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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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Christopher Boyd
This is an excellent article. I also highly recommend Slido Classic track hardware, available through Hafele, which functions similar to soft-close drawer slides, "catching" the pocket door when you slide it open or closed to stop its fast movement and ease it into its closed or open position. Very nice stuff.
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qofmiwok
rogue decor The EZ closer looks great! I rent my house half the year. Do you find it is intuitive when people first encounter it, or will I have to explain to people how to close the door?
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Three Magic Words for a Clean Home and a Better Life

Not a natural tidying and organizing whiz? Take hope in one short phrase that can change your life forever Full Story
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548madison
Training a husband who haven't been trained to put things away is much like training children to pick up and put away including closing drawers and closet doors. Picking up is not a "your job or my job." The sooner the house is tidied up the sooner everyone gets to enjoy doing whatever they please.
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onthecoast1
I have a cousin who is a member of a third group -- the Don't-Give-A-Rat's-Azz group. They NEVER say "Later," and the phrase "How about now" would sound like a foreign language to them with a subtext they would not understand even with great translation and explanation. It's quite painful for a member of the Naturally Organized to visit her home......
Cute article!
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A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance

Take care of these tasks to avoid major home hassles, inefficiencies or unsightliness down the road Full Story
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Pat Novak
Always have a qualified Home Inspector check your purchase. He will point out what items need yearly maintenance and will quide you through the inspection.Make a check list of items to do annually.. You will eliminate stress by keeping to your maintenance schedule..All. Great articles included above.
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anjin12
House built 2003
2 Story
3 bedroom
Open plan kitchen dining living
3 bath + laundry
1 Car garage

Vancouver Island
Temp -1C to 24C - very reasonable

1. Furnace - nope - electric baseboard heating
2. Recaulk windows - inspected twice per year, no issues yet.
3. Crawlspace - nope - on a pad
4. Deck - nope - have Duradek installed - pressure washed spring and fall
5. Exterior Paint - nope - windows and trim vinyl and pvc - Thinking ahead (grin)
6. Furnace - nope - see 1. - water heater - check the sacrificial anode every 5 years and replace as required.
7. Fireplace - nope - takes away from wall space for the TV (grin) - you have to have priorities
8. Bathroom caulk - okay - use the correct type when replacing.
9. Gutters - Yes - but try this - no ladders for me - http://www.ultimatewasher.com/gutter-cleaning.htm
10. Driveway - ish - concrete - sealed at 5 year mark and then every 3 or 4 years
11. Garberator - Nope - all food waste is composted.

2 1/2 of 11 - not bad - much more time for the fun stuff
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A Surefire Way to Prevent Sun Damage Indoors

Why let light ruin your furniture, floors and artwork, when the solution could be as simple as applying high-quality window film? Full Story
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alisoncartwright
Fading is, to some extent, part of the patina acquired over time. Who wants to love in a home that looks like a magazine spread all the time. On the other hand, I have installed windows that have a UV blocker.
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qofmiwok
Sorry alisoncartwright, but that is ridiculous. Faded artwork and faded sofas are a "patina"? Nice euphemism. Mine used to be vibrant and energetic and now they are just washed out. If bright things, the way they were designed, are considered "magazine spread" then I guess that's what I want.
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20 Outstanding Outdoor Living Rooms

Why give up style and comfort just because you add fresh air? Turn any porch or patio into a sumptuous room by following these leads Full Story
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Thank you for the link, Suave! I appreciate anyone taking a moment to read a random comment to help :) Thanks again!
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Wow, since the Montreal climate doesn't allow me to enjoy this, I did not invest in an outside living room, but I do take out my green sofa in front of the water during summer at my country house !

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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Dream Bedroom

Learn the dimensions that will help your bed and more fit neatly and comfortably, so you can get a good night’s sleep Full Story
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IDEAS FOR THE GUESS ROOM
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Absolutely stylish and decently simply.
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Upgrade Your House With New Interior Doors

New project for a new year: Enhance your home's architecture with new interior doors you'll love to live with every day Full Story
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bcuyler
We are rescuing/renovating a house in a mountain/vacation community. The 20% "contingency" fund has turned out to be a drop in the bucket so are now in need of some very conservatively priced solutions for many things still to be done including doors. Been trying to decide what style(s) of doors will work with our "rustic-modern" aesthetic and still keep in conservative range on price. any suggestions?
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@bcuyler, There are always trips to "the mall" with your pick-up truck (the mall is what my wife and I euphemistically call our local dump -- now a clean, well-organized waste management and recycling center where things like doors and windows can often be salvaged . . . ) You might break fewer fingernails at Habitat for Humanity and thrift stores also carry lots of fenestration materials looking for a home. (Rescue doors?) A scooch up the food chain, I'd say there are some excellent values in molded doors and popularly priced stile + rail doors. This gives you the option to buy machined or pre-hung doors and possibly consolidate all of your trim and hw needs at the same time. If you shoot me a side note, I can give you some retailers in your area. You'll have to find your local "mall" on your own :-)
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How to Pick Out a Coffee Table

Assure a great fit for your room and your lifestyle by considering a coffee table’s size, features and aesthetics Full Story
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Muriel Geny-Triffaut
leslieg2013: as per your question, I do have a sofa and a coffee table because I am over 50, and even though I am a certified yoga teacher and practice yoga every day, with age come problems like morning stiffness. I also have my soon-to-be 85 yo mother and 79 yo father visiting often, and providing them with comfortable arrangements is really the least I can do.

