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12 Ways to Get a Luxe Bathroom Look for Less

Your budget bathroom can have a high-end feel with these tricks for choosing tile, stone, furniture and more Full Story
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We followed a lot of these when we built our weekend house because we had a strict budget and we weren't going to exceed it. All of the stone counters are remnants except in the kitchen where we needed more than would ever show up as remnants. One of the great things about remnants is it defines your world of choice. We knew we had to pick from the rows of remnants and worked that section hard, plus it forced us outside of our pre-conceived notions of what we wanted. In the powder room, we took a chance on a granite that was kind of wild but because it's a small counter, it works. Everyone remarks on how great it looks, but I doubt we would have picked it if we'd not been forced to stick to the remnants. In the master bath, we were able to get this gorgeous marble called Positano that is a soft yellow, gray, and white. I loved it from the moment I saw it, but it was WAY over our budget. Fortunately, a guy had refused to hire a crane when his fireplace surround was too big to get up the stairs and we got our beautiful counter at remnant prices. Stroke of luck for us! And taught us it never hurts to ask.

I also second the use of chrome. It's timeless and easy to clean. The bathroom in our primary house that dated the fastest was the one where we decided to be quirky. It was fun at the time, but man, does it look like 1986. Never again. We now go classic on anything that is expensive and time-consuming to change. It's one of the reasons I shy away from colored grout. It's easy to go too trendy.
September 13, 2014 at 10:31PM     
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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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laurielynne
The comment above about dishwashers makes me think of all the annoying times I am loading ours and there is one or two items that just won't fit. But, darn it, I'm going to MAKE them fit, so I begin the maddening process of unloading and rearranging dirty dishes until I find room and I am victorious. Of course between the time that victory is mine, and all that fiddling, there is this small voice in my head telling me that I could wash and dry those balky items 10 times over - which I ignore because I will not let the damn thing defeat me!

As for a dishwasher being necessary, I suppose it does depend on the situation. A family always on the go with young children goes thru a lot of dishes during the day and not a lot of time to do them. A dishwasher would definitely lighten the load. A childless couple where both spouses share the work, dishwashing by hand is a breeze. In my family, my sister-in-law who is single, is planning her kitchen reno and on her "must have" list is a dishwasher, which I questioned. Her reasoning was that because she was alone she didn't use that many dishes, but often her dishes would pile up because she didn't do them every day. She'd rather load her dishwasher and then run it once or twice a week and always have a neat kitchen. Made sense to me.

Edited to add; I SWEAR there was a comment about dishwashers above or else all the dishwashing detergent fumes have been getting to me. I think I'll wander off now drink more coffee and perhaps berate another household appliance...
September 14, 2014 at 6:36AM     
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randerson
Interesting use of broken dishes and pretty completed room. But I HATE it when there is a "before" shot and the "after" is from an entirely different angle. Just want to truly compare the spaces. It's kind of like false advertising . . .
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Sorry for the frustration with the before shot. I agree it is confusing. I don't have an exact match for the range view "after" but if you combine these 2 below you'll see it. I removed the window onto the porch (and the radiator under it and added a toekick heater in the baseboard of one cabinet) and widened the window over the sink.
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mntflwr
never heard of that..how do u make it?
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Kristin Vrieling
It's just a chai tea latte with a shot or 2 of espresso. It's AMAZING! life changing & good hot or iced.
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Houzz Tour: Upcycling to the Max in a New Home

They don’t call it the Recycled House for nothing. This home in Western Australia is a marvel of all things salvaged Full Story
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laurielynne
Absolutely great and the bathroom is fantastic! This is the type of home that just speaks to me. It's obviously the result of a lot of hard work and ingenuity and it's clearly a home with real people living in it - vs the pristine showpieces that masquerade as homes, we so often see.
September 12, 2014 at 12:37PM     
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goodewyfe
I'm not a modern, open concept kind of person at all. However, I really like what they did with the house. So many clever touches and that bathroom floor is beautiful. Carla is a talented artist - I love the mural. I also like how even extended family got in on it (mother in law found one of the chairs featured).
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pgan1
What treatment did they apply to newspapers to protect from humidity and make it cleanable?
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5 Ways to Pare Down Your Stuff — Before It Gets in the Door

