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How to Incorporate 50's Style into a Traditional Kitchen

By: Diy maven Nov 21, 2014

Found a great article over on Laurie March's The House Counselor in which answers a reader's question "Is a Retro Kitchen a No-No?" Laurie's short answer is "no," but what grabbed my attention is her advice for adding 50's style to traditional kitchens in a way that calm the fears of those who just can't get past the "I will alienate future potential buyers if I go full-on 50's" worry. Her… Continue Reading

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Ironically Adult Christmas Ornaments

By: Diy maven Nov 19, 2014

I wouldn't recommend these particular ornaments for homes with young children of reading age, but if you are prone to suffer from Christmas blues (take heart, you are NOT alone, not by a long shot), don't buy into the Currier… Continue Reading

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Kate Morris's Grain Bin House on the Prairie

By: Diy maven Nov 18, 2014

Kate Morris's little house on the prairie is a grain bin. Located near on family property near Great Falls, MT, the grain-bin-turned-retirement-cottage is nothing less than amazing. Kate, a retired art teacher, enlisted the help of a former student and present day architect Nick Pancheau. KateContinue Reading

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Oh-so-Chic Teen Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 17, 2014

Based upon her dream bedroom wishes, I'm guessing Maddy isn't your typical teenage girl. You can tell from what her bedroom looked like before that she certainly has an eye for design. A lot of people--teenage or otherwise--would LOVE a bedroom that looked like that. But, as I said, Maddy isn't your typical teenage girl. Plus, she was getting older and her tastes were getting even more refined. Step in her very… Continue Reading

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Inspiration: Build a Faux Range Hood?

By: Diy maven Nov 14, 2014

Why would anyone want a faux range hood? If you're Magali you first conduct a survey asking friends, family, and random strangers how often they used their range hood vents. Her results revealed that the majority of people only use them a few times a year whereas they use the light all the time. This settled it,Continue Reading

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The NON-Reality of Reality TV Remodeling

By: Diy maven Nov 12, 2014

Castle Building & Remodeling reminds us that the reality of remodeling on reality TV isn't real. They decided to prove their assertion by filming an entire bathroom remodel and explaining the process and timeframe along the way. But before the fun begins, they remind us that the non-reality of realty TV remodeling begins with four important caveats:

  1. The products that go into such reality TV remodels are often provided… Continue Reading
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How To: Make a Cozy T-Shirt Shag Rug

By: Diy maven Nov 11, 2014

Lana used new Jersey fabric to make her oh-so-cozy rug, but one could easily use a bunch of old t-shirts as well. Imagine the hodgepodge of color that might result using them! But I digress. All we need to make one is aContinue Reading

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From Lackluster to Lovely: Joy's Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 10, 2014

Most people with a "lackluster" bedroom might punch it up with tons of color. Not Joy. She used black and white--with just a touch of gold--and luscious textures to bringContinue Reading

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Gift Guide: 14 Unique Gifts for Those Who Have Everything

By: Diy maven Nov 07, 2014

From seasoned DIYers, Martha wannabes, lovable geeks, young ones or the young at heart, there's something for everyone on this gift guide no matter what the budget. What's better is that these gifts are unique, so they're perfect for those that have everything, which is just about everybody on my… Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Would These 10 Design Trends Prevent You From Buying a Home?

By: Diy maven Nov 05, 2014

Realtor.com put together a roundup recently that addresses design trends that put potential buyers off. Intrigued? I was. They argue that 'highly individualistic' designs overwhelm the potential buyer's sensibilities, preventing them from seeing themselves living in the home. Makes sense. Now let'sContinue Reading

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