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KC Morgan

KC Morgan has been a professional freelance writer since 2006, writing thousands of articles and blog posts that have been read by millions. A DIYer in her free time, KC has written hundreds of how-tos, guides and tutorials for different DIY and improvement projects around the house and garden, using concepts of color theory and design to create beautiful spaces even when working within a budget.

KC’s articles have appeared in “Popular Mechanics,” and have been featured on Bob Vila’s website. When she’s not writing or DIYing, KC enjoys watching college basketball, playing with her cats and playing around with interior design ideas to create great spaces. Follow KC on Twitter @KCMorganWrites.

10 Minimalist Foyer Designs for a Clutter-Free First Impression

The entrance to the home should set the style tone for the rest of the house. If you like minimalist design, create a sleek, uncluttered foyer space that will welcome visitors with the right vibe. 1. Earth Tones and Photo Art Wood flooring and a tasseled rug lead the way into this minimalist foyer that’s …

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10 Fabulous Foyer Designs for Northwest-Style Homes

The rich wood and modern look of northwest style looks amazing in any geographic region. You don’t have to be from the northwest to enjoy these minimalistic foyers. Each one makes use of common northwest-style elements to create unique, photo-ready spaces. 1. Upstairs Downstairs This beautiful home is a Craftsman design with a northwest design …

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10 Minimalist Dining Room Ideas So You Can Dine Without Clutter

Minimalism isn’t just a design trend, it’s sort of a way of life. Many design experts advocate getting rid of clutter, cutting excess items from your life and focusing just on what you utterly love. And if you utterly love minimalist design, this eye candy is going to fill you with ideas for decluttering and …

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Pickup Tool Box and Storage Box Sizes and Dimensions (Illustrations)

What’s the sense of having a pick up truck if you can’t store a bunch of stuff in it? That big, open truck bed is really just beginning for containers and boxes that allow you to store the items you really need. The type of storage container or truck toolboxes you get depends entirely on …

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4 Types of Almonds (Plus Nutritional Facts)

Almonds are a little bit like the nuggets of gold in the cocktail nut mix. You’ve always got your usual peanuts, walnuts, maybe cashew here and there. But when you find that almond, you know you’re in for a treat. These sweet, delicious nuts have their own distinct shape and their own unique look. They …

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List of Peanuts Nutrition Facts

Peanuts are that snack that’s always just around. They’re at the ballpark, at festivals and fairs. They’re in your pantry as peanut butter. You can get boiled peanuts, roasted peanuts…heck, you can even get circus peanuts if you like. But how healthy are peanuts, really? If you had to give up peanuts…could you? Related: Brazil …

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What are the Nutritional Facts of Cashews?

Cashews are one of the most recognizable nuts in the world. They have a distinct shape and a distinct flavor. They’re salty and savory, great in desserts or in trail mix…and they’re all a huge lie. That’s right. Because cashew nuts aren’t nuts at all. They’re seeds. And the nutritional benefits and health benefits you …

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Best Patio Furniture Brands – We Asked the Experts

Before Coronavirus changed everything, many people didn’t spend a whole lot of time at home…at least, not weeks and weeks at a time. But during times of quarantine, even the nicest home can start to feel like a prison. You may have felt the walls closing in on you. Outdoor living spaces give you all …

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Where Do Pine Nuts Come From?

Pine nuts are an expensive ingredient, something you may have noticed if you’ve experimented with a lot of different recipes. This may make them seem like an exotic ingredient or one of those cool, trendy new foods that everyone starts freaking out about. But the truth is, pine nuts have been around for thousands of …

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Roasted Chestnuts (History and Instructions)

Roasted chestnuts are so associated with winter and the holiday season, there’s a famous carol that mentions them. But do people really eat roasted chestnuts as a holiday treat? When did this tradition start and are chestnuts any good for you, anyway? Once you know more about roasted chestnuts, you may be glad this holiday …

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What is Queen Anne Architecture?

You may hear that a certain neighborhood has Queen Anne architecture, or hear someone say they have a Queen Anne house. It sounds incredibly regal and important, but do you know what this architectural style looks like? Queen Anne architecture was trendy during an era named for a whole different Queen of England, but this …

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What is Gothic Architecture?

To lots of people, the word Gothic conjures up images of Dracula in a dusty old castle, or maybe disgruntled youth wearing a lot of black clothing. It’s something dark and disturbed, spooky, and surreal. But for architecture enthusiasts, Gothic means stained glass windows, beautiful churches, lots of natural light, and stunning detail. Gothic architecture …

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12 Different Types of Metal Finishes

You’ve been to houses before where all the faucets were bright and shiny. Then you’ve been to others where the metal was less shiny with a smooth, elegant look. You’ve seen faucets in silver and in gold. But they’re not all made with different metals. They’re just treated with different metal finishes. You need to …

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What is Italianate Architecture?

