Becky Harris


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Atlanta, Georgia, United States 
About me:
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected."
I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog. 
My favorite style:
Collected 
My next house project:
Wallpapering the laundry room, recovering a chair that's had a Vera tablecloth thrown over it for about 15 years ... 
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Room of the Day: An Idyllic Lakeside Dock

A covered oasis in the Santa Monica Mountains is the perfect setting for watching wildlife and having evening cocktails with friends Full Story
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Love the white color coordination!!
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So charming and gorgeous. Love the whole setup and decor. Colour scheme is so calming and relaxing. Job well done.
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Breezy and Bug-Free Modern Porches

Screening keeps pests out of these diverse porches across the U.S., while thoughtful designs keep them visually appealing Full Story
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Becky Harris
I love these. I think you'd love my neighbor's house. It's a small dairy barn structure with an addition designed by Samuel Mockbee that includes a 2-story screened-in porch.
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bhavana
What are these screens made out of? Do they last long? In the pic that Becky Harris has posted, the screen seems to have rusted. If they are made of aluminium, Im presume it will corrode and look dingy over time. If synthetic, then Im sure weather will make it brittle & crack.

Also, dont screens significantly reduce the amount of wind/coss ventilation? In some of the images -with huge glass doors - that may not be a problem, but in homes with add ons...tricky.

I live in a humid place with summer temps so high that mosquitoes go somewhere else, but other bugs and snakes abound.
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mfwolfe
I'm sure that those of you with skeeters the size of volks wagons won't appreciate this, but our porch is not screened. Instead we have a ceiling fan that is great fun to use. When we have bugs show up we turn it on 2 and watch the fun. ( we live a quiet life!). The bugs are flung every which way by the wind. They seem puzzled and disoriented when they are finally out of the draft. As long as we stay under the fan we aren't bitten. And we are cool. We have considered screens but our summer is short and we do not want the view obstructed from the house in the winter.
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Hmm, I uploaded this after it was submitted by a Houzz user for a makeover story. However, i think the homeowner and/or her blog may help, try connecting with her or finding out here:
http://victoriaelizabethbarnes.com/painting-and-restoring-our-victorian-wraparound-porch-and-shutters/
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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 Full Story
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Becky Harris
John, as it turns out it is impractical, but it's just one of the fun quirks no one wanted to erase!
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janny1
Beautiful
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earthgirl74
I like it, it's quirky and cozy. The only thing I would change is the cork flooring. I had it in my last house and if it got wet it would bubble and buckle.
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Houzz Call: Show Us Your Greenhouse

Submit a photo of your greenhouse and share what's growing! Full Story
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Greg Garvin
My brother in law collected over 100 windows from a couple of his remodeling jobs so I used them to build a greenhouse in our garden. This is still a work-in-progress.
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That is really wonderful Greg!
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No sorry, this is a product shot from the tile company.
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10 Big Ideas for Small Urban Balconies

Provide a true extension to your living space with even the teeniest of city balconies Full Story
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Becky Harris
Thank you, that is a really neat project. Love your photographs!
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Thank you, I think this would make for a fascinating feature if the architects are willing to put up more photos and be interviewed.
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We shot this many, many years ago for our local Savannah Magazine. Here's a link to one of the condos that's on a rental program here. You might start with it: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p398881
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Becky Harris
Thank you very much! sounds like a great place to stay next time I head to Lowcountry!
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I'd have a carpenter make one. Just show him/her the photo?
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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 Full Story
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lisadoll
Some people are just so damn talented.
AND they want to please the clients ,FOREMOST ?
UNBELIEVABLE?!
My dream home would be in Tiberon,CA. But NOW, it might be a floating home..... Okay I've amended my dream.. I guess I could " settle" for Sausalito. Lol!
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Houzz Tour: A Peaceful Lake House Rises From the Rubble

Crashing trees left this Vermont home uninhabitable, but a redesign made it better than ever Full Story
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Becky Harris
Another wonderful home by Smith and Vansant. I'm so glad no one was hurt when the trees fell, and that the new home is so beautiful and comfortable.
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Studio NOO Design
Love the view, love the spot but not very fond of this kind of old style decor, sorry !
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mscharleys
Perfection.
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You Said It: ‘Photovoltawhata?’ and More Houzz Quotables

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
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charleee
Becky, I think you may be a bit hard on yourself when it comes to DIY. Your dresser turned out great! But you cannot force someone to like something they just don't care for; I hate avocados and eggs, and no amount of forcing is going to make me like them. If you can afford to hire someone, and it makes you feel better, then by all means do it. But I seriously doubt you are destroying your house :)
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inkwitch
I really liked the article about people trusting their own sense of what is right for them in their decorating choices. I'd like to make a list of certain houzz articles that everyone should peruse before they ask a question about their issues!
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charleee
inkwitch, yes, but, what color should I paint my............????
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Lou
'Lemonade out of lemons.' I needed that reminder. Thanks Becky. I'm sure you've heard some doozies in your time here on Houzz.
I'm about to downsize in a rather major way: I'm well on the way to becoming homeless. But not completely homeless- I'll still have my car and a few essentials. I definitely need the help on living off the grid as I contemplate my future. I'm rather sad to be putting behind many finished and unfinished projects in my home as I look to sell or donate all my belongings. But it has made me reflect on what I do want to save for the long term. I thought there were really only three things I wanted to ask someone to store: my dinnerware (given as a 21st present); some artwork; and a collection of ten decorative plates I was given every Christmas from 1970 (one of my few good childhood memories). I think the hardest thing to give up will be my sewing machine as it is a portal to some of my creativity.
I'm quite tentative and nervous about my future but thanks to your shared comments here, I'll take the chance that this will give me new opportunities.
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10 Ways to Fight Pollen at Home

