creative

for home and garden

California Kitchen
A calm space with a splash of color

Unwind & Design
Decorate Lampshades With Friends

Painted Floors
Pretty Designs For Any Room

Easy Indoor Gardens
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Clever Ways To Use Glass Containers

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A new year. A new start. Another chance to make
resolutions—and fulfill those leftover from last year! No. 1 on my list (again) is to organize my closets, so the three closet makeovers in this issue will inspire you to get your project going. In many areas of the country January and February can be a little gray, so our designers have dreamed up a host of colorful decor ideas— from painted floors to clever bookcases—that will liven up your spirit and your rooms. And this month’s Unwind & Design project has the perfect recipe and all the ingredients for getting together with friends to be creative and have fun. In this issue you’ll also find a wonderful new bath based on universal design principles, loaded with ideas to make everyday living easier, safer,

p.s.
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The STIK glues from DAP are now available at Lowe’s! They feature five types of glue, including stick, gel, putty, spray, and tape. Benefits include no-mess applicators and exclusive bonding technologies—plus the glues can be cleaned up using water. To download a special offer just for you, go to our Offers Web site, Lowes.com/Promotions, and then type in your PIN located on the back cover of this issue.
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and more comfortable for each family member. This very special story demonstrates what good design really is—form and function that work together, beautifully. I know you’ll find plenty of ideas inside this issue to help you accomplish your resolutions this year. Please write to let us know how your projects are going—and be sure to check out LowesCreativeIdeas.com for additional articles and tips.

Melissa Birdsong • Vice President, Trend, Design & Brand • Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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chalk it up
These bright ideas require minimal effort.
Turn everyday items into unique surfaces for to-do lists. 1. Select items with suitable areas
for painting and for writing messages. We chose a serving tray and a metal dustpan (#112228). 2. Using painter’s tape, cover any surfaces that you don’t want painted. Lightly sand the untaped wooden surfaces for better paint coverage. 3. Using a foam brush or roller, apply several coats of chalkboard paint (#203261), and let dry. Then remove the painter’s tape. Write messages on the surfaces with chalk.
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contents
In This Issue
3 Big Looks 10 Unwind & Design 12 Focal Point: Fresh Headboard

ON THE COVER An open floor plan and warm color create a comfortable and inviting kitchen. The space was renovated with entertaining in mind. Photo by Howard Lee Puckett (page 26)

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reflective style
Paint colorful patterns on a mirror. 1. Wipe clean a (28-inch-diameter) beveled-edge
mirror (#33621). Apply flexible painter’s tape to create a striped pattern and to cover the areas that will remain unpainted.

2. Select paint colors of your choice in
a satin finish. Dip a foam brush in the paint, and then lightly dab the brush into sand. Paint the stripes; let dry. Remove the painter’s tape.

good to know
Some of these projects use only a small amount of paint. You can save time and money by using leftover paint from previous projects. Or, Lowe’s offers Paint Samples in Any Color that you can take home and try today.

within reach
Keep kitchen utensils close at hand with this simple organizer. 1. Select a curtain rod (#236505)
that includes equipment for hanging.

3. To create the dots, dip the end of
a foam roller into the paint and then into the sand, and dab onto the mirror,

rotating it gently for even coverage. Let dry.

4. Hang the mirror using the included hardware.

2. Spray-paint the rod and the
hanging equipment, if desired, in the color of your choice (we used black). Allow to dry.

3. Secure the rod to the wall at
each end and in the center. Use 11⁄ 2-inch S-hooks (#196554) to hang lightweight utensils from the rod.

perfectly pinned
Use clothespins attached to thin strips of board for displaying invitations and cards. 1. Lightly sand all sides of a (2-foot-long)
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⁄ - x 4-inch board. Apply two coats of paint to the

board with the color of your choice; allow to dry. (We paired two boards together, each painted a different color, for a staggered, striped effect.)

2. Using a hot-glue gun, attach plastic clothespins
(#232057) to the painted board as shown.

3. Attach two picture hangers (#62958) to the back
of the board, and hang on your wall.

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chic storage
Put photos in plain view with these pretty boxes. 1. Collect an assortment of shoe boxes in various
sizes. Using wallpaper of your choice and masking tape, wrap each box and lid separately like you would wrap a gift.

2. Choose decorative knobs that complement your
selected wallpaper patterns. A variety of knobs can be found in the hardware department at Lowe’s.

hanging bouquet
Trade a plain vase for this inventive floral container. 1. Using a large nail and a hammer,
punch two holes into a 1-quart paint can (#27318), opposite each other and about 1 inch from the top. (Be careful of sharp edges around the holes made in the paint can.) 2. Thread one or two lengths of jute twine (#66510) through the holes for a handle, knotting the ends of the twine to secure it. 3. Fill the container with fresh or dried flowers, and hang from a doorknob or decorative hook. 4. Repeat these steps to create multiple hanging containers.
Find step-by-step video demonstrations for two more similar vase projects in our Unwind & Design section at LowesCreativeIdeas.com. The Decorative Wallpaper Vases project uses wallpaper to dress up paint cans, and the Cornucopias project uses contractor’s paper to hold flowers.

3. Remove the included bolt from each knob. On
an end panel of the shoe box, center the knob low enough to allow space for the lid. Using scissors, puncture a hole, and push the knob through it.

4. To secure, reattach the bolt to the knob from
the inside of the box. If needed, further secure the knobs using a hot-glue gun.

metallic wall art
Create shapes from copper tubing to add interest in any room. 1. Gently bend and stretch a length of lightweight
copper tubing (#43498) into a shape that suits your wallspace. Avoid creating sharp corners, which will cause the tubing to weaken and break.

2. Hold the tubing against the wall, and determine
the locations for securing. Screw 11⁄4-inch cup hooks into the wall at these places, and then slide the tubing into each hook.

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Be creative, and get friends together for a fun project party!

Unwind & Design embellished lampshades
Step 1: Measure the circum-

If you haven’t hosted
one of these parties yet, now is your chance.This is our third Unwind & Design project featured in the magazine, plus we have more monthly projects as well as video demonstrations and playlists available online. This month’s project shows you how to create the embellished lampshades pictured here.You only need a few materials and good friends to join you.The project should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, but with all the talking, laughing, and munching on goodies, your party likely will last a bit longer—like ours did! So lay out the drop cloth, fire up the glue gun, and use our ideas and tips to host your own Unwind & Design party.
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ference of the lampshade’s base. Choose the number of prisms you want to use, and determine the equidistant width between each prism.With a pencil, mark the locations on the shade. Step 2: Thread each prism’s wire through the shade at the marked points. Pinch the wires to secure. Step 3: Measure and then cut a length of ribbon to fit around the shade. (To create ruffles, the ribbon needs to be longer than the circumference.) Step 4: Using a hot-glue gun, apply beads of glue along the shade’s base; press the ribbon to secure.
You can watch a step-by-step video demonstration of this project at LowesCreativeIdeas.com.

