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Evoke Mystery and History With Moss in the Garden

Go ahead, lie about age. Moss on garden statues, planters and pavers creates the beautifully deceptive look of time’s passing Full Story
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Judy Davey
So lovely Liane!
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emagenshn, are there any dwarf, narrow conifers that would work for you? You'd need to check climate zones with a local nursery.
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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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Wow! This is stunning!
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great color combinations
perfectly space used
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Houzz Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne

Dedication and a keen eye turn a neglected eyesore into the jewel of its Atlanta neighborhood Full Story
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irudnus
Wish I could find a house like this to buy. Don't care if it was updated by the owners or updated because someone was "flipping" it. I'd be overjoyed to live in it in either case!
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Natalie Baker
Amazing!!! Amazing!!! Amazing!! Thanks for sharing!
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What to Shop for in Cabinet Hardware and Millwork

Learn about finishing touches for kitchen and bath cabinets to pick the options that will work best for you Full Story
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santoslhauper
Jim Hederman - Cabinets can be installed either way. I've always done it the way you have. Test fit and level toe kicks, then put in the floor, then trim and re-install toe kicks.
It seems to me flooring is replaced more often than cabinets. And you aren't paying for square footage of flooring you'll never see. Flooring that you have to put holes through to mount the base cabinets. It does inhibit changing the shape of the kitchen if remodeling though, because then you have to replace the floor.
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colleenlantzy
Good article for preparing ideas for my new kitchen
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From the Pros: How to Paint Interior Walls

A slapdash approach can lower a room's entire look, so open your eyes to this wise advice before you open a single paint can Full Story
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homemadehome
Woops that last line was a mistake! Another tip is to use the roller over any paint brushing to level out brush marks and keep the paint All the same level- don't worry about in the back corners but try to get the roller as close as you can over any brushstrokes. Also cut in
every crease of every cupboard first with your brush (which it means painting all the seams where one plane meets another) then roll the flat Surfaces using the sponge roller as close
to the crease as you can get it. Don't cheap out on the primer make sure you get the High Adhesive which is more expensive but will really improve how the aura sticks to the
cupboard surface. It takes a few weeks for even latex paint to become hard and truly cure
so don't wash down your cupboards and be fairly gentle with putting dishes back if you
have to right away,it will keep your surface looking great much longer if you can wait for the paint job to really thoroughly dry and cure. hMh
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Paint tips
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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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divinemrsm
Honestly, I think it's just semantics...an attempt to transition one phrase into the other. After reading the houzz article describing 'work zones', it could just as easily describe my 'work triangle' kitchen. I Dishwasher & trash next to sink, check. Landing areas next to major appliances: check. Large island to keep guests a bay: check.....

I live in a small town filled with older homes. I know few people who upgrade their kitchens to look like the glam-fabulous photos here on houzz. Most people I know don't ever get around to kitchen remodeling and just make do with the old.

Another thing: I read that kitchens have come a long way because all the architects used to be all men and they seldom spent time in a kitchen, therefore kitchens weren't 'user friendly'. Once women came on to the scene, their input helped kitchens evolve into rooms that function well and are family gathering places.
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I don't have time to read all the other comments, so maybe someone has already said this, but I think it's a good idea to have the sink and the cooktop/range on the same run of cabinets, so that they are not separated by a walkway. This makes prep and cleanup easier and safer, since no one can walk between the chef and the sink while the chef is trying to drain pasta.
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Make a Gorgeous (Cheap!) Pillow Using Vintage Clothes

With secondhand fabric and a steady hand on the sewing machine, your pillow choices are endless Full Story
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The Reinvented Room
Thrift stores are great to peruse for this sort of thing. You can find wonderful fabric amazingly inexpensive and have fun and not worry about making a mistake!
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Houzz Tour: Picture-Perfect Simplicity

It’s like camping out in a catalog sometimes at this classic farmhouse — Pottery Barn and other retailers love it for photo shoots Full Story
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brittoliver
Simply beautiful! A little goes a long way with this wonderful farm-chic decor!
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A lot of effort went into this house to make it look so effortless. Beautiful.
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Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens

Snowy cabinets and walls speak to a certain elegance, while marble counters whisper of luxury Full Story
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Doree Yates-Colter
Stunning!
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A few lessons learned from having our all-white kitchen in a NYC pre-war apartment: One, it is true that carrera marble is impacted by use and it gets marked up. But to me this is its beauty. Our counters and backsplash are honed carrera and I love it all. I cook every day and knew that the marble surfaces would develop a patina. It's what I love about it, but anyone who wants a countertop or backsplash to stay pristine should not choose honed marble. It will make you crazy.

Two, while polishing stone can protect against marks or stains, the polishing also produces a high glare if your kitchen gets lots of light and you'll need dark glasses to cook. Plus in any high use area, a polished surface will gradually show wear and the counters will look mis-matched. Besides loving the look of honed marble, these are the reasons we avoided a polished surface.

