DESIGN YOUR HOME
1271 Ideabooks by Becky Harris
A Quirky Ontario Cabin Gets a Lighter Touch
Many eccentricities got to stay during this home’s redesign, but now they’re joined by better lighting, looks and functionality
Eccentricity is what gives a space personality, while its history gives it a soul. Although the rooms in this Tiny Beaches, Ontario, log cabin were dark and a bit peculiar when interior decorator Enza Ricco took on their makeover, she...
You Said It: ‘Photovoltawhata?’ and More Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, an underlying theme stood out: how to make major lifestyle changes via your home. Sometimes the changes were born from how people reacted to disasters. Others were from conscious changes to lessen carbon footprints. A tornado forced...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Master Bedroom Touches Anyone Can Do
Ah, some of the luxury master suites on Houzz … they have fireplaces, they have TVs that disappear into trunks, they have bathrooms that are bigger than the first floor of my house. Here’s the thing: I don’t envy the massive square footage; I don’t...
Room of the Day: Cheery Cottage Style for a Master Bedroom
Reinvented antiques and other personal touches create a comfy, cozy vibe in a couple’s sleeping space
One antique stained glass window was the driving inspiration for this cozy master bedroom redesign. In addition to their desire to show off their antiques in the best light, these homeowners wanted a comfy, family-friendly atmosphere in every room of...
Basement of the Week: Gaming and Jamming Near Toronto
Two teenagers can claim cool cred with a basement decked out for music, video games, gym time and more
This basement was designed with two teenage boys in mind — one a musician, and the other a gamer. Although the basement was previously finished, interior designer Paula Biondi gave it a...
Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty Warmth
Minnesota winters are no match for this heated potting room, mudroom and changing room, which even has a dog shower
Winters can be extra tough on Minnesotans who love to garden. A small addition to her 1919 bungalow allows this passionate gardener to keep her hands in the dirt all year long while protecting her favorite potted plants. “We wanted to make the new addition...
Houzz Tour: Farmhouse Meets Victorian in Los Angeles
Fanciful scrolls and sweet botanical prints join playful vintage touches for a home that’s altogether charming
Interior designer Alison Kandler’s farmhouse fantasy began with tile. “I fell in love with this chicken-wire tile, and the whole house grew out of that,” she says. Kandler had worked on many house projects with architect Joan Swartz, and together...
10 Ways to Fight Pollen at Home
Today as I noticed the soft pink blossoms of a cherry tree give way to soft new leaves, I wondered when my car would transform from yellowish-green back to its natural dark blue. I wondered when I’d be able to put my contact lenses back in, and when...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Laundry Room Touches Anyone Can Do
Make fluffing and folding more enjoyable by borrowing these ideas from beautifully designed laundry rooms
Nowhere is the difference between high-end new construction/remodeling and existing homes more clear than in laundry rooms. These once simply utilitarian spaces have become large, decorated rooms that incorporate drying racks, clothing sorters, built-in...
Room of the Day: Contrasts Catch the Eye in a Beachy Family Room
Rough jute and soft shag, eye-popping turquoise amid neutrals ... this room’s pairings make each element stand out
When this couple and their two young children moved from California to Oregon, they carried north a love of relaxed California midcentury modern style. “This was a true collaboration with our clients, Paula and Mike, who had a very specific design aesthetic,”...
Houzz Tour: Curves Ahoy! See a Unique Floating Home
It appeared on ‘Portlandia,’ but it doesn’t take a camera crew to see how special this home on a river is
While I was watching Portlandia last week, the unique floating house where the sleazy character of Bacon (played by Fred Armisen) met with Marty, the celery guy (played by Steve Buscemi) made my eyes pop out of my head. When I happened upon it...
Houzz Tour: Collected Comfort in an ’80s California Ranch
Relaxed elegance comes courtesy of a soft palette, meaningful treasures and plenty of room for puzzles
Instead of hitting a showroom, interior designer Shannon Ggem loves to search a client’s garage or attic for buried treasure first. By digging through their collections, shopping new and...
You Said It: ‘We’re Here to Stay’ and Other Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, we’ve been spring cleaning, using April’s showers to bring May flowers and wedging those flowers and vegetables into wherever they’ll fit, even if it’s in a hell strip. Seriously, did you know that piece of land between the...
Kitchen of the Week: Victorian Style the Nonconformist Way
There’s a uniquely creative spirit about so many of the projects I cover in Portland, Oregon, that I’ve often wondered what they are putting in the water in that city. “It’s the clients around here,” says Anne De Wolf, a principal...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Family Room Touches Anyone Can Do
The family room is where you unwind, play, chat, enjoy the fire and have dinner in front of a movie on the weekends. It’s also the room that often becomes a messy afterthought compared with other rooms. If you’re feeling blah about...