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Lessons in Living Comfortably: Embrace the Scratches and Dents
"we want our family and guests to experience. Maybe we can learn from our English... rooms in our homes. The ropes might be removed for special occasions, but it still feels... and on our furniture, it does not mean that we are careless with our homes. Pleasing... all of our furniture, because it doesn't really go in our 70's home with white tile... repainted for our new space. Taking our time and it is coming together the way I want...."
Houzz Tour: Just-Right Realism in an Eclectic Family Home
"it is our home, and it reflects our life and personalities perfectly. Houzz at... people to our family, making the place seem even smaller than its 1,100 square feet.... Pete; our 6-year-old twins, Magnolia and Oliver; 5 chickens and 1 goldfish Location:... just do our house, it's stories like this that are much more realistic and pictures... seeing stories like this. Smaller "real" houses. My husband, me and our 3.5 year old..."
10 Tips to Start a Garden — Can-Do Ideas for Beginners
"side of our home from our neighbor's driveway. There and on the west side, there was... bought our first home, a north-facing ranch set on a corner of a block where the rest... side of our attached garage, was dominated by trees. There were a few shrubs and a... out in our field of clover and grass and described her vision of our yard. Even though... bought our house, it took a while to sink in that I needed to focus inside rather..."
4 Things a Hurricane Teaches You About Good Design
"end of our duties. So the four of us (my wife, daughter and I, and our friend's dog)... secure. Our (false?) sense of security is tempered by an experience in 2011 when we... goes into our experience, but it primarily discusses the lessons I learned in those five... we left our leaves on the ground instead of blowing them (like our neighbor) pre-Sandy... we shut our curtains and blinds for protection, meaning our view of the storm was through..."
6 Design Ideas for Happy Pets
"buried in our prehistory: Back then if we were around other creatures and all was peaceful... energy at our disposal to do whatever we've set out to accomplish, whether that's having... animals in our home is good for us psychologically only if those animals are happy and... tension in our lives. (A moping dog or an out-of-sorts cat doesn't enhance anyone's day... He is our love, our daily comic relief, & twice daily exercise. Our life is so much..."
Houzz Call: What Has Mom Taught You About Making a Home?
"clean on our own; from fixing our broken messes to teaching us to fix things ourselves... skills from our mothers. From day one Mom taught us how to take care of ourselves. From... to have our own homes. For this Mother's Day, please tell us what special thing —... welcomed in our house. There were always neighbor kids running around our house, if you... change our kitchen curtains with the seasons. She also taught me how to sew, so now..."
Original Home Details: What to Keep, What to Cast Off
"suited our style. The original Craftsman front porch with its signature pillars... look of our home. But some of my favorite memories of that old house are of sitting... sitting on our new front porch, with its trellised sides, roses and fragrant jasmine providing... cringe at our destruction of a perfectly good original porch. But that's the thing —... long way. Our views on what our living space should offer have evolved over the centuries..."
23 Ways to Put Your Home in Hipster City
"creative than our own. But without spending all our time and money at thrift shops, taking... and make our parents have cool furniture that we can now inherit, what can we do to... to make our homes look cool? After snooping through dozens of homes, I've landed... collars. Our furniture selections are eclectic, mixing antiques, traditional & contemporary... change up our palette. I also tend to like more retro & vintage styles of furniture!..."
9 Ideas Coming to a Kitchen Near You
"want in our kitchens is our need for calming spaces and improved functionality to reduce... stress in our busy lives. All of these trends either make our kitchen-related tasks easier... ideas in our new kitchen: microwave drawer, slab backsplash (soapstone), deep, huge... remodeled our kitchen two years ago and decided to go with slab backsplashes, largely... tiling our master bath (shower stall and floor, very intricate variety of marble tiles)..."
Why Your Room Wants a Small Chair
"For our 41st wedding anniversary this summer (I was a child bride), my husband... In our defense, it is a marvelously old and quite petite Eastlake-style piece... plan for our diminutive living room. No problem. I crumpled up the floor plan and... chair our friends and guests invariably go to first. It's firm, it's light enough... all of our guests to be comfortable. Our dilemma has been where to put them in a room..."
Grow Your Own Privacy: How to Screen With Plants and Trees
"think of our home as our castle, a secure and private place where we can escape from... around our homes, we can employ plants to enclose and screen our private worlds. Unlike... between our neighbor's home and our home that we are building now. our neighbor requested... think of our home as our castle, a secure and private place where we can escape from... and lost our valuable private backyard. Our yard looks very similar to yours with a..."
Detox Your Kitchen for the Healthiest Cooking
"to fill our kitchen with the healthiest foods possible for ourselves and our families... hazards in our kitchen itself. Improperly vented gas stoves, Teflon-coated pans and... disinfect our kitchens can add to the chemical soup; drain and oven cleaners are among... minimize our exposures and do all we can to protect our pets, kids, and grandkids from... think our kitchen renovation and I know it was not done the green way. We simply..."
Can You Handle That Fixer-Upper?
"planning our wedding (our first mistake), and felt rushed to get the project rolling... stress on our bank account, mental health and relationship. While we love the finished... benefit from our experience — and that of two other couples — as you seek to figure out... This story is so similar to our first experience buying a home as a married couple... access. On our most recent fixer, the inspector found some serious structural problems..."
My Houzz: Thrifty Flourishes Give a ’50s Home Retro Appeal
"mom. “Our current home is about 1,200 square feet, so our living space doubled overnight... found our match,” says Aaron, an art director, painter, illustrator and designer... even got our avocado tree!” Just as they had hoped, Aaron and Greta purchased their... when our kids were young that we could hardly fit them in our home. Our kids, too... and made our kitchen island for us. I am happy to hear of their four children and that..."
Wood Floor Care: Polish Your Skills
"parts of our home. They endure our constant traipsing, and sometimes we do the unthinkable:... them with our stiletto heels and drag our furniture across their beautiful surfaces.... to my story: http://bitly.com/I3JO9d. Wow...do any of you actually LIVE in your homes... like our skin, wood surfaces are sensitive to ultraviolet light and heat, causing..."
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