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Sail Through Special Occasions With a Ready, Gracious Home
Smile serenely in the face of impromptu parties, unexpected guests and last-minute gift giving with these ideas for preparing now
"bring to a wedding or housewarming. But with a little extra effort now, you can sail... ts to ideas for stocking the perfect gift cupboard, these 13 tips will help get you... prepared for throwing parties, giving gifts, writing thank-you notes, hosting unexpected... you have a huge house with lots of room for all these ideas: a cupboard just for party... her need for clean and organized by building a garden wall for a patio-entertaining..."
7 Finishing Touches for a Thoughtful Front Yard
"Make a great first impression with artful house numbers, water features, garden art... great ideas, but if the project doesn't include some important finishing touches... That goes for the outside of your house as well as the inside. And when you're talking... up to a house. So pay attention to the seven small things below — getting these details... create a thoughtful, finished front yard that says, "Welcome."... we kept a water bowl filled up outside for them. Standing water can attract a bacteria..."
Design Workshop: 9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors
Explore some of the best ideas in indoor-outdoor living — and how to make the transitions work for both home and landscape
"the best ideas in indoor-outdoor living — and how to make the transitions work for both... spaces in a home. And they make for good design: We use them to negotiate changes in... Let’s take a look at a few approaches to designing transition spaces that successfully... outside, for entertaining, to reduce the apparent scale of our structures, to temper... extremes and for visual screening. By using the most basic architectural devices — columns..."
Houzz Tour: Step Inside (and Out) a New Florida Showhouse
2012 'New American Home' at International Builders Show celebrates latest materials and ideas for luxurious, indoor-outdoor living
"materials and ideas for luxurious, indoor-outdoor living... without a doubt a celebration of the Florida lifestyle. Designed around a central courtyard... makes for that barefoot lifestyle that people in temperate climates enjoy. This... home has a comfortable scale and intimate quality. The large spaces in the main level... accommodate a large party, but aren't overwhelming when occupied by just one or two people..."
Architect's Toolbox: The Sketches That Spark a Home
See why in a high-tech world, pen and paper are often still essential for communicating design ideas
"why in a high-tech world, pen and paper are often still essential for communicating... light and a connection to the landscape”? While architects use a variety of high-tech... building a house today, it’s tough to imagine where everything starts. How exactly do... your ideas to another person, and how does an architect interpret things like “... versions of a design tend to begin with one of the most low-tech art forms around: the..."
16 Ideas for a Healthy, Feel-Good Home
"yourself for slacking off on those New Year’s resolutions, take a look at how your home... quest for a healthier life. Here are 17 ways to alter your home (both minor tweaks... Just a tree, a mattress, some curtains, a fire pit, a garden, and a diamond encrusted... preparing for a war time?). Keep good size fridge for fresh food. I cook for family and... delis, a small convenience store, a wine cave, and a cheese shop all within a 5 minute..."
Dorm Life: Cool Stuff for a Music Lover's Room
"College Home for the Best 9-Month Tour Ever... Here is a little help for someone headed to the dorms who is also a musician or music... rning a college dorm room into your own space can seem challenging at first. It's... could be a little practicing in here, too, so check out these ideas to help make it... It's a place with bare white walls, generic furniture, tiny windows, old carpeting —... their dorm rooms, a mini-fridge is a must-have for college living. This dry-erase model..."
10 Ideas for a Soothing Sunroom
Big windows, natural light and comfortable seating bring in the outdoors in these inspiring sunrooms
"seasonal rooms and sunrooms can be a welcome and flexible addition to your home's layout... of my rooms. We are just about to build a sunroom ... thank you for so many great... though!!! A sunroom should blend in with nature. Bright orange? No way! I love a room... the sun-rooms in this article except the one with the orange painted wall and ceiling... great ideas. You are so welcome cityofhue Shane www.theinmancompany.com Really? Bright..."
Carve Out a Neat Little Nook
A well-designed nook can add charm and warmth to a room. Here are ideas for creating one that really works
"A well-designed nook can add charm and warmth to a room. Here are ideas for creating... furnishing a nook can be a challenge. “When carefully designed, I think nooks can add... already have a nook in your home and are wondering what to do with it, or are considering... creative ideas will help you put your nook to work.... it used a smaller fireplace in a smaller room for much of the cooking and candles... I had a kitchen dilemma: I wanted a long island for prepping meals for my family..."
Create a Stir With Paint
Sure, you could whisk up an accent wall and call it a day. But for truly sublime rooms, brush up on these creative paint ideas
"call it a day. But for truly sublime rooms, brush up on these creative paint ideas... is only a drop in the gallon bucket of what paint can really do for a room. It can... makes a difference), a few buckets of paint, some patience and a lot of imagination... transform a room. And if you don't like it? Well, you can always paint over it. But sometimes... gray or a light pastel if you're feeling really daring. And perhaps, just to mix things..."
My Houzz: Elegant DIY Updates for a 1970s Dallas Home
Patiently mastering remodeling skills project by project, a couple transforms their interiors from outdated to truly special
"project, a couple transforms their interiors from outdated to truly special... words, a great spot for a party. Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: Ilya and Arina... ambition is a stylish, comfortable house with a charming wine room and an updated kitchen... March a few years ago, Ilya planned to have a Fourth of July party that same year... dilemas for a massive livingroom. Thank you for the inspiration and the ability to..."
How to Turn Almost Any Space Into a Guest Room
The Hardworking Home: Murphy beds, bunk compartments and more can provide sleeping quarters for visitors in rooms you use every day
"quarters for visitors in rooms you use every day... office–guest rooms to living rooms that do a disappearing act, these ideas are here to help... A dedicated guest room is a luxury that not all can afford. But even if you need... your home for your own living space, a guest room may still be in the cards. From combination... life for many … but not so many of us have the square footage to spare for a guest room..."
Be a Butterfly Savior — Garden for the Monarchs
Keep hope, beauty and kindness alive in the landscape by providing a refuge for these threatened enchanters
"providing a refuge for these threatened enchanters... to find a rearing tank for monarchs. When I met with the seller in a McDonald’s parking... I had a 10-gallon aquarium sitting on our dining room table in 2011. I’d browsed... felt like a drug deal. In many ways it was — I’m addicted to monarchs. I raised 150... Midwest for wildlife like monarch butterflies are being removed, our gardens are becoming... cheap ($1 for supposedly 5000 seeds) a box for bee, bird, & butterfly, and a box for..."
A Place for Everything: Beautiful Ways to Style Your Table
Polish your silver and pull out your china as we look at how tables were laid out traditionally and how they shine now
"For ages we have been coming together around a table to eat, drink and be merry.... improved, and a more elaborate table setting was born. Nowadays we opt for table settings... works for you. Here are some ideas to get you started.... table for entertaining. In the medieval times of kings, queens and knights, where... fork came a more refined choice of table linens. By the 18th century, silversmiths were... is of a table that a friend and I set for a Tabletop Exhibition. We called it A..."
Kitchen of the Week: Elegant Updates for a Serious Cook
High-end appliances and finishes, and a more open layout, give a home chef in California everything she needs
"finishes, and a more open layout, give a home chef in California everything she needs... craved a serious cook’s kitchen with a better layout and top-of-the-line appliances... years, a professional couple from the small town of Ross in Marin County, California... create a beautiful space that would bring the outdoors inside. Working with designer... up with a refined, elegant design that makes the kitchen the true heart of the home..."