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7 Ways Cats Help You Decorate
Cats are more than fuzzy companions who wake you up too early and hear the sound of a tuna can opening from 40 yards. They're also home decor! Here are just a few important elements cats bring to your interior design.
What Chihuahuas Can Teach Us About Interior Design
I have two Chihuahua mixes and, well, they rule. They fit in just about anywhere. And I do mean anywhere — in a purse, burrowed under the covers or curled up amazingly on the smallest pillow you've ever seen. But Chihuahuas have another hidden...
Homes That Might Be Trying to Tell You Something
Remember the Virgin Mary in the grilled cheese? Or Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun? And wasn’t there a Cheeto that looked like Abraham Lincoln? Or was that a McNugget? Anyway, humans see faces everywhere. It’s a phenomenon called pareidolia:...
31 True Tales of Remodeling Gone Wild
If you meet a home design professional at a dinner party, don’t walk away. Stay put and you may hear some of the strangest, most entertaining stories you’ve ever heard. Like the one about an interior designer’s client who secretly fed...
14 Things You Need to Start Doing Now for Your Spouse’s Sake
OK, nobody’s perfect. But seriously, you really need to start putting a new roll of toilet paper on the spindle when it’s out. And you definitely need to start closing the toilet lid, like, 10 years ago. Oh, and I’m pretty sure someone has...
Geek Lab: How to Build a Steampunk Cat Transit System
Cats are always looking for something to do. That’s why we developed the Steampunk Cat Transit System (CTS) for a private residence in San Francisco. The homeowners spend...
The Brain of a Designer, in Diagrams
Admit it. You've always thought that designers were different than everyone else, haven't you? Maybe something about the way they see the world is slightly off? Perhaps it has something to do with the structure of their brains. Maybe. Let's find out.
How to Survive an Epidemic of Walking Dead
I never thought I would be into it, because I don’t usually like scary or gory shows, but after years of reading and hearing rave reviews, I finally ordered up the premiere of AMC’s The Walking...
The Unicorn in the Bathtub — and Other Mind-Blowing Sights
Almost everybody has worn a costume at some point in their lives. For Halloween, a school play or just make-believe around the house. But for others, it's an every-weekend thing. For these costume enthusiasts, there are numerous communities....
Where Front Yards Collide: Property Lines in Pictures
We know our own properties. We labor over them, we clean them up and, if we have yards, we trim the hedges and plant the garden. We also know our neighbors’ properties. We jealously eye their manicured lawns or complain about them at the dinner...
Which Rooms Get the Oscar?
Wonder what this year’s finest flicks would look like if they were interior spaces? I’ve been pondering the same thing, which is why I decided to select 12 films up for golden statuettes on Oscars Sunday (ABC, 7...
Weird but Wonderful Backyard Features
When it comes to our landscapes, many of us stick with the tried and true. But why not take a more adventurous approach? These outdoor areas are a little out there, but they are no less functional for it. In fact, most of them are completely fabulous...
The Case for a Glow-in-the-Dark Home
You can prettify your home as much as you like using the latest decorating trends, gorgeous artwork and artfully arranged furniture, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd, it’s time to make your home glow in the dark. Just about every room...
9 Things New Homeowners Know to Be True
You’ve secured the mortgage, you’ve got the keys, and you’ve sent out the new-address notices. Congratulations and welcome to your new home! The hard work is over, right? Well, no. A new phase is about to begin, and it will be familiar to anyone...
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