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The 20 Best Mountain Towns in America
Does your idea of a dream getaway have you waking up to a mountain vista, skiing down pristine slopes, trekking tree-lined trails, or simply people-watching in qu...
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Yes, These 20 Weird and Wacky Museums Actually Exist
While The Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art are go-to destinations for history buffs and art aficionados, other museums...
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Endless Acres: 14 of the Biggest Properties in America
While the average lot size of a home in the United States is about one-fifth of an acre, some super-size abodes boast ginormous backyards that span 50 acres or mo...
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Weird or Wonderful? 22 Homes That Are Anything But Ordinary
Homebuyers and renters who dare to be different often put down roots in alternative dwellings that others eschew. Even if your inner compass tells you to steer cl...
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11 Homes Built to Survive the End of the World
Harsh weather? Energy shortages? Nuclear fallout? These and other calamities would render most houses unlivable. Not these weird and wacky residences, though. Bui...
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After Disaster: 8 U.S. Towns That Went from Ruin to Rebirth
Whether leveled by tornadoes, flooded by hurricanes, or scorched by fires, these great American cities have risen from the rubble to become revitalized burgs that...
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America's 50 Most Exclusive Neighborhoods
Sure, property seekers have been going nuts over prices in Hollywood, South Beach, and Greenwich Village for years, but it might surprise you to know that these a...
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The Best Tiny Towns in Every State
The bright lights and swinging night life of the big city is fine for some, but others will appreciate the subtle pleasures of small town living. Here are some of...
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Old House, New AC: Your Best Bet for a Seamless Retrofit
Having once lived in a charming and historically significant Victorian home, I'm quite familiar with the compromises ...
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The Best U.S. Cities for a Summer Staycation
How can you have an amazing vacation without paying for airfare or spending hours in transit? Just stay put—if, that is, you're lucky enough to live near one of t...
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Video: America's Most Photographed Homes
American architecture might not be as old as the kinds you'll find on other continents, but it certainly is stunning....
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Our 12 Favorite Farmhouses Across America
A well-built farmhouse will never go out of style. The rustic interior offers old-fashioned beauty, while the views of rolling hills and lush forests provide tran...
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Living Remotely: 12 Stunning Homes in the Middle of Nowhere
Eager to escape the hustle and bustle of urban sprawl or the cookie-cutter homes of suburbia, some house hunters pack their bags and travel to remote reaches of t...
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15 Tiny Beach Bungalows for Your Next Vacation
Baseball may still be America's pastime, but during the heat of summer, going to the beach probably comes in a close second. This popularity keeps beachfront prop...
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You’ll Never Believe What These 6 Amazing Homes Used to Be
Why demolish an aging edifice when you can transform it into a dreamy dwelling designed for modern living? That adaptive spirit spurred the crafty conversion of t...
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The 12 Most Infamous Goofs in Architecture History
What do you get when you bring together forward-thinking architects, exacting engineers, and tireless construction crews? In the case of these 12 iconic buildings...
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12 Surprising Truths About Millennial Homebuyers
Many millennials may still live with their parents but that doesn’t mean people born between 1981 and 1997 don’t have their eyes on the prize: a home of their own...
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The Secret Histories of 15 Grand Old American Mansions
Every house has a story—some more mysterious than others. The peculiar pasts and enigmatic former owners of these mansions have left countless unanswered question...
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The 19 Most Photographed Homes in America
Whether you’re an avid shutterbug or simply an admirer of regal real estate, you’ll want to save space on your camera roll for these picture-perfect properties, w...
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9 Towns That'll Pay You to Move There
If you're looking to relocate, there are several cities in the United States that offer big incentives to new residents. Check out these cities that will pay you,...
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The 10 Best American Towns for a Romantic Getaway
From carefree California wine country to the bustling Eastern Seaboard, these 10 swoon-worthy towns and their dreamy attractions are sure to make you and that spe...
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Tour the 14 Most Expensive Airbnbs in the World
You already know you can find an apartment or get a room for the night on Airbnb, but you probably haven’t seen the coolest digs the online reservation company ha...
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18 Small Towns with Strange Claims to Fame
This country is filled with inspiring sights, record-breaking happenings, and talented DIYers who do amazing (okay, occasionally weird!) things to put their town ...
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State Pride: 50 Ways to Show You Love Where You Live
These United States stretch from coast to coast—and beyond. There's a lot that differs from state to state but one thing holds true no matter where you go: every ...
