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Simple Pleasures: Savor a Starry Evening
Laura Gaskill | July 16, 2014 27
When you are on vacation, it seems natural to end up outdoors in the evening and even into the night, simply enjoying being outdoors. On camping trips it’s all about stargazing and marshmallow roasting; at a beach house, you might sneak down to see...
Get the Look of Wood Cabinets for Less
Fred Albert | July 16, 2014 77
While plastic laminate cabinets might seem like a relic of another era, they actually are a practical, affordable, and — dare we say it? — stylish alternative to conventional wood cabinetry. “The general public doesn’t have an understanding about...
Great Design Plant: Northern Bush Honeysuckle, a Bronze Beauty
Karen Chapman | July 16, 2014 24
What first attracted me to this gently mounding shrub at the nursery was the distinctive bronze foliage that glowed in the sun. The fragrant tubular yellow blooms came as an unexpected bonus, as did the discovery that deer do minimal damage to it —...
My Houzz: Light and Serenity Fill an 1890 Home
Esther Hershcovich | July 16, 2014 37
“The main problem with our home was the lack of light,” says Ephraim Cohen. He and his wife, Yehudit, bought the house two years ago after moving from the U.S. with plans to retire in Israel. It was close to their daughter and grandchildren, and the...
10 Ways to Hide That Air Conditioner
Mariana Pickering | July 16, 2014 118
Ductless mini-split air conditioners are popping up all over the place as an energy-efficient alternative to central air conditioning systems. Why? Because you can individually control zones of your house, so you don’t waste energy cooling a room you’re...
Room of the Day: Playing Up Color in a California Lounge
Jeannie Matteucci | July 16, 2014 33
Who wants to hang out at the mall? Not these teens. They relax with their friends in a colorful former family room off the entrance of their parents’ updated Danville, California, ranch home. Designer Kristin Rowell and her team from ScavulloDesign...
Guest Picks: Pineapple Home Decor to Scoop Up
It’s pineapple season (in home decor, that is)! I’ve been spotting pineapples in decorating across all styles and all types of home accessories. The pineapple as a design motif is quirky and whimsical, and that’s what I love — there’s a certain...
How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right
Fred Albert | July 15, 2014 155
Like a blank page or canvas, an empty room can be either an opportunity or a challenge. With so many ways to fill it, how do you know where to start? I've taken some of the basic rules of furniture arrangement and distilled them...
The Simple Secret to Gardening Success
Falon Mihalic | July 15, 2014 12
Avid gardeners and those in the landscape industry talk about soil a lot. Clay, sand, topsoil, mulch, amendments, compost — we throw around these terms regularly because the ground is so essential to what we do. For anyone who claims to have...
6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning
Mariana Pickering | July 15, 2014 90
Having an air conditioner is a near-must in climates where months-long heat waves are a summer norm. (We’re fanning our faces with you, Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in regions with gentler climates,...
Bathroom Workbook: 10 Elements of Industrial Style
Mitchell Parker | July 15, 2014 17
You probably wouldn’t guess it, but turn-of-the-century rural farmhouses have a lot in common design-wise with big-city industrial buildings from the same era. Both types of structures were born out of a need for function at a minimum cost, and...
10 Ways to Bring Palm Beach Fun to Your Pad
Laura Gaskill | July 15, 2014 26
Take one part midcentury modern, one part old Hollywood and two parts preppy. Shake well and garnish with a dash of pure colorful kitsch. Sound refreshing? Here are 10 ways to snag a little of the fun, party-ready style of Palm Beach, Florida, for your...
Cute, Cook-Friendly Cottage Kitchens
Becky Dietrich | July 15, 2014 63
I drool over cottage kitchens, but then, my husband does most of the cooking. (I cooked for the first 25 years, so it seemed only fair that he cook for the next 25.) Naturally, his response to cottage kitchens is distinctly different from mine. Where...
Room of the Day: A New Family Room’s Natural Connection
Becky Harris | July 15, 2014 14
Creating a family room that could stand up to two young boys was “pretty easy” here, says interior designer Sophia Reay — these clients are very down-to-earth, laid-back and fuss free. Bringing architectural interest and natural elements into the...
Plant Your Hardscape for Unexpected Green
Jay Sifford | July 15, 2014 37
An exceptional garden employs the unexpected to tell its story. The ordinary is nowhere to be found. The author of this kind of garden is attentive to every detail to create a one-of-a-kind experience. By contrast, hardscape is often too predictable...
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