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You Said It: ‘Happy Is Such a Good Thing’ and More Quotes of the Week
Becky Harris | December 12, 2014 13
This week on Houzz, we continued our holiday preparations and looked toward some of the changes we’d like to make in the new year. Whether you’re planning an extensive renovation or a move, looking for a new wall color or planning to swap a few things...
6 Holiday Gifts From the Garden
Benjamin Vogt | December 12, 2014 15
If I won the lottery, I’d give all of my friends new sports cars for the holidays, but I’m not sure that would mean as much as making something from my garden with my own hands. It’s amazing what the garden can give us in every season of the year...
Houzz Call: How Do You Put Your Garage to Work for Your Home?
Mitchell Parker | December 12, 2014 129
The garage is one of those vital supporting acts in a home. Its basic and original function is to protect your vehicle or vehicles from the weather. But the rise of attached garages in the mid-1950s meant that with a shorter, often protected,...
Understand Your Site Plan for a Better Landscape Design
Falon Mihalic | December 12, 2014 16
The site plan represents the overall design for a landscape and is the primary tool used by the landscape architect to lay out the space. Landscape architects are trained to create the design in plan view as one of the first phases in the design process....
Shop Houzz: Gifts for the Art Lover
Houzz | December 12, 2014 6
A gift of art is personal, meaningful and lasting — and choosing a piece doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Figure out what to give by studying the style of art and furnishings in the recipient’s home. Start with a tiny painting...
Kitchen of the Week: New Function, Flow — and Love — in Milwaukee
Jeannie Matteucci | December 12, 2014 91
Katy Nast and son Andrew didn’t like being in their kitchen. The closed-off room cut them off from guests in the dining room, and Katy felt distanced from her son when he was doing his homework in another room. Plus, the kitchen’s mustard-yellow countertops...
11 Ways to Have More Fun at Home
Janet Dunn | December 12, 2014 103
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...
Houzz Tour: A Vintage Home Wrapped Up in a Box
Joanna Tovia | December 11, 2014 48
Chris Maher and Charlotte Kennedy run their architecture and interior design practice, Studio 53, from home and, with three children all heading into their teens, decided to extend and renovate their newly purchased but run-down worker’s...
Great Design Plant: Cyrtomium Falcatum ‘Rochfordianum’
Jay Sifford | December 11, 2014 13
By late fall much of the woodland garden has gone to sleep until spring. Many ferns show only brown, lifeless remnants of their former seasonal glory, making the few evergreen fern species even more valuable this time of year. Let’s consider Japanese...
A Fresh and Fun Hanukkah Dessert Table and Wrapping Station
Brooke Pratt | December 11, 2014 11
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...
Houzz Tour: Organic and Natural in an Island Cottage
Mitchell Parker | December 11, 2014 54
Going all natural is part of everyday life for interior designer Carrie McCarthy. She always wears gray, eats mostly organic food and prefers soft, neutral colors in her home. “There’s really no separation from the way I dress, eat or create a home,”...
12 Ways to Beat the Home Decor Blahs
Becky Harris | December 11, 2014 103
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...
Shop Houzz: Pack a Punch With Pop Art Style
Houzz | December 11, 2014 4
Pop art was first created in America and Britain in the mid-1950s, inspired by consumerism and popular culture. Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Richard Hamilton defined the movement with their bold, simple, everyday images in vibrant...
Room of the Day: New Life for Historic Wallpaper Landscapes
Annie Thornton | December 11, 2014 87
Ann Clark had one reaction after seeing the walls in two rooms of the 200-year-old Providence, Rhode Island, mansion she had been hired to restore: “What are you going to do with that?” The wallpaper was...
A Short History of the Sunburst Mirror
Laura Gaskill | December 11, 2014 36
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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