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Wish I'd Thought of That!

Clever ideas, surprising time- and money-saving tricks and ingenious home-enhancing solutions.


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Wish I'd Thought of That!

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An old window is incorporated into a partition wall inviting light in and views through to the kitchen.

Vintage Interior: Gamle Urtepotter

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This great room has a media wall, which features reclaimed wood doors that slide open on barn-door hardware to reveal the television. Surrounding cabinetry mimics the doors' panels, providing a traditional architectural element and additional storage for media and games.

The Lexington Colonial Before and After: Space for the Whole Family

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This ring-shaped grab bar can be held at multiple angles and by people whose heights range from 4 to 6 feet. It's made of aluminum and comes in dark blue, gray, and this punchy yellow. From Sabi

Fresh Finds and Fast Fixes from the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Show

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Surprising storage solution: a towel tree! A problem-solver in the entryway, a coatrack can be a helpful addition to the bath for hanging wet towels. One with integrated storage is even handier—here, the umbrella stand holds a fresh supply down below.

19 Budget–Smart Bath Updates

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New, energy-efficient windows have an awning style that is easy to operate when reaching over a deep counter. | Windows from Lindal

Galley Turned Open-Plan Dining and Cookspace

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This sturdy tub disguised as a sink is a savvy space saver: no more need to store a bucket! Use it for around-the-house cleaning or as an ice bucket at parties. Plug the drain, fill the basin, and move it where you need it. From Jessica Nebel Design Studio

Wackiest Bath Products IV

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Kickplate pullouts under this bathroom sink serves as step stools for small kids. Textured porcelain tile helps prevent slipping.

Yes, these are slippers built right into a bath mat. It is now possible to wipe down the bathroom floor, walk, and keep those toes toasty—all at the same time. From Droog

Wackiest Bath Products IV

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Metal tile makes a bold statement no wallpaper can match. Select a low-relief pattern and install the panels over 1/4-inch plywood. When mounted beneath a chair rail, tin creates a distinctive wainscot.

All About Tin Ceilings

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You know how hard it is to access stuff that gets pushed way back in the cabinet under your sink? This apron sink drawer, from montfortwoodworks..., solves that.

Accessories & Extras | Montfort Woodworks, Custom Cabinetry & Millwork

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Flat tops make it easy to stack food-storage jars, helping conserve precious pantry space. Clear glass makes it easy to ID what's inside. From weck jars

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

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Group seasonings by use or cuisine and store upright in a bin so that you can pull them all out at once. Label lids to make finding the right jar a cinch.

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

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Make it easier to put your hands on the right measuring cup or spoon by hanging each one from a labeled cup hook on the inside of a cabinet door.

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

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Get scarves, necklaces, wristlets and other accessories organized hanging on the BYGEL system from IKEA USA and you'll be able to find what you're looking for in a snap. via Katie Terpstra

who needs friends when you can "hang out" with BYGEL?

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Create a practical closet-storage system without breaking the bank using the BYGEL system from IKEA USA via Ashley Meyer - Design Build Love

who needs friends when you can "hang out" with BYGEL?

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The unique U-shape of this sink base cabinet slide-out fits around plumbing. By Kitchen Craft Cabinetry

Vanity Sink Base Cabinet - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry

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    Move pipes to the back of the cabinet with our Pipes Away™ Plumbing Kit, and you don't need the cutout anymore. The top drawer can be the same size as the bottom one!

39 secrets from pro organizers that will streamline your day and restore your peace of mind (promise!)

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

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Block drafts and highlight the entry with a curtain on the inside of the front door. | Photo: Mark Scott/IPC Images

50 Nifty Fix-Ups For Less than $100

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Here's how to banish the stubborn candle wax for good, without scratching up your furniture or staining your walls in the process. Solutions for wood, glass, and more! | Photo: Wendell T. Webber

How to Get Wax Off Any Surface

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Electrical panels, thermostats, big switch plates—they're household necessities, but they're also eyesores that can thwart your decorating efforts. Using sliding display panels will keep them accessible but under wraps so guests won't have to see them. See the how-to instructions to make your own

24 Easy Upgrades to Create a Festive Holiday Home

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Grooves cut into a Brazilian-soapstone countertop provide a built-in drainboard. | Photo: John Gruen

Farmhouse Kitchen Revival

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Lift power cords and wires off the ground to make sweeping and vacuuming less of a pain via Listotic

This Old Apartment

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"I had some disposable aluminum cookie sheets from the party store, and it dawned on me that they would make great faux tin tiles. I cut squares from the cookie sheets, embossed a pattern, primed them, and finished them with acrylic metallic paint. I used them to create a backsplash, but they would make an awesome-looking ceiling. That's a lot of embossing, though!" -TOH reader Suzy M.

Fat Wallet Awards: You Sweat The Small…Change

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"There was this big ugly black box in my living room called a subwoofer that my husband just couldn't part with. So I took an old end table of his, chopped the legs off, and set the top right on the subwoofer, which made a perfect base. My new end table looks like one piece, it didn't cost me anything, and my husband loves it because he gets to keep his subwoofer. It's gotta be from the '80s!" -TOH reader Jeanie H.

Fat Wallet Awards: You Sweat The Small…Change

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Don't can those old mason jars! There are 12 different fabulous ways you can put them to use.

12 New Uses for Mason Jars

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