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Design Workshop: Put Industrial Mesh to Work Around the Home
Eric Reinholdt | July 20, 2014 33
Like many architects, I am always searching for new materials to use in my residential work. I’m particularly drawn to adapting simple, utilitarian, industrial materials for use in the home. Industrial metal mesh is an excellent example of this and...
My Houzz: Earthy and Eclectic in San Francisco
Nanette Wong | July 20, 2014 37
Scott Cunningham and Douglas Leach were drawn to the light in their San Francisco home despite the place’s being smaller than ideal. Cunningham, an interior designer and a colorist,...
Big Foliage for Small Spaces
Jay Sifford | July 20, 2014 19
An exceptional garden is one that embraces and celebrates the unexpected. This can be a challenge in the smaller, more urban gardens that are becoming the norm for many of us. One way to inject unexpected interest into your small space is by introducing...
Lawn Gives Way to a More Natural Lakeside Garden
Bonnie Monte | July 20, 2014 94
With an uncommon sense of possibility, award-winning landscape designer Paul Broadhurst transformed a suburban expanse of lawn into a pebbly beach and a naturalistic meadow, reconnecting the landscape with the spirit of its lakefront setting. Broadhurst...
Guest Picks: Reclaimed Wood Pieces Full of Character
Anita Joyce | July 20, 2014 28
In the movies the things that always expose the nouveau riche as not being “old money” are brand-new clothing and houses full of shiny new furniture. Having things that show wear gives an air of their having been handed down over time. If everything...
10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel
Karen Egly-Thompson | July 20, 2014 207
While kitchens command prime real estate and design attention in a home, the laundry room, if you’re lucky to have one, is often carved out of awkward, leftover room. Most laundry rooms seem like large closets just for a washer and dryer and rarely...
What Is a Living Building?
Melanie Loftus | July 19, 2014 31
We’ve all heard of a sustainable building, but what about a living building? That’s the focus of the International Living Future Institute’s Living...
Hiring a Home Inspector? Ask These 10 Questions
Christine Tusher | July 19, 2014 32
A home inspection is the real estate equivalent of bringing a date home to meet your parents: It’s your opportunity to get a knowledgable assessment from someone you trust and whose opinion you value. While it’s tempting to go with the inspector...
Houzz Tour: A New Lake House Gets a Lived-in Look
Becky Harris | July 19, 2014 75
When interior designer Sonya Kinkade first talked about this lake house with her clients, she asked what their primary residence was like, then took the project in a completely different...
How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room
Laura Gaskill | July 19, 2014 80
All small spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making...
Modern Planting Ideas From a Historic English Garden
Frank Organ | July 19, 2014 10
In the shadow of one of England’s oldest cathedrals sits Bishopscourt, the home of the Bishop of Rochester. Behind it is a traditional English garden that is being brought into the 21st century. Bishopscourt’s updated design is a revelation, with...
My Houzz: Bright Island Style for a Florida Vacation Home
Mina Brinkey | July 19, 2014 48
Virginia Devlin and Kurt Baldassari loved to escape from their Chicago condo to the sunny beaches of South Florida, so they decided to look for a permanent vacation home there. Their search brought them to a midcentury house dubbed Barefoot...
You Said It: ‘They Looked at Me Like I Had 10 Heads’
Becky Harris | July 18, 2014 10
Baby, it’s hot outside! Houzz has been helping us figure out how to keep cool (and how to keep our cool) in July’s heat. This week I learned how to cool off without running the air conditioner (or — let’s keep it real; I live in Atlanta — how...
8 Beautiful Ideas for Floating Shelves
Laura Gaskill | July 18, 2014 52
Floating shelves — those that attach to the wall without visible brackets — are sleek, chic and so versatile. From filling a tricky nook to customizing a workspace, floating shelves are an underrated workhorse all around the house. Here are eight...
Great Design Plant: Texas Ranger Explodes With Color
Noelle Johnson | July 18, 2014 38
Residents in the Southwest who are fortunate enough to have Texas ranger (Leucophyllum frutescens) growing in their gardens are familiar with the eager anticipation of the year’s first flush of purple that covers this attractive yet tough...
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