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Garden Decking: What To Think About When Planning Your Deck

Garden decking is a defining feature in an outdoor living space. When you're mapping out your garden deck project, here ...

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The 15 Best Architects in San Jose, CA

Who are the best architects in San Jose? Here are 15 candidates. Read about your favorites, and tell us who ...

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Patio Furniture: How It's Getting Better And Better

Patio furniture has evolved from the little plastic chairs and tables of yesteryear. Here are some of the ways that ...

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Your kitchen backsplash can become a true design asset for your space. Take a look at these kitchen backsplash ideas from tile to mesh-backed mosiacs. *** Kitchen backsplashes are practical, no doubt. They protect your walls against water damage. Often,...
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When you’re looking to avoid cliches when it comes to kids room decor, here are some kids room ideas based on the ancient question “which princess are you”? *** Every girl wants to be a princess these days. The...
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A gorgeous front door makes a grand entrance in any home. But not all entry doors were created equally. Here’s a comparison to help you choose the right one. *** We open them, we close them, and sometimes we...
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  Cork is an amazingly versatile material. Here is why cork underlayment in particular is such a benefit to so many flooring installations. Take a look. *** Homeowners often spend weeks choosing the flooring they’ll use in their home....
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From engineered wood flooring to wood decking, wood detailing creates beauty and warmth in any home. With these natural décor must-haves, you’ll follow in Mother Nature’s footsteps. *** Maybe you dream of escaping the hustle-and-bustle of it all, shrouding yourself...
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Smaller spaces have their challenges. Here are some ways to make them more efficient, including floor plan creators, wall space, and plain old vigilance. *** Recent news stories show that some early proponents of the “tiny house” lifestyle seem...
Pravol Composite Decking - Comfort Plus PVC Decking
To get a jump on those prime outdoor months, now’s the time to start thinking about choosing your decking material. Here’s a look at wood vs. composite. *** Bacon-wrapped shrimp. Baby-back ribs. Corn on the cob. (Mmmmm.) We all...
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With a little thought and a lot of compromise, you can create a balanced and beautiful open-concept living room that the whole family will enjoy. What types of flooring, and other design elements can help you bring balance to...
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When you’re planning to redesign a room yourself, what are some basic home decorating ideas and principles to follow? Here are 5 from a professional interior designer. *** Recently, I chatted with a Portuguese interior designer called João Tavares...