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How to Build a Playhouse with Wooden Pallets (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

I was one lucky kid. My dad built us 3 kids an incredible playhouse in the backyard. It was elevated, had a porch and the main part of the playhouse was fully enclosed. I know my dad spent a lot of time and money on that project, but we enjoyed it for years. We even …

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How to Choose & Find the Best Pallets for DIY Projects

Wood isn’t cheap. Recycling is good to do. Pallets are often free (if you know where to find them – see below) – and using them eliminates them from joining a landfill. Besides, what could be more fulfilling and fun than using free materials to create something useful and beautiful? Shipping pallets are one of …

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Stunning Southwest Style Home with Luxurious Interior Design that Will Blow Your Mind

A few years ago I had the good fortune of spending time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I spent hours walking the neighborhoods admiring the Southwest style architecture which is not available in my neck of the woods. I liked how many of the homes were one story (I like ranchers). I also liked the adobe …

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How to Build a Wooden Pallet Adirondack Chair (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

Can you believe the picture of the above Adirondack chair was made from pallet wood? It was. If you think that’s cool and would love to build your own Adirondack from pallets, you’re in the right place. The first time I sat in an Adirondack chair, I fell in love. You see, I love comfortable …

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How Do I Take a Pallet Apart so I Can Use the Wood?

To kick off our DIY segment on using recycled pallet wood, we’re going with the universal first step: obtaining the wood in the first place. We experimented with a number of methods but finally settled on a great way to disassemble a wooden pallet in a careful manner so the wood can be utilized for …

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Pye Residence – A Tropical Mansion by Crosby Creations Drafting & Design

Welcome to our gallery featuring the Pye residence, by Crosby Creations Drafting & Design Services, LLC. The Pye residence is a fresh design featuring large concrete foundation and lower level with abundant storage and under-home garage space supporting a sprawling ranch style house with a building-wide enclosed deck on the upper level. The home is …

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Spacious Contemporary Mansion on a Golf Course with Incredible Views

You don’t typically think luxury home when you think Idaho, but that’s what with this home which you can view entirely on Zillow DigsTM (also found at Zillow Listings). What comes to mind when you check out this 6,700 square foot mansion is “big views”. Nearly every room has spectacular views of a golf course, lake and …

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8,630 Square Foot Grand Tuscan Mansion Design

Featuring a grand 8,360 square feet Tuscan estate via Zillow DigsTM. Sitting on nealry 3 acres, this Tuscan estate’s claim to fame are many features including extensive outdoor patios and custom interior design throughout. Notable rooms include a huge garage (see below), home gym, home office, elevator, separate suite, formal dining room, covered patio, walk-in closet and …

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Cassia Antica Modern House Design by JM Architecture

Welcome to our gallery featuring the Cassia Antica house, designed by JM Architecture. Cassia Antica is a remodeling project of a 1960s villa, located in a residential complex along the historic consular Roman road. It neighbours the Veio natural park, at the north end of the Italian capital. The villa, spread over three levels, has …

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20 State-of-the-Art Modern Kitchen Designs by Reeva Design

With this gallery, we proudly share 20 state-of-the-art modern kitchen designs by Reeva Design. Based in London, UK, Reeva Design crafts interiors with character, luxury, and a progressive ethos. Their striking designs are ultra modern, futuristic even, yet grounded in natural or environmentally friendly materials. Their manufacturers use solar panels, making the entire production process carbon neutral. Wood agglomerate panels used …

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11 Leaning Ladder Shelf Ideas (Including 5 Handmade Versions)

About 2 weeks ago I was browsing Etsy.com to check out some creative home furniture and stumbled upon a gallery of leaning book shelves for sale. I found several that were creative, original and definitely worth featuring on this site – to bring this shelving concept to our readers. I contacted several artists and they …

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17 Zebra Living Room Decor Ideas (Pictures)

Welcome to our article and picture gallery all about zebra living room decor ideas. While I wouldn’t want an entire living room decked out in zebra and other animal print decorations and furniture (or bedroom), adding a splash of zebra print can make a living room look fabulous. You’ll see what I mean in this …

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10 Contemporary Bedroom Designs by Reeva Design

Today we present our collection of contemporary bedrooms created by Reeva Design. Based in London, UK, Reeva Design crafts interiors with character, luxury, and a progressive ethos. Their striking designs are ultra modern, futuristic even, yet grounded in natural or environmentally friendly materials. Their manufacturers use solar panels, making the entire production process carbon neutral. Wood agglomerate panels …

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3 Stunning Modern Home Designs by COATES Design Architects

In this gallery we present you with three homes by environmentally conscious firm Coates Design Architects. Ellis Residence The Ellis Residence is an example of modern residential design incorporating local environmental concerns, state-of-the art energy efficiency and visionary educational opportunities for the public. The project embodies the client’s vision of home that raises the bar for energy producing …

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16 Kitchen Ceilings Showcasing Decorative Ceiling Tiles (Photos)

