Becky Harris


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Atlanta, GA  
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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Les plantes couvre-sol, une belle alternative au gazon

Découvrez comment quelques plantes bien choisies peuvent vous permettre de vous passer de gazon dans votre jardin Full Story
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Hi the cushions throws stools are all from a company called Anta in Scotland. Cushions are about £55.00 each. Hope this helps x
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Room of the Day: Just Right for 2 and a Crowd

Cozy enough for a couple but welcoming to extended family, this Portland home has lots of design tricks up its sleeve Full Story
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wantsideas
@Sigrid I like both houses but I know what you mean. I think the farmhouse reads cool because of the light floors, white walls and the marble. This reads warm to me because of the dark wood floors, stone work, warm wood table and the walls not being white.
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piperreno
This is a really lovely space, however a floorplan would really help me to appreciate layout and proportions.
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Connie Chair (1985) upholstered in Walden Granite (984); Connie Chair (1985) upholstered in Walden Granite (984)
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It was selected by the interior designers at Tracery. I am not sure if it is listed, but here is a link to the full resource guide for the 2012 Southern Living Idea House, which lists all products, fabrics, paint colors, etc.:
http://tinyurl.com/SoLiv2012-IdeaHouseGuide (link updated)
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Justin Gafrey;
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Room of the Day: Elegance and Comfort Strike a Balance

A high-traffic Philadelphia family room combines rustic and refined elements with stylish durability Full Story
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Becky Harris
giraffe7, yes, they have a totally casual TV/rec room in the basement that is the main TV-watching space. By the way, does anyone say "rec room" anymore or am I totally dating myself? :)

loves2read, she mentioned that they also use the armchairs for viewing when they are catching something up here - they are easy to move around and angle more toward the tube.
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carrps
Kinda ... blah. The only thing I really like is granny's lamp!
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lisaerly
Love the way the jute rug looks...how do you keep the cotton border clean with all the foot (and paw) traffic?
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Mysticism and Meaning Meet in an Ohio Artist’s Gardens

Step into landscape scenes rife with symbolism, inspired by math, philosophy and the stars Full Story
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Becky Harris
Just looking at this put me in a more peaceful place today. Wonderful!
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joann7
Love every inch of this nature experience. The fact that metaphysics has enhanced it is a bonus for those of us who have explored it. Those who have not can't and won't appreciate the total experience. Thanks for sharing.
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catherinebeaver
I would love to see the inside of the meditation pavilion as well as their cottage. So beautiful.
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Houzz Tour: Good Vibes for a Hollywood Couple in Laurel Canyon

Actor Ian Harding and artist Sophia Hart’s personalities shine in a house nestled in the trees Full Story
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@Vida Flora, yes, Shannon was telling me about how the whole neighborhood gathers to have their photo taken together every year as a tradition ... it sounded very in line with that sort of fun community attitude, like there is a special bond among all current and former Laurel Canyoners!
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broquet
First, I LOVE the painted back drop and its use as curtains! I also love the indigo couch and leaf chairs. The whole house is wonderful in a warm, whimsical, LC way. My husband thinks that was his childhood backyard, but since he lived in LC about 35 years ago, the house looks nothing like it did if, it was his. Still, he enjoyed seeing his old stomping grounds.

I agree that the Migratory Act was critically necessary when it was created--and to an extent still is. But it seems a little silly to make possession of a nest that has fallen to the ground and been discarded an illegal act, especially if that ground is your property. It's the same thing with feathers--especially raptor feathers. We have hawks, turkey vultures, wild turkeys, feral peacocks, Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles in our area. They love to practice aeronautic maneuvers over our hill--must be some good thermals. Occasionally, we'll find feathers they have lost. What difference would it make if we were to pick one up from our land and move it to the house? We would never trap, shoot or otherwise forcibly take such a feather such that harm could come to the bird. Since it's illegal, we leave the feathers for the deer, coyotes, our horses and goats to trample broken into the dirt. It seems stupid and a shame to me.
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The shelf is held up with iron brackets mounted into the tile bellow. Each one of those copper pots weigh as much as 30 lbs each. Thanks for your comment.
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Houzz Tour: Personality Perseveres in a Classic Tahoe A-Frame

