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This is what our readers think is missing from every home. Do you agree?

Raise your hand if your home is missing a certain je ne sais quoi. In your space, do you ever wonder how you could make it better - what you could subtract to make it feel fresh, balanced and new? When looking at our own decor with little perspective, it can be hard to decipher the missing piece to the puzzle - the one thing that's stopping our space from looking and feeling just right. Is the sofa too small? What should I add to that wall? Why does my place feel a little sterile? If you've ever asked yourself these types of questions, you're not alone.

Home & Garden

Ditch dirt, disarray with a custom doormat

The roughly 4-foot square area just inside our entry teeters on the brink, a minefield of dirty footprints, stray leaves and stuff the dog dragged in. Judging strictly on visual evidence, you might have a hard time determining if a family or a herd of goats has been passing through the door.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Flowers for the country border

Life on farms, ranches and larger suburban home sites is all about country. It's an unpredictable world of animals, plants, kids and weather that has defined American life for the past two centuries. You won't find fabulous design or cutting edge modern here. This is our tradition in the hinterlands, where we aren't creating just a pretty picture. We create functional sites that are maintainable and useful today, for us and our families. With all the chores to do, few have time to sweat the details, seek perfection or create glossy magazine looks. It's just who we are.

Home & Garden

Outdoor fire elements

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - When Rhonda and Jose Castro began the three-year makeover of their San Clemente home, Rhonda had a pretty good idea of what she wanted: fresh and modern, but also warm. That's the approach she takes to the investment properties she and Jose redesign and sell.

Dave Barry's Blog

Videos

Chefs donate time to feed homeless in Miami

Chefs from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival will cook 3,500 meals for homeless people at Miami Rescue Mission.
José A. Iglesias Miami Herald
Chefs donate time to feed homeless in Miami 0:48

Chefs donate time to feed homeless in Miami

Tasty drink: Try Tommy's Margarita on National Margarita Day 0:58

Tasty drink: Try Tommy's Margarita on National Margarita Day

Children play the National Anthem on violins 1:43

Children play the National Anthem on violins

Westminster Dog Show features new breeds 1:17

Westminster Dog Show features new breeds