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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…

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…

tipi style tent on grassy field

Outdoor Living: Glamping Southwest Style

Step off the beaten path. Sleep under the stars. Experience a nature-driven getaway without much—if any—discomfort. We’re talking about glamping, a combination of glamour and camping that’s become…

bobo style glamping tipi

Outdoor Living: Boho Glamping

Bring along furnishings you love to turn a tent into a home, and enjoy nature as some believe it was meant to be experienced—intertwined with low-key luxury. Beneath…

Otomi inspired living room

Easy DIY Ideas: Folk-Art Style Living Room

Many households include needlework, ceramics, paintings and other utilitarian or decorative items once carried over borders or across oceans by your or your neighbor’s ancestors. And the creative…