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To-Dos: Your November Home Checklist

November 5th, 2017
With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter holidays just around the corner, there’s a lot to look forward to (and prepare for) at this time of year. Batten down the hatches for winter weather and get a jump on holiday hosting prep, so you can relax and savor the many simple pleasures of the season, like big family dinners and walks in the crisp air outdoors.

10 Fresh Takes on Ombre

November 4th, 2017
Less hippie than tie-dye, more graduated than dip-dye, ombre is a graduated-color technique that has swept home decor, fashion, hair, nails and even baking over the past few years. While one would think that baked goods and nails would signal a tipping point, designers are transcending trendiness by finding new ways to interpret ombre around the house.

Spotted: Sawhorse Tables at Work in the House

November 2nd, 2017
The collapsible trestle table was the dining table back in medieval times, and it was formed by simply placing a horizontal board over two pedestal supports. It remained the most common kind of dining table until the 16th century, when it was replaced (in wealthier homes, at least) with more solid and permanent structures. 

While its versatility makes it a great choice in the dining room, th ...

An Artist Lets Her Imagination Roam

October 17th, 2017
In nearly everything she creates, artist Clarina Bezzola explores the balance between fear and safety. “Human existence is always going back and forth between wanting to be safe but at the same time wanting to grow and expand,” Bezzola says. While that theme has been expressed many times in her sculptures, drawings, paintings and performances, it had never been incorporated into a house. Th ...

9 Real Ways You Can Help After a House Fire

October 16th, 2017
This story is from our Most Popular file

“Did you ever think your house would burn down?” Eden, my then 7-year-old daughter asked me every couple days, for months, after an arsonist randomly set our house on fire.

“No,” I would answer each and every time.

“I just never thought my house would ever burn down,” she would say, shaking her head. Neither did I and, despite the fact we just marked th ...

How to Refresh Your Bathroom on Any Budget

October 15th, 2017
When you’re ready to do more than just upgrade the towel situation, but you aren’t quite ready for a full bathroom renovation, consider planning a bathroom refresh. By not tampering with the layout (or adding square feet), you can bring costs way down while making some pretty major changes. Whether your budget is $100 or $10,000, use this guide to help figure out what to prioritize and what ...

Tranquil Blue-and-White Kitchen Packs In Style and Function

September 20th, 2017
A dark and drab kitchen in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, was in need of a refresher, and designer Kathy Marshall took her inspiration from the home’s cheery ocean-side setting. “The homeowners wanted something really fresh,” Marshall says, “more modern pieces and bold graphics.” In addition to the cosmetic overhaul, the kitchen area was opened up by ripping out the railing system se ...

How to Get Your Range Hood Right

September 14th, 2017
Choosing a range hood is an opportunity to create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen — or, if you go for a subtler style, a way to support the overall look of your kitchen. With the potential styles of range hoods — from oversize to barely there — nearly limitless, it’s helpful to know some basics so that you get the range hood right. 

First, it’s important to remember that a range hood ...

8 Small Spaces Where Paint Can Make a Big Impact

September 13th, 2017
During my years of painting people’s homes, I’ve learned that small spaces don’t have to be boring or go unnoticed. All it takes is a little paint. By adding paint in strategic places around the home, you can easily and inexpensively transform a space. Plus, there is a good chance you could accomplish at least one of these eight painting projects during the course of one weekend.

Here are ei ...

How Much Building Permits Cost and How Long They Take

September 12th, 2017
If you’re looking to start a renovation project that may require a building permit, you might be interested to know that more than half of homeowners report paying $500 or less in total fees for their permits, according to the results of a new survey from Houzz. Of course, we can’t promise that your permit fees will be similar, as a small slice of homeowners report paying more than $5,000 t ...
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