So please, keep your assuredness intact as well as your narrow opinions and get back to us when time/age does to you what it does to all.
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tshome
I love the Sculptural wood piece and what I especially love about it is that it's not glass but still beautiful.

As for that really low table, it's really rather pointless to me unless you are just using it as a aesthetic. I would not want to have to bend over that low and I could see myself hitting my shins on it all day long.
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How to Set Up a Craft Room

Keep bits and bobs from winding their way into the rest of your home by setting up a designated area for craft projects Full Story
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11 Ways to Get More From Your Summer Porch

Watch the world go by at your leisure from a porch decked out with comfy furniture and inspiring accessories Full Story
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janett123
I love my front verandah. We have an old Victorian with a wrap-around porch, so have hung ferns and railing 'window' boxes around all 3 sides. Lots of wicker furniture and candles. This year I added a small deck pond, and got a few small pond plants and some goldfish. I live out here all summer long. When I go out in the spring to set it up, my husband says, 'well, bye, guess I'll see you in the fall!'
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janett123
Forgot to add we live in Cornwall Ontario Canada, and have been having a very hot summer so far. Last night we sat on our verandah and watched our July 1st fireworks going off down by the river (St. Lawrence). We live 2 blocks away and the breeze coming off the river is 'heaven'.
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Summer Living: How to Welcome Weekend Guests

Thoughtful touches and smart planning make summer visitors feel right at home Full Story
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Cynthia Celenza
Having a shore house for many years, I learned quickly to ready for guest at moments notice. I always kept a stash of what one very young guest named "surprises". They were little colorful bags of trinkets that were found on guest's pillows. For more mature guests the bags would include locally made soaps, a personal size mirror or a frame with a photo of them with us at an earlier time. Most of the items I purchased at the dollar store and personalized quickly with a glue gun.
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llw61
We live in Florida and have frequent guests. Years ago we prepared a basket with local menus, tourist brochures, restaurant coupons, a phone book, local maps and some address labels that we leave out on a table for our guests to peruse and use while visiting, and update it often. We've even seen articles that guests have left for other guests to enjoy! I am also a fan of cutting fragrant flowers from my garden and putting a small vase in the guest bedroom & bathroom, which cost nothing, but encourages a big smile. One other thing I haven't seen anyone mention. Because of our hot climate, I prepare a small cooler for guests to use while visiting that includes a few snacks, a frozen jug of water (which doubles as drinking water), plastic cutlery & some hand wipes and encourage them to bring it with them in their car every day. Just a little southern hospitality!
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20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties

Ditch the fancy and fussy in favor of laid-back entertaining that leaves you more time to enjoy the fun Full Story
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cinderellaslipper
Xylitol doesn't have to be carcinogenic to kill you, it does it by stealth, preventing weight loss, increasing the likely hood of heart disease, and is unsuitable for anyone with gut management problems, and is a known cause of acid reflux, & diahorea, also not recommended for children...it is made from ply wood alcohol...why would you eat that!?
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thanks for the great article for parties, ah summer! do those dryer sheets work as insect repellants? www.luminosodesign.com
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How to Install a Drip Irrigation System

Save time and water with a drip watering system in your vegetable garden — a little patience now will pay off later Full Story
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sj4home
scoutstella, that's probably what I should do, although most kits don't come with the pressure regulator, timer, or filter. All essential to really use the system effectively. Those items will at least double if not triple your initial investment.
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juleslarosa
Well, we had a "professional" landscape gardener put our drip hoses in and they fell apart by the second year, now she want to just put in a overground hose with a sprinkler, I feel like she doesn't know what she doing--you guys here make it seem so much simpler than she has, should I get rid of her?
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6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents

With better resistance and fewer demands, these garden beauties are worth a spot on your wish list Full Story
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carubry
If the plants were affected, it was an herbicide. I'm sure the farmer across the street will be using herbicide at some point this summer. He's planted beans, and this is the neatest planting that I have seen in the 20 some years I've lived here. It is hopeless growing organic here, there is a lot of aerial spraying going on around here. Especially, since the Japanese beetles began showing up on beans a few years back. Anyway, my husband is working in another state, and we bought a smaller place there. So, I don't have a vegetable garden this year, and I've been digging up my perennials and taking cuttings of some of the shrubs. If the guy across the street sprays, I'll just move everything to the basement and close all the windows. With luck, I'll be out of here this summer, and I'll be living in a newer house (built 1937), complete with a wine cellar (vineyard gone, unfortunately), canned good storage, and orchard (a map was left of the varieties planted). About half is wooded with a wetland along one edge. Lots of Mayapples and blackberries. Not crazy about the mosquitoes, but do like having the wood ducks, wood frogs, and crayfish.
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Tea tree oil for the mosquitos - used it to kill the larvae in my little pond and it smells good - didn't want to kill beneficials and the raccoons like to play with the floating pucks - aerator some day.

