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Color Explosion: Linens Imbued with Natural Plant Dyes

It started with avocados. “Remember when people were dying fabric with the pits and skins, like, three or four years ago? I tried it and became so obsessed,” says Amanda de Beaufort about the genesis of A_DB Botanical Color, her collection of naturally dyed, hippie-chic textiles. From there, she branched out (pardon the pun) to other plants. “I was like a crazy person walking around the parks here looking for inspiration.” “Here” is Maplewood, New Jersey (where I happen to live, too). We recently chatted about her line, which includes kitchen linens, pillow cases, as well as fashion items like…

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Polyisocyanurate Rigid Foam and Thermal Drift

Commercial roof systems represent vast surface areas of building envelopes, and the rate of energy transfer across these roofs influences buildings’ holistic energy performance. Thermal insulation affects this energy transfer, and obtaining accurate thermal resistance values (R-values) for insulation products is essential for specifying heating and cooling loads, HVAC equipment, and the long-term energy use of building envelopes. Polyisocyanurate is the predominant insulation material used in commercial roof systems in North America. It has a higher R-value per thickness compared with other common insulation materials. Polyisocyanurate is a closed-cell insulation material that contains a blowing agent within its cells to…

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The Home Service Club Review

The Home Service Club (HSC) is a relative newcomer to the home warranty industry and has been in business since 2009. The company’s nearly nationwide service area covers 49 states, excluding Wisconsin. The This Old House Reviews team has thoroughly reviewed the best home warranty providers in the industry, comparing plans, costs, customer reviews, and other factors. Based on our findings, we determined that The Home Service Club is an ideal home warranty company for those who want comprehensive coverage for basic systems and appliances. Below you’ll find more information about The Home Service Club’s plans, costs, and customer reviews.…

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Five | Six Textiles: From Côte d’Ivoire, ‘Mindfully Crafted’ Bedspreads, Throws, and More

An added perk of discovering homes we love enough to feature on our website: discovering under-the-radar products, brands, and craftspeople. Such was the case when I recently wrote about a meticulously restored flat in Manola Court, a Rudolph Schindler-designed apartment building in Los Angeles. In the bedroom with a killer view of Los Feliz was a bedspread with a killer design. Turns out the bedspread is from Five | Six Textiles, a Brooklyn-based brand dedicated to preserving, in its own words, “mindfully crafted” heirloom textiles from the Côte d’Ivoire. The company was founded in 2016 by art researcher Emma Wingfield…

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What Happened In This Roof?

James Fugate’s intent was to insulate the roof of his Rochester, New York, home and make the attic part of the conditioned space. What he got instead was a mysterious brown stain that shows up on the outside of the house at certain times of the year. The project started innocently enough. Where the roof rafters were accessible, the insulation contractor sprayed foam on the underside of the sheathing. Then he hit a snag. As Fugate explains in this recent Q&A post, on the second floor of the house is a 5-foot-high knee wall, above which is a sloped ceiling…

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S18 E18: Custom Screen Door, Paint Trim

Previous episode: S18 E17 | Next episode: Posting on Apr. 12, 8pm ET In this episode: Ross Trethewey tests out some new smart lighting configurations, and Tom Silva helps a homeowner build a custom screen door to fit her unique front entryway. Richard Trethewey gives some general advice on maintaining a washing machine, and Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner some techniques to paint old 1960s wood trim with a varnish on it. Ross Trethewey tests out some new smart lighting configurations. Where to find it? Ross demonstrated the Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer, which is designed to work with Philips Hue…

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