Keep sneezing and stuffiness to a minimum by making your house as pollen free as possible Full Story
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Becky Harris
gaildalmat, I live one neighborhood over from Emory (Virginia-Highland) and it's funny, it took me awhile to figure out why I felt so awful after my beautiful spring walks, then I finally realized it was the pesky pollen. Then my hairdresser informed my my hair is "a pollen magnet."

I never had the allergies as a kid but boy, the adult onset is no joke. Though my poor little nephew's eyes are crusted shut half the time during spring. You and your daughter have my sympathies. I'm trying out the honey thing but have yet to figure out if it's working - I am very happy it's been yucky and rainy for the past two days, if only because it washes it away! I'm going to give the rest of the suggestions a try, though giving up beer, hmmm, tough one :)
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Jennifer Matherne
Love my new (56v battery powered) leaf blower which I find essential for keeping the pollen off the porch, the grass off the pool deck, and the zombie mutant June bugs away from the garage. I don't have any neighbors to bother though....
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Robin
I just realized how pollen-centric I am. My habits have become so second nature I hadn't noticed. I hosed down my hairy, dirty dogs yesterday. They hated it, then the loved it, then I loved it.
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The Cure for Houzz Envy: Master Bedroom Touches Anyone Can Do

Make your bedroom a serene dream with easy moves that won’t give your bank account nightmares Full Story
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Becky Harris
Thanks Motownmom! As for the "no-no" I think it came from very old eps of "Trading Spaces" where the first thing they would always do was rip out the fan. In fairness, most of the ceiling fans on the market then were not so chic! I don't know what I'd do without mine.
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Night stand idea
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Dressers as night stands
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This was a DwellStudio product, I believe it was called Chinoserie but I'm not sure if they still produce it; it came out several years back.
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Chic New Interiors Take a Ranch House Beyond Typical

Sophistication is the name of the game for this California home — and the designer played it skillfully with finishes and furnishings Full Story
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Becky Harris
I liked the BEFORE better ... JUST KIDDING! What a wonderful transformation!
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zweiback
Ah, yes - I'm reminded yet again why its so important to hire an interior designer who listens to their clients. The family must be thrilled with this beautiful metamorphosis!
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Jannie
This gives those who can't tear out walls an entire plan to update using the structure one has. Although, since we didn't see a "before" for the kitchen, I'm betting there were significant tear outs of old cabinets, etc. Amazing work and kudos to both homeowners and designer!
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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 Full Story
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Becky Harris
Hi Redpoint, I caused some confusion! Lisa told me the home was a "suburban colonial-ISH 1970s home with cottage touches" Including a white fence and red door to give it more cottage flair on the outside. This got lost in translation.
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Love it ! Beautiful room
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Judy
I would be so content in that room, love it all!
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Inside Houzz: Setting a Midcentury Mood in Portland

Wanting to keep their home’s 1950s vibe but lose the outdated functionality, a couple finds help on Houzz Full Story
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Becky Harris
Wow, this is a beautiful renovation that honors the original home while improving upon it. Congrats to the homeowners and Risa!
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Terrazzo floors can be installed for less the $50.00 in the mid $30.00 would be more like it for limited design, extremely nice and virtually maintenance free. Terrazzo is about the most modern floors that can be installed in today's design, incredibly green material with unlimited design and unlimited color. Here at Santarossa Mosaic and Tile we are installing Terrazzo in some of the most high profile projects in the area and in some very contemporary and modern homes. We are using mirrors as aggregate and all colors of glass, all recycled and reclaimed material not going into landfills here in Indianapolis. We have been installing terrazzo in homes and commercial projects in Indiana since 1924. Please come and visit.
Todd Ketchum
Santarossa Mosaic and Tile
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Andrew Booton
Very thoughtful and neat touches. Beautifully done.
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Going Solar at Home: Solar Panel Basics

Save money on electricity and reduce your carbon footprint by installing photovoltaic panels. This guide will help you get started Full Story
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Becky Harris
Ha - "photovoltawhata?" nailed exactly how I felt about this technology before reading this article!
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elbeee
Funkylook: As with most technologies, the batteries are the bit that lets them down. I will not be able to generate my total energy supply from the system I am installing, and have no storage. However, with a bit of thought about when I run the dishwasher, washing machine and how I use hot water, I will be paying very little to my power co, and with luck, will sometimes get a little back. (Fingers crossed - we have just had an unprecedented two weeks of cloud and rain here :-( )
For most of us, we are not trying to to off the grid, just lessen our dependence on the grid.
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Please key in "Solar Power Storage" on YouTube website, you'd find the upgraded battery storage system. The video is Storing Solar Power At Home by The Infineon Technologies. Since the function key doesn't allow me to copy and past as last time.

elbeee, Be positive and progressive. We'd sit in forest without roof and wearing leaves instead of colorful clothes, if everyone is living conservatively with what the God is offering. After viewing the creative thoughts from YouTube, may open up your sky for infinity. After all, our life is inspiring each other. Right?