I know it was herbicide after the fact - a cocktail - Round Up, bleaching something or other and something else. Really got the Red buds - which I grew from seed and sculpted Japanese style. New field owner never had the problem before - after the settlement i bet he will be more careful - his insurance agent was an agronomist but had vested interest issues - home owner policy did not cover me.

Japanese beetles hope their is a place in heaven for all thee people that bring this stuff over - infested with it. Finally the black spotted Asian beetles are down to tolerable numbers. Good luck on your new place - sounds great. Ummmm - fresh ripe, warm peaches off the tree - funny as all get out when people say they don't like them - then after about five, with juice running down their chin, they say "These aren't like ones in the store." Fruit smoothies for the kids and healthy daiquiri for the grown ups.

What we are doing to our world - "it begins as a blessing buy ends as a curse - making life easier but making it worse." Greed and laziness will be our downfall.
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Guest Picks: The Well-Stocked Starter Kitchen

We’ve got all the kitchen basics and tableware you need (or that recent grad needs) to make cooking a joy Full Story
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chookchook2
Thanks for the electric knife tip, sherrieholmes.
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I would like to buy the Floral spoon rest. Pier import don't list it. I think it will look beautiful with the Flower Market MacKenzie-Childs canisters Thanks
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How to Keep Your White Kitchen White

Sure, white kitchens are beautiful — when they’re sparkling clean. Here’s how to keep them that way Full Story
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kranno
I love Stainless steel appliances and are what house buyers look for right now so that is what we chose. Our new perimeter cabinetry is off-white and the s.s is a nice contrast to so many cabinets. Island is dark wood. We had white appliances before for about 19 years that were due for an update. Wanted a French door frig, an induction/convection range, a wine frig, range hood, deep, single bowl sink and a microwave that was not always positioned above the range.....all in s.s.

I find it makes no difference in cleaning white vs. s.s. Husband leaves food prints on both. Cabinets too. He tries to be neat.
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I think it is the "how to" and interactivity of this thread that has made it so interesting and useful. I bookmarked it because there are many suggestions I want to keep. (Formica Calcutta Marble, Bon Ami, SCRUB, SCRUB, SCRUB!) Everyone has been so generous sharing. Thanks!
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12 Ideas for a Family-Friendly Kitchen

Include little ones in the fun, keep messes to a minimum and get organized with these kitchen tips from a mom Full Story
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A dish rack drawer in a base cabinet can make it easier for children to the dishes and help in the kitchen. With the cabinet at their height it's easier for children to reach with our having to strain over their heads to reach for breakable dishware. This makes doing the dishes so much safer.

It's also an easier motion for adults to access, and it is handicap accessible for family or guests who are looking for wheel chair accessible options. They are most commonly placed near the sink or dishwasher if space provides.

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Peter Hovey
Great ideas...thanks...ever consider Old English Fireplace Benches (aka 19th century club fenders)? These are made in CT. They add beauty and function and more.
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9 Ways to Make Your Yard More Fun for Kids

Draw the younger set outside while keeping grown-up spaces and style intact. Some of these ideas don’t even cost a dime! Full Story
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krismort
Dutcy79, I had a friend growing up in Idaho who had something similar in her yard. I'd forgotten about it. Thanks for the memory!
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mamma6681
Question safety even with safety latch. It's so long a little one could curl up for a nap in the back corner and someone would never know it.
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8 Outdoor Playspace Ideas to Nurture Kids' Imaginations

Can the call of the wild beat out the call of the TV this summer? With these ideas for encouraging exploration, the game is on Full Story
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Bruce Hansen
It's great to see real pictures of real living spaces on this site for once.
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jillybeansisme
In this backyard I had 15 tons of sand dumped for a play area and I built a crooked play house which I recently gave to somebody because my house is for sale. Can't seem to find that picture though.
August 7, 2013 at 6:38am   
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11 Japanese Maples for Breathtaking Color and Form

With such a wide range to choose from, there’s a beautiful Japanese maple to suit almost any setting Full Story
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thisby
Thank you, Jay! Yikes, 25 feet! We have learned a lot about the concept of having the right plant in the right spot, but that doesn't help us with the plants/trees that came with the house. :o)
June 15, 2014 at 3:53pm   
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Elizabeth Hayden
Great article on an underused tree. May I suggest Vineland nurseries in Ontario for you canadian readers. They carry about 50 different cultivars, many available in a small 1 gallon pot.
I myself have "only" 5 acer palmatums. The requisite blood good, corallinium, kasagayama, Oregon sunset and garnet. Looking to add aka Shigitatsu Sawa to my shady backyard.
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