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The perfect spot for late-summer outdoor dining. A square market umbrella protects diners from strong sun as well as falling leaves. | Photo: Mark Lohman

With Deck and Patio, a Backyard Fully Built for Family

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"Green is an ideal color for a living room--it relaxes people," says Sara McLean, color expert for @Dunn-Edwards Paints. Take this elegant space, where a variety of grass, fern, and hunter greens harmonize. A wall of antique botanical prints anchors the look and ties all the verdant shades together. Shimmery silver frames and tables reinforce the colors' cool undertones and dress up the space with a dose of luxury. | Photo: Adrian Briscoe/Homes & Gardens/IPC+ Syndication

Create a Leaf-Green Living Room

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  • Jas

    The room in the photo above has too much of the colour. The effect is overwhelming. not relaxing. A strong colour shoukd be used with more restraint.

  • Valarie Kauffman

    I agree. If the wall color was 2-3 shades lighter, the effect would be perfect.

  • Jas

    I would go a step further and only paint the wall with prints in a shade of green. The other 3 walls should be off-white, the colour of the curtains. The furniture is also green so one needs relief from an overdose of this colour. The green wall offsets the prints well yet the other 3 walls in a neutral off-white shade would create a relaxing space with t

Soft colors and fabrics bring out the warm wood tones of the vintage furniture and original pine flooring. | Photo: Tria Giovan

The Added-On-To, Streamlined, Upgraded Modern Farmhouse

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Who wouldn't want to sleep in the hanging bed of this Rhode Island guest room/sleeping porch designed by George Penniman Architects?

11 Ways to Make Your Sleeping Porch Even Better

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Texas Transplant: Barn Loft Apartment | An abbreviated second floor holds the kitchen, bedroom, and living space. Pine floorboards went down with porch screws hidden under dowels for a pegged look; layered walnut and oak stains highlight the dips and knots and give the floor an aged patina. | Photo: Bill Matthews

Homes That Make Us Just So Barn Proud

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A porch swing is the perfect reading spot on a late-summer afternoon | Photo: Michael J. Lee

Vintage Cottage, Timeless Appeal

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Open to the new mudroom, this kitchen shows off hand-built cabinets and plate racks, hex-tile counters, and the original oak floor, painted glossy white. | Photo: Nathan Kirkman

A Cottage Worth Sticking Around For

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Raising the roof with shed dormers and removing an old chimney freed space for a luxurious master bath. Homeowner Tim Hogan built the vanity from salvaged walnut; blue milk-glass knobs add a vintage touch. | Photo: Susan Seubert

A DIY Attic Master Bath Retreat

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A gently sloped ceiling softens the roofline's rustic angles. Siding was salvaged and now frames a set of glass panels and windows. Douglas fir floorboards and simple furnishings reinforce the pared-down look. | Photo: Courtesy of SHEd/Jenny Pfeiffer

Homes That Make Us Just So Barn Proud

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A Scandinavian-style built-in bed with captain's drawers maximizes a narrow space, enhanced by hand-painted walls and ceiling. Crown molding dresses up the interior space while hiding the front-wall framing. | Photo: Susan Gilmore

A Small-Space Home with Loads of Built-In Charm

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This bedroom's pale blue-green walls, creamy white paneling, neutral furnishings, and natural wood floor add up to a soothing, beach-inspired color palette. | Custom headboard: Tony's Custom Upholstery, San Marcos, CA; 760-591-9686 | Coverlet: @Bed Bath & Beyond | Yellow throw, large yellow patterned pillows, white drum table, and mug: @HomeGoods | Solid yellow and blue pillows: @Crate and Barrel | Jacquard leaf silk pillows and honeycomb crewel pillows: @west elm | Bench: @Pier 1 Imports

A Bedroom Goes From Cold to Comfy

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A farmhouse table with ladder-back chairs takes the place of an island in the new kitchen. Random-width floorboards, made of eastern white pine and finished with tung oil, contribute to the room's warmth and character. | Paint: 950 Natural Wicker (kitchen walls), HC-111 Nantucket Gray (kitchen cabinets and trim), @Benjamin Moore | Range: @Thermador Home Appliances | Table and chairs: @Lillian August | Photo: Tria Giovan

Farmhouse Addition: What's Old is New Again

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This is a favorite dinner spot. The patio is screened from neighboring houses and nestled beside a rose-covered fence.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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This dining room sports newly exposed and repaired plaster crown molding and a window bay. The passageway between the dining room and kitchen was made wider and higher, to enhance the open layout. |

A House That's a Perfect Fit for a Family

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Stripped maple floorboards and pale fabrics keep the living room airy. A stack of wine boxes with label holders serves as an end table. | Photo: James Carrière

A Century-Old Rowhouse Gets A Modern Update

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A double bed in weather-resistant black-painted iron is made comfy with an abundance of outdoor cushions. Ceramic garden stools stand ready to hold a cold drink, a book, or an extra party guest. | Photo: Eric Roth

If These Walls Could Talk: An Early-American Cape

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This multitasking crafts room sits over a bedroom and under the new roofline. | Photo: Laura Moss

A Neocolonial Room-By-Room Revival

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Blue and white master bedroom with cathedral ceilings. The bed is flanked with matching nightstands, lamps, and vintage chairs and kept to a breezy palette. | Photo: Keller + Keller

A Whole-House Redo Becomes a Family Affair

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This farmhouse family room features wainscoting from the early 1900s. The exposed beams were added during a mid-20th-century "update." | Photo: Tria Giovan

The Added-On-To, Streamlined, Upgraded Modern Farmhouse

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Unite Mismatched Furnishings with Color: Spray paint (@Rust-Oleum U.S. Key Lime) and coordinated fabrics yielded a self-styled suite. | Photo: Richard Leo Johnson

10 Secrets of Cottage Style

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Wainscoting, moldings, and a soothing color scheme add character to a bland bedroom | Photo: Jill Connors

A Bedroom Goes From Cold to Comfy

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Space-enhancing white paint on walls and ceilings—and on some furniture—erase traces of sad, worn rooms. Cut flowers and plush pillows soften this diminutive dining area, accented by a formal chandelier with jaunty black caps. | Photo: Richard Leo Johnson

10 Secrets of Cottage Style

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An open setup in this cookspace includes a breakfast bar, perfect for casual meals. | Photo: Susan Teare

A Cozy Kitchen With More Light, More Function

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