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20 Beautiful Homes Hiding in America's Most Affordable Cities
From Pittsburgh to Kansas City, the most economical cities in America are also home to some of the most extravagant abodes standing today. For proof, take a grand...
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10 U.S. Towns That Are Older Than America
For history lovers, nothing beats the old-time charm and architectural wonder of America’s oldest towns. These settlements are hundreds of years old, dating back ...
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21 Crazy But True Facts About the White House
Although the memorable speeches, grand state dinners, and other important events that have taken place at the White House have been well documented in history boo...
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Island Living: 20 Tropical B&Bs That Are Only an Airplane Away
Has cabin fever set in at your landlocked lodgings? Fun, sun, pampering amenities, and tropical treats await when you hop a plane to any of these indulgent bed-an...
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14 Surprising Small Towns the Stars Call Home
For camera-shy celebrities, the best way to dodge paparazzi is often to get out of Dodge. These 14 notable names have done just that, temporarily—or even permanen...
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8 of the Great Independent American Hardware Stores
It’s easy to get lost in the aisles of a big box home improvement store. Although the big chains are often well-staffed, their sheer size means you can't always f...
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18 Castles You Can Buy (for Less Than You Think)
Who said you had to be a royal to live like one? Everyday house hunters looking for a new place to call home can snag any one of these on-the-market castles and c...
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Would You Recognize These 9 Iconic Streets Way Back When?
America’s streets are paved with remarkable history. Some of the nation’s earliest historical routes; ones that once wound through quiet boroughs and townships, a...
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15 100-Year-Old Houses That Haven't Aged a Day
Can’t find any centenarians on your street? Look again; the oldest resident in the neighborhood may well be a historic home. These ancient abodes around the count...
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The 20 Best (and Most Unusual) B&Bs in America
Planning your next escape? Venture beyond the familiar hotels to uncover the best-kept secrets in vacation destinations. These 20 bed-and-breakfasts around the co...
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7 Fictional Towns You Can Visit in Real Life
Want to catch a little Tinseltown glamour—without actually going to Tinseltown? Plan a trip to one of these quirky faux hamlets, built as sets for film shoots tha...
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Step Inside 12 Hotels That Take You Back in Time
Across the world, countless historic structures have been converted into hotels whose old-world architecture and antique decor transport guests back to another er...
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The 22 Weirdest Town Names Ever Put on the Map
No matter how underpopulated, unremarkable, or remote they may be, these oddly named American communities are places to see and be seen (at the very least in a se...
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What 11 Ordinary People Paid to Live in Your Favorite Movie Homes
Ever wished you could live in the home of Harry Potter, Royal Tenenbaum, or Kevin McCallister? For 11 buyers, movie magic became a reality when they scooped up th...
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Editors' Picks: 8 Favorite Etsy Stores for One-of-a-Kind Furniture
Shopping for furniture can be a stressful experience. While some people can find the perfect "forever" piece in a furniture showroom, those with more eclectic tas...
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A Man Who Remakes Vintage Relics into Modern Marvels
Jason Aleksa is no stranger to the shop. His grandfather founded a machine shop in the 1960s, which his father then t...
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One Man's Journey from Wall Street to the Workshop
When Jeremy Medow left behind life on Wall Street for a new start in Connecticut, he didn't know that he would end up...
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This Woman Brings Your Imagination to Life—with Paint
It's often said that nothing reinvents a room like paint. Well, that's especially true in the case of colorful murals...
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Fenway Park’s Groundskeeper Shares His Secrets to a Lush, Green Lawn
David Mellor was on his way to an athletic scholarship and a promising pitching career when tragedy struck: He got hi...
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Pet-Proof Your Yard with 5 Tips from a Pro Trainer
The great outdoors is great for everyone, particularly your four-pawed pals. “The home can get boring for pets," says...
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Meet the Man Behind Your Favorite New Home Accent
Many homeowners turn felled landscaping trees into cheap firewood, piling up split logs by a backyard shed or in fron...
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A Former Art Teacher Starts a New Life Building Furniture
Erin True needed a job. She had recently moved from Detroit to Chicago with her husband, Jason, and was striking out ...
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Pro Tips: A Tiny House Dweller Shares 7 Lessons Learned
The average American spends a third to half of his or her income just putting a roof overhead, so it’s no surprise th...
