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Gift It: Must-Have Kitchen Appliances

Cooking can be a lot of fun, especially when you have a beautiful kitchen and the right equipment! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the cooks on ...

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Three Reasons to Renovate Now

There are many reasons people renovate their homes. Some see the renovation as a short-term investment that will yield returns when they place the home on the market. ...

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Project Pantry

People look for many things in a well-appointed kitchen: high-end appliances, lots of prep space, good lighting, and sufficient space with good flow so that the kitchen won’t feel ...

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My Houzz: Inviting Farmhouse Charm in Connecticut (28 photos)

Lauren and Pat McBride realized it was time to move out of their small condo when they learned that Lauren was pregnant with their second child. The home they found in Madison, Connecticut — decorated with dated wallpaper and paint in every color of the rainbow — didn’t fit their dream of an airy farmhouse-style...

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The Case for Simplifying Christmas Decorations (6 photos)

“Honey, I wanted to let you know I’m going through my Christmas things and getting rid of everything other than my favorite ornaments for the tree.” This was my 76-year-old mother speaking, the woman whose unspoken motto has been “More is more” when it comes to many...

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Not Up for a Big, Decorated Tree? Try One of These Ideas (12 photos)

One of the unsung truths of the holiday season is that getting a big, expensive Christmas tree isn’t for everyone. Don’t get me wrong; there’s something so cheering and festive about a beautifully decorated tree. But for many reasons — perhaps you travel over the holidays, live in a building that doesn’t...

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8 Reasons to Go for a Single-Cushion Sofa (8 photos)

Shopping for a new sofa? If you love napping on the couch or are tired of dropping change (or crumbs) between the cushions, you might want to forgo the more common multiple-cushion couch in favor of a bench-cushion style. Read on for eight reasons why you might want to make your next sofa...

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How to Care for a Freshly Cut Christmas Tree (8 photos)

Artificial trees may have increased in popularity, but for the purist, only a real tree will do. No matter how realistic it looks, an artificial tree can’t compete with the scent and feel of a real evergreen. It’s a living part of nature that, for a short time, we give a place of honor in our homes.
And...

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Spotted! Pampering Touches for Pets Around the World (28 photos)

Pets enrich our lives in countless ways — not least by companionship — and it can be a source of joy to be able to offer them a happy home that’s comfortable and life-enhancing. And if you go a little overboard on the indulgences, so what? Every member of the family needs to be spoiled now and then.

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What to Know About Installing a Stone Patio (17 photos)

Stone patios can be beautiful and long-lasting landscape additions. As the floor material for an outdoor dining room, lounge or firepit seating area, cut stone and flagstone form a durable base for furniture and garden accessories. Using local...

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Your Post-Thanksgiving Game Plan (9 photos)

Ah, Thanksgiving is over. Once the dishes are dry, the last overtime has ended and the guests are gone, what comes next? OK, I know, collapse in an exhausted heap. That’s good — go ahead and do that. Then it’s time to take on a few tasks that will make having the next big gathering at your house just...

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Tackle Big Messes Better With a Sparkling-Clean Dishwasher (6 photos)

It may seem redundant to clean a dishwasher, but that’s exactly what housekeeping experts advise to ensure that your hardworking machine stays in top shape. Cleaning every four to six weeks will help reduce the buildup of lime scale and soap scum and eliminate food particles that can diminish the machine’s...

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Cabinet Paint Colors That Are Anything but Neutral (10 photos)

Whites, soft grays and warm woods have dominated the kitchen style arena lately. But there are those who want to amp up the color in their kitchens. While some wade in with soft blues, others want to make dinner surrounded by hues like a sunny yellow or an electrifying cobalt. If you’re considering a...

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How to Design a Sleek, Modern Bathroom (17 photos)

While modern style is not for everyone, those who like it appreciate the beautiful simplicity of sleek, minimalist furnishings and clean surfaces. And this look works especially well in a bathroom. Whether your whole home is a modernist’s fantasy or you just want to dabble in this style for your dream...

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How to Avoid Dryer Fires During the Holidays (4 photos)

With the holidays around the corner, we can look forward to snow, hot chocolate and cozying up indoors with extra blankets and sweaters. But many of our favorite things about the holidays can have negative effects on dryers, heightening the risk of sparking a fire. Here are five dryer-safety concerns...

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20 Festive Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces (20 photos)

You don’t have to have a full-size tree to make your house feel like a winter wonderland. Take your pick from these 20 ideas — including a hot drinks bar, bookcase wreaths and DIY decor — and get your home in the holiday mood, no giant tree required.

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A Buyer’s Guide to Kitchen Counter Seating (9 photos)

Counter seating is popular in modern kitchens, which inevitably raises the question of what stools to pair with your work surface. Since kitchen stools often get more use than dining chairs, they need to be sturdy, good-looking and just the right height. And although buying a few good...

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Spotted! Homes That Let the Sun Shine In (17 photos)

With creative thinking (and the help of knowledgeable professionals), your home can bathe in the sun. If you crave natural light and are planning to remodel or build a house, take inspiration from these spectacular glass-enhanced spaces.

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Do You Recognize These 5 Common Side Effects of Remodeling? (5 photos)

Living through construction isn’t easy. Even if you’ve planned every last detail, the reality of having builders and decorators in the house for months on end can drive anyone slightly mad. Here are five side effects of going through a renovation project, along with tips on how to come out the other...

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So Long, Lawn: 6 Walkable Ground Covers to Consider (8 photos)

A ground cover plant that can replace a traditional lawn grass often has to satisfy a wide range of criteria. Primarily, the plant must be walkable: It has to be very resilient, able to recover quickly from being trodden upon and also have a flat, low-growing habit — ideally without large clumps...

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What To Expect During Your Remodel

Most home remodeling projects start out with a dream. Pair that dream with the right contractor and budget, and you end up with the perfect combination. It’s important ...

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Spruce Up your Space for the Holidays

The air is getting cooler and holiday music is playing in the stores. You know what that means: family and friends will be coming over for holiday gatherings. ...

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Create an Inviting Space for Guests

When you’re expecting overnight guests in your home, you want your guest room to be cozy and comfortable. Whether your guests are visiting for a couple of days ...

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