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Front Porch Decorating Ideas - 9 Design Tips - Bob Vila

Front Porch Decorating Ideas - 9 Design Tips - Bob...

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Around the Block: 12 Upcycled Kitchen Islands

Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up from pieces that were recycled, reused, or rescued from elsewhere in the home. With a little elbow grease, paint, and imagination,...

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Home, Home on the Road: 10 Houses on Wheels

Do you dream about simplifying your life by downsizing to a house on wheels? You’re not alone. Mobile living is gaining popularity, attracting everyone from young couples trying to save money to adventure-seeking retirees. Some people drive a refurbished bus or tow a tiny house because it reduces their cost...

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10 Laundry Room Storage Ideas That'll Knock Your Socks Off

Challenged by a lack of space for laundry storage? Don’t despair—check out these unusual laundry storage solutions from homeowners who have conquered their washday woes....

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5 Things to Do With Filing Cabinets

DIY File Cabinet Projects - Bob Vila

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10 Laundry Room Storage Ideas That'll Knock Your Socks Off

10 Laundry Room Storage Ideas That'll Knock Your So...

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Living Like The Flintstones: 10 Modern

People have lived in caves since time began, but today's rock dwellings are anything but a hole in the wall....

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Pipe Dreams: 10 Inspiring DIY Projects with PVC

While you may have no idea what polyvinyl chloride is, chances are you have some in your home, in the form of PVC pipes. PVC is an inexpensive, hard yet flexible, fire- and water-resistant plastic used for many plumbing projects. It’s also an excellent material for DIY crafters. Made from...

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Growing Up: 10 Inventive DIY Vertical Gardens

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get growing! Whether you’re working within the confines of an apartment balcony, a modest backyard, or an expansive ranch, a vertical garden provides new opportunities for growth. Vertical gardens use a variety of methods to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers in...

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12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands

Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up from pieces that were recycled, reused, or rescued from elsewhere in the home. With a little elbow grease, paint, and imagination,...

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9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revive Your Porch for Summer

Sunny days and warmer weather signal that summer is right around the corner. What better time to freshen up your front porch? Rest assured that you can create an inviting front veranda without breaking the bank. Start with one favorite item, theme, or color, and work out from there. For...

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Under the Eaves: 10 Arresting Attic Rooms

Attic rooms are challenging to furnish. Their charming-but-awkward features like sharply sloped ceilings and angular dormers can make furniture arrangement a real struggle. In these often odd-shaped rooms, the factors that most affect furniture placement and decor are the degree of the ceiling's slope and the size and position of...

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Multiple Personalities: 10 Fantastically Flexible Spaces in Today's Home

Many people today not only live in their homes but also work, play, and entertain in them too, all in the comfort of their favorite place. You can do the same, so long as you don't let your home's size limit its potential uses. One secret to making your home...