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November | December 2013

November | December 2013

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THE TOH TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2013

Holiday-ready home ideas

29 super-fast fixes, upkeep shortcuts, and easy upgrades to get your home ready for guests

SPECIAL SECTION for Small Business Owners

Grow THE RIGHT WAY

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THE TOH TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2013

People always ask, What makes a TOH Top 100 product? Tough question. The truth is, there’s no single answer that covers everything in the following pages. Many items on our list impressed us for their ingenuity, like the kitchen knife that won’t dull (page 69).
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Holiday-ready home ideas

29 super-fast fixes, upkeep shortcuts, and easy upgrades to get your home ready for guests

With the holidays just around the corner, that means— uh-oh!—company’s coming. If your home is looking a little rough around the edges, don’t despair. We’ve got tips to help you spiff up the spots visitors are most likely to focus on, from the front stoop to the dining table

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SPECIAL SECTION for Small Business Owners

Grow THE RIGHT WAY

For entrepreneurs, the goal isn’t merely to expand—it’s to seek out new business that’s truly worth your time

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cleaning up a classic craftsman

Energy-efficient updates, nontoxic finishes, and a save-what-you-can mind-set bring back the glow to a once neglected bungalow

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weekend remodel

Install a simple coffered ceiling

Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room

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before + after: kitchen

No bigger, lots brighter

A dim, dated space gets a clean sweep with large new windows and white-painted woodwork

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Letter FROM THIS OLD HOUSE

Genie? Genius is more like it

If you're a regular reader of Letter From This Old House, you know the picture at right usually matches up with my note pretty well. This issue it doesn’t. I figured I’d spare you, since this story starts with me standing in ankle-deep water in the shower.
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paint ideas

Inside job

Seven inspiring ways to capitalize on the blank canvas behind shelves

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get this look for less

Colorful holiday hearth

Cozy up a fireside seating area with seasonal trimmings and vintage-look accents from our Wayfair.com shop

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