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 •  November 20

1. Artwork. The art you’re drawn to can bring color and personality into the room with one piece (or a few). Art also creates a more inviting atmosphere, which is a needed element in a room full of functional tools and surfaces. You might already have art in the attic or another room that would work in the space. Or you can go on a quick shopping...

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 •  November 20

If your budget is about $100: Clean, declutter and upgrade laundry baskets that have seen better days. It’s worth spending a little more for hampers that can stand up to heavy use. Also think about which features would be most helpful to have, such as hampers on wheels, triple-sorter bins or stackable baskets that can tuck out of the way when...

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 •  November 20

1. Low-maintenance succulent garden. Combine several colorful succulents to make a tabletop dish garden that is easy to maintain and will bring beauty to any room for months — maybe even years. Include an identification key to the plants according to where they are in the pot for an added touch. Care instructions can be useful too, especially for...

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 •  November 20

Pet at a Glance Pet: Mister, a Labrador retriever Age: 7 months Location: Alhambra, California Owners: Michelle Chun and husband Vince Wong Meet Mister: As bouncy as any Lab puppy, Mister is a bundle of energy. “To him most things are a fun adventure,” Chun says. She calls him a fairly confident pup, and he’s showing traits that indicate he may...

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 •  November 20

Mix and match. The only rule for spaces inspired by Alice in Wonderland, first published Nov. 26, 1865, is that there are no rules! Patterns, colors, sentimental objects and themed pillows are fair game. The selection and composition of decor in this bedroom are far from random, though. If you’re unsure, use trial and error by placing different...

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 •  November 19

“After” photos by Amy Bartlam Kitchen at a Glance Who lives here: A family with two kids Location: Los Angeles Size: 500 square feet (46 square meters), which includes kitchen, pantry and butler’s pantry Designers: Kelly Van Halen and Baron Rogers of KellyBaron Design/Build Backstory: The homeowners needed an eat-in kitchen that was family-friendly...

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 •  November 19

1. Cozy up around a fire pit. If you’re hosting friends for dinner, take the group outside to enjoy a bit of fresh air before the meal. Bring out drinks and appetizers to share and plenty of warm blankets to wrap around shoulders. When you step back inside for dinner, the house will feel even more warm and inviting. No fire pit? You can enjoy the...

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 •  November 19

House at a Glance Who lives here: Shawn Lang and Kristofer Prepelica and their Chihuahua, Rocco Location: Hortonville, New York Size: 2,500 square feet (232 square meters) Backstory: Shawn Lang, a product designer, and Kristofer Prepelica, an oncologist, had rented in Manhattan for years and dreamed of owning a place and making it their own. That...

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 •  November 19

1. Wallpaper can reflect a child’s favorite hobbies. One great way to thrill a child is to adorn her room with something she absolutely loves. Whether that thing is robots or butterflies, there’s a wallpaper that will speak to your child. I recommend actively engaging your child in the selection process. A strong opinion about a hobby or...

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 •  November 19

1. Tiered planting. Functioning both as retaining walls for the gentle slope and as an architectural feature of the landscape, these gabion walls in Central Texas hit it just right for a contemporary farm look. The curve of the gabion walls bordering both an upper orchard and lower veggie patch emphasize the subtle grade change of the property,...