Recent Living & Dining Articles

These original hardwood floors need some work... Photo: Juhan Sonin/Flickr

Seamless Hardwood Floor Repairs

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 26, 2014

Old hardwood floors are enchanting. They're made with tough old growth wood, featuring a tight, even grain that modern wood just can't match, and you can tell they were installed with...

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Are Built-Ins Worth It?

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 04, 2014

Built-ins are an incredibly popular aspect of interior design in homes from all eras, from homey Craftsmen with charming woodwork to soaring modern homes with sleek, minimalist shelving...

We can't promise your DIY crown molding will look quite like this... Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr

Installing Crown Molding

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 17, 2014

Step into any older home, and chances are that your eyes are going to be drawn to the beautiful molding. Once a must-have in home design, molding has fallen by the wayside in newer...

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Clever Home Upgrade: Hot Buffet

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 22, 2013

I was really struck this morning by this super cool project featured on This Old House: a hot buffet, made with an existing radiator. The hot buffet project is part of a roundup of...

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Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 12, 2013

They're coming. You can practically hear the ominous music and the gunning of engines in the background heralding the arrival of guests for the holidays. And while you're excited to...

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Ways to Refresh the Living Room

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 06, 2013

The holidays are almost upon us, and you might be concerned about the state of your house. Over at Hometalk, users have declared that they're most worried about their living rooms,...

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Give Pastels a Chance

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 06, 2013

Ugh, pastels, right? Watery, bland, utterly boring, and completely beyond redemption. No one likes pastels, except maybe little old ladies who have frou-frou living rooms filled with...

Your attic could become a guest suite like this one. Photo: The Esplanade Hotel NZ/Wikimedia Commons.

Five Clever Uses For An Attic

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jul 22, 2013

In this still-struggling economy, you may find yourself wanting to expand your living space, but without the means to do so. Many families are growing while finding new and innovative...