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Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch
Steven Randel | August 26, 2014 134
Front porches nearly disappeared from new homes in the late 20th century, but our fondness for them remains. The porch allows a gracious and practical transition from public to private — a place where one can soak up the late-summer sun, visit with...
Hidden in Plain Sight: 10 Cleverly Closeted Home Spaces
Lisa Higgins | August 26, 2014 33
Everybody loves a good closet, a place where you can shut a door to conceal clutter in one fell swoop. In that spirit, forward-thinking designers and homeowners have learned the advantage of tucking all kinds of living spaces — home offices, laundry...
How to Create an Unforgettable Garden
Jay Sifford | August 26, 2014 47
What do people see when they come over for a visit? Your garden, as does your house, makes an impression on every one of them. Is the impression good or bad? Memorable or forgettable? If the mere thought of this question makes you cringe, don’t worry;...
Room of the Day: Child Safety at Play in a Nautical-Themed Nursery
Becky Harris | August 26, 2014 16
After working with interior designer Beth Bourque on the rest of their home, the Hingham, Massachusetts, these new parents were ready for her to transform son Finn’s nursery. The...
Great Design Plant: Snowberry Pleases Year-Round
Kate Bryant | August 26, 2014 17
Wander along nearly any stretch of Pacific Northwest roadside or through a forest clearing, and you will soon encounter vast thickets of snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus). Most commonly seen in roadside ditches in farming areas, growing with steeplebush...
Get Turned On to a Lighting Plan
Laura Gaskill | August 26, 2014 33
A well-lit room looks, works and feels better; it’s as simple as that. Whether you are starting from scratch with a new home or are looking to tailor your current space to better fit your needs, a lighting plan should be on your radar. Here’s the...
5 Ideas for a Great Home Learning Zone
Catherine Funkhouser | August 25, 2014 45
As children head back to school, it’s back to reality for parents too. Now is the time to organize our homes for the homework that’s soon to come. Advance planning and a few simple strategies, the experts say, can help boost productivity and reduce...
Guest Picks: Nicely Priced Glassware for All Occasions
Emily Fazio | August 25, 2014 16
It has been a summer of entertaining, and when my family throws a party, we usually have to consider both young and old, classy and casual. Earlier this year it occurred to me that our glassware options seemed kind of lacking, and maybe our bar set and...
Room of the Day: A Dining Room Makes a Dramatic Entrance
Jeannie Matteucci | August 25, 2014 37
First impressions are everything. So for this dining room, the first room seen upon entering this traditional waterfront home in Baltimore, the homeowners wanted something that would really grab attention. They asked designer Elizabeth...
Houzz Tour: A Historic House Gets a Feng Shui Adjustment
Becky Harris | August 25, 2014 71
While completing a renovation on their intended home away from home in Rockport, Massachusetts, this Brooklyn, New York, family of five wanted to make sure they brought some of their favorite borough with them. They also wanted to make sure the house...
Get a Grip on Climbing Walls
Annie Thornton | August 25, 2014 26
Home climbing walls rank with bowling alleys, arcades and home elevators as objects of home fantasy. What kid, or adult for that matter, hasn’t checked off “climbing wall” when dreaming about his or her ultimate fun house? But unlike many other...
Great Design Plant: Anise Hyssop Delights Licorice Lovers
Heather Holm | August 25, 2014 36
If you love black licorice, as I do, then you will want to include anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) in your landscape; crushing the foliage releases an anise (licorice) scent that smells wonderful to a licorice lover but helps keep deer and...
Simple Pleasures: Plan a Rejuvenating Retreat Right at Home
Laura Gaskill | August 25, 2014 26
When you hear the word “retreat,” what comes to mind — writing in a cabin by a lonesome lake, engaging in spiritual study or practicing yoga on the beach? How about doing a retreat in your own home? It may at first seem like an improbable idea (although...
Going Beyond Technology in the Media Room
Christine Tusher | August 24, 2014 21
Technology is only one aspect of media room design. The right furnishings also are key to creating a space in which family members will want to gather to enjoy TV, music, video games and digital media together. A media room can be the hub of...
Autumn Joy: How to Get 3 Months of Fall Flowers
Benjamin Vogt | August 24, 2014 36
I’ve become a bit of an aster hound. There are just so many asters out there that we never hear of or that nurseries don’t sell. And I’m talking native species asters...
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