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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…

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Well, sh** happens…

Wow! The Caruth Studio team and family have had a crazy summer and fall so far with job changes and relocation, selling and buying houses, moving the studio,…

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.

guests raising sangria to toast autumn chili party

Entertaining Ideas: Fall for Autumn Parties

Autumn entertaining is a cinch. Freshly harvested produce, fall events such as cider pressing and football games along with cooler temperatures combine to offer an array of

Vanity tray

DIY Ideas: Make a Vanity Tray

The trick to vanity-top organization is containment—and although newly purchased caddies can tidy up most items, a vanity tray keeps everything neat and handy. Atop a tray you can corral perfumes, a vase to stow brushes, an ashtray or shell to gather jewelry. Canisters might

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

The Well-Equipped Dorm: Get It Organized

A dorm room is usually a very small space and often a shared one, too, so tidiness is essential for your mental health and productivity. Studies show an…

Decorated deck

Outdoor Living: Decorating an Expanded Deck

Two weeks of construction, planting and affordable furnishing was all the time needed to turn this tiny deck into an inviting outdoor living area. An area perfect for…

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…

Backyard makeover garden

Outdoor Living: Plant a Retaining Wall Garden

A sloped backyard becomes a welcoming oasis with an easy-care retaining wall garden. After completing a DIY deck extension (see how we built it here) and walkway we…

Backyard deck expansion

Outdoor Living: Expand a Tiny Deck

Expanding your deck and have some handy friends? This 12 x 12-foot addition is a surprisingly doable DIY. A new home usually calls for a refresh by painting…

Backyard and shed

Garden Ideas: A Landscape of Earthly Delights, part 2

In her southwest Missouri garden, Linda Heman uses vintage finds and cast-offs from friends and family to decorate her landscape beds. A metal arch covered in trumpet vine…