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Ask A Designer: How Often Should I Paint and Make Over My House? House Beautiful A designer gives some various approaches to take when you’re considering refreshing your home. 4 DIY Decorating Ideas for a Staircase Real Simple “Want a hit of playfulness without making over an entire room? Here are four DIY ideas for a gorgeous staircase.” Stop Worrying: 7 Things About Your...
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An Open and Shut Home

This home on Italy’s Adriatic coast is closely surrounded by other properties in a popular resort area. The design challenge: allow for privacy while retaining a sense of openness. Challenge met. An open plaza area is surrounded on all four sides by sight barriers, allowing residents and guests full exposure to the outdoors while keeping their activities private. Further privacy is a...
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12 Ways (+1) to Refresh Your Porch

If your home has a front porch, it’s guaranteed to be the first thing visitors see when approaching your home — and we all know what they say about first impressions. If your porch is inviting, comfortable-looking and in good repair, it sends a positive message about your house. And if you’re ever in the market to sell, your porch is a critical element in curb appeal, whi...
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Surreal beauty: Palacio de Cristal

This stunning Spanish building, originally used as a greenhouse, is the epitome of of the phrase “light-filled”. ┬áCombine glass with just the right sort of lighting and magic can happen, as artist Kimsooja demonstrated. She “had the whole floor tiled in mirrors. She then covers the vault and the entire glass surface of the palace with a translucent diffraction film. When o...
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Modern Monday: Doing White Right

We love the modern look of clean, white walls. But too much white can make a space seem cold, sterile and uninviting. That’s why this apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, appealed to us so much. The designer brought warmth to the rooms with wood floors and wood facings in the kitchen. Notice on the back wall in this photo how the white tile is complemented with grey grout – another subt...
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