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Bulletproof Decorating: How to Pick the Right Kind of Paint

Choose a paint with some heft and a little sheen for walls and ceilings with long-lasting good looks. Here are some getting-started tips Full Story
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p4p83
ddelora: I hear ya! Same thing happened to me and I will never use allow anyone to use it in my home again.

I wish Houzz had covered exterior paint, as well. I painted a gate with Benny Moore's Aura Exterior in October, 2013. Started peeling off in April. Very disappointing! I'm going back to Behr.
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To Professional Painters: Are Pratt & Lambert paints worth the premium price? To Homeowners: Are you happy with your P&L painted surfaces?
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10 Tips for a More Peaceful Home

Turn your everyday living space into a serene retreat by clearing visual distractions, softening your lighting and more Full Story
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dawnsigel
All these comments (except for the negative one) are so great! I really like reading your ideas!
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constance & kate
trying to incorporate the elements are hard especially when your 3 year old keeps messing with your fountain. But with a little ingenuity and some well placed shelves it can be done
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20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair

Some have fire features and grills; others, just a table and chairs. But all of these open-air rooms show guests a good time Full Story
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redpoint
Thank you Houzz for showing some ideas that do not have to cost a fortune! My favorite photos are always the ones that are the least upscale. (That being said--I did save the stone-and-fire pic to my dream folder.)
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California Fence Company
Great ideas, I loved it very much. Those who would get the opportunity to live in such picturesque settings would be very lucky. The outdoor space with the wood fences is a place where you can spend your day and forget all your worries- a peaceful retreat away from all the stress.
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Houzz Tour: Asian Elegance With an Industrial Edge

Once a grocery warehouse, this Denver loft is now stocked with a mix of dramatic, raw and refined pieces Full Story
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shyr94
I'm a Cardinal fan, but I could live here. Very nice!
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Judy
Love the dining room chandelier and the artwork! Beautiful home!
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Decorating 101: How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes Full Story
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Katy Jordan
I always walk in any store and tell anyone who asks that I'm just looking - from clothes to furniture to cars. I do a lot of research before setting out and usually have a pretty solid idea of what I'm looking for. If I do need help or decide to buy, I will find the person who first approached me so that if it's a commission situation they get the credit. I don't really like shopping (except at home-improvement and book stores), so I don't want someone bothering me while I'm focused on my mission! If it's furniture, well... That's a big expense for me; I hit several stores before I buy so that I can test-drive a lot in store. If I buy a sofa, I'll have it for 10 years at least, so it needs to be The. Right. One. I've always bought in-store as well, except for items I've stumbled upon on Craigslist or our local yardsale website. Those are usually pieces I have in my head that I'd like to have but haven't actually shopped for - like the makeup vanity I just bought for $75. This thing is a gorgeous beast; solid wood with beautiful, feminine legs (much nicer than my own), with a fold-down mirror. It's exactly what I was looking for, right down to the fact that it needs to be stripped and repainted, which I am actually looking forward to doing. I've also gotten a glider with ottoman for our library and two end units to flank our fireplace for free. Again, all pieces I had a vague idea about wanting but had not shopped for, but when they show up on the free area of the web (and the end units are Ethan Allen), it's simple math.
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carrps
Well, I avoid crumbling antiques! The only ones I'll buy have to be solid and require little serious work. I'm not that handy, nor do I have extra money to pay craftspeople an arm and a leg for major restoration.

I only buy IKEA for a trendy little accent piece or things you just can't beat them on for the price -- like glassware, wooden hangers, that kind of thing.
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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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makaloco
Mariaholman ... Oh, I agree with you and wouldn't have a setup like that, either. I was just trying to figure out what they might have had in mind. For all I know, it may be just a decorative element rather than actually being used to drip-dry glasses.
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mariaholman
I agree ... it's probably just decorative furnishings. Let the designers live in what they design (with kids, husbands and animals). Then they might find out the (im)practicalities of some elements. For instance ... throw blankets on couches ... lovely to look at if you are a bachelor(ette) or have a cleaning crew every day. One cat can either make that throw a 'shedding' spot or knead it into non-recognition. Or the grandkids will use it as a cape or cover for the coffee table (great hiding spot). My house may not be design beautiful, but we live in it ... and nobody gets upset when our 'throw' (an old towel/blanket) gets hair all over it. We just run the sticky-tape thing over it and toss it in the washer.

I DO keep my old sheets/blankets/towels nicely folded and awaiting playtime in a lovely basket (plastic) that I lined with some favorite old pillowcase fabric, so I guess I do have some design beautiful elements ... of course the cats (two) love it as a nesting space and crawl under and hide, so it isn't always so neat ... but that is not one battle I choose to fight.
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How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right

Learn basic layout rules to get a polished, pulled-together look in any room Full Story
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plumtreeblossom
When someone said they're waiting for wireless lighting, the image of an old-fashioned oil lamp jumped into my mind. I don't have one, but I do use candles for soft lighting in awkward-for-cords places. That's wireless technology for you!
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That was me. I can't use candles (have a really bushy tailed cat), it is very hard to find scentless candles, and I really like to sit where I want when reading. Candle power is not very good for reading but fabulous for dining. I have become used to electric lighting, just don't want all my furniture lined up against walls, or cords running everywhere, or going to the expense of drilling holes in the floors and tunneling wiring to the walls. If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put all men on the moon ;)
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6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning

Turn off that cash-guzzling, energy-hogging A/C — these methods of cooling your home and your body are cheaper and kinder to the planet Full Story
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Connie
ptmatthews: I wrap a freezer pack in a pillowcase, and stick it down by my feet. I guess like in the olden days when they used bedwarmers from the fire to warm themselves. cooling your feet or hands is one of the best ways to cool down quickly (although I do know a trick with an ice-cube- but that's for another forum) ;)
July 22, 2014 at 7:11pm     
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team_kiki
I can't believe they did not mention whole house fans.
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5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard

Don’t sweat that boxy A/C unit. Here’s how to put it out of sight and out of mind Full Story
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meanderson1
I think sclawson has a good point, although I might not say "OCD" because I once made a joke and really offended a woman who informed me that she was the mother of a man with OCD and it is a serious affliction. What's the big deal about unsightly air conditioners? In hot climates, most people have them and are very grateful for the relief they give from the heat. Maybe we should make a shrine to them! AC units are not a reflection of poor taste or an unimaginative decorating sense any more than having a toilet in the bathroom is. Why do the people in the article have a bug up their bu** about it?
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ldipaola
Just working in the yard and finished the path but first had to hide the A/C unit with steel fencing. You can see it in the background. On the other side of the house we used the same fencing to cover the pool equipment. Its not bad to look at and its open for ventilation and matches other "industrial type" finishes in the yard.
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The Secret to Pocket Doors' Success

Pocket doors can be genius solutions for all kinds of rooms — but it’s the hardware that makes all the difference. See why Full Story
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Pocket doors are a great design feature that can help open up a room with limited space. Pocket doors can add style to a room while also providing privacy to an area.
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Kamm Architecture
We use either pocket doors or surface mounted doors on exposed tracks, depending on the application. I love the look of the exposed track hardware, but you need clear wall space to the side of the door opening in order to make it work. The door then becomes a design feature. A pocket door essentially disappears when open, so you can create a greater flow of space.
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