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Downsize without Leaving Your Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 05, 2014

Home downsizing means different things to different people. It may involve selling your current house and buying a smaller property, or simplifying life in your present residence. The...


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Convert Your Kitchen to Open Plan: Yea or Nay?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 01, 2014

The trend toward open kitchens, which first began back in the 1980s, is still going strong. Decorators tend to love the style and often assume that when you update your home, of course...


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,...