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What I Learned: This Amazing Table

The table is done and I’m blown away. In the words of Bernie Van De Yacht, who said the same thing about his North Hollywood kitchen remodel, “I can’t stop [...]

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Finally! No more yanking the wrong chain!

Stress relieving fan pulls I guess these little doodads have been around for a while, but they are new to me. Imagine that you have a lovely ceiling fan with a light. Are you [...]

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The New Chic: Decorating From the Dump

I knew we were on our way to a Depression Era decorating mentality and now we have arrived. Thank goodness we have artists living at the poverty level to show us the way. As [...]

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Remodeler Picks His Poison

Carl Balton still remembers how he spent one Christmas Day — alone, miserable and working on his just-purchased first house, a 1928 Mar Vista fixer-upper. On that day, the [...]

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Laundry Room Appliances too Cute to Hide

When Kristina Johnson and David Franke remodeled their California kitchen and laundry room, they did a surprising thing: left the door off the laundry room. Of course, I had [...]

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The Drain That Never Clogs

The last time my sink clogged up, I tried muscle power and the force of a plunger to unclog the drain. When that failed miserably, I switched to liquid drain cleaner, then [...]

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2P-10, the Super Duper Glue

From DIY Life: When the corner of my favorite wooden picture frame broke apart during a move, I pondered the ways I could fix it elegantly, preferably with a thin and [...]

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What’s your least favorite DIY task?

When I visited Arnie and Lily Richards at home in Downey, California, they were naturally proud of the new dining room they added, and the adjacent kitchen they remodeled. [...]

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Eco-decorating is suddenly hip

I guess my friend and co-author Kitty Bartholomew is a visionary. For many years, long before it was eco-hip, she was finding new uses for old things that have served their [...]

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Fun With IKEA’s $40 Varde Wall Shelf

IKEA sells a pretty nice $40 Varde wall shelf unit. But actually, it’s a little bland. A couple of designers from Los Angeles offer some variations in the L.A. Times. [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Act 1

This is Joni’s SoCal kitchen. And this is Patti contemplating Joni’s kitchen. Patti and Joni are nurses who work together. Patti has a great sense of style — [...]

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Do-it-yourself solar-powered fountain

After countless vain attempts to locate a solar-powered fountain similar to the one I stumbled upon at my local Home Depot, I’ve decided the better way is to find the [...]

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Remodeling and the single woman

The low-cost remodel of this 1948 Long Beach house has so many things going for it I don’t know where to start. While the hardwood floors were already in pretty good [...]

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