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In this cottage kitchen, farmhouse-style chicken wire replaces glass on some cabinets. | Photo: Laura Moss

A Seaside Cottage Looks Small, Lives Large

Vintage details normally reserved for other rooms also work well in the water closet. A stained glass window, chandelier, and soaker make for a relaxing period corner in a modern bath.

23 Savvy and Inspiring Small Bath Designs

Stepped cabinetry over the range (behind the island) camouflages the vent hood and allows for a mantel shelf to display decorative objects. | Photo: Laura Moss

A Seaside Cottage Looks Small, Lives Large

Guarantee that nary a visitor will forget your home's small bath by imprinting a rainbow of glass mosaic tile on their brains. If an accent wall is too extreme, go for just a colorful band in the shower for a fun surprise. | Photo: Jürgen Frank

23 Savvy and Inspiring Small Bath Designs

Opt for major personality in a small counter space with a unique-looking countertop material. Light-catching glass flecks in this concrete DIY countertop signal careful planning spent on an overlooked windowless half bath. | Photo: Justin Moret

23 Savvy and Inspiring Small Bath Designs

The master suite looks over the dining area, where mid-century-modern chairs mingle with a farmhouse table and a kitchen framed by reclaimed barn wood. | Photo: James Yochum

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Classic Dutch Delft tiles were used to create a traditional fireplace surround.

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In this master bedroom a closed-off fireplace was opened up to become a focal point. The insert burns gas instead of coal and is made of cast iron, painted and polished to look like pewter.

Period-Perfect Farmhouse is All in the Details

Make a statement with a single dramatic pendant fixture like this Europa 8-bulb bronze multilight pendant, about $190;; wire cage shade, about $15; | Photo: Lisa Romerein/Otto

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

Line your ceiling with reclaimed floorboards for added texture and color in an unexpected place. | Photo: Tria Giovan

28 Thrifty Ways to Customize Your Kitchen

Impart a vintage look for an old-fashioned price by covering one wall with inexpensive ceramic squares in multiple colors like these semigloss tiles, about $3 per square foot, from | Photo: Mark Lohman

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

Decorative details need not be expensive. These birdhouses are flea-market finds!

An Over-Renovated Cottage Becomes an Unburied Treasure

Colorful, plush towels stacked on a ladder shelf brighten this all-white bath. | Photo: IPC Images |

13 Ways to Update Your Home (While Saving Money)

The brown craft-paper roll menu from the Bistro Union pub in the U.K. could easily work for notes, reminders, to-lists and shopping lists at home. |

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Warm up your cooking space with art inspired by the contents of your pantry. Get this look by framing vintage produce-label posters, $15 each; | Photo: Lisa Romerein/Otto

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

Bright, clean lines in Farrow & Ball's Closet Stripe inspire some serious rub-a-dub tub time. | Photo: Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

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Covering the walls of this enclosed shower with oversize 4-by-12-inch subway tiles creates a clean look and reduces the amount of grout to scrub. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber |

Fresh Start for a Master Bath

Get major bang for your buck by using high-impact finishes sparingly. Here, multi-hued Clayhaus ceramic tiles pack a monster visual punch. About $37 per square foot from | Photo: Laurey W. Glenn |

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

For a fresh take on classic subway tile, check out Ann Sacks' Stoneware Elements in New Mercury (about $35 per square foot). The metallic sheen on these mini rectangles picks up the shine of the stainless-steel appliances and chrome fixtures while softening the transition between black counters and white cabinets. | Photo: Eric Piasecki/Otto |

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

This stately Lacanche range, hand assembled in France, comes with four high-heat burners ringing one larger burner in the center (shown) or a classic French top. One gas oven and one electric come standard. Trim choices include brass, chrome, and nickel, as well as stainless steel. In 24 porcelain-enamel colors. About $7,800; | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewllyn |

All About Pro-Style Ranges

We love, love, love this dual-fuel white-enamel and stainless-steel beauty from ilve. It comes in a retro 40-inch size. Remove the grates on two of its six open burners for a griddle insert. Comes in six other colors and with the added option of bronze, brass, or chrome trim. About $8,250 from |

All About Pro-Style Ranges

Victorian-era style meets modern utility in the Elmira 1865-ST. Copper trim and a textured black finish dress up a cooktop with four gas and two electric burners. In a stealthy twist, the top cabinet conceals digital controls for the single electric oven (the three doors are really one). About $8,220; |

All About Pro-Style Ranges