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A new use for your pumpkins

Posted October 22, 2014

Editor’s note: It’s getting spooky around here with Halloween on the horizon! This week and next, we will be running some of our favorite past Halloween posts. If you have a leftover uncarved pumpkin from Halloween (sorry, this wouldn’t work with Jack o’ Lanterns), a pumpkin ...

Here's a deal for you...

Posted October 20, 2014

How much would you pay for a fixer-upper in a nice city? What if the exterior was absolutely stunning and the inside needed some serious work? $100,000? $50,000? How about $1? Yes, someone bought this for $1:  Wow. Of course, the new owners’ total outlay wasn’t really $1. ...

Welcome aboard this Boeing 727

Posted October 16, 2014

People have diverse interests, and for those who love planes, beaches and tropical vacations there is a place for you: The Fuselage Home in Costa Rica. It’s made out of an old Boeing 727 (they have added some terraces on to the exterior, and there is even a deck on the right ...

Small house, big life

Posted October 14, 2014

Small house pros: more environmentally friendly, easy to clean, a definite conversation starter! Small house cons: it’s small. However, this can be mitigated by good design. The New York Times recently profiled a Portland, Ore. couple who tore down a 2-bedroom house in favor of ...

Book shelf or e-reader?

Posted October 9, 2014

E-readers like the Kindle or Nook are all the rage these days. How amazing is it to carry a library with you? For situations like travel, an e-reader can’t be beat. No more having to haul heavy books around! But for the home, books can be an aspect of your decor. After all, the ...

Link Love: Dining rooms, Mad Men and more

Posted October 7, 2014

Designer Dining Room Decorating Ideas House Beautiful “43 fabulous designer dining rooms (almost too pretty to eat in). Which one will inspire you?” WELCOME TO 1969: MAD MEN’S AWARD-WINNING SET DESIGN Interior Design Learn more about Mad Men’s authentic design on ...

Let's talk grout

Posted September 30, 2014

Let’s talk about the sexiest of all home topics: grout. There’s a design element to almost anything in your home and even lowly grout affects the look. Light or dark grout can look great or be a huge pain. Let’s talk pros and cons. Dark grout: Makes your tiles ...

A new favorite chair

Posted September 25, 2014

When I was a child, there was almost nothing I liked more than laundry day, when my duvet and pillows would be piled high on my bed while waiting for a clean set of sheets to be put on. Being able to jump into that pile of fluffiness felt like diving into a cloud. (Of course, once the ...