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Your work is finally done. The garden is planned and planted, the weeds are pulled, the deck is set and your patio furniture is beckoning. You pour a glass of something lovely and pour yourself into an Adirondack chair. It is, at last, time to enjoy a summer sunset that makes your weeks of toil worth it. But that’s when you hear the all-too-familiar buzz, feel the all-too-familiar bite and face your necessary but limited options: slather on the smelly sprays or retreat.

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Built in the 1970s, Tom Kraatz’s Kirkwood home possessed some anachronistic elements in the master bath that kept the retiree from fully enjoying the generous 375-square-foot room. 

“While there was a lot of space, it was all disconnected and in smaller separate rooms,” Tom says. “The prior owners presumably wanted independent bathrooms, which made for redundant fixtures, aisles and restricted natural light into the different spaces.”

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Your choice in tile can take your bathroom to the next level. Whether you stick with classic neutrals or bold brights, a showstopping tile in the shower creates the perfect spa-like ambience in the bath.

1. Zellige decor in graphite, Mestizaje collection by WOW, available at Virginia Tile

2. By Jim Walters, JP Walters Design.

3. By Sharon L Sherman, Thyme & Place Design. Photography by Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography.

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Visit Lodi, and you’ll get a sense of what Napa Valley was like during its heyday in the 1960s — “Back when Napa didn’t have all of the giant wineries — the monuments,” says Russ Munson, owner of Wine & Roses, a luxury hotel in the heart of the Lodi AVA. 

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Nisha Tailor had almost forgotten how very colorful color could be. After 18 years away from her native India, the interior designer, who owns Nisha Tailor Interior Design, recalls the “shock” of seeing the bold — almost garish — hues on every wall of every home she visited.

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Longview Farm, Town and Country, MO
Photography by Kim Dillon

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