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Blond Wood Lightens Up These 5 Houses

Whether it's custom millwork or cerused floor planks, these light shades of wood prove that, even at home, blonds have more fun.
November 16, 2015
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5 Super-Insulated Houses That Stand Up to Winter's Chill

By following Passive House guidelines, architects can create houses keep in the heat without major utility bills.
November 12, 2015
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5 Modern Ways To Use Chalkboard Paint

A fun twist to any room, chalkboard paint–covered walls and surfaces invite playful experimentation and interaction by kids and adults alike. Take a nod from these five modern homes.
October 28, 2015
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5 Stainless Steel Islands in Modern Kitchens

If you want a countertop that can withstand heavy use and abuse, it's hard to do stainless steel one better.
October 28, 2015
Joint bathroom and bedroom with a Neptune bathtub and wall art

5 Envy-Inducing Bedside Bathtubs

For ultimate relaxation, these homeowners can roll right out of bed into the tub.
October 23, 2015
Modern house design in New Zealand

6 Statement-Making Front Doors

Whether giving off an aura of mystery, fun, or hospitality, front doors determine our first impressions of a home. These entryways welcome you inside with some serious spunk.
October 21, 2015
Uni exposed the ceiling beams, formerly concealed by drywall and a kitschy light fixture upon which Schenk would hit his head. They built a platform bed using a couple of hollow doors as a surface for the mattress.

5 Ways to Use White Paint Without Being Boring

With shades of white making up five of the 10 best-selling Benjamin Moore paints, it's no surprise that the brand picked the shade Simply White as its 2016 color of the year. Find inspiration for the monochrome home in these rooms ranging from snow to cream to everything in between.
October 14, 2015
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8 Great Banquettes

These upholstered banquettes form casual nooks for eating or reading.
October 13, 2015
Wooden bookshelf in the form of the USA map

Where Storage Meets Display

These shelves and recessed spaces are perfect for organizing your prized possessions without concealing them from visitors.
October 8, 2015