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Skill level: Beginner Rough cost estimate: $20* (for one lampshade) Rough time estimate: 30 minutes assorted lampshades (10-inch, gray, #235032; 7-inch, beige, #235523; 5-inch, sage, #235028) crystal prisms (11⁄2-inch, #48225; 3-inch, #48047) assorted ribbon hot-glue gun** tape measure** scissors**
*A portion of this cost is for supplies that can be kept in your hostess tool kit. Does not include applicable taxes, which vary by market. **Add these items to your Unwind & Design hostess tool kit.

Want to host your own Unwind & Design project party? Here’s how:
Send an invitation, either by mail or e-mail, at least two weeks before the party. Go to LowesCreativeIdeas.com to download our sample invitation. Ask guests to visit LowesCreativeIdeas.com to see the project beforehand. If you’d like for your guests to bring materials, include a shopping list, and ask them to R.S.V.P. so you can plan for the correct number of guests. Create a tool kit of items that will be used with your Unwind & Design decorating projects. To find more tool-kit ideas and hostess tips, plus this project and other monthly Unwind & Design projects, visit LowesCreativeIdeas.com.

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fresh
make this pretty project
General: The overall dimensions of this headboard are approximately 11⁄2 inches deep, 60 inches wide, and 80 inches high, making it most suitable for a full- (as shown) or queen-size mattress. Step 1: Place the two doors on a flat surface (or on sawhorses) with the two long edges facing and the smallest panels on the top. Step 2: On the front of the doors, apply painter’s tape around the borders of the upper eight panels. Using an angled paintbrush, apply two coats of light-pink paint inside the borders. Allow to dry, and then remove the tape. Step 3: Tape around the panels again, but place the tape inside the borders this time. Using an angled paintbrush, apply two coats of dark-pink paint. Allow to dry, and then remove the tape. Step 4: Carefully measure the dimensions of the raised portions of each light-pink panel.

Interior doors offer a creative canvas for expressing your style.

headboard
Adorned with a cheerful wallpaper pattern and two paint colors, simple doors can become a focal point in a bedroom. Here, a floral wallpaper border is attached on the door panels to complement the striped paper on the walls.You can match your decor and add your own twist by selecting another color palette with different coordinating wallpaper patterns. Joining the doors with hinges allows you to fold the headboard for easy transportation or to use it as a folding screen.
Mark and measure these dimensions on the back of the wallpaper, and cut out the eight pieces using a utility knife. Attach the wallpaper to the raised panels per the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry. Step 5: Turn the doors over. Join the doors by attaching two continuous hinges using the included hardware, along the seam of the doors’ long edges. Step 6: To attach the door to the wall, place a large self-leveling picture hanger on each corner of the headboard. (The door will be resting on the wall, but not hanging from it.) Lean the headboard against the wall at the appropriate angle, and then mark the placement of the picture hangers on the wall; install the appropriate wall fasteners. (Visit Lowes.com/Fasteners to find out which type of fasteners will work best for your wall.) Secure the picture hangers to the wall fasteners to stabilize the headboard.

Lowe’s list
Skill level: Intermediate Rough cost estimate: $150* Rough time estimate: 1 weekend
MATERIALS

2 (30-inch-wide) 6-panel molded interior doors (#10975) 2 (11⁄2- x 30-inch) continuous hinges (#196287) painter’s tape angled paintbrush paint (Signature Colors by Valspar, Laura Ashley Home; Berry Red 1 #LA201; Berry Red 2 #LA202; satin)

prepasted wallpaper**
self-leveling picture hangers (#52716)
TOOLS

sandpaper tape measure pencil utility knife
*Does not include applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools. **Selection varies by market.

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Projects that will

inspire you to turn your dreams into realities.

Makeovers
16 Closets Come Alive 26 Natural Wonder
C LO S E T S K I TC H E N

Magical

Three separate homes get an organization renovation. These spaces now offer efficiency topped with a healthy dose of style.

This room blends casual convenience with modern sensibility and warm color. Its open floor plan is perfect for entertaining.

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Lowe’s and Ohio State University teamed up to create this beautiful—and educational— project that incorporates universal design.

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magical makeover: closets

ROOM OF THEIR OWN
This once-spare space becomes a dressing dream.
With their kids grown and out of the house, these empty nesters decided it was time to create a bit of breathing room.They transformed an unused spare bedroom, located across the hall from the master suite, into a generous, richly detailed closet and dressing area.The space is organized with shelves, hanging rods, and several task-oriented cabinetry stations.The center island —created from two dressers butted back to back—offers a main focal point, as well as storage space and a spot for accessories.

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CLOSETS

A trio of closets goes from bland to beautiful with careful planning, smart storage, and thoughtful finishing touches.

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You’ll find how-to instructions and a list of tools and materials for building the bench at LowesCreativeIdeas.com (Project #Jan071).

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Skill level: Advanced Rough cost estimate: $2,975* Closet system:. . . . . . . . . . . . $1,700 Bench project:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $80 Vanity project:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $140 Flooring: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $480 Lighting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300 Paint: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75 Accessories:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200 Rough time estimate: 3 weeks**
CLOSET SYSTEM

2 (6-foot-long) 1 x 8s, poplar†

4 (3-foot-long) 2 x 2s, poplar†
1 (24- x 48-inch) sheet of 3⁄4-inch birch plywood†

1 package (3⁄4-inch) nail-on furniture glides (#246569) 1 package (11⁄4-inch) Kreg pocket hole screws (fine thread) and K3MS Kreg Jig K3 Master System spray paint (Java Brown, satin) 1 box 4d finishing nails 1 bottle wood glue
wood filler

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cabinetry (ClosetMaid Completions, Cherry; starter kit, #213587; tower base, #213602; corner base unit, #213615; raised-panel drawers, #213601, #213592, #213590; doors, #213611; top shelf, #213605) shoe organizer (ClosetMaid, #180507) shelf support kit (ClosetMaid Completions, Stardust Silver, #172130) ironing board (Hide-Away, Arbor Myrtle #480, special order) diamond drawer organizer (Dial, white, #166352)

primer
FLOORING

wood flooring (Pergo Signature, Casual Living, Heirloom Maple, glueless laminate, #141012) rug (Shaw, Summer Flowers, beige, #130922)
LIGHTING

chandelier (Portfolio, #106348) sconces (Portfolio, #53378) 6 recessed lights 3 under-cabinet lights
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1 This built-in bench provides a perch for tying shoes or putting on stockings; its decorative legs lend a furniture feel. 2 A layered lighting scheme includes under-mounted cabinet fixtures, which shine directly on the hanging clothes. 3 The vanity, with a built-in jewelry organizer, is designed for applying makeup and adornments.The wall sconces give a flattering glow to the area, and a tiltable mirror provides closeup views and adjusts for people of different heights.
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BENCH PROJECT

