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November | December 2011

November | December 2011

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The TOH TOP 100 Best New Home Products 2011

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Kitchen islands

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Detail Work

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The TOH TOP 100 Best New Home Products 2011

How great would it be if someone invented a bath fan that stays on until the humidity’s gone? Someone did, as you’ll see on page 84. And wouldn’t it be nice if someone could make energy-efficient CFLs more attractive? Check out page 94. While we’re at it, shouldn’t there be a friendlier way to select moldings for your walls?
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ALL ABOUT

Kitchen islands

Placed at the heart of the cook space, these multipurpose units can enhance a kitchen’s utility and appearance. The experts at TOH explain how to get an island that Suits your needs, budget, and Style
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idea file

Detail Work

How one woman put her personal stamp on a worn 1905 Folk Victorian, filling it with custom touches and energy-saving ideas

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weekend remodel

Install wainscoting

Layer stock lumber and moldings to produce this classic architectural element

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ask this old house

Q Does it matter what kind of extension cord I use to plug in my exterior Christmas lights? —MARK RIEDY, MARIN, CALIF. A When lighting up the outside of your home for the holidays, make sure the cord is rated for exterior use. It will be round and have a UL [Underwriters Laboratories] tag that says “Suitable for Outdoor Use.”
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Cover (dining room): Rug: Poeme Corsica Amber Glow Oriental, 8 by 11 feet, Jaipur Rugs; wayfair.com. Wire log basket: Korbo Classic 35, Design Within Reach; dwr.com. Home Solutions: (p. 21-28) Ceilingmedallion wreaths: Ceiling medallions: DEM-519 (top) and DEM-514 (bottom) by Designer’s Edge Millwork, and CM16FL Florentine (middle) by Fypon, all from Outwater Plastics Industries; 800-631-8375; outwatercatalogs.com.
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TOH TV

Salvaging pieces of the past

The TOH TV team is ginning up clever ways to reuse centuries-old house parts to give brand-new spaces an aged patina
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home center project

Make a wine rack from a planter box

This compact storage piece stands out from the pack—and won’t blow your holiday gift budget

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ask this old house

STEP-BY-STEP

Q I have an old stairway with several broken wood balusters. How do I replace them? —S.CHRISTOPHER HUNTER, YPSILANTI, MICH. David Raymond, owner, Raymond Design Builders, replies: A stair with missing balusters is not only unsafe, particularly for children, it’s about as attractive as a hockey goalie’s grin.
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Kitchen redo ideas proved a popular topic last month, as readers weighed in with great comments and ideas in response to our September issue. And we had to calm the fears of many who were alarmed at not finding editor Scott Omelianuk’s monthly letter!
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