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My Houzz: A Texas Ranch Finds Beauty on a Budget
Ingenuity, thriftiness and an eye for interior design turn a ranch home into a thoughtful, charming family home
"design turn a ranch home into a thoughtful, charming family home... change a feeling of a house just by updating the paint colors and purchasing unique... house into a unique space all their own. Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: Steve and... A limited budget meant that there were no major renovations in this Texas house's... Kori. A collection of hand-me-downs, great garage sale finds and repurposed antiques... she says a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest ways to transform a space. It's..."
Room of the Day: Dividing a Living Area to Conquer a Space Challenge
A new layout and scaled-down furnishings fill the ground floor of a compact Dublin house with light and personality
"A new layout and scaled-down furnishings fill the ground floor of a compact Dublin... “It’s a compact house, so we had to find a way to reflect their personalities and... house into a light, bright and sociable home. “When I first came on board to tackle the... set on a dining area, though they didn’t think they could fit one in. “Dividing up... adopted a zoned approach to define the different living areas and we scaled back the..."
Put Your Kitchen in a Good Light With a Window Backsplash
Get a view or just more sunshine while you're prepping and cooking, with a glass backsplash front and center
"Get a view or just more sunshine while you're prepping and cooking, with a glass... opt for a single window or a long row of glass, low-profile windows or full-height... brighter. A window framing the great outdoors could be all the artwork you need in your... Take a look at some of my favorite backsplash windows below.... Yes, a window in a kitchen is a must. It gives it such a feeling of openness even... example of a 'windowsplash' ~ a kitchen remodel we did a few years back. The previous..."
Protect a Precious Resource With a Rain Garden
"water and a beautiful landscape with a garden design that makes the most of the rain... nurture a variety of plants and wildlife. In a pristine environment, rainfall is... gardens are a great way of creating beautiful landscapes while protecting one of our most... digging a pit about 25 feet by 5 feet by 4 feet deep, fronted by a berm. I built a... of U.S.A. it rains a lot. The area is so lush and green all year round. A rain garden..."
Kitchen of the Week: A Cottage-Chic Kitchen on a Budget
See how a designer transformed her vacation cottage kitchen with salvage materials, vintage accents, paint and a couple of splurges
"e how a designer transformed her vacation cottage kitchen with salvage materials... paint and a couple of splurges... sticking to a $5,500 budget. Kitchen at a Glance Who lives here: Vacation rental for... materials for a clean slate and used authentic vintage accents and bursts of bright color... with a tight budget. A great design by a great designer! Great job by a skilled... taken a short time to take a few before shots......... This is a terrific kitchen..."
Houzz Tour: A Prewar Brooklyn Home Gains a Modern Edge
With geometrical cabinets, brass accents and a live edge here and there, an older home makes a presence in the present
"accents and a live edge here and there, an older home makes a presence in the present... posed a challenge. Designer Stefanie Brechbuehler, intent on creating a visually... Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: A family of 3, originally from India Location: New... workhorse of a kitchen area, rearranged the layout to accommodate updated appliances, fixtures... there a name for that tone of brass? I know the author mentioned it had a pinkish..."
A Kitchen Opens Up for a D.C. Show House
Removing a fieldstone wall helps turn a cooking space from dark and dingy to open and filled with light
"oving a fieldstone wall helps turn a cooking space from dark and dingy to open and... timeline of a show house,” she says. “We quickly enlisted the assistance of a structural... remodeling a kitchen is improving the layout — as well as the flow into the adjoining... against a stone wall. “Our recommended design solution involved the removal of an... engineer and a talented contractor — and with the homeowner’s approval were able to make..."
My Houzz: Once a Rebel Capitol, Now a Storied Home
Painstaking work turns an 1809 building with many past lives into a homey, inviting residence for a Louisiana couple
"lives into a homey, inviting residence for a Louisiana couple... life — a process that took 18 months of painstaking work. Houzz at a Glance Who lives... ownership of a region above New Orleans known as West Florida. American settlers, tired... staged a brief rebellion and established the short-lived, independent Republic of... by such a challenge. What a lovely warm home! Regardless of the history, it is a home..."
Make a Push for a New Doorbell
Is it time to replace a doorbell or even add a door intercom or video system? Installation may be easier than you think
"replace a doorbell or even add a door intercom or video system? Installation may be... adding a spark of personality to your porch, fixing a convenience that’s on the fritz... you are, a doorbell is inexpensive and easy to install or make over.... Shepherds did a great job already! I bought an old home a year and a half ago and the doorbell... button from a plain rectangle to a round button with a starburst escutcheon. Now I'm happy..."
Is It a Shed? An Office? Neither — It’s a ‘Shoffice’!
This sinuous structure in a London backyard supports gardening and writing in a most unusual fashion
"structure in a London backyard supports gardening and writing in a most unusual fashion... inside a walled garden behind a 1950s terrace house, it serves as both a garden shed... away from a perfect success. It's a one of a kind creation in a run of the mill setting... fulfils a want rather than a need as it fails to serve a useful purpose. It's rather... possibility of a bedroom in front and a bathroom behind. Cookhouse and kitchen a little distance..."
A Potting Shed Puts a New Spin on Old Treasures
With parts from a general store, a chicken coop and more, this charming outbuilding offers ever-changing inspiration for salvage style
"parts from a general store, a chicken coop and more, this charming outbuilding offers... store, a chicken coop, historic houses and more into a charming backyard outbuilding... to add a potting shed to their North Georgia shop’s garden space, they turned to the... thrill of a good treasure hunt, and Mark assisted carpenter Brian LeSage in creating... heard that a local general store built in the 1890s was slated for demolition, she arranged..."
My Houzz: A Quaint Chalet Becomes a Charming Family Home
"create a lighthearted feel in a family’s home in Quebec... create a warm family home that was welcoming and stress free. They chose a simple... Côté, a graphic designer. “We absolutely love the city but moved to the countryside... paradise in a small chalet about an hour away from Montreal in Saint-Sauveur, Canada. The... corner for a few months because we couldnt get anyone to haul it away, it weighed a ton..."
Houzz Tour: A Former Stable Becomes a Live-Work Showcase
Two floors in a Washington, D.C., building get an extensive rehab to house a family and an architectural practice
"floors in a Washington, D.C., building get an extensive rehab to house a family and an... bought a 19th-century stable in the historic Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C... opening a storefront in the city for the studio he and Elizabeth Emerson run together... suitable as a workplace — perfect for architects looking to showcase their work. E/L Studio... putting a rush on some second-floor projects. Because not only does Lawrence work here..."
My Houzz: A Tranquil Place on a Busy Street
An interior designer helps a couple transform their urban apartment in bustling San Francisco into a home
"helps a couple transform their urban apartment in bustling San Francisco into a home... Anne, a documentary photographer, and her husband, Thomas, hired interior designer... apartment into a warm and serene living space. Anne added things she loves from places where... apartment into a home,” says Anne. “There are no bright colors, only the tranquility we were... it is a mix. But, was it a custom mix? Or, can you suggest a brand and color that..."
How to Fit a Breakfast Bar Into a Narrow Kitchen
Yes, you can have a casual dining space in a width-challenged kitchen, even if there’s no room for an island
"can have a casual dining space in a width-challenged kitchen, even if there’s no room... enough for a bar stool or two. But not everyone has a kitchen layout that can accommodate... least, a small, casual dining spot in their kitchen, even if it’s just big enough... narrow for a full island. In this home, a makeover of a tired split level, we added a... room for a bar. There's a nice window at the end wall. But fitting a bar across that..."