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1 (8-foot-long) 1 x 3, poplar† 1 (16- x 48-inch) ⁄ -inch laminated panel†
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2 (3-foot-long) 3⁄4-inch square dowels† 2 (21-inch-long) 21⁄4-inch country-pine table legs† 2 (21-inch-long) 15⁄8-inch parsons table legs†

walls (American Tradition by Valspar, Churchill Hotel Lace #7003-17, satin) trim (American Tradition by Valspar, Sawyer White #7002-16, semi-gloss)
ACCESSORIES

1 package (3⁄4-inch) nail-on furniture glides (#246569) 1 package (1 ⁄ -inch) Kreg pocket hole screws (fine thread) and K3MS Kreg Jig K3 Master System
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tilt mirror (Decolav, #117305) curtain rod (#241712) curtains (ivory, #190630) wooden hangers (#223101)
*Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools. **Does not include lead time for special-order items. †Availability/selection varies by market.

spray paint (Java Brown, satin) 1 box 4d finishing nails

FINISHING TOUCHES

1 bottle wood glue
stainable wood filler

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island 10'11" ironing board

4 Hardwood flooring and the soft ivory-colored walls complement the warm cherry cabinetry. A chandelier adds an unexpected, glamorous top note. 5 An ironing station allows the couple to press and promptly hang clothing.
You’ll find how-to instructions and a list of tools and materials for building the vanity at LowesCreativeIdeas.com (Project #Jan072).

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VANITY PROJECT Lowe’s Installation Available Lowe’s can

raised-panel drawer (ClosetMaid Completions, Cherry, #213600) jewelry drawer insert (ClosetMaid Completions, Stardust Silver, #172812) 1 (4-foot-long) 1 x 4, poplar†

provide guaranteed professional installation of cabinetry and flooring.

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Hats, shoes, and jerseys were piling up on the floor of this small closet—not letting the items air out. Incorporating shelving units with storage bins, as well as mobile receptacles and wall hooks, provided the ticket to gaining more walk-in space in the closet.

Lowe’s list
Skill level: Intermediate Rough cost estimate: $350* Closet system: . . . . . . . . . . . . . $260 Paint: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$50 Lighting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$40 Rough time estimate: 1 week
CLOSET SYSTEM

ON THE MOVE
1 A sloped ceiling is ideal for hooks to hold an assortment of baseball caps. Companion hooks on the wall provide a place for jackets, duffel bags, and backpacks, keeping them off the floor. 2 Fabric drawers in two stackable cubbies can be shuffled around at will.

6-cube organizers (ClosetMaid, Cubeicals, white, #176909) tower base (ClosetMaid Completions, white, #79272) wire basket (ClosetMaid Completions, #85995)

This active teen’s closet was overtaken by gear. Shelving and movable storage organize the space.

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3 Casters attached to the wooden storage bins, which hold soccer balls and other gear, allow the teen to move the bins for easier access.

adjustable closet rod (Shelving By Design, white, #68236) shoe caddy (ClosetMaid, Stack ’N Expand, white, #49541) fabric drawers (ClosetMaid; royal blue, #148773; green, #163278) wooden storage bins (ClosetMaid; white, #226777; blue, #226780) casters (#66942) coat-and-hat hooks (Brainerd, satin nickel, #117906) double-robe hooks (Brainerd, satin nickel, #198528)
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4 Track lighting brightens the closet while adding colorful style. 5 Pullout wire shelving units give the teen a place to stash his sports equipment and other collections.

walls (American Tradition by Valspar, Filtered Shade #4003-1B, satin) back wall (American Tradition by Valspar, Fabulous Red #1011-2, satin)

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LIGHTING

3-light fixture (Portfolio, brushed steel, #119700)
*Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market.

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shoe caddy tower base

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This closet was beginning to feel more like a storage locker than a shared dressing space—with scarves, belts, neckties, and handbags spilling from the shelves. The couple needed a system that would put accessories and apparel in plain sight and easy reach, plus a subtle division between her side and his side. Raised-panel maple cabinetry, watery-blue walls, and sand-colored carpet lend the relaxing feel of a coastal cottage.

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CLOSET

HERS AND HIS
Through efficient custom design, a modest closet accommodates the two wardrobes of one busy couple.

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1 Three rounded shelving units, stacked vertically in a corner, turn an otherwise unused niche into a functional place to store handbags, hats, and accessories. 2 The extra space between the upper cabinetry and the ceiling is used to stack spare pillows and blankets. 3 Clothing rods mounted at 79-inch heights leave ample room for dresses, coats, and long skirts.

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4 A shoe cubby is placed above the cabinetry unit containing shelving and drawer space for folded clothes. Additional cabinetry cubbies, located in the center of the closet, also organize shoes and create a divider between her side and his side.
You’ll find instructions and a list of tools and materials for building the cedar-lined chest at LowesCreativeIdeas.com (Project #Jan073).
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FINISHING TOUCH
5 Robes, sweaters, and blankets nestle into this custom-made raised-panel chest. Its cedar lining keeps pests at bay and emits a pleasant fragrance.

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chest 6'

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shop smart: storage
Lowe’s list
Skill level: Advanced Rough cost estimate: $1,350* Closet system: . . . . . . . . . . . . . $600 Flooring: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $275 Lighting:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300 Paint: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 Accessories: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125 Rough time estimate: 2 weeks
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Whether you have 5,000 square feet or 500, storage is a necessary component of any home. But the containers that stash your stuff no longer need to be out of sight. Rather than staying hidden under your bed, chic boxes and bins provide storage that can add appeal to any room and blend with your decor.

cabinets (ClosetMaid Completions, Maple; stackable corner shelf units, #112878; tower base, #82368; starter kit, #101252; raised-panel drawers, #171786, #171996; top shelves, #198139) stackable shoe organizer (ClosetMaid, #103250) shelf support kit (ClosetMaid Completions, Stardust Silver, #172130) adjustable closet rod (Shelving By Design, #42769) tie-and-belt rack (chrome, #222113)
FLOORING

carpet (Looptex Mills, Fawn, #223512)
LIGHTING

WIRED METALLICS
Why Wire? The sturdy, yet open, design of wire containers is perfect for storing loose items. Copper and chrome finishes can add a stylish touch to any space. A Case for Baskets These wire baskets help you organize favorite books or magazines in a home office and in the living room, or pantry necessities in the kitchen. shown above: rectangular copper basket (#24632); square copper basket (#24303); chrome basket (#24913) Other Options perfect for extra storage in a kitchen or home office: 3-tier chrome shelf (Storage Basics, #24190); double basket organizer (Storage Basics, #76555)

