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January | February 2016

20 easy waysto get Old-House Charm

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Bamboo Flooring

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Read this before you buy a mattress

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20 easy waysto get Old-House Charm

Vintage homes earn their appeal over centuries. Don't have 100 years to spare? These modern versions of period details give the same look with out the wait (or cost)

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ALL ABOUT

Bamboo Flooring

You don’t have to be a Zen master to love it. With lustrous beauty and newfound durability that rival hardwood’s, this sustainable material is now delivering a host of versatile looks

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Read this before you buy a mattress

You spend a third of your life in bed, so finding the right mattress is key to getting your zzzs. Read on for the features to look for, then go ahead and wade into that sea of white slabs—buoyed by our experts’ tips, of course

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Features

Detail Work

A period-sensitive redo highlights the original woodwork—and charm—of a unique 1850s house

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

There’s a loose bolt on my snowblower that I can’t reach. Even if I could, there’s not much room to tighten it. Anyideas? —JAMES LINDER, SOUTH BEND, IND. Maybe you need one of these S-type box-end wrenches, also called obstruction wrenches for their ability to reach otherwise inaccessible locations.

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weekend remodel

How to install a no-sweat backsplash

Use a peel-and-stick tile mat instead of messing with thinset and a trowel

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Add old-house charm

NOT YOUR BASIC BOOKCASE

Sure, you can pick up some knock-together set of shelves, but built-ins provide so much more than just a place to stash your stuff. Made to rise ceiling high, create an alcove for furniture, or wrap an existing nook, they can add style, charm, and architecture to an interior, all while offering custom storage and display space. Here, seven ways to make them special

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before + after: closet design

Walk-ins welcome

Flat-pack shelving and storage pieces fast-track the DIY design-build of a pair of sanity-saving his-and-hers closets

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before + after: kitchen design

Room with a view

Opening up an isolated kitchen transforms it from a blind alley to the expansive hub of family life

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Directory

COVER: See the listing for "Detail Work." HOME SOLUTIONS (pp. 15-24) Winter workshop woes: Thanks to Bob Behnke; franklininternational .com. Rick Watson; sherwin-williams.com. BEFORE + AFTER: KITCHEN DESIGN Room with a view (pp. 27-29) Designer: Jessica Risko Smith Interior Design; jrsid.com.
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