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Design Basics to Help You Think Through a New Master Bath

These standard dimensions and layout tips can help you plan the deluxe bathroom of your dreams Full Story
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15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard

End the turf war for good with hardscaping, native grasses and ground covers that save water and are easier to maintain Full Story
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my husband is a determined grass grower--even when I object to all of the chemicals--then water he uses--even give him gallons of the vinegar/sprayer... to use--all he can think of is lush lawns, pesticides, fertilizers, and pour on the water, then mow and complain about mowing and the water bills. We just moved to NC--so sandy and huge multiple trees in front and back yard. No Grass. well, maybe one plant every foot--and that disappears in the winter leaving exposed sand. I talked to the extension office in our county--and they gave me multiple brochures on what grasses will grow here--actually none in the shade. And we have shade everywhere. We are even trying to grow our food garden in the lightest shade we have. A pool takes up all the half sunny space. We love trees for their shade and coolness--but this is almost ridiculous.

We want to put in a pond in the back yard--knowing it will need a net over it when the trees do their thing every fall. I love the idea of pea gravel and native plants--and my food garden. But he is so adamant about his Kentucky blue grass--and starting from seed. The extension office told me it won't grow here--the southern grasses don't leave sod--they just disappear in winter. I don't know what to do. Our mower stopped working this week and is in the shop--we live way out in the burbs--no close neighbors. He used the weed whip to mow the most visible areas--and wanted to rent a mower. Why???? No one sees our grass/weeds. Just wait. Let it look au naturel for a week or two. we have a huge bed of azaleas in front of our house that he wanted to jerk out before even seeing them bloom--just for "curb appeal". Now that they have bloomed--and we have lived in the house for 5 months--I love the azaleas--they give privacy from people driving by on the road--they cannot see into the house. I don't like the curb appeal either--but I love the privacy. I think we just need to get used to NC and find out what is native an what is not for a while. Just let the sparse yard and weeds be for at least a year. Enjoy the trees, and the pool and the deck and relax.
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It's refreshing to see something different than a lawn and use materials that are sustainable and permeable. It reminds me of a project I photographed for A Yard and a Half. The designer is Barbara Popolow. It was featured in Organic Gardening magazine.
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Entry Hall

Take your entry from scuffed up to spiffed up, restoring total cleanliness and order in just a week Full Story
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I always have too many pairs of shoes/boots/sneakers in the hallway. I have no place else to put them. Everyone just takes them off and leaves them where they land.... so messy. There is only a very narrow hallway (about 3 feet maybe) so there isn't room for a storage unit and the front closet is packed with winter coats and tool stuff at the bottom and top of the it. I have no answers for decluttering except to have my basement and attic refinished. But these are very nice pics and ideas for others. :)
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We love the wall color. What color is it?
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Living Room

A task a day sends messes totally away. All you need is a week to get your living room in tip-top shape Full Story
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What works for me is spending 10 to 15 minutes first thing in the morning (making the bed, lick and a promise with the feather duster, wiping around the base of the toilet with a piece of toilet paper); spending 20 to 30 minutes after taking the dog out for his morning walk to make a pitcher of iced tea, run the vacuum, polish any furniture that's losing its shine; another 20 to 25 minutes after lunch to straighten the kitchen and do a quick mop of the kitchen and bathroom (two or three times a week); and in the evening, cleaning the kitchen after dinner and taking care of anything else that needs done before I allow myself to sit down at the pc or in front of the tv.

That means about an hour at best, to less than two hours at worst, spent cleaning every day, which is doable for most of us. It was certainly doable for me even when I was feeling really tired and worn out during the worst periods of my fight against cancer. During periods of being nauseated (like now as I type this) I find having a clean home to be therapeutic. I can't relax (or heal) in the middle of a mess.

