9 Summer-Ready Pools to Daydream About

You can practically smell the sunscreen and chlorine from here. If you can’t make it oceanside this summer, a cool and refreshing backyard pool is the next best place to be. Check out these nine gorgeous swimming pools — any of which would be perfect for a summer staycation. Sleek and modern with clean lines, this

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Personalize Your Space With a DIY Gallery Wall

Curate a magazine-worthy gallery wall — with everyday masterpieces you already own. Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling gallery wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example. Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are

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Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Landscaping

11 tips that will save your garden, lawn and flowers … not to mention your green thumb reputation. Whether you’re dealing with California droughts, Midwest heat waves or Deep South downpours, summer can be a tricky time to garden. Here’s what you need to know before leaving air-conditioned comforts for a steamy backyard jungle. DON’T:

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How to Grow a Spectacular Container Garden

Beautify your space with a colorful and varied grouping of plants and pots. Designing and growing your own container garden is a lot easier than you think. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish with a well-chosen combo of pots and plants, from jazzing up your patio to growing herbs and vegetables in small spaces. Finding inspiration

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Keeping Pets Safe Around Plants

Many plants represent a threat to Fido and Fluffy. Protect them with these tips from our gardening expert. Gardens are wonderful places for pets. They provide entertainment, room to exercise and cool shade in the afternoon. However, many of the most common and seemingly innocuous garden plants are also poisonous to your furry friends. The

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How to Set a Home Renovation Budget

Before you start picking out tile and paint chips, be sure you know how much it will cost to remodel your house. Ready for a kitchen renovation? Anxious for a bathroom remodel? The easy part is knowing your goal for home remodeling — whether you’re trying to keep up with your growing family, add office space,

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Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Boosters

Get maximum improvement for minimum cash with these tips for transforming your home’s exterior. A polished home exterior makes for an inviting experience for any visitor or passersby, which is especially important if your home is on the market. All sellers should focus on exterior home improvements, says Tallahassee-based realtor Joe Manausa of Joe Manausa

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