Induction Cooking
Feb08

Induction Cooking

If a kitchen refresh or remodel nestles nicely into your homemaking horizons (and it probably does), there may be no better place to start than by looking into induction cooking—a futuristic kitchen technology that’s actually been an under-the-radar option for home cooks since the early 1970s but is rapidly becoming more available and affordable. Magnet-tech Induction cooking works by creating a magnetic field between the range and...

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Right Under Your Feet
Feb08

Right Under Your Feet

Your stairway has major design potential

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Punch Up Your Pool
Feb08

Punch Up Your Pool

To own a pool is to have your own personal stay-cation just outside your back door; a spot for relaxation, exercise, sunlight, and family fun.

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Fresh Fences
Feb08

Fresh Fences

Nothing beautifies quite like a new fence

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Financing Your Renovation
Feb08

Financing Your Renovation

6 great ways to make plans into reality

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Wannabe Gardener?
Feb08

Wannabe Gardener?

Give some unkillable plants a try

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Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home
Feb08

Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home

It’s time to get started

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It Lasts How Long?
Feb01

It Lasts How Long?

Facts are facts—nothing lasts forever.

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Trending: Terracotta Tile
Dec30

Trending: Terracotta Tile

Terracotta tiles have been used around the world for thousands of years, but are recently enjoying a resurgence of popularity—for very good reasons!

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New Bathroom for the New Year?
Dec30

New Bathroom for the New Year?

Ah, the bathroom: a spa-like escape, a personal sanctuary, and a little respite from cruel, real-world responsibilities.

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Your Hot Water Heater
Dec30

Your Hot Water Heater

It’s easy to forget what a luxury a hot bath or shower is until the water coming out of the tap seems to have been piped in from Antarctica.

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The Quirky Kitchen Gift Guide
Dec02

The Quirky Kitchen Gift Guide

For the family foodie that has it all, the classic stand mixer or imported chef’s knife might feel a little too… expected.

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Hostess with the Mostest
Dec02

Hostess with the Mostest

Being the best holiday host you can be, while retaining your sanity

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Vacation Home Value?
Nov02

Vacation Home Value?

The pros and cons of owning a second home

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Don’t Get Holi-dazed
Oct04

Don’t Get Holi-dazed

Stay safe when decorating your home

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A Breath of Fresh Air
Oct04

A Breath of Fresh Air

There may not be much we can do about outdoor air quality, but we can take action to improve air quality in our homes.

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What’s Cookin’?
Sep01

What’s Cookin’?

Tips and trends to transform your kitchen

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Winterproof!
Sep01

Winterproof!

This fall, prepare your lawn for winter and turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis

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Roofing Rules
Sep01

Roofing Rules

Whether your home has taken recent weather damage or not, it can never hurt to make sure the roof is doing its job.

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Pool TLC
Sep01

Pool TLC

Take it from “meh” to magnificent again

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Might Be Mold?
Sep01

Might Be Mold?

Don’t put it off—some mold can pose serious health risks

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Does Your House Need New Shoes?
Sep01

Does Your House Need New Shoes?

New flooring ideas for every room

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Save the Best for Last
Aug01

Save the Best for Last

Send off summer with a great party

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Curb Appeal
Aug01

Curb Appeal

Exterior enhancements can make your home look better—and increase in value

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Home Work
Jul05

Home Work

Crafting the perfect home office

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Your Home’s Bucket List
Jun07

Your Home’s Bucket List

Why wait for these design dreams?

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Time to Buy? Ready to Sell?
May03

Time to Buy? Ready to Sell?

Five of the best reasons to just go for it

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Help Your House Find a New Home
May03

Help Your House Find a New Home

Five renovations to boost resale value

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Art Smart
May02

Art Smart

Empty walls beware! It’s time to create a narrative in your home with just the right piece of art. Even if you aren’t an art collector, or maybe you haven’t even bought your first piece yet, don’t despair—it’s easier than you think. Before you buy anything though, first you need to understand the players in the market. That means either buying artwork that is fresh on the market or pieces that have already been sold at least once....

