Upgrade a Basic Bookcase

Put a personal spin on an off-the-shelf bookcase with these easy DIY makeover ideas.

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Stairway Railing Ideas

Stairway railings serve more than a functional purpose -- they give stairs a visual presence and make a staircase a work of art. Find ideas for the perfect railing for your stairway.

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Beach Chic Porch Renovation

A family put a new roof over their heads by turning their back deck into a coastal-inspired covered porch. Learn how they made the big change from their existing porch to their new, cozy family hangout area.

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Give a Plain Mirror a Makeover

Take a plain mirror to the next level with these easy DIY embellishments.

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DIY Outdoor and Garden Projects

Sprucing up your outdoor space doesn't need to be a massive undertaking. Use these inspirational small projects -- including painting rocks to hanging new house numbers -- to instantly improve the look of a garden, patio, deck, or backyard.

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Add Storage Around Stairs

Step up your home's storage capacity by making the most of underused areas below and beside your stairs. Here's a look at 18 homes that beautifully optimized stairwell and staircase spaces.

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Lighting Planning

Make your next lighting project easy with our lighting guide. Good lighting can make tasks, such as cooking, working on crafts, or simply reading, more enjoyable; lighting can create a certain atmosphere and can be a measure of safety. Learn how to evaluate the rooms and spaces in your home to decide what types of lighting you need and where it will need to be placed. Since different rooms are used for different purposes, they will have specific lighting needs. We'll guide you through the process of lighting planning, making it easy and efficient. Get ready to plan lighting for your spaces by starting with a basic understanding of the three layers of lighting. Ambient is the layer of light that illuminates the space overall, accent lighting highlights certain features or points in a room, and the third layer, task lighting, sheds light on specific area to make a task easier. Once you've determined what kind of lighting you need and where it needs to go, you can start deciding on light fixtures and choosing lamps, lampshades, chandeliers, sconces, and more to make your lighting as beautiful as it is functional.

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