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I am definitely not the happy homemaker. I don’t own a cookbook, and my culinary skills comprise boiling water for coffee and making a peanut...




  • This entertaining deck featured on Woodnaturally.com demonstrates how exterior soft wood lattice can add a great deal of privacy between neighboring houses. (AP Photo/Wood, Naturally, Woodnaturally.com)

    Ask a Designer: Exploring Wood’s Possibilities

    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry... Read more

  • 10 DIY tips to improve your kitchen on a budget via Hometalk.com

    10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Shoestring

    Kitchen upgrading can be an expensive and draining endeavour. But with all the time you and your family spend in your kitchen, it’s important that... Read more

  • The living room off the entry of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House is seen July 10, 2014, in Silverton, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Randy L. Rasmussen)

    Artful Wright House Right for Art

    SILVERTON, Ore.—People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors, and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House as a piece of... Read more

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    DIY: Homemade Natural Sunscreen

    Nobody wants a sunburn. At least I don’t think they do. Let’s go on the assumption that they don’t and that nobody wants to rub... Read more

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    9 Natural Ways to Stop Gnats & Fruit Flies

    A recent and annoying outbreak of gnats and fruit flies in my kitchen and adjoining family room nearly drove me to despair. The darn things... Read more

  • Comfortable seating provides a neutral backdrop for the colourful design elements of pillows, flowers, rug, and artwork. (Stephani Buchman)

    Decorate Outdoor Space for Summer Fun

    Your outdoor space should be an extension of the unique style and aesthetics of the rest of your house. With all of the great options... Read more

  • 10 Weekend Bathroom Upgrades

    Top 10 Bathroom Upgrades All Do-able In One Weekend!

    Just because bathrooms are some of the smallest rooms in your house doesn’t mean you need to skimp on big style. Here are the best... Read more

  • Plant materials for making an original eco-dyed scarf. For this particular scarf, eucalyptus leaves (both in the dye as well as in the bundled scarf), marigold petals, red and yellow onion skins, red rose petal, and avocado skins were used. (AP Photo/St. Lynn’s Press, Chris McLaughlin)

    In Search of Natural Hues? A Garden ‘To Dye For’

    Homegrown botanical dyes are in—it’s part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create... Read more

  • Plants placed in raised wooden beds, behind walls, or separate from walkways and patios are easier to manage. (Brenda Carson/Hemera/Thinkstock)

    Creating a Low-Maintenance Outdoor Paradise

    We all dream of having a gorgeous outdoor living space where we can relax, entertain, and pass the warm summer days. But often we spend... Read more

  • To create this understated living room, interior designer Burnham, of Burnham Design in Los Angeles, balanced a subtle palette of neutral colors with a mix of rich textures and unique shapes. The effect is powerful, but the room has a soothing elegance. (AP Photo/Burnham Design, Grey Crawford)

    Ask a Designer: Finding Beauty in Subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art... Read more

  • Vintage Patriotic Decor via The Golden Sycamore on Hometalk.

    Fourth of July DIY Extravaganza: 10 Tips That Won’t Cost the Earth

    Decorating your home for special occasions need not cost the earth. Here are some easy to follow craft tips for all the family to enjoy... Read more

  • A wall shelf from IKEA with lots of knobs from P.S. 2014’s collection, designed for the mobile resident. It provides storage and hanging space in one unit. (AP Photo/Ikea)

    Right at Home: Tips for Living in a Small Space

    For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living,... Read more

  • Outdoor Vista via Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful on Hometalk.

    8 Patio Ideas to Kick Off Your Summer Celebrations in Style

    Check these 8 wonderful ways to turn your outdoor space into a beautiful living space for celebrating al fresco dinner parties this summer or for... Read more

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    3 Things You Probably Should Replace Now

    “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol Warhol may have said this... Read more

  • Small, casual pieces of furniture can be moved around when entertaining. Stools can do double duty as side tables. (AnikaSalsera/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Tips for Converting a Home to a Venue for Entertaining

    VICTORIA—Creating a home that can easily be converted from serving the needs of daily life to a venue for entertaining guests is something homeowners might... Read more

  • Inspired by a painting, the foyer is a study of dramatic angles. (Conscious Studios)

    A Family Home Designed with Flair

    A family of five enlisted the help of Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy of Atmosphere Interior Design when they built their two-storey home in Saskatoon... Read more


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