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Weekend Warrior
Apr01

Weekend Warrior

Simple home projects you can tackle in just two days For most of us, Saturday and Sunday are devoted to neglected household to-do lists we never seem to finish. But playing catch-up on the weekends doesn’t have to be a drag. Many projects can be accomplished in two days’ time and leave you feeling productive while still enjoying your time off. Revamp your home’s entryway  Whether it’s your front porch or garage entrance, adding extra...

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Garage: Reinvented
Mar03

Garage: Reinvented

Unlocking the unlimited potential of your home’s most underutilized space You don’t need to be the do-it-yourself type to get going on that garage project you’ve been daydreaming about. Garage renovations, in particular, are ripe with possibility. And today you have options besides just parking your cars, lawn tools, and workbench. Take a moment to kick your imagination up a notch. No need to settle for standard accommodations when...

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Design a Fresh New Floor
Feb02

Design a Fresh New Floor

Tried-and-true flooring trends for every room in your home. With home improvement options galore, it’s easy to overlook your floors in favor of more obvious upgrades. But revamping outdated flooring is actually one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost your home’s value, giving it a fresh, updated vibe. According to the World Floor Covering Association, there are numerous flooring trends to consider—and with a little research,...

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Fire and Water
Feb02

Fire and Water

Taming the untamed elements in your outdoor spaces Can anything add more drama and intrigue to your outdoor oasis than the timeless elements of fire and water? The sounds and shimmer of water. The hypnotic undulation of fire. And for an unforgettable effect, the marriage of the two. From traditional fireplaces, artsy fire pits, and fire bowls to waterfalls, elegant water walls, and fountains, outdoor designers and contractors are...

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Herbalicious!
Feb01

Herbalicious!

Sage advice for growing culinary herbs Fresh organic herbs at your grocery store cost around $3 an ounce, but for about the same investment you can purchase culinary herbs to grow at home that produce pounds over the years. Find a sunny spot to place a raised bed or simply plant in pots scattered around the patio. Herbs are easy to grow and nature’s favorite remedy for spices-in-a-jar syndrome. Thyme to get planting! Save yourself a...

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Our Natural Habitat
Feb01

Our Natural Habitat

Practical, functional, beautiful bathrooms We might not spend the most time out of the day in the bathroom, but the time we do spend needs to be… comfortable. Freshly drawn baths, elegant fixtures, fresh-feeling lighting, and yes, even the toilet itself all need to do their part when it comes to those essential daily routines—and there’s rarely a better way to both increase the value of your house and maximize your comfort than...

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Resolve to Greenify Your Home this Year
Dec07

Resolve to Greenify Your Home this Year

Check out these simple eco-friendly home improvements that will make your cozy abode even cozier. Let’s face it. We can all stand to be more energy-efficient. The New Year is a great time to take a step back and consider new ways to reduce our carbon footprint, save money on energy, and be a kinder, gentler citizen of Mother Earth. A great place to start is by calling in an expert to let you know where you currently stand with...

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Ho Ho Home!
Dec07

Ho Ho Home!

Put your guests in a festive mood before they even cross your threshold this holiday season with some classic outdoor holiday decorating tips. Outdoor Tree A tree outside—novel concept, right? But who says a Christmas tree has to be relegated to the living room? This year, try enjoying a tree on the front porch or by an outdoor fireplace. If you have a shapely evergreen on your lawn, embellish it with lights and outdoor ornaments,...

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The Perfect In-home Coffee Bar
Nov12

The Perfect In-home Coffee Bar

Coffee today is more than just a cup of joe. The story goes that we can date coffee back to at least the 10th century, but there are few drinks that always feel as modern as coffee does. As of late, fancy machines have made nearly instant at-home java accessible to even the least ambitious of us, while others have swung the other direction in favor of a more artisan and slow-paced approach to preparing the drink. Purists may cry foul,...

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The Classic Fall Wreath
Oct07

The Classic Fall Wreath

No autumn door is complete without a nicely put-together wreath, berries and blossoms carefully arranged offer a welcoming invitation to family and friends. There are plenty of places to buy one, but this year, why not try crafting your own? Easy to assemble, your guests will be amazed that your wreath didn’t cost ten times as much as you’ll spend on the pieces. Tools & Materials Rose hip – The fruit of the rose plant, rose...

