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The BS* + Beer Show: “DIY and High Performance”

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features Dan Hines and Nick Burger, co-founders of the D.C. Chapter of BS* + Beer, as well as a number of folks from that group discussing “DIY and High Performance.” Most people intent on buying, building, or remodeling a house want it perform at the highest level possible but money is typically tight. Dan, Nick, and D.C. guests answer questions such as: What are some things homeowners can do themselves when remodeling or building to boost performance while keeping the budget in check? Which jobs ensure the most bang for the buck?…

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Creative Holiday Greenery Decorating Ideas

Hanging a wreath made from anything but evergreens may make some people itch like a kid in an ugly Christmas sweater. 7 Fresh Holiday Greenery Decorations Plenty of natural materials can give a fresh and lively twist to traditional decorating schemes. Here, This Old House TV landscape contractor Roger Cook and landscape designer Jenn Nawada share their favorite ideas for sourcing holiday decor from nature. 1. Festive Holly Photo by Juliette Wade/Getty Images We can't forget this holiday-greenery staple. Roger suggests finding long branches that have lots of berries and will fit nicely in your display. Tuck sprigs into an…

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How to Host Thanksgiving: Prep and Clean Up Tips

If you’re entertaining during Thanksgiving, here’s a checklist to help you prepare so that you can enjoy and clean up afterwards with less stress. 7 Thanksgiving Prep Tips 1. Make Sure Your Dishwasher Is in Top Shape Photo courtesy of GE Take out the racks and scrub with mild detergent. Use a toothbrush to remove any gunk on the utensil holder. If you see exposed metal or nicks in the vinyl when cleaning your dishwasher, patch with a rubber coating like Plasti Dip ReRACK ($8.99 for a 1-oz. bottle; Ace Hardware). Remove the sprayer arm. Clean it using a cotton…

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Current Obsessions: Earth Tones

Above: One of our all-time favorite outdoor Thanksgivings, from Into the Wild With Le Marché St. George. On our radar this weekend: London’s Hand Sale is going virtual this year from today through next Saturday, November 28th. Follow along at @thehandsale on Instagram for finds from Remodelista favorite Kirsten Hecktermann and more. (Follow @kirstenhecktermann, too, for coupon codes and specials.) We’re curious to check out the new line of ethically made homewares from clothing company Kotn, with essentials for the kitchen and bed. Julie let us know about Design Series 8, the end result of a year-long project by potter and…

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How to Clean a Popcorn Ceiling

Many homes constructed in the mid-20th century feature textured ceilings also known as “popcorn” or “cottage cheese” ceilings. Achieved by spraying a mixture of stucco and Styrofoam onto the ceiling, the style was popular at the time as an inexpensive sound insulator and way to hide imperfections. Many homeowners keep up the look today because they either enjoy the quirky aesthetic or don’t want to go to the trouble of redoing their ceiling. Whatever the reason, popcorn ceilings need to be cleaned at least once a year, as the nooks and crannies easily trap dirt and dust, turning the surface…

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Before and After: A Couple’s DIY Cabin Upstate, Redone During Quarantine

With all this time spent inside, there’s been a return to tinkering away at little projects: baking a loaf of bread, say, or stitching a quilt. Or, if you’re like Yi-Mei Truxes and her husband Gray Reinhard, renovating an entire upstate cabin by hand. “I first stumbled upon a listing for the cabin about six years ago on Airbnb and was immediately struck by the incredible views,” says Yi-Mei. “I had never seen anything like it. We ended up staying there for an autumn weekend with a group of friends and fell in love with the place.” Two years ago,…

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