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The Forgotten DIY Wisdom That Dads Know Best
Whether a pipe bursts or construction begins on a new home addition, we often call the handiest people we know for some sage advice: our dads. In honor of the fas...
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These Detroit Metalworkers Prove the Best Home Goods Are Handmade
Any student of American history knows that there was a time when Detroit was abuzz with activity, when entrepreneurs ...
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IKEA Wants You to Help Design Tomorrow's Kitchen
Too little storage, not enough chairs? For any sort of home furnishings conundrum, IKEA has the answers. But when it ...
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Timeless Handmade Furniture with Midwestern Roots
For home design enthusiasts, wood furniture built by true craftsmen is coveted for its uniqueness, its durability, an...
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Hire the Home Help You Need—Instantly
Today, Americans buy everything from groceries to furniture over the Internet without thinking twice. But what's true...
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Meet the Women Who Are Changing the Face of Fine Furniture
Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie are the founders of Egg Collective, a furniture design firm that'...
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Big Box Furniture Has Nothing on This One-of-a-Kind Company
When Darren Green founded Old Wood Co. , in 2007, he had social and environmental consciousness top of mind. After wo...
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This Company Delivers Houseplants Straight to Your Door
When Eliza Banks lived in student housing as a freshman at NYU, the window in her room looked upon an all-too-familia...
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French Toy Maker Debuts a Life-Size Erector Set
What happens when you combine the ease and convenience of flat-pack, ready-to-assemble furniture with the fun and whi...
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Behind the Scenes of 5 Celebs' "New" Old Homes
Stars, they’re just like us! When on the hunt for real estate, celebrities enjoy jaw-droppingly large budgets, sure, ...
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This Company Makes Furniture with Salvaged Railroad Materials
As the owner of a railroad contracting and maintenance firm, John Hendrick oversaw a crew responsible for, among othe...
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Meet the Kansas City Artist Modernizing a Centuries-Old Craft
Brady Vest, founder of Kansas City-based Hammerpress, has his pulse on a letterpress renaissance. Even if you haven't...
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This Company Turns Centuries-Old Barns into Contemporary Homes
As agriculture has morphed into big business and populations have shifted from the countryside to urban centers, timb...
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This Company Makes Furniture from Salvaged Fire Hose
Every single month, tons of fire hose reaches the end of its useful life and must be disposed of. That's when Oakland...
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From the Hudson Valley, Furniture with a Sense of Place
Jonah Meyer and Tara De Lisio are partners in marriage—and partners in business. In their first venture together, the...
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New Kits Make DIY Profitable for Some, Foolproof for All
Like so many other do-it-yourself enthusiasts, Nicole Shariat Farb frequently browsed blogs and social media sites, a...
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A Forgotten Forest Lies at the Bottom of a Lake in Maine
In remote Millinocket, ME, there are as many as 1 million cords of wood resting at the bottom of Quakish Lake. Since ...
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The Designers Who Move In, Remodel, and Leave Houses Transformed
Meet Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the brains, braun, and creative force behind a truly unique home remodeling compa...
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Big Chill's Cutting-Edge, Retro-Styled Appliances
How did Big Chill end up manufacturing cutting-edge new kitchen appliances that look, in the best way possible, 60 ye...
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The First Material in This Man's Furniture Is Passion
Meet Jermain Todd, owner and craftsman of the St. Louis-based Mwanzi Co. From the sounds of it, he's certainly one of...
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7 Totally Unique Table Lamps for a Modern Home
Family-run company Worley's Lighting makes modern-minimalist lamps with fine craftsmanship and quality woods. Take a look at just some of their many makes and mod...
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Meet the Brightest Woodworkers in the Carolinas
Meet the duo behind one of the trendiest lighting companies around. Shelli Worley and her husband Seth started Worley...
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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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Resurrecting Tara, the Starring House in Gone with the Wind
Nearly every Saturday morning, Peter Bonner walks out to the dairy barn behind the Crawford-Talmadge House in Georgia...
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Before & After: A Fireplace Redo
Jessica Bruno is a mom, daughter, and granddaughter—and the creative force behind the popular blog Four Generations O...
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HGTV Opens the Door to a Beloved 90s Star
Color us impressed: Best known for her role in the long-running series 90210, Jennie Garth has opened her large-scale...
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Do-Good Adventures: 9 Exciting Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Vacations can be about more than rest and relaxation. Engage your spirit of adventure and sense of civic duty with a vacation that helps those around you. With vo...
