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Easy DIY: Decorating a Door
I have a roof to finish, a yard to put it, a house exterior to paint, and what am I spending my time doing? …de...
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Make Your Own Vanity: 12 Inventive Bathroom Rehabs
The centerpiece of any bathroom is the vanity. It not only holds the sink, but it also provides valuable storage. Its finish and style often help set the palette ...
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How Can Design Describe the Personality of the Owner?
There are hundreds if not thousands of parameters shaping our design, parameters that from the first glance can descr...
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Summer Revitalization: 12 Ways to Refresh Your Outdoor Furniture
When spring is in the air and the weather starts to heat up, so does your outdoor entertaining. But after a long winter, your outdoor furniture might be looking s...
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13 Unexpected Ways to Use Contact Paper Around the House
Contact paper has long been the stuff of mothers' old cabinet drawers. Today, adhesive paper has firmly rolled into the 21st century with a wide variety of eye-ca...
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5 Things to Do with... Test Tubes
Test tubes are commonplace and entirely unremarkable in locations like science labs and chemistry classrooms. But in ...
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13 DIY Lanterns to Illuminate Your Porch, Patio, or Garden
When the weather gets warm, outdoor living heats up, and porches and patios become the place to be. As your sunny days shift to balmy nights, add some atmosphere ...
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18 Bathroom Updates You Can Do in a Day—YOURSELF
The bathroom may not be the venue of choice for your next social gathering, but on any given day, it receives a number of visitors—and for that reason alone, it's...
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Turn On the Style: 11 DIY Switch Plate Upgrades
Plastic isn’t always fantastic, and most standard light switch plates can be a total snooze. With a little DIY care, these often-overlooked elements of your home ...
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Under the Eaves: 10 Arresting Attic Rooms
Attic rooms are challenging to furnish. Their charming-but-awkward features like sharply sloped ceilings and angular dormers can make furniture arrangement a real...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Unique Coasters You Can Easily Create
In bars and restaurants, drink coasters often bear the logos and slogans of popular beverage brands. At home, DIY coa...
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15 Fresh Furniture Trends to Watch in 2014
Furniture is one of those things in the house which gains a lot of attention from guests. They are talking points, topic...
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Blown Away: 12 Upcycled Wind Chimes You Can Make
Do you want a unique set of wind chimes to add some personality to your garden, patio, balcony, or deck? You’re in luck—no need to go to an expensive home boutiqu...
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How To: Make Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard paint lets you transform any wall into an endlessly reusable writing surface. Although it's readily availa...
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9 DIY Wood Wall Treatments
Wood is found inside every home, from the framing to the floor. With the exception of floors, molding, and trim, however, most of it is covered by drywall, paint,...
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House Envy: Inverted Warehouse Townhouse
The Inverted Warehouse Townhouse is a spectacular addition and renovation by Dean Wolf Architects of a TriBeCa, New Y...
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How To: Decoupage
The fancy French word decoupage refers to the simple act of gluing paper or fabric cutouts onto an object. The result...
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Easy DIY: Vintage-Style Light Fixture
Vintage is so modern! I know it’s an oxymoron in itself, but it’s true. …and I for one LOVE vi...
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Bar Art: 17 DIY Minibars to Mix Up Your Decor
After a long day, almost nothing is as relaxing as enjoying a cocktail. If you like to unwind with a drink but don't always like the stress or expense of going ou...
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Easy DIY: Mosaic Tile Bedroom Mirror
With all the home improvement projects we've been doing our master bedroom has gotten the short end of the stick. It'...
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11 Brilliant DIY Ways to Reinvent Your Dinnerware
If you're like me, you enjoy mixing things up from time to time just to keep life interesting. This especially applies to home decor. Giving your personal space a...
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Interior Inspiration: Designing an Industrial Farmhouse Kitchen
If you’ve been following along with us for the past few months you may have seen that we finally sold our house ...
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Interior Inspiration: 33 Sun Room Decorating Ideas
Who ever said that you need a glorious view to have a nicely decorated sun room? If you like bathing in sunlight whil...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Sweaters
If your tastes have changed or you've outgrown a favorite old sweater, you have options aside from donating the garme...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Marvelous Mirrors You Can Make in a Day
There's more to a mirror than just seeing yourself in its glass. For one thing, because they reflect natural and arti...
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House Envy: Valley of the Moon Ranch and Art Gallery
The Valley of the Moon Ranch is surrounded by forest lands at the end of a highly discreet road. With extensive frontage...
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Bob Vila Radio: Baseboard Covers
Baseboard heating has been a popular choice for homeowners since the 1950s. But over time, baseboard units can start ...
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5 Things to Do with… Washi Tape
Washi tape: It's a little like masking tape, but it's a lot more fun than masking tape could ever be. Readily availab...
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Memory Lane: 15 Household Items From Your Childhood That New Houses Will Never See
As technology continues to evolve all around us, household items that were once commonplace have slowly fallen out of favor to be replaced by the latest and great...
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DIY Tales: "America the Beautiful" Map
America the Beautiful. Sorry that I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with maps recently, but I am sharing my latest DIY...
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Without a Stitch: 9 No-Sew Projects to Dress Up Any Room
The most subtle changes can sometimes have the biggest impact—just witness the effect of new blinds, updated throw pillows, or fresh upholstery. Unfortunately, ma...
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18 Fresh Interior Design Trends to Watch in 2014
Encompassing a number of the trends in 2014, the above image includes turquoise, light wood tones, floral influence, ...
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Weekend Projects: Make a Shower Curtain 5 Ways
Shower liners are a humdrum necessity. They perform the simple but important role of keeping water in the shower stal...
