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April 2013

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CREATING A SECRET GARDEN

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13 thrifty ways to give your house vintage charm

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ALL ABOUT

Ground-cover

These plants add color, texture, and a lush, garden-like feel to your yard—all while offering a fix-and-forget solution for bare spots, steep slopes, and more

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CREATING A SECRET GARDEN

Colorful plantings, winding pathways, and plenty of green screens transform an urban lot that’s exposed to passersby on three sides into a private oasis

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13 thrifty ways to give your house vintage charm

With a few inexpensive materials and a lot of gumption, you can add character to every room without laying waste to your wallet

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From FIXER-UPPER to REFINED FARMHOUSE

While resurrecting a falling-down circa 1850 home, the owner found poetry in salvaged sinks, antique tile, and a couple of pros who could bring her design ideas to life

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ask this old house

WHAT IS IT?

Don’t make the mistake of removing every nail as you go from one end of the fascia to the other, because at some point, one end will swing down and the other end will pivot up and damage the drip edge and the first course of roofing. To avoid that scenario, leave two nails near the center of the fascia and pull out the rest.
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weekend remodel

Build a classic storage chest

Join oak lumber with wood dowels to create a modern take on Shaker-style storage

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landscaping

Add edibles for food— and beauty

Colorful vegetables and fruit-bearing plants can enhance the look of your flower beds, not merely provide a mealtime bonus

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before + after: bath

A luxe, light-filled DIY update

Years of planning and saving—followed by months of hard work—give an enterprising couple their longed-for retreat

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build it or buy it

Window cornice

Use poplar boards and primed-pine crown molding to create a custom wood valance, or opt for a ready-made option

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shopping

Hardworking laundry bins

These sleek containers and sorters bring order and a cool, industrial look to your laundry area, all while simplifying dirty-clothes duty

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