Houzz Tours 1680 Stories

Where do you choose to live after traveling the world? After spending time in Italy, India, New York City and California, Trace Farrell wasn’t drawn to the damp and rain of the Pacific Northwest. “I really didn’t like it here,” she says. But after a friend mentioned an old bluff-side cottage on Whidbey Island,...
Houzz Tour: Limits Bring Out the Best in a Modern Lakeside Home
Karen and Grant Richards bought a 5-acre parcel of land between a creek and the shores of Lake Austin, in Texas, with the dream of building a home that would serve as a retreat from their busy careers in San Francisco and, someday, as a place where they...
Houzz Tour: Parisian Flat’s Redo Revolves Around a Terrace View
“It was the terrace that made the owner of this apartment fall head over heels for it,” says architect Manuel Sequeira. He was in charge of the radical overhaul of this 753-square-foot flat in the 20th arrondissement (district)...
Houzz Tour: Design Moves Open Up a Melbourne Cottage
While Pippa Cocks and Ben Hall lived and worked in London for three years, their unrenovated worker’s cottage in Melbourne, Australia, waited for their return. The single-story abode managed to include two bedrooms, a living room and a tiny kitchen...
Houzz Tour: High-Low Mix in a Colorful Victorian
This Victorian terrace house in East London was in poor condition aesthetically when it was bought by its current owners in 2008. They were attracted by its central location and quirky, three-story layout, and saw plenty of potential in spite of its worn...
My Houzz: A Home Filled With Warm Memories of Travel
An obsession with tulips sent fine-art and documentary photographer Rudi Dundas on a photographic journey from the Hortus Bulborum bulb library in Limmen, the Netherlands, to the Tien Shan mountains in Kazakhstan, where tulips originated. She was in Kazakhstan...
Houzz Tour: Back to the ’50s in the Heart of Bordeaux
After a fair share of traveling, Ninou Étienne, an interior designer and a decorator, finally settled in Bordeaux. The old typical Bordeaux house she purchased two years ago had been vacant for a decade. “It was a very dark house, entirely carpeted,”...
My Houzz: Minimalism Takes Shape in a Loft-Inspired Montreal Home
“Putting up drywall alone is actually pretty relaxing,” says Philippe Vincent. He should know. Inspired by his work selling condos, Vincent bought a home with the dream of doing the remodel completely by himself. He designed his home from start to...
My Houzz: Step Inside a Converted Medieval Priory
In 2009 Adam and Louise Black decided to look for more space in which to raise their four boys. “We had to get out of London,” Adam says. The family started looking for a home in West Sussex, England. When they happened upon this late-medieval priory...
My Houzz: 1896 Victorian Home Gets a Contemporary Lift
“With two children and the two of us working from home, our house is always buzzing with energy,” says interior designer Kristen Peña. “People are coming and going, and we love that. We love nothing more than having a bunch of kids laughing and...
Houzz Tour: A Light-Filled Paris Studio Redesigned for Living
A secondhand-furniture enthusiast had lived for years in her quirky but charming studio in Paris. But her home was designed more for painting than for living. She hired architect Miriam Gassmann to remodel the space and allow it to be bathed in light...
Houzz Tour: An Innovative Home Shows What It’s Made Of
This couple had an especially ambitious list of goals when they hired Meditch Murphey Architects to build a new house for them outside of Washington, D.C. Like many people planning a new home these days, they wanted to design for the future, incorporate...
My Houzz: When Memories of Home Are of Paint and Linseed Oil
Artist Marie Van Elder has always made her home integral to her work. She uses it as a studio, workshop and gallery. The walls are filled with work by her and by her artist friends, and the largest room in the house is her studio space. The rooms have...
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...
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