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Bob Vila Radio: What Is the Cooperative Extension Service?
I’m sure you’ve read articles that suggested contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office for services like soi...
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TV House Quiz: Test Your Memory of 12 Famous Shows
Over the course of watching a television series, you get to know the characters pretty well—and you also learn to love (or loathe) the where they live. Test your ...
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Paint Your Home the Colors of Downton Abbey
Inspired by Downton Abbey, a new collection from Kelly-Moore Paints will now enable fans to live among the dusty gray...
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SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM BOBVILA.COM
 After serving up nearly 25 days of great tips, creative ideas, and how-to projects to make your holidays merry ...
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7 Not-to-be-Missed Pumpkin Festivals Around the Country
Celebrate the joys of the season at one of these fun, family-friendly pumpkin festivals—and see how you might find one closer to home.
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Become a BobVila.com Forum Moderator!
Do you work as an architect, contractor, or interior designer? Or are you a diehard DIYer? For friends and family mem...
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Send Yourself to Camp This Summer: 12 Top Learning Destinations
If you dream of building your own house, honing a craft, or taking an adventure, these top twelve learning destinations will help fill your summer calendar.
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Getting to Know HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins"
The kitchen has always been considered the most important room in the house, the warm heart of the home. When you add...
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Meryl & Chris: Renovation and Romance
“It’s Chris’s shop that I also use,” says Meryl Phillips describing the 20’ x 20’ garage work space that she and her ...
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In Search of Antique Tools
Lee Richmond’s foray into the world of antique tool collecting was simply a young man’s means to an end. As an engine...
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A Conversation with Amy Matthews
[Editor's Note:  Bob Vila's interview with Amy Matthews took place the day before she was expecting to deliver her ba...
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10 Show-Stoppers from Las Vegas
What could the grandeur of a Roman fountain and an end-of-days bomb shelter possibly have in common? Must be time for...
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Books for the Love of Home
Experts on all things home aren't always confined to hammer and nail. Many have picked up another set of tools altoge...
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In the Workshop: Blog Stars 2012
As more and more doers and makers broadcast their home improvement adventures online, the world of DIY has never been...
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Sarah Fogle: In Love with Fixing It Up
Sarah Fogle doesn’t want any confusion. Despite her zest for DIY, she is no Mrs. Bob Vila! Her work spaces are a litt...
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Timothy Dahl: Making It Outside in LA
Timothy Dahl is impressively disciplined. His work week is structured; his workshop is neat. Scheduling keeps Timothy...
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Hanging with Kinetic Sculptor Elayna Toby Singer
When artist Elayna Toby Singer contemplates a new mixed media assemblage, she pieces together objects from both natur...
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Fresh Pastry Stand: New Business from Old Housewares
Whether making cake stands or candles, Fresh Pastry Stand's Deva Mirel finds inspiration in the vintage kitchen and i...
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Lamon Luther: Reclaiming Lumber... and Lives
Compassion, faith, and hope are not intrinsically wired into the furniture business, but Lamon Luther, a fledgling ma...
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7 Great Places to Bunk at America's National Parks
From rustic log lodges to mountaintop cabins, these properties offer a good night's sleep as well as easy access to some of the nation's most beautiful parks.
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Nate Berkus on Updating a Dated Bath
Editor's note: Since bathroom remodeling is an expensive undertaking, we reached out to Nate Berkus—TV host, designer...
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Habitat Builders Blitz: Newburgh, NY
Two grateful and happy families are living in new homes this week thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Gr...
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3 Designers Go Head-to-Head for a Good Cause
New York was buzzing last week with Design Week and ICFF taking place, but there were also a few other cool events ha...
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Coolest Kids Products at ICFF
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is filled with amazing designs for the modern home, and not to be forgo...
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5 Seating Picks from ICFF
Hours before the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) closed its four-day run on Tuesday, the winners of ...
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Wandering Through "Wood-Land" at ICFF
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is one of my favorite trade shows.  It is the one show in the co...
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Bob Vila's Top 5 TV Shows & Movies
I was amused to see James Marsden geared up in a tool belt on "30 Rock", as his character set about fixing loose floo...
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5 Tips for Successful DIY from DIY Network Star Amy Matthews
Host of DIY Networks' "Sweat Equity" and "This New House," Amy Matthews offers some helpful DIY advice.
