Design & Style

Looking to inject some style into your getaway? You'll find inspiration here.

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What you need to know before you pick up a hammer to create attic bunks
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: October 15, 2014
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Expert tips from an architect on modifying a cabin design to fit your family
By Nathan Good
Published: October 15, 2014
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Follow these tips to smooth the process when building your dream cabin
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: October 15, 2014
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Lakeside living with a great view
Published: September 30, 2014
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Three creative products for storing your split firewood
By Mark Boncher
Published: September 17, 2014
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Mike and Linda Smith share their method for choosing the right colors and materials for a cabin interior
By Mindy Pantiel
Published: September 17, 2014
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11 tips to warm your cabin inside and out
By Emily Hare
Published: September 17, 2014
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Michelle Fries offers expert advice on personalizing your cabin décor
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: August 15, 2014
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Keep it simple with a one-room cabin design
Published: July 23, 2014
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No matter where your cottage is located, including elements of seafaring design can be fresh and fun
By Julie Kuczynski
Published: July 15, 2014
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Minimize your footprint with this floor plan for a getaway that can produce all the energy it requires
Published: June 5, 2014
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Old, weathered wood takes on new life with a little creativity
By Emily Hare, Kristin Sutter
Published: June 3, 2014
SALA Architects hermit camp
Floor plans for a small, economical cabin connected to the land
Published: May 1, 2014
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Napoleon Gourmet Grills Oasis Islands outdoor kitchen
You can create a deluxe food prep, grilling & entertaining space on your deck or patio without breaking the bank
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: April 16, 2014
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Continue your outdoor fun into the evening hours by adding firelight to your open-air space
By Julie Kuczynski
Published: April 16, 2014
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These unique designs will inspire you to make a statement with your own stairway
By Julie Kuczynski
Published: March 18, 2014
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Here's what a professional cabin designer can provide when you're building, renovating or adding on to your dream retreat
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: March 18, 2014
open concept timber-frame cabin exterior plans Glenville Timberwrights
Congregate in the kitchen with this open-concept design
Published: March 17, 2014
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mountain retreat rustic cabin plans Wisconsin Log Homes
A rustic log cabin built into a slope
Published: March 13, 2014
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gabled cottage plans Ross Chapin Architects
Simple design for gathering and relaxing
Published: March 1, 2014
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True North Log Homes plans Qu'Appelle River Canada
Get in touch with your property’s natural surroundings
Published: February 1, 2014
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Timberpeg Smith & Robertson, Inc. timber-frame cabin plans
Beautiful design inside and out to capture great views
Published: February 1, 2014
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Decorations could be hiding in the attic or at a thrift store
By Linda Kast
Published: December 3, 2013
Stone Mill Collection by Moss Creek rustic log cabin plans wraparound porch
A wraparound porch makes this cabin nice for lounging
Published: December 1, 2013
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OakBridge Timber Framing timber-frame cabin plans
This spacious cabin is great for large family gatherings
Published: December 1, 2013
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Real Log Homes cabin plans
Two floors for your family, plus room for more
Published: December 1, 2013
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Nguyen Architects modern contemporary cottage plans
This small retreat has a modern edge and ample space for fun
Published: December 1, 2013
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open floor plan timber-frame cabin Visbeen Architects
Space for everyone in an easy-living design
Published: October 1, 2013
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tower mountain cabin plans Visbeen Architects
Get big views with a small footprint
Published: August 1, 2013
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covered screen porch cabin plans Visbeen Architects
Stay outside all day and enjoy the fresh air with this design
Published: June 1, 2013
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small northern cabin plan contemporary tower Visbeen Architects
A smartly designed, open, contemporary weekend getaway
Published: May 1, 2013
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stone and log cabin plans outdoor living Visbeen Architects
Get the most out of your retreat – inside and out
Published: April 1, 2013
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Dogtrot log cabin after addition Visbeen Architects
How to plan for a future addition when you first build
Published: March 1, 2013
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Classic rustic vernacular with a hint of refinement
Published: February 1, 2013
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Use items you have on hand to spruce up your getaway
By Kristin Sutter
Published: December 1, 2012
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cozy stone retreat cottage cabin Visbeen Architects
A warm and inviting layout for hosting the family
Published: December 1, 2012
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Santas Sleigh
Browse web-exclusive images of this over-the-top woodworking project that helps one man spread Christmas cheer
By Emily Hare
Published: October 5, 2012
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An open layout and lots of character make this well-proportioned cottage welcoming
Published: October 1, 2012
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Anne Coburn reveals her secrets about designing a reclaimed fishing ranch in Colorado
By Kristin Sutter
Published: October 1, 2012
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How a practical hunting tool became an iconic American art form
By Emily Hare
Published: August 1, 2012
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Strategic layout and outdoor spaces to keep you in touch with nature
Published: August 1, 2012
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Get a glimpse of the artists and browse web-exclusive images of their work
By Emily Hare
Published: June 4, 2012
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9 designers offer a fresh take on a beloved classic

