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10 Unique Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

Tips from Kay Douglass, Steven Sclaroff, and more designers.<p>No matter where you put one, mirrors are an easy way to reflect light, make a space look bigger, and open up a room. Here are 10 decorating ideas for using them in your house.

7 Clever Gadgets That Will Change Your Life

Clever devices to make your life easier.<p>These smart tech devices do things you might never have thought possible — or even imagined — until now.

Basic Tips For Weekly Cleaning

Regardless how hard you try to keep the house clean every day, you still need to spend one day at the end of the week cleaning the whole place. If …

How To Choose a Sofa: 50 Designer Tips

Everything you need to know.<p>Everything you need to know about sofas in one place. Experts such as Windsor Smith, Barbara Barry, and Steven Gambrel share how deep a sofa should be, which style goes with which, how to select pattern, and more.

15 Whimsical Wallpaper Ideas For Your Bathroom

These inspiring baths will have you reaching for pattern in no time.<p>These inspiring baths will have you reaching for pattern in no time.

Little projects around my house

I didn't really know what to blog today and since there are a couple of new little projects around my house I thought I would just share that today …

Gabrielle Hamilton's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Recipe

If cooking a prime cut of beef in a cocoon of salt sounds a tad crazy to you, hang on. You'll be amazed at the result.<p>I've been packing foods in salt crusts for years now, and I never tire of the pleasure of the process, nor the savoriness. My first foray with a salt crust gave all of us at the …

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Trash Bins from a Cleanliness-Obsessed Nation

It makes sense, doesn’t it, that the cleanliness-obsessed Swiss would produce the world’s best-looking trash receptacle? And offer it in several …

What Makes A Home More Valuable – 25 Tips To Increase The Value Before Selling

There are certain things everyone is looking for when house hunting. They make a home more valuable and, as a result, they also increase the price. …

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A Daring, Dramatic, and Colorful Family Home

Tour a house in lavender, chartreuse, and aqua.<p>Using a bold color combination of lavender, chartreuse, and aqua, designer Pat Healing of HB Home totally transformed the interior of one family's New York home, with amazing results. Make sure to read the full interview with the designer to get more …

Remodeling 101: Painted Plywood—The Best Budget Wood Floor

The natural instinct when remodeling a house with wall-to-wall carpet is to take it up, right? Before you can confirm what’s underneath, you hold …

6 Ideas for Customizing Kitchen Cabinets With Contact Paper

(Image credit: Country Living)<p>There are tons of adhesive wall decorations out on the market right now — call it contact paper, vinyl decals, shelf …

Kitchen Cabinets

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5 Most Popular Pins on Pinterest This Week: A Colorful Outdoor Dining Area, A Unique Kitchen Ceiling, and More

Colorful outdoor dining, a unique ceiling, & more.<p>What's popular on Pinterest right now? This week it's the smallest kitchen we've ever seen, a colorful outdoor dining area, a living room with a spectacular view, a kitchen with a unique ceiling, and more. For more design inspiration, follow House …

What's Old is New Again: Modern Tie Dye

I have many a fond childhood memory of messy, colorful DIY projects involving handfuls of rubber bands and a perma-stained sink. Tie dye is making …


First Look: Paola Navone's New Crate and Barrel Collection

The legendary designer's collection includes more than 140 pieces.<p><i>Como Bench Talbot Cement, $1,499.</i><p>In her forty-plus year career, the Italian architect and interior designer Paola Navone has championed everything from the intellectual progressivism of the Alchimia group in the 1970s to the bold …

Fall Fashion at Home: Moody Florals

Update any room by translating the top Fall Fashion 2013 trends to your home. Today, deep, romantic florals<p>Blooms continue to flourish on clothing and accessories, but as ELLE points out they're blossoming from black as night backgrounds and taking on a darker mood this season. Bring home the look …

Fall Fashion