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Small Wonder Civic Works’ energy-efficient tiny house—an exemplar of sustainable, affordable, portable living—undergoes an extreme makeover.

When interior designer Adrianne Kotula first laid eyes on the stripped-bare inside of the 200-square-foot tiny house, she thought, “It was pretty drab—a lot of earth tones with no pops of color. It almost looked like a dorm room. Of course, it’s a tiny space; I’m thinking, ‘What can I …

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Shear Genius It's time to garden in style.

“Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice,” advises the Arbor Day Foundation in its helpful gardening guide. “It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring.” But be warned: Going snip-happy while it’s still too chilly can have disastrous effects. Fortunately, March is the sweet spot—bridging …

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Full Bloom On the Upperco land of her childhood, Carol Warner has become an iris and peony expert.

For Carol Warner, owner of Draycott Gardens, the adage “bloom where you’re planted” literally rings true. On 10 acres given to her by her parents—part of the Upperco farm where she was raised—Warner has developed a series of outstanding gardens featuring irises, multiple varieties of which she sells via her …

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A New Lease on Life New year, new you … new house? Take advantage of that squeaky-clean slate with a serious domestic upgrade.

$5,495,000 Dark Temptation Bedroom: 6, Bath: 7/1, Square feet: 23,140 This stately yet sexy Maryland mansion boasts plenty of dignified details, from the arched, almost haughty, entrance to the tall, bright windows and clever light vs. dark design. It’s the Christian Grey of homes, with bold, alluring architectural touches—a night …

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On the Agenda It's time to make a plan.

Is there anything better than cracking open a brand-new planner on Jan. 1, its crisp blank pages just begging to be written in and the promise of “2017” starkly emblazoned on the cover? Short answer: Yes, and that’s cracking open a Day Designer. This thing is the mother of all …

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