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When a Column Doesn't Look Like a Column
"A number of mental images come to mind when hearing the word "column," meaning a... intended as a support. The Classical Orders — round, tapered columns of Doric, Ionic, or... knocking out a wall here and building a structure there continue to increase. But, no worries... "when a column is not a column" ideas for indoor use. Thanks! Way cool. This is... out of A-school and designed a bunch of stuff that would collapse, due to having no..."
TREND ALERT: A Horse is a Horse of Course....
"always be a classic design tradition, inspiring Hamptons Ralph Lauren style, I've noticed... raised on a farm, always had horses images all over her home. Another horse image that... Here's a look at some horses that have been trotting through houzz lately.... Monica is a prominent NYC based still photographer who also has created a series of equine... posted a design dilemma I'm having with a horse painting. http://www.houzz.com/di..."
Remake a Space With a Sculptural Chandelier
"A chandelier is a key opportunity to make a big design statement. While traditional... reminiscent of a balloon sculpture to me. Like a balloon poodle or bear from a child's birthday... Version of a Sputnik Chandeliers- the old crystal types come to mind have come a long... ideabook in a bunch of different homes, along w/ its cousins: http://www.houzz.com/id... Here, a grid of lights on the ceiling becomes a field of glowing icicles. A trio..."
Ditch a Door to Open a Space
Say goodbye to an interior door or two and welcome better traffic flow and more accessible storage in your rooms
"renovating a small outdated midcentury ranch. To optimize space and traffic flow, we've... Take a look at what I found, then turn to your own home and see if it wouldn't benefit... losing a door or two. Sometimes less really is more.... I used a top down bottom up cellular shade in my little office in lieu of a closet... transformed a small sitting room off the master bath into my closet. I dedicated the entire... create a custom "closet." Especially in a small bedroom, this optimizes traffic flow..."
Live a Fairy Tale in a Getaway Castle Tower
Let down your hair or just savor the idyllic views. In these 5 remodeled European towers, how the story goes is up to you
"rescue by a knight in shining armor. Historically, medieval tower houses were often located... structures in a square or circular plan with massive walls, small window openings and narrow... wanna be a princess!! Lovely. Makes me want to book a stay... NOW. Lovely, really different... good for a larger group) is on ground floor so fewer stairs for a lighthouse lover.... daughter owns a top floor flat in a building constructed about the same time as Ashford Castle..."
A Toronto Rooftop Gets a Luxurious Makeover
Privacy screens, lighting, an outdoor kitchen and safety measures for pets make this spacious rooftop patio comfy for all
"Using a fresh but cohesive material palette, designer Lisa Aiken of Terra Firma Design... Project at a Glance Location: The Beaches neighborhood of Toronto Size: 1,000 square feet... about a third of the year though. A wonderful solution to outdoor living for a house... is not a curious one. ;-) But it is a very beautiful place, no doubt about that. I... after a long day at the office. The pergola provides a nice level of shade as well..."
The Hearth: It Makes a House a Home
"designing a home, celebrate your hearth. Surround the fireplace and chimney with texture... It's also a great way to show off your personal style. Here are some gorgeous and unique... that as a snarky comment - and I'm not just referring to the picture - I've a brick... I have a fireplace that I loved with a great rustic mantle and then gave in to family... you that a brick wall is classic, and a different color might be the answer.. I am jealous..."
Oh, What a Feeling...To Have a Painted Ceiling
"decorated with a mural, the ceiling is a great and often ignored design opportunity. So look... paint a ceiling. If you are using a color (rather than a flat white) - do you recommend... it was a no...no But these are like frosting on a cake. How fun !!!! http://two... paint, a faux finish or a mural on the ceiling. My favorite though is the room with... never was a fan of painted ceilings until we moved into our current house where many..."
You Don’t Need a Workout Room, Just a Well-Trained Home
"become a Biggest Loser candidate, even in the middle of the winter, and without a... way to a shinny floor and a skinny body! I would like to know the paint color on the... Make a space to do nothing. Even a small apartment can have a meditative corner... already have a workout room, consider designing a massage room in a small nursery space... vacuuming, a great upper-body workout. Keep a beautiful teapot or tea kettle out where..."
Whip Up a Lighting Fixture From a Tart Tin
"relics from a past era? Over the years kitchens tend to accumulate old baking sheets, pie... trash or a second-hand shop. You can infuse new life into them by getting creative and... you have a house fire resulting from your "electrical work", usually your fire insurance... To make a larger lamp, replace the tart tin with a pie pan and install a larger bulb... hanging over a desk or by a bedside. The 6-watt bulbs put out just enough light to read..."
Guest Picks: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
"in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. You'd be surprised at how often these springtime... donning a lion's head, Dwell Adorn has mixed it up by creating a mini candle tureen... I love a nice water feature, especially one in weathered stone featuring a lion's... stylish. A brass lion door knocker is as classic as it gets. Enter at your own risk... Glazed with a turquoise finish, this proud ceramic lion will guard you indoors or out...."
Take a Tour of Europe in a Single California House
Miniature buildings, landscape art and architectural prints spanning centuries and countries fill the home of two amazing architects
"story is a lively page turner about architecture itself.... living in a Museum. Lots to look at and admire. Perhaps a little too museum for me.... quite a museum! A bit like Hearst Castle! Yellow velvet totally great choice. The... What a unique design! I'm in love with the raised bevel subway tile in the kitchen... What a unique design! Whoa Wow, where to start. I totally get this! It brings me... joy. As a sculptor, artist, and collector of miniature building souvenirs, I can appreciate..."
Grow a Beautiful Fall Garden in a Pot
Welcome autumn with 7 gorgeous plants that thrive in containers and enliven your porch or patio throughout the cooler season
"it’s been a long, hot, dry summer. With triple-digit temperatures for most of the summer... plants to a container and throwing in a pumpkin or two, you can have a lovely display... makes a plant appropriate for fall? Typically you’re looking for rich, warm colors... comes in a wide variety of color options, and as perennials in zones 4 to 9, they can... feet wide A few varieties of Huechera particularly suited for fall designs include Amber..."
Help! I'm a Minimalist, My Child is a Maximalist
"live in a fairy castle and i definitely don't have a magic wand to wave across the... I have a couple of huge wicker baskets for toys. I find that things that go into... always feel a bit guilty about young children playing in their bedrooms, they tend to want... about a dozen of those wicker things and dump all my kids' junk in every one. At... bought a wall of 18 locker cubes on Craigslist for $50... (6 ft tall, 3 ft wide)...."
Skyward Masterpieces: Topping off a great room with a spectacular ceiling
"Here is a Waterlilly tile mural ceiling I designed for my client in their shower ceiling... becomes a compelling space rich in dimension. With a ceiling like this, it's impossible... floor is a visually arresting way to add geometric dimension to a room. This angular... steeple of a church, infusing the space with a feeling of purity and reverence. I love... pairing of a dramatic molding with a high, soaring ceiling, making the room feel even..."