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5 Bags We Love from BAGGU

When Emily Sugihara and her mom, Joan Sugihara were tired of the lack of reusable totes on the market, they launched BAGGU, producing the signature foldable nylon tote in a variety of colors. Since its inception, BAGGU has expanded, now producing bags in several fabrics and styles. Check out five of our favorite BAGGU styles, available at the Dwell Store.
July 18, 2014
the purple clapboard exterior of a Victorian home in San Francisco

Planning for a Historic Home Renovation

The most successful historic home renovation is the one planned in detail. Having a plan identifies the work to be done at the approved cost and at the expected quality level. Click through the slideshow for tips on how best to prepare for your historic home overhaul. This article originally appeared on Porch.com.
July 18, 2014
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Modern Weekend Ski Home

A modernist cabin in British Columbian ski country is the perfect retreat for a family of outdoor adventurers.
July 18, 2014
LA home with drought-resistant native plants

The Future of Gardening: Drought-Resistant Plants

Out of necessity, water-wise native plantings are an integral part of landscape design. We consult experts on how to acclimatize on a local and a global scale.
July 18, 2014
Drought-resistant garden in Menlo Park

How to Make Your Garden Water-Free

Landscape architect Brennan Cox, principal of San Francisco–based Groundworks, explores the best approaches to drought-tolerant landscaping practices that can be implemented anywhere in the world.
July 18, 2014
Home automation in the 21st century

4 Home Security Systems to Try Now

Cheap microprocessors, easy communications, and ubiquitous smartphones make the “home of the future” a reality today.
July 17, 2014
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Smart Sous-Vide Cooker

Sous-vide (“under vacuum”) cooking means setting meat and vegetables inside a sealed bag and placing the whole thing in a container of temperature-controlled water. When done correctly, the result is tender chicken and silky eggs. Besides bringing you closer to molecular gastronomy, it’s far more glamorous than a Crock Pot. Mellow’s sous-vide cooker takes the connectivity found in thermostats and smart alarms and uses it to make an autonomous cooking system that won’t burn down the house. Available for preorder, $400.
July 17, 2014
kohler touchless toilet flushkit package

Inexpensive Touchless Flush Toilet Kit

Somehow the toilets in bus stations and airports have technologically superseded the home commode. Toilets with motion sensors and water jets exist for civilian abodes, but they’re expensive to install and usually come with superfluous jets and LCD screens. This kit from Kohler can be installed without a plumber and, when finished, you can flush your standard toilet by briefly holding your hand a few inches above the tank. Available online, $100.
July 17, 2014
turkey saddle residence sea oat wood ipe deck

10 Impressive Backyard Renovations

A renovation shouldn’t be confined to the interior of a house. Landscape design is just as important to the modernization of a home.
July 17, 2014
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