Want to free up some room around the house? Rethink gift giving, give yourself a shopping mantra and just say, ‘No, thank you’ to freebies Full Story
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vygriffin
Sigrid, I made quilts out of the t-shirts my kids had from school events they participated in. Here is a quilt I made with the t-shirts from a Baltic cruise. Cut the t-shirts up and save till they graduate. Send them to college with a unique quilt.
September 9, 2014 at 8:25AM     
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The Kitchen Storage Space That Hides at Floor Level

Cabinet toe kicks can cleverly house a bank of wide drawers — or be dressed up to add a flourish to your kitchen design Full Story
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sheilamoreydesign
Great article, thanks!
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10 Reasons to Love Banquettes (Not Just in the Kitchen)

They can dress up a space or make it feel cozier. Banquettes are great for kids, and they work in almost any room of the house Full Story
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plgroves
Banquette with storage with a little table
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zweiback
I'm a fool for banquettes! I think this stems from my favorite informal dinners out when I was a kid, at a place called the Peter Pan Diner! I'd put one in every room of my house, if I could, but sadly they'd be totally wrong. {sigh}
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marlso
Black stain or almost black slate color stain can be stunning provided the contrasting trim can carry it and has a statement to make. To me, you need gorgeous landscaping and nice detailing in the trim work--like well proportioned divided lights that will really pop with the dark house for example. With a dark house you are staging the details of your house front and center which is the idea.
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lizthefrizz
This look could be really intriguing and mysterious on some houses, but I live in Houston and an all black interior would mean attracting a huge amount of sun and heat. With out summer norm being "feels like 120 degrees," all black would be murderous!
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Inside Houzz: Refaced Cabinets Transform a Kitchen

No walls came down. No windows were added. But this once-dark kitchen looks completely different, thanks to bright new surfaces Full Story
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laurielynne
When I saw the before picture I thought it was the finished product, and I was so irritated to see yet again more dark cabinets. I was thrilled to see the "after" pictures - the kitchen is beautiful and for me the white cabinets are infinitely better. The white removes that pall of despair dark cabinets bring to a kitchen.
September 3, 2014 at 4:07AM     
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karavosk
Great transformation. I always like a white kitchen, but in this case it is a huge improvement. The previous kitchen was stylish, but DARK. With the amount of time most people spend in a kitchen wouldn't you want it to be a bright, comfortable space?
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Marion Reeves
The front room photos show the two plum chairs with their backs to the view. However, the two plum chairs are on either side of the fireplace with an ottoman in between. There are two leather recliners in those spots. What they didn't photograph was the opposite wall to the two plum chairs is a 12 foot long bank of built ins with closed doors down below and open shelving above housing the 70 inch tv. For the accommodating 14 for dinner there is a two person bench that is in the dining room and the other 4 matching chairs are stored elsewhere.
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Houzz Tour: A Historic Remodel Keeps the Romance Alive

It was love at first sight for the owner of a 2-centuries-old house. She and her husband renovated it with tender loving care Full Story
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bellemanor
Swoon! Adore this home, I felt like I was reading a lovely historic romance. Also loved when Judy says "when we have guests, there's a lovely hotel nearby" - I must figure out a way to say that to my mother-in-law. hehe!
August 31, 2014 at 6:22AM     
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Houzz Tour: Sliding Doors Open Up a Small Space in New York City

A wall teardown and custom treatments add more options for living and entertaining in a 450-square-foot apartment Full Story
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laurielynne
Gorgeous space! However is it just me (or camera angle) or is the brick wall much larger in the "after" picture, than in the before? It looks like the wall to the left of the fireplace was removed but it doesn't say so in the article.
September 3, 2014 at 3:39AM     
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Phyllis Bresler
The space is amazing... I know, it belongs to my daughter! Great job, Justin.
September 10, 2014 at 11:44AM     
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Love this space, so clean, functional; yet, an abundance of uniqueness and great design! What is it about this area of New York? It seems to attract such creative spirits. I love the theatre there and the short walk to the design center. Great work! Very inspiring!
September 14, 2014 at 12:56AM   
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Room of the Day: Making Way for a New Life in Austin

