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8 designer-approved tricks that look expensive but aren't

We believe in making aspirational decor achievable, and we know that our elevated taste doesn't always match up with our limited budgets. We know all too well that some of our favorite interior designers' designs are like works of art we could only hope to see in museums, but we're not afraid of picking up paintbrushes and creating our own masterpiece – literally.

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Design Recipes: How to use accent colors

Looking for ways to add a pop of color to your current environment? Accent colors can be a quick, easy and affordable way to infuse color and interest into a space without having to clean the slate. In general, accent colors can be used as enhancers that can help to transform a space in a matter of minutes.

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Style at Home: Tips for a lovely Thanksgiving table

There's the Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. Beautiful, perfect. Then ... there is the Garrity Thanksgiving. Not so beautiful, not so perfect. In fact, after the last friends and relatives wobble out our door after a raucous day of thanks, my home is fitter for a hazmat unit than a photo shoot. I guess that's what happens when you pack 30 loud and fun-loving Irish Catholics into a small cottage, open lots of bottles of wine and start telling stories.

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Plumber: Install a new faucet for a mini kitchen upgrade

Q: Dear Ed: I'm happy with my original kitchen, except the faucet needs to be replaced. Since we only need a new faucet, I want to do things right for my mini kitchen upgrade. I don't plan on any other kitchen work. So, what high-end plumbing features should I include in my kitchen faucet to keep me up to date for years to come?

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Ask Angie's List: Is the cost of a home energy audit worth it?

Every homeowner can benefit from a home energy audit – whether you're looking to combat an uptick in your utility bills or you're simply curious about improving your home's safety and energy efficiency. And if you're in the market for a new home, it's worth considering an energy audit as part of your pre-purchase inspection as well.

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Don't have a nightstand? 7 alternatives that work just as well

Nothing is worse than having to get out of bed when you're finally about to fall asleep. But without a bedside table, where are you supposed to put that glass of water, alarm clock and nightlight? Well, we're all about thinking outside the box when it comes to decorating and utilizing unexpected items in your decor, and it doesn't hurt if they also prevent groggy, disruptive trips out of bed. After some thought, we came up a few furniture options for all your bedroom essentials that don't require a traditional nightstand.

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Tag a bag

Clip one of these homemade tags to a backpack or lunch box, and there will never be confusion about whose is whose.

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Ask Angie's List: What are the benefits of a furnace inspection?

Much like a car, a furnace needs tuning to keep it in good working order. And regular maintenance will prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. Poor furnace maintenance is to blame for most of the emergency calls heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) experts receive in the winter, they say. So, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect and service your furnace before the cold weather hits.

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