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Chalkboard office overall

Easy DIY Ideas: Chalk Up a Creative Office

rep an office zone for all of the cool, creative stuff you’ll do there by decorating it with a chalkboard wall and a few drawn-on embellishments. They’ll serve as future inspiration for whatever else you dream up down the road.

Front porch Halloween

Decorating for Halloween: Small Space Spooking

With a little imagination and good use of space, you can put together a frightening outdoor Halloween display in even the tightest quarters. Not everyone has the luxury…

Drop cloth entry overall

DIY Ideas: Drop Cloth Entry Projects

turdy and inexpensive, canvas drop cloths are among the best raw materials in the budget decorator’s arsenal. With basic paint and sewing skills, you’re well on your way to

Drop cloth dining room

DIY Ideas: Drop Cloth Dining Room Projects

Sometimes called painter’s canvases, drop cloths are plain-woven canvas fabric sheets used to contain debris and paint spills during home renovations. But we found that they’re perfect for…

Folk art bedroom

Easy DIY Ideas: Folk-Art Style Bedroom

Explore folk traditions that call out to your artistic spirit. Make the applied art of colonial America your very own with these designs for the bedroom.

Retaining wall garden

Gardening Ideas: A Late-Season Success Story

Planning a garden late in the growing season generally means your plant choices are limited but if you’re particular and protective, you’ll be rewarded with a thriving garden in the spring. Last year, we built a deck expansion and planted a new garden to

Fountain patio

Outdoor Living: Splash Zone

Take a neglected patio from drab to fab with new furnishings, a surface upgrade and a cool fountain. Carved out of a steep backyard, this sand and gravel…

Annuals and chairs

Garden Ideas: A Landscape of Earthly Delights

A highlight of the area’s annual garden tours, this whimsical landscape is a creative homeowner’s daily escape. LINDA HEMAN used to host just a handful of close friends…

Turf free yard

Gardening Ideas: A Turf-free Yard

No more mowing! No more lawn chemicals! A turf-free lawn brings all kinds of benefits to humans as well as to birds and pollinators. And a yard without…

Dyed doily table runner

Easy DIY Ideas: Colorful doily table runner

This folksy dining spot channels the designs of Russia and Ukraine with its painted ceramics, tie-dye spray-painted napkins and runner made of neon-bright doilies. Give doilies an artful…

Mom and babies

Celebrating Moms

We all have a unique relationship with our mothers—even siblings within a family can say that. But I think most of us agree that we are who we…

Enclosed patio

Outdoor Living: Create a Backyard Retreat

Flex your DIY skills and fashion an outdoor oasis this weekend. Paved floors, perky plantings and salvaged accents make for a pretty backyard getaway. Before, this small, neglected…