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12 Ways (+1) to Refresh Your Porch

If your home has a front porch, it’s guaranteed to be the first thing visitors see when approaching your home — and we all know what they say about first impressions. If your porch is inviting, comfortable-looking and in good repair, it sends a positive message about your house. And if you’re ever in the market to sell, your porch is a critical element in curb appeal, whi...
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Surreal beauty: Palacio de Cristal

This stunning Spanish building, originally used as a greenhouse, is the epitome of of the phrase “light-filled”.  Combine glass with just the right sort of lighting and magic can happen, as artist Kimsooja demonstrated. She “had the whole floor tiled in mirrors. She then covers the vault and the entire glass surface of the palace with a translucent diffraction film. When o...
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Modern Monday: Doing White Right

We love the modern look of clean, white walls. But too much white can make a space seem cold, sterile and uninviting. That’s why this apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, appealed to us so much. The designer brought warmth to the rooms with wood floors and wood facings in the kitchen. Notice on the back wall in this photo how the white tile is complemented with grey grout – another subt...
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Enhancing Window Safety

It’s National Window Safety Week — a great time to take stock of what you can do to enhance safety in your home. Every year, thousands of children are injured in falls from windows — and one in every four of those children winds up in the hospital. Marvin’s Window Opening Control Device for Ultimate Casements limits the window opening to 4 inches unless overridden in a tw...
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How Australia Does Modern

Concrete block is a fairly common building material in coastal areas, but it’s often painted or somehow softened visually. Not on this beach house in Perth, Australia, which boldly lets the stark concrete blocks speak for themselves. But other elements of the home help to refine the blunt visual force of the concrete. Light, open spaces, and an interior courtyard, bring a sense of ai...
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