Becky Harris


Location
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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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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neel04
Love the paint color for the walls. Can someone tell me the brand and name of the paint?
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Biondi Decor
Thank you. We used Benjamin Moore Thunder on the walls.
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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
JAC, good point, especially in places suffering from drought. Consider me hit with the wet noodle.
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carefreehouse
That is one huge laundry room. Whow
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Cheryl Davis
It such a shame that at the most beautiful time of the year when you want to enjoy your screen porch you have to wait for the pollen season to be over. This really bothered me when we considered adding a screen porch to our home. So after doing some research I discovered Pollen Tec® screening. According to the manufacturer not only does it keep out up to 100% of pollen, but it keeps dust at bay as well. I am looking forward to enjoying my new screen porch this year. It is early in the pollen season, but so far so good!
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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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ethiope
Oops, posted about the cat then read above and realized he passed away. :-(
on Tuesday at 3:05pm   
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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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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
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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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Hi! I took this photo while on the Modern Atlanta Houzz Tour. I'm not sure, but if you fill the bottom with gravel and then dirt I think it can take care of most of the drainage needs.
on Tuesday at 9:52am   
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I have found that in addition to putting gravel in the bottom like Becky suggested, a few holes made by punching through the bottom with a big nail work nicely for drainage.
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The Cure for Houzz Envy: Family Room Touches Anyone Can Do

Easy and cheap fixes that will help your space look more polished and be more comfortable Full Story
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mrrat007
I have a narrow sun room that needs a bit sprucing up. What do you recommend
on Tuesday at 8:05am     
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Becky Harris
Hi mrrat007, I highly recommend posting your question and photo under "Design Dilemma" - go to "Advice" at the top of the page to get there. Many more folks will see it and chime in over there!
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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 Full Story
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fourmilecreek
Beautiful, beautiful home! Finally a home that looks like people actually live there. It is so refreshing to see a home that isn't staged, or looks like a furniture store showroom. This home says come in, sit down, relax and be comfortable!
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paddlerchick
Although I like eclectic, nothing in this house makes sense to me.
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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 Full Story
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Becky Harris
sorry guys, the floors and wall paint were existing so we don't know what they are.

See article for source on photograph.
on Sunday at 7:15pm   
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marmonhammer
@lizhd Indeed. It's not that it isn't mid-century - on the contrary, it's indicative of it - but I'm simply a hardcore purist. For example, I've collected vintage cars off and on for some years, and I believe every one should be factory original down the very last nut and bolt. To me, hot rods and mods are an abomination, but the vast majority of collectors disagree. Is what it is. Capturing a beautiful piece of craftsmanship as it was conceived is the point, but we all have our own perspective. I just think a modern, new, or originally styled piece could've easily been sourced, instead of altering a collectible original. Not to put too fine of a nostalgic point on it, but there's a respect for the past that is all too lacking in people's perspectives today, especially in light of the lack of mass produced quality in today's world and the always moving forward mentality we engender these days.
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zweiback
I don't totally disagree with marmonhammer, but I sure do like the way that sideboard looks! I think its a good marriage in this case and makes the piece something really special.
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Dream Spaces: 12 Ultraglam Powder Rooms

These luxurious loos show how extravagance can come through color, wall coverings, fixtures or just a simply beautiful concept Full Story
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Lisa- Thank you very much for featuring my work in your article. You are absolutely right that powder rooms are the perfect opportunity to create a cool space with a lot of bang for the buck. In fact, they are some of my favorite spaces to design! I am not sure about all of the negative commentary above? The bathrooms that you featured are interesting, creative, and aesthetically pleasing. Playing with proportion and scale lends for an eye catching, unexpected space. Regarding the absence of mirrors...we are only seeing one view of a very hard to shoot space. I bet that sone of these rooms have mirrors elsewhere. Don't be afraid to take risks, guys! They almost always pay off!!
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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 Full Story
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nellieagnes
I have that typical small laundry/mudroom combination between the kitchen and garage. Like other commenters above I thought about having the laundry component nearer to the bedroom, but have reconsidered. One benefit of the location away from the bedrooms is that if I'm doing laundry in the evening or early before everyone is up the noise is not bothering anyone trying to sleep. This would be a consideration for families with babies as well, 'cause when the washer hits the spin cycle it can be loud.
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onthefritz3
Designanddine...my point exactly! The occasional dish towel from the kitchen is about the only laundry generated downstairs! I have three kids so I do a lot of laundry and I can't stand lugging it up and down the stairs every single day! Fortunately, they are getting old enough to lug most of it back up the stairs once it's clean. I'll probably catch some flack for this but until there are more women architects, we will continue to see homes where the laundry room is the last priority in the floor plan....just the fact that in most households it's the women doing the laundry. I said most, not all!
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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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Becky Harris
Wow luvluv, can't wait to see it!
April 10, 2014 at 5:12am   
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Ina Drosu design&fine art
This home reminds of logs floating on the water, their rings sometimes showing, other times their straight ropey fibers... It's totally appropriate for its setting. It seems to deal very well with the privacy issues, while preserving, and actually concentrating the exterior view through the telescopic, tubular shape ending in the round window. It also looks easily adaptable to different styles, i.e. strip down to bare bones or accessorize with rugs, pillows, books, paintings...people. Sail boat, cruise liner, hermit crab abode, Nereid's nest? It makes one's imagination float away.
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bat80233
If I can't have a torybook house, this is the one I want! I don't have the words to describe it's beautiful curvature.
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Room of the Day: Antiques Help a Dining Room Grow Up