COLORED CANVAS
Why Canvas? Lightweight canvas boxes work great in a bedroom, a playroom, or living area. They come in a variety of colors to complement your home’s palette. Cubes in Hues These fun bins are large enough for storing big items such as toys or games. You can incorporate them into most bookcases, shelving units, or closet storage systems. shown above: fabric drawers (ClosetMaid; pastel blue, #154859; hunter green, #161107; natural, #145835; also available in royal blue, #148773 and fuschia, #148646) Other Options best for the bedroom: canvas boxes with windows (Real Organized; large natural, #95725; large pink, #103905; large striped, #97651; medium natural, #105430; medium pink #98087; medium striped, #106305) great for kicking up your heels: striped ottoman (Real Organized, #123185)

PLASTIC GEMS
Why Plastic? Most durable plastic containers are easily stackable, plus if the container is clear, you will have a plain view of the items you’ve packed away. See and Stack Need a place to store all your holiday decor now that the season is over? You can find your ornaments easily next year by using these plastic crates. In addition to housing seasonal items, these containers are also great for storing sports equipment. Each crate holds up to 15 gallons, and the attached lid flaps open to reveal the crate’s contents. shown above: lidded crates (#62653) Other Options strong enough for heavy-duty sports equipment: moving box (#44066) sized for CDs and DVDs: media storage box (Rubbermaid, #187282)

6 recessed lights

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5 under-mounted lights
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walls (Signature Colors by Valspar, Seaside Retreat, Tahiti Blue #SR1002, satin)

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back wall and accent (Signature Colors by Valspar, Seaside Retreat, Ocean View #SR1104, satin)
ACCESSORIES

drawer desktop (InterDesign, clear, #141908) cedar hang-ups (#86487) canvas storage bins**

FUNCTION COMES FIRST
1 Under-mounted lights, installed in the top shelves of the cabinetry, beam down on clothing throughout the couple’s closet. 2 On his side, roomy drawers and open cubbies hold bulkier items, such as sweaters, folded shirts, and ball caps. 3 Canvas bins (a variety of styles and colors are available at Lowe’s) collect additional socks and caps, as well as watches, cuff links, and other small items. His shoes fit neatly on the floor underneath the bottom shelf of the cabinetry.

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department header kitchen magical makeover:

natural wonder
Clean design allows the great outdoors to take center stage in this remodeled kitchen.
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BEFORE

casual warmth
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1 The maple cabinetry has a sheer topcoat that allows the wood’s beautiful graining to show through. Bar pulls, placed vertically on the cabinetry doors, bridge traditional and modern styles. 2 One-inch mosaic glass tiles, with russet, cinnamon, and terra-cotta tones, make the backsplash a shimmering focal point. 3 Earth-friendly bamboo flooring adds warmth to the room. 4 The energy-efficient counter-depth refrigerator features large-drawer storage, lockable exterior controls, and a temperature-controlled drawer that keeps food fresher longer. 5 A tambour door (which functions like the front of a rolltop desk) conceals small appliances and other items at the hospitality center. 6 Open shelving keeps dishware within easy reach and in plain sight. Aluminum-framed doors with glass inserts lend a distinctive touch.

This space overlooks a pretty stretch of hillside peppered with boulders, lending a secluded feel in the natural setting. The couple wanted to create an upbeat, casual, yet sophisticated, kitchen design that harmonizes with the views. The homeowners changed the floor plan in order to bring more openness into the kitchen and mimic the great outdoors. Because they entertain quite frequently, they wanted the area to flow easily for small and large groups.A generous-sized island provides the perfect place for guests to perch while the homeowners cook. It also enhances the kitchen’s airy feel and helps to define the space. Sleek appliances are paired with natureinspired materials, while bold dabs of red elevate the color palette. The result is a kitchen that packs a double punch—a visual “wow” and a streamlined workflow.

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THE CHALLENGE: The kitchen needed

pantry

to accommodate the homeowners’ busy lifestyles, which include regular entertaining. The couple also wanted the kitchen to celebrate the natural landscape just beyond the windows. THE SOLUTION: Simplifying the floor plan allows for efficient traffic flow and creates a variety of areas for guests, including island space and a hospitality center with a sink and beverage chiller.

24' dishwasher

good to know
Bamboo is an ecologically responsible material. It grows and regenerates rather quickly.
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island function
1 An undulating rail system above the island acts as a curvy counterpoint to the angular floor plan. Under-cabinet fixtures and recessed lights illuminate various work areas as needed. The lighting fixtures are on a dimmer switch, so the homeowners can adjust each type of light individually, depending on the desired mood. 2 The single-bowl island sink holds large pots more easily than a standard model. The sleek faucet’s pullout sprayer stretches to several feet, providing flexibility and convenience.

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3 Pearl-hued quartz countertops give the island a floating look. A stainless steel dishwasher fits seamlessly between the island sink and the pullout cutting board. 4 A pot filler faucet just above the cooktop saves trips to the island sink. 5 A built-in drawer located in the island keeps knives, sharpeners, and the cutting board off the countertop.

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Skill level: Advanced Rough cost estimate: $37,000* Cabinetry: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11,100 Countertops and backsplash: $8,900 Appliances: . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,400 Flooring: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,100 Paint: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$200 Plumbing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,300 Lighting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000 Rough time estimate: 2 months**
CABINETRY FLOORING

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bamboo (3-inch plank, Natural Flooring, Vertical, Spice, special order)
PAINT

good to know
The sone rating measures the range hood’s noise level. Conversation level measures approximately 4.5, while a busy street measures 8.5.

versatile vents
Today’s range hoods offer more than clear, clean air—chic finishes and environmentally friendly options also are available. Use this guide to find a model that works for you and your kitchen.

walls and trim (American Tradition by Valspar, Bistro White #7006-4, satin)
PLUMBING

cabinets (KraftMaid, Malibu, Maple, Natural, special order) cabinetry doors with glass inserts (KraftMaid, aluminum, special order) bar pulls (KraftMaid, stainless steel, Model 7088, special order)
COUNTERTOPS AND BACKSPLASH

sinks (Kindred, single-bowl under-mounted, stainless steel, special order; kitchen sink, Model US1930/90L/E; hospitality sink, Model US1813/70L/E) kitchen faucet (Grohe, Ladylux Plux, pullout spray, stainless steel, Model 33/759/SDO, special order) hospitality faucet (Grohe, Eurostyle, satin nickel, Model 33/986/AVO, special order) hot-water dispenser (In-Sink-Erator, special order) pot filler (Grohe, stainless steel, Model 31/041/SDO, special order)
LIGHTING

countertops (Zodiaq, Clay Brown, special order) island countertops (Zodiaq, Cygnus Pearl, special order) backsplash tile (American Olean, Legacy Glass, Red Blend #LG23, special order) gray grout
APPLIANCES

recessed lights under-mounted cabinet lights island pendant (Tiella, Sola, rail kit, special order) wall plates (Lutron, stainless steel, #21069) dimmers (Lutron, black/stainless steel, #239660)
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refrigerator (Bosch, Evolution, stainless steel, Model B20CS80SNS, special order) dishwasher (Bosch, Evolution, stainless steel, Model SHE58C05UC, #80281)

