DESIGN YOUR HOME
455 Ideabooks by Laura Gaskill
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Bedroom
We’ve already tackled the living room, entry...
Care and Training for a Vine-Covered Home
Love the look but don’t want the ruin? Learn how to have vine-draped walls without all the cracks and crumbling
A vine-covered house can be so charming, it’s worthy of a fairy tale. But those clinging vines can also damage surfaces, make brick crumble and provide cover for pests like spiders or even mice and rats. Let’s explore ways to get the allure of a vine-covered...
16 Ideas for a Healthy, Feel-Good Home
As the warmer months draw nearer, you may be thinking about ways to improve your lifestyle by eating healthier, getting outside more or losing...
15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard
End the turf war for good with hardscaping, native grasses and ground covers that save water and are easier to maintain
The lawn has enjoyed decades of popularity, and while there are still plenty of things to love about a great lawn, that expanse of green can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth. Check out these...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Kitchen
Strike fear into the hearts of gunky corners and grimy walls. Our weeklong plan will get your kitchen spick-and-span from top to bottom
Have you noticed that the state of your kitchen can make a huge difference in how your entire home feels? When...
10 Ways to Open a Kitchen to the Outdoors
Simple Pleasures: Digging in the Attic
Sift through forgotten things to bring back memories and inspire stories — and maybe even yield a treasure or two
A rainy spring day when you can’t dig in your garden is the perfect opportunity to dig for buried treasure in the attic instead. Brew...
Step Away From the Wallpaper: Why Decorating Risks Are Overrated
In popular design shows in which designers compete against one another, “safe” is usually code for “boring” — it’s all about making a statement and standing out from the crowd. But your home is not a design contest; it’s real life....
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Bathroom
We feel your dread. That’s why we’ve broken down cleaning and decluttering the bath into daily, manageable tasks
Wet towels and dirty clothes dumped on the floor, the sink littered with products, soap scum caked on every surface … In the daily rush to get out the door, the bathroom often fares the worst (and that’s not even mentioning the really grubby stuff)....
12 Warm-Weather Makeover Ideas for the Bedroom
Are your linens and bedroom decor still playing the heavy? Shed some visual weight for spring and summer with these decorating ideas
The longer, warmer days of spring and summer beg for a lighter touch in the bedroom and guest quarters. Pack up the thick duvets and woolen blankets and set out something fresher and prettier —...
Guest Picks: From India With Love
Perhaps it was the previews of the independent Indian film The Lunchbox, soon to be released in the States, or maybe it was the photos (and gorgeous treasures) from my friend and fellow blogger...
How to Choose the Right Solar Lights
Learn about different types of outdoor solar lights, where to use them and why you might want to avoid the bargain bin
Using solar lighting outdoors can be a lifesaver when outdoor outlets are not available. But do solar-powered lights really work? How do they measure up to hardwired electric lights? And what if your yard is shady or you live somewhere that rarely sees...
21 Free Ways to Give Your Home Some Love
When spring hits some people dive right into the garden. But considering this is Houzz, I suspect I am not alone in feeling the urge to redecorate as soon as the sun starts to peek out. To break the shopping habit (and spare my bank account), I have gathered...
10 Ways to Get That Casual Chic Look
Make your home look effortlessly elegant by balancing rustic and refined, mixing textures and having a little fun
You know those homes (perhaps you have a friend with a home like this) where...
8 Reasons to Jump Off the DIY Bandwagon
You heard right. Stop beating yourself up for not making stuff yourself, and start seeing the bright side of buying from others
The abundance of DIY tutorials currently flooding magazines, books and the web is supposed to make creating a one-of-a-kind space easier than ever. But what happens when...