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Interior Inspiration: 30 Creative Home Office Ideas
Working from home has become more than a trend. Hard-working people the world over try to find the best way to accommoda...
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Open Sesame: 12 Ways to Dress Up a Drab Door
Does your house suffer from drab door syndrome? It’s a common diagnosis. We tend to view doors as necessities—all function and no frill—so we don't see them as th...
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Framed! 18 Picture-Perfect Gallery Walls
Candid vacation snapshots. Formal family portraits. Contemporary art. Flea market finds. Your most prized pictures and artistic expressions deserve a special plac...
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Interior Inspiration: Incredible Makeover of Basement Turned Home Pub
This unique basement transformation into a home pub with a wine cellar was designed by Crisp Architects in New York C...
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Awesome Accents: 17 Ways to Make Any Space Pop with Color
Brilliant, bright, creamy, rich, dazzling color, whether used liberally or sparingly, can make a significant impact in a space. Much like a colorful scarf takes a...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Favorite DIY Wall Clocks
Since their advent in the Middle Ages, clocks have been made in a seemingly infinite range of styles. Even in the pre...
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Easy DIY: DIY Picture Frame
DIY Picture Frame Hi everyone! Today we are going to show you how to make DIY picture frame from your old scrap wood. Th...
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10 Ways to Make Your Guests Feel Invited (and Indulged!)
It's a great compliment when out-of-town guests tell you they feel right at home when they visit. And it's deeply satisfying to provide guests with the amenities ...
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Secret Rooms: 10 Special Spaces Hidden from Sight in the Home
Whether it's a concealed room, hidden storage space, or cozy reading nook, having a secret place in our homes appeals to the kid in all of us. Here we reveal 10 f...
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Interior Inspiration: 10 Tips for a Small Living Room
The living room or family room in most of the new homes is small. There are several things one can do to visually enl...
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Touchdown! 11 Winning Football Rooms for Fans of All Ages
If you or someone else in your home loves the game of football, you’ll adore these football-themed rooms. From nurseries for the tiniest fans to a home theater co...
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Bob Vila's All-Star Celebrity House Quiz
How well do you think you know your movie stars, sports heroes, fashion designers, and TV personalities? Well enough to know how they live? Take our star-studded...
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Interior Inspiration: 10 Scandinavian Design Lessons to Help Beat the Winter Blues
January is a time when many of us can feel a bit low. The holiday season is over, and spring still seems a long way off....
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DIY Tales: Antiqued Mirror on the Wall
Who’s the fairest (and most rustic, vintage and gorgeous!) of them all? This mirror was another “throw-awa...
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Show-Offs! 9 Inventive Ways to Display a Collection
Why do we feel compelled to collect things? Some of us love the thrill of seeking out unusual items that delight us or reflect our interests, while others save me...
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Interior Inspiration: 22 Laundry Room Ideas
We spend a significant amount of time in the laundry room doing various things such as scrubbing out stains, pressing...
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DIY Tales: A Very Special Kind of Gallery Wall
I finally got our foyer wall finished up and painted. The trim and staircase are still left undecided on whether to pain...
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Room Makeovers: A 10 Year Old's Parisian Chic Room
My ten year old daughter has had a fascination with Paris since she was a toddler. She even has a "Paris fund" a savings...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Rug
When laid over floors or mounted on walls, area rugs imbue living spaces with warmth, style, and comfort. If you're s...
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Welcome Home: 10 Great Housewarming Gifts for the New Homeowner
They’ve just moved in, and you’re invited. But what to bring? Here are some of our favorite housewarming gift ideas to help them celebrate their new home.
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Interior Inspiration: How to Achieve the Look of Timeless Design
What makes design timeless? What makes a home timeless? Have you ever picked up a magazine from another era and thought...
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20 Bathroom Designs with Vintage Industrial Charm
Every morning when we get up, the bathroom is one of the very first places we visit. Each night after a long day at w...
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Basket Cases: 13 Convenient Catchalls for Every Room
Practical and stylish containers for capturing clutter in the home, baskets are perfect for storing a surprising array of everyday items. Take a look at how thes...
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Enter Bob Vila's New Year, New Rug Give-Away TODAY!
Everyone knows that an eye-catching rug can make or break a room, anchoring the space and giving it focus. It can mak...
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18 Stunning Home Bar Areas
Incorporating a bar into your home can allow you to have friends over to celebrate in style. The design of your bar c...
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Easy DIY: Fancy Tablecloth
I wanted a nice table cloth for our annual neighborhood progressive party, but didn’t want to spend a bunch of mon...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Make a Picture-Perfect Frame
It's a fact of life: We all have more photographs, paper keepsakes, and artwork than frames in which to display them....
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Easy DIY: Vintage Bird Print Gallery Wall
Hey All! I know it's been about 2 months since my last post. I would just like to say that it's been a very busy and emo...
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5 Simple Ways to Make Your Living Room Cozier
One of the best things about Christmas is surely hunkering down in front of a roaring fire, should you be lucky enoug...
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11 Outlandishly Themed Christmas Trees to Rouse Your Holiday Spirit
We've rounded up some of our favorite themed trees to get you thinking. Whether you'd replicate them or not, you can't deny these over-the-top creations add new m...
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How To: Make a Fresh Holiday Garland
This year, as you dress up your house for the holidays, consider decking the halls with twinkling lights, festive rib...
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Bob Vila Radio: Doormats
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, it can feel like the whole world is beating a path to your door, bearing gifts, ...