ISLAND
If you have a cooktop that is built into your kitchen’s island, you still can reap the benefits of a traditional range hood without compromising style. A free-mounted range hood has the features of a retractable or wall-mounted hood, but easily mounts to the ceiling over your island. Frigidaire 36-inch Range Hood (shown at top of page) • 400 CFM • 8.5 sone rating Features • 4-speed centrifugal fan system • electronic controls • can be converted to a ductless exhaust KitchenAid 36-inch Island-Mounted Canopy (shown above) • 600 CFM • 6.0 sone rating Features • dual fluorescent lighting • fully adjustable mounting system for simplified installation

RETRACTABLE
Retractable vent systems are ideal for islands where an overhead hood may not fit, or for cooktops where a concealed system can create a clean work area. Broan 48-inch Elite Rangemaster (shown above) • from 600 to 1500 CFM (sold separately) Features • Heat Sentry technology adjusts the speed of the blower when high temperatures are detected Whirlpool Gold 36-inch Pop-up Downdraft Vent System • exhausts 600 CFM • 6.0 sone rating Features • dual centrifugal fan blower that shuts off automatically in the lowered position

WALL-MOUNTED
Wall mounts, the most widely used vent systems, work with any cooktop or stove that has a backsplash and usually can be vented outside easily. Use your cooktop’s width to find a range hood that fits. Broan 30-inch Elite Rangemaster Wall Range Hood (shown above) • from 280 to 1500 CFM (sold separately) Features • infrared lamps keep dishes warm while others are being prepared (optional backsplash recommended when using infrared heat lamps) • infinite-speed control with blower memory “remembers” last setting used • durable steel construction with easy-to-clean interior KitchenAid 30-inch Wall Canopy Range Hood • 600 CFM • 6.0 sone rating Features • three fan speeds and built-in halogen lighting for your workspace

simple service
The hospitality center, located at the edge of the kitchen near the living room, is outfitted with a bar sink and an ice-maker so guests can prepare their beverages away from the kitchen traffic. The bar faucet— an updated take on a traditional gooseneck style—reinforces the kitchen’s blend of classic and fresh designs.

30-inch electric cooktop (Bosch, Model NET7552UC, special order) 30-inch chimney hood (Bosch, stainless steel, Model DKE9405EUC, special order) 27-inch oven (Bosch, stainless steel, Model HBN5045AUC, special order) microwave (Bosch, stainless steel, Model HMB405, special order) trim kit (Bosch, Model HMT475, special order) ice-maker (KitchenAid, stainless steel, Model KUIA15NRHS, #130202) wine cellar (KitchenAid, black-on-stainless, Model KUWS24LSBSO, special order)

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magical makeover: bath

With universal design, homeowners get it all—beauty, comfort,and function.

rethinking the

bath
When a bath is designed for individual needs and different life stages, whether current, anticipated, or even unforeseen, it truly becomes a place for peace of mind and relaxation. Imagine an expectant mother whose center of gravity is awry—grab bars help steady her while getting in and out of the tub. For a man with an old football knee injury, a zero-threshold shower makes daily tasks less painful.And open sink bases leave room for those who require seating, in a wheelchair or otherwise.All of these solutions and many others are applied through the principles of universal design. Universal design is about products that are more comfortable to use and environments that make life easier for as many individuals as possible, regardless of age or ability. Not long ago, the perception of universal design was that style succumbed to accessibility. Today, there are more and more universally designed products available in the latest colors and finishes, so homeowners get the best of all worlds. This bath reflects today’s styles and trends—from the dual-use layout to the sleek products to the accessible features.Welcome to the universal design bath from Lowe’s and Ohio State University.We hope you enjoy this private tour especially for the readers of Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Home and Garden.
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universal design
Lowe’s and Ohio State University have teamed up to tell the story of universal design. In 2006, they partnered to build a universally designed kitchen exhibit at the university’s Farm Science Review. The exhibit was toured by thousands of people, including the general public as well as interior design students from several colleges, and Lowe’s received thousands of letters from the readers of Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Home and Garden, eager to learn more about universal design. Because of that success and a commitment to this principle, the two decided to build a universally designed bath at the Farm Science Review for 2007. “We’re very excited about this opportunity to get the word out about universal design,” says Melissa Birdsong, Lowe’s Vice President of Trend, Design & Brand. “We hope even more people will learn how easy it can be to make a home accessible for all—and make it look fabulous as well.”

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subway tiles
Rectangular tiles, often called subway tiles, are showing up in the latest design showrooms in various sizes, colors, and styles. In this bath, slate-look mosaic subway tiles also serve a universal design purpose. On the shower floor, the increased number of grout lines decreases the risk of slipping. The tiles add a chic look to the bath while also providing a practical element. For proper drainage, the shower floor slopes slightly toward the drain.

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seamless shower
1 The zero-threshold shower makes this space accessible for anyone and provides spa-like style. Without the use of a shower door, the only transition from the main floor to the shower floor is a visual one—the tiles change from oversized 18-inch tiles to small 1- x 3-inch subway tiles. On the shower walls, a row of glass tiles breaks up the spread of the 12-inch tiles. 2 Two showerheads—both featuring polished-nickel finishes—give freedom of movement for anyone standing or sitting. The handheld showerhead can move up and down the slide bar. 3 Grab bars found throughout the bath at different angles and heights offer stability for those who need it. 4 Adjustable body jets add luxury to the shower. 5 A built-in bench provides seating and a place for toiletries.

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6 Using expansive 18-inch tiles on the floor limits the number of transitions and provides a more even surface. Placed on the diagonal to visually expand the space, the sand-colored tiles are combined with darker slate-look tiles.

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essential elements of

universal design

The faucets have single levers that are easy to grasp and use with one hand. An 18-inch chair-height toilet is positioned so that the user has at least 18 inches of comfort room on the sides as well. Grab bars are placed in the tub and shower and beside the toilet, helping with stability and with sitting and standing. The vanity includes ample knee space for seated users, and the sink base does not restrict movement underneath the vanity. There are limited thresholds—or no thresholds—in the entryways, on the floor, and in the shower. Multiple sources of light, including general, task, and in-cabinet lighting fixtures, provide sufficient illumination in the room.

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2 The vanity areas feature KraftMaid Passport Series cabinetry, which offers special height and access options. The dual-use design includes taller (36-inch) and shorter (32-inch) cabinet heights. Tilting mirrors adjust for users who are standing or seated. 3 The cabinetry features 9-inch-high and 6-inch-deep toe-kicks. 4 Solid-surface countertops with a contrasting color strip in the middle make the edges easier to see. The D-ring pulls are simple to grasp. 5 The self-rimming, sloping sink is designed to sit beyond the edge of the countertop for access without reaching. The lever-handle faucet can be turned on and off with one hand.

