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Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty Warmth

Minnesota winters are no match for this heated potting room, mudroom and changing room, which even has a dog shower Full Story
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sydneypatchen
THIS defines what a GREAT Addition/remodel is supposed to be. Cohesive with the style and context of the house yet giving the homeowner what is needed. Thank heavens there are still some design people out there who respect the authenticity of the dwelling.
Great addition, design,and execution. This is a winner all around!
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Wine Storage for the Rest of Us

No room or budget for a wine cellar? Borrow from these simpler decorative storage ideas Full Story
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hfester
But what about the rest of us poor folks who buy our wine at the 5-cent sales at BevMo! and drink it before its feelings are hurt?
Best line from any Houzz article ever. Lol!
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8 Reasons to Jump Off the DIY Bandwagon

You heard right. Stop beating yourself up for not making stuff yourself, and start seeing the bright side of buying from others Full Story
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Rebecca, I have been known to paint while enjoying a margarita.
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chambers1589
I'm an avid do-it-yourselfer. If I was looking for a motivation it's probably that I don't like experiencing the world passively. I don't want to go through life sitting on chairs never being able to make one. I don't want to have used electricity my whole life and not know how a house is wired. I don't want to live in structures and not understand how to read a span table.

I also like the feeling of creating works that will outlive me. I will be gone in fifty years but the molding I hand milled will still be here, as well as the baseboard heater covers I designed and constructed. There's a decent chance none of my work at my regular job will mean anything fifty years from now. My home architecture will still be here.

And lastly, yes, I certainly don't save money by creating projects myself. I'm sure I could buy solid pieces from IKEA for much less than lumber costs, not even taking account the too-much-money I've spent on tools. The finished product, though, is unparalleled. If you have patience and study you will produce timeless singular pieces of industrial art that you can pass down to your children. I'm sorry, there's no price tag that would make me give that up.
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Tried for years to have children, expensive medical bills, no responses from adoption agencies. Bought a very attractive white sofa. That did the trick -- two little boys in less than one year.
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The Perks and Perils of Reupholstering Old Furniture

Secondhand upholstered pieces can add character to a room, but beware of bugs, snakes and hidden costs Full Story
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One tip on how to save on diy upholstery costs: the fabric is usually the most expensive, so check out outlet home decor stores like a restoration hardware outlet. I've managed to get curtains for $10/panel there, which was enough to redo a Victorian parlor chair in really fantastic Belgium linen in a color that matched my other RH pieces. A standard panel is usually 55" wide by almost 3 yards... Try finding three yards of anything at Joann's for $10!
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Suzanne Melton
Thanks for the "encouragement" chook!
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chookchook2
The shops here are starting to stock the "new" greyed down pastels. Last night I was too tired to turn over an episode of " Lost in Space" . The uniforms of the Robinson family were all colours coming into fashion now.
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My Houzz: Going White and Bright in Montreal

White lacquer and wider doorways help create an airer backdrop for colorful contemporary art in a 1910 Arts and Crafts home Full Story
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Lindsay
Why do people paint wood that wasn't meant to be painted? *tears*
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What a lovely home. I feel that it was somehow cheated of it's history by painting all the wood work. If they had left the stairs stained and found a few other wood areas to keep the original stain it would have been much nicer. As for the rest of the remodel, one word STUNNING!
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