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1,188 Ideabooks by Becky Harris
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Entryway Touches Anyone Can Do
In case the diagnosis of Acute Houzz Envy is new to you, here’s the deal. Looking at gorgeous rooms for so many hours can lead to feeling forlorn about one’s own home — that it will never look as lovely as the photos online without piles of...
Cast Concrete Countertops With a Personal Twist
From frame making to pouring to inlays, learn how concrete counters are cast — and how an artisan embellishes them
Picking up a book about how to make concrete countertops at a used-book store was a fateful move in Jayme Guokas’ life. “This started as a DIY project … I did it once, and I was hooked,”...
You Said It: ‘Name Your Garden’ and More Ideas of the Week
What struck me about this week’s featured ideabooks was how packed with practical ideas they were. I mean, I always pick up tons of great ideas each week, but this week they seemed extra relatable. There were so many I’d never thought of or read about...
Kitchen of the Week: Chestnut and an Open Fire in Connecticut
Antique chestnut boards give a kitchen with a wood-burning oven vintage flair, balancing its modern amenities
American chestnut was once one of the most popular woods used in home construction in the United States, but the majestic tree has almost completely disappeared from the landscape. A blight that arrived around the beginning of the 20th century has all...
Houzz Tour: Movie Inspiration for a Texas Guesthouse
It’s no surprise these homeowners have comfortably nestled into their guesthouse, as one major inspiration for the home was the cozy English cottage Kate Winslet’s character owned in The Holiday. Their plan was to build the guesthouse in the...
Catch the Intrepid Design Spirit, Courtesy of Brian J. McCarthy
Crack open the designer's new book and discover how to create interiors that 'crackle with excitement'
“One of Albert Hadley’s great talents lay in his ability to create surprise: to ring a delightful, sometimes audacious change on expectation that could make what otherwise may have been a very traditional room crackle with excitement,” writes Brian...
Houzz Tour: New Life for a Historic Mill House
Respectful reconstruction, an addition and a new site take a Delaware home from the 18th century to the present
In the mid-1700s, this home sat next to a working mill and served as the manager’s residence. Modestly sized, the log structure had two rooms downstairs and a bedroom upstairs, a central chimney and a gambrel roof. Fast-forward about 250 years: New...
You Said It: ‘It’s Important to Wait’ and More Houzz Quotables
There was something extra special about the featured ideabooks this week. There was some really great sharing, and this week women ruled the roosts — one persisted in building her vision in spite of hearing “no” a lot; another learned to sand and...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Living Room Touches Anyone Can Do
Spiff up your living room with very little effort or expense, using ideas borrowed from covetable ones
In case you’re catching up, this series is about treating Acute Houzz Envy. This problem occurs when you look at beautifully styled photos of well-appointed rooms for a long time...
11 Survival Lessons From Thanksgiving
With 10 people in 1 house for 3 days, you learn fast. Find out the good, the challenging and the just plain kooky
Whew! Well, the last of the guests have left the Harris household, and Thanksgiving 2013 has come to a close. We had 10 people staying here at my parents’ house in Hingham, Massachusetts, age 6 to somewhere between 70 and 80. There were a few challenges...
You Said It: 'The Truth Is in the Details' and More Quotables
Last week was special around Houzz, as we shared Thanksgiving traditions and new ideas, remembered what we were thankful for and busied ourselves getting ready for guests or travel. Now it’s time to digest and relax. It’s a great time of year to hunker...
Houzz Tour: Personalizing a Miami Bachelor Pad
Meaningful artwork and other taste-specific touches make for a masculine home that happily fits the owner
“My client loves New York City, Jay-Z, tennis, Beirut and London, among other things,” says interior decorator Nicole White. She took his quintessential bachelor pad...
You Showed Us: 20 Nutty Home Fixes
We made the call for your Band-Aid solutions around the house, and you delivered. Here's how you are making what's broken work again
A few weeks ago I shared the way my friend Kathy is keeping her microwave door shut with a piece of driftwood and asked you all what kinds of
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Guest Room Touches Anyone Can Do
Don’t let perfectly styled rooms give you the blues. Steal ideas from them instead. In this series we’re fighting off Acute Houzz Envy by ransacking beautiful rooms for easy and free (or very inexpensive) ideas we can use in our own homes. Since...
Houzzers' Tablescapes Capture the Thanksgiving Spirit
We feel blessed with abundance sharing all these wonderful, creative Thanksgiving table decorations by Houzz users
We put out the call, and Houzzers answered, sharing their Thanksgiving tablescape traditions and twists. Here's a smattering of what these clever table setters are up to.