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25 Ideas for Creating Smart Multifunctional Rooms

In the era of open-plan homes and mobile electronic devices, home designs are incorporating more multifunctional rooms into their floor plans. Kitchens with islands become both dining room and workstation. Offices double as guest bedrooms. Due to constrained space, some smaller homes require you to combine room functionality. Looking for a little inspiration in creating your […]

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Moving Soon? Here’s How to Pack for a Move like a Pro

For many of us, it feels like a herculean task to pack for a move — and for good reason. There are many different details to consider, not to mention the effort involved in lugging heavy boxes around. However, with a little forethought and planning, this process doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. If you need […]

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3 DIY Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions for Your Spring Clean

Spring cleaning is supposed to refresh your home. It’s a little counterintuitive, then, that traditional cleaning methods lean on harsh, often toxic chemicals to do the job. Your home may look better after using these products, but, in actuality, you’ve only swapped germs and grime for possible dangers to your family and the environment. There’s a […]

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Check Out Trisha Yearwood’s Dreamy New Southern-Chic Line For Kirkland’s

Trisha Yearwood is so much more than a country music star. She’s also a TV cooking host and three-time New York Times best-selling cookbook author, with a line of food products available at Williams Sonoma. And now, she’s got a brilliantly stylish new collection of Southern-chic home accents at Kirkland’s. The Trisha Yearwood Kirkland’s collection […]

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5 Affordable Ways to Make your Home Feel More Luxurious

Creating a luxury retreat in your own home may seem like an expensive and overwhelming task. Opulent furniture and upscale décor come to mind when we think of the term “luxury,” but, it doesn’t have to be that way. By simply making a few small changes, you can make your home feel luxurious without spending […]

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7 Pollinator-Friendly Gardens to Inspire Your Summer Borders (14 photos)

Designing a summer flower garden that’s as attractive to people as it is to native pollinators takes a little bit of thought and planning. The good news is that the same design principles that make dynamic, long-lasting summer borders — choosing plants that bloom in succession, including a variety of...

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Spotted: A Cane Comeback (16 photos)

Popular in the 1980s, cane furniture, along with rattan and wicker, is back in style in a big way. This warm and natural comeback kid exudes a relaxed and tropical vibe. Even better, many cane pieces are available for a steal at secondhand stores.
Wondering how cane differs from rattan and...

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How to Clean Exterior Brick (8 photos)

With summer right around the corner, our focus is once again on outdoor areas. Stained and dirty exterior brickwork and pavers are not only an eyesore, but they can be a real slip hazard too. We asked Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO of Think...

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Should You Paint Your Fence Black? (7 photos)

Black surfaces, trims and accessories are finding their way into every room of our homes at the moment, but would you consider this dark hue for your fence? Black might be bold, but it’s actually more versatile than you might think. Take a look at these reasons to give black a whirl to help you decide...

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10 Ways to Bring Back Retro Green (10 photos)

Soft, natural colors are having quite the style moment, harking back to the 1970s, when all things earthy were in. One of the easiest of these hues to work with is green, in shades like sage, forest and even — gasp! — avocado. (Yes, the green that characterized the decade’s bathrooms is in the...

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A Romantic ‘We Shed’ on the California Coast (4 photos)

This rustic shed in the backyard of a home in the California Central Coast town of Los Osos serves as a cozy getaway with views of Morro Bay. Homeowners Vanessa Henson and Pete Riolo bought it from Dana O’Brien, who, with husband Sean, designs and custom builds backyard “she sheds,” studios and other...

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Houzz Tour: Easygoing Elegance for Cats and Their Owner (17 photos)

Before taking the renovation plunge, Evgeny Lavrov spent a few months working everything out to the tiniest detail: planning the budget, scheduling deliveries and drawing sketches of custom pieces like the home’s polyurethane molding. The molding, a modern version of a classical design, is a great example...

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9 Charming Ideas From Cottage-Style Gardens (9 photos)

Cottage gardens never go out of fashion. Their romantic look comes from planting a mixture of wildflowers and traditional varieties, such as roses or honeysuckle, and adding rustic materials, such as terra cotta and wood. Best of all, cottage gardens don’t require a huge amount of space — in fact, a...

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The Latest in Tile Trends From Coverings 2018 (22 photos)

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, is a great place to see the latest innovations in tile. This year’s show featured amazing new levels of digital printing, creative ways with large-format thin slabs and much more. The sense of playfulness in the tile...

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Check Out These 15 No-Closet and Tiny Closet Ideas That Work

Do you have a tiny closet? No closet at all? Getting ready isn’t any fun when there’s no organized space for your clothes. But don’t fret—there are some great solutions you can utilize to maximize your tiny closet space, or even create a closet when you don’t have one! Organizing your tiny closet When living […]

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20 Small Garden Water Feature Ideas To Add A Little More Zen To Your Life

Flowing water is not only beautiful to admire, but the sound is very relaxing. And, if you have a small garden, terrace or patio, strategically adding a water feature is also likely to attract birds, wildlife and hummingbirds. In fact, water features are one of the five big garden trends for 2018. Water features can […]

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Wayfair Has Its First “Way Day” April 25 With Black Friday Low Prices

If you want to spruce up your place for spring and summer, there’s no better time than now. Wayfair has announced its very first Way Day :their version of Prime Day, or Black Friday.  Beginning midnight of Wednesday, April 25, Wayfair.com promises 24 hours of “Black Friday-low prices” on 70,000 products. The folks at Wayfair are […]

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Get Ready for your Close-up With 2018’s Best Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom design—and bathroom vanities—have come a long way in recent years, particularly, as a result of the increased furnishing options available to the public, as well as the many available avenues for customizing a look to suit individual homeowners’ styles. The previous norm was that spec homes, or newly built homes, were fitted with a […]

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20 Modern Family Room Decorating Ideas For Families of All Ages

If your home has a family room or den, we’re guessing it’s probably the most popular room in the house (after the kitchen, of course!). It’s the perfect place to hang out, watch movies, play games, or just relax together. Want to spruce up your family room, or turn an unused space into a modern […]

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8 Budget-Friendly Ways to Fun Up Your Patio (18 photos)

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Is your outdoor space more drab than fab but you don’t have the inclination (or budget) for a big makeover? Whether your space is big or small, here are eight easy-on-the-wallet...

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9 Garage Conversions Fit a New Use Into an Old Space (22 photos)

As a professional home organizer, I regularly stop in at open houses to keep up on the latest design trends. In my part of the San Francisco Bay Area, which is filled with Victorian, Craftsman and midcentury modern homes, I’ve noticed that many homes have detached carriage houses or garages...

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How to Plant a Beautiful, Thriving Window Box Garden (11 photos)

Filling a window box with bright flowers and gorgeous foliage plants is one of the quickest ways to give your home a fresh look for the season. If you’re new to window planters, or looking for a refresher on the topic, read on to learn how to choose the best plants for your window box, how to prep your...

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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 […]