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Send from the Dogs

Anyone who has a dog for very long knows that they offer daily reminders about devotion, patience and love, and can lift our mood with a look and a wag. Designers, architects, contractors and DIYers: We would really like to see just how your dogs make your home a house or keep you company in the workshop or on the job. We wish to meet them! Please place your best portrait of your dog from the Comments section below. We’ll be featuring some of the greatest photographs in an upcoming story for the homepage. Update: Watch the follow-up feature and add more photos here! Theresa Fine Ty the Chihuahua of Milton, Massachusetts, sits at his place on the living room sofa wearing a gentlemanly sweater. Watch more of the 1920s Tudor Corynne Pless Bailey the Yorkie guards the best chair in this farmhouse-style home in Georgia. Lauren Liess Interiors Just…

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Get It Done: Organize Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

This week we’re continuing the recon part of the kitchen organizing mission. Your mission for now: Check out Part 1: Organize Your Kitchen Drawers.Read and bookmark this story and let the ideas marinate. When you are cooking and cleaning, take notes as you see the good and the bad on your kitchen cabinets. Take stock, write the contents of each cupboard on a sticky note, and stick the note right on the cupboard doors.Think about what could make your cabinets better and ask questions. What should you move to a more convenient place? Do you need any organizers to maintain things neat?Collect never-used things for donation because you go, and throw or throw the broken stuff.When that you have a free afternoon to really dig in, reevaluate both of these ideabooks and initiate the task. LDa Architecture & Interiors How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets Period: 2 to 3 hours…

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11 New Uses for Old-School Christmas Ornaments

Thanksgiving has come and gone (see you next year, pumpkin pie, turkey and food coma!) , therefore it an proper time. Although there’s nothing wrong with tradition — it is what makes this season so unique — it may be time for you to trade in some of your tattered, old fashioned decorations for newer, shinier models. Before you venture out and brave the holiday buying insanity, however, look no farther than your decoration stash. Throughout the years you’ve likely gathered an embarrassingly large decoration set — after all, the majority of us are to more than a few of these supercheap after-Christmas sales. Rather than keeping these bits boxed up until the end of time, then put them to work with by making your own festive holiday masterpiece. All these ideas, which range from rapid crafts to complicated DIYs, will provide you a brand new, sparkly centerpiece or decked-out…

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Bold Wallpaper Kicks Up a Century-Old Craftsman

After purchasing her dream home, a traditional Craftsman bungalow, Lisa Hebner Vila started searching for pieces to fill the new space for her and her loved ones. Vila understood what she wanted but was having trouble making her full vision. One day while sofa shopping with her mother, Vila met Matthew Brenner of Matthew Craig Interiors. “I told Matthew that I wanted quite big, bold background in my living room,” Vila states, “and he encouraged me to do it. When I walked into the shop, I did not expect to walk out with a designer” Together with Brenner’s aid, Vila managed to design a kid-friendly and modern but appropriate interior for her newly renovated Craftsman home. in a GlanceWho lives here: Lisa Hebner Vila; her husband, Gilbert Greenman; and her 3 kidsSize: 2,700 square feet: 4 bedrooms, two full bathroomsLocation: Wallingford neighborhood of SeattleThat’s intriguing: whilst renovating the house, Vila…

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Home Tech: Too, Pets Need Gadgets

Sure, most of us love our cellular phones, tablet computers, Internet-connected TVs and other consumer electronics toys. However, what about our furry friends? Cats and dogs can benefit from the same technologies humans do. New technology can improve the health, safety and enjoyment of your pet — and also make the whole pet experience more enjoyable and enjoyable for you, also. Actually, you could argue that pets need technology more than we do. With no opposable thumbs or the capacity of language, pets need that the empowering technologies even more than we do. Electronic Pet Door With One-Touch Programming – $1,149 Wireless for Simple Access Pet doors are typical. They’re also debatable. The most well-known types are little more than heavy rubber flaps that dogs and cats can push ahead with their minds, providing them access to the great outside and then back into the home. However, such doorways also…