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1 Placing the toilet at least 18 inches from the adjacent walls allows freedom of movement for anyone, including those in a wheelchair or using a walker. At standard chair height, an ADA approved 18-inch-high toilet is easier to use because it doesn’t require as much bending. Grab bars also help with sitting and standing.

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CABINETRY AND COUNTERTOPS PAINT

cabinetry (KraftMaid, Passport, Gentry Cherry Square, Kaffee finish, special order)

walls (American Tradition by Valspar, Blue Twilight #5001-1C, semi-gloss) trim (American Tradition by Valspar, Comet Dust #5006-1A, semi-gloss)
LIGHTING

new safety tub
Once found only in spas and health facilities, this technologically advanced tub now is available for individual homeowners. The Safety Tubs walk-in bathtub includes a door that makes entry easy for anyone, and it has optional massage and hydrotherapy systems for added comfort and luxury. 1 A polished-nickel handheld sprayer allows the user to shower and wash hair while seated in the tub. 2 The tub includes a convenient 17-inch chair-height seat and slip-resistant floor. 3 Glass tiles beautifully trim the 12-inch sand-colored tiles, complementing the tile designs in the rest of the bath.

pulls (KraftMaid, satin nickel, Model 7040, special order) countertops (Corian, Natural Pearl, special order) countertop edge (Corian, Doeskin, special order)
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bath bars (Portfolio, satin nickel; 3-light, #106764; 4-light, #110039)
ACCESSORIES

mirrors (Decolav, #117305) grab bars (Kohler, Revival, Vibrant Brushed Nickel, special order; 12-inch, Model K-16156-BN; 18-inch, Model K-16158-BN) bath accessories (Kohler, Stillness, special order; 30-inch towel bar, Model K-14452-BN; towel ring, Model K-14456-BN; bath paper holder, Model K-14459-BN) countertop accessories (soap dish, #235330; lotion dispenser, #235329; toothbrush holder, #235333) wastebasket (#235335)
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floor (18-inch, American Olean, Highland Ridge, Desert #HR50 and Autumn #HR51, special order) shower/tub surround (American Olean, Highland Ridge, special order; shower and tub surround, 12-inch, Desert #HR50; shower floor, 1- x 3-inch, Autumn Mosaic #HR51) glass tile (American Olean, Candalara Glass, special order; 4-inch, Silver Lake #CL51; trim, Silver Lake Torello #CL51) white grout
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tub (30 inches wide, 37 inches high, 51 inches long, Safety Tubs, Model ST5130RJ, special order) shorter vanity sink (Kohler, Invitation, Cashmere, Model K-2098-4-K4, special order) shorter vanity faucet (Price Pfister, Amherst, brushed nickel, #231223) taller vanity sink (Kohler, Lady Vanity, Cashmere, Model K-2170-1-K4, special order) taller vanity faucet (Kohler, Model K-19480-4-SN, satin nickel, special order) shower faucet (Kohler, Symbol, Vibrant Polished Nickel, Model K-T18495-SN, special order)

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visible storage
4 An additional vanity area between the tub and the shower includes open shelving and cabinetry with glass doors, making items easier to see. The 32-inch countertop height accommodates a variety of seating, including a wheelchair or a child’s booster seat. 5 A tambour door (which functions like the front of a rolltop desk) is easy to lift.

handshower faucet (Kohler, MasterShower Slide Bar, Vibrant Polished Nickel, Model K-8516-SN, special order) body sprays (Kohler, WaterTile, Vibrant Polished Nickel, special order) tub faucet (Kohler, Symbol, Vibrant Polished Nickel, Model K-18486-4-SN, special order) toilet (Kohler, Cimarron Comfort Height, Cashmere, Model K-3489-K4, special order)

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YOU CRAVE:

A space that calms and restores your mind and body.
THE SOLUTION:

Cool Morning #4003-7A

Cool, Crisp Hues

GREEN Just as fresh green aloe is soothing for your skin, shades of light green can be healing colors for your mood.A bedroom, reading room, or office can be transformed into a peaceful sanctuary by incorporating pale, calming colors such as Peppermint Tea from the Laura Ashley Home collection, Meadow Wind, or even Jaded Lime. BLUE Shades of blue also can bring peace and serenity to a room. If you typically gravitate toward blue when you are selecting colors, choose a soft shade to give the space a clean and natural feel. Try Sky Blue 2 from the Laura Ashley Home collection or Dancing Mist. Or for a deeper color that provides the same effect, consider Frosty. PURPLE Lavender can create a truly relaxing retreat with its blend of warm red and cool blue. If you are looking for a light and airy color, try Cool Morning or Star Light. For a richer hue, pamper your walls with Cincinnatian Hotel Olivia Blue.

Laura Ashley Home, Peppermint Tea #LA1013

Star Light #4001-7A

Meadow Wind #6005-7B

Cincinnatian Hotel Olivia Blue #4003-7B

Jaded Lime #5008-5B

Belle Grove Buff #3006-10B

color therapy
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Laura Ashley Home, Sky Blue 2 #LA1302

Coconut Milk #2007-10C

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The paint colors featured in this article are from American Tradition and Signature Colors, mixed using Valspar paint and available only at Lowe’s.

A new paint scheme can revitalize your walls and your spirit. These three categories will help you to find a dream color that can energize, rejuvenate, or inspire.
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BEIGE Want to stay neutral, but still have a wall color that’s refreshing? Choose a shade of beige. Colors such as Belle Grove Buff and Coconut Milk can help to make your room appear more open and inviting thanks to the appeal of their lighter neutral tones.

Dancing Mist #5005-7A

Frosty #5006-9B

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Du Jour #7002-6 Bistro White #7006-4

YOU CRAVE:

A clean slate that allows you to express individuality.
THE SOLUTION: Whites
WHITE You can showcase plenty of style and personality in neutral-colored rooms. White walls can be the perfect backdrop for incorporating self-expression through decorative accents.They also can allow you to quickly change the look of your room by switching out accessories, such as curtains or pillows.When used in hallways or stairwells, white walls can connect rooms that have varied palettes.
Journey #6010-1

Radiant Red #1009-3

Bright Red #1010-2

Divine Cream #7006-8

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Turkish Coffee #6003-2C Montpelier Red Velvet #1009-6

Comet Dust #5006-1A

City Steam #7006-5

Use the color wheel you learned in art class to create a scheme for your home. The basic color wheel shows colors at their purest, but most people prefer using lighter or darker values (created by adding white or black) of these basic colors. Consider the TINTS All whites are not the same— following four types of color schemes you can choose from warm whites with derived from the wheel, and use yellow and pink undertones to cool whites values that appeal most to you. incorporating green or blue. Use these tints monochromatic schemes involve a as you would warm and cool colors in single color used in one or more values your home.Try Du Jour or Bistro White or intensities. (Intensity refers to the for a true warm white. For cooler shades brightness of the color.) For example, with a touch of green or gray, consider you could create a scheme using two Divine Cream,Comet Dust,or City Steam. or more shades of green. analogous schemes use hues that lie next to each other on the color wheel —such as blue and blue-green—and are held together by the common color (in this example, blue). complementary schemes are based on a pair of colors that lie directly across from each other on the color wheel. Green and red are complements, as are yellow and purple. complex schemes are created using three or four colors that are equidistant on the color wheel. For example, yellow, red, and blue form a triangle good to know on the wheel and work well together Watch the Lowe’s book rack in a space. this spring for our new publication, Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Home and Garden: Color, featuring a wide variety of ideas for incorporating your favorite colors into the home.

