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How to Create a Joyful, Clutter-Free Bathroom (9 photos)

Imagine entering your bathroom to see clean, clear surfaces, freshly folded towels and just a few carefully chosen bath products beside the sink. A small vase of flowers brightens up the windowsill, and a tray resting over the tub holds a candle and essential oils, awaiting your next leisurely...

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14 Beautiful Native Plants for Shade Gardens (15 photos)

If you’re looking for planting inspiration for a shaded area of your garden, look no farther than the natural woodlands of your region. There, native plants such as lush ferns, delicate foamflower and wild strawberries thrive under tree canopies and in shaded canyons. If you choose to plant native perennials...

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How to Protect Your Home From Wildfire (8 photos)

This time of year, wind-driven wildfires can break out where abundant grasses and brush have baked dry after the long, hot summer, often igniting homes that border wildlands. Such fire events predominate in the western U.S., but wildfires can be a threat to many residential areas that are close to open...

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8 Ways to Elevate a Basic Bathroom (8 photos)

Adding interest to a standard bathroom doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. By working in one or two key elements, you can lift the look and feel of the space and make the design feel more luxurious and considered. Take a look at these ideas to see how you could turn a functional bathroom into a...

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9 Tips for Mixing and Matching Tile Styles (11 photos)

For tile fans such as myself, the more tile, the better. But though I’d happily cover every surface with it, there are certain things to consider when combining tiles of various sizes, shapes and patterns on walls and floors. Because tiling large areas requires a sizable investment, it’s worth getting...

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Cottage-Meets-Craftsman Style in a Michigan Lake House (20 photos)

After their kids had grown up and moved out, this couple decided to build their forever home on Gull Lake near Kalamazoo, Michigan. The design pros at Visbeen Architects and its in-house interior design firm, Vision Interiors, created a 2,781-square-foot house that feels much larger than it is and has...

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