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Stand-Up Desks Rise to Health Challenges

Trends in work, leisure and technology have conspired to turn us all into sitters. We sit on the job. We sit at college. We sit while at home. And we sit in the car whilst conveying our expanding lifestyles from one sitting place to another. All this sitting is devastating our wellness, creating illness and shortening lives. Sitting is the smoking. There is a persistent myth about ergonomics, which is that sitting pain and injury stems from bad posture. You’ve seen the workplace safety diagrams. The screen should be at eye level. Forearms and wrists should be horizontal. Feet should be elevated. Back should be straight. The reality is there’s no correct sitting position. Sitting injuries are largely “repetitive stress injuries” or due to the atrophy of muscles needed to support the skeleton. Always sitting at the so-called “correct” posture guarantees harm, since you’re always sitting in the same place,…

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Guest Picks: Whimsical Winter Decor

It’s officially the start of winter! What I love most about this year — besides cozy Pendleton blankets and hot cocoa with marshmallows — is the gorgeous white decor which emerges. Here are a couple bright, whimsical and white-washed suggestions to maintain a house fresh and in season. — Morgan from Pepper Design Blog Etsy Snow Bokeh Tree Wall Art by Marianne LoMonaco Photography – $23 I tend to switch out artwork around my house based on this season, and this photo is simply magical. It places me in the mood for fireside hot chocolate, and it would look good framed on the mantle or mixed in with additional wall art. Anthropologie Margherita Serving Papers, Moderate – $18 All these are so creative! Add a gorgeous silver serving paper as a financing for dishes and platters to serve yummy appetizers or desserts. They are a festive way to decorate your…

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Let's Be Transparent Here

The proprietors of the midcentury modern home in New York’s Hudson Valley liked the casual nature of the original 1952 design, but they wanted a stronger connection to the scene. Jeff Jordan Architects opened both the floor plan and outside, providing the clients a more straightforward, pared-down version of the home, with expansive glass walls and perspectives that recall Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House along with other contemporary glass houses. in a GlanceLocation: Newburgh, New YorkSize: 2,200 square feet Jeff Jordan Architects LLC The Hillcrest House has basically a U-shape plan, with the master suite and garage occupying one leg each, and the open living area found at the bottom. The latter is where architect Jeff Jordan really opened up the home, as can be seen here in the east-facing living area. This view shows the way the exterior cedar siding is continuing inside to combine the inside and…

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Get a Grip: Create Handle Openings With Only Two Tools

Trays, totes, stools and a few benches feature handle openings that enable you to transport them readily and comfortably. You are able to attach mass-produced handles or knobs to those items, however they often stick out, ruining a sleek profile. Additionally, it’s often difficult to center them precisely. By producing your own handle launching, you’re not just adding a wonderful practical attribute, but you’re also highlighting a bit of skill and customizing a project. Chris Hill Quantify and Mark the Spot Precise measuring and therefore are crucial to create a handle launching. Start with marking center points for two starter holes which are equidistantly spaced from the center point of the board. Leave at least a 3/4-inch space between the handle opening and the upper edge of the board. For a 1-inch-wide opening, that means indicating a center stage 11/4 inches from the edge. A fantastic rule of thumb for…

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A New Texas Farmhouse Pulls a Neat Trick

A farmhouse almost sounds like an oxymoron. Normally the constructions are conventional and nostalgic, have been in existence for decades, and so are only added on to or remodeled. That’s why builder and architect Eric Rauser’s new-build farmhouse on an organic farm in Austin, Texas, is so unusual. Rauser studied historic farmhouses in Central Texas and forced it seem like a very old house. He realized the impact by producing add-ons he imagined would have been done by generations of households over time. A living room punches from the structure and mixes different materials to mimic an expansion job that would have come in a different period in the house’s life. “People say it’s a great remodel, which is a compliment because we needed it to feel as if it had always been there,” Rauser states. in a GlanceWho lives here: Glen and Paula Foore, organic farmersLocation: Springdale Farm, Austin,…