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Building Community: A Scene from Delray Beach
According to the City of Delray Beach, community service has no age requirement. At this weekend’s “Curb Appeal by th...
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A Conversation with Bob Tedeschi: "The Pragmatist"
[Editor's Note: Bob Tedeschi has a deep, diverse and celebrated journalistic background, having covered everything fr...
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Bob Tedeschi's 5 Tips for DIY Beginners
During a recent interview with The New York Times columnist Bob Tedeschi, a. k. a. "The Pragmatist," I asked if he ha...
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Brad, Jeremy, Harrison and Bob? An Oscar Salute!
It may strike you as odd for a home improvement web site to publish an Oscar-related blog post, but while Bob Vila is...
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Young House Love: 7 Tips for Romantic DIY
Sherry and John Petersik of "Young House Love" offer tips for keeping the romance alive—even in DIY.
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A "Young House Love" Affair
Sherry Petersik is glowing. Her husband John is nearby. Baby Clara, one of the cutest child co-stars of the blogging ...
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Builders' Show, Day Three
Today is my third and last day at the Builder's Show in Orlando, and while I have a bit of "building product" overloa...
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Builders' Show, Day Two
Day two at the International Builders' Show in Orlando turned up some more great introductions. I started the day tai...
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Opening Day at the Builders' Show
What's new at this year's International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL? Bob Vila for one. After a five year abse...
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Hammer Time: The Art of Roy Mackey
As you know from my prior posts, I am as fascinated with tools for their purpose and usefulness as I am for their sha...
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Household Hints: Vintage Trading Cards with a DIY Theme
I am a casual collector of vintage paper goods and assorted ephemera. My stash includes vintage dictionaries and ency...
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Talking with Celerie Kemble
[Editors Note: We caught up with designer Celerie Kemble the week of Christmas at her family home in Palm Beach. Bob...
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Outtakes: My Interview with Celerie Kemble
The week before the holidays, I had the chance to talk *color* with Celerie Kemble, the New York and Palm Beach inter...
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The "Merrypad-Dadand" DIY Duo: In the Workshop
She had a load of lumber to get home from the Home Depot. He had a car big enough to take it. Emily Winters and Pete ...
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SanFranVic's John Clarke Mills: In the Workshop
At 25, John Clarke Mills, a software entrepreneur with a background in engineering and woodworking, bought his first ...
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DIYdiva Kit Stansley: In the Workshop
Kit Stansley has a zest for building and a talent for blogging about it. The 5’3,” 115 lb. powertool addict, tackles ...
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Tool Collecting: Tips from an Antiques Roadshow Expert
A veteran tool collector, dealer and expert, shares tips, knowledge and advice.
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Concrete Blocks: Foundations to Art
I know what you're thinking—a concrete block. Big deal. But take a look at it. Solidly built. Produced with hollow ce...
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Tim Allen and Bob Vila: Back to the Future
If you haven't checked out Tim Allen's new ABC comedy sitcom, Last Man Standing, you should. He's an awfully funny gu...
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An Interview with Mark Diaz—Miami's Hot "Design Star"
I sat down recently with Mark Diaz, the second runner-up in HGTV’s recently concluded "Design Star. " After watching ...
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"DIY True Value Stories"
True Value launches a Facebook web series chronicling the progress of its three DIY contest winners.   Thick black pa...
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How Green Is Your Town?
The question—How Green is Your Town?—is not a competition but rather a rally call to help build more sustainable comm...
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Tool or Art? You Decide
When does a simple hand tool—let's say a saw—become a work of art?  For tool collectors, the answer is an easy one: w...
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San Francisco Grabs the "Green" Crown
In a new survey sponsored by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit, San Francisco outpaced 27 other major metro...
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Taking an Architectural Tour of Harvard Square
Bob explores Harvard Square with architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer, who highlights three centuries of architecture in Cambridge, MA.
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History of the North Bennet Street School
Bob takes a trip into Boston to visit the North Bennet Street School.
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The Dominy Workshop at Winterthur Garden
Bob takes the first of many visits to the Winterthur Garden and Museum in Delaware's Brandywine Valley.
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Locksmithing at the North Bennet Street School
At Boston's North Bennet Street School, Bob visits the locksmithing classroom.
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Furniture Making at the North Bennet Street School
Bob visits with Alex Krutsky at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Bob and Krutsky discuss the school's admissions process, which requires previous carpent...