By Kristin Sutter
Published: June 1, 2012
Adirondack-style camp plans
At just over 1,000 square feet, Tupper Camp has grand style in just the right size
Published: June 1, 2012
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Adirondack cabin remodel living room
To give your getaway a bit of Adirondack flair, have fun incorporating one or more of these 10 key elements
By Kristin Sutter
Published: June 1, 2012
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Published: May 16, 2012
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Award-winning cottage style Visbeen Architects
A simple charmer with an open floor plan
Published: May 1, 2012
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Cedar Wood: A mountain home with great potential for energy savings
Published: March 23, 2012
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Floor plan of an inspired Great Lodge look, including a web-exclusive concept plan for the loft
Published: March 23, 2012
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Colorado Trail Ridge timber-frame gazebo
4 designs that allow enjoyment of outdoor living at its finest
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: March 1, 2012
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At the cabin, there's no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen
By Kristin Sutter
Published: February 17, 2012
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This getaway goes beyond 90° angles, for those who think outside the box
Published: February 17, 2012
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By Kristin Sutter
Published: February 17, 2012
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How to enlarge your space ... without tearing down walls!
By Kristin Sutter
Published: February 1, 2012
10 tips for shaping up this common trouble area
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 1, 2012
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Published: February 1, 2012
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Published: January 20, 2012
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Published: January 20, 2012
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Expert DIY Tips from a Master Carpenter
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Published: October 19, 2011
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Published: October 7, 2011
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See how one cabin owner designed an outhouse to be light, ventilated, and odorless

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: October 7, 2011
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By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: October 7, 2011
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From Native American History to Pacific Coast Wildlife

By Robyn Roehm Cannon
Published: August 3, 2011
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When temperatures drop, turn to these devices to stay toasty warm

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: August 3, 2011
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Published: August 3, 2011
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Make this most of this unused space by adding built-in storage
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: August 2, 2011
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4 ways to build bit-by-bit and pay-as-you-go

By Dale Mulfinger
Published: July 29, 2011
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Like a treehouse, tower cabins offer a beautiful view of our surroundings

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: July 19, 2011
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Published: April 28, 2011
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Cabin owners lead the way

By Andy Bennett
Published: April 28, 2011
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By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: April 28, 2011
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The goal of this makeover: warm, inviting & unique


By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: March 24, 2011
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These talented artisans draw inspiration from the scenic splendor around them

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 17, 2011
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By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 17, 2011
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By Mark R. Johnson
Published: February 17, 2011
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Tips from an expert in rustic décor

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: January 20, 2011
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The Midwest Revisited

By Richard Thomas
Published: December 17, 2010
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By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: December 17, 2010
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The trend: Living large on a small footprint

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: December 17, 2010
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By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: November 8, 2010
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How to get these 4 Great Looks for your fireplace

Published: November 8, 2010
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The editors of Cabin Life magazine have received many requests for more information on several of the deck & patio chairs shown in the magazine. Here’s a sampling:

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: September 20, 2010
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The Southeast

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: August 20, 2010
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8 hot new trends in railings & post caps
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: July 25, 2010
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Rugged & striking in its splendor
By Michele Corriel
Published: June 18, 2010
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Simply Beautiful
By Richard Thomas
Published: April 19, 2010
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Simple, Rustic Beauty
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: April 16, 2010
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Rustic beauty & ingenuity
Published: April 16, 2010
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A kitchen fit for a king but designed for a cook
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: March 26, 2010
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When your storage needs reach superhero proportions
By Kurt Anderson
Published: February 1, 2010
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No matter your budget, you can build your own personal oasis

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: January 31, 2010
Gene Luoma invented his Gazeboat; half pontoon boat, half gazebo.

