How Can I Add Interest To "Blank" Side of House? — Good Questions

Q: My husband and I just bought our first house in Maine (yay!), and are having lots of fun learning how to be homeowners. We have lots of plans for the exterior of our home, including a low stone wall near the street, flower beds, flower boxes on the porch railing, and new trees.

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Sorbet vs Sherbet: What's the Difference? — The Kitchn

From The Kitchn ? What’s the Difference Between Sorbet and Sherbet?

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Designer Q&A with Tyler Dawson

Like her native California, Tyler Dawson’s design aesthetic is warm, playful, layered and innovative. We caught up with her to find out about the space she designed as part of the American Craft Council’s San Francisco event, which takes place August 8-10.

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Photography studio by Cassion Castle takes over an east London mews house

By Amy Frearson

A gabled brick facade with a three-metre-high door fronts this former mews house in east London, renovated by architect Cassion Castle as a private studio for a photographer (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Maine Museum Hosts Internet Cat Video Festival — Design News

Everybody loves cat videos. If you’re visiting Maine next month, you can enjoy them outside on the big screen instead of on YouTube. Farnsworth Art Museum is hosting its first annual internet cat video festival. Why? Because cat videos are art, too: they “raise questions, challenge assumptions, and surprise people.”

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Viv's London Mews Apartment — House Call

Name: Viv

Location: South East London, UK

We live in a 2 bed apartment in South East London, in a converted mews development (used to be a dairy mews in 1880′s). We love it for the interesting layout, tall ceilings in the bedrooms and quirky features like a weird column in the middle of the lounge!

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How Much Did it Cost to Waterproof Your Basement? — Reader Intelligence Request

We regularly ask readers to share how much they spent on a given item, service, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay.

Today’s Question:

How Much Did it Cost to Waterproof Your Basement?

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BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

By Amy Frearson

News: Danish firm BIG has unveiled a vision for the future of Denmark’s Givskud Zoo where animals and humans “co-exist”, and all the architecture is hidden within the topography (+ slideshow). (more…)

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The Awkward Files: When (and How) to Say No to Hosting Houseguests

If your couch is sagging under the weight of too many surfers this summer, you may need a refresh on the basics of guest/host protocol. Read on for our take on when to welcome guests into your home and how to just say no.

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Paint Ideas For Textured Walls? — Good Questions

Q: I HATE textured walls. However, after two professionals told me that it is impossible to get my plaster walls to look smooth and perfect, I know I have to live with it.

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