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Indoor and Outdoor Fall Maintenance Checklist

The dropping of the temperatures and falling leaves are two signs that colder weather is coming. Nearly everyone is familiar with spring cleaning, but most rarely think about ...

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10 Times to Hire an Interior Designer (10 photos)

Wondering if it’s time to hire an interior design pro? If you have a project that you’d love to see completed — whether it’s a single room or an entire house — getting an interior designer on the case might just be the best thing for your (design) sanity. Here are 10 times it makes sense to step away...

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Wreath and Doormat Pairings (150 photos)

Set the tone for your home from the outside in with a delightful wreath and doormat duo. These pieces can easily be swapped out as the seasons change or your style evolves. Browse this collection for personal-feeling doormats and wreaths that complement each other beautifully.

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These Clever Landscape Designs Rise to the Challenge (13 photos)

When wanting to renovate an outdoor space, homeowners are often faced with existing — sometimes undesirable — features that can be nearly impossible or prohibitively expensive to change. In the following five projects, the landscape designers turned these challenges into design assets, from a craggy...

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How to Choose Your Bathroom Vanity Lighting (30 photos)

The bathroom vanity is a special part of the home, but one that can sometimes get overlooked. In a primary bathroom, it can be the central hub for many important parts of our self-care and the true workhorse for much of our daily routines. For this reason, bathroom vanities need carefully selected lighting...

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Your Guide to a Simpler Turkey Day (13 photos)

What with cleaning, shopping, table setting and all those (many, many) dishes to cook, pulling off Thanksgiving dinner is a major accomplishment. If you’re planning to host the big meal this year, whether it’s your first time or your 20th, chances are you’d love to make it a bit easier — which is where...

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How to Handle the Holidays in a Small Space (22 photos)

If you live in a 362-square-foot cottage with your husband, toddler and two beagles, do you have to gather with the clan around someone else’s table every Thanksgiving and instantly regift everything you get for Christmas? As a mother of three grown children who is thinking about drastically downsizing...

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What Elegance Is, and Why You Need It in Your Life (15 photos)

Elegance is found in surprising places — a mathematical formula, the stretch of a cat, a dancer’s posture, a haiku. Elegance has nothing to do with conspicuous luxury or designer labels. It’s an elusive quality that can’t be bought, yet it’s something many of us would like to have in our lives. Let’s...

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8 Ways to Extend Your Porch and Patio Season (11 photos)

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, we tend to get into hibernation mode, perhaps a bit early. We still need to soak in that vitamin D from the sun and breathe in fresh air. Here are some easy ways to keep your porch, patio and deck inviting even as a chill sets in.

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Houzz Tour: Austin Transplants Get Their Dream Bungalow (13 photos)

When Vanessa Scotto and Mario Murillo moved from Miami to Austin, Texas, they put living in a quintessential Austin bungalow at the top of their list of home priorities. After they found a house that needed some work, they moved the hiring of an interior designer to the top of the list....

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Houzz Tour: 2-Story Paris Apartment Has a Garden Feel (25 photos)

This Parisian couple moved into a new apartment after their children had left the nest. To ensure that they would get exactly the home they wanted, they reached out to interior designers before starting on their property hunt. Because they had been dissatisfied with a previous designer, finding the right...

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7 Ways to Get Your Container Garden Ready for Winter (9 photos)

Summer and fall containers probably are winding down as winter approaches, but that doesn’t mean you need to put your container gardens away for winter. Some plants will need to be removed, while others, like evergreens and hardy shrubs, may just need a boost to keep on looking good through the winter....

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Cooking Up Color: 5 Ways to Bring Blue Into the Kitchen (10 photos)

Many ingredients go into designing the perfect kitchen. One that’s often overlooked or not considered early enough in the design process is color. It’s perfectly fine to prefer a neutral kitchen, of course, but many homeowners default to everything in white, beige or gray simply because they feel overwhelmed...

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Top Trends From This Fall’s European Interior Design Fairs (17 photos)

This fall, Houzz’s international team of editors was busy scouting fairs all over Europe for the top trends coming your way in 2019. Whether it was Helsinki Design Week, Formex in Stockholm, Decorex International in London, Maison et Objet in Paris, Habitat Valencia in Spain or Cersaie in Italy, we were...

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Houzz Tour: Innovative Minimalism in India (11 photos)

Architect Mahek Lalan’s home in Mumbai, India, shows that minimal decor doesn’t necessarily translate to stark spaces devoid of warmth. Working with limited square footage, he chose to eliminate excessive embellishments and materials and to let a simple palette of birch plywood and concrete do the talking....

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How to Pare Down and Organize Before a Home Remodel (9 photos)

When you’re embarking on a renovation project, it’s a good idea to clear as much space as possible before the chaos ensues. Think about what you want and need in your new room, and thoroughly declutter the area. Follow these tips for clearing, organizing and storing to ensure your building work...

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