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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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Belle Chaise
All great suggestions!
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Purple on the Outside

Are shades of grape, eggplant, lavender and plum the most daring colors for a home’s exterior? Full Story
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tikva02
We painted our house sage green with white trim, and we added a purple door for a pop of color... We also added purple coach lights and purple porch furniture. We love the result!
last Wednesday at 3:05AM     
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josh wynne construction
My purple project.
last Wednesday at 8:15AM     
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ssgagm
Ha! We just painted our house Benjamin Moores "Black Raspberry" with BM "Fireball Orange" for trim. We need to re-side the entire house at some point - and replace the windows - but this was a happy stopgap measure until we can afford the upgrade.
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Lighten Up — or Brighten Up — With Yellow

You can use this versatile color to create a buttery backdrop, add a zesty accent or make a bold design statement Full Story
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Hive Modular, LLC
a few more instances of yellow:
September 8, 2014 at 7:39AM     
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Kellie Godwin
Yellow has always been my favorite color. I recently painted my front door a brilliant golden color. I also went with a yellow and gray palate for my newborn daughter's bedroom. I love the variety that yellow brings!
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Guest Picks: Gilding the Lighting

Get your subtle-shine fix with pendants, sconces and floor lamps in antiqued brass or other warm metals Full Story
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Dirt Digger
Love my new kitchen light made out of copper!
July 29, 2014 at 3:25PM     
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Houzz Tour: Warm, Curvy Modernism in Palm Springs

It’s endless summer in this midcentury gem with bright white interiors and rich bursts of color Full Story
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lovesmesomepitbulls
This is literally the best house I have ever seen. For me, I'd want it off the golf course, but otherwise, I wouldn't change one single thing.
September 7, 2014 at 10:28AM   
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basileus
nice architecture but allthe furniture look the same? yawn
last Wednesday at 2:56PM     
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lucindalane
This is a very nice adaptation. However, it is unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be any natural wood surfaces evident. I assume there were some, and they are probably under some of that paint. The thing is that at least some natural wood is very much part of mid century design, At least, I'd say that it was when these homes were built. It was later in the "sixties" when the geometric shapes made out of synthetic "stuff" became stylish-and it was a very short time, really, because by the seventies more natural materials started being "in" again.
It's still a great "tip of the hat" to the era.
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10 Reasons to Make a Splash With Tomato Red

You won’t duck at these tomatoes. See how bold red shades can play up architecture, light up a dark spot and add drama Full Story
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midmodfan
Oceans, forests and rocks are not decorated. They just "are".
I for one like pops of bright red. Lovely examples!
September 5, 2014 at 11:40AM     
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Bali Construction
This San Francisco loft we renovated features tomato red in the kitchen as well as the stairs. The stairs detail helps tie in the red with the rest of the space. It was a bold choice, but with the modern, urban style of the loft, it looks nice. You can view the rest of the loft on our profile page.
September 5, 2014 at 4:15PM     
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Ann Danielson
A repair man came to my condo one day to fix a 4 year of washer. He told me that it doesn't matter what brand or how much you paid on any large appliance after 2000......they all last between 4-6 years. I asked him about specific name brands that had the big new washers and dryers and he said they will last between 4-6 years. My good friend bought a new set from that company..........they lasted 4 years. Don't spend zillions on your appliances they won't last no matter what you pay for them.
September 4, 2014 at 11:14AM     
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wasacampbell
We bought all new Kitchenaid appliances when we renovated our home a year ago. We bought them based on the performance of the 2 Kitchenaid dishwashers that lasted our entire 30+ years of marriage. We gave our older stainless kitchenaid dishwasher to our daughter when they bought their new house (best dishwasher ever). We are so disappointed in the new appliances. The dishwasher doesn't clean as well as the one we gave to our daughter and the fridge is freezing things in one spot and the ice maker has quite. We do like the micro/hood combo except the fan is very loud. I however, love my double wall ovens. We will probably not buy Kitchenaid again.
September 7, 2014 at 3:59AM     
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mikasmom01
Nothing lasts like it used to and if you have an appliance that has lasted for more than 10 years now...and has needed no repairs...you are very lucky!
When I got married in the 60's I was given an old refrigerator.
That refrigerator was already OLD...and yet it lasted another 20 years until I got sick of looking at it and bought a newer one..
The newer refrigerator...lasted just about 12 years.
The next refrigerator lasted about 7 years.
My "newest" refrigerator, a Kenmore bottom-freezer is barely 10 years old and the freezer has 2 inches of ice in the bottom, it leaks, refreezes, leaks some more.
I am sooooooooooooooo sick of spending money on refrigerators!!!!!!!
In order to "fix" this thing, it would cost about nearly $500., parts and labor.
Ridiculous!!
Stores are selling nothing but foreign made-crap, plastic parts, junk, junk and more junk and the consumer is going poor trying to keep up.
I cannot justify paying an outrageous price for something that used to cost less than half of what it costs now and was then, better quality.
September 7, 2014 at 5:14AM     
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suzyq53
I have stainless steel built in Vikiing side by side. I would not get Viking or stainless steel again. Viking breaks a lot and stainless steel is not stainless.
September 7, 2014 at 6:45AM     
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What Monarch Butterflies Taught Me About Garden Design

Thinking like a butterfly leads to fresh perspectives in the garden and in life Full Story
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samanthaja
Benjamin--Thanks for the beautiful advice and photos.

