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parterre hedged garden near Estoril, Portugal - World of Interiors via Atticmag

Exterior Geometry

A formal garden, or parterre, consists of symmetrical planted beds connected by gravel paths. A French invention, the formal garden has gone in and out of style for more than 400 years. Certainly they are not very modern because an exquisite geometric arrangement like this one near Estoril , Portugal, requires historical skills to establish […]

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salvage doors hinged together for a patio privacy screen - Emily Johnston Anderson via Atticmag

Door Jamboree

No instructions needed to create this useful hinged salvage-door screen for the patio. It’s that time of the year when we start to move outside and revive our outdoor spaces. And having a substantial folding screen on a patio or in the yard can be an excellent way to create privacy. Hinging old doors like […]

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spring cleaning - in the kitchen don't overlook vent hood light and fan control knobs - atticmag

Really Simple Spring Cleaning

A room-by-room checklist for removing dirt and germs from often-overlooked surfaces. I confess I’m a bit of a crazy-clean when it comes to my house. But I’m also practical because I don’t have a week to focus on pulling it apart for cleaning then putting everything back. So this year, I compiled a really simple […]

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Four Gorgeous Outdoor Add Ons

Splurging on a fire or water feature for the yard makes outdoor living more enjoyable and romantic. The long, snowy Northeastern winter is finally drawing to a close and cabin fever makes me long to be outside. But a recent scene on the TV drama “Parenthood” – where a long-married couple snuggled up in front […]

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Architect Shigeru Ban - Where Architects Live via Atticmag

Where Architects Live II

An upcoming exhibition visits famous architects in their homes. Here’s part two of our sneak peek. Our voyeuristic desire to see how others live, and how their houses are arranged, supports a home design industry that gathers annually near Milan to see the newest furnishings and most innovative products for our kitchens and baths. And […]

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