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A home that exudes depth and vitality.
THE SOLUTION: Bold, Warm Colors
RED If you want to ignite excitement in a room—perhaps your kitchen or dining room—fire up the walls with Radiant Red or Bright Red.These intrepid colors give off energy that can inspire you to cook a five-course meal and encourage your guests to let lively conversation flow while they dine. If you like the idea of red in your home’s palette, but you’re not ready for an absolute crimson, try a cooler shade that contains more blue and purple, such as Montpelier Red Velvet. ORANGE Known to stimulate appetite as well as energy, fresh shades of orange, such as Ripe Pomegranate and Roasted Pumpkin, enliven your walls with brilliant color that excites the senses. For a paler yet invigorating shade, try Orange Ochre or Homestead Apricot.

Dark Kettle Black #4011-2

Ripe Pomegranate #2009-3

BROWN AND BLACK For rich color that also can serve as a neutral backdrop for your home’s decor, consider a shade of brown or black. Browns such as Journey or Turkish Coffee allow bright colors— think whites and chartreuse—to stand out. Dark Kettle Black and Very Black coat walls in brilliant depth. For a more subdued shade of black that incorporates gray, try Blindfold. YELLOW Draw inspiration from nature by creating a bright, sunny room that will perk you up even on the dreariest of days. Fresh yellows, such as Tulip from the Laura Ashley Home collection, revitalize a room and make it a cheery escape. Richer tones, such as Buttered Toffee, also bring warm energy to a room but allow for deeper color.

Very Black #5011-2

Roasted Pumpkin #2005-3A

Blindfold #4007-2C

Orange Ochre #2010-1

Laura Ashley Home, Tulip #LA814

Homestead Apricot #2005-3C

Buttered Toffee #3005-3A

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You’re ready to start painting, but first, you must prepare your floors. Sand them using medium-grit sandpaper, remove the dust, and clean with T.S.P. substitute cleaner (#224907). The following painting instructions apply to all designs shown here. Prime the floor with American Tradition by Valspar Interior Latex Multipurpose Primer (#168215); let dry completely.Tape off the pattern, and then paint using American Tradition by Valspar Latex Porch and Floor Enamel (#49816) in a satin finish of your desired color. After paint has dried, and the surface is dust free, add a layer of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish (#45892) to protect the surface.

Want a room that makes a statement? Paint the floors. The following instructions and designs show you how to create durable and cost-effective style underfoot.
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bright path
Painted stairs mimic a customized runner.
Step 1: Measure and mark the desired stripe widths. Step 2: Use painter’s tape to cover the areas not being painted, and then paint each stripe using a high-quality synthetic bristle brush. Allow at least two hours to dry. Step 3: Remove the tape; repeat steps for additional stripes.

featured colors*
white (American Tradition by Valspar, Ivory Dust #7003-24) orange (American Tradition by Valspar, Butternut Tree #3002-5B) dark orange (Signature Colors by Valspar, Eddie Bauer Home, Burnt Brick #EB37-4) yellow (Signature Colors by Valspar, Laura Ashley Home, Deep Cowslip 4 #LA704)
*Used to tint American Tradition by Valspar Latex Porch and Floor Enamel (#49816)

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striking squares
This colorful treatment invokes retro chic.
Step 1: Apply two coats of the base color; allow to dry. Step 2: Tape off the squares using painter’s tape. Step 3: Paint colors from the center out (be careful not to paint yourself into a corner). Paint two coats of the dark color first, and then two coats of the lighter color. Allow to dry; carefully remove the tape.

featured colors*
base (American Tradition by Valspar, Jekyll Club Veranda Ivory #7003-20) darker squares (American Tradition by Valspar, Carolina Inn Brass #3007-8A) lighter squares (American Tradition by Valspar, Baked Scone #3007-8B)
*Used to tint American Tradition by Valspar Latex Porch and Floor Enamel (#49816)

Rectangular shapes placed diagonally can make a surface look larger.
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As this child grows up, her crib can be converted to a toddler bed and then to a full-size adult bed. Visit BabysDream.com.

subtle circles
This gentle pattern creates a cheerful look.
Step 1: Determine the size of the circles you want to create. Draw the circles on the floor using a compass and pencil. (You can create a compass with two pencils and a string that’s the length of the circle’s radius.) Step 2: Paint each circle with the color of your choice. Use a small brush to create a clean edge around the circle, and then fill in with a larger brush.

featured colors*
base (American Tradition by Valspar, Bistro White #7006-4) yellow circles (American Tradition by Valspar, Lemon Cream #3006-4C) pink circles (American Tradition by Valspar, Baby Blush #1008-2C)
*Used to tint American Tradition by Valspar Latex Porch and Floor Enamel (#49816)
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good to know
For maximum durability on floors, you can use Minwax Fast-drying Polyurethane in place of Polycrylic, but note that polyurethane can cause colors to turn yellowish over time.

our free clinic, “How To Install Hardwood Flooring,” at 11 a.m. every Saturday in January at your local Lowe’s. Sign up at Lowes.com/Clinics.

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CASE
STUDY
A little imagination can turn a basic bookcase into a unique space for work or play. Try one or more of these projects.

self

expression
A well-equipped art center with a cool color palette can provide a constant source of inspiration. A magnetic bar (#95053) attached to the inside holds brushes. A painted drop cloth (#126317) used as a curtain conceals supplies and works-in-progress.
Bookcase paint:

flower

power

This fresh bookcase design keeps all your gardening supplies in one place. Utility hooks (#65656) attached to the inside keep tools ready to grab. Springgreen paint hints at the gardening theme while matchstick blinds (#164100) add texture and hide clutter.
Bookcase paint:

(outside) American Tradition by Valspar, Bistro White #7006-4, semi-gloss; (inside) Signature Colors by Valspar, Waverly Home Classics, Simply Gray #WV37006, semi-gloss; (drop cloth) Signature Colors by Valspar, Laura Ashley Home, Inlet Blue #LA1215, Apple 5 #LA1005; satin

Signature Colors by Valspar, Laura Ashley Home, semi-gloss; (outside) Olive Grove #LA916; (inside) Raw Linen #LA108

P R O D U C E D BY A LLI S O N R . B A N KS W R I T T E N BY K A R E N P E R K I N S P H OTO G R A P H Y BY B R I A N F R A N C I S

We used a cherry-finish bookcase (#57354*) for these four projects.
*Availability varies by market.

