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June 2013

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If these walls could talk

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Path lighting

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37 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Rooms

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If these walls could talk

Built in a storied seaside town, with a core dating back to the 1750s, the old place had done time as a birthing house, a nursing home, and, most recently, a series of restaurants. It took a pair of intrepid homeowners with an eye for design to see beyond the insults of the centuries—and the commercial trade—and bring back the house’s soul

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Path lighting

With a little knowledge and a little planning, you can lead family and friends safely to your door and cast your home in a whole new light

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37 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Rooms

If your open-air getaway is looking a little empty, it may need more structure— and maybe a few creature comforts, too. Start with the 14 settings we’ve rounded up here. Each is packed with easy DIY tricks, from hanging an airy canopy overhead to building a simple pea-gravel patio below. Set out a daybed, weather-resistant cushions, or one of our other finds, and in a short time you’ll have the ultimate staycation escape.

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planter's punch

Artfully mixing familiar favorites with more unusual plants is the secret to this garden’s charm

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ask this old house

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Norm Abram replies: The short answer is, yes. In fact, I just restored one like yours. You’ll need a belt sander and a lot of patience, because sanding end grain is slow and tedious work. To erase the stains, bumps, gouges, and other imperfections, use coarse 80-grit sandpaper and be sure to keep the sander moving over the entire surface so that you don’t dig furrows in the wood.
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weekend remodel

How to build a rolling grill table

Use cedar boards and lawn-mower wheels to make a portable food cart

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A Whether you have a portable sprinkler, like the vintage one below, or an inground irrigation system, watering grass is all about timing. On average, give grass seeds a 5-minute shower two or three times a day. Once they sprout, sprinkle them once in the morning for about 20 minutes.
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landscaping

Plant a better window-box garden

Packed with potential, these mini landscapes can benefit from a few design tricks of their own

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STEP-BY-STEP

Install skylight

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before+after: kitchen

Fresh slant on «® an open cook space

Shifting the peninsula extends the reach of a 1950s kitchen, and thoughtful finishes amplify its charm

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