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Design Smarts: Remodelista’s Julie Carlson on changing it up

You can Pinterest, you can Instagram, you can even Houzz. But if you're looking for rock-solid renovation inspo online, you're going to want to check out the site that has the most tightly edited look on the internet – Remodelista. The pared down, sometimes minimal aesthetic manages to stay true to its look, yet always timeless and even on trend. Blame it on founder Julie Carlson, who now has the original site and sister sites Gardenista and The Organized Home to her credit, in addition to design and garden books. Carlson's staying power secret? Her instinct for curated classic designs, unimpeachable quality and a healthy dose of practical advice. Here's what she had to say about renovation, limited space, and that pile of papers on your desk.

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Alessandra Branca on the classics, the curiosity and the choices that hone her style edge

Ask Chicago's chicest designer what keeps the rooms she creates looking of-the-moment, and she'll tell you: "What I care about," says Alessandra Branca, "is comfort in a home. I am not worried about what is trendy. I design for my clients and nothing else." Sounds strictly sensible. Yet she's been known to pair racy steel stools with flamboyant red walls. And there's the Branca puzzle: Is she the glossy Ferragamo driving moc of interior design, or the stone-cold statement Prada heel? Answer: Both. Branca continues to build on – and blow up – her aesthetic. Which explains her new collection for Schumacher, including a classic floral so saturated it skews surreal. Keeping her style fresh, she says, is simply a matter of playing gorgeous favorites against a constant flow of new inspiration – and making absolutely everything personal. Here's how:

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On Gardening: Sun Parasol mandevillas celebrate fifteen years of stunning tropical flower color

Fifteen years ago, the Sun Parasol mandevilla made its debut in the country and those of us who were present knew this tropical climber was here to stay. What we didn't know was that this series giving a tropical magic to the garden would one day feature 21 varieties. We could not have imagined a red and white striped selection, like Stars and Stripes, a soft orange like the Sun Parasol Apricot or a Giant Red Emperor with the ability to climb 10 to 15 feet and produce flowers 3 to 5-inches wide.

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Style at Home: Mix wood furniture for an evolved look

Upholstered furniture, like sofas and chairs, bring a lot of razzle-dazzle to our rooms, with their endless options to infuse our spaces with beautiful patterns and colors. But it's their quieter siblings that provide the backbone to our interior spaces. Wood furniture may not always be as fun as upholstered pieces, but it plays a gigantic role in the design of our rooms.

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Nate Berkus' 8 greatest tips for effortless home style

Nate Berkus' life has been a little bit chaotic – mostly in a good way – for the past few years. He married fellow designer and television personality Jeremiah Brent, relocated from New York to Los Angeles, started up a new television show with Brent (TLC's "Nate and Jeremiah By Design), and the couple welcomed two children, Poppy and Oskar (born this spring.) "I absolutely wanted all of this," he says. "It's all elective, and I love every minute of it. I really do, but I am tired."

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Design Recipes: Try these 8 summer cleaning hacks

Spring is the traditional time when homeowners may think of a cleanup, but summer is also an ideal time to cleanse and purge. With summer comes relaxed days and for some, days off from work and shorter work weeks, making it the ideal time to allocate time for sprucing up, clearing out clutter, and refreshing.

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Plumber: Hurricane season is also standby generator season

Q: Ed: Aside from plumbing issues, I enjoy your bonus columns about installing standby generators. I lost my electrical power for days earlier this year due to heavy snowstorms. Now that hurricane weather is here I want to have my own generator installed. Can you please repeat your famous five steps for standby generator installations?

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How to create the perfect vertical garden

Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize your living space and enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your home. Easy to create, customize and care for, a vertical garden can be made of anything from hanging flower pots and plastic soda bottles to old mailboxes, wheelbarrows and crates. And the many options allow you the flexibility to get creative and capture your unique sense of style. Here's what you need to know to create a stunning, low-maintenance vertical garden of your own.

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Hobbies: A-Tisket, A-Tasket, skip the picnic basket

School is out, and so is the sun. It's a good time to think about an outdoor activity like a picnic. If you have ever tried to pack up all the food and supplies in a basket and then attempted to carry it, you know it's no picnic. You might want to consider a canvas tote instead.

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Ask Angie's List: How to prioritize big projects

Huge home remodeling projects don't need to be taken on all at once. Whether it's not in the budget, you're not able to physically do it or you just can't deal with that much upheaval at the same time, it's often wise to spread it out. Sometimes you can split big projects up into bite-sized chunks, and sometimes single done-in-one projects can lay the groundwork for future work, also known as "phasing."

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What's hot in home design

Shine a light with a sculptural lamp that doubles as art, reach for an extra chair that keeps the hosting fun and fabulous and embrace natural materials and elements bring outdoor style inside. Here are the top three trends of home design: Lamps that look like sculpture, the statement spare chair and living chic and naturally.

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Holiday decorations contribute to hundreds of home fires every year. Here are some tips from Boise Firefighters' Local 149 and the Boise Fire Department in Idaho to keep your home safe this holiday season.