One word on water--if you have water that is too deep for bees and other insects (whether it is a pool, fountain, birdbath, etc.) you can float a board or piece of bark or something in it which will allow the bees to drink without drowning. We do this in our chicken water dishes and our kiddy pool, which both get a lot of summer insect traffic.
August 28, 2014 at 3:43PM     
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1012berg
Benjamin, I own a garden center in Fort Myers, Florida and I write a weekly planting tip article for our local newspaper. We offer many classes at our nursery and our most popular class is 'gardening for butterflies'. Many of our customers are avid butterfly gardeners and the milkweed plants fly out of the nursery. In spite of the fact that I garden in zone 10, I enjoy and appreciate your informative articles and beautiful pictures. I have attached a picture of the 'butterfly alley', formerly known as the garden path, in my garden.
August 31, 2014 at 7:42AM     
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Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts: What’s the Difference?

If the zigzag and swirly designs of the past leave your head spinning, these descriptions will straighten you right out Full Story
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skagitnana
@michael hannigan: I don't know where you are coming from with these comments, or if you are just trying to get a rise out of us. The three styles described have specific, documented antecedents and have long been established as distinctive. Certainly many people have liked these esthetics over the years and continue to like them and build upon them. If you dislike the style so much, why are you reading the article?
August 25, 2014 at 11:01AM     
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eclecticedwardian
skoret--I love Louis Sullivan, but he really has absolutely nothing to do with the Arts and Crafts movement--his ornamentation is Art Nouveau, while his building styles and methods pioneered the early Modern; he in fact is called the father of the skyscraper. It is very interesting that his modern steel-framed buildings had rather "retro" ornamentation, but it is one of the things I love about them.
August 27, 2014 at 9:22AM     
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So Your Style Is: Sci-Fi Past and Future

Are you more likely to search for design ideas at Comic-Con than High Point Market? If so, the future of decorating is yours Full Story
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ZG Renderings
Lighting can really help create an authentic looking Sci-fi room. With the current technology in lighting options, the possibilities are endless.
August 21, 2014 at 9:10PM     
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Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection

Quality of life is just as important as construction quality. Learn what to look for at open houses to ensure comfort in your new home Full Story
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jpp221
On the topic of grade, two surprises in my current home: the house being on a grade allows for privacy even if the front yard is, like mine, tiny. People walking on the sidewalk, should they face the front window, only end up seeing the ceiling as the house is at the top of a small grade.

On a negative note, in my backyard it can feel a bit like I'm in a pit, being observed by multiple neighbours on slightly more elevated lots.
August 19, 2014 at 2:10PM     
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housegal200
Oh, one more thing. I was a regular walker through several suburban neighborhoods near our previous home. I noticed that corner houses attracted the most litter, invariably. It also means being exposed to roads on two sides. The plus side, I guess, is having only to deal with one neighbor.
August 19, 2014 at 2:48PM     
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Lorin132
Folks, there is no perfect house. Everyone has to compromise on something. I say, just don't buy in a flood zone. That's the only thing that can't be fixed.
August 19, 2014 at 7:43PM     
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Great Atlantic Pools, Spas and Patio
Fly overs, traffic patterns and floodzones. We live in Virginia Beach, home of the world's largest naval base plus the air base. Granted no area is really safe from the jets but we preferred not to be in a direct flight path.
-Traffic patterns because we wanted multiple ways in and out of the neighborhood as it seems no one can drive around here.
-Flood zones, because when it rains it pours. Being at or below sea level can lead to flooded cars, roads, houses and yards more often than not.
We made sure to visit any house we were interested in during a rain storm, during flight ops and in rush hour traffic coming from work. Needless to say, that narrowed down the list quickly.
August 19, 2014 at 8:10PM     
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auntcloud
Acoustics and sound insulation. The walls in my 70's townhouse are paper-thin - I can hear every single thing that goes on in the bathroom or the other bedrooms from the master bedroom, need to turn down the volume on the tv to almost mute if the kids upstairs are trying to sleep or do their homework, and if you're in the basement you can hear the footsteps of anyone walking on the main floor. I should have seen it coming when we first met our next-door neighbours - after welcoming us into the complex they made it very clear that the wall between our units is not sound proof. I can hear them use the bathroom in the morning and I try not to think what they can hear from our end. I wouldn't choose a different house have I known this before I bought it, as it was the best option within a limited budget, in a limited area, in the dead of winter when we had two weeks to find and close on a house. It has many nice features but the bad acoustics drive me up the wall.

This, and no cross-ventilation definitely have an impact on quality of life and I'll be checking these when is start looking for my next house in a few months.
August 19, 2014 at 8:40PM     
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Materials Workshop: Channel Glass Finds Its Groove in Homes

The commerical world already knew its benefits. Now channel glass is