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Secrets to Living Your Best Life—Unlocked

Our premium collection of inspired tweaks, rewarding tune-ups and tips for getting the best deals on everything from air travel to your next …

Growing roses: expert Rosebie Morton shares her top tips

We love their flowers but we hate their thorns, so is there a way that we can all come up smelling of roses?<p>Roses are our favourite scented flowers, but they are also among our least-loved plants because of mildew, black spot, and all those dangerous thorns. So it was with mixed feelings that I set …

The Triad Tree

When teaching watercolor classes, I often see students struggle with what I consider one of the joys of watercolor. I’m referring to the joys of …

10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal. I Will Always Remember #4.

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.<p>…

Hardscaping 101: Tree Stumps

It happens. Your long favored or ignored tree has to be removed. Disease, blocked views, size hazard, root damage, or just old age. The question …

In This California Home, Outdoors Meets In

(Image credit: Matthew Millman)<p><b>Project by:</b> Heidi Richardson <b><br>Location:</b> Hillsborough, California<p><i>From architect Heidi:</i> Noted Bay Region Architect Gardner …

Golden Gate Park

DIY Home Fragrance (like a Williams Sonoma Store)

I love William’s Sonoma!<p>I make a point to stop in every time I am at the mall just to stroll through the beautiful store and smell the wonderful …

Is Your Porch Ready for Entertaining?

A few homey touches transform a ho-hum patio into a hub for anytime get-togethers. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.<p>This before-and-after from the fab lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess is such a perfect illustration of the difference that a few strategic purchases can make. The …

Living Rooms

Facebook's Menlo Park Campus Interiors

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>The old stuffy offices were blown wide open and given a buzzing downtown vibe. Within the cool urban environment employees have access to …

Living Space

6 Easy Steps for Growing a Romantic Rose Garden

Ever dreamed of starting your own rose garden? Here's how.<p>Interior Design by Chris Barrett. Photo by Victoria Pearson.<p>Now that spring is upon us, we are in full-on gardening mode. So when Hometalk, a home and garden online community, shared their tips for creating a flourishing rose garden, we …

13 natural solutions for killing and deterring ants

Ants are making their way into homes this time of year. Natural pest control methods can help you cope with and eliminate the problem.<p>Little tiny …

Cleaning

5 Tips for Cutting Down On Dirty Dishes

As hard as one might try to piece together the perfect kitchen, if you find yourself with an uncontrollable mound of dishes, that perfect kitchen …

Cleaning

Different Ways To Use Washi Tape

What exactly is washi tape, you ask? It’s simple, it’s a crafter’s dream. It’s tape, made of beautiful paper, that isn’t easily ripped but can be …

Living Rooms

Cough Remedy

Our entire family has been sick. It's been awful. Harvey got it first, and he had a nasty little cough that would keep him from getting a good nap, …

DIY Gold Magnetic Letters

Okay, so I have a super easy and totally fabulous 'I Create' for you today! You know how much I'm loving gold these days. Well, I'm taking it to a …

How To Sew A Pillowcase

So last week when I shared my living room you may have spotted a few new pillows. I had searched everywhere for the perfect pillows and never saw …

Living Rooms

Kids Closets Used as Reading Nooks

All a little reader really needs is a book, but a soft place to curl up, a light and maybe even a bit of privacy doesn't hurt. I love the trend of …

Closets

10 Really Terrific Reading Nooks

While bookish types can generally read anywhere and at any time, there’s something magical about having your own little nook for the purpose. It …

Maxwell's Top Flatware Picks: Very High to Very Low

Replacing the tools you eat with is not only a practical upgrade, it's a super satisfying way to make a big statement on your table (Check out my Top …

Ceramics

Split-Level Homes: Ideas and Inspiration

Split-level homes aren’t the most popular. Many people are confused by their value and many people are confused on how to separate their entertaining …

Interior Design

6 Easy Styling Tips to Refresh a Room

Instantly refresh your room.<p>A home makeover doesn't have to require new furniture, a trip to the hardware store, or a big budget. Here's how to style a space for an instant refresh.

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

By Craig Norton,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/17KBdXE<p>Okay, this is not the real 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy, list. If you are new to …

How Feng Shui Can Improve Your Home and your Health

<b>Feng Shui</b> is an artform based on a series of guidelines derived from ancient Eastern philosophies that is designed to create a sense of balance and …

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28 New Decorating Secrets the Pros Swear By

Throw the old rulebook out the window.<p>You know those people who seem to have great taste without even trying? You're about to be one of them. Here, top designers share the best insider tips and tricks in the business.