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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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Home Guide: Getting Rid Of Squirrels

by Grisha Bornsztein

Wondering how to get rid of squirrels in your home, yard, or attic? Read on for our complete guide. 

how to get rid of squirrels
I think I'll burn down some houses today. Yes, that's what I'll do.
Fire, Flooding, and Poop.

 

Those are just a few things you can expect if you have squirrels or rodents in your attic. Since I’m in the process of evicting several squirrel families from my home (they never pay their rent on time), I wanted to learn everything I could about these little rodents. Hopefully this post will help you keep these freeloaders out of your space! First, let’s find out who we’re dealing with.

Have you dealt with squirrels? Let us know how you dealt with them in the comments below

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Behind-the-Scenes of Rustic Modernism: Your Complete Guide to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic

by Kate Wagner

Farmhouse and Industrial Chic decor and style guide. How to get the look.

In 2016, NPR’s Natalie Jacewicz asked the question: “Why does every new restaurant look like a factory?” Indeed, over the last ten years, the industrial look has dominated popular interior design, aided by the enduring popularity of boutique companies like Restoration Hardware. Recently, more traditional stylings, sometimes called Farmhouse Modern or Texas Modern – like those featured on HGTV’s hit Fixer Upper – have permeated households far...

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10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier

by Faith Provencher
10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier
Photo: Corynne Pless Designs

I love to cook but, like most people, I don't have a lot of time. So I can really appreciate any item that promises to make my life just that much easier. And I've found quite a few that I love... so today I'm sharing them with you. Here goes! 10 amazing tried-and-true kitchen gadgets that I would recommend to anybody who likes to be in the kitchen.   

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Curbly's Guide to 2008 Holiday Gift Guides

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/20/08

Delight.com's fun 2008 Holiday Gift Guide got us thinking about how to get through all the Holiday Gift Guides out there. So here's a comprehensive summary to the best 2008 Holiday Gift Guides we could find, organized by topic, just for you!

Use it as a "guide to gift guides", to help find what you're looking for. I've started with the obvious interests of Curbly readers. If you're looking for foo-foo-y girly gifts or a nice warm robe for Grandma, you'll need to do a little online research. 

If you have other obvious categories you'd like to have reviewed, feel free to leave a comment for consideration. 

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