J.Russell Bailey, Thanks for sharing your professional experience with us. That's how the new whole world would move on. I agree with you that all the government around the world failed their citizens in everyway and I'm afraid the WWIII is imminent. I wish the UN would break the boundary among the nations with Free Trade and Religious, Research the Clean Energy and Cap the Ceiling of the Billionaire, instead of sanction with military action.

To Houzz, It's better to link Youtube & Pinterest with your website.
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How to Navigate an Extended Guest Stay

Keep sharing living quarters a positive experience by pondering the answers to these questions in advance Full Story
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Becky Harris
Tears welling up in my eyes right now. It's so wonderful that your kids have a good memory from such a traumatic time, you all are lucky to have such a great family, as they are lucky to have you.

@Laurel Ennis, if you follow Allison's stories regularly, you'll learn more about how it's never as easy as it one anticipates with such issues via her family's experience.
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foreverfarm11
Your right Bonnieinflorida, I really need to sit him down. The really funny thing is my husbands company is a catering company, so he can bring what ever food they have during the day home to eat at night, as well as snacks etc. And believe me, they have good food.
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mschil9
I read all these comments and I agree a conversation prior to any arrangement needs to be discussed. If you put a time limit it helps to know what are the expectations are. We have been blessed a couple of times with great room mates and it was a wonderful! Both times it was to help out four a couple of months and our house guests were gracious and gave so much back! We are two busy people and having people shop and cook for us was wonderful. Great meals at night is so rewarding and helpful. We know ourselves and people who stay with us and our motto is you shop plan the meals we will clean up and provide the wine! We love helping friends and family get on the right path.
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You Said It: ‘We’re Here to Stay’ and Other Houzz Quotables

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
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BLee
Just now - the "Hell Strip". While I was quitting smoking 20 years ago I pick-axed the entire clay strip in front of my city apartment building, fed what soil there was, made a stepping stone path from the parking space with the cheapest concrete tiles I could find, planted drought tolerant perennials and scattered wild flower seeds - the track team from a high school 3 blocks away made a determined effort to destroy it, but finally got the message when I stood out there at 3:30 every afternoon holding an enormous arrow pointing to the sidewalk. I moved away 8 years ago, but after 19 years it is full of low shrubs, a few poppies pop, the tiles are intact, and residents tell me there is love-in-a-mist every Spring. (yes, I shed the coffin-nails as well, smoke-free for almost 20 years). Joy!
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pamc321
@barbaraalee Congratulations... you planted a legacy... your biggest achievement smoking cessation... you gave your family...YOU! Yes indeed JOY!
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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 Full Story
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Becky Harris
Thank you Biondi Decor!
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tshome
What is it with people wanting to sit on the floor these days? Chairs without legs, Geeze.
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Many resilient teenagers prefer this style of seating to play video games. These were designed specifically for that purpose.
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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 Full Story
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Becky Harris
@ethiope, I asked the same question during the interview - it's very sad, but I'm glad the kitty's memory is being appreciated in this story!
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Good morning always loving your sense Becky Harris, today I move to the newest apartment. much much better place near the museum of film Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki and music Joe Hisaishi. : ) so busy today. Thanks a lot : ) now from Hachioji. mataneeee.
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Sue
This is, without a doubt, my favorite home on this site. Could be because everything here suits my personal taste (and dreams). The designer really did a great job especially in the family room. That said, as I went from room to room I couldn't help but think, "Has Ms. Ggem somehow been reading my mind!" Hope she's available when my ship comes in and I can build my dream home (on a smaller scale though)
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Becky Harris
You know, my aunt and uncle (this is their Berkshires house) have had this set since the '80s as well. I suppose searching for Danish or Scandinavian Modern Dining Set on eBay or other online sites might bring up something similar?
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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 Full Story
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justjanelle
My dream back yard....gorgeous
April 16, 2014 at 7:53am     
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spondulux
Lovely. Think I'd add a reading chair and spend most of my time there.
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farrowshelley
This is my dream room. I love plants and during our cold Canadian winters, especially this last one I would love to pot and putter in a place like this, instead of mucking up my boring laundry room.
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Emily Moore
Beautiful!
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libbynewnam
Quality. Nicest addition I've ever seen on houzz. I appreciate the attention to detail and going old school on many design choices. (The drain especially!)
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I have been collecting Heather's pieces for several years now and I am so excited to see her on Houzz! Just when I think she cannot come up with anything more b...
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