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Tap Into Stud Space for More Wall Storage

It’s recess time. Look to hidden wall space to build a nook that’s both practical and appealing to the eye Full Story
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craigmerrow
Not nearly as elaborate, but I recently built a phone nook for my kitchen. My house is a modular cape, so the wall where the two halves of the house join together is 8" deep, giving me the opportunity of recessing the phone jack and outlet. Love the ideas presented in this article and by posters!
May 26, 2014 at 8:40am     
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How to Avoid Overcrowded, Overpruned Shrubs

Go for a more natural look that’s easier and less expensive to maintain by giving your plants the right amount of growing room Full Story
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pafarmhouse
One strategy to deal with the barren look of newly planted shrubs or perennials (spaced correctly) is to fill in the gaps with climate-appropriate annuals for a few years.
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Dish-Drying Racks That Don’t Hog Counter Space

Cleverly concealed in cabinets or mounted in or above the sink, these racks cut kitchen cleanup time without creating clutter Full Story
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ceciliepus2
Our 'washing up station' is 'stolen' from a small piece of the hallway (the rest of the kitchen is along the wall out of the picture on my right). This was the only way we could get the plumbing to it, hence freeing up the previous kitchen as an extra bedroom in our 45 square meter apartment. My husband who is an architect designed the washing up area for me - it is extra tall (like I am...) and the right hand door hides the dishwasher, on the left is a deep drawer for recycling and garbage. I wanted the oversize sink and room for a full size dishwasher and the extra height made that possible. We almost always do dishes by hand, it is quicker and easier. The drying rack pieces are all from IKEA - great, inexpensive stuff!
last Wednesday at 5:39am     
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oldglstuf
These dish racks look like they are for people who only heat up take out. I scratch cook almost everything every day and my dish drainer looks like a junkyard when I'm done piled high with large pots and pans,measuring cups and spoons, cheese graters, large wooden and stainless steel spoons, whisks, cutting boards, various types of Pyrex ware, cookie sheets, can openers, chef's knives and who knows what else. If you only have a few dishes and glasses just dry 'em and put 'em away, for heaven's sake.
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Houzz Tour: Old-School Charm With a Contemporary Twist

Bright and open interiors with a serene vibe belie the challenges of building this Cornwell home Full Story
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vickicz
It's great that there are toys in the living space and toothpaste in the bathroom!
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How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not

Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think Full Story
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ekmason1019
It will be 20 years this coming Christmas Eve that my rental house burned while I was out of town. There is no easy or preferable way to survive a fire ~ total devastation, partial loss, only water and smoke damage ~ it is all traumatic. Since that happened to me, I've been better able to do what this woman suggested to help someone else through this experience. It is past time to do an inventory. Thanks for this nudge. Mostly, thank you for these helpful suggestions. Something else I would suggest is to register at a local WalMart, Target, etc., for exactly what you want/need. I got at least a dozen potato peelers. People truly do want to help, and do the best they know how. Having a precise idea is helpful to them also. To those who are in the process of recovery, it truly does get better with time. The greatest lesson learned are that things are just things, even heirlooms. Our lives and love cannot be measured materialistically. Blessings.
August 14, 2013 at 11:58am     
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cozarth
My mother is one of those naturally organized people. I am pretty good but can’t hold a candle to her. Thirty-some years ago, I was all grown up and ready to move out on my own. Got an apartment and got ready to move in. My mother said first renter’s insurance. My mother said make an inventory of what you are putting in the boxes. She was a nag and to shut her up I did what she said. We moved all my boxes to my new apartment and set up a few things, like the bed where I spent my first night in my own place. I went to work the next morning fully expecting to come home and unpack my stuff that night. Instead I came home to an almost empty apartment. Thieves had taken unpacked boxes without even knowing what was inside. A lot of it had no resale value for them. It just hurt, and still does, to remember a pair of wooden shoes hand-made for me in Holland and high school yearbooks and things that no one else could possible care about. After the police left I called the insurance company. It wasn’t nearly as painful as you would think. The inventory, that I had over-done to shut my mother up, even contained things like how many forks I packed and how many towels. It had every book listed by name. I got every dime I asked for and have not been without insurance or an inventory since. My inventories are not as thorough as that one any more, but I do video tape everything once a year and keep track of all the serial numbers of everything that has serial numbers. I am glad video is easy to do but I am even more glad my mother was a nag.
August 14, 2013 at 12:26pm     
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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molv704
Fred I think the medium brown trim could work with a black door depending on the decor. It sounds like that combo could be an equestrian feel and regal. I love black and brown together, my favorite truck was black and dark tan interior. Maybe do a google imagine search on that color combination to actually see how they can work together.
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Andrea Ventling
I love black doors. We have just painted some doors in black, grey and gold and others in black, grey and silver. Actually the silver and gold is gilded. They look very elegant now.
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mollymilktruck
Our first taste of black door love was 15 years ago when we painted the front door of our 100 year old 3 story Victorian with leaded glass windows and doors. If you'd have said black interior doors with white trim would look good I would've though they'd look as good as black panty hose with white shoes.....but when we built a new home 5 years ago our builder showed us his happy accident in another new construction he'd done. He tried staining the doors and it didn't turn out so he painted them black to hide the mess up. They were gorgeous. We chose to do all of our interior doors black and went with as many French doors as we could. Everyone who sees them comments on and loves them. Our style is casual and kind of cottagey but the doors add a perfect dose of classy to the volume of white and light tones. We are building again now and that was one of the first features to go on the 'must-have' list! :)
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Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Hang a vintage sign here and some inexpensive curtains there, for a patio or deck that looks polished and pulled together Full Story
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grandmariver
I thought, how original-pallets as a chair (!) and showed my husband. His comment-"Good place for snakes to hide". Yikes! But, I have seen pallets also set up as planters (enclose the backs). I think it's all actually good reuse of materials.
July 16, 2014 at 3:11am     
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Houzz Tour: Reading Shapes a Seattle Home

