Bright Ideas

Inspiring looks and DIY projects for indoors and out

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house proud

A master carpenter lavishes attention on his 1860s Italianate, crafting a seamless addition with period-appropriate details and creating a comfortable 21st-century “forever” home

all about raised garden beds

Everything you need to know about building (or buying) these soil-filled frames and preparing the beds properly for growing bushels of backyard produce

working the angles

We follow along as TOH TV documents the renovation and expansion of a boxy mid-century modern house in Brookline, MA, for a professional couple and their young daughter

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home solutions

Create stepping-stones cast from leaves; safer methods for stripping paint; caring for wood outdoor furniture; keeping dryer ductwork clear; tick prevention in a tube; and more

before + after: kitchen

Annexing extra space from adjacent rooms opens up a cramped galley kitchen

budget redo

A master bath gets a new look in less than two days—and for under $200

landscaping

These perennial flowers are a feast for the eyes—but unappetizing to deer

paint ideas

A suite of stencil patterns and some paint help a plain staircase reach its style potential

the TOH top 20

Upgrade your outdoor space with our editors’ favorite new finds for lawn and garden

photoshop redo

Thoughtful changes put a better face on a 1930s farmhouse, and improve its function, too

ask this old house

How to dig through root-filled soil; maintain a deck’s finish; fill expansion joints in poured concrete; safely remove old plaster; and more

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