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    Do-it-yourself design projects that are less crafty, more cool

    These self-assembled design pieces offer the gratification of a hard day's labor, only with sleeker results and all in a few easy steps.

  • Fire it up

    10 outdoor spaces to love

    The patio, from the Spanish for "courtyard," is an open-air living space that creates a transition between your home and the great outdoors. Patios are wonderful places to relax, to gather, to socialize, to eat, to drink, to play... or perhaps do all of the above. In other words, your patio is what you choose to make of it, a canvas on which to paint your personal style and preferences. You can go for a bold, colorful statement or let nature take center stage—the choice is yours. To help you narrow down your options, here are 10 alluring patios, from retro to rustic to refined.

  • Roll me away

    14 ways to get more counter space

    Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity worth fighting for. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can help you reclaim lost counter space. Here are 16 great solutions that are just begging to be a part of your kitchen expansion. By Tracy Anderson

  • Play with pattern

    11 inspiring kitchens that defy their size

    Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your room lacks square footage does not mean you have to skimp on style. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can turn a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams. By Marie Proeller Hueston

  • Canvas-covered backyard retreat

    15 dreamy backyard spaces featured on Pinterest

    It’s getting closer to summertime and the backyard living is dreamy. Get inspired with 15 backyard spaces that will bring on major décor lust.

  • Animal instincts

    8 great wedding place card ideas

    It's all in the details! Give your big day an added touch of whimsy with these creative ideas for table assignments and place cards.

  • Remote control

    The dirty dozen: 12 places we bet you never clean

    So, you think your house is clean? Well … you might have to think again! If you're like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unlikely places where dirt, dust, and germs may be lurking. Even if your home has its share of "dirty little secrets," you're not alone: A 2012 survey sponsored by Kenmore found that nearly half of Americans -- 49 percent -- say they cut corners when vacuuming by skipping areas underneath or behind furniture, and clean only when they see visible dirt on the floor. Because identifying the problem is the first step toward a cure, here are some commonly overlooked areas of the home that should be added to your housekeeping regimen -- and some tips on how to maximize your cleaning efforts.

  • Open and airy

    20 easy breezy beach house decorating ideas

    Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, enhance the natural beauty of your home with crisp white, splashes of bold color and sea-themed accents.

  • Aunts and Uncles collection for Kartell by Philippe Starck. AFP Photo, ©Kartell // Aunts and Uncles collection for Kartell by Philippe Starck. AFP Photo, ©Kartell (Aunts and Uncles collection for Kartell by Philippe Starck. AFP Photo, ©Kartell)

    'World's largest single-mold plastic sofa' designed

    The transparent piece of furniture was created from one single piece of plastic.

  • SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter. AFP Photo, ©Andrew Clark // SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter. AFP Photo, ©Andrew Clark (SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter. AFP Photo, ©Andrew Clark)

    SmartMat lets you know who's at the door

    SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter.

  • Sunny living room

    Refresh your home with 10 living room ideas for spring

    There's nothing better than cozying up on your couch on a cold February night under a warm duvet. But after months of hibernating, it's easy to tire of all things cozy. By mid-March, I start to get a bit itchy to spruce things up. Sometimes all it takes is a new pillow cover or a pretty new candle. I've been clicking around for some décor inspiration for my living space, as well as rifling through some shopping site for products that scream "bright and airy and not at all snowy." Here are some of my ideas.

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