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May 2016

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bright + airy

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GARDEN COLOR THAT DOESN'T QUIT

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Opening Up

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bright + airy

An architect and her interior-designer daughter tap the inner beauty of a once-gloomy Victorian-era housegaining a thumbs-up from the whole family

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GARDEN COLOR THAT DOESN'T QUIT

Minimizing flowers in favor of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and grasses, a homeowner weaves a tapestry of green, gold, and purple foliage on her small urban lot

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Opening Up

A snug 1941 cottage expands its living space downstairs—and gains a second story—without losing its charm

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

ROGER COOK REPLIES: Pachysandra, also known as Japanese spurge, is an ideal groundcover where there’s partial or deep shade. Given adequate moisture and well-draining, slightly acidic soil, these low-maintenance evergreens will grow into patches so dense that they choke out most weeds.
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weekend remodel

DAY-TO-DAY TIMELINE

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before + after: kitchen design

Something old, something new

Undertaking the gut renovation of her forever kitchen, a seasoned home cook holds fast to two kitchen keepsakes

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get this look for less

Colorful white-washed bedroom

Warm up 2016’s favored neutral by adding bright touches. The result: a soothing space that’s anything but vanilla

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animal house

Ground rules

Dog-friendly flooring needs to be durable, easy to clean, and attractive too. Here’s what you need to know if you have four on the floor

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Letter FROM THIS OLD HOUSE

What's a weekend for, if not DIY?

"No, thanks, we can do it ourselves,” I said, speaking the words that more than any others have led me to near divorce— multiple times. I had just told the salesperson at the tile shop that we needed no help installing the material we were picking up for our kitchen backsplash.
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shopping

Train-style towel racks

Keep bath essentials organized and at the ready with one of these railway-inspired shelves

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