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Inside Houzz: Refaced Cabinets Transform a Kitchen

No walls came down. No windows were added. But this once-dark kitchen looks completely different, thanks to bright new surfaces Full Story
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okmrazor
The kitchen before and after speaks to two separate tastes - both nicely done; while the second successfully achieves the client's aesthetic. It's a great example of how to achieve a lot with a relative little.

Admittedly, I feel it's a bit of a self-righteous gripe and I'll probably sound like a snoot, but while the finished body of work was done successfully enough to stand proudly on it's own, the living room "Before" and "After" appears, at the very least, to be spectacularly unfair and perhaps a bit manipulative.

I'm hoping the "Before" pictures were an afterthought and weren't taken until the room was stripped of anything resembling personality. As well that the beautiful sun streaming in from the panoramic ocean-front view needed to be controlled by the drawn shades to get an adequate picture.

Oooh, I hate having even typed all that. It's just that there's enough gimmickry on the decorating TV shows, and Houzz is such a nice counterbalance.
August 31, 2014 at 8:18AM     
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Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts

Help your home renovation go smoothly and stay on budget with this wise advice from a pro Full Story
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charlotteleigh
About 8 years ago my husband and I considered moving. After discussing it for months we finally decided that we could not possibly find as much house as we had for anywhere near the amount of money we had in ours and we decided to do some remodeling. The biggest job involved building upstairs and downstairs porches that run the length of our house. I'll never forget coming home to the sight of a huge hole in the upper story of our house where the large picture window had been removed to move in the double french doors. With no porch built yet it looked like our house had been bombed. I can laugh now but at the time I was stunned. Everything turned out fine and our porches (the upper one is roofed) added loads of living space to our home and really jazzed up the appearance. Altho' it was a costly addition, we have never regretted it for one moment.
September 9, 2012 at 1:58AM     
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Decorating Trends: A New Houzz Survey Shows What Homeowners Want

Is the TV gaining or losing ground? Are women or men trendier? Find out and learn more about people’s decorating plans right here Full Story
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pittsburgheast
Younger people are willing to put up wallpaper because they've never had to take down wallpaper. We spent the entire first summer in our house stripping hideous wallpaper from every room. Never. again.
August 31, 2014 at 8:42PM     
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Concept Candie Interiors
I have 6 different patterns of wallpaper in my own home and my Hubby and I installed them all. I buy vinyl prepasted, stripable (spelling?) wallpaper. I have removed wallpaper from 3 rooms and rewallpapered them again. They came down in big sheets. Hubby filled the holes from wall art. It is not ever a good idea to put one wallpaper on top of an old wallpaper. Homes with the best style use wallpaper.
September 7, 2014 at 12:50PM   
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Marielle Messing
We keep a tv in the family room, but I wouldn't dream of keeping one in a place designed for eating or sleeping--especially a kid's room! Having said that, we're not a sports family and really only use the tv for video games and online streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu.
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10 Top Plants Native to the Desert Southwest

Get a thriving garden despite unforgiving conditions with these tough, unthirsty, sun-loving beauties Full Story
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lkmcgregor
I live in the Arizona desert, and I've never heard of Pink Muhly... interesting. Texas Sage is very popular here.
August 23, 2014 at 11:51PM     
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QUERCUS
I'm rolling at the poetic answer at the top!

Me, no poems, But yours' are great choices, and all but a few I had, though each one thrives here in El Paso! I think the landscape in the SW without some cacti is rather power-less.

Someday, I hope pinkish SW native, Muhlenbergia porteri, gets popular. Mtn States grew some, but no one specified it even where it once grew wild, prior to development. Just like a couple native oaks from the same large development...
August 25, 2014 at 3:14PM   
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Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More

Free up countertop space and keep often-used items handy by making your backsplash more resourceful Full Story
     Comment   August 20, 2014
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pittsburgheast
capeanner, I assume you meant the second pic in the idea book. Those are magnetic spice containers--metal jars with windows so you can see the spices/herbs.
August 20, 2014 at 1:16PM   
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gertiedaub
Actually, it is not that my kitchen is big. It is that I have so little in my kitchen. My kitchen is really tiny. I just have what I use and no more than that. That is why my cabinets are empty.
August 25, 2014 at 6:55AM     
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mcvre
Efficient
August 31, 2014 at 6:34AM   
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