How to welcome all ages & agilities

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: January 21, 2010
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Don’t forget the fireplace when planning your dream cabin or log home

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: November 1, 2009
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By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: September 1, 2009
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5 Eco-friendly siding options for cabins

By Christy Heitger
Published: July 1, 2009
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The Martinez family deck in Silverthorne, Colorado

In favor of less maintenance & more time for fun

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: June 1, 2009
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A tin ceiling may just be the crowning touch for your cabin.
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: May 1, 2009
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What it's called often depends on where it is

By Jennifer Stack
Published: March 1, 2009
An attractive table can help turn a backyard patio into a stunning outdoor room.
Published: February 1, 2009
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The pleasures of getting naked outside
By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: July 1, 2008
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Solutions for your sun-scorched deck

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: June 1, 2008

Take cues from your view

By Christy Heitger
Published: May 1, 2008
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Choices in chinking

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: May 1, 2008
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Red, green and gold hutch found in a Scandinavian shop

One couple finds joy in antiquing their cabin

By Christy Heitger
Published: April 1, 2008
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By Nathan Good
Published: March 1, 2008
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A Perfect Match
By Nils Petermann
Published: March 1, 2008
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An inlaid wood compass gives a spin to a ceiling.

From sea to shining sea, life's an adventure when you try

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: November 1, 2007
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Is There Ever Enough?

By Steve Umland
Published: November 1, 2007
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By Ann O'Leary
Published: September 1, 2007
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One couple's dream is built log by log, stone by stone
By Gina Chiodi Grensing
Published: September 1, 2007
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What You'll Want to Know When Buying a Log Home Package
By Cortney Klein
Published: September 1, 2007
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By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: September 1, 2007
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What do you call your place?

By Kara Polyner
Published: July 1, 2007
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During the hot summer, this family takes up residence in the backyard
By Gloria Gale
Published: June 1, 2007
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Why some folks will build a getaway in their suburban home
By Gloria Gale
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Liz Firebaugh
Published: March 1, 2007
Best ways to choose outdoor furniture
By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: February 1, 2007
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By Nancy O'Brien Wagner
Published: February 1, 2007
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the shrinking, the cracking, logs turning gray ... It's only natural
By Eric Fulton
Published: October 1, 2006
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By Christy Heitger
Published: August 1, 2006
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By Christy Heitger
Published: August 1, 2006
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By Eric Fulton
Published: May 1, 2006
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It’s a crucial step to realizing your log home dream
By Eric Fulton
Published: May 1, 2006
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A building style just meant for cabin living

By Robbin Obomsawin
Published: May 1, 2006
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Discover the beauty and character of reclaimed timber
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: April 1, 2006
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Be inspired to make the most of your space by this design solution
Published: March 1, 2006
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winter sports gear makes great décor
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 1, 2006
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Make this hardest working room the easiest place to gather

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 1, 2006
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How to open your home to nature and keep the elements out

By Kathy Harkema
Published: February 1, 2006
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By Diana Faherty
Published: December 1, 2005
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7 tips for getting the most out of your hot tub

By Marti Jentz
Published: December 1, 2005
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With an insert, you can keep the fire burning for more efficient heat

By Jennifer Hawks
Published: December 1, 2005
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How to make a fireplace uniquely yours

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: October 1, 2005
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Some simple ideas for holiday decorating

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: October 1, 2005
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By Shirley Brandt
Published: August 1, 2005
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By Marti Jentz
Published: August 1, 2005
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Big benefits come in small spaces

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: August 1, 2005
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There can be big returns on rooms without walls

By Nancy Cain
Published: June 1, 2005
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tracking the sun
By Lou Dzierzak
Published: June 1, 2005
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By Kristi Portugue
Published: May 1, 2005
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Whether you like collectibles or reproductions, here’s how to pull it all together

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: May 1, 2005
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By Diana Faherty
Published: April 1, 2005
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Replace your existing walkways of dirt or worn routes through the grass with an outdoor walkway that's good for the sole
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: April 1, 2005
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Make them beautifully distinctive, inside and out

By Judy Serwe
Published: February 1, 2005
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From furniture to architecture to décor, whimsical bruins make themselves at home

By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 1, 2005
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An epic tale of one woman's search for the perfect touch
By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: December 1, 2004
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A step above the ordinary
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: December 1, 2004
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Open-air hearths to warm your nights

By Robbin Obomsawin
Published: October 1, 2004
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You can lead these fish to water, but you may like them better on your fireplace mantel
By Mary Thompson
Published: February 1, 2002
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