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Christmas Houses Gone Wild! 11 Outrageously Decorated Front Yards
These houses are packed to the gills with thousands of lights, life-size Santas, and even a few robots—enough to attract huge crowds of visitors and get everyone ...
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Banish the Bland: 10 Ways to Make Over a Boring Hallway
When you redecorate your home, don't neglect the hallway! Draw on these inspired examples to dress up those drab, narrow spaces and turn them into points of inter...
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48 Pretty Living Room Ideas
Every one has a personal style. Sometimes finding your personal decorating style just takes a little work. Articulati...
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Deck the Halls: 10 Festive Ideas for Every Corner of the House
Deck the halls, walls, and tables with boughs of holly, wreaths, and the decorating ideas we've gathered together to make your holiday bright!
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I'm Dreaming of a White... Kitchen: 10 Bright Beauties to Behold
Ten beautiful kitchens employ all-white palettes to create stunning yet serene spaces.
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10 Easy Ways to Stage Your Home for the Holidays
As you begin to usher in the season (not to mention house guests, tempting treats, and a life-sized tree), try these 10 tips for creating harmony in your holiday ...
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Holiday Planning Guide: 10 Things to Do (Before You Do Anything Else)
Stop! Before you string the lights, start your shopping, or hang a single ornament on the tree, take some time to organize your holiday tasks. Follow these simple...
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Holiday DIY: Rustic Christmas Wreath
Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath Happy Friday everyone! Hope your day was awesome . We started decking the halls at Hello I...
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9 Ways to Make Your TV Look at Home
While we remain glued to the TV when it’s on, there’s no reason it has to remain in full view 24/7. Here are some smart and inventive ways to camouflage that mas...
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Holiday DIY: Modern Paper Tree Garlands
When I was young my mom made simple Christmas decorations for our house. She told me that when she grew up in Finland th...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Thanksgiving Decor
There's a lot to be thankful for: your health, the roof over your head, and the loved ones who surround you at Thanks...
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Dream Bedrooms: 9 Ways to Personalize Your Sleeping Sanctuary
Whatever your style—bright colors or warm neutrals, bold statements or a cozy feel—you can bring a little individual inspiration to your bedroom.
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10 Ways to Unleash the Potential of Your Blank Walls
Do your blank walls bore you to tears? Try to look at them as if they're canvases, just waiting for your inspired touch.
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Make an Entrance: 10 Inspirational Foyer Ideas
The foyer is your first opportunity to make an impression on visitors and the first thing to welcome you home each day. Here are ten ideas certain to add impact.
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How To: Clean a Microfiber Sofa
In recent years, microfiber furniture has risen in popularity with homeowners because the fabric is not only appealin...
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5 Best Houseplants for Air Purification
Interior designers have been using potted plants to liven up homes for several years. But green houseplants can also ...
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Budget Decor: 10 DIY Ways to Dress Up Your House for Fall
It’s here—crisp, cozy, colorful autumn. Celebrate the season with some of these fall DIY accents for your home.
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DIY Tales: Making a Frame From Scrap Wood
Frames from scrap wood Taking a break from the master bath update, I decided to make some wood frames from scrap wood le...
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What Would Bob Do? Hanging a Heavy Mirror
What would be the best way to hang a 40-pound framed mirror? Should I find the studs in the wall or use a picture hoo...
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Around the World: 1930s Corner Apartment in Sweden
This barefoot-friendly, two room corner apartment in Sweden was built in the mid 1930s in the functionalist style wit...
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13 Terror-ific Yards All Decked Out for Halloween
With a little inspiration from these eerie exteriors, you'll strike terror into any who dare to venture up your walk this Halloween—all in good fun, of course!
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Interior Inspiration: Modern Uptown Home by Laura U
Laura U Interior Design have created a fun and pop culture filled Uptown Pied- -terre (French for “foot on the ...
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How To: Choose the Right Rug
Nothing can draw the elements of a room together quite like a rug. It can make a cold room cozy and inviting, define ...
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12 Interesting Dining Room Ideas
If you need fresh inspiration and ideas to decorate and make over your dining area, you should take a close look at t...
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Interior Inspiration: Fireplace Color Ideas
If the bricks in your fireplace now have a dark brown color, then it’s overdue for a fireplace makeover. There ...
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10 DIY Decorations to Make Your Halloween Frightfully Fun
These ghoulishly inventive DIY Halloween decorations prove that you don't have to break the bank to scare the pants off of treat-seeking visitors.
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Interior Inspiration: Industrial Elegance
Industrial Yet Elegant house is designed by talented architect and designer based in Ukraine, Sergey Makhno. It&rsquo...
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Wow-Worthy Window Films: 11 Top Picks
Drop the drapes, bump the blinds, and shirk the shutters. Instead, check out these wow-worthy adhesive window films that bring style, comfort, and privacy to your...
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10 Trendy Ways to Use Glass Block in Your Home Design
From plain to pristal, glass block injects surprising style into interiors and exteriors alike. Check out these 10 glass block blockbusters.
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Easy DIY: Quick Gold Wall Decor
I love any good and cheap decor idea. Then add gold to the mix, and I am sold! ALSO, I love that if you are renting th...
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Interior Inspiration: Five Fall Decorating Ideas
I really want to do some fall decorating. And drink a pumpkin spice latte. And knit some cozy slippers. And curl up with...
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13 Amazing Home Theaters
Any of us can put together a home theater, but it takes cash, vision, and a lot of desire to design, construct, and en...
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Step Up Your Home's Comfort with These Simple DIY Projects
While it might be true that a home’s primary purpose is to keep us safe from the elements, equally desirable is that ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Decorating with Mirrors
Small restaurants have known this trick for years—covering one entire wall with a mirror instantly doubles the size o...