With cancer behind her, a Texas homeowner gets rid of boxes and clutter in her living room too Full Story
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maisonetlamaison
Thank you Sarah:-) Will look into it right away.
September 8, 2014 at 9:44AM   
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Dana Veach
Sarah...thank you again for your responses on the painting...our comments keep "crossing" in the atmospheric regions somewhere!
September 8, 2014 at 10:06AM   
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Ready to Try Something New? Houzz Guides to Color for Your Kitchen

If only mixing up a kitchen color palette were as easy as mixing batter. Here’s help for choosing wall, cabinet, island and backsplash hues Full Story
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fringedweller
I love this.
September 7, 2014 at 10:22PM   
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annawilkowska
I love beautiful design where 3 or 4 colors r used. Everything matches and it looks clean, elegant and I can't see myself in it. I am in the process of painting my kitchen cabinets. I chose light cream yellow color to brighten up the kitchen. Im halfway done and it does look clean and bright, but...well it needs a kick of color. The island just might become a beautiful burnt orange..My only dilemma would be color for the counter top....The kitchen is the hub of the house. It's busy, loud and messy...colorful. Love red by Hive Modular
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I agree that you should go with a lighter colour on your cupboards and have you thought about painting out your trim? I think the dark colour is too high contrast and a bit dated. I think the room would be much more unified if the trim was painted a white or off white - especially if you go light with your cupboards. As for your pantry doors imo glass is not necessary because it's such a utilitarian space. I think if you have plain fronted doors you could either paint them the same colour as the cupboards or the same colour as your wall which will make them less apparent. Good luck and have fun with it, it looks like a very charming space.

And if you are looking for a pop of colour I think that those wooden stools would be terrific if you painted them in your favourite colour or a colour that is found in some of your furnishings.
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ciscomo
Outlier here. I think any of the colors would work except the black. The ivory/ white looks pretty yellow and I'm seeing a pink undertone in the tile, so I am worried about that. I would put paned glass doors or use old screen doors on your pantry. Could you put glass on the upper cabinets or use open shelving and buy a white microwave?

Photos are all from House Beautiful. First two are dark blue stained and the last is a green paint.
August 29, 2014 at 7:38AM   
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For a lake house I like the "faded canoe green" in your first photo. And I HATE green...so if I like the green, it means it would be a lot of fun. My other choice would be the off-white/soft yellow in your last photo. What you will find is any of these colours are going to make the white appliances look very much out of place. The soft yellow even more so because it is just different enough to make you realize the cabs/appliances don't match...which can be annoying to some.
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31 True Tales of Remodeling Gone Wild

Drugs, sex, excess — the home design industry is rife with stories that will blow your mind, or at least leave you scratching your head Full Story
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my2scents
Yes Weatherwife, our last two homes have names. And fact, please let me share another story with you!
We purchased our current home for the purpose of taking care of my father-in-law, who we discovered was in the fourth stage of Alzheimer's disease. We put him on a full course of medicine, and he became as lucid and bright as any 86-year-old man could possibly be! He was a joy to have around and we loved taking care of him.
He would sit on the back deck and watch me go back-and-forth to the many buildings on our property to work. He always wanted to know where I was and what I was doing, and as a former builder often offered great advice. Not only did I name the house itself, I named every building and every pathway, and made small signs labeling each one, and took him around the property and explained them to him.
For the next two years, whenever he would lose track of me, he would yell, "Where are you?" or "Where are you going?" And I would yell back, "I'm on Mulberry Lane!" or "To 'The Barn'!" (Which was not really a barn, but a building with a barn-type roof). We had a great time together!
Although Dad is gone now, those signs are still here, a loving reminder of why we purchased this home. This is a very special place.
August 26, 2014 at 9:07AM     
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My Houzz: Garage Sale Meets Glam in Ohio

With their 5 kids grown up and moved out, a Euclid couple finally gets to design all for themselves Full Story
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laurielynne
I love this house!
August 23, 2014 at 5:38PM   
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mschil9
You are so amazing and have such great talent! Love your home. You should teach others on how to do this, as I have friends who are always doing garage sales, buying antiques and collecting and there houses just keep getting messier and messier and they start looking like hoarders. You have a special gift!
September 6, 2014 at 10:59AM   
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j_might
I used to live across the street from this lovely, hardworking couple. Their house was always chic and constantly changing from one fabulous thing to the next. Yes, Jen does have the eye and luck for finding things "for a song". Beautiful as always!
September 11, 2014 at 6:26PM   
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