The reason it works is because I pick up after myself throughout the day. Keeping my home neat and clean is a lot easier than letting things pile up and then having to spend time cleaning up the clutter. I've never liked doing laundry, but I do it twice a week just to get it out of the way. And now it's time to take the dog out for another walk and then my reward, sitting down at 9 pm to watch "Inspector Morse".
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Love this series!
Would be even better if there could be a printable checklist available.
Thank you!
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Kitchen

Strike fear into the hearts of gunky corners and grimy walls. Our weeklong plan will get your kitchen spick-and-span from top to bottom Full Story
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Diane G.
Oh, Houzzers and Houzzettes...you keep me so entertained that I neglect my house.
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Dura Supreme Cabinetry
If you own contemporary acrylic cabinetry, this would be a good time to polish your acrylic cabinets. Here's a great video with steps on taking care of acrylic cabinetry.
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15 Quick Kitchen Fixes

Little Changes Will Help You Love Your Kitchen All Over Again Full Story
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edinhazelsmom
First thing we did when we bought our house was to remove all of our upper cabinets and replace them with open shelving;it totally changed the look of the kitchen. Removing the doors and replacing them with curtains or leaving them open would work too
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woofwoof have you checked out Rustoleum products for cabinet and counter tops? Called transformation. I haven't used them (yet) myself but the testimonials and photos make me want to try.
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House Planning: How to Set Up Your Kitchen

Where to Put All Those Pots, Plates, Silverware, Utensils, Casseroles... Full Story
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Color, island, and rail system
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Cabinet
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8 Kitchen Design Tips for Foodies

If you own at least one pricey knife and have a slew of kitchen tools, you’ll want to read this Full Story
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Turn a Shipping Pallet Into a Stylish Ottoman

Get the step-by-step instructions for upholstering your own mod living room centerpiece Full Story
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Lewis and Sheron Textiles
Super cool!
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Great work, will try this a post the pictures. Thanks for the inspiration
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Top It Off: Wallpapered Ceilings Take the Eye High

Check out these rooms to see the difference a wallpapered ceiling makes Full Story
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I'll always be a fan of going outside the box (in this case, the four walks -:) ). Why not? There are far too many fabulous wall paper designs and applications out there not to try something new! Great article!

~So Chic
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I remember the awful houses my Dear Husband and I saw when looking for our first home. One comes to mind, with red gingham wallpaper on the ceiling. UGH!
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Spring Patio Fix-Ups: 6 Ways to Light Your Outdoor Room

Let the good times roll well into the evening with string lights, sconces, pendants and more to illuminate your patio or deck Full Story
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I just added string lights around our patio. I used string lights that used Christmas tree light bulbs to create a soft glow. I tried the cafe lights but they were too bright.
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I've always been partial to #3
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10 Ways to Get That Casual Chic Look

Make your home look effortlessly elegant by balancing rustic and refined, mixing textures and having a little fun Full Story
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erplaut
A sleek but slip covered sofa is the (new) key to my LR. Cotton and linen, it brightens the space and feels both cottage-like and sophisticated. It blends with the modern items and with the antiques.
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Oh yes, and the fireplace is perfect for a casual but sophisticated blend, I think.
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The Cure for Houzz Envy: Laundry Room Touches Anyone Can Do

Make fluffing and folding more enjoyable by borrowing these ideas from beautifully designed laundry rooms Full Story
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About to embark on custom-built laundry room--something planned for last half year to be built by my husband. I want the laundry room to have as much attention and be as attractive as the rest of our newly-bought apartment.

In Israel, the laundry room is generally just beyond a bathroom. So, seemed logical to decorate the laundry room as an extension of the bathroom. Back-splash for small sink will echo the tile that lines the upper walls of bathroom in the recessed area where the recessed lighting is mounted---gleaming shell tile which I found online much cheaper than in the shops. In an effort to relate silver grey trim between the shiny white on the bathroom walls, we're doing one wall in light grey textured wallpaper. Framed photos of our travels will highlight that wall. Lighting is from a ceiling fixture and one light mounted into the shelf above the sink. Mounting a retractable hanger for stuff not meant for the dryer. See pic below. Hope it will come out as nice as the one in my mind's eye!
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In a recent kitchen and laundry room remodeling project in a historic home, we created a seamless look in these adjacent rooms and used counter space in the laundry room for a coffee and toast making nook. We installed the washer and dryer in an under the counter configuration that included the same Carrera marble top used in the kitchen. Plenty of space to fold laundry and enjoy a nice cup of coffee at the same time.
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Get the ideal kitchen setup by understanding spatial relationships, dimensions and work zones Full Story
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@Cecile Durand, between 30" and 42" depending on surrounding and whether they obstruct sight lines or not.
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This is the owner of Tampabay Millworks I would be happy to come out and fix any issue that your handyman did to our cabinet. I think it is very unfair that you post a negative comment about us when this issue is a install problem that we did not do. We make a couple million dollars a yr in so called supposedly "custom" cabinets and if you want us to come out for free to fix your handymans mistake we will do that too.
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Kitchen of the Week: Captain Courageous Style in Massachusetts

