Design Tips & Ideas

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6 Design Mistakes That Make Your Home Less Comfortable

Fix these common errors to feel better in your home.

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How to Create Texture on Your Walls

Give them a moody, tactile quality.

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Biophilic Design Upgrades

Learn how to bring nature into your space.

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How to Paint Wooden Floating Wall Shelves

Floating wall shelves are an attractive addition to anyone's home.

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Too Much Room? Make It Look Full Without Spending Too Much

Fill up a large room without emptying your wallet.

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Decorating for Boomerang Kids

Boomerang kids are those young adults who come back home after being away for a while.

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How to Burnish Brass

To burnish means to polish something or to make that something shine.

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How to Make Egress Window Wells with Concrete Blocks

Egress window wells are a simple and inexpensive way to add light to a dark basement.

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What to Do with Warping Wooden Floating Wall Shelves

Wood warping is a phenomenon that effects lumber when it has had been stressed or unevenly dried.

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How to Find Original House Plans

When you buy a used house or a vacant lot, you may want to locate the original plans.

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Home Design Trends That Put Wood Front and Center

Natural materials feel comforting and calm.

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How to Make Your Own Ceramic Decorative Bowls

Ceramic decorative bowls are known as versatile kitchen tools and appreciated for their beauty.

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Proper Steps for Making Additions to House Plans

You'll need to file these with your local municipality.

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7 Tips for Guest House Plans

It's a great way to house the inlaws.

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How to Find the Elevation of Your House

Finding the elevation of your house may be important to do.

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Design Tips for Using Decorative Bowls in the Living Room

Decorative bowls can be a great accessory in the living room. They can be used for several purposes.

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Disadvantages of Traditional House Plans

Traditional house plans are also referred to as vernacular architecture design.

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How to Design a House for Physically Disabled People

Designing a house for a physically disabled person doesn't mean that it has to look like a hospital.

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Baseboard Installation Guide for Bathrooms

Baseboard installation in a bathroom can be accomplished as any other baseboard installation.

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Typical Slope Designs of A-Frame Houses

A-frame houses are perhaps one of the oldest house designs in the history of civilization.

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DIY IKEA Hacks

IKEA furniture is very affordable, making it a staple in many homes.

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What is a Window and Door Schedule in Home Plans?

A schedule is an important part of the building process.

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How to Use a Foot Locker as Room Decor

A classic chest can store your stuff in style.

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9 Apps for Decoration and Design

Reimagine your space, or just play with these fun tools!

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Typical Split-Level House Layouts

Designs differ, but they share some typical elements.

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Making Home Decor Candles

Tint them to match your design.

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6 Ways to Make Your TV Work with Your Space

These ideas will make your small space work.

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How to Make Gingerbread House Designs

Decorate a table for any festive occasion.

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Glass Decorative Bowls: 6 Unique Ideas

Decorative glass bowls are beautiful and functional. Aside from tossing candy in them, there are some

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Designing a Bachelor Pad

Don't be that guy who never has anyone over because he's embarrassed about his place. Read this.

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Home Makeover on a Budget: Decorating Ideas That Won't Cost a Fortune

4 money-saving ways to bring the zing back into your home.

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6 Fun Painting Ideas for Kids

Kids love craft projects they can play with—or eat!

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8 Contemporary Furniture Ideas For Your Home

Bold, natural elements and clean minimalism are en vogue.

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DIY Projects to Complete on a Snow Day

Put a snowy day off to good use by completing these simple DIY projects.

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Design Upgrades That Support Wellness

Make these changes to soothe the soul and minimize stresses.

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Answers to Your Other Decorating Questions

Q. The vinyl tape that is use on the edge of my desktop is peeling and chipping. In some places,

How to Make a Cigar Hygrometer

A cigar hygrometer is an important device used to measure the relative humidity in a cigar humidor.

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5 Colors that Complement Decorative Brass Trim

Choosing one or more colors to complement decorative brass involves no long, drawn-out processes, but

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Different Parts of Complete Architectural House Plans

Your architectural house plan should have at least these six sections.

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How to Convert a Shed into a Man Cave

Convert your shed to a man cave in eight steps for a place to relax or hang out with friends.

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How to Calculate the Square Footage of Floor Plans

When it comes to calculating the square footage of your home floor plans you can crunch the numbers yourself by following the simple steps in this handy guide.

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Flush Hinges vs Butt Hinges

The hinges you choose for your project may mean the difference between success and failure.