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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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Hunkering down for a relaxing night is easy with a room full of comfy, distraction-free neutral furnishings. | RAST nightstand, URSULA throw, AGEN chair, @IKEA USA

Color of the Month, July 2014: Sand

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A picnic table-inspired dining alcove and floor-to-ceiling beadboard give this cozy nook a casual, homey appeal. | Photo: Douglas Gibb/GAP Interiors

How to Design a Cozy Cottage-Style Interior

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The interior designer of this home had a local ironworker weld the extra-long coffee table base, which she topped with marble. The adjoining dining room occupies the footprint of the old louvered-window porch. | Photo: Laura Moss

A Seaside Cottage Looks Small, Lives Large

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Rich wood tones and stone-like walls dominate this great room. Natural textures and pops of greenery enhance the outdoor feel. | Dry Set RL1255, @Ralph Lauren

Color of the Month, July 2014: Sand

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A coffered ceiling and ornate design accents—with weathered touches—give this terrace the warmth and feel of an indoor room. | Photo: Michael Partenio

Color of the Month, July 2014: Sand

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To achieve the look of a farmhouse kitchen stocked with furniture pieces, architect John Tittmann used soft colors to highlight distinct cabinet sections. The cooktop area is defined with pale yellow; beadboard panels and a vintage green distinguish the fridge unit. Accent tiles help marry the colors used in the room. | Photo: Eric Roth

12 Kitchen Cabinet Color Combos That Really Cook

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"The look is low-key Victorian," says home-owner and architect Sandy Vitzthum, who mixed timeworn furniture, such as a distressed table, with more refined turn-of-the-century touches, like a pendant lamp. A cast-iron sink and prized cherry-red Aga stove add extra character and do double duty as prep surfaces. | Photo: Jim Westphalen

Create a Colorful Vintage Kitchen

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