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Staircase Backs Rise to the Challenge
How to make the back of a staircase as fetching as the front? Try architectural embellishments, creative colors and design-savvy materials
"How to make the back of a staircase as fetching as the front? Try architectural... What's the view from behind? Instead of leaving the rear of the stairs plain and... opportunity to give it a stylish spin. Need inspiration? Here are eight ideas to consider... those like the ones in Gone With the Wind. There is a mansion I see all the time on this... staircases in the space leading up to the steps. A great triplet by Robert Strovers: Half..."
My Houzz: Candy Colors Add Pop to a Once-Neglected Home
Blue cabinetry, Orla Kiely wallpaper and a reimagined staircase are just the right touches for a young family
"wallpaper and a reimagined staircase are just the right touches for a young family... shop. To complete the sweet look, they took down walls, gutted the bathrooms and kitchen... Nir, a real estate agent, the color-obsessed Tammy reimagined a dilapidated house... awkward wall partitions and dull finishes into a space reminiscent of a candy shop... like to be overstimulated by design," says interior designer and color consultant..."
How to Dress Tall Windows
Get the right mix of light, shade, privacy and style for towering windows by exploring these coverage options
"Get the right mix of light, shade, privacy and style for towering windows by exploring... difficult to decide how to treat them. Here are some options to consider.... discussed what to do with soaring ceilings. Well, that dilemma usually comes with another... provide a range of functions — privacy, light control, thermal energy conservation... the peak of the vault. The tops of the windows are slanted to follow the angle of..."
So You Want to Get a Cat
If you're a cat lover, the joys outweigh any other issue. If you haven't lived with one yet, here are a few things to know
"you're a cat lover, the joys outweigh any other issue. If you haven't lived with one... here are a few things to know... leave a cat for a day or two without a care in the world that he or she isn't lounging... lounging by a sunny window much of the day. You can't really say the same for a dog.... don't want to annoy the neighbors because your cats use their garden as a toilet." But... considerations to be sure a cat is the right pet for you. "Are cats worth it? Well, of course..."
Container Garden Basics: How and When to Water Potted Plants
Confused about soil moisture, the best time to water and what watering device to use? This guide can help
"moisture, the best time to water and what watering device to use? This guide can help... “How often do I need to water?” is usually the first question I get from clients... when, how much and how often can be more complicated. A number of factors come into... question, and the simple, honest answer is that you should water as often as the plant requires... working on my back. How long before I will need to replant the rosemary in the ground..."
My Houzz: Rustic Charm on a Summer Campsite in Alabama
Farmhouse touches mix with antiques and locally crafted pieces for a home that reflects its woodsy surroundings
"pieces for a home that reflects its woodsy surroundings... refuge on the campgrounds of the Alpine Camp for Boys, which the Breazeales codirect... interesting: The second-floor bathroom has a laundry chute connected to the downstairs laundry... most of the year the family resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this woodsy Alabama... acts as a second home. Befitting the warm summer days, colorful prints and patterns... reflect the home’s natural surroundings. Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: Glenn and..."
Create a Chic First Apartment on a Dorm Room Budget
Show your first solo place off with pride by incorporating these tips for budget-friendly artwork, furniture and accessories
"here to help. Read on for 19 ways to stretch your dollars and create a cute and cozy... apartment on a next-to-nothing budget can seem pretty intimidating. Luckily, we are here... After the initial excitement fades, the enormity of furnishing an entire apartment... found on the street on trash day. I cut out differnt sections of the legs to get... just buy a doublescrew to mount on what ever you dicided on and swap them. For a more..."
How to Touch Up Your Home’s Exterior Paint
Protect your siding from weather damage without exposing yourself to mismatched paint by learning the right way to do touch-ups
"yourself to mismatched paint by learning the right way to do touch-ups... Here’s how to do it right.... A pristine exterior paint job not only increases your home’s curb appeal; it also... damage from the elements. That’s why maintaining your paint is so important — letting it... with tips on how to sand and feather, spot prime, and so on? gate73: agreed...the author... reapply the first coat of the two step stain and then the top coat ? How do we match..."
Guest Picks: Beautify a Bathroom on a Budget
Give your bath a coastal-inspired upgrade while keeping costs in check, with affordable furniture, fixtures and accessories
"your bath a coastal-inspired upgrade while keeping costs in check, with affordable furniture... decided to pull the trigger and do the renovation ourselves with a budget that's as... space or the fact that our formal dining room has turned into a home office, the small... ng in a 1,500-square-foot house is no easy feat when you're a family of four. Three... were just a family of three. But living with two growing kids (one of whom is a tween..."
Now Arriving on Platform 2, a Playful Powder Room
Subway graphics from a New York City station add unexpected depth and humor to a tiny half bath in California
"graphics from a New York City station add unexpected depth and humor to a tiny half bath... People open the door, flip on the light and are very surprised," the designer says. Here's... worked on the rest of this grand home in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Alameda,... decided to make it an ode to the city, with an industrial vibe and photography," she... describes. The powder room is quite a divergence from the more traditional style of the..."
Kitchen of the Week: Buoyant Style on the New England Coast
Cheerful and bright, this Massachusetts kitchen celebrates the glorious seascape just outside its windows
"celebrates the glorious seascape just outside its windows... , but the kitchen has a bold red-orange island to contrast with the gray-blue Atlantic... serves as the backdrop for this colorful kitchen. Set on the shore in Rockport, Massachusetts... Massachusetts, the house incorporates the traditional materials of New England and beach... Ocean. The owners, an active family with four kids, commissioned a stellar team, including..."
Houzz Tour: Creative Cabin on The Water
"shack on the San Francisco Bay, you can almost hear and smell the sea. "When I lived... faithful to him but very promiscuous with houses. I want the spirit of the place." Here's... Rose—a self-described "rag-and-bone man"—is a documentary filmmaker, linen seamstress... lived in a dear little terrace house, I had things that were suitable for a dear little... I had a fantastic, huge urban loft, I had things that were appropriate to that,"..."
Photo of the Week: Sleeping on Air
"A smart construction gives this bed a magical, floating look... you'll have to do a double take after seeing this photo. Nope, it's not Photoshopped. This... from a clever structural trick. Installed by British designer Kia Sundra, the bed... thanks to a hidden leg. Browse 10,000+ bedroom photos... welder make the frame and the bracket that secures it to the wall. We also lit it from... bedspread? the tucked in bedding leaves much to be desired in such a sleek and clean space..."
Happy Birthday to the Saarinens! Design Words of Wisdom to Celebrate
Eero and Eliel Saarinen share a birthday and the design world's admiration. Let's consider some of their insight in honor of the day
"share a birthday and the design world's admiration. Let's consider some of their... honor of the iconic Saarinens' many accomplishments and contributions to modern architecture... ponder a few of their words of wisdom that still stand true today.... I was on the plane, headed to the other terminal...but it was before the expansion... thankful that a college professor introduced me to Saarinen and took us on a tour of Columbus..."
Kitchen of the Week: Keeping It Casual in a Modern Farmhouse
Raised ceilings and knocked-down walls create a light, bright and more open barn-like kitchen in California
"knocked-down walls create a light, bright and more open barn-like kitchen in California... approach to a San Francisco family’s second home in Santa Rosa, California. The home... inspired by the bucolic farm vibe. She started with a crisp white base, opened up the ceilings... things to be unfussy and casual, with touches of whimsy,” says interior designer Kress... ceilings for a lofty barn feeling and mixed in primitive elements, creating an inviting..."