The name is a little misleading, but the Italianate style isn’t really Italian. This is really a distinctly American architecture style. In fact, Italianate architecture is so common to the U.S., it’s also known as the American style. What sets this style apart from actual Italian architecture and where can you find examples of this …

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Kitchen Gadgets That Will Seriously Reduce Your Food Waste

If you find yourself throwing away a lot of old leftovers, expired items, and other food every single time you clean out your refrigerator, you’re not alone. Food waste is a huge problem with a big environmental impact. Start investing in some gadgets that will greatly reduce your food waste and eventually, all these items …

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How to Use a Color Wheel in Home Design

It always seems like the homes you see on TV are just so perfectly coordinated, so dazzling. Rooms that interior designers set up, those show homes with staged areas…if you see them and think “I could never do that in my home,” you’re not alone. Knowing how to mix and match the right colors and …

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What is Vanilla Extract? (Do You Actually Need It?)

Baking is really just chemistry. Like a scientist in a lab, you have to mix the right amount of ingredients together in the proper order, use heat or cold in a specific way and you end up creating something brand-new. Recipes may have eggs, or not. They may contain flour, or not. They might have …

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12 Different Types of Showerheads

Quicklist: Showerheads Fixed Showerheads Handheld Showerheads Dual Showerheads Energy-Saving Showerheads Different Showerhead Finishes Body Spas Rain Showerheads Slide Bar Showerheads Low-Flow Showerheads Voice-Activated Showerheads Filtered Showerheads Lighted LED Showerheads Two out of three people in the U.S. take a shower once a day or even multiple times a day.  Those people probably don’t spend a …

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Yams vs Sweet Potatoes (the Epic Battle)

They’re both root vegetables and when you cut them open, they may be the same color. Their names are often used interchangeably, but yams and sweet potatoes are not the same things at all. In the foodie world, there’s a bit of a battle between yams and sweet potatoes. And when you’re around a foodie, …

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What are Macadamia Nuts? Discover Benefits and Everything You Need to Know

You may know them as those pretty, nearly white nuts that show up sometimes in cookies. But macadamia nuts have a reputation for being super nuts. They’re loaded with health benefits, but these nuts are also loaded with some not so super qualities. Macadamia nuts are associated with Hawaii but they actually come from much …

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Pecans: How to Candy, Toast, Spice, & Glaze them!

Pecans are one of the most recognizable types of nuts. They have a distinct look and a distinct taste. They can be roasted, chopped, glazed, baked, and candied, among other treatments. You can put pecans in pies, cakes, sweet treats of all kinds. But until you know how to candy, toast, spice, and glaze pecans, …

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What Are Glass Block Windows?

When you break it down to its simplest terms, windows are really just holes in the wall. At least, this is how the very first windows started. From this simple design, windows evolved into all sorts of different styles. They’re made in single-pane, double-pane, single-hung, double-hung designs and a whole huge range of different looks. …

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What Are Double Hung Windows?

Double-hung windows just sound like a lot more work than single-hung windows. After all, why the heck would you need to hang windows twice? Lots of people don’t know the difference between these two window types and can’t tell you exactly what double-hung windows are. The first thing you should know is that double-hung windows …

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What is a Condensing Water Heater?

For a long time, water heaters were pretty much just a big tank with a bunch of pipes and a gas burner keeping the water hot. That’s the simplified version of a hot water heater, anyway, though professional plumbers might groan at that description. Nowadays, however, you have several different options for heating up your …

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What is a Heat Pump Water Heater?

Every homeowner has to make a decision about the type of water heater they want to have. Water heaters that run on gas or electricity are considered to be pretty standard, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose this option. Heat pump water heaters are more energy-efficient and they may be the better option …

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What is Quartzite?

Stone, synthetic, marble, granite…when you’re looking at different counter options and home design materials, things can get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. You probably don’t know a lot about counter materials other than what you’ve heard from friends and on snippets of home design shows, just like most people. But if you’re going to make the …

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10 Thanksgiving Turkey Alternatives

Have you ever felt like maybe you didn’t want turkey for Thanksgiving? If you ever have, you probably didn’t tell anybody…because what would they think? After all, what else besides turkey is there for Thanksgiving? There are lots of reasons why turkey might actually not be on the table at your big meal. Explore all …

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7 Different Types of Stuffing for Your Thanksgiving Table

They say that turkey is the star of Thanksgiving, but everyone knows it’s really the stuffing that makes the table. The holiday just doesn’t feel complete without a generous helping of this bready, herb-covered treat. But the stuffing you eat at Thanksgiving probably depends on the region of the U.S. where you live. This year, …

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5 of the Most Popular Thanksgiving Pies

Pumpkin spice latte. Pumpkin doughnuts. Pumpkin ice cream. Pumpkin bagels. You can even get pumpkin spice butter. Seriously. In November, suddenly everything becomes pumpkin-flavored. Pumpkin is considered to be the signature pie of Thanksgiving…but is it? The truth is, plenty of people don’t like pumpkin and this isn’t the most popular Thanksgiving pie in lots …

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What is a Parapet Roof?

If you were one of the many people who read the “Game of Thrones” books, or maybe “Lord of the Rings,” then you’re already familiar with the word “parapet.” Pretty much every single book set in any sort of medieval-like era mentions this word. The thing is, parapets aren’t just for thousand-year-old castles in Europe…or …

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