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Easy Makeovers: A Yellow Color Scheme

Building on a neutral blank slate, the mood of your living room can be changed by adding joyous, sunny yellow and other primary colors.   A neutral base…

Neutral living room

Easy Makeovers: A Neutral Color Scheme

A neutral palette could be bland, but you can change the mood by adding texture, accent hues and pattern to the mix. This living room starts with a…

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DIY Ideas: Makeover Your Room

Everyone loves a good makeover. We do, too, which is why we’ve reimagined every room in our house plus those of friends and relatives. No matter what space…

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Home Basics: Top Tools for Your Decorating Tote

Getting ready to redo a room? Keep these simple items on hand in a grab-ad-go tote, whether you’re working on a makeover design or out scouting the shops….

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Easy Makeovers: Create a Landing Library

An underused corner landing off a stairway becomes a cozy and functional reading room with the addition of comfy furnishings, smart storage and creative accents.   After a…

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Girlfriend Getaway: Shopping the Junk Bonanza

Grab your gal pals for the weekend (September 20-22) and head to Junk Bonanza, one of the Midwest’s premiere vintage markets.   Showcasing vintage finds, antiques and repurposed…

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Home Basics: Easy-to-Make Strawberry Jam

It’s that time of year—your kitchen garden and farmer’s markets are winding down for the season. Whether you’re new to canning or an old hand at preserving your…

Caruth Studio Celebrates Labor Day

This weekend, we celebrated Labor Day with rest, relaxation and recuperation. To commemorate Labor Day, we’ve pulled together some behind the scenes shots of Caruth Studio members hard…

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Entertaining Ideas: Rustic Party Food

It’s your turn to host the book club, and you want to be sure this fall gathering makes everyone’s top 10 list. Think beyond the living room and…

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Entertaining Ideas: Throw a Fall Outdoor Party

Conjure up an outdoor party that gives your fall get-together a breath of fresh air. Enchanting and informal, this  set-up makes the most of an underused space. Containers of plants and floral textiles bring the…

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DIY Makeover: Renew an Old Blanket Chest

Give your room a storage boost while renewing an old hope or blanket chest with a posh paint finish.   Once upon a time, many homes had a…

Canning Peaches

Easy DIY Ideas: The Mighty Mason Jar

You just can’t beat the all-around usefulness and charm of the simple and humble Mason jar. Developed for home canning and pickling, they’re easy-to-find, affordable (expect to pay $2-3 for…