Ceiling Tiles for Creating a Magnificent Kitchen Ceiling One way to enhance the design of your kitchen is to improve your kitchen’s ceiling. A great way to do this is by using decorative ceiling tiles. What’s great about this option in addition to looking great is they aren’t difficult to install, they aren’t terribly expensive …

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Vintage Yellow Wooden Leaning Ladder Shelf – Build It or Buy It

Here’s a terrific example of a leaning ladder shelf by Heidi Marsh at ReviveDesignandDecor. How Heidi Created this Shelf in 4 Steps: 1. Purchased ladder at an antiques show. Any wooden step ladder will do. 2. Painted the ladder. Heidi chose yellow for a brighter look, but obviously you can paint it any color or …

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Home Renovation Results in Stunning Modern Interior Design – by Forma Design

Today we present a collection of images from a remodeled Potomac home, by Forma Design. Several years after FORMA was commissioned to redesign their two-story 4000 square foot Potomac home, this young family came back and tasked them with bringing the 2000 square foot, unfinished, full English basement up to par with the rest of the house. …

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Dolomites House – Custom Modern Home Design by JM Architecture

Welcome to our gallery featuring the Dolomites house, a custom design by  JM Architecture situated in the Dolomite Mountain borderland between Italy and Austria. The idea of remodelling this house was borne from an uncomfortable living situation. The existing building presented a very large and tall entry hall with the rooms surrounding, necessitating a walk through it …

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Corcoran House by KUBE Architecture – A Stunning Modern Home

We are proud to present the Corcoran House, a custom design by KUBE Architecture in Washington, DC. This home resides in a historical neighborhood, with a classic 1890’s Victorian style, so the intention was to completely reshape the interior in modern fashion without changing the facade. Using only a fresh coat of paint on the exterior, …

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Como Loft Residence by JM Architecture (Ultra Modern Loft)

Here we present the Como Loft, a creation from JM Architecture. When an old monastery located near the city of Como, Italy, was being remodeled and converted into a residential complex, two adjacent units were connected to form this duplex apartment. The shape of the original building is enhanced by the pitched ceiling direction at …

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Is the Superior Comfort Bed Lounger Any Good? We’ve Had One for 5 Years

When we set out to buy a queen bed frame, we purposely chose one with a reclining headboard so that we could sit up comfortably and read/use laptops in bed. Talk about a bust that turned out to be. The attached headboard wasn’t high enough and it was too angled to be comfortable. Don’t you …

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SMPL Design – Moyle Drive Duplex

We’re proud to present the Moyle Drive Duplex, an energy efficient pair of homes created by SMPL Design. Located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories of Canada, this home is rated 82 within the Energuide efficiency platform, which means these homes use 40-55% less energy to operate than a traditional home. The exterior finishing is crafted with zero maintenance in mind, using …

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13 Chairs for Primary Bedrooms (with Photo Examples)

Winston Churchill was once asked “Mr. Churchill, to what do you attribute your success in life?” “Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down.” If you view things similarly to Winston Churchill, sitting rooms in bedrooms beg the question – why have a …

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Jesolo Lido Pool Villa Custom Home Design by JM Architecture

The Jesolo Lido Pool Villa is a custom designed prefabricated wood structure, built and furnished in only 6 months by JM Architecture. Incorporating high-end energy saving standards, the structure guarantees maximum comfort and nearly zero costs throughout the four seasons. Flexible structure and anti-seismic systems avoid thermal bridges, while gas insulated glass facades, photovoltaic panels, …

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Old River Farm Residence – A Stunning Custom Mountain Retreat Home Design

Architect: Locati Architects | Interior Design: Locati Interiors | Photography: (c) 2014 Roger Wade The Old River Farm residence is a sprawling mountain designed by Locati Architects, with interior design by Locati Interiors. The home was built by Schlauch Bottcher Construction. Located in Bozeman, Montana, this home flaunts its roots with exposed beams and stone brick everywhere you look. The estate wraps around …

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25 Luxury Hotel Rooms & Suites: Inspiration for Your Home

I remember the first time I stayed in a nice hotel. It was on a family trip to Seattle and for some reason my parents splurged on a great hotel room… I think us kids even got our own room to share that adjoined our parents’ room. The place had a massive atrium, pool facilities …

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40 Kitchens with Extensive Dark Wood Throughout

Welcome to our gallery featuring fresh, spacious kitchen designs showcasing darker wood materials. Nothing beats the common ground afforded by a spacious, welcoming kitchen. When the space is crafted with an open flow in mind, it becomes more of a hub than a single room. The lived-in feel of dark wood cabinetry or flooring lends a …

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43 “New and Spacious” Light Wood Custom Kitchen Designs

My favorite kind of kitchens often involve a sense of natural beauty and an inviting, open brightness. One way to reach that feeling is with light wooden design work functioning as both a natural ingredient and a visual anchor for the room. Natural, of course, doesn’t have to mean old fashioned. There’s a certain pleasure …

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Barnard Residence Designed by Locati Architects & Interiors

Photographer: ©2014 Roger Wade. Architects: Locati Architects. Interior Design: Locati Interiors.[/caption] The Barnard Residence The Barnard Residence is a mountain design by Locati Architects and interiors were designed: Locati Interiors. The sprawling two-story home sits on a large property in Wyoming and both its exterior and interior exude a mountain design with modern comforts. Wood and …

