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DIY Extra Tall Baseboards

From: Little Green Notebook I love tall, chunky baseboards and I’m not ashamed to say it! 🙂 Beefy floor boards = instant character in a room. Custom milled tall baseboards are insanely expensive though. Luckily it’s easy to replicate the look by layering a few pieces of much more affordable moulding. Here’s how: After we […]

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How to Choose the Best Kitchen Countertop

From: Remodelista These days, designers have gone way beyond granite—they’ll use just about anything for kitchen and island countertops. We can help you navigate the field. (Skip to the advice posts.) Kitchen countertops plays a demanding role: as the site of all food preparation, it’s expected to be durable (stain-proof, scratch-proof, and heat-proof), beautiful, and […]

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Painting for the Future

From: Fresh Nest Blog We are no strangers to the paint game. Anyone who has ever read this blog or seen either of our houses knows that. We also have recently announced that we’re expecting a baby in November, so we’ve begun prepping a spare room. It was a little less than a year ago […]

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Late-Summer Gardening

From: Mother Earth News By: By Vicki Mattern Q: I’m planting my fall garden, but it’s so hot outside! What can I do to help seeds germinate when I plant them in hot summer soil? A: Most annual vegetable seeds germinate readily in soil temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. But in midsummer, […]

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Waterproofing and Tiling a Bathtub Shower — an Overview

From: The Ugly Duckling House Blog So, folks: I gotta be honest. I went into writing these posts about the master bathroom fully thinking I would create painstakingly step-by-step posts about waterproofing, tiling, leveling, grouting, and installing the new hardware on my shower. Basically, a bunch of posts that broke each part down for you […]

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The Pros of Cons of Painting vs. Wallpapering

From: Freshome By: Ronique Gibson The walls of your home have the advantage of changing and transforming your space with the help of paint or wallpaper.  A dramatic room can instantly be made soft and airy with the application of light pale paint color. While a room that feels too big can instantly feel cozy […]

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How to Pick the Perfect Window Placement

From: The House Designers By: Lauren Buser Windows aren’t just openings in the wall; they bring us closer to nature and let us connect better with our surroundings. Imagine walking into a sun-drenched room with an expansive ocean or mountain view. You can maximize the view by surveying your property and making adjustments to landscaping […]

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How to Choose the Right Hanging Hardware

From: This Old House By: Tim Snyder There’s no doubt about it. It’s tricky to fasten something to drywall when it has to go between studs. Plaster walls and hollow-core doors are no picnic to work on either. These surfaces separate space, not support weight. But, fortunately, there is an anchor for just about any […]

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Protecting Your Deck From Dry Rot

From: HomeAdvisor Dry rot is a tricky foe to fight. Even its name is deceiving since it’s not dried at all but, in fact, occurs due to excess moisture. But what exactly is it? Actually, it is a fungus which can cause mildew, mold, staining, or decay in wood. Micro-organisms remove cellulose from the timber, […]

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Six Tips for Your Lawn and Garden in a Drought

Source: Frankie Flowers Water is a precious resource, a fact made very apparent during a drought. Here are six tips to help your lawn and garden get through a drought, without wasting water. Use Mulch If you haven’t already added 2-3 inches of mulch to your gardens, now is the time. Mulch prevents weeds, reduces […]

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