Bold, unexpected choices turn a onetime seafarer’s cooking space and butler’s pantry from lackluster to full of panache Full Story
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Angela Francis Interiors, LLC
My favorite is the red cabinets in the butler's pantry.
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Delicious Kitchens & Interiors, LLC
Excellent! Thank you to HOUZZ for featuring a nice New England project: this one is stunning and really well done. The prices Karen mentions for stone are exactly what's in line in our market here; even in "The Granite State" we pay a high premium for natural stone and quality fabrication.
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How to Choose the Right Window Blinds

Get the privacy, light filtering and look you want with this breakdown of blind options Full Story
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woofwoof
Note that most of the photos in this article have blinds that are mounted inside the window frame, which I think is the best scenario for blinds. Blinds are a little trickier to install when you have to do outside mount, and I don't think they look as good. Plus you end up hiding all your lovely window trim, if you have it. I re-modeled a whole house and framed in all new windows a couple years ago. Nobody, from the architect to the contractor to the window manufacturer bothered to ask me what kind of window treatments I had planned. Needless to say, none of my lovely window frames can accommodate inside mounts and it changed my whole window treatment plan. : ( Something to consider if you're ever putting in new windows and doors.
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I am soooo saving this article! Now, what about shades?
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Great Ways to Dress a Bay Window

If you’re hemming and hawing over curtains and shutters — or nothing at all — these bay window treatment ideas can help Full Story
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Yes, it helps me see that the unused shutters in my basement are going to stay there. Thank you, I keep thinking that unused shutter + need for window treatment = shutters on windows, but you'd made me see that all it does not.
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13 Quick-Change Boosts for a Spring Patio

Enjoy your outdoor room more with these enhancements that are easy, impactful and kind to your budget Full Story
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jonathan3
Mildew can be an issue where the items stay wet so choose a sheltered area or furniture that will not collect water. Don't put a feeder too close to the seating area to avoid having your feathered friends make a mess. Another note: a leaf blower makes for quick clean ups. Much better than a broom and no water is wasted. Our outdoor room is my favorite spot!
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jonathan3
Arizona plants for the patio in Tucson that will thrive year-round include: snapdragons, allysum, sweet potato vines (purple and lime green), gardenias, asparagus plant, and many colorful sedums. You might have to cover some of them if you get frost. The snapdragons and the allysum actually reseed in the same pot.
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What to Know Before Buying Bar Stools

Learn about bar stool types, heights and the one key feature that will make your life a whole lot easier Full Story
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Cool table behind couch
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I have very limited space and have considered 2 small "saddle" bar stools at a round bar height table at the end of our kitchen island (newly remodeled). What are the pros and cons. Of course they aren't as comfortable and don't swivel...I just don't have space for anything too much larger.
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The Best Uses for a Bay Window

See how to furnish a bay window or merely enjoy the view more, in both casual and formal settings Full Story
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Bay window
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I have bay window envy… {sigh}
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Reinvent It: A Shipping Container Goes a Little Bit Country

See how resourceful horse owners turned low-cost storage into a country-style barn for hay Full Story
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Thanks @Artisanaworks, that's a nice article with great ideas.
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13 Inspiring Ideas for Backyard Sheds

Whether you love an inspiring backyard retreat or just need a spot to stow a hoe, these great outdoor sheds have some ideas for you Full Story
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oleandergirl
My potting shed is almost done, but I need advice. The shelving near and around the sink are cypress. The builder wants to polyurethane them. I don't want to! Can I leave them without any covering on them? The rest of the room is board and batten, very rustic, so I think polyurethane would look too polished. Thoughts, anyone? Thanks! (please)
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Love it - keep idea for east side of house!
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