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Redoing your teen's bedroom

4 Tips for Redoing Your Teen’s Bedroom

When a child becomes a teenager, so much changes. From newfound hobbies, friends, and style, to preparing for high school, parenting a teenager can be an exciting time. Or frustrating. It depends on the day. So, how do you handle the transition from a cute kid’s room to a more age-appropriate teen’s bedroom? Here are...
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Peel Bond

Exterior Paint Prep: How Much Scraping do You Really Need?

The unfortunate truth about repainting the exterior of your home is that it’s a multiple-step process. You aren’t painting on a “blank canvas,” so you can’t treat it that way. The painter must evaluate how much scraping, sanding, and priming needs to be done in order for the finished product to look polished and refreshed....
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men painting the outside of a house

Finding the Right Temperature to Paint Outside

As most people know, painting in the winter and cooler months is a big no-no. Once the temperature gets too low, we have to put off our outdoor painting projects until the next spring or summer. So now, as we enjoy the warm weather of summer, a question is raised. Can it also get too...
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Rabbit Wallpaper Tablerunner

Bits & Pieces: Wallpaper as Table Runners

Wallpaper table runners? What a brilliant idea. When I saw this tablescape posted by Design By Color Wallpaper I had to see what else was out there. I found a few, but this one is my favorite as I’m a sucker for anything faux bois, especially wallpaper. Whether you spend hours setting a splendid table...
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Painting brick

How do You Paint Brick?

Painting brick isn't for everybody. But if you don't like the color or texture of your brick, here are some tips on the brick painting process.
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She Shed

Backyard Bungalows: Designer Sheds and Outbuildings

Backyard sheds are becoming a trend for suburbanites and urbanites alike. Learn more about bar sheds and she sheds.
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Benjamin Moore Fresh Air 806

Fabulous Front Door Paint Ideas

 Brighten Your Front Door What’s your home’s curb appeal? How does it feel when you pull up to your front door? Is the door just a functional part of the facade, or does it create a grand entrance? A simple, inexpensive exterior makeover will add plenty of curb appeal (and home value) and welcome you...
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Christmas Tree made out of sticks

DIY Trees and Wreaths

8 Unique Holiday Decoration Ideas Let your creative juices flow this season by decorating for the holidays with a little sizzle and festive flair. Whether you have a small space, a large loft, or just want to break free from the traditional tree in the corner, we think you’ll be inspired by these exciting and unique...
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luminaries

Friday Finds: Easy Decorating Tips for the Holidays

6 Ways to Warm Up Your Home for the Holidays Holiday gatherings and parties with family and friends are a sure way to warm up even the coldest winter nights in the Midwest. And, for a host, it can also mean an opportunity to highlight your creative side. Decorating for the holidays can be a...
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Sarah Richardson cottage planked walls

Friday Finds: Horizontal Plank Walls

  My love affair with horizontal plank walls began in 2010 when I saw this House Beautiful Magazine cover. The width of the planks and soft whitewashed finish on the pine planks looked crazy good to me. The three blue paintings replicating the horizontal lines of the planks made this corner the pièce de résistance in this gorgeous...
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