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Six easy, low-cost changes you can make to your home right now

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The other day at the dentist’s office, I was having a one-way conversation with my hygienist Rose (she was talking, I was grunting as one does when in the dentist’s chair) about change. Rose’s tradition is that every fall, she makes a change — whether it be a new haircut or the color of her sheets — to keep life interesting. As she told me about her new lipstick color (another of her fall adjustments), I, muted by the fact that her hands were in my mouth, started to daydream about the small decorating updates someone could do to shake things up. Here are six fall improvements that cost little to nothing but are sure to be noticed by friends, family and, most important, you.

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Bunny Williams and Ballard Designs join forces

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Bunny Williams was so excited about doing an accessory collection with Ballard Designs, she shipped some of her favorite treasures to them so they could be re-created.

The 120 pieces that Williams designed, from linens to tableware to holiday decorations, are featured online and in the October issue of the Ballard Designs catalogue currently being mailed to more than 60 million customers.

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A Historic Home on San Francisco’s Russian Hill

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Built in 1853 and completely updated, this house inspired the owner to change careers and leave biotech to start a design gallery
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Nevada Ranch Headed to Auction

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

This 34-acre ranch, headed to auction in October, includes a vineyard, orchards and a 1920s train caboose converted into a game room.
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Luxury Island Living in the Gulf of Thailand

Monday, September 29th, 2014

This cliff-front contemporary villa on Ko Chang island overlooks a private bay and sits on nearly seven acres of tropical forest.
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Seven design blogs to feed your feed

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Are you missing your regular dose of DIY adventures while the Petersiks of the blog Young House Love take a break? Try something new to read with your morning espresso or mid-afternoon snack break. Here are some suggestions you all sent me after my Twitter call-out.

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Burnout fries Young House Love bloggers, leading DIY couple to take a break

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In the end, all the social media love wasn’t enough to sustain the renovation diary of Sherry and John Petersik, their wildly popular home improvement blog Young House Love.

The Richmond couple, now in their 30s, wrote earnestly about every about paint color choice, DIY bathroom project and budget pillow selection. They redid three pretty ordinary Richmond houses while raising two kids. But they had enough of trying to come up with fresh topics to chronicle in their personal diary, and they were getting tired of the critical comments that are part of the blogosphere. The Petersiks announced in a blog post this month titled “Feeeeeelings” that they were taking a break for at least a month and would be exploring other employment options.

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Author John Irving’s Vermont Home

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

John Irving and his wife built the home to accommodate both work and family, while featuring scenic views
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Eight tips for living well in small places

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Here are some tips from Abbey Slitor and Warren Weixler that will help you make the most of your small apartment.

1. Avoid table lamps. Use pendant lights, sconces and other wall-mounted lighting wherever possible. They take up less space. Slitor and Weixler found a standing arc lamp for the living room on Craigslist and a perforated bronze pendant from World Market for the bedroom.

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Small-space living: A 707-square-foot rental in Shaw

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Abbey Slitor and Warren Weixler recently downsized. In March, the couple moved from an 850-square-foot one-bedroom in Mount Vernon Triangle to a 707-square-foot one-bedroom with a den in Shaw.

They were drawn by the growing, lively neighborhood, and they were ready to go smaller. They wanted to shed some of their things, dump their storage unit and live with only what they really loved or needed.

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