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Furniture Trends You Need in your Home
Sep10

Furniture Trends You Need in your Home

Just as wardrobes suffer fatigue from year to year, so do your home furnishings. Adding in new pieces as your budget allows keeps your home from looking worn and outdated. Fortunately, this year we’re seeing classics revitalized and time-honored traditions getting revisited in bold, brave colors and coverings. Mid-Century Modern    Dual-Duty Pieces    Dual-Citizenship Style    Tufted and...

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Top 5 Home Renovations to Increase Your Resale Value
Sep08

Top 5 Home Renovations to Increase Your Resale Value

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, there are improvements you can make to attract potential buyers. But will they increase your home’s resale value enough to justify the investment? The trick is to spend on home renovation only what you can recoup (or mostly recoup) when you finally make the sale. Many real estate experts agree on a few can’t-miss changes that give homeowners the best bang for their renovation...

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On the Wall Adventures
Jul02

On the Wall Adventures

Why Wallpaper? Why Now? There’s no doubt we’re in the midst of a wallpaper revival. According to York Wallcoverings, consumer behavior patterns, style trends, and economic factors are all overlapping to create the current product rebirth. The movement away from severely minimalist interiors has given way to a more fanciful, decorative and comfortable look, where pattern-layering and “rule-breaking” are actually encouraged. That,...

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Upgrade Your Grill
May05

Upgrade Your Grill

The outdoor kitchen trend is here to stay. Are you ready to build one in your backyard? By LaRue V. Baber What’s the biggest hangout spot in a home, particularly when entertaining guests? The kitchen, right? Well, today, the kitchen is moving outdoors. Backyards are being transformed into beautiful oases with huge patios featuring plush, comfy furniture and state-of-the-art appliances—from TVs, gas fire pits, built-in grills, wine...

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Bathrooms that Beckon
Apr01

Bathrooms that Beckon

Escape to Your Private Retreat By Mimi Greenwood Knight   Once a supporting character in most home designs, the modern bathroom has stepped into the spotlight, evolving into much more than four walls housing a few necessary fixtures. Today’s bathroom possesses star power with the ultimate in luxury, elegance and design. Whether you opt for old-world charm with vanities and sinks concealed within treasured antiques, or a sleek,...

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Custom Colored Easter Eggs
Mar19

Custom Colored Easter Eggs

Dye your Easter eggs a custom color you won’t find in a kit with these unique food color combinations to bring seasonal hues, inspired by the Pantone® Spring “Fashion Color Report,” from the runway to your Easter...

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A Tale of Tuscan Living
Mar17

A Tale of Tuscan Living

  On a quiet hill in the heart of Tuscany sits the Villa Casa del Fiume—part of the luxury 5,000-acre estate that is Castiglion del Bosco. Inspired by the authentic, comfortable atmosphere of the property, we sat down with interior designer Teresa Bürgisser Sancristoforo, who, with the assistance of the property owner’s wife, returned the late 19th century villa back to its former glory, along with many modern improvements....

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Simply Perfect
Jan03

Simply Perfect

By Pamela Hammonds Once the Christmas decorations have been exiled to the attic, your living areas might look a little uninspired. It’s hard to compete with garland and tinsel, but instead of adding more to your décor, consider January the ideal time to scale back. Embrace an unfussy, minimalist approach to decorating your home and perhaps your daily life will respond with equal restrained orderliness. Start Fresh A neutral palette...

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A Behind the Scenes Look at our Rustic Photoshoot
Sep02
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Home is the Holidays
Aug10

Home is the Holidays

The best part of the holidays is being at home with family and friends, enjoying the blessings of another year. It’s that time of memory making when recipes are swapped, secrets are shared, and meals are devoured. But before there are any meals or gifts, there is decorating to do! Getting your home ready for big events is an event itself, especially when you share the fun with those who are near and dear.     This year we...

