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Expert Advice: 5 Tips for Elevating Interiors with Transitional Design

Call it the happy medium of home design: where style-forward meets comfortable, considered meets easy. To us, it’s the sweet spot, with interiors that feel cohesive but not too “done.” One element that can help to achieve that perfect balance? Flooring, which sets the tone for interiors and effortlessly ties together spaces within the home. It’s a designer’s trick to use timeless wood floors to create a traditional but unfussy look. Flooring from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, for example, mixes artisan craftsmanship, plenty of character, and the organic texture of wood with clean lines and the modern simplicity of wide…

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Object of Desire: Subtly Ombré Rugs in Vibrant Hues from Revival

Choosing a rug is, in our estimation, one of the trickiest design conundrums. What size is best? What color? And perhaps most vexing: neutral and solid or patterned and graphic? We’re longtime admirers of Revival’s one-of-a-kind, restored vintage rugs as well as their original, off-the-loom designs inspired by traditional techniques. Now, their newest collection strikes just the right balance between patterned and solid: not too busy but far from plain. Revival’s new Ombré Collection features cut-pile rugs made from 100 percent Sardinian wools on a cotton foundation, all in subtle color gradients that fade lengthwise across each of the rugs,…

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Trend Alert: Mixed Messages, Tabletop Edition

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Current Obsessions: Style Shifts

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How to Clean Butcher Block Surfaces

Butcher block—whether part of a kitchen counter, island, cutting board, or table—is a popular material for its attractive woodgrain appearance and pliable cutting surface. Typically constructed with end-grain wood, butcher block surfaces are “self-healing,” meaning cuts tend to close up over time. But although some sources have praised its possible antibacterial properties, butcher-block can still become dulled and dirty with use, which is why it’s important to know how to clean and maintain it properly. Tools and Materials For this easy DIY project, you’ll need the following items: a dough scraper kosher salt lemon juice baking soda scouring pad or…

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How to Steam Clean an Oven

Ugh! Few household chores elicit groans like cleaning the oven. Regular use of the appliance is bound to deposit grease on all inside surfaces, not to mention the occasional casserole or pie that bubbles over, causing clumps of baked-on crud. Between the hazardous chemicals in commercial oven cleaners (caustic soda, dichloromethane, and ethylene glycol possibly among them) and the major mess usually involved, it’s no surprise that this task is often deferred—indefinitely. Those wishing for a fast, easy, non-toxic way to get it done may be considering steam cleaning, which has become a go-to technique for cleaning (and disinfecting) lots…

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