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Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Curb Appeal Upgrades That Will Improve Your Home’s Value

Planning on selling soon? I’m sure you know that kitchens and bathrooms are a great target for your makeover dollars, but they also are the most expensive places to renovate. If you have just a little cash but want to make a major impact, step outside and check out the view from the curb.

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Posted on Nov 3, 2017

Out of the Ordinary Door Decor: Remarkable DIY Wreaths for Fall

What’s the next-best fall activity, after apple picking and sipping pumpkin spice lattes? Crafting a pretty autumn wreath for your front door. No, but really. If the thought of a wreath makes you think of outdated arrangements and fake-looking florals, think again. These nine modern designs feel as fresh as the season, and use unexpected botanicals, such as orchids and air plants. Grab some supplies, invite your friends, and deck out your door in fall’s finest.

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Posted on Oct 15, 2017

Before & After: Creating an Outdoor “Boss Bar” on a Budget

Regine’s backyard presented a bit of a conundrum. She wanted to create a space for lounging and hosting, but a large part of her backyard was taken up with the driveway to the garage. Not to be deterred, she got creative and over the course of three summers, created a backyard oasis on a budget.

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Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Before & After: A Dark, Drab Backyard Gets a Bright Overhaul

Frances wanted a backyard that she could use for entertaining and her segmented, fenced off space was not quite up to the task. Sacrificing her weekends to the DIY gods, she was able to create a space that is much more welcoming and way less gray.

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Posted on Oct 5, 2017

Before & After: From Scraggly Old Yard to Beautiful Oasis

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The previous owners of Karin’s home had used the backyard as something of a doggy dumping ground. After some much needed clean up, Karin called in the professionals to help lay pavers and stone, before attacking the planting herself. Add in a shed and a re-done deck and you have a totally transformed backyard oasis.

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Posted on Sep 28, 2017

Before & After: A Big, Blank Backyard Gets Decked Out With a Deck (and Much More)

Bethany lived through one of the in-the-middle-of-a-huge-project-fears that keeps renovators up at night, one of her contractors ghosted on her! Ever the intrepid and resilient DIYer she spent the time scouring for deals on patio furniture, planning even more DIY projects and finding folks who could actually come through on the project. The result is a backyard that makes the most of a generous amount of space, creating a very chill and welcoming vibe.

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Posted on Sep 11, 2017

10 Truly Breathtaking Pools (Because Looking Is Free!) — Dwell

Summer over, which means I can’t write any pool posts for a while, so I thought I’d squeeze in one more while I still can. And this time I’ve decided to go for broke. These 10 pools are far from your average backyard watering hole, and they may be a bit beyond the reach of the average homeowner — but they sure are pretty to look at, and looking is free.

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Posted on Sep 8, 2017

Backyard Oasis: How To Make Your Own Vertical Garden — Apartment Therapy Submissions

Ready for your next weekend project? With summer slowly winding down, all I can think about is spending my evenings outdoor, whether in a friend’s backyard, a restaurant patio, or a city park. Patrick Davis, consultant by day, DIY carpenter by nights and weekends, has just the project to get your outdoor space ready for those early fall hangs. The best part? It only takes up a few square feet!

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Posted on Sep 1, 2017

Little Hidden Luxuries: Secret Outdoor Spaces in the City

One of the things I love most about living in New York is catching little glimpses of outdoor spaces — somebody’s patio or rooftop garden, little pockets of green within the city. Of course gardens are always lovely, but these city gardens seem especially precious because they are so rare, and especially verdant and inviting compared with the noise and bustle of the city. I’ve hunted down blah beautiful city outdoor spaces, so whether you live in New York or not, and whether you have an outdoor space or not, you can experience this feeling, too.

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Posted on Aug 22, 2017

Before & After: A Porch Gets a $15 Painted, Patterned Facelift

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Want to make a more pleasant impression with your porch? You might find inspiration in this subtle but effective porch makeover, involving some bright paint and new pattern!

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Posted on Aug 18, 2017

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