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A Fairy-tale Home that Sparkles
May10

A Fairy-tale Home that Sparkles

You don’t have to reside in a magical forest or an enchanted kingdom to add glitz and glamour to your home. Discover some new products that reign supreme.   Who’s the fairest one of all? Without a doubt this 36-inch faceted Venetian glass mirror gets our vote. $498; Anthropologie.   If Prince Charming owned a whiskey decanter, we’re pretty sure this would be it. This exquisite Spin lead-crystal decanter crafted by Baccarat...

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Your Garden: Now and 90 Days from Now

For some, spring cleaning means washing windows. For you it means taking stock of your flower beds, clearing out what winter’s frost left behind. For some, spring shopping means finding the latest adorable print skirt and matching sleeveless top. For you it means discovering what your favorite garden center is recommending for summer plantings. So, grab your gardening gloves and let’s get started. Your beds are waiting.   EARLY...

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Sweet Home, Colorado
Mar04

Sweet Home, Colorado

A Texas Couple’s Rustic Getaway When you fall in love, you tend to see past one’s flaws. In time, you notice things but it’s too late. You’re already head-over-heals, committed for the long haul and wouldn’t have it any other way. For John and Susan Amis, their whirlwind romance with a mountain retreat started when the couple searched for a getaway in their beloved Colorado Mountains. The property introduced itself to them, grabbed...

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Old Treasures Find New Life
Jan21

Old Treasures Find New Life

One-of-a-Kind Family Home Lovingly Displays the Past   Walking around Laura Towery’s East Texas home, you can’t help but picture this vibrant mom and grandmom visiting her favorite antique stops like a kid in a candy store. You don’t decorate a home with this much personality, unless you’re having a darn good time doing it. “I call it ‘livable art,’” Laura said, laughing. “We have a Great Dane and our grandkids in and out, so our...

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2014 Flooring Trends
Jan07

2014 Flooring Trends

By Rita Cook Personality, sustainability and a turn back to tradition, that’s what three flooring professionals from around the country believe will be the trend for flooring in 2014.   Jamie Chappel, creative director for Fireclay Tile in San Jose, California said, “With consumer confidence continuing to rise, albeit slowly, and people staying in their homes longer, there seems to be a desire to infuse a little personality into...

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Welcome to the Shady Side
Dec26

Welcome to the Shady Side

By Pamela Hammonds Any good Texan appreciates the value of a shady place in the summer. Whether you seek refuge beneath a canopy of green or one you’ve created from timbers or canvas, putting a barrier between you and the sun is a good thing. A welcome thing. Landscape designer Stephanie Bellinger, owner of Bellinger Design Group, helped a north Texas homeowner make the most of her wooded lot, creating an enviable oasis in a suburban...

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Six Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Masquerade Ball
Dec26

Six Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Masquerade Ball

By LaRue Novick Masked in mystery and draped in decadence, a masquerade ball is nothing short of magical. Once held only for the upper classes, masquerade balls date back to Venice, Italy in the 15th century at the beginning of the Renaissance movement where art, beauty and the imagination reigned. Masquerade balls became increasingly popular in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, offering a place where rich and poor could mingle...

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How to Have a Golf Course Lawn
Dec19

How to Have a Golf Course Lawn

Expert Michael Dieckhoff of Whispering Pines Golf Club Explains All By Kent Roberts Michael Dieckhoff, superintendent of Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, ranked best in Texas by The Dallas Morning News every year since 2006, shares how a homeowner might achieve a golf course caliber lawn. A Good Clean Cut Don’t overdo it. “I find that the higher you mow it, the better it does,” Dieckhoff said, “because you’re eliminating...

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Backyard Getaway
Dec19

Backyard Getaway

What’s Your Flavor? By Mimi Greenwood Knight We all dream of it—the perfect extension to our home—a backyard landscape that bids us come linger in lush tranquility. Be it a mystic Asian oasis, a carefree tropical retreat or a spicy Tuscan hideaway, it can be as close as a step outside your door. Asian Calm What turns a simple back yard into an Asian garden? Is it the concept of “nature in miniature,” the meticulously groomed greenery,...

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