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Amazing Warehouse Homes And Their Unique Stories

In spite of what some of us may think, living in a warehouse can be very nice and rewarding. Try to distance yourself for a moment from the …

Architecture

Architects build their own rammed-earth office around existing trees

Paraguay-based design firm Equipo de Arquitectura has created a number of innovative structures, but when it came to constructing their own office …

Design

Take a Walk on the Wildside

I came to gardening through strictly utilitarian desires: the desire to eat and the desire to nest. My first garden was an urban pea patch, which …

13 Hillside Landscaping Ideas to Maximize Your Yard

01 of 13<p>The Dynamic View of a Hillside<p>A slope or hillside can be intimidating when you are thinking of ways to landscape your yard. Slopes can be …

Duplex in Grácia by ZEST architecture

In a building in Gracia, where the owners owned two apartments one on top of the other, ZEST was asked to create a spacious, welcoming family …

Neutral colors make this apartment a calming oasis

Calm yourself<p>In contrast to the recent slew of color-filled apartments we’ve seen is this almost monochrome flat in the Belarus capital of Minsk. Designed by local firm Zrobym Architects, the one-bedroom residence answers to the clients’ wish for minimalist interiors that are also comfortable.<p>The …

How to Build a Redwood Deck: A Step-by-Step Guide from Start to Finish

One of the best value-adds to your home and quality of life is a deck. If your home already has a deck, wonderful! Enjoy it. If, on the other hand, …

This Door Disguised As A Shallow Bookshelf Leads To A Secret Bedroom

When PRISM Design and Mori Design were designing a modern villa in China, they decided to have a little bit of fun by creating a hidden bedroom.<p>The …

Pinheiros House / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The house, in the neighbourhood of Pinheiros in São Paulo, is composed of blocks distributed in three …

Architecture

Attic Insulation Methods

What's the best way to insulate your attic? I started out last week's blog post with that question and never got around to the answer. By the time I …

8 Tile Trends We Think Are Going to be Big in 2018

It's no secret that I love tile, and 2017 was a very good time for tile. On backsplashes and walls and floors and even ceilings, a huge variety of …

Kitchens

Snow Removal the Smart Way

Keep your home safe and snow-free—and keep out of the cold—with this wonderful winter technology<p>As anyone who’s existed in colder climates can …

DIY Project: How to Build Your Own Modern Outhouse

When an outhouse comes to mind, no one really thinks of it as being a particularly nice or good-looking space—but you can prove that notion wrong by building your own modern version.<p>In fact, outhouses are generally relegated out of sight and thought to be solely utilitarian. Below, we show you how …

Home Improvement

Jim Cardon's Stunning Custom Built Library, Inspired by "The Illusionist"

2,700 hours of labor, 10,000 pieces of Walnut and a nifty pull-out desk<p>Jim Cardon runs a custom woodworking firm in Denver, and I think he wins the …

Wait, This Perfect Vintage Farmhouse Home Was Built... Recently?!

The power of plaster walls, matte floors, and thrifted accents<p>An old home gets a new look. A fixer-upper gets fixed up. Out with the old, in with the new. Right? Not always. Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the duo behind Jersey Ice Cream Co., got their start are transforming old farmhouses in the …

Mount a TV Like a Pro: Part 1

In my last blog I listed some essential tools for tackling various DIY custom install projects around the house. This time, we’ll put that toolkit to …

20 Pots & Pans That Double as Serving Dishes (!)

Oven-to-table = less dish-washing to do later<p>Cooking can be a lot of work, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel that keeps you motivated: a delicious meal to dig into. Then there's doing the dishes, which is just an endless slog. There's not much you can do to make that task more fun—sorry, …

3 Online Furniture Stores You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

(Image credit: Lamps Plus)<p>When shopping online for furniture, do you ever find yourself going round and round, stumbling upon the same pieces store …

Furniture

Move Aside, White Kitchens—These Colorful Trends Are Making a Comeback in 2018

Most interior designers will tell you that the best homes are decorated over time. This notion that design is never done lays down the path to spaces …

Our Test to Find the Best Drill Press

A drill press provides power and accuracy you can't get drilling by hand. We tested five full-size bench-top machines, each with a minimum swing of 12 inches (the diameter of the circle into which it can drill a center hole).<p>A drill press provides power and accuracy you can't get drilling by hand. …

CES 2015: Ecovent And Keen Home Smart HVAC Vents - Consumer Reports

Anyone with a forced-air heating or cooling system at home can appreciate how some commonly used spaces never seem warm or cold enough, or how …

The Low-Impact But Still Lush Lawn | Lawn Care - Consumer Reports

7 steps to sustainable lawn care<p>Photo: Gallery Stock<p><b>Let it grow.</b> A scalped lawn means weak, shallow roots, so let your grass grow to about 4½ inches …

5 Favorites: Marine-Style Cabinet Pulls

Julie and I have both used flush ring pulls as cabinet hardware in our houses; we also admire this selection of nautical implements.<p>Above: Attwood …

How to Build This DIY Workbench

Smart design. Solid construction. On this workbench, you can build anything.<p>A DIY workbench can be utilitarian and thrown together or it can be beautifully handcrafted. Both can function about the same, but it's more likely the latter example will be a pleasure to use and to own.<p>When <i>Popular</i> …

Stronger (and Prettier) Fastening in Wood with Countersunk Washers

Come for the functionality, stay for the visual pop<p>Fastening Wood with Screws 101: If you need to drive a flathead screw into a piece of wood quite …

Installing an Instant Hot Water Recirculating System

A hot water recirculating pump can be used to provide instant hot water to showers and faucets when it is needed most, without wasting water down a …

Ground Control Delivers Power and Style in Equal Measure

Posted in Decor and Space<p>Inspired by mid-century design and created by Brooklyn-based Juniper Design Studio, Ground Control is a series of brass, …

It's a Thing: Wallpaper That Looks Like a Sunrise (or Sunset)

We can't get enough of these soothing ombré walls<p>If you enjoy the otherworldly calm (and to-die-for color schemes) that come with early mornings and dusky evenings, we've got a decorating trend for you: ombré wallpaper. The design of these panels is straightforward: a vertical gradation between two …

Noon makes your lights smart without a single smart bulb

Smart lights can be a huge convenience, but too many still fail the most basic test: can you turn them on and off with a light switch, without messing everything up?<p>So instead of making smart lights, a new startup named Noon has decided to make smart light switches — transforming your regular …