9 Design Pros Share Their Favorite Shade of White Paint

Larina Kase picks white shades according to her clients’ style, with the help of a design quiz that helps her home in on the right hue. “Light levels and floor color” are important considerations when choosing white shades, explains Kase, “A floor with honey-warm tones can reflect and make the walls look more yellow than desired.” …

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10 American Boom Towns That Became Ghost Towns

Several lucrative coal mines fostered the town of Sims, North Dakota, which was established in 1881 and had a population of more than 1,000 that year. Within three years, the vibrant community bustled with three general stores, two real estate offices, seven saloons, two churches, two boarding houses, a school, a drug store, a jewelry …

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11 Ways to Stay Safe During a Heat Wave

Protect yourself and your family by knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Their symptoms are similar and should always be taken seriously. Watch for dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of consciousness, and a fast or weakening pulse. With heat exhaustion, the skin is cold and pale, and feels clammy. Once heatstroke kicks in, body …

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10 American Landmarks That Were Almost Destroyed

Although the Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of freedom and of the friendship between the United States and France, sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi initially envisioned the massive figure as a robed peasant woman with a torch, standing at the entrance to the Suez Canal in Egypt. When that idea was scuttled, Bartholdi turned his attention …

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The Best Rain Jackets for Outdoor Work and Adventure

Don’t let the rain turn your day outside into a wash. Stay dry with these top-quality products. BobVila.com and its partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links. Photo: depositphotos.com If you work outside or just enjoy the great outdoors, don’t let a downpour slow you down. Avoid …

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The Best Tool Backpacks for On-the-Go Jobs

Take your tools with you wherever you go with one of these easy-to-carry tool backpacks. BobVila.com and its partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links. Photo: amazon.com Tool backpacks have become must-have gear for on-the-go DIYers and industry professionals because of their flexibility, durability, and portability. Instead …

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The Best Potting Soil for Your Container Plants

High-quality potting mix makes all the difference in plant performance. Choose the best potting soil for containers and watch your plants thrive. BobVila.com and its partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links. Photo: depositphotos.com Unlike soil amendments that mix into natural soil for gardening, potting soil is …

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The Best Right Angle Clamps for DIY Projects

Make joining wood at right angles easier with these top angle clamps. BobVila.com and its partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links. Photo: amazon.com When it comes to woodworking, it can be frustrating to hold two pieces of wood together at a 90-degree angle to join them. …

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Make Your Home Less Chaotic With These 12 Simple Changes

Old prescriptions, tubes of antifungal cream, that bottle of perfume from your grandma: It’s not uncommon for the medicine cabinet to be so full that you can’t open it without items tumbling down into the sink. Fortunately, this is one area that’s small enough to declutter in a half hour or so. First, get rid …

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14 Abandoned Amusement Parks—and What They Look Like Now

Outdoor enthusiasts first flocked to Geauga Lake in 1887, when it opened as a waterfront recreational area known as the Geauga Lake Site near Bainbridge Township in Ohio. The site eventually added rides and transformed into an amusement park that would play a vital role in the regional economy until it began to shut down …

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