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10 modern home decorating ideas that'll transform any traditional space

Two rules interior designers consistently remind us about decorating are to keep in mind your home's original architecture and to try to stay true to your home's roots. This doesn't mean going full-blown Victorian with your furniture in a historic terrace home but rather to respect the original bones of the space, look for materials that were found in the era your home was created, and give a few nods to the time period in your decor. That said, you also don't want your home to feel as though it belongs in another era, so keeping that balance between traditional and modern home decorating is an art that could always use some fine-tuning.

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13 zero-cost ways to make your home feel fresh

There comes a time in the life of every busy person when a decor refresh becomes not only necessary but also imminent. That doesn't necessarily involve a full-blown remodel or decor overhaul, but just like any good spring-cleaning session, you sometimes need to roll up your sleeves to make your home feel new again. Are you hosting the holiday parties this year? Do you have guests staying over for a few days? Don't let your home show that you've been working 10-hour days every week and that your decor has suffered accordingly.

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Yardsmart: How to grow your own apothecary rose

As Rome declined in the wake of excesses, barbarians sacked the city. They destroyed the rose gardens of species brought from around the world as medicinal plants. Roman medicine and a love of rose flower scent sent placed them in great demand all over the city. Sadly those collections were lost with decline, their remnants surviving only in the abandoned Roman buildings that soon became monasteries. Monks kept the plants in continuous cultivation so many of the earliest we have are descendants of these rescued Old World roses.

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Hobbies: Make holiday memories last with DIY tree decor

If Halloween is a tribute to candy and costumes and Thanksgiving is all about food and football, how would you characterize Christmas? You could focus on Christmas cards, holiday parties or gifts, but I am all about the holiday decor. With Thanksgiving in the bag, it's time to forget about dressing the turkey and think about dressing the tree.

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Style at Home: Holiday table inspiration

Many of us have fabulous dining spaces in our homes ... that collect dust. It's time to fix that. This holiday season, and into the new year, resolve to fill your dining room with people you love, gathered together for good food and great conversation.

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Plumber: The ins and outs of toilet shopping

Q: Dear Ed: My wife and I have been toilet shopping for our master bathroom, and we've noticed that some toilets have smooth sides and some toilets have wavy sides with curves. What's the difference, and why would you choose one style toilet over the other?

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