Rustic gets a modern edge but keeps its pedigree in a lakeside vacation cabin, thanks to a thoughtful renovation by its architect owner Full Story
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kdell2369
Back in 2001, my new husband and I honeymooned in the North Carolina mountains. We found an A frame in really, really bad shape and overgrown with mountain laurel. We took time off from work and brought her back to life after almost 2 years. Hated leaving it at the end of our vacations so much, we just moved there full time in 2007! Best thing we ever did (so far)! Thank you for sharing yours.
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You Said It: ‘Put It Back’ If It Won’t Help Your House, and More Wisdom

Highlights from the week include stopping clutter from getting past the door, fall planting ideas and a grandfather’s gift of love Full Story
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A woman I met in Savannah told me she'd gathered a bunch of Spanish moss from live oaks to place in some baskets (I think they were some sort of fancy gift baskets of wine and crackers and other treats bought in the Low Country) and the angry red bugs were a very unpleasant and unintended addition to her baskets!
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Taylorcraft, the milestone was the 4 millionth photo posted on Houzz! Apparently, I never got around to telling you like I promised I would. Sorry about that!
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Thank you Becky. You kept us in suspense!
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15 Cozy Book Nooks and What They Want You to Read

Put the beach reads away; these comfy spaces are creating a fall reading list. What books do they suggest to you? Full Story
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Jenna Umberger
4 & 8 are my faves. I love reading & I totally agree with your pairings here! Lovely article, Becky. & I've also attached my tiny reading corner. The chair is an awesome hand me down from a family friend & the bookshelf is filled with my favorite books & knickknacks.
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giuliana1
#1 is cozy, coffee and pup, altho in our house it would be a large cddlly cat/ 13 is perfection for curling up and going somewhere far away. If peace and quiet were especially important, #3, and if reading were a Sunday morning tete a tete over the NY Times and a pot of coffee with my husband, #12...definitely. #13 is very close to what our guest room looks like and I love it.
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Leah McGrew
I think #3 and a cozy mystery like the Cat Who books. #8 you should be reading something exotic. With #11 I can see breaking out my old horse books and cuddling with a cat or two. The fact is that I don't have a reading nook. I live with two blind people who's books are on audio. I NEED to find a place to get my books out so I can read them!
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broquet
Someday I WILL have a window reading nook, hopefully like number 13 or 10.
Your choices are great, Becky, but when you've finished those selections, might I recommend the following? ;)

# 3: Grog, with "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England; A Handbook for Visitors to the 14th Century," by Ian Mortimer

#4: floral tea, with "The Tale of Murasaki," by Liza Dalby, "Tale of Genji," by Murasaki, and "The Teahouse Fire," by Ellis Avery

#8: Gargle blaster cocktail with "the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy" 4-book trilogy, and "The Salmon of Doubt," by Douglas Adams, and "Hyperbole And A Half," by Allie Brosh

#10: Earl Grey tea, muscat or lemonade, with "Jane Austen's England," by Roy and Lesley Adkins, and of course, any of Jane Austen's works

#13: Hot chickory, with "The Wild Muir," by John Muir and
"Riding Into The Wild," by Elly and Nathan Foote
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A Tiny Powder Room Gets a Map-tastic Look

Creative cartography adds cheer and personality to the walls of a compact half bath Full Story
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Becky Harris
Peggy, this is another project of Tracey's that I really like a lot, check it out here:


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brentjanis
Another cut up map
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I am hoping the writing shows that tells about hints to hang the maps.
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Anesha, so sorry, I have no idea who I uploaded this photo for/from - it must have been from the very early Houzz days. My guess is that it's a curtain rod too, very smart.
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Room of the Day: A Spacious Porch Brings Family Life Outside

