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Guest Picks: If I Could Have a Dorm Room Do-Over
"drab dorm room into a stylish, fun space to study and sleep... would make any dorm room a little more fun. — Emily from Emily A. Clarke... to get a dorm room do-over. Here's a roundup of 20 cool and colorful products that... My dorm room was ugly — as in, burgundy and hunter green ugly. Of course, those were... own dorm room (13 years ago!) was a big mess--as I admitted--and done on a super tight... "dream" dorm room, looking back as a married mom. I wanted to share some colorful, fun..."
How to Pick Out a Coffee Table
Assure a great fit for your room and your lifestyle by considering a coffee table’s size, features and aesthetics
"ssure a great fit for your room and your lifestyle by considering a coffee table’s... it — so make sure it’s a good one. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re... A coffee table does a lot of work. It needs to hold books, magazines, drinks, food... might need a place for coloring. Plus it’s usually smack dab in the middle of the room... inside a living room. We have a round coffee table with a spinning top, like a lazy..."
House Planning: When You Want to Open Up a Space
With a pro's help, you may be able remove a load-bearing wall to turn two small rooms into one bigger one
"With a pro's help, you may be able remove a load-bearing wall to turn two small rooms... live in a house that is a series of small rooms, you may think it would be nice to... consult a local architect before you get started to make sure the work is done properly... small rooms into one. But what if the wall separating them is structural? Good... Here's a little background to help you start the conversation.... way of a kitchen expansion into the next room. There is a pass through on either side..."
Houzz Tour: Modern Updates for a Midcentury Home in Los Angeles
Additions include a family room and a second-story master suite, but many other spots got some redesign love too
"include a family room and a second-story master suite, but many other spots got some... Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: A couple, one of them a composer and musician, and... can have a little too much of a good thing — in this case an entry courtyard that was... space for a new family room while simultaneously reinforcing the indoor-outdoor connection... floor in a way that makes sense with the original structure. "I had to balance the strong..."
17 Gorgeous Ways to Work In a Patterned Area Rug
Add spark underfoot and pull a room together all around with a patterned rug as bold or subtle as you please
"and pull a room together all around with a patterned rug as bold or subtle as you please... colors. But a patterned rug or two can unify disparate elements in a room and make a sea... providing a soft surface for baby’s first steps. Throw a pattern into the mix, however... up for a while or want to lighten the room up for summer. What a great selection... selection of rooms, Kurt. Really nice way to add colour and interest to a room! My friends..."
Houzz Tour: Double the Space for a Newly Modern Seattle Home
Breathing-room woes go out the window with an extensive remodel that adds a bedroom, a roof deck and an in-law apartment
"thing-room woes go out the window with an extensive remodel that adds a bedroom,... a roof deck and an in-law apartment... offered a light at the end of the tunnel. By casting the project as a remodel, despite... adding a rooftop deck and, in a partial-daylight basement, an in-law studio apartment... fulfilled a lifelong dream of Hurlock-Murphy's to have a home library. With such limited... slept on a Murphy bed. Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: Mary Hurlock-Murphy, her..."
Guest Picks: Cozy Up a Covered Porch
Turn a porch into a comfortable outdoor room with French cottage–inspired furniture, accessories, lighting and decor
"Turn a porch into a comfortable outdoor room with French cottage–inspired furniture... and not a house in sight. With two dining tables, a large pine hutch, a daybed covered... can do a lot to cozy it up and make it quite livable. I've selected items that will... it's a dreamy place to sit and enjoy the breeze. My porch is Texas-sized at 600... favorite room of the house. — Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch... Sew a metal chain (pick a nice looking one) to the bottom of your curtains to weigh..."
Mustard Yellow Offers a Fresh Taste for Rooms
New shades and tones have sown the seeds of a mustard-yellow revival, and rooms everywhere are reaping the benefit
"seeds of a mustard-yellow revival, and rooms everywhere are reaping the benefit... can be a difficult color to work with, but the browns in mustard make it a little... e was a time when mustard yellow was one of those colors that conjured up Brady Bunch... living room is a light grey and the sofa is a medium grey. One of the accent chairs... case, a vintage chair -- is just the thing. I'm glad to see this. We have a second..."
