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Gardens and Exteriors

Advice for the exterior of your old house, whether it’s the roofing that needs repairs or the garden that could use some inspiration. Find tips on curb appeal from mailboxes to exterior lighting.

A Farm Reinvented

Thumbnail image for A Farm Reinvented A professional landscape designer takes on the challenge of revamping a garden for a centuries-old working farm.
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A Garden Filled with Antiques

Thumbnail image for A Garden Filled with Antiques Simple trellises, tiny surprises, and antiques ornament a New Hampshire garden.
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A House for the Automobile

Thumbnail image for A House for the Automobile The changing garage.
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A Mission Garden

Thumbnail image for A Mission Garden The hilly, unkempt site wasn’t his first choice, but Jim Bishop used its limitations to create a stunning, low-water landscape with rock-strewn dry streambeds, tile-decorated garden rooms, potted succulents, and meandering steps.
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A Modern Landscape Designed by Students

Thumbnail image for A Modern Landscape Designed by Students A pair of budget-minded homeowners gets a winning landscape design to accompany their Modernist house, courtesy of a group of college students.
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A New Design for a Working Farm

Thumbnail image for A New Design for a Working Farm Despite its name, Christmas trees characterize Turkey Hill Farm—one of landscape architect Janice Parker’s most challenging projects.
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A New England Garden Woven with Color

Thumbnail image for A New England Garden Woven with Color Hard work and a designer's eye transform a New Hampshire garden.
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A Salvaged Garden in Cleveland

Thumbnail image for A Salvaged Garden in Cleveland Ontario–based Virginia Burt weaves century-old construction materials into a contemporary landscape on two residential acres in Cleveland, Ohio.
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A Small Coastal Garden

Thumbnail image for A Small Coastal Garden A flowering profusion surrounds this New England Victorian three seasons of the year.
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Adding an Orchard to Your Garden

Thumbnail image for Adding an Orchard to Your Garden An orchard offers sensual pleasures to your garden nearly all year long—but creating one requires patience and hard work.
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An Architectural History of Columns

Thumbnail image for An Architectural History of Columns The column is the most enduring element of American architecture, spanning from colonial Georgian houses to the post-modern structures of the last century.
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An Urban Garden in Massachusetts

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Antebellum Garden Design

Thumbnail image for Antebellum Garden Design Before the Civil War, Southern plantation gardens were much like the houses themselves: majestic and geometric, with a twist on European design.
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Arts & Crafts Door Options

Thumbnail image for Arts & Crafts Door Options Today, millwork companies are opening up to the look of early 20th-century Arts & Crafts doors.
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Back to the Land

Thumbnail image for Back to the Land Ways your landscape can give back to you—agrarian style.
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Best Bets for Exterior Building Materials

Thumbnail image for Best Bets for Exterior Building Materials New old house designers and architects reveal their top picks for authentic exterior building materials.
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Best Garage Door Design Tools

Thumbnail image for Best Garage Door Design Tools Want to try on a garage door before you buy it? Here are our recommendations for the best free online design tools offered by manufacturers.
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Best Hydrangeas for Historic Gardens

Thumbnail image for Best Hydrangeas for Historic Gardens Excellent as garden specimens and for cut flowers, these hydrangeas provide months of colorful bloom in historic gardens. Let these pictures of hydrangeas inspire your spring planting choices!
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Better Ways to Lasting Wood

Thumbnail image for Better Ways to Lasting Wood Borate gets new attention as a less toxic safeguard against rot and insects.
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Choosing Victorian Paint Colors

Thumbnail image for Choosing Victorian Paint Colors Author Brian Coleman gives us the inside scoop on how he selected the Victorian house paint colors for his fanciful Queen Anne.
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