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What Does Green Mean For You?

As a Nation, We Can Do BetterAccording to the U.S. EPA, the average home creates more pollution than the average automobile. It’s not surprising there is increasing interest in building environmentally responsible homes, and today it is possible to build “green”...

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When Smaller Is Smarter

When Smaller Is Smarter

What’s Your New Home Personality? Would you guess that your taste in jewelry…flowers…or travel could also predict your preferences in your home’s design, style and even product choices? As the Woman-Centric Matters!? team at Design Basics has identified, women tend to...

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The Three Faces Of Design

The Three Faces Of Design

How form, function and social design elements influence our product purchase decisions. Her Home Magazine spoke with some unlikely bedfellows: Kohler (plumbing products), ThermaTru (exterior doors,) InSinkErator (food waste disposers,) and Wilsonart (countertops,) to...

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The Practical Side Of Design

The Practical Side Of Design

Beethoven had his piano. Picasso his brushes. Similarly, today’s homebuyers tend to initially judge builders on their“ artistic” architecture—with blueprints their sheet music and their 3-D canvas of wood, glass and stone. But beyond the visual and social appeals, it...

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The Organized Kitchen

The Organized Kitchen

For many years, dishes, utensils, cookware and supplies were organized by groups. Since today’s kitchens are often arranged by zones determined by function (e.g., prep, cooking, baking, serving, clean-up zones), point-ofuse storage has become a practical way to save...

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The Craftsman House

The Craftsman House

Design Elements of the Craftsman House If traced far enough, the roots of Arts and Crafts homes began with Hindi bangalas, thatched roof cottages with porches and low, heavily overhung roofs. British officers occupying India in the late 19th century brought the Indian...

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