Repurpose Your Rope: 3 Decorative DIYs to Try

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These projects are as beautiful as they are budget-friendly, and best of all, you can easily make them in one afternoon. Ready to learn the ropes? Macrame rope curtain Modern, yet rustic. Warm, yet airy. And perfect for the doorway of your choosing. Supplies Scissors Tension rod   Masking tape  400 feet of 1/4-inch diamond braided nylon rope Instructions Pick … Read More

4 Things to Do Before Gutting a Home

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Do you have a bit of a fixer upper on your hands? Or maybe you’re just ready for a major change? Remodeling your home can be a lot of work, but the results, when done well, are well worth it. Before you get too excited and start tearing down walls and ripping up the floors, read through this guide to … Read More

These 4 Clever Hacks Give New Life to Household Junk

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We all have a junk drawer bursting with items we can’t bear to throw away. But with these simple hacks, you can turn household junk into fun and functional items for your home. Low-key wall hooks We gotta admit: There’s something charming about turning old keys into hooks for your current keys. But the real appeal? Never losing your keys … Read More

7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling

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Kitchen renovations require time and money, taking several months to complete and costing tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t have the financial resources for a full-on renovation, there are a variety of ways you can give your kitchen a new look for a lot less. From refacing cabinets to replacing lighting, a few cosmetic tweaks can give you … Read More

7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids' Toys From Taking Over Your Home

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Remember the days when you could read a decorating magazine without crying? If parenthood has made a mess out of your home and evening routine, get your sanity back with these simple tips. 1. Reduce the clutter It doesn’t matter how organized you are – a surplus of toys will always ensure your house is a mess waiting to happen. … Read More

How Breaking 3 Design Rules Made Our Home Feel More Like Us

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“A house is a machine for living in.” Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier made huge contributions to Modernism, urban planning and furniture design, but among all his contributions, the one thing I keep coming back to is this quote. The challenge we all face as homeowners is in adapting our houses to our unique lifestyles instead of worrying too much about … Read More

3 Easy Holiday Crafts to Get You Feeling Festive

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Even when you’re eager to get in the spirit, the busy holiday season can make extra projects feel like a chore. That’s where these easy, how-to hacks come to the rescue! Fun, festive and functional, these DIYs provide the perfect opportunity to spend a cozy night indoors while also crossing a few to-do’s off the list for your next holiday bash. … Read More

Poll: How Would You Improve Your Home With $17,850?

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Ceiling fan or chandelier? New front door or smart alarm system? New kitchen appliances or new cabinets? Home improvements mean flexing your decision-making skills. And those decisions add up. The typical U.S. homeowner can spend up to $3,021 per year on home improvement projects, such as landscaping, cleaning and maintenance, according to a Zillow analysis of the costs associated with … Read More

Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then ours was in need of a triple bypass. When we bought a house halfway across the country – without having set foot in it – we knew there would be projects. Walls to paint, old carpet to pull up, a dingy bathroom to tackle. And while the kitchen was certainly … Read More

Design Pros' Secrets for Finding and Using Reclaimed Materials

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When you ask Seattle-based house flippers Lora Lindberg and Debbie Cederlind where to find the best home-restoration materials, they quickly reply in unison, “Craigslist.” Lindberg and Cederlind of Urban Squirrel Residential Restoration have been flipping houses and using reclaimed materials cleverly since 2010, when they purchased their first renovation house in Everett, WA. Debbie Cederlind (left) and Lora Lindberg (right), … Read More