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Cats are always looking for something to do. That’s why we developed the Steampunk Cat Transit System (CTS) for a private residence in San Francisco. The homeowners spend a lot of time in their home office, which means their cat is always in...
To-Dos: Your November Home Checklist
The weather may be turning chillier and the leaves disappearing, but with Thanksgiving and the winter holidays approaching, you’re likely to have a bustle of activity indoors. Get ahead of things this November by checking these 12 items off your to-do...
Houzz Tour: Meet the Schoolhouse Saved By ‘The Birds’
The frightening movie scene is familiar to people around the world: After a string of strange and increasingly violent bird attacks, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) goes to the local school to fetch Cathy (Veronica Cartwright), the young sister...
Pet-Friendly Design: Making Room for the Dog Dish
When I say there is nothing quite so unpleasant as stepping in a dog’s water dish, I speak from experience (no thanks, Augie). Like a good pet owner, I keep my pup’s water bowl filled with fresh water. It’s located in the kitchen, where I inevitably...
Homeowners Give the Pink Sink Some Love
In midcentury America many bathrooms were the colors of Jordan almonds. The basic fixtures — sink, tub, toilet — were pastel pink, light blue and minty green. The tile was often one of these Easter egg–like colors and accented with black borders....
9 Reasons to Buy a Painting
There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun (and affordable) — but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of one-of-a-kind art. If you’ve been sticking with framed prints, let these 10 reasons tempt you into your neighborhood...
Kitchen Evolution: Work Zones Replace the Triangle
When I began studying kitchen design many (many!) years ago, I learned all about the much-venerated kitchen work triangle — in which the refrigerator, range...
The 15 Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas on Houzz
As the home of appliances, cookware and every specialty gadget under the sun, the kitchen is and always will be a perplexing place to organize. The never-ending accessories and endless food cans, boxes and bags easily fill up every nook and cranny, especially...
A Contractor's Secrets to Hanging Holiday Decor
Whether you're looking for a spot to put up your Christmas wreath for a week or need something more permanent, hanging decor on the exterior or interior of your home can be tricky sometimes. Where you're hanging it makes all the difference. Here are a...
Dream Spaces: Spa-Worthy Showers to Refresh the Senses
The term “shower stall” often conjures a utilitarian, single-person spot meant for one thing: getting clean. These fantastic showers are a different animal — in many of them, solid walls and opaque barriers have been largely banished to let in light...
Houzz Tour: Prairie Grain Bin Turned Bucolic Retirement Home
The prairie structures of Great Falls, Montana, have always captivated retired art teacher Kate Morris. Driving through the undulating, grassy landscape, she imagined someday turning one of the conical metal buildings made to store grain into a...
10 Tricks to Help Your Bathroom Sell Your House
Buyers love the allure of a fresh, beautiful bathroom that reminds them of luxury hotels or soothing spas they have enjoyed. And, most important, buyers want to envision themselves enjoying this luxury every day in their new home. However,...
Your November Garden Checklist
The colors of late fall are inspired by the landscape: flaxen grasses, scarlet maples and sedum. Here in California I'm just starting to see the ginkgos go gold...
Brilliant Scenes of Fall Color Indoors and Out
Last week we asked for your best photos of fall color. With designers, photographers and home gardeners chiming in from across the U.S. and around the world, we were awestruck by the leaves, flowers, lakes, trees and more...
12 Entertaining ‘Bee-haviors’ of Native Bees
What I relish most about my pollinator garden is the three-ring circus of clowns, acrobats, contortionists and other performers. While nurturing a garden habitat that gives native bees a place in which to live, eat and raise their young, we also...
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