This Georgia back porch, decorated in neutrals and a mix of textures, serves as living, dining and family room almost year-round Full Story
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Becky Harris
ssfarm2 - sheepskin on the chairs, not the cowhide rug.
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southernpointofview
Becky has done it again with another great idea book! I absolutely love this porch - so livable and cozy. It reminds me a lot of my front porch that runs the entire length of the house. One bit of encouraging advice: make your porch as deep as possible if you're building! Mine is 12' deep by 72' long. I've even seen 15' depths that are architecturally pleasing and very cozy.
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Absolutely 'DIVINE' as they would say in South Africa... would love to come over and hang out in your hanging daybed!
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11 Ways to Make Your Sleeping Porch Even Better

Turn off that air conditioner and tune in to the delights of slumbering in the nighttime breeze Full Story
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Becky Harris
OH my gosh, the stink bugs keep getting into my house, not just my porch (my porch is screened underneath the floor too and they still find their way in somehow). They are the worst. I have realized that I'd rather put up with their annoying buzzing than the stink they emit after I kill them.
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roxieks
Becky Harris try placing bay leaves on the window ledges.
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hutnut
i've tried that a couple of years ago ... didn't do much, but thanks for the suggestion
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Kitchen of the Week: Broken China Makes a Splash in This Kitchen

When life handed this homeowner a smashed plate, her designer delivered a one-of-a-kind wall covering to fit the cheerful new room Full Story
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Becky Harris
OMG, I just saw the comments about wanting to see my house. I fear you'd be sorely disappointed ;) I am beyond ready for a master bath remodel (travertine I didn't pick and I hate, dated lighting) and a kitchen spiff-up (I would kill for a Big Chill fridge in red), and boy does the inside of my house need a fresh coat of paint. I'm just like everyone else!
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Anthony Kawalski
Hi Diane Greenholt!

Vanilla is what that kitchen is! Apart from that one element.

As a mural painter and Trompe L'Oeil artist I have left my stamp on so many homes, those of clients and my own. Some are still intact, a few as shrines to kawalski.ca, many have been painted over. I deal with that as it all about taste. My works, light airy and ethereal have been painted over in dark mediocrity, in my opinion.

As an artist/designer it is very hard not to over stamp my homes, since all of that 'art' might be painted away...

So, yes that balance of resale versus home, is always on my mind.

Peace out!
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judygilpin
I agree Diane. I have a glass tile backsplash in my current kitchen and my thought was purely decorative. I have never splattered anything on it over the three years I've had it. I just wipe it off with a damp cloth every week or so just to keep the dust, etc. off. You brought back memories of the home I grew up in. It was built in 1940 and the counter tops back then were actually made of linoleum and a narrow aluminum channel finished off the raw edge. The linoleum went about four inches up the wall.........and YES everything above that was painted.
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Laura Wallis
This is gorgeous, Becky!
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Becky Harris
Isn't it though? The photography is amazing too, and I love it's relationship to the landscape, particularly that long wall to the slope of the terrain.
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8 Ways to Get a Handle on the Junk Drawer

Don’t sweat the small stuff — give it a few drawers of its own, sorted by type or task Full Story
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jphaynie
Storing batteries outside the junk drawer is important. Not only do you save money by knowing which are the newest, but there are several cases where 9 volt batteries stored loose in a junk drawer started a house fire by coming in contact with fine wire items (easily googled for more info)
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Karen Gottlieb
I upcycled egg cartons in an underused drawer to hold sewing stuff, and added an old tin for a button collection from my grandma. Now its super easy for anyone to find the right color thread to repair their own clothes! Plus, I was able to get rid of a huge sewing cabinet that took up too much space. :-)
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What Is Organic Architecture, Anyway?

Practitioners of organic architecture seek to connect houses more closely with their natural surroundings. Here's how they do it Full Story
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Becky Harris
Yea! I'm so happy to have this great resource on Houzz — Cheers to Andrew!
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summery
Thanks so much for the FLR quote:"

"...that a building should be 'of the hill and not on the hill,' and so organic architecture should appear to grow from its site. When the distinction between the site and the building is eliminated, the outdoor environment is invited into the home."

We're hoping to build a new house on a sloping piece of land, and I so very much want it to look "of the hill and not on the hill," so that it fits with ease into its surrounds. Too often, new houses look crouched at the top of a slope as if ready to toboggan down as soon as the starter yells "go!"
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diyer59
WOW! That's amazing.
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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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