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    Testing Metal: Adding Majestic Metal Elegance to your Home

    Artisanal metalwork from Maynard Studios makes a statement.

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    Log Home Makeover Magic

    A stylish update brings warmth to the great room of a 30-year-old Colorado log home.

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    4 Steps to Good Hearth Design

    The hearth is the heart of the home, and as such, it requires careful planning and preparation. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind for your hearth design.

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    5 Media Center Solutions

    With the right design, you can bring the best of both worlds — good looks and good entertainment — into your cabin.

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    Make My Mantel Marvelous

    A gallery of inspiring ideas and helpful tips to create a mantelscape worthy of your hearth

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    Hearth to Hearth

    Hot tips for designing a fabulous (and efficient) fireplace

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    Make It Great: Great Room Photo Gallery

    10 fantastic great rooms to jump-start your own great design

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    Making a statement: 6 keys to a truly great room

    What tips do designers recommend when planning a great room?

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    Game rooms now central to log homes

    Designers are using wood accents to create the perfect look and feel in the entertainment area

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    Log Home Lighting Tips – Living Room

    • Add visual interest and flexibility by placing light sources at various heights within the room. • Pair every chair with a high light-output reading lamp. • Use table lamps with translucent shades to add personal style while contributing to the overall ambient light level. • For activity-specific areas (think card table, billiards board, et […]

  11. Guide to Fireplace and Hearth Companies

    Find a fireplace or hearth for your log home with one of these manufacturers.

  12. Showpiece: The Leather Sofa

    Great room furnishing solutions to create a cohesive, rustic look

  13. Design Tips for Great Rooms

    Celebrating the majestic beauty of log homes while creating a place that feels homey.

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    Luxury for Less: Dress Up Your Log Home Without Breaking the Bank

    Tips for dressing up your log home without breaking the bank. Our list of affordable ideas will have you on the road to extravagance in no time—with plenty of leftover money in your home budget .

  15. Great Hearth Recipes

    The difference between a great hearth and merely average one is architectural balance. Cook up a fire that delights the senses with these six design strategies.

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