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6 Ideas for Creating a Contemporary Landscape

If you ever want to confuse yourself, take a look at all of the varying definitions of what constitutes contemporary design. Interior Designer Leah Rourke at relish interiors gives one of the best definitions: “Contemporary design refers to what is popular or used right now … it is ever changing and borrows pieces and styles […]

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12 Gorgeous Shiplap Ideas That Will Have You Channeling Your Inner Joanna Gaines

There’s a reason shiplap has been a fixture on the interior design scene for a while. There’s just something about this material that brings a clean and desirable look to any space. Plus, it fits nearly any design that you could dream up. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling. These shiplap ideas are so eye-catching they’ll have […]

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4 Creative Ways to Use Greenery in the Kitchen

If you love the trend of bringing the outdoors inside, then you’ll love how modern kitchens are incorporating greenery.

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Create the Perfect Home Office in 8 Steps

Your home is your castle, but it can also be the central command post for your business, or a secondary workplace if you frequently bring work home. If the latter, you may not have much input regarding the appearance of your workplace office (or cubicle). However, as the king or queen of your castle, you […]

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6 Stylish Ways to Use Polka-Dot Designs

Think polka dots are just for clown costumes? Think again! Polka dots can be a striking way to add color and geometry to a room’s design.

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20 Fun and Inventive Homework Areas (20 photos)

Kids seem to get more homework with each passing year. You can make children’s study time at home more pleasant and productive with a homework area or desk designed for them. These 20 study areas in bedrooms, shared spaces and reading rooms can provide you with plenty of ideas and inspiration.

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Houzz Tour: Replacement Addition Is Smaller But Feels Roomier (27 photos)

The maxim “less is more” is often used to warn against filling a room with furniture or packing surfaces with accessories. For this London row house, the adage instead proved true of the square footage. Architect Richard Skinner replaced an old addition with a smaller one, which confoundingly made more...

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How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel (6 photos)

So you’ve decided to remodel your kitchen. Congratulations, and I cannot wait to see pictures of it when it’s done. But in the meantime, you need to know what to anticipate and how to handle it.
Home remodeling pros and those who have been through a kitchen...

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Will a Colorful Couch Put You in Your Happy Zone? (8 photos)

If you’ve been eyeing gorgeous sofas in hues like emerald green, vibrant red and rich teal, but you’ve been hesitating to bring one home, read the statements below. If one or more apply to you, that daring sofa might be just what the design doctor ordered. And if none resonates? Sticking with a trusty...

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9 Fall Planting Ideas for Porches, Balconies and Small Gardens (10 photos)

A few colorful fall containers or a potted Japanese maple tree can go a long way in providing a seasonal pick-me-up to a porch, patio, balcony or other small outdoor space. For inspiration, take a look at these nine high-impact planting vignettes that combine some of our favorite plant ingredients, including...

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6 Powder Room Makeovers That Mix Fabulous With Function (13 photos)

If there’s one room in the house where you can have the most fun and make the biggest impact with color, materials and overall detailing, it’s probably the powder room. Given their smaller size and closed-off nature, powder rooms have become the spot to show a little more flair, as these six makeovers...

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How to Be More Intentional About Sentimental Clutter (7 photos)

Sorting through old photos, things passed down from family, personal mementos and childhood treasures can be tiring work — physically and emotionally. And with the upswing in popularity of minimalism in recent years, there’s a lot of pressure to let go of the maximum amount of stuff.
But is that...

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See 1 Designer Deliver 2 Distinct Bachelor Looks (10 photos)

Dustin Paige and Andrew Kletzing were ready for a change. Both Chicago bachelors wanted to upgrade and personalize their respective homes, but they needed help to pull it off. Each researched on Houzz and sought the help of local interior designer Anthony...

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Bring Life to Outdoor Walls With Nature's Green (16 photos)

Whether you live in an apartment building or a single-family home, chances are there’s a blank wall or vertical surface on your home’s exterior that could benefit from added interest. Filling or covering a blank wall with plants is one of the easiest ways to add appeal, and plants also bring a touch...

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How to Start a Cool-Season Vegetable Garden (8 photos)

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In late summer or late winter, you may think your vegetable garden is kaput. But if you live in a mild-winter climate you can producing fresh veggies even when it’s quite chilly...

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5 Things You Need in Your Home Office (11 photos)

When you work at home, even part time, you discover that a makeshift desk area on a kitchen counter or the dining table isn’t the best setup. Having a dedicated home office, even if it’s compact, makes a big difference in comfort and productivity. Once you’ve chosen a room or area for your home office,...

