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September 2016

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true colors

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Q How do I clean up a nice, high-quality brush with dried latex paint on it? —JENNIFER PIERCE, KNOXVILLE, TN A Latex paint takes about a week to cure, so if it’s not too late, try this home remedy: Soak the bristles for a few hours in a dish soap like Dawn.
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Shipshape

A 1903 cottage gets a neat-and-trim makeover inspired by its bayside location

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true colors

An interior decorator channels the past of her 1930s house—and comes up with its meant-to-be paint scheme

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do it right

READ THIS BEFORE YOU Paint your kitchen cabinets

The right prep, primer, and paint can transform the look of your cupboards—and your entire cook space—without busting the budget

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green & serene

Sculptural shrubs, verdant groundcovers, and dappled sunlight create the magic in this water-thrifty landscape

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weekend remodel

Add a little mood lighting to your deck

Use energy-efficient LEDs to east a warm glow on the deck, stairs, and trees, and you can extend the party (safely) into the night

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idea house preview

A farmhouse for the future

A fresh take on a traditional style, our 2016 Idea House combines classic charm with 21st-century sustainability

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before + after kitchen

Made to order

This kitchen cooks as good as it looks, thanks to a high-functioning layout, smart storage, and a walk-in pantry that’s a second prep-and-cleanup zone

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COVER See the listing for "True Colors." HOME SOLUTIONS (pp. 13-18) Dress windows in layers Thanks to Cornell University; cornell.edu. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; lbl.gov. Building Green; buildinggreen.com. Zarin Fabrics; zarinfabrics.com
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paint by numbers

Perplexed by palettes? Fan decks got you flummoxed? Choosing color schemes to refresh your rooms needn’t be daunting. Consider the no-fail, four-color combos we’ve gathered here— from muted pastels to bold brights, they’re sure to turn any space into a work of art

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