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Why Your Outdoor Space Is Just As Important As Your Interiors

Now that the weather is starting to get nicer,  it’s time to think about dusting off that deck or outdoor patio and using your outdoor space again. Imagine how much fun you can have with backyard barbecues, pool parties, or even just a quiet dinner outdoors with your family. Show More Summary

Before & After: Dour, Dated Kitchen Gets a New Lease on Life

Tori's kitchen was fully functioning but "it was no beauty queen." She tackled its renovation, giving the space a smart makeover that brings the room forward a couple of decades. READ MORE »

PSSST: The Small Cool Contest is Almost Here!

Are you ready? The 2015 SMALL COOL contest is in the works behind the scenes and coming up quickly! Our month-long search for the coolest small homes from across the country and around the world is almost here - the entry form goes live next week. Show More Summary

SPONSORED POST: A Celebration of our 1,000,000th Color Search! — Powered by Sherwin-Williams

This month, we hit our one millionth Color Search, and to celebrate, we've relaunched the tool with a brand new interface that makes it even easier to find the palettes you're looking for, and to save the colors you love. Last July,Show More Summary

Maggie & Ed's Renovation: What a Difference a Week (of Demo) Makes — Renovation Diary

Our contractor Bennett sends me this photo about half way through day one and I'm blown away by how quickly demo is going and what a difference just a few hours makes! Name: Ed and Maggie Williams (of MVW Architect) Type of Project:Show More Summary

Your Messy Room Might be the Sign of a Brilliant Mind

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" Albert Einstein once famously asked. Conventional wisdom holds that it's easier to work, and to create, in a space that's neat and tidy — but what if the opposite were true? READ MORE »

All the Amazing Things You Can Do With an Extra Closet

Howard's Eclectic Art-Filled Studio Have an empty closet or nook where a closet used to be? You could transform it with one of these amazing ideas for almost any room. READ MORE »

This Robot Will Cook You Dinner — Design News

Who wouldn't want a Rosie the robot to prep, clean up, or even cook dinner? Moley Robotics is testing their robo-chef prototype that learns how to complete kitchen tasks by translating a human chef's movements into commands. Don't throw in the (kitchen) towel just yet— a commercial version is still about two years away (and will cost about $15,000). READ MORE »

Small Kitchen Must-Have: Clamp Lamps — The Kitchn

From The Kitchn ? Why Every Small Kitchen Should Have a Clamp Lamp READ MORE »

Modern Forest House Dedicated to Blues Music: Black House Blues

A couple in love with the blues imagined their life together. Painting the picture, they needed a place that would magnify this passionate love for soul-shaking music and help it unfold naturally.  This is how the Black House Blues in a small village called Kulautuva in Lithuania, was built. Show More Summary

A Five Second Trick To Brighten Up Your Old IKEA Ribba — Honey and Fitz

Via Curious Details Everyone I know has at least one or two IKEA Ribba frames kicking around their homes; they're the plain, cheap workhorses of many a gallery wall around here. And you've no doubt noticed that the mat included with the Ribba isn't quite white. Show More Summary

How Much Did You Spend on Your Mattress? — Reader Intelligence Request

We regularly ask readers to share how much they spent on a given item, service, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay. Today's Question: How Much Did You Spend on Your Mattress? READ MORE »

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

I’ve always loved ceramics and have fond memories of working at a potter’s wheel quite regularly in my various art classes growing up. I can still feel the clay in my hands and remember pressing my thumbs and palms into it – that wet sloppy slurping, the smell, the anticipation of seeing the piece after it was sculpted, then […]

Blog Trends: Should You Redesign + Rebrand Your Blog?

Have you ever wanted to totally change your blog, right down to the name? A trend I’ve noticed is that bloggers are really taking themselves more seriously, seeing themselves more as a brand than ever before, which has sparked lots of blog redesigns and rebrands. Some bloggers that I’ve personally mentored through my Skype small biz sessions have changed […]

Scandinavian Duplex Harmonizing Coziness and Elegance in Gothenburg

Harmonizing coziness and interior design simplicity, this Scandinavian duplex discovered by Freshome on Alvhem is our idea of an inspiring home. The place features a total living surface of 104 square meters and consists of three lively rooms plus kitchen. Show More Summary

My Favorite Tip To Get Motivated At Home

Brandi's DIY & Antique-Chic Prewar Apartment I recently told you about how I successfully cleaned my home using the power of gratitude and it was fantastic. But here's one more tip I use chez moi when I'm facing a really annoying or hateful task (or if I just can't get in the mood to do what needs doing). I've been doing this one since college. READ MORE »

Great Wall Ruins Found in Far North of China — Design News

Archaeologists in China have discovered six miles of ruins on the border of the Gansu province and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region that they say is a stretch of the Great Wall. Experts have thought that the Wall had extended this far north, but this is the first physical evidence to support that theory. Show More Summary

Before & After: Craigslist Cabinet Turned Cat Box

After too many dinner parties in view of the litter box, Tina decided to DIY a solution. Here's how a $10 Craigslist find became a cat box: READ MORE »

Maureen & Lui''s "Moved Down the Street" Massachusetts Home — House Call

Name: Maureen Location: Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts If Maureen's expert and liberal use of bold wall colors and sophisticated look seem familiar, it may be because we featured her style in a home tour a few years ago: Maureen & Lui's Pondside Lily Pad. Show More Summary

Celebrate Spring! 3 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors This Weekend

Georgia's "Primitive Modern" Austin Home Spring is (finally!) here, and there's no better time to be outside. From our video archives, here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors. READ MORE »

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