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Houzz Tour: Problem Solving on a Sloped Lot in Austin

A tricky lot and a big oak tree make building a family’s new home a Texas-size adventure Full Story
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Muriel Geny-Triffaut
Carina Coel is a genius.
July 1, 2014 at 9:51am   
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Lauren Schreiber
I love this - congrats Carina!
July 3, 2014 at 8:00am   
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Bath of the Week: Black, White and Classic, With Some Twists

Black trim and tile keep an otherwise snowy bathroom in a 1910 home from feeling sleepy Full Story
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jayne1313
Lisa,

Are those Ikea Lidingo kitchen cabinets in white with raised panel used for your closet? It looks like mostly tall pantry cabinets. If so, how were they outfitted to accommodate rails to hang clothing, or are there mostly shelves.

Thanks for sharing. This bath and closet renovation came out great!
July 6, 2014 at 8:34am   
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jmstruck
Absolutely gorgeous! When it comes to maintaining, it is a location I would love to visit - but would not want to live there.
last Sunday at 3:48pm   
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How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living

Need a home office, a playspace or extra room for your stuff? Learn about off-the-shelf, prefab and custom sheds Full Story
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flyin_zl
great ideas, but even $50 per square foot seems a little excessive
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The ShedQuarters, Inc.
$50 per square foot does seem quite a bit excessive, especially when you consider comparatively what you get for that cost! We think, dollar-for-dollar, a ShedQuarters DIY building is one of the best values on the market today. Not only do you get an attractive building that will last for years to come and creates additional storage space, it will last for many years to come, is engineered to meet most building codes and adds to your home's property value.

One additional thing; I had a phone conversation with a customer a few weeks ago regarding the "off the shelf" storage buildings he had purchased at a local big box store. He had to get a permit from his local zoning office to put it in his back yard and, lo and behold, when the building inspector showed up to do his job, this customer found that the building did not pass code. It was made of 2x3 construction, did not even have wall studs to meet the shear strength requirements of the siding being used, and a list of other deficiencies. This customer was looking for help in getting his "off the shelf" big box store building up to code. What a mess he found himself in! His lesson learned; do it right the first time! Check us out at www.theshedquarters.com.
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How to Reface Your Old Kitchen Cabinets

New project for a new year: Update your cabinets without replacing them entirely, as a DIY project or with help from a pro Full Story
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pymarkley
Maybe continue the Oak throughout the kitchen and go with Grey cabinets? Something like this?
last Wednesday at 10:41am   
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erinh50
A honey maple might be nice with new wood floor. A deeper color for the floor to tie in the new cabinet and the existing oak baseboards.
last Friday at 2:39pm   
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12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines Full Story
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stevedenver
My pet peeve in decorating is CORDS.

Picture lights are charming. I love when a room is lit by a photo or work of art, but can't stand dangling cords, especially brown cords against white (WHY are the cords on such items so often dark?). What to do? get a piece of cord molding that is hollow, affix it to the wall centered beneath the picture frame, prime and paint it to match your wall.

Dangling TV cords: wall-mounted TVs are great, until the cords begin to clutter. If you can't have the wall wired with a recessed box behind where the TV will hang, pull all the cords to one corner, not the center, and use cord molding. I also can't figure out why the U.S. market does not offer vertical DVD players, they're available in Europe, Asia and Australia. When you begin acquiring TV components, look for those that can link with Bluetooth.

Finally, lamp cords. If you have a stretch of floor where the lamp cord is visible, paint it to match the flooring. If you have a lamp cord running across a table, paint it to match the table-top. And if you have a ceiling mount chandelier or swag mounted lamp, splice the extra cord. If the chain is ugly (and they almost always are) have a sleeve fashioned. A length of fabric that is 3-4 inches wide that closes around the cord with Velcro works great. Choose a blend, something that can be shaken out, vacuumed or hand-washed if it becomes dusty.
last Friday at 5:32am   
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my suggestion
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How to Pick Out a Coffee Table

Assure a great fit for your room and your lifestyle by considering a coffee table’s size, features and aesthetics Full Story
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tshome
I love the Sculptural wood piece and what I especially love about it is that it's not glass but still beautiful.

As for that really low table, it's really rather pointless to me unless you are just using it as a aesthetic. I would not want to have to bend over that low and I could see myself hitting my shins on it all day long.
July 6, 2014 at 10:17am   
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mountainglory
I like coffee tables to be 20 inches high. More user friendly and works well in a high ceiling room. A little harder to find though.
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My Houzz: Bright and Airy Updates in a California Fixer-Upper

An Australian family tackles an unloved Cape Cod–style house, turning it into an inviting home that reflects their history and travels Full Story
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redryder60
Boy, these folks have vision. The first before-and-after stopped me in my tracks. Bravo - and they are one brave couple. I'm sure this house was TOTALLY UGLY when they bought it and now it's gorgeous.
July 2, 2014 at 12:58pm     
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mtmyint
The sofa in the family room (first pic) is exactly what I've been searching for. The article said it is from Ikea's "Karlstad" range but the one in their UK website is not the same! I guess I'd have to look elsewhere.
BTW it is a fabulous makeover -- a really lovely house.
last Sunday at 5:27pm   
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We had our master bathroom renovated by Contemporary Bath ...Tyler, Sherri and his whole team were very responsive to our needs and made excellent suggestions. I changed my mind about the main shower... Read More
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Take It Outside! Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Dining

Make fresh-air meals as comfortable and genteel as those indoors — and maybe even a bit magical Full Story
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rsowel
Southern porch dining in Louisiana.
June 22, 2014 at 3:47pm   
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subtlesparrow
I just love the green wooden table with mix-matched chairs! Cozy, country, and wonderfully romantic.
June 28, 2014 at 5:48pm   
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8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff

Consider the small stuff — like switch plates and throw pillows — to give your home a touch of class Full Story
     Comment   June 18, 2014
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cindinfocus
When I remodeled to sell our 100+ year old home, I had to do something to the 70's remodeled brass switch plates and doorknobs that had tarnished badly. Since our budget was strained with the recarpeting, new HVAC system, repainting, I had to look for an affordable alternative. It took a few coats of antique bronze finish spray paint, topped with a few coats of satin finish Lacquer left over from my photography career, and every doorknob, strike plate, floor register and switch plate had a fabulous period style look to it. It took several weeks to do, but it made the house!
June 22, 2014 at 7:17am     
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Love, love, love the switch plates!
June 25, 2014 at 2:27pm     
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When Less Is Really More in Your Garden

8 ways you can make a powerful garden statement by embracing simplicity and surroundings Full Story
     Comment   June 18, 2014
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raffey76
Waterfall
June 21, 2014 at 12:55pm   
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marsia
I really appreciate seeing so many restful, well thought out designs, as all I can think looking around my yard, is how many projects I have yet to do. I think I need to simplify and take all the things that reseed in my paths and everywhere and put them in big patches like this. I have trouble weeding perfectly good plants that reseed out, so I have a really unruly property (lots of stuff like raspberries overtaking part of the veggie garden). I think it's great emphasizing big shapes of the landscape and really appreciate the idea of how to blend things with the house. Thanks for another inspiring article!
June 21, 2014 at 10:22pm     
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