Artfully distressed pieces and elegant colors take a formerly child-focused space into sophisticated territory Full Story
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Becky Harris
If you want someone to take the time to give you free information, you might not want to start off your comments by picking apart and insulting her work. Just a thought.
April 9, 2014 at 2:16pm     
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Becky Harris
Govind, do you mean the scrolled piece on the left in the comment above yours? It is wrought iron. you can find pieces in architectural salvage places.
on Monday at 10:33am     
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Govind Malviya
Oh thnku Becky
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Becky Harris
Gosh I think they designed it and built it themselves but recommended some sort of chicken coop.com for ideas and plans.
April 9, 2014 at 7:55am   
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Penny V.
One source that caters to the U.S. is http://www.mypetchicken.com

They sell both kits and plans. Another place to look is Craigslist for your area. There are craftspeople in our area who sell and deliver chicken coops they've made, and promise to beat any price on a comparable locally sold coop.
April 9, 2014 at 10:03am     
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Houzz Tour: Embracing Old and New in a Montana Bungalow

This home’s exterior fits the historic neighborhood, but its new, more modern floor plan fits the owners’ lifestyle Full Story
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Becky Harris
You know, I'm quite sure I asked that question and unfortunately there was no record of the paint colors. Sorry!
April 8, 2014 at 10:10am   
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makitasue
Dream. House.
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Staircase Landings Worth a Linger

Galleries, libraries and reading nooks turn these go-between stairway spaces into invitations to relax Full Story
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Becky Harris
No hesitation, I don't have them to share. Forcing them to post them is a ridiculous notion to me. Sometimes I think that the pros on Houzz give so much great information away for free that users come to expect that they should reveal every detail of every project. If they sat around and answered Houzz questions for free all day, they'd all go out of business.

There are not one-size-fits-all solutions. I highly recommend hiring a pro to help you bring your vision to life. If you're not sure i something will fit/is possible, most come give estimates for free, so you can find out during that part of the process on your own project.
April 8, 2014 at 10:09am     
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Staircase
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How to Survive an Epidemic of Walking Dead

Tips to use around the house and garden to prep for the zombie apocalypse Full Story
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Becky - I am rolling at your comment, "nothing good ever comes between the corn stalks." Hubby LOVES this show, and I bury myself in the most recent Veranda or House Beautiful while he's watching it. Yep - I'm a scardy pants! great article!
April 6, 2014 at 4:41am     
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lilion
Right there with you Becky! Smart network, starting Game of Thrones the week after Walking Dead ends.
April 6, 2014 at 5:45pm     
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The Funniest Bathrooms on Houzz

Check out these creative loos for a chuckle, then share your own fun bathroom designs Full Story
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Becky Harris
No way! The one with the hilarious cover that says "host of NBC's 'Today Show'"?!?!?!?!!??! what are the chances?
April 7, 2014 at 10:42am   
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amyberenson
A friend with a good sense of humor gave my parents this. I always thought it was in bad taste, but when we closed down their house, I couldn't part with it! Now it is in my guest bath.
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Chris Pyle
Amyberenson it is funny how things can grow on you.
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Kitchen of the Week: Victorian Style the Nonconformist Way

Modern and period elements mix creatively and in perfect harmony in an Oregon kitchen and pantry Full Story
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Becky Harris
The larger table seen in the last photo is the one they use permanently, as noted in the text.
April 7, 2014 at 10:40am   
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divinemrsm
It looks like the dishwasher is to the right of the sink. What a chore to have to walk clean dishes over to the pantry shelves, crossing the bottom of the stairs and a hallway before you get there. Just too many steps to take items from pantry and fridge over to the island to cook up something like, say, meatloaf.
April 7, 2014 at 7:18pm   
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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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Becky Harris
lk-designs, Be on the lookout; different parts of the world will be getting Houzz sites geared toward them very soon ...
April 6, 2014 at 6:13pm     
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stasselli
Bso:, va
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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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Becky Harris
I do not, I'm sorry. This was material provided by the company that makes the tile. I have to wonder how long it would take to fill a tub from such a narrow filler! It is elegant, isn't it?
April 6, 2014 at 2:37pm   
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Review for Element Clay Studio:

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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