Written words drive the design of a house for aging in place, from a plethora of bookshelves to a personal word wall Full Story
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krissyb92603
I have seen this home featured in several design magazines and every time I see it, I love it more. Stunning how the traditional Tudor was married to the new, more modern elements and, yet, it still feels harmonious. It takes true design talent to do that! :) Wonderful views of Lake Washington, too!
July 14, 2014 at 3:14pm     
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JudyG Designs
I like your hall a lot.

I suggest you remove everything that is there now, and find one long, narrow, fabulous bench to run along that stair wall. And leave it at that. You will have four gorgeous things in the hall...the railing, the door, the floors and the bench. Perfect!


July 10, 2014 at 6:26am        Thanked by newhomegal
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kellyslobodian
Another aspect of this is today,with trends in popular decorating one person sees and loves farmhouse sinks andby the time Lowes,Depot,Ikea.Wayfair Joss and Main all start to sell trends e xplode.....like ready made granite Forbathrooms.Real granite but overused,I think it is like baby names getabookof top ten mostpopular and choose not to nameyourchild any of them.Great names true but hard ink garden tobe one of five.....
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17woodlawn
Hi. We call them Belfast sinks on this side of the pond, I've mine for 7 yrs when we renovated the kitchen it was one of my must haves. Ok I've broken many glasses etc in it, but its beautiful!
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How to Recycle Your Kitchen

Instead of adding to the junk pile — and paying landfill fees — get rid of old appliances, cabinets and countertops the ecofriendly way Full Story
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midmodfan
After 15 years of use, we disassembled our IKEA kitchen (bad quality? nope) and sold it on ebay for 1,500 Euros, sans appliances. It found a happy new home.
July 6, 2014 at 6:40am     
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mitzypoo22
Interesting article, so glad to see you mention Habitat. Other than items they can use in the homes they build, they often have a "ReStore" that will take all sorts of items (I think just about anything but clothes). We're remodeling a 75 year old Bungalow, so they are invaluable for matching old trim, doors, random hardware, etc. All sorts of building supplies that are still quite usable, that are probably the product of a remodeling job in the area. And, it's way closer to our house than the "home improvement" store in our town, so there's the gas and time savings too!

That has to be my one biggest complaint about all of these remodeling/crashing/design shows that are all on right now, they never talk about the option of recycling...none of them, that I have ever seen...even the ones talking about "green remodeling"! I just don't get it, perhaps the starry eyed home owner with a sledge hammer in their hand makes for "better TV", but its such a shame and a lost opportunity to do some educating.

So, thank you for the great idea book...it's as if you were in my living room yesterday and heard me yelling at the TV. :-)
July 6, 2014 at 6:47am     
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cricktmaster
Mitzypoo22, I agree about the "design" shows. They bust up everything, inside and out, instead of being responsible and charitable. I see no point in pitching a perfectly good toilet and sink out the second story window into a dumpster below "just for show". I would like to see HGTV/DIY create a show where the demolition crew recycles their cabinets, appliances etc Nicole Curtis is the only one who comes close. We are in the process of a kitchen remodel. My appliances are going to a friend's mother who is refurbishing a rental house. The appliances still have a lot of life left in them.
July 6, 2014 at 8:10am     
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