding an upholstered headboard is one of the fastest and easiest ways to change your bedroom's look. It creates an instant focal point and is a great starting point for redesigning a room. Unfortunately, upholstered headboards can be pricey. New, they...
Make a Showstopping Fall Centerpiece That Lasts
Create a natural but luxurious table setting using florals mixed with woods and leaves from your own backyard. Dallas floral and event designer Nathan Johnson of Gro Designs shares some easy-to-follow...
Make Fall-Perfect Wooden Candleholders — Without a Woodshop
When I think about fall, cozy nights by the fireplace instantly come to mind. I don't have a fireplace right now, but candlelight is a great visual substitute. It's the perfect way to add atmosphere and a cozy feel on chilly nights. Combined with a blanket...
Simple Pleasures: Crafting for Fun and Relaxation
Making something by hand, whether it's a knitted cozy for your favorite coffee mug, a table you built yourself or a hand-stamped card, creates a feeling of satisfaction that buying something in a shop simply doesn't. If you've caught the crafting bug...
How to Replace Your Kitchen Faucet
Kitchen remodels require a multitude of skills from conception to completion, and ours was no exception. From tearing down walls to replacing floors, we've been through it all — and we're exhausted. Luckily, the very last change was the quickest and...
8 Must-Have Tools for Fall Backyard Prep
Fall is in full force here on the northern Pacific coast. All of this wind and rain have me bunkered down indoors and dreading the work that's waiting for me once the storm clears. Luckily, there's a slew of helpful tools to tackle everything that autumn...
Give Your Porch Some Rustic Fall Style
Fall is here, and with it a new season of activity as a prelude to the holidays. If you can find a free afternoon, spend just a few hours sprucing up your porch or patio with seasonal spirit before your trick-or-treaters arrive.
Pocket Hole Joinery, the Beginning Woodworker's Best Friend
Two of the more traditional joinery methods — mortise and tenon, and dowels — require a lot of skill, expertise, time and tools. With pocket hole joinery, you simply cut boards...
DIY Painting Project: A Colorful Front Door
Temperatures are dropping and days are growing shorter, but that doesn't mean your outdoor projects have to come to a halt — yet. From plantings to quick and easy home updates, autumn is the perfect time to tackle those final exterior projects before...
DIY: Make a Designer-Look Pillow Sham
I love the look of designer Greek key pillow shams — they can stand alone or mix with other patterns, since the simple border contrasts perfectly with busier fabrics. Unfortunately, they can be pricey. A designer sham can set you back about $50 to $100,...
Helpful Hangers: French Cleats Support Projects Big and Small
Cleats are one of the most basic methods of hanging something on walls, but they're often overlooked. Attaching them requires slightly more time and effort than attaching cabinet hangers, keyhole hangers or picture hooks, but their capacity to support...
Neat Little Project: Make a Mini Wooden Wall Console
A wall-mounted console can be handy in many ways, from simply being another place to set down stuff to being a charging station for phones and tablets. It even fits nicely on a wall next to a bed. Consider this project something that creates a little...
DIY: How to Paint Stripes on Your Floor
I gave myself the daunting task of making over my three-season porch. I live in New England, so this porch is used only for about five months of the year at best, but I can see it from the kitchen sink, and it connects the kitchen with the backyard, so...
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