Look what's new in "This Old House" If you're not a regular reader of "This Old House," check out the November issue. It's full of helpful...

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Look what’s new in “This Old House”

If you’re not a regular reader of “This Old House,” check out the November issue. It’s full of helpful kitchen-remodeling information, 24 tips for a perfect paint job and advice about laundry-room redos. www.thisoldhouse.com

Inspiration lives on — for now

“Inspired House” magazine drew industry praise but not enough readers, so it folded in the spring after just 2 ½ years. Now its publisher, Taunton Press, has compiled some of the magazine’s best stories, filled with design and consumer advice, into “Smart Choices for Your Home,” a one-time publication available on newsstands. Worth looking for if you’re in the market for carpet, countertops, windows or paint, among others things.


Funky projects for cool crafters

As if anyone needs more evidence that crafting is hot among 20-somethings, read “Craft: Transforming Traditional Crafts,” the first issue of a journal-like magazine geared to that age group.

It has lots of cool projects (knitted robot toys, felt iPod covers). Our faves for home and garden projects are the “Ant Farm Room Divider,” “Tie-Upholstered Switch Plate” (it’s amazing how scissors and a little glue can turn a bad necktie into functional art) and “Cat Nip Castle” (wall art that looks good even when Kitty is climbing on it).

There’s also a wooden version of the ubiquitous George Nelson ball clock. We’ve seen Tootsie Pop versions of the midcentury clock, but this one looks like it might last longer.

Most of the first-person articles are written by craft bloggers or Web-site creators. craftzine.com.

Keep your head while living like a queen

Some color experts tell us blue is the new trend in wall paint, but we’ll take the green on the November cover of “Domino.” A deep avocado (no, no, not the 1970s appliance color), the mossy shade is actually called Oregano and comes from Benjamin Moore. It looks striking with black and white.

There’s also a “workbook” on how to get the look of the indulgent décor fancied by Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola’s film but for far less. dominomag.com

Molding, flooring and rooftop work

Give a blah room a shot of elegance with crown molding. The October/November issue of “Fine Homebuilding” shares tips on mastering the craft. Through sketches and photos, it shows how to install a five-, six- or even seven- piece cornice. (That’s right, it’s enough fancy trim to put a wedding cake to shame.)

The same issue dissects laminate flooring and offers how-to information on leakproof roof-valley repair and installing step flashing on a roof. finehomebuilding.com

Peek into kids’ rooms for the next few weeks

From mod baby furnishings to Barbie-inspired frills to a rockin’ teen metal décor, the fall issue of “Kids’ Rooms Etc.” has something for nearly every child.

There’s lots of where-to-buy information and tips, and while the features may be short on specific how-tos, the photos do inspire ideas. The special publication from Better Homes and Gardens is slated to be on newsstands through Dec. 5. www.bhg.com

Compiled by The Washington Post and Seattle Times staff