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Can I Grow Grapes on My Pergola, Trellis, Arbor, Etc.?

If you’ve ever thought about recreating Tuscany on your back porch with a pergola and some grape seed, well … yeah, you better believe you can do it. But, like all cool things in life, it takes a little work and a smidge of luck, at least when it comes to where you live. Good …

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Decorative Plates 101

Decorative plates are a décor item that few people often think of, but these daring dishes can make a bold impact and offer a defining contribution to a room’s interior design. The aesthetic appeal of decorative plates inspires a couple of well-warranted questions: “How did something normally so utilitarian come to be used as décor?” …

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(5 Other) Places You Can Hang That Cute Chalkboard

You’ve seen ‘em before – those little wood-framed chalkboards with chalk attached by a length of twine, just waiting for someone to write something adorable. If you have one, it’s probably hanging in the kitchen. And, the kitchen is a fine spot indeed, but can you think of anywhere else decorative chalkboards could serve their …

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The Best Tools for Baby Proofing

Whether you’re preparing your home for an infant or getting ready for young visitors, baby proofing is an essential step to keep children safe, your things protected and your mind at ease. But, there are a lot of different options out there in terms of baby proofing items – some of them more useful than …

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Is ‘Vintage’ Really Better Than Store-Bought Style?

A truly vintage piece of furniture, décor or lighting is usually a pretty wonderful thing that stands apart from the average store-bought design, but there’s a lot packed into the oh-so-trendy v-word that deserves examination. What makes something vintage, anyway? The term “vintage” is about as easy to define as an emotion or a color. …

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Let’s Talk Shower Organization

There’s a touch of irony in the fact that the space we use to get clean is often one of the most cluttered and disorderly spaces in the bathroom. From shampoo and conditioner to loofahs and kids’ bath toys, there can be a lot of items to store in the limited space of a bath …

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Sunroom Basics

Summer is the time of year when most people love to be outdoors soaking up sunshine, but it’s also a great time for DIY and construction projects. One popular addition many people are considering this season is a sunroom. A glass-walled, solarium-style sunroom (also called an enclosed patio) is a great place to enjoy sunny …

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6 Floor-to-Ceiling DIY Ideas

Let’s say you want to spruce up an entire wall, but wallpaper isn’t your first choice – you may wander what other options you can explore that cover the space from floor to ceiling. Fortunately, there are all kinds of creative ways to tackle the project that don’t involve the typical frame collection (not that …

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Style Spotlight: Distressed Finishes

It used to be that furniture with visible wear was considered worn out and in need of a new coat of paint. Now, trendy styles like “shabby chic” and “country cottage” are turning blemishes into sought-after traits that enhance furniture’s antique appearance and character. Of course, you can find genuine antique pieces that acquire these …

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Roll-Top Desk: History, Origin & Trivia

There’s something magical about a roll-top desk; a marvel of wood craftsmanship that was light years ahead of its day, and still a coveted design hundreds of years after its creation. Think about it this way: No one ever asks where you got your couch, but everyone always wants to know how you found your …

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Get Rolling: Furniture with Wheels Adds Versatility

Furniture with wheels doesn’t sound very sexy and may seem a little unstable, but a clever piece of wheeled furniture can add space and versatility to rooms that could use a little bit of both. Of course, there are some furniture items for which wheels might not work. A couch on wheels, for example, sounds …

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Part II: What Are ‘Commercial Grade’ Appliances?

Yesterday we talked about commercial-grade furniture and discussed a few agencies that establish standards for commercial furniture, and today we’d like to continue the discussion with commercial-grade appliances. One theme you likely noticed in all this regulatory hubbub is that a lot of folks – many with no government mandate at all – feel compelled …