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Link Love: Sharing the Best of the Web

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Today’s post is the first in what will be a series of posts that feature impressive, interesting and inspiring content from around the Web.

These “link love” posts give us a chance to tip our cap to some of our fellow bloggers and to share with you even more tips, tricks, ideas and examples that will help you bring to life your own vision for distinctive home style. So let’s get to the links!

Maximize your curb appeal
This Old House
Whether it’s to make coming home a more rewarding experience or to make a house more valuable on the resale market, curb appeal is key. “A welcoming exterior can put a spring in your step each time you climb the stoop. Adding the right elements can increase your daily comfort, too. …” With 30 photo slides and all sorts of tips to accompany.

10 summer backyard projects
Charles and Hudson
Includes the big – “build a backyard fire pit” – and the small – “go chemical-free in your pool.” But for maximum enjoyment, get on the ball soon. As this post say, “A great goal this summer would be to finish your backyard projects this spring.”

Olive oil shoe polish and other safer cleaning alternatives
Whether you’re trying to remove streaks from your stainless steel fridge, keep away moths or make your kids’ paints easier to clean up, this post has ideas for how to nix chemicals from your clean-up routine.

Creative lighting from GUMDESIGN
This post is mostly eye candy: photos of some very cool, unique lighting fixtures from an Italian design shop. In describing one of the photos, the writer says, “Ideally placed in the living room and a particularly good idea for those who enjoy entertaining guests and getting complimented on your style. And really, who doesn’t enjoy that?”

Maaria and Daniels Penthouse Interior Design
With photos from a well-designed penthouse in Stockholm, you can get an idea for what a good amount of natural light can bring to a space. This space, by the way, is a 100-square meter attic remodeled as a luxury accomodation.