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    Get the look: A kitchen inspired by the ocean

    The ocean's shimmery hues inspire a kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, by Urban Grace Interiors.

  • Consider function first

    10 steps to paradise in your own backyard

    Any outdoor living space, be it a compact apartment terrace or an expansive poolside patio, becomes much more inviting once it’s been outfitted with a few creature comforts. Designers Jeff Curren and Julian Calderon share outdoor room design tips to help you create a comfortable and beautiful refuge right outside your house.

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    Easy DIY fixes for 11 annoying house problems

    It can be a real chore to deal with all of your home's trouble spots and "quirks," especially after you've learned to live with them. Sometimes it's out of pure procrastination, putting off for months a minor repair that would take only five minutes to complete. Other times, we may delay because we're just not sure how to handle the problem (but we sure don't want to pay a handyman to do something we should be capable of doing ourselves). Whatever the case, these little annoyances can add up to much bigger frustrations, leaving us with a feeling that the house is completely falling apart. Never fear: We've outlined 11 of the most common annoying house problems and provided the quick-and-easy fixes that will bring your home back to tip-top shape.

  • Every room should have a pop of color

    8 decorating rules meant to be broken—and 1 to live by

    So many of us hesitate over decorating decisions, fearing that we might break an unwritten design rule. And it's true that, though largely unwritten, there are a host of best practices espoused by experts (and by people who are definitely not experts). The truth is that every so-called "rule" in home style can be broken, with stunning results, as proved by each one of the following examples.

  • Using a mirror to enlarge a space

    8 classic ways to make a small room look big

    Plagued by tiny rooms? It's a common problem, especially in older houses, but employing a few simple tricks can help you make do with a room of virtually any size. More so than the dimensions of the space, what truly matters is how you make use of the square footage available. Click through to see eight impeccably designed rooms, each with a valuable lesson in small-space planning to impart.

  • Outdoor movie screen (Photo: Flickr user plural)

    DIY your own backyard movie theater in 3 steps

    The next time you crave a movie night, skip the local cinema and step into your backyard instead.

  • 1. You only have mismatched bedding

    10 obvious clues your bedroom needs to grow up

    Has your old furniture, mismatched sheets and his awful baseball alarm clock turned your bedroom into a postcollege dumping ground? Here are some signs that you need an update, plus tips on how to makeover your boudoir into the stylish sanctuary it’s meant to be.

  • Lobmeyr’s Oriental tumblers

    September’s best new furniture and decor

    AD Editors select their must-have items, from simple pleasures to ultimate luxuries.

  • Dark gray dining room

    Why you need to rethink your white walls

    Don't be afraid to go dark and dramatic. These rooms will inspire you to update your space.

  • Affordable patio updates

    11 ways to perk up your patio for under $100

    If your patio is looking a bit drab, then it might be time for a refresh.

  • How to mix patterns in a space

    How to mix patterns in a space

    Creating a successful mix of patterns results in a balanced and beautiful room, but it takes a nimble hand. Too many patterns and the room is overdone; too little and the room is bland. It is more than just mixing and matching colors. The trick is to find just the right combination of scale and design to create the perfect effect.


    10 surprising household uses for yesterday's paper

    Little did you know your love of staying informed could help offset your hatred of housework, mix up craft time with the kids, or even inspire a new decorating scheme! Click through the slideshow for ten inventive ways to reuse your old newspaper.

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