June 2016

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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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

The crew digs around the tree stump

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…