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Room of the Day: Color Cheers Up a California Living Room
Jeannie Matteucci | August 5, 2014 46
Moving from a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco to a four-bedroom, three-bathroom Craftsman bungalow in the suburbs was an exciting upgrade for this young professional couple. They just wished their new living room reflected that cheerful tone. With...
Modern Garden Designs for Modern Homes
Frank Organ | August 5, 2014 37
In 1938 Christopher Tunnard — an English landscape architect, a garden designer and the author of Gardens in the Modern Landscape, who was a strong advocate of functionalism in design — wrote, “The modern house requires modern surroundings,...
Houzz Tour: Pools and Martinis Inspire a Palm Springs Remodel
Mitchell Parker | August 5, 2014 116
What lures people to Palm Springs, California, a desert where temperatures can top 116 degrees? Oh, probably a cool pool, Frank Sinatra and a few martinis. That’s what designers Howard Hawkes and Kevin Kemper had in mind when they rehabilitated...
10 Perennials to Extend Your Garden's Summer Color
LuAnn Brandsen | August 4, 2014 27
When the dog days of summer get the best of your garden blooms, there’s still time to create a fetching landscape. Sure, you could head to the local garden center for mums, but if you want something less predictable, check out these no-fuss perennials...
Houzz Tour: San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House
Mary Jo Bowling | August 4, 2014 73
For 128 years the large house has stood at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets in San Francisco, and time has done little to diminish the beauty of the Queen Anne–style Victorian with its distinctive witch’s cap turret and its elaborate...
Your Back-to-School Game Plan
Alison Hodgson | August 4, 2014 24
Are you the parent of school-age children? If you are I would like to talk to you about the end of the school year. “What? Why? It’s August!” You may protest. Don’t I know it, but that’s exactly why I want to have this chat....
10 Tips for Chic Little Bathrooms
Lara Sargent | August 4, 2014 215
While we might dream of a big bathroom in which we can splash around a double walk-in shower, triple basin and huge, freestanding tub, the reality is that many of have little more than a handkerchief-size space to play with. Fear not, though: There is...
10 Top California Native Plants, Trees and Grasses
Debbie Ballentine | August 4, 2014 8
These plants provide an important habitat to critters large and small, stunning seasonal colors, textures and interest in any-size garden, and are climate appropriate in dry California summers. They were chosen for their gardening ease, extreme...
Room of the Day: Editing and Evolving in Philadelphia
Becky Harris | August 4, 2014 30
When a family of four moved into this Philadelphia home, they had about 15 years’ worth of furniture and accessories, and a lot of it simply did not work in their new house. “The move made them realize that they had grown and their style had changed,”...
How to Reseal Your Asphalt Driveway
Christine Tusher | August 4, 2014 44
Your poor driveway. Between taking the weight of your car several times a day and enduring the elements 24/7, it really takes a beating. And yet, aside from the odd crack or pothole, it really doesn’t complain. The only thing it requires is that you...
Guest Picks: Make Your Guest Room a Destination
Kim + Scott Vargo | August 4, 2014 24
My husband, Scott, and I have been checking things off on our eternal to-do list around the house, and we’re looking forward to the next action item — the guest room! With fall and the upcoming holidays around the corner, we’ll be seeing additional...
Objects of Desire: Modern Fireplaces Play Many Roles
Christine Tusher | August 3, 2014 26
What is it with human beings and fire? While most living things shy away from flames, we’re drawn to them, using fire for social gatherings, as a source of heat or as a tool for relaxation. In open floor plans, fireplaces serve myriad other functions,...
Houzz Tour: Modern Efficiency in the English Countryside
Natalie Wain | August 3, 2014 12
Robbie McDonald and Caroline Keenan wanted their new house, in the English village of Horsley, to be as sustainable as possible, and to use local materials to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum. It was a challenge that architect Tomas Millar of...
Raw Appeal: 9 Wonderful Ways With Natural Wood
Katie Treggiden | August 3, 2014 38
Judging by the design events this year, including London’s Clerkenwell Design Week back in May, natural materials such as wood are still very much in vogue, with a move toward leaving timber in as...
Better Places to Stash That Soap
Fred Albert | August 3, 2014 127
Every bathroom needs soap next to the sink. But soap dishes can become unsightly and a breeding ground for soggy scum. The dispensers that liquid soap are sold in aren’t particularly sturdy or attractive, either. So what’s the stylish and stable alternative? There...
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