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Decorating Your Home With Books: 20 Inspirational Ideas
If you would like to add some color and depth to your home, you do not have to make a major renovation. Have you ever...
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Furniture Finds: Distorted Bookcase in Modern Brazilian Apartment
Triptyque Architecture designed this Brazilian apartment with an unusually distorted bookcase. The designers planne...
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12 Reasons to Embrace the Elegance of Black and White
Well suited for both bold graphics and delicate details, black-and-white color schemes are gaining popularity in rooms throughout the house.
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Design Files: Decorating with Family Heirlooms
A main part of my job is helping home sellers depersonalize their home so others can envision themselves living there. B...
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Makeovers: Navy & White Living Room Reveal
I had a tough decision to make last night … words … or pictures? And would it be okay to post the ...
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10 Incredible Interiors That Use Barn Doors
Barn doors have long left the barn. The former farmhouse fixtures have made their way indoors, and to stay. Their ...
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10 Most Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid
A few small tweaks to your space can make all the difference. Knowing right from wrong can transpire a cramped and ch...
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8 Ways to Add "Eye Candy" in Your Laundry Room
We don’t often put too much thought into beautifying these busy spaces but regardless of whether your washing mach...
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DIY Home Office Makeover: Vintage Finds and Rustic Style
OK, so you saw what we did. Now it’s time to show you the pretty pictures of our home office. This is my desk. I...
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Top 6 Home Design Trends to Expect in 2014
Flipping of luxury homes for personal and business purposes has been one of the ever-consistent trends in residential...
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How To: Make Your House a Home—for $0
It takes but a few simple steps to spruce up and breathe new life into your home. Read on to see how you can add a ne...
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14 DIY Doormats That Step Up the Style
Incorporating a variety of materials, these truly one-of-a-kind doormats are not something you would simply walk on—or by—without noticing.
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Arrow Art
I am still having fun with the arrows. Inspired by a recent J.Crew window display I decided to make a 3D art piece...
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18 Brilliant Ways to Decorate with Rope
‘Knot’ just for sailing fanatics or decorating summer beach houses anymore, rope has found its way into homes of every style.
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Weekend Projects: DIY Dorm Room Decor
Reading, writing, and arithmetic: These are the cornerstones of education, and they're important. You know what else ...
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7 Ways to Make Your Dorm Room a Home Away from Home
In her book, Speed Decorating, interior decorator Jill Vegas offers tips and tricks for anyone interested in putting ...
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10 Unexpected Spots for Accent Colors
When it comes to bringing new colors into your home, why limit yourself to the walls? Add accent colors in these 10 unusual places to brighten your living space.
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10 Incredible Ways to Upcycle Tree Branches and Logs
I guess you could call me a tree hugger. I do love trees enough to hug them. My appreciation of trees started when I w...
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5 Smart Ways to Fill the House with Your Favorite Color
Everyone has a favorite color, but not everyone understands how to use that most loved hue to full advantage at home....
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DIY Art on the Cheap: Wallpaper and Walgreens
Time constraints can be a gift. It’s amazing what you can drum up when in a jam. I sometimes do my best thinkin...
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Falling in Love with the Antlers in My Kitchen
Notice something? Hint: the title of this post is a HUGE giveaway. Bam. Antlers. In the kitchen no less. I know ...
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Versatile Carpet Tiles Combine Convenience and Fashion
Looking for an environmentally friendly floor covering that is fashionable, easy to install, and suitable for any roo...
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The Royal Nursery: 12 Jaw-Dropping Room Ideas for Your Prince or Princess
Although your new arrival may not be heir to the British throne, he—or she—is no less deserving of the royal treatment. Take inspiration for your own royal nurser...
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A Room for Everyone: Gender-Neutral Decor
As I wrote two series in the past few months, the color combination and the pattern series, I realized that I often qual...
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Whimsical, Nature-Inspired Day Care Interior
German studio Baukind designed this renovation to a nature-inspired interior of a kindergarten/day care for Kita Drachen...
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Small Can Be Beautiful—Even in the Bath
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, small can be beautiful. With smart planning, a petite bath can be attractive, e...
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Fail-Safe Colors
Are there really such things as fool-proof paint colors that will work well with your existing furnishings and be eas...
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Color Trends 2012: Top Forecasters Weigh In
Last year, Honeysuckle (18-2120), a rich, energetic pink, nudged out Turquoise (15-5519), the previous year’s darling...
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Bathroom Decorating Ideas
Whether you consider it an in-home escape from your hectic day or simply somewhere to wash up, the bathroom is one pl...
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Improve Feng Shui in the Home
Successful design is measured by how well we live in our spaces. Feng shui focuses on chi, or the life force that flo...
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How To: Decorate a Loft
There’s no question that lofts are unique. But the qualities that make them appealing can also create significant cha...
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Trash to Treasure: 10 Upcycled Products We Covet
Inspired by DIYers transforming old discarded materials and objects into something new, we couldn't help but turn the spotlight on these smart upcycled designer c...
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From Gross to Great: A Nursery Room Makeover
Zoe's room is officially done, yay! It didn't really take a lot to get it done because we left the wall color and one la...
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12 Outdoor Rugs to Fit Every Budget and Style
Bring a resilient splash of color outside with these durable all-weather rugs that resist open-air perils like mildew and fading.
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10 Mood-Altering Decorating Tips for City Dwellers
City living offers its own set of challenges, not the least among them finding peace and quiet. Here are some simple ways to help you find the calm within.
