DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps

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Turn your backyard into a cozy camp spot by making your own fire pit . This outdoor DIY project is easy to complete, and you’ll be making s’mores and cuddling up by the fire in no time. Get ready Before you start building your backyard fire pit, you’ll need to gather some supplies: bricks for the fire pit wall, gravel, … Read More

Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand

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There’s a century of history woven into the floors of a contemporary home east of Seattle: golden planks, shiny blondes and the occasional knotted gray. It’s just how Amanda Gatlin wanted it – even if she didn’t expect, at first, it would involve recycling an entire Mississippi barn with pieces dating back to when Woodrow Wilson was president. “It was my … Read More

Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower

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Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury – something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But if you have kids and pets that love to play in the yard, or if you’re an avid gardener, runner, or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower … Read More

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard (Hint: Don't Just Wing It)

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It takes more than a bird feeder to attract a colorful variety of songbirds to your backyard. Think of your feeder as a drive-thru fast-food joint in an unsafe neighborhood: The birds will stop to eat, but they won’t stick around for very long. They want to get home to their comfy nest in an exclusive deciduous broadleaf community, where they can … Read More

Pampered Pups: 5 Home Features Dogs (and Their Owners) Will Love

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Every dog owner wants their home to be a safe, entertaining, and happy place for their pet. But the space should also be a clean, well-organized dwelling for the human inhabitants. Here are some handy ideas for boosting your home’s pet-friendly qualities. Get it together Keep all the necessities — toys, leashes, and treats — close at hand with this clever DIY customized … Read More

Design Trend: Shiplap All Over the House

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Shiplap may be overtaking subway tile as the wall accent everyone’s talking about. There’s just something about those clean, orderly boards that makes people swoon. Many credit Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” with popularizing the look, which they use to cover a variety of wall woes. Since installing a shiplap accent wall is a DIY project you can … Read More

5 Tips to Declutter Your Closet in a Day

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I recently had a closet collapse. I came home from a day at the office to find heaps of once-neatly-hung, color-coordinated clothes in one giant, messy mound on the floor. Worse than picking up the pieces of chipped drywall? Admitting that maybe it was time to get rid of that favorite shirt of mine — from college. In the ’90s. … Read More

4 Home Improvement Jobs You Should Always Hire Out

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Whether you’re flipping a house or renovating your current home, hiring private contractors is nearly unavoidable. If you’ve seen “Flip or Flop,” you know Tarek and I can’t do everything ourselves. We’ve built relationships with contractors we trust, and they do most of the heavy lifting. If you’re new to the flipping game , though, chances are you haven’t built … Read More

Spruce Up Your Entrance With These DIY Chevron Wall Hooks

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Image via Home Depot If your entryway is more cluttered than useful, it’s time to grab your tool belt and re-think your organization options. A traditional mudroom bench offers seating and storage, but they can be on the expensive side and their substantial size can eat into your living space. A functional art piece, like these chevron pattern-inspired hooks, is … Read More