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September 2010

first supper

The kitchen’s complete—let’s eat!

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weekend remodel

Paint bright stripes to liven up a room

first supper

The kitchen’s complete—let’s eat!

They waited months while the redo dragged on, anticipating the favorite meals they'd enjoy once the hard labor was done. Here, three families share the special dishes they whipped up to christen their remodeled cooking spaces

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A What you have are wood mallets, which can knock together wood joints or drive home plugs that might dent or fracture under the force of a normal hammer. The iron or brass hoops on some of these mallets add weight to the head and prevent the face from splintering.
weekend remodel

Paint bright stripes to liven up a room

Create a bold accent wall with painter’s tape and a menu of complementary colors


26 low-cost, high-style kitchen upgrades


21 thrifty ways to deck out your bath

Polishing up a worn washroom needn’t require pricey new fixtures or wall-busting construction. On these pages: How to make the most of what you have with creative wall and window treatments, salvage-yard finds, and stylish storage ideas

idea life


Using no-fuss materials and water-thrifty plantings, this landscaping pro gave his small urban lot plenty of visual punch and practical outdoor living space while minimizing upkeep. Coming up: five key ideas he put to work—and you can too

kitchen + bath special

Our favorite new product picks

Looking for a few worthy upgrades for the most-used rooms in your house? We sifted through the latest kitchen and bath products to find ones that save you time, money, and trouble—or simply offer an irresistible spruce-up


ALL ABOUT Kitchen cabinets

More than just storage for pots and plates, cabinetry defines the look of your cook space. The experts at This Old House help you pick the right style for your budget and your needs


This Old House & Home

Maybe it was knowing that the house was built in the 1700s—for a parson. Or maybe it was wanting an escape from big-city sensory overload. When interior designer Stephanie King took possession of a spare saltbox in Bedford, New York, three years ago, she adopted a palette of weathered grays, warm blacks, and pristine whites.


Cover: Designer: JAS Design Build, Seattle, WA; 206-547-6242; jasdesignbuild.com. Stylist: Michelle Cristalli. Home Solutions (pp. 21-26) Gussy up a claw-foot: Thanks to Chris Beeler, owner, The Tub Doctors; thetubdoctors.com. Before + After Kitchen: Modern space, old-world look (pp. 29-32) Architect: Deborah Teltscher, Los Angeles, CA; 310-991-3719; deborahteltscher.com.
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