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The Well-Styled Dorm: Smart Storage for Small Spaces

Creative storage is essential to keep a dorm or small apartment organized and livable. Clutter comes in many forms when you sleep, entertain, study, and chill in just…

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The Well-Styled Dorm: Small Space Decor

Whether you’re heading off to a utilitarian college dormitory or a tiny beige-box (if you’re lucky) apartment, the waning of summer often turns thoughts to maximizing life in a…

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DIY Paint Makeovers: Midcentury Modern, part 2

If you love the midcentury modern look, add some retro style to your room with our easy projects.   Midcentury modern style isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. After all,…

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DIY Paint Makeovers: Mad About Midcentury, part 1

Add a little midcentury modern to your pad with painted projects that salute starbursts, boomerangs, and all things sleek and chic. Midcentury styling is all about organic shapes…

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Easy DIY Ideas: Make a Corner Library

With a lining of bookcases and a comfy reading chair, an unused space transforms into a cozy, clubby DIY library.   Once a blank wall in a large…

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Easy DIY Makeovers: An Inviting Entry

Greet guests at your door with a light and bright entry. Some paint, a few accents, and renewed furnishings may be all it takes.   Even with white…

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Easy DIY Decor: Redo a Rental

This apartment called for a new lease on life, but a strict rental agreement made redecorating and giving it personality a real challenge. We made it feel like…

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Garden Tour: A Home for Gnomes

After her sons nicknamed her “gnome,” Kathy Penner made it a theme in her charming Midwestern garden.   Once a plain white farmhouse on a former dairy farm,…

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Vintage Seed Collectibles

Colorful and historical, vintage seed packets and boxes are appealing works of art that offer unique ways to collect and decorate.   Well-preserved seed packet specimens hold collectible…

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Saving Seeds: How to Collect and Store Them

Once a plant’s growing cycle has come to an end, saving seeds from the pod gives you an economical way to fill out your garden next year, share…

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Set Up a Flower Arranging Station

If you’ve got a green thumb, tuck a flower arranging workstation equipped for assembling bouquets of fresh-cut flowers or potting plants in your garage, basement, or shed.   Choose…

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Crate Ideas: DIY Furnishings for a Garden Room

Use vintage and handmade crates as repurposed furnishings to add character to your porch, deck, or patio.   A crate made from pallet slats fashions a sturdy base…

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Easy Garden Ideas: Make a Planted Umbrella Stand

If your deck gets a little too much sun for comfort on long summer days, adding a large market umbrella will cool things down in a jiffy. And…

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Easy Gardening Ideas: Set Up a Potting Bench

Keeping garden tools and supplies tidy and handy can be a challenge if you don’t have a dedicated space such as a shed or greenhouse. Fortunately, it takes…

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Gardening for the season: Make a Chair Planter

If you’re like us, you get all excited about the first shoots of spring, buy your new perennials and then your annuals. You dig and deadhead in your…

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Simple Storage Solutions: Bathroom Cabinet

If you’re not fortunate enough to have a linen closet or built-in cabinetry in your bathroom, freestanding casework may be just the answer to your storage needs. Choose…

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DIY Decor: Office in a Closet

In just a weekend, you can fashion a hideaway home office in a closet that’s well-accessorized, practical, and pretty.   This tiny room serves as a guest room…

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House Tour: A Cozy Coastal Maine Cottage

Dive right in and mix antiques with new pieces to convey a mood, says Texan MaryBeth Shapiro. Each room in her late 19th-century Higgins Beach, Maine, vacation cottage mixes…

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Budget-Friendly Makeovers: A Family Room Update

A dated and dreary family room gets a much-needed update with refreshed furnishings and pretty pastel colors. The color scheme, deep rose carpet, tricky room arrangement, and half-hearted…

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Budget-Friendly Makeovers: A Boho Bedroom

Blue may promote relaxation but it also brings a lively, fresh-faced look to this once bland bedroom. Most of us are guilty of it at some point: We…

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DIY Garden Project: Building a Pond, Part 4

We did it! From start to finish, it took roughly two weeks to turn a ho-hum backyard into a beguiling oasis complete with a landscaped pond and new patio….

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DIY Garden Project: Building a Pond, Part 3

Our pond is set up and ready for everything that makes it work, ties it to the home, and enhances the landscape. The power we need runs through…

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DIY Garden Project: Building a Pond, Part 2

Digging the hole is only the beginning of our pond project. Now it’s time to place and connect all the components that will turn this crater into a…

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DIY Garden Project: Building an In-Ground Pond

There’s nothing like the soothing sound of water to add a relaxed atmosphere to a backyard. A pond welcomes wildlife, supports aquatic plants, and helps to mask the…