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Simple projects you can do to refresh your home in a weekend

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Kate Lester, head of Kate Lester Interiors in Hermosa Beach, Ca., answered your questions on Thursday about how to refresh your home with simple projects. Lester is known for a style that combines classic lines, vintage pieces and modern touches. She likes to break a rule or two in each project and always tries to include at least “one weird thing.” Lester carefully crafts spaces to reflect her clients, including Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach, whose home on the beach outside of Los Angeles she decorated, and fine art photographer Gray Malin, whose Michigan lake house she transformed. Two Kate Lester HOME shops in Southern California carry her favorite products. Here are some of the questions she answered:

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests — whether it’s Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, Jasmine Roth of HGTV, Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage or TikTok’s Folding Lady, Sophie Liard — answer your decorating, decluttering, design, entertaining and home-keeping questions. For more than 20 years, our Q&A has hosted conversations about how to make your home comfortable, stylish, organized and fun.

Recent Q&As have covered whether it’s okay to replace a tub with a stand-alone shower, how to keep mice out of your house, what to do with a collection of costume jewelry and how to use the steam settings on your washer and dryer.

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.