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world
traveler
Maps and a paper lantern (#237095) encourage vacation plans—or dreams— with this travel center. To achieve the look, decoupage maps inside the bookcase and on the shelf, if desired. For the lantern, first cut a small hole in the back panel. Then hang the lantern from the top panel using the hardware included, pushing the cord through the small hole. A vibrant paint color and favorite mementos personalize the space.
Bookcase paint:

working

order

Organizing bills, to-do lists, or work from the office becomes less of a chore with this efficient option. A laptop can be stored conveniently on the center shelf. The curtain rod holds drapery rings with clips (#210101) to keep notes accessible. Decorative task lighting (#42143) completes this studious look.
Bookcase paint:

Signature Colors by Valspar, Eddie Bauer Home, Island Blue #EB8-1, semi-gloss
Log On For a list of tools, materials, and how-to instructions for decoupage, visit
Lowes.com/Decoupage.

good to know
Before painting this bookcase, be sure to sand thoroughly, and then prime it with an oil-based primer.

(inside) Signature Colors by Valspar, Eddie Bauer Home, Vanilla Bean #EB25-3, semi-gloss

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what a great idea
Clear, open containers

PRODUCED BY KELLY M. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN FRANCIS STYLING BY PADEN REICH AND KELLY M. SMITH

Yesterday’s terrariums inspired these clever indoor gardens.

glass grown
vibrant

with translucent-glass or highquality plastic give the best of terrariums—the see-through effect—without having the complexity of a self-sustaining ecosystem. Low-maintenance plants, such as succulents and cacti, need a minimal amount of water and fertilizer.Try the following ideas to create your own laid-back planters.

feeder
Paint a cedar bird feeder a bright hue, and add some desert flair by planting colorful red, green, and yellow cacti inside. This fun and easy project is great for kids. A variety of sizes and styles of cedar feeders are available at Lowe’s.

graceful

globes
Line up a few of these tiny planters down the center of a table for a natural look. Or set them in a windowsill, where the globe will catch the sunlight and cast a beautiful glow on the bright-green succulents. The plants can grow in the shallow soil, but you may need to replant them in larger pots if they become too big for the globes.

Step 1: Remove the plastic hanger and
windows from the feeder. Lightly sand, prime, and spray-paint the wood; we used green apple (#118990). Let dry. Step 2: Replace the plastic windows. Add a 1-inch layer of pearl stone soil cover (#139514) inside the feeder, and then add a 2-inch layer of potting soil. Step 3: Plant small cacti or succulents in the potting soil. Add a shallow layer of the soil cover around the plants. Water lightly.

Step 1: Plant a small succulent or cactus in a 1-inch layer of
potting soil in a 4-inch-wide clay saucer. Water lightly. Sprinkle pearl stone soil cover (#139514) around the plant. Step 2: Place a clear seeded-glass globe (#87316) over the saucer. (You can glue the globe in place, or simply let it rest on the saucer.)

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fixture
Try giving a basic ceiling light a colorful upgrade with paint, and then turn it into a container for shapely plants. The prismatic glass of the fixture contributes a nice texture to the scene, while the purplish-red paint color complements the bromeliad’s warm organic hues.

Step 1: Use painter’s tape to
cover the glass areas of the ceiling fixture drum (#78219). Step 2: Spray-paint the white plastic areas; we used claret wine (#40180). Allow to dry, and then remove the tape. Step 3: Add a 1⁄2-inch layer of pearl stone soil cover (#139514), and add a 2-inch layer of potting soil. Step 4: Plant a succulent or bromeliad in the potting soil. Add a shallow layer of the stone soil cover around the plant. Water lightly.

bird’s-eye

view

Hang this feeder-turned-planter in front of a window, or outdoors on a covered porch, and watch your plant grow. You also can place this planter on a table near a natural light source. Note: This project is fairly airtight (except for some airflow from the bottom), so you will see condensation inside the glass.

good to know
For growing cacti and succulents, try Miracle-Gro Cactus Potting Mix (#248406). It provides excellent drainage for these desert plants.

Step 1: Unscrew the top of the metal bird
feeder (#178345). Using a spoon or small scoop, add a 2-inch layer of white marble soil cover (#139497), and add a 1-inch layer of potting soil. Step 2: Plant a thin, upright succulent, such as the elephant bush shown here, in the potting soil. Add a thin layer of the marble soil cover around the plant. Water lightly. Replace the top of the feeder.

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in the community

Lowe’s Heroes

Lowe’s employees in the Greater Dallas area help improve local Boys and Girls Clubs during a summerlong project.

Volunteers in the Lowe’s Heroes program renovated several Boys and Girls Clubs to provide better facilities for kids’ activities and enrichment.

All children need a safe place to
learn and grow.Thanks to hundreds of Lowe’s employees, 10 facilities can provide that environment. During the 2006 Lowe’s Heroes project, 33 stores in Dallas and Fort Worth,Texas, teamed up to renovate local Boys and Girls Clubs for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 18.The clubs provide youth programs and activities for those who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs. To begin the project, site assessments of the Boys and Girls Clubs were conducted to identify their needs.“In general, funding was desperately needed to improve the aesthetics, safety, and overall standards of these facilities,” explains Jack Fuller, the North Dallas store manager.“They simply

were not conducive to the kids’ learning and development.” Improvements for the clubs included painting, lighting and wall repair, safety upgrades, and basic remodeling and landscaping. The project that Jack found the most touching was the renovation of an Olympicsize swimming pool, which would have been shut down if the Lowe’s Heroes program had not intervened.“Restoring this pool will impact a large number of kids for many years,” Jack says. “There are 40 or 50 examples just like that pool—where the overall impact just can’t be measured.” Most of the work took place during the summer of 2006.“We had more than 300 employees give their time—over 7,000 hours of skilled labor—for this project,”

Jack says.“The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas were also awarded a $25,000 grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to purchase project supplies for the facility renovations.” Project completion coincided with the clubs’ annual registration. Lowe’s sponsored a grand reopening event on August 15 at the Oak Cliff location in southern Dallas. Jack describes the celebration as having a “festival atmosphere for the children, [including] face painting, kids’ clinics, bounce houses, as well as food and refreshments, all free of charge.” Lowe’s Heroes is an annual companywide initiative in which Lowe’s employees conduct volunteer projects to help their communities and neighborhoods become better places to live. For more information on the Lowe’s programs and partnerships, visit Lowes.com/Community.
Photography by Jack Fuller/Lowe’s

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