Three, never put marble, honed or polished, behind a stove as a backsplash. It will quickly stain and look like a dog's breakfast in no time. While we used honed carrera slabs as our backsplash in most of our kitchen, behind our 30" stove we instead use a stove-to-ceiling stack of 30" x 12" Porcelanosa polished ceramic tiles -- white tiles with a tiny grey pinstripe that perfectly goes-with but doesn't matchy-matchy the carrera backsplash. These tiles, which stack from stovetop to ceiling behind the range hood, have a tiny bevel and thus no grout, adding to their low maintenance. We love the look and the easy-to-clean convenience.

Four, in a lesson learned from a very experienced interior decorator -- if your kitchen gets lots of direct sunlight, don't paint your cabinets bright pure white. Instead choose a slightly gray-white color to counter the inevitable glare. It doesn't have to be a perfect gray match to the carrera; even a slightly mushroom white will be lovely with the gray and white carrera, which seems to go with everything. We also chose stainless appliances (Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator) which adds more gray to the mix in a good way. By the way, I use a spray foam 3M stainless cleaner which is brilliant and the best product I've ever used on stainless.

Five, a white painted kitchen is the perfect partner with wood floors. The combo makes the cabinets more beautiful and also showcases the floor. Our kitchen floors are oak; they're new but we chose flooring that matches the 100-year-old oak herringbone floors in the rest of our apartment. We've found that our wood floors wear as well as any stone or tile floor we've had in the past.

To finish our kitchen we chose painted knobs to keep the white-on-white quiet (we didn't want the interruption of metal, regardless of the finish, scattered all over our cabinets and drawers). I found a small, used, non-precious Oriental rug to use as a mat in front of the stainless sink, and had room to include a white, round Saarinen pedestal table and two Series 7 Arne Jacobsen white ash chairs to create the mix of classic cabinetry with modern furnishings. To the point of maintenance, I find it's far easier to keep an all-white kitchen clean (I can see the dirt!) than I did when our cabinets were dark wood and the floors were stone. I'd never go back.

A final practical point: as much as some of us might like a totally sleek look with a continuous slab backsplash, honed marble behind a stove is a nightmare to keep and will discolor in a heartbeat. Just as we used polished ceramic tile, you could also do back-painted glass or a sheet of stainless and keep the sleek appearance while ensuring you'll be able to keep the area clean.
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My Houzz: Refined Comfort on a Florida Island

Relaxed coastal style gets a tailored touch in a cheerful, peaceful family home Full Story
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halleycomet
I love that blue dog painting!

Wish I was that talented.

Wait---'

I have a small goofy dog

I have blue paint

There
I
Fixed
It
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Sue
I'm breathless and speechless; can I be both at once? This is absolutely my favorite house on Houzz, so much so that I've bookmarked it just so I can tour it again and again! Great job everybody, from the writer to the homeowners, their children and parents, truly a labor of love! And to "halleycomet": you're just too funny, my kind of person!
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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paddyboxall
Lovely to see so many people taking notice of my original article.
Here in Australia even though I live in a temperate area with four actual seasons, we still get very hot, dry periods. Have been in drought for about 2 years now, after two devastating floods. Cannot believe how the ground dries up so quickly.
I have 10000 litres of water harvested off a 63 square metre garage. It is amazing how a small amount of rain can provide that much stored water.
So, everybody. Get your local ordinances changed so that water is harvested and not allowed to run away. There is no more water on the planet than we have now. Isn't that a sobering thought.
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Lol no! Work a week
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Grow a Beautiful Garden With Ecofriendly Greywater

Reducing home water waste means lower bills and a healthier planet. Here's how to set up a greywater home irrigation system that can help Full Story
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victoran
So glad people are using grey water. My dad used washing machine and kitchen sink water to water his yard 60 years ago.
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kat sabine
We're big fans of grey water in the drought southwest, but last summer I killed off a bunch of well-established shade bushes when my hose from the washer was in my side yard and the water was too hot. It burned the roots of my plants and I've had to start over! now I use it to green up the local grass we can't seem to get rid of. For years, I've had a hose off my air conditioner as well to drip into my sweet potato vines.
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Painted vs. Stained Kitchen Cabinets: Help for Deciding

Learn about durability, looks, cost and more for wooden cabinet finishes to make the right choice for your kitchen Full Story
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Water base.
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amelialouise
The company that makes the marine quality paint that was used to cover my laminate cabinets is AWL.
the stuff is amazing if applied properly and that means sprayed on in shop and on site where uprights etc. can't be removed. I don't know what prep was used (probably some serious sanding?) but the final result is an incredible euro looking, tough as nails lacquer finish. Stands to reason as this product is used to paint yachts. AKZO NOBEL....North American supplier: East Water St. Waukegan Illinois 60085 TEL: 847-599-6212, FAX: 847-599-6209 Australia: Unit E54 Gold Coast City Marina 76 Waterway Dr. Coomera Queensland 4209 Australia. TEL: 61.7.5573.9655, FAX:61.7.5573.9677 Europe: Bannerlaan 54 2280 Grobbendonk Belgium. TEL: 32.14.25.7770 FAX: 32.14.23.0880. this is not something that you can just paint on but if you have the money to invest in getting someone to do a do a proper job you will NOT be disappointed in the final product. My laminate cabinets went from dark brown to off white and they're virtually perfect.
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12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines Full Story
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Amen to # 5. Who wants to live in a theme park?
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