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Divide and Conquer: 14 Room Dividers to Bring Order to Your Space
A room divider can create privacy in a small space, or define new areas in a large, open space. The beauty of the room divider, as opposed to a wall, is its imperm...
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Interior Inspiration: The Ombré Trend
Wave hello to LTLYDA contributor, Stacey Sheppard of The Design Sheppard. Stacey’s column on European Design appea...
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Design Your Own Furniture with "Everything But the Manual" System
When buying furniture, it’s always a matter of whether or not an item serves a purpose and will go with everything...
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Celebrity Kitchens: Get the Look Yourself
They might have celebrity status, but there's no reason why you can't draw inspiration from their homes to give your kitchen some star power of its own.
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How To: Style Your Patio—From Slab to Sensational!
Don’t let your back sliding door be the final boundary of your living spaces. Now that a warmer season is upon ...
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Mirror Magic: 10 Ways of Using Mirrors to Your Design Advantage
Look to mirrors for stylish appeal and practical value in every room of the house.
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10 Great Ways to Grow Your Walls Green
Add life—literally!—to an interior space with a visually stunning vertical wall garden.
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How To: Hang and Level Odd-Shaped Decor
It’s nice to be back in the swing of things. Lisa and I are adjusting nicely to life with two kids. So far so good...
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DIY No-Sew Roman Shade
In the new year, one of my 2013 home goals is to complete projects that were started but unfinished {can we procrastina...
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10 Home Accessories You Should Never Buy
Certain home accessories should be left at the store when you are decorating or home staging your home. Let's take a loo...
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How To: Make Your Home Look More Expensive
We’d all love to live in multi-million dollar homes with high ceilings, wide, elaborate moldings, architectural...
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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space
This weekend gave us our first glimpse of impromptu summer BBQ’s and warm lingering evenings spent on the deck. ...
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26 Relaxing Green Living Room Ideas
Green brings a soothing element to any space.By using a range of tones in this living room, it prevents clashes and bri...
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Florence Jaffrain Brings Color to His House in a Big Way
Famous designerFlorence Jaffrain’s turned an old industrial space intohis home and design workspace, and he broug...
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How To: Decorate Interiors with High Ceilings
Decorating with personality for a room with tall walls is neither difficult, nor more challenging than dealing with com...
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One Coffee Table, Three Ways
I bought a new coffee table. Technically, it’s a bench but the proportions were right. Our previous coffee table w...
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40 Moroccan-Theme Bedroom Design Inspirations
If you’re looking to bring an exotic yet elegant feel to your bedroom, consider the elements found in Moroccan-st...
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DIY Painting Poster Frames
Once our frames were all built, it was time to get them painted and installed. Before painting, we worked on patching t...
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Trending Now: Classic Red
The color of the year may be emerald green, but in February—it's undeniably red. Browse ten classic products forever linked to the bold and powerful color of love.
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45 Ravishing Red Rooms
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we're seeing the color red just about everywhere—in our homes perhaps mo...
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How To: Bring the World's Most Romantic Color into the Home
As Valentine's Day approaches, the color red becomes more and more apparent in our homes. Red roses, red hearts on Va...
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Emerald Green Inspiration
Every year Pantone declares a "color of the year." While it's not a good idea to follow short-lived trends in decoratin...
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How To: Make Tabletop Topiaries
The sculpture of plants, or topiary, has been a gardening practice for centuries. The precise designs achieved throug...
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Trending Now: Emerald Green
Accent your home with the trendiest bold hue of today, 2013's emerald green color.
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DIY Painted Family Silhouettes
Welcome 2013! I hope you all had a very safe and exciting New Years! I took down my Christmas decor yesterday and it was...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mirror Placement
If the end of the year is a time for reflection, don't underestimate the power of a well-placed mirror to enhance you...
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10 Things to Do with... Cross-Cut Trees
Cross-sections of a tree branch are all that keep you away from a house full of one-of-a-kind rustic, woodsy decor.
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Decorating Solutions for Tiny Living Rooms
Having a small living room can be a challenge when you are trying to fit everything in and make it look good at the same...
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Hanging Mistletoe at Christmas
After decking the halls and decorating the tree, there’s only one thing left to do—hang mistletoe. By doing so, you a...
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A Brief History of Nutcrackers
These fancifully painted fellows herald the holiday season in grand style. Slideshow: Nutcrackers on ParadeBefore the...
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O, Christmas Tree—O, Variety
Every year, I look forward to picking out the Christmas tree with my husband and daughters. He does the shaking and t...
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How To: Make an Evergreen Wreath
As soon as December hits, I’m ready to break out the Christmas cheer. When it comes to decorating for the holiday, I’...
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Feather Trees: Yesterday's Christmas Decor, Today
A century-old tradition, these artificial Christmas trees continue to charm homeowners and DIY enthusiasts alike. Lik...
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Trending Now: Pineapple Design Motifs
From table lamps to finials, the centuries-old pineapple design motif is enjoying renewed popularity.
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Tabletop Christmas Trees for the Holiday Season
Choosing a live evergreen to serve as your Christmas tree brings a fresh scent and a bit of the outdoors into your ho...
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It’s All In The Details—Pineapple Style
It is fascinating to observe how something becomes a global icon. Consider how everyone in every country seems to kno...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Room Staging
Even if you're not selling your house, taking some of the tips professional home stagers give their clients can be es...
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Make a Statement with Your Mirror
Mirrors come in a full range of shapes and styles and can fit easily into any decor. But if you really want to make a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Picture Frames
If you've got a piece of art or a special photo you'd like to display, but the cost of professional framing is hangin...
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Trending Now: Acanthus Leaf Designs
While its heritage is centuries old, the graceful acanthus leaf remains a fashionable design motif for all time.
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It’s All In The Details—Acanthus Leaves
Leaves are very much on my mind these days, what with all of the raking, blowing, bagging and mulching that goes alon...
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Winner! Bob Vila's First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
From movie villains to Mickey Mouse, cannibal pumpkins to true works of art, we finally found the ultimate King of Carving—and a few honorable mentions to boot.
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The Greek Key: 10 Trendy Uses for This Classic Design Motif
If you didn’t know the Greek key motif before, you’re now sure to recognize this geometric pattern in a wealth of home design applications.
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It's All in the Details—The Greek Key
Sometimes a motif gets stuck in your mind and then suddenly you start seeing it everywhere. One classic architectural...
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16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home
These days, everyone tries hard to subscribe to the 3R’s— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Home design is all over that trend, and has its own 3R’s— Recycle, Repurpose, Re...
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6 Simple & Easy DIY Closet Door Transformations
There's the big stuff—renovations, major appliances, new suites of furniture—any of which can make an obvious impact ...
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18 Reasons to Fall for Faux Bois
With the growing popularity of natural and organic elements in home design, one classic type of decor has gotten the ...
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How To: Turn Wine Bottles into Romantic Lanterns
Whenever I hesitate before throwing out something useless, like an expired coupon or an old magazine, I think to myse...
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5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks
Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly i...
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20 "Why Didn't I Think of That" Ways to Decorate with Rope
'Knot' just for sailing fanatics or decorating summer beach houses anymore, rope has found its way into homes of ever...
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DIY Faux Finish Wall Covering
While it's not uncommon for a hallway to be the 'problem child' of a home decor scheme, most people never encounter o...
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Product Round-Up: Decor for the Great Outdoors
With all of the emphasis on outdoor living, it comes as no surprise that products to decorate gardens, patios, decks ...
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5 DIY Wood Wall Treatment Ideas
Wood. It makes up so much of our homes, from the framing to the flooring we walk on. And it appears in all kinds of f...
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DIY Deals: Outdoor Rugs
Outdoor rugs are a great way to add interest, warmth, and character to your patio, porch, or deck. And with the varie...
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Quick Tip: Decorating Ideas that Won't Break the Bank
Take a Good Look To get your home ready for entertaining, first look at it with the eye of a realtor. Does it need a ...
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Shades of Green
Most days we celebrate the rainbow, but on St. Patrick's Day it's all about green!
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Man Cave Must-Haves
As this post publishes, Superbowl XLVIII is 2 days, 1 hour, 35 minutes and . . . 45. . . 44. . . 43 seconds from kick...
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3 Easy DIY Wreaths from 1 Evergreen Form
One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays is with a seasonal wreath. There are many options avai...
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Toiles Go Contemporary
Historic fabrics known for their scenic depictions now tell more modern tales.
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10 Ways to Bring Historic Style Home
Period details are not a thing of the past with today's stylish reproductions.
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Learning How to Set Up a Healthy and Safe Room for Baby
Bob continues to talk with Bernadette Upton of EcoDecor about the materials used in an ideal room for baby and safety procedures to put in place when the baby bec...
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Remodeling Before Baby and Insulating the House
Bob talks with homeowners Nick and Maggie Beasley, who are remodeling, babyproofing, and insulating their home before the baby is born.
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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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Finishing Touch: Installing a Vintage Tub in a Child's Bathroom
The unusually shaped room with original beadboard that sits under the roof’s eaves will be adapted from its prior use as a home office to be a child’s bathroom wi...
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Tour of the Finished Nursery and Master Bathroom
A peaceful nursery and childproofed home await the baby, and an elegant new master bath and powder room greet family and guests.
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Tour the Completed Nursery for the Newborn
Much cosmetic, insulation, and sound reduction work has transformed a tired-old attic bedroom into a peaceful, pretty, and healthy room for baby.
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Touring the Home Interior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the interior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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Building a Metal Stud Wall in the Basement
Bob meets carpenter Danny Ruffini to see how a metal stud wall is built in the basement.
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Installing a Chair Rail and Restoring a Corner Cupboard
In the dining room, carpenter Bob Ryley installs a chair rail and works with carpenter Danny Ruffini on the glass doors that will be added to the corner cupboard—...
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Making an Armoire into an Entertainment Center
Bob works with carpenter Bob Ryley to construct an insert for an antique cherry armoire to house his bedroom TV and video collection.
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Applying Decorative Painting Techniques
Bob meets with faux-painting expert Kim Sweet, who is applying a gold parchment effect on the master bedroom walls. Bob tries his hand at applying some color.
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Installing Carpet on the Third Floor and Bathroom Tile
Bob looks at the new carpet being installed on the third floor and at a bathroom tile installation.
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Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s...
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Installing Blinds and Window Shades
Blinds for the new patio door are installed, as well as a variety of blinds and shades in other rooms throughout the house.
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Planning Exterior and Interior Lighting, Storage Solutions, and Interior Decorating
A high-tech lighting control system is reviewed, as well as furniture, storage, and decorating choices in various rooms.
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Installing Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
Cindy O'Reilly is on site with Bob to install the natural bamboo, sliding-panel shades.
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Interior Design for a Florida Home
Bob tours the finished house and learns how they developed the design scheme.
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Kitchenware for Easy Living and Stylish Outdoor Furniture and Grill
Bob tours the open-plan family room and meets with Cecile to discuss cookware and accessories. Then he meets Meg Tarvin they move to the poolside lanai and the f...
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Planning the Decor
Bob meets with Darren Brown and Jonathan Adler to discuss the interior design of the penthouse apartment, which Adler envisions being a casual space, enhanced by ...
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Touring the Jonathan Adler Soho Boutique
Jonathan Adler invites Bob into his Soho boutique, which features an eclectic collection of furniture and housewares. Many pieces from the store will be used in t...
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Reviewing the Penthouse Living Area & Kitchen
Bob surveys the interior decorating of the penthouse apartment, as well as the top-quality materials and appliances in the kitchen. Also, Bob learns about the dif...
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Reviewing the Penthouse Bedroom & Office
Bob tours the bedroom and office, rooms which have been designed by Jonathan Adler and Darren Brown, who explain their aesthetic choices.
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Seeking Design Ideas for the Miami Condo
DD Allen shows off her updated 600-square-foot retreat in downtown Miami. By removing interior dividing walls, Allen has converted her one-bedroom into a studio. ...
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Lyman Estate Tour
Interior Designer Leslie Curtis takes Bob on a tour of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, MA.
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Tour the Tappahannock Room at Winterthur
Bob returns to Winterthur, the historic du Pont estate, to tour the Tappahannock Room.
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Wall Stenciling, Continued
Artisan Ken Forcier are applying the second "layer" of the stencil he's using to decorate in the parlor of the modern Colonial.
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Selecting and Installing Window Treatments
Bob and interior designer Leslie Curtis discuss the window treatments in this episode, while Kevin Murphy (from Smith + Noble) finishes up installation of the com...
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Tour of the McLellan House in Portland, ME
Bob visits the McLellan House in Portland, ME, part of the Portland Museum of Art.
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Shaker-Style Mural Painting
Bob checks in with artist Polly Forcier (from MB Historic Decor) for an update on the decorative painting in the modern Colonial project home.
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Vermont-Style Interior Decorating
Bob tours the first floor of the farmhouse with interior designer Regina Lawrence, who points out many of the Vermont touches that have been included in the home.
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Reviewing Satellite Dish Features and the Master Bedroom
Bob experiences the Panasonic Replay TV with the show-stopper feature and he tours the master bedroom suite, admiring the space, scope, and the view.
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Master Bathroom Tour, Sauna Installation, and Window Blinds
Bob tours the master bathroom, noticing the finishing touches and pointing out the features. Also, Bob checks out the Finlandia sauna, before reviewing te Crysta...
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Installing Carpet in the Bedroom
Carpenter Bob Ryley goes over a bedroom carpet installation.
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Decorative Painting Techniques With B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith paint a lavender stripe pattern on a bedroom wall.
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Tour of the Finished Interior Decor with B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith joins Bob to show him around the interior decor of the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project home in Yonkers, NY.
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Finishing the Front Porch and Installing Custom Pine Shutters
Bob looks over the finishing touches, which have been put on the front porch. Also, Bob chats with the installers of the Pine shutters.
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Reviewing the Interior Design Upstairs
Bob tours the finished upstairs, paying special attention to the interior design of the various rooms.
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Interior Decorating
Charleston, SC interior designer Carolyn Griffen joins Bob on a final tour of the house, and Guy Walters (from Thomasville) gives details on the Thomasville Hemin...
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Final Tour of the Completed Interior
Charleston, SC interior designer Carolyn Griffen joins Bob for a final tour of the completed interior.
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Tour of the Mansion's Exterior and Landscaping
Bob tours the exterior with general contractor Sam Daniel. Then, he joins architect John Paul Hanbury and interior designer Barbara Page, and, together, they roll...
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Making and Hanging Silk Drapes
At the Virginia governor's mansion, some gorgeous silk drapes are being hung in the ballroom. Next, Bob visits the shop where the drapes are made.
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Tour of the Restored Exterior and Interior Decor
Bob takes a grand tour of the fully restored governor's mansion in Richmond, VA.
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Tour of the Restored Interior
Bob tours the interior restoration of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Tour of Historic Virginia Governor's Office
Bob tours the old governor's office in the Richmond, VA executive mansion.
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Modeling the Loft Project
The architect and interior designer of the loft conversion project have modeled some intriguing ideas for Bob.
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Installing a Mirror and Glasswork
Bob observes Bill Brody (from Classic Glass) installing a large mirror, a glass shelf, and a glass partition wall.
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Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
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Tour of the Completed Loft Conversion, Part 2
Collaborating architect Lisa Shire accompanies Bob, as he continues his tour of the completed loft conversion.
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Building a Wooden Corner Bracket, Part 2
Carpenter Bob Ryley continues to fashion a wooden bracket for the exterior of the accessible home.
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Installing a Bathroom Grab Rail
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley put up a grab bar in the bathroom to facilitate a wheelchair-bound person's maneuvering.
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Stripping Paint From an Antique Cabinet
Bob works with the homeowners, who are stripping old paint off an antique cabinet. On top of the chemicals used to loosen the paint, they discuss the several safe...
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Installing a China Cabinet
The newly built china cabinet is installed. The unit was constructed in several peices, so it would fit through the front door. Several final cuts and adjustments...
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Building a Bookcase
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley meet in the workshop to build a set of bookcases for the home. Ryley demonstrates the various cuts and joining methods used to make th...
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Master Bedroom Interior Design
Bob takes a look at the master bedroom and talks with the interior designer. The two discuss the window treatments, new bedroom furniture, his and her closets, an...
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House Redecorating
Bob walks through the family room with the homeowners and the interior designer. In addition to decor, the group discusses the final budget.
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Decorative Woodwork Restoration
Bob assists Patty Hettich in stripping paint from decorative woodwork, then making rubber molds to create new details in the Federal-style home.
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Interior Decorating the Federal-Style Home
Finishes are completed on the 1800s Federal-style home in Charleston, SC, and the interior design is underway as the owners finally move back in from the carriage...
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Discussing the Greenhouse
Bob, Martha and the homeowner, Diana, discuss the greenhouse and the decor before Bob reveals a special suprise.
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Decorating the Home
Bob meets with the decorator, Robyn Peterson, to discuss furnishings for the "little cabin in the woods".
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The Unusual Home of TV Star Max Gail
Bob visits the unusual home of TV star Max Gail in hopes of gathering design ideas.
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Interior Design and Touring a Fabric Store
Bob shows the beach house to interior designer Robyn Peterson, who takes Bob shopping for fabrics. She suggests natural materials and earthy colors, as well as hi...
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Tour of the Media Room, Kitchen, and Living Room
Bob and interior designer Robyn Peterson tour the finished, furnished California-Spanish beach house in Malibu. The media room has an Old West theme. The kitchen ...
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Malibu Master Bedroom Tour
Bob and interior decorator Robyn Peterson tour the master bedroom and bath. The 'antiqued' wood carpentry adds warmth to the bedroom, as does the use of unbleache...
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Touring the Cabin's Interior Decor
Bob tours the cabin with the interior designer, Robyn Peterson. Under Robyn's direction, the mantle has been painted with a faux birch bark look, and the furnitur...
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Butcher Block Countertop and Crackle Painting
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install a butcher block countertop in the kitchen, and decorator Robyn Peterson shows Bob how to create a "crackle" finish.
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Interior Design Finishing Touches
The interior design finishing touches have come together to create an original, romantic, and functional effect, all within a relatively small space.
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Victorian-Style Wallpaper
The wallpaper installers, Jim and Tracy Matheson, show Bob how wallpaper is measured, cut, and applied.
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Wall Stenciling and Decorative Striping
Bob confers with artist Margo Datz about decorative striping and stenciling in the master bedroom. She demonstrates for Bob how to add a stencil pattern to painte...
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Touring the Designed Interior
Bob tours the furnished, decorated Martha's Vineyard Victorian project house. The designer has sourced pieces from antique stores, salvage yards, second hand stor...
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Touring the Home Addition
The designer shows Bob around the addition, pointing out certain highlights, such as the breezeway with exposed studs and the Victorian-influenced lighting design...
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Reviewing the Unfinished Kitchen
Bob reviews the new staircase in the entry hall before he and contractor Larry Landers tour the kitchen, pointing out where furniture, appliances, and fixtures wi...
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Constructing a Clapboard Sunburst Fan
Bob joins siding contractor Brian Quinn, who is constructing a beautiful gable-end sunburst fan from clapboard siding. Quinn explains how to lay out the center mo...
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Front Hall Mirror
Carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrates how the front hall mirror is custom-built in the workshop.
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Window Blind Installation
Bob takes a tour of the Wayland project house as finishing touches are being put on, including honeycomb window blinds.
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Furniture Shopping
Bob goes furniture shopping at Sears with the homeowners and an interior designer. The homeowners pick out furniture for the dining room and family room.
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Final Tour of the Interior, Part 1
Bob continues his final tour of the complete Wayland project house with the interior designer, who explains the thought process behind the furniture and color pal...
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Final Tour of the Interior, Part 2
Bob takes a final tour through the nursery, office, kitchen, and family room.
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Selecting and Hanging Wallpaper
The interior decorating process has begun. Bob receives some tips on selecting and hanging wallpaper.
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Building and Painting a Plate Rack
A plate rack for the dining room is built from scratch and is finished with a faux-antique paint job.
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Choosing a Living Room Carpet
Bob looks around for a well-priced living room carpet.
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Touring the Interior
Bob tours the newly furnished and appointed Plymouth project house with the interior designer. Throughout, there is a mix of formal and informal pieces, which all...
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Reviewing the Interior Design
Bob meets with the interior design to discuss her vision for the house-- a combination of country style with antique French accents, such as the reproduction chai...
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Cutting the Valance Pattern
Bob helps contractor Al Stiles build a jig valance over the kitchen window to match the decorative style of the kitchen hutch.
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Decorating the Cottage Interior
Bob joins the interior designer for a shopping trip. The designer aims to achieve a comfortable 1940s vintage look. Bob and the designer also visit an upholstery ...
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Final Tour of the Porch, Swimming Pool, and Interior
Bob tours the finished porch and pool area, and exchanges comments on the beautiful completed project with the architect.
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Touring the Decorated Interior
Bob tours the gorgeous interior of the completed Cape Cod project house with decorator Ann Hill.
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Touring the Finished Exterior and Basement
Bob tours the finished exterior with general contractor Ron Gan before going inside to see Christine Smyth’s spectacular decorating job.
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Touring the Finished Interior
General contractor Ron Gan installs folding closet doors. Then, Bob and the decorator, Christine Smyth, tour the rest of the finished first floor.
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Adding Detail to the Kitchen
Bob installs some interesting finishing touches in the coach house kitchen. For instance, a pony wall is dressed up with a shadow effect and a routed oak cap.
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Interior Tour
Bob walks through the remainder of the renovation, admiring the details and faux-finish painting that continues through the kitchen, living room and dining room.
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Redesigned Dining Room Tour
Bob and the homeowners look at the newly redesigned dining room. Kara Roberts from Smith & Noble joins to review the selections made for window coverings, and Bob...
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