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My Houzz: Hard Work Pays Off in a DIY Cottage Renovation
After months of searching through the MLS real estate listings website as a hobby, Sarah Brown came across a 1950s cottage that was exactly what she and Chad Zentner were looking for — a renovation project that would allow them to exercise...
Houzz Tour: Much to Like About This Traditional Beauty
Interior designer Jules Duffy had a running start when it came to decorating this northern New Jersey home. “This is such a beautiful home,” she says. “The proportions of the rooms are absolutely perfect.” Not only that, but the previous owners...
New Sophistication for a Connecticut Bachelor Pad
For his first home, Tom Thulin wanted what most people want: a place where he could relax and unwind. The busy 38-year-old bachelor and owner of a large distributor of baseball equipment chose a three-bedroom, three-level contemporary home built in the...
20 DIY Ornaments to Give or Keep
If your branches appear a little bare or your packages need a little sprucing up, or if you’ve swapped more cookies than your teeth or stomach can bear, consider a homemade Christmas ornament or two.
Must-Know Furniture: Get Close With a Tête-à-Tête
With the holiday party season in full swing, I’m reminded why the tête-à-tête is the perfect party seating. You’ve probably sat next to a friend on a crowded sofa and struggled to talk without wrenching your neck to one side, or you’ve curled...
Room of the Day: A Fresh Mix in a Traditional Colonial
“If it’s possible to have a palette of taupe and clear with a few splashes of tropical color, I want that.” That was the direction interior designer Heather Garrett received for decorating this home in tobacco country. Because one of the homeowners...
Houzz Tour: A Home for Family and Entertaining Too
The owners of this 1950s house in the Sydney, Australia, suburbs were happy with the home’s size and location, but several renovations had turned it into a labyrinth of small rooms with varying ceiling heights. With three children younger than 10, they...
Houzz Call: Share Your Personal Holiday Traditions
For some the holiday season means decorated trees, twinkly lights and festive parties. For others the holidays are a time for candles, contemplation and family meals. Whatever holidays you celebrate, chances are you have loads of traditions that go with...
Houzz Tour: A French Ski Chalet’s Dark Sophistication
Sitting on the main street in Val d’Isère, France’s noted Alpine resort, this spacious chalet is an avid skier’s dream. But a well-situated location is not the only string in this home’s bow. Its elegant design uses a mix of textural and contemporary...
Living Room Features That Never Go Out of Style
They’re the simple pieces that stand the test of time. Never in or out of fashion, the items in this bunch are classically chic and tasteful, and eternally look good (so you won’t be forking over money to replace them in two years’...
Simple Pleasures: Decorating Is Fun
Just like the title of famed decorator Dorothy Draper’s book, decorating is fun! Or at least, it can be, once you get beyond the...
11 Ways to Have More Fun at Home
Building or renovating a house is serious business — as it should be. But once the important stuff is done, the bills are paid and the dust has settled, you can let the fun begin. It’s clear from Houzzers’ comments that you enjoy putting your personalities...
A Fresh and Fun Hanukkah Dessert Table and Wrapping Station
Beginning December 16, friends and family will come together for eight days to celebrate Hanukkah. How about giving your celebrations a fresh spin this year with a dressed-up dessert table and gift wrapping table? Each table features easy-to-arrange decor...
12 Ways to Beat the Home Decor Blahs
Sometimes I feel like my house has a case of the blahs — I look around and realize I’m tired of the same old arrangements. When I was interviewing an interior designer recently, she told me how she always asks her clients’ permission to dig through...
A Short History of the Sunburst Mirror
You can hardly flip a page in a design magazine without coming across one of these gilded creations — but today’s passion for sunburst mirrors is hardly new. With design roots in the Middle Ages and Versailles, the sunburst mirror has a fascinating...
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