How to Install a Toilet in an Hour
Putting a new commode in a bathroom or powder room yourself saves plumber fees, and it's less scary than you might expect
"tting a new commode in a bathroom or powder room yourself saves plumber fees, and... installed a toilet recently, and he shared a few secrets that can make the job a snap... a master plumber in Roswell, Georgia, to demonstrate the proper way to install a... follow a few simple steps, you won't have anything to fear. I asked Mike Hardy, a... you do a post on installing a wall-hung toilet, please? on a tile floor which is bound..."
Small Wonders: Get More of Everything With a Bay Window
Bump out a room to increase light, views and square footage — we give you details and costs for the five bay window types
"p out a room to increase light, views and square footage — we give you details and... adding a bay window to a room. Whether it's a box bay, an angled bay, a walk-out... moves that make a big difference. Sometimes it's as simple as changing a color. Sometimes... bay or a bay with a window seat, a bay window can add depth and dimension and light... adding a strategically placed window or removing a poorly placed wall. One of the..."
Houzz Tour: A Modern Take on a Traditional Texas Farmhouse
Contemporary details update the classic form in this Austin home with a kitchen designed for a professional baker
"home with a kitchen designed for a professional baker... Hopkins, a baker. A wide and shallow lot, a utility pole and a culvert basically guided... sometimes they make an architect’s work just a little easier. The latter was the case for... “It’s like a pair of well-worn jeans and a crisp white shirt.”... in such a "perfect" house. This is such a beautiful home. A That's not a farmhouse... grease, making it easier to clean. So too many open shelves in a kitchen isn't a good..."
A Modern Backyard Trumps the Texas Heat
New shaded areas offer a respite in an outdoor Houston living room, while a fire pit re-creates fond memories
"offer a respite in an outdoor Houston living room, while a fire pit re-creates fond... What a bungalow may lack in square footage, it makes up for in efficiency, functionality... renovation of a 1927 Houston bungalow, designer Brett Zamore channeled these traits, inc... from a fellow Texan! In such a warm climate, I would love to see a water feature... I have a single medium Green Egg in a wooden table - I wonder where I could get an..."
Houzz Tour: Clever Storage Ideas From a Manhattan Duplex
A bookcase on tracks, wall-spanning storage, a Murphy bed and more give a comedy writer flexibility for working and living at home
"A bookcase on tracks, wall-spanning storage, a Murphy bed and more give a comedy... radiators and make a large record collection easily available. And a stairway crawl space... duplex for a comedy writer and her boyfriend. For example, a floor-to-ceiling bookcase... takes a calculated approach to hiding things and still having them be accessible... living room by sliding out of the way when not in use. Meanwhile, clever custom units..."
Chickens, Chess and Swimming Star in a Silicon Valley Yard
Some fowl play is afoot in these outdoor rooms, but the family members and their many guests have a pretty good time too
"outdoor rooms, but the family members and their many guests have a pretty good time... pool, a play structure, an oversize chess set, a ball court and a trampoline, was... outdoor room at a time. Yard at a Glance Who lives here: Michelle Pettigrew; Jerry... areas into a series of rooms that encourage entertaining and play. The design, which included... create a place that was welcoming for family and friends. Part of that meant making..."
Pearls of Wisdom From a Real-Life Kitchen Remodel
What your best friend would tell you if you were embarking on a renovation and she'd been there, done that
"embarking on a renovation and she'd been there, done that... dining room in 2011 (you can see the whole house here). Recently, a friend who is... before making certain design decisions. I am mostly thrilled with our remodel. There... maybe a couple of things I would change, but for the most part, I got exactly what... wanted: a sleek, neutral kitchen with lots of counter and cupboard space. It's not... knock out a dividing wall, put up a header and make it a pass-through kitchen. Keeping..."