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Before and after: A Tustin garden goes from thirsty lawn to drought-tolerant oasis

We're asking Southern California readers to share photos of their lawn-to-drought-garden makeovers. Here’s how one Tustin couple did it: After they let their lawn die last year, Lorna and Phil Sikorski took advantage of Orange County’s Turf Removal Program and transformed it into a low water oasis....

Safe rooms and other hot design trends are being showcased this weekend in L.A.

Go big or go small. Or figure out a way to do both. That's the choice facing design fans in Los Angeles this weekend. Dwell on Design returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 24-26 with more than 350 exhibitors and 100 speakers. Topics include how to regulate energy consumption with...

This Bedroom Proves Your Rental Can Be Colorful Even If You Can't Paint Your Walls — Favorite Rooms

(Image credit: Sonia Imbert ) All-white walls can be a fresh, peaceful canvas for a bedroom. Or they can be a big bore. If you can't paint your walls because you rent and you don't have the money to splurge on colorful, wall-sized art, then you can do what Sonia did in her cozy San Francisco rental bedroom: Find a way to use every color anyway. READ MORE »

Can't Sell Your House? Dress Up as a Panda — Design News

(Image credit: Villa Real Estate) When it comes to selling your house, photography is not the place to save a few bucks. But if you want to stand out from the crowd, perhaps also dress up in a panda costume. READ MORE »

Growing Your Own Basil 101 — The Kitchn

(Image credit: Jayme Henderson) From The Kitchn ? Everything You Need to Know About Growing Basil READ MORE »

This is What Your Baby's Nursery Would Look Like if You Had Actually Married a Backstreet Boy, Like Your Teenage Self Wanted You To

(Image credit: Rockabye Mommy) In the event that you're not somebody who is nearly 30 years old but still spends more time reading up on boy bands than doing laundry, let me catch you up on some news: Nick Carter, beloved Backstreet Boy, and his wife Lauren Kitt Carter welcomed baby boy Odin Reign Carter into the world earlier this year. READ MORE »

Home Tour: Whimsical Pastel Family Home

Hello everyone, ready to take another home tour? Today it’s a pretty pastel abode located in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. I… The post Home Tour: Whimsical Pastel Family Home appeared first on decor8.

This Is How to Host the Easiest Fourth of July Party

The Fourth of July is a day that begs for a party. The celebration is all about fun foods, barbecues, and getting together with friends. Being the best hostess on the block involves a bit of prep beforehand, but you'll find it leaves you free to kick back, grab a drink, and enjoy the spread you put together. Show More Summary

Robin Wright Just Purchased a Penthouse Even Claire Underwood Would Love

House of Cards leading lady Robin Wright just plunked down $3.025 million on a spectacular apartment in the heart of NYC's West Village, according to 6sqft. The two-bedroom, one-bath penthouse was built in 1922 and recently underwent a tasteful renovation to bring it up to modern luxury standards. Show More Summary

Sharing Is Caring in This Bold Nursery — My Room

(Image credit: Brooke Taelor Photography) Name: Max & Mia ( 2 years and 3 months) Location: Austin, Texas My son Maxwell's black and white nursery was actually featured on Apartment Therapy when he was born in 2014. When I found out I was expecting another baby just 14 months later, I was excited to update the nursery to welcome our baby girl. Show More Summary

Iraq Honors Zaha Hadid with a Stamp

(Image credit: Gihan Badi/Twitter) The world was shocked when Zaha Hadid passed away suddenly earlier this year. The Iraqi-born architect is being honored in her home country with a stamp. READ MORE »

Clever Custom Bike Frame That Fits in a Backpack

Cyclists are like snowflakes. They are unique, and they come in all shapes and sizes. They also want to ride their bike in very different ways. Some are urban bikers; others want to take a sturdy bike off-road and test it against the demands of nature. And then there are the speed demons, who enjoy […]

Rustic & Cozy Cabin Vibes in Los Angeles — House Tour

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert) Name: Lulu Brud Zsebe and Justin Zsebe Location: Los Feliz — Los Angeles, California Size: 2 Bedroom and 2 Bath Years lived in: 2.5 years - rent Lulu and her husband Justin are lucky to have found an apartment...Show More Summary

How To Size Up Vegetables Without A Scale — The Kitchn

(Image credit: Samantha Bolton) From The Kitchn ? Here's What 1 Pound of Vegetables Looks Like READ MORE »

The Summer Bag Switch: A Grab-and-Go Guide

(Image credit: Taryn Williford) Summer is such a casual time. The sun is out, the shoes are off, and plans come together seemingly at the last minute. You can (and should) be ready to grab and go – anytime, anywhere – by packing a bag stocked with the essentials. And what "the essentials" are, of course, depends on what you like to do this time of year. READ MORE »

Doormat DIY Ideas: Fast, Fun Fixes to Upgrade Your Entryway

(Image credit: Enthralling Gumption) First impressions count right? One of the first things any visitor will notice about your home is the doormat. While many opt for the typical brown grassy mat, you don’t have to settle for a boring design. Show More Summary

Real Life Design: 3 Renters Who Made Lemonade Out of "Lemon" Rental Kitchens & Baths

House Tour: Thoey & Sutty's Southeast Asian-Inspired Loft in Oakland (Image credit: Esteban Cortez) "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." The phrase has a contented history, but the expression boils down to this: lemons are harsh...Show More Summary

2 Goats Were Brutally Shot and Killed During a Break-In on Chip and Joanna Gaines's Property

A photo posted by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on Feb 17, 2016 at 4:19pm PST Chip and Joanna Gaines's farm looks like something out of a fairy tale on Fixer Upper, but the story turned ugly over the weekend when two of their goats were fatally shot. Show More Summary

Get the Look: A Fashion-Forward Interior Designer's Own Home — Shop the Style

(Image credit: Lana Kenney) Lei is an interior designer and retail consultant in South Africa. She lives with her partner and two kids in this lovely house in Cape Town, filled with family treasures, art, vintage finds and some new items, too; all chosen with a fashionable outlook. Show More Summary

Dramatic Porch & Patio Projects Anyone Can Pull Off

(Image credit: Instagram) You probably can't change the view from your porch, or you might not be willing to make changes to its structure. You can however make key design decisions that transform the space entirely with just paint, fabric, or pattern — one showstopper element that grabs our attention again and again. READ MORE »

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