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What’s your least favorite DIY task?

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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. [...]

Hot or Not Hot? Giant Wall Stencils

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The New York Times had a pretty good concept for a series: Remake five rooms around the city for $300 each. In these times of job losses and declining prosperity, $300 is [...]

Who will win ‘Design Star’?

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Last night, on HGTV’s “Design Star,” the three judges agreed this was the strongest group of finalists they’d seen yet. I agree. And I wondered if [...]

Hot or not hot? Tin can wall covering

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This wall covering made from tin can tops, as seen in the New York Times, has a certain appeal. But there’s something a little creepy about it, as well. Or is it just [...]

Kim Myles: Do you like her show now?

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Yesterday we saw another segment of Kim Myles’ new HGTV show “Myles of Style” and I’m wondering: Do you like it now? So far here, we’ve had more [...]

DIY paintings: Hot or not hot?

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For a cool contemporary home, these DIY paintings might be fun and flexible. These look so sophisticated. But actually, they’re simply canvases stretched on wood frames [...]

The Human Footprint: Take the survey

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The Human Footprint will be on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m. The subtitle is: Everything you eat. Everything you drink. Everything you use. Your entire [...]

Too much weird green?

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The red I’ve chosen for my house is absolutely awesome. Perfect. Fills me with joy. But the green trim? I’m not sure it’s the perfect color. But [...]

How long do we live in our houses?

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I’ve been concerned for some time that we all move so often. The National Association of Realtors told me recently that we now sell our homes and move an average of [...]

Trex now more wood-like

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There’s a lot to like about Trex or other composite decking materials. They don’t splinter, split, rot or need painting or staining. And they’re made from [...]