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Solved! Why It's a Mistake to Mount a TV Above a Fireplace
Q: We just bought a new 55-inch flat screen TV, and I’d like to hang it over the fireplace in our family room. But my...
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All You Need to Know About Granny Pods
You’re probably familiar with tiny houses—homes ranging in size from 80 to 400 square feet—that offer small-scale liv...
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All You Need to Know About Sunken Living Rooms
Recessed living areas known as sunken living rooms—and their cozier cousins, conversation pits—spread like wildfire d...
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Solved! How High to Mount a TV
Q: I'm eager to try out my new flat screen television on movie night—less so to rig it up to the wall. How high shoul...
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14 Easy DIY Living Room Updates Anyone Can Do in a Day
Is your living room languishing because you think you just don't have the time to spruce it up? Well, think again! If you have a day—and a design dream—you alread...
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The 10 Best Home Makeovers of 2016
2016 may very well be remembered as the year of dramatic reveals. As it winds down, let’s take a moment to admire the most eye-popping before-and-after decorating...
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Quick Tip: The Simplest Way to Clean a Dusty TV Screen
One of life’s simplest pleasures is plopping down in front of the TV to watch your favorite show. But sometimes when ...
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9 Smarter Spots for the TV
Television sets are considered one of history’s greatest inventions and one of the biggest boons to in-home entertainment. Indeed, beginning shortly after World W...
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6 Ways to Cure a Cave-Like Hallway
Who knows why homeowners tend not to much design effort into their hallways? Perhaps it's because their narrow dimensions offer limited options. After all, even g...
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Own Your Open Floor Plan with 8 Smart Design Tricks
Open floor plans are perfect for the modern family: flexible, airy, and interactive. But when it comes to decorating an expansive interior for maximum comfort and...
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Before & After: An 80s Living Room Rockets Forward
Since 2011, Becki Peckham and Chris Nicholas have been hard at work remodeling their home in eastern Canada, all the ...
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Gather 'Round: 6 Inspiring Dinner Table Stories
When the family gathers to share food and laughter, the dining table stands at the center of it all. Whether handmade, purchased, or inherited and steeped with hi...
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Set the Tone: 8 Colors for an Inviting Dining Room
The formal dining room is an interior in flux. For decades it was a mainstay of the American home, but in recent years it has often found itself co-opted for a pl...
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Living Room Paint Colors: 9 Top Picks from the Pros
Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the living room. It's a space that is both an intimate setting for your fa...
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10 Nice Nooks: They’re Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
What is it about a nook that draws us in? The informality? The coziness? Architects often carve nooks out of wasted space—beneath a staircase, under the eaves, by...
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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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17 DIY Mini Bars to Mix Up Your Home 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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Catching Rays in 11 Golden Sunrooms
Are you thinking about adding a sunroom to your house? Or maybe you’re in the market for a new home, and a solarium or sunroom is on your wish list. Whether you'r...
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Multiple Personalities: 10 Fantastically Flexible Spaces in Today's Home
Many people today not only live in their homes but also work, play, and entertain in them too, all in the comfort of their favorite place. You can do the same, so...
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Decorating with Chocolate: 12 Ways to Soothe a Style Craving with a Delicious Color
Walk into any store or turn a page in almost any magazine this month and witness the very publicly celebrated relationship between chocolate and pleasure. As awar...
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11 "Novel" Ways to Design a Home Library
No matter the size and style of your home, incorporating a reading room will give your book lovers a space to curl up and while away a cold winter afternoon.
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10 Alternatives to a Formal Dining Room
As impromptu, low-fuss gatherings become the norm, creative hosts are entertaining friends in spaces carved out from kitchens, hallways, and living rooms.
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Build a Bar at Home
As the holidays loom on the horizon, many families have begun to make plans and gather essentials. For some, that mea...
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What's the Best Color for Living Rooms? The Experts Weigh In
Design mavens reveal their favorite colors for living room walls—and why those hues work so well in this public yet intimate setting.
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Weekend Projects: 5 "Strong" Ideas for Home Gyms
Now that we're nearing the end of summer, you may be looking for ways to bring your exercise routine indoors. Have yo...
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Home Renovation: The Living Quarters
The biggest challenge in inspecting your own house is to be able to see it as if for the first time. Let me suggest o...
