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Going Solar at Home: Solar Panel Basics
Christine Tusher | April 16, 2014 92
Solar-powered homes were a rarity as recently as a decade ago. But a plethora of federal and local tax incentives along with increasing worries about climate change have made them commonplace. Installing solar panels can decrease your household’s...
Guest Picks: Fun and Functional Kids’ Bathroom Finds
Laurel MacDougall | April 16, 2014 10
Second to the kitchen, the bathroom takes the biggest beating in a home with children. This is where the kids bathe, brush their teeth, shower, do their hair, wash their hands and — well, you know. And because you too are likely going to be spending...
Guest Picks: Curtain Call
Ashley Brown | April 15, 2014 18
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Curtains are the hardest home decor item to shop for. While recently looking around for dining room curtains, I found that there were mostly two common curtain themes: old-fashioned and affordable, or stylish...
Wine Storage for the Rest of Us
Becky Dietrich | April 15, 2014 40
Before the wine police throttle me, let me concede that wine cannot really be successfully stored in less-than-perfectly-controlled conditions. Of course, that assumes you are a connoisseur buying high-end wine for either investment or long-term maturing. But...
Inside Houzz: Setting a Midcentury Mood in Portland
Annie Thornton | April 15, 2014 60
Eight years ago Robert and Amanda Nathan added 900 square feet to their 1950s home in Portland, Oregon, reorienting the living room and adding a couple of bedrooms and a bathroom. “We generated ideas old-school, from magazines and books, and simply...
Houzz Tour: Stacking Up to a Modern Master in Kansas
John Hill | April 15, 2014 25
Inspiration for the design of a new house can come from many places, such as a client’s interests and wishes, a place’s context or another building. The latter, referred to as a precedent in design circles, was one major influence on Matthew...
Chic New Interiors Take a Ranch House Beyond Typical
Mary Jo Bowling | April 15, 2014 41
Before-and-afters like this one have launched a million projects, snagged thousands of jobs for clever designers and ignited countless dreams. Nothing illustrates possibility like a dramatic interior transformation — especially when that potential lies...
Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty Warmth
Becky Harris | April 15, 2014 43
Winters can be extra tough on Minnesotans who love to garden. A small addition to her 1919 bungalow allows this passionate gardener to keep her hands in the dirt all year long while protecting her favorite potted plants. “We wanted to make the new addition...
12 Warm-Weather Makeover Ideas for the Bedroom
Laura Gaskill | April 15, 2014 13
The longer, warmer days of spring and summer beg for a lighter touch in the bedroom and guest quarters. Pack up the thick duvets and woolen blankets and set out something fresher and prettier —...
My Houzz: Twister Damage Sparks a Whole Ranch Remodel
Sarah Greenman | April 15, 2014 101
The Forest Hill neighborhood in Dallas is best known for its stately oak trees. But after a small Texas twister sent a 50-foot red oak through the roof of John Gilliland and Lenore LoCascio’s ranch house, the couple decided it was time to remodel. After...
Guest Picks: From India With Love
Laura Gaskill | April 14, 2014 12
Perhaps it was the previews of the independent Indian film The Lunchbox, soon to be released in the States, or maybe it was the photos (and gorgeous treasures) from my friend and fellow blogger...
8 Tips for Collecting Chic Vintage Barware
Christine Tusher | April 14, 2014 5
I subscribe to the idea that enjoying a cocktail should always feel like special occasion, whether you’re sipping a French 75 at a chic rooftop bar or enjoying a gin and tonic on your back deck. But no matter how much time, effort and premium booze...
My Houzz: Family Efforts Pay Off for a 1915 Home
Esther Hershcovich | April 14, 2014 37
Kathy Szabo and Joe Martucci spent 12 years renovating their previous home and were itching to get their hands dirty again. It took them three years of searching, but they found a new house that was worthy of their attention....
How to Navigate an Extended Guest Stay
Alison Hodgson | April 14, 2014 59
The morning our house burned down, we — my husband, Paul, myself and our three children — were all home and in bed. We escaped with the family dog and the clothes on our backs. The county sheriff arrived almost immediately and asked if there...
Houzz Tour: Farmhouse Meets Victorian in Los Angeles
Becky Harris | April 14, 2014 119
Interior designer Alison Kandler’s farmhouse fantasy began with tile. “I fell in love with this chicken-wire tile, and the whole house grew out of that,” she says. Kandler had worked on many house projects with architect Joan Swartz, and together...
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