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SLICE OF AMERICANA ALL ABOUT Built-in Barbecue Pits

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PIECE OF HISTORY JUST SO BARN PROUD

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PIECE OF HISTORY COMEBACK STORY

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SLICE OF AMERICANA ALL ABOUT Built-in Barbecue Pits

Nothing beats the summery pleasure of a juicy burger seared to perfection over an old-school charcoal fire

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PIECE OF HISTORY JUST SO BARN PROUD

Four tales of reimagining an outmoded outbuilding as a comfortable home, complete with lofty interior, rugged timbers, and a backstory like no other

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PIECE OF HISTORY COMEBACK STORY

Stripped of its details and “modernized” in the 1980s, this Victorian-era house had lost its charm—until a discerning homeowner helped it regain its period feel

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Wall tile Daltile Semi-Gloss MADE IN: SPOKANE, WASH.* My tiling contractor, Mark Ferrante, wants tiles to be consistent in size and quality. That’s what Daltile delivers, along with great customer service. The company's website even specifies the town where each style is made, daltile.com
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weekend remodel

PIECE OF HISTORY Build a gingerbread balustrade

Use a homemade jig to transform stock lumber into flatsawn balusters to dress up the front porch

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landscaping

SLICE OF AMERICANA State flowers to grow anywhere

AS AMERICAN as fireworks in July, official state flowers honor the natural diversity of our country. The idea dates back to 1893, when, for a national garland at the Chicago World’s Fair, each state was asked to nominate a floral emblem. The sunflower was a shoo-in for Kansas, suggesting “the majesty of a golden future.”

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MADE IN THE U.S.A. AMERICAN CLASSICS

Sun, sand, and surf say summer, sure, but consider some other things: A rope hammock stretched between a pair of towering shade trees. A sturdy Adirondack chair beckoning you to sit back and slip off your shoes. A two-handled basket packed with sandwiches and a Thermos for a picnic on the grass.
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AMERICAN REVIVAL FROM RUNDOWN TO DOWN-HOME

Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood was once known more for sketchy streets and abandoned buildings than for vintage homes and bustling businesses—until a handful of locals went all-in to create a place they could be proud of

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national treasures

SLICE OF AMERICANA Nuts and bolts and baby scales

Coast to coast, these five mom-and-pop hardware stores are every bit as unique as the communities they serve

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shopping

MADE IN THE U.S.A. American-pottery pitchers

These shapely vessels boast as much history as they do style

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