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10 Ideas for Fuss-Free Fall Entertaining (10 photos)

With crisp weather, school back in session and farm stands brimming with produce, fall is a great time to nurture community with a cozy gathering in your home. But since fall also tends to be a busy season, it helps to have a few back-pocket tips you can rely on to make any gathering feel extra-special...

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Working the Room: What’s Popular in Basements Now (15 photos)

Depending on your region, a finished basement may be a rarity or a must-have. For those with extra underground square footage (or the possibility of it), a basement can be a cozy spot for watching the big game, a guest suite, a gym, a playroom and much more.
When it comes to keeping those spaces...

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Before and After: 6 Inspiring Midsize Bathroom Makeovers (18 photos)

A midsize bathroom typically contains a substantial vanity, a toilet, a comfortable shower and a decent amount of elbow room. It’s the kind of thing you’ll see in many average suburban homes. While not extravagant on square footage, it’s enough space that the possibilities are nearly infinite. The following...

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Selling Your Home? Cut Clutter to Sell Faster

Putting your house on the market is always a little emotional. The home that’s served as the canvas for so many of your favorite memories is about to become someone else’s. At least, that’s the plan. Now that you’ve listed your house, you’re probably ready to find a buyer ASAP, but you may run into […]

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Here Are the 6 Best TV Wall Mount Systems on Amazon and Why They Rock

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5 Modern Wallpaper Ideas for an Updated Look

For a while, wallpaper was seen as something that would only be in the most outdated of homes. It was associated with large floral prints from Victorian styles or strange patterns that only your grandmother could love. But that’s changing. It’s possible to use modern wallpaper in a way that is stylish, updated and sleek. […]

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DIY: 6 Chic Ways to Use Marble Contact Paper

Nothing says luxury quite like marble. We eschewed it for a brief moment in the design world because it was associated with gaudiness, but marble is making its comeback in a big way.

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4 Landlord-Friendly Ways to Improve Your Apartment

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7 Ways a Beni Ourain Rug Can Make a Room (7 photos)

Popular in the mid-20th century, the diamond-patterned rugs traditionally made from wool by Morocco’s Beni Ourain people are gracing our floors again and looking as stylish as ever. Check out these rooms to see how one could work in your home.

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This Weekend: Host a Barbecue and Get Ready for Fall (7 photos)

Labor Day (Sept. 3) marks the unofficial end of summer. Give the season a proper sendoff with a backyard barbecue and one last scoop of ice cream. Then check off some fall tasks on your to-do list. Seven ideas for savoring one more long, summery weekend are ahead.

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Love a White Backsplash but Not Subway Tile? Try One of These (15 photos)

Kitchen backsplashes come in all flavors, from the bold and colorful to the subtle and calm. If you like the look of white subway tile but prefer to try something more adventurous, consider these 11 fresh alternatives. All are white, which keeps them understated, yet each has a shape or size that makes...

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10 Top Flowering Native Plants for Beauty and Wildlife Benefit (11 photos)

These 10 tried-and-true native flowering plants have it all: attractive flowers, foliage and forms; few care requirements; and the benefit of supporting birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Essentially, they’re just as well-suited to home gardens as many non-native ornamental plants (and look good...

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people.

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  • Greg Alder
    Fruit Trees: Selection, Irrigation, and Care Greg Alder started gardening in Africa while living there as a Peace Corps teacher. Greg and his wife now raise their children and much of their food on an acre just outside of San Diego. Greg volunteers as a Master Gardener in addition to growing a lot of avocados […]
  • Lynlee Austell
    Beautiful Landscapes with Far Less Water Lynlee Austell-Slayter, MBA, UCCE Master Gardener, Sustainable Landscape Expert. Lynlee inherited her love of plants and nature from both her parents and grandparents. Her mother was a botanist and science teacher. Her grandfather and father collected state fair ribbons for their horticultural talents. Her father also worked as a […]
  • Debra Lee Baldwin
    Designing with Succulents Whether your garden occupies an acre or a patio, succulents can serve as easy-care, low water problem-solvers. As Debra introduces these textural, intriguing plants–which come in every size and color–you’ll find inspiration and ideas to express your creativity and beautifully enhance your outdoor living spaces. Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored […]
  • Linda Bresler
    Carefree, Colorful California Gardens Linda is the owner of Living Designs by Linda, a landscape design and consulting firm that specializes in colorful, water-wise gardens that look lovely year-round. One of Linda’s landscape designs was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner, 2012 Garden of the Year, by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. She recently acquired […]