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Style at Home: Romancing your home

Valentine's Day is lots of fun, by why reserve the romance for just one day of the year? It's so easy to make your daily life more romantic just by adding a few special touches to your decorating. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

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How to decorate according to your zodiac sign

Our zodiac signs reveal quite a lot about our personalities, and it turns out they say a lot about how we decorate as well. Curious to know which sign is known as the ultimate neat freak or which one is bohemian at heart? How about which colors your sign is most drawn to? Keep scrolling to find out if your zodiac personality influences your decor style, and let us know if we got it right!

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Plumber: 50 shades of white

Q: Dear Ed, we're remodeling our kitchen with a very light color theme. We were planning to go with a pure white kitchen sink, but I want to break it up a smidgen and go off-white for the color. I want to go to the gray side of the scale, not toward the almond side. What off-white color choices can I look into and compare for my final decision?

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Design Recipes: 5 tips to get ready for spring

While we are still at least a month away from the official start of spring, now is the time to begin to think about how you will prepare your home for warmer months. Winter is a time when many people choose to stay indoors. Some may very well find their home to be more used during winter months. Here are my top five tips for the end of winter to help make your home bright, fresh and airy for spring.

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Yardsmart: Seed-grown flowers are the best home improvement bargain. Try these spring blues

Grandmother loved seed-grown flowers that gave her yard a charming cottage garden look for just pennies. Whether gardening on the farm or in the bungalow in town, she didn't buy her seedlings at the garden center. Instead, she ordered seed through early catalogs. Often she grew them in the "dooryard," an old term for the small gardens within picket fences where kids and flowers and herbs shared ground. Imagine the joy of fresh-cut flowers in a dark log cabin, sod home or adobe with small windows and candlelight.

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Have a heart

Here's a creative project where a little waiting has a big payoff: Kids use colored glue to create glasslike suncatchers that really shine.

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If these walls could talk: Historically rustic home has quite a story to tell

If the walls of Hans and Leah Juhle's arts and crafts bungalow could talk ... well, that'd be unnerving for a minute or two, but then those glorious logs, posts and beams would launch into a multilayered tale covering more than a century of history, change and even fame. Their home, which easily could stunt-double for a national park lodge, certainly is no stranger to the spotlight:

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Design Recipes: Warm up with red decor

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you will likely see a lot of red home decor items in retail stores. Red is a strong, bold color that can perk up a space year-round. If you are looking to infuse the color red into your home decor, now is an ideal time to snag some key pieces.

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Style at Home: Welcome to Innisfree: A peek into my bathroom

Is it strange to get excited about your bathroom? Maybe. But I sure love this little space in my cottage. I've long been a believer in making every room in your home equally lovely, even those out-of-sight private spaces like your bath. So when we were remodeling our little fixer-upper on the lake, I knew this functional room had to also be beautiful. My bathroom is kind of an odd space, but it suits me to perfection.

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Hobbies: Hanging hearts make a lasting impression

If you have traveled to San Francisco, perhaps you left your heart there? Or maybe you simply wear your heart on your sleeve? Or better yet, maybe you send cards with messages that are heartfelt? A heart is versatile enough to work in all of these scenarios/situations, but I prefer my hearts to hang.

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5 ways to survive a home renovation

If a friend tells you she's renovating her home, when she finishes gushing about her new herringbone marble backsplash, expressions like "our place is a wreck right now," "I'm so stressed" and "I've had it up to here with my contractor" may soon follow. Yes, renovations can be a major headache and they're certainly a challenging time to be living at home. Thankfully, many have survived remodels, and so will many more.