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March 2015

Ways to brighten your home

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Shade Trees

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Q+A

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Ways to brighten your home

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FROM PAINT SCHEMES TO PLANTINGS TO ENTRY PORCHES, WE'VE GOT CURB-APPEAL UPGRADE IDEAS FOR EVERY BUDGET

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ALL ABOUT

Shade Trees

They aren’t fast growing, but these majestic beauties are worth the wait. Plant one to boost property values, lower energy costs— and leave a lasting legacy

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Q+A

Q How and when should I prune my shrub roses? —PAUL McGRUDER, CUMMING, GA. A Rose pruning is best done in early spring, when forsythia starts blooming. Take a pair of sharpened bypass pruning shears, like the ones shown here, and remove any canes, or stems, that are dead, diseased, or touching each other.
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Ways to brighten your home

BUMPING UP The Charm

A GENTLE EXPANSION BUILDS ON THE SPIRIT OF A 78-YEAR-OLD HOUSE

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weekend remodel

Clad a wall in stone

Use cast-concrete stone-veneer panels and masonry screws to dress up a plain wall—no mortar required

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landscaping

The need to feed

For a knockout garden, you’ve got to serve up the right nutrients in the right proportions. Call it menu planning for your plants

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big-box scores

Designers’ favorite basics

These days, even tastemakers shop big-box retailers for well-designed, well-made (and well-priced!) fixtures, fittings, and furnishings that are always in stock—and in style. Here, some go-to buys from four of our favorite pros

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Ways to brighten your home

Add an Accent

A shot of color can bring out the best in an alcove, a fireplace wall, a built-in, even a sleeping spot. Read on for 13 ways to bump up a bland space and call out its secret strengths, from a paneled tub to a perfectly made bed

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before+after: bath

Upgraded for grown-ups

A children’s sleeping loft becomes a piney yet refined two-part master bath full of light and custom-made amenities

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before+after: kitchen

Crowd pleaser

Cheery yellow cabinets and a new open floor plan transform a once dreary cook space into an inviting hangout

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