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Lake Lugano House Design by JM Architecture (Photos)

Lake Lugano House by JM Architecture is an example of a small, energy efficient home that is very aesthetically pleasing and unique. Situated on a hill, the property has an unobstructed view of Lake Lugano. The home has 2 levels. There’s the above-ground glass pavilion (see above and below). Due to the sloping property, the …

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18 Beach Home Interior Designs by Emily Gilbert

This interior design photo gallery features the photographs of Emily Gilbert who is a much sought-after interior and exterior design photographer. This particular gallery features interiors of beach homes. All interiors are predominantly light color schemes with the exception of one bedroom which effectively combines dark brown and white. If you love the above look, …

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55 Stunning Lake Houses – Famous, New, Old, Big and Cozy

This is a very special post for me because growing up I was fortunate in that my parents purchased a small lot on a nearby lake where we spent summers. While it wasn’t on the lake and while our home wasn’t a villa, it was close enough to the water that we spent weeks every …

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40 Plantation Home Designs – Historical & Contemporary

While the large white, symmetrical mansion with columns is the stereotypical “plantation home design” not all southern mansions are built in this style. In fact, the architecture across both historical and contemporary southern home designs varies. The overarching architectural term used to refer to plantation homes is antebellum architecture, which includes several forms of architecture …

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Southern Colonial Red Brick Home Design (5,300 Sq. Ft.)

This is a classic Georgian colonial southern home design with the red brick, columns and front porch. With 5,300 square of living space, 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, this home is plenty large enough for most families. Moreover, it has incredible curb appeal as well as being well laid out. Our gallery of images of …

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Luxurious Contemporary Plantation Home Design (Photos)

Plantation home styles are still popular. This home is an excellent example of a contemporary plantation design. While not a 15,000 square foot mansion, it’s certainly large enough for most families with 4,193 square feet on the main floor and 1,281 square feet on the second floor. Four bedrooms provide sufficient room count for most …

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43 Beach House Design Ideas from Around the World (PHOTOS)

Growing up and still living in a coastal community, I’ve been exposed to beach houses all of my life. Even when I went to college, which was located in Western Michigan which, spectacular lake beach houses (on Lake Michigan – see Lake Michigan image below). While I’ve never lived in a home situated on the …

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Craftsman Shingle Beach House Design with Viewing Tower (Photos & Plans)

There are few people who wouldn’t love to have this home for a beach house. Fortunately you can obtain the full architectural plans here. I’ve twice traveled to New England and visited many of the hot beach spots including Cape Cod and Nantucket. This home is very much like many of the luxury beach homes …

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Modern Prairie Style Home Design (and Plan) with 2-Story Great Room (Photos)

This modern prairie style 2-story home gallery and plans is provided by Architectural Designs. Square feet totals just over 5,000 among 3 floors of living space. The third floor is a tiny 152 square loft; most of the living space is allocated to the 2 floors. There are four bedrooms and bathrooms. The jewel of …

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53 Stunning Topiary Trees, Gardens, Plants and Other Shapes

There are 2 types of people in the world, those who love topiary trees and gardens and those who don’t. Okay, that’s a bit simplified, but there’s a ring of truth to it. I fall in the first camp; I enjoy the ingenuity and manicured nature of topiary designs. Some even construct elaborate mazes from carefully …

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29 Serene Garden Patio Ideas and Designs (Picture Gallery)

Most patios extend directly off the home. However, one way to add functional and beautiful features to a home is to add small patios in or surrounded by gardens in the yard. These can be in addition to a main patio or be the sole patio. While most people looking for garden patio ideas are …

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48 “Mind-Boggling” Hedge Maze & Garden Labyrinth Designs (Pictures)

I grew up in a farming community. Our family didn’t have a farm, but I spent many days and weekends with friends who lived on large farms. Those were some great times. A farm is a magical place for a kid. 2 of my favorite activities on a farm were: Running around in the corn …

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13 Cedar Wood Gazebo Designs – Octagon, Hexagon and Oval Styles

ga  One of the most popular gazebo materials is cedar wood. It looks great, is good building material and is durable outdoors. Cedar gives off a rustic mountain appearance, which is a style many people seek for their outdoor living areas. It’s a great fit for any home that has exposed wood on the exterior. Benefits …

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42 Candle Burning Tips that Will Invigorate Your Home’s Décor

Candles are a great addition to any room, on any occasion. With careful choice and arrangement, candles can be used to add a unique feel to any space. Make sure that candles are kept away from drafts, as this will shorten their burning time. Burning time varies greatly depending on your choice of candle. The …

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5 Inexpensive Ways to Freshen Up Your Kitchen

Even if your kitchen was exciting and stylish when installed, over time it can look tired. Even dated. Cabinetry, countertops, and appliances may desperately need a makeover. But you may not be quite ready to spend the equivalent of a tropical island getaway or more to spruce up your kitchen. There’s got to be some …

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