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The New Family Room
Homes, how we live in and use them, are constantly evolving. Kitchens have opened up to living spaces and become fami...
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Design a Home Gym
Many homes have a treadmill or dumbbell these days, but a home gym is more than just an accumulation of equipment — i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sunrooms
What better home improvement to consider on the darkest day of the year than a sunroom addition?Listen to BOB VILA ON...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sofa Beds
Where would we be during the holidays without the sleeper sofa? Sofa beds of the past are notorious for being somewha...
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This Thanksgiving, Fit Everyone at the Dining Room Table
With so many dishes and serving utensils, not to mention the number of guests, Thanksgiving puts your dining room to ...
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7 Electronics You Need to Get the Most Out of Game Day
Browse top-rated home theater room accessories to make your game day a blowout.
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10 Essentials for an Authentic Home Movie Theater
Give theme-appropriate furniture and accessories top billing in your home movie theater.
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Redesigning the Third Floor
Bob meets with architect Gregory Rochlin to discuss the third-floor structural redesign.
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Installing Whole-Home Audio and Appliances
A whole-home audio system is installed, along with new appliances, including laundry machines, a freezer and fridge, and an outdoor grill.
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Repairing the Chimneys, Installing a Gas Fireplace Insert and Completed Cabinets in the Basement Family Room
The house's two chimneys are repaired, allowing the installation of a gas fireplace insert, and basement family-room cabinets are completed.
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Touring the Completed Basement Remodel
Bob meets with homeowner Sarah Monzon to recap the project, from the initial preparation to the renovations to the finishing touches.
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Elm Court's Dining Room
Bob tours one of the Vanderbilt family's most elegant dining rooms. The Berles have restored the ornate plasterwork ceilings and cornices, which were the inspirat...
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Touring the Blackwell Parlor at Winterthur
Bob tours one of Winterthur's most ornate rooms, the Blackwell Parlor.
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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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Interior Trim Tips
Carpenter Bob Ryley and the finish carpenter install interior trim in the dining room.
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Installing the Entertainment Center Cabinets
Carpenter Bob Ryley works with general contractor Kevin Kalman to install entertainment center cabinets.
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Tour of the Mansion's Dining Room and Kitchen
Bob and Roxane Gilmore continue touring the governor's mansion in Richmond, VA. After enjoying the highlights of the dining room, the discussion turns to the kitc...
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Demolition in the Upstairs Living Quarters
After the controlled demolition is complete, Bob tours the upstairs living quarters of the governor's mansion.
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Dumbwaiter Installation
Peter Dolan (from the Atlas Elevator Company) and Chuck Bailey (from the Virginia Elevator Company) put in the brand-new dumbwaiter.
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Tour of the Restored Living Quarters
Bob tours the finished restoration of the historic sections of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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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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TPO Rubber Slate Roof Installed on Victorian-Style Roof
A new kind of rubber slate is applied to the roof, and the crew brings the spa down on a special plywood ramp, then carefully places it in the turret for installa...
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Tour of the Completed Workout Area
Bob takes a final tour of the home workout area, discussing the tub surround and the new exercise equipment.
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Setting Up an Entertainment Center
Bob meets with Dan Drook to check out the new multimedia entertainment center.
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Robert Barnwell Rhett House Tour
Bob tours a Georgian architectural beauty with twin octagonal parlors a few blocks away from the project house in Charleston, SC.
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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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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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Constructing an Insulated Floor
Bob helps carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley build an insulated floor so as to extend living space into the basement.
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Installation of Paneling in the Basement
Refinishing the basement continues with the installation of wood paneling.
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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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Finishing the Basement Family Room
The circle-head window, and its accompanying window seat, are now finished in the family room basement.
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Repairing the Dining Room Floor
Contractor Tom Forest repairs a hump in the dining room floor, then revives the floor’s maple finish.
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Discussing Plans for the Basement
Bob joins architect Mike Morgan and general contractor Ron Gan in the basement of the coach house to discuss options for making the basement space useful and/or m...
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Progress Report on the Coach House
Bob tours the completed living room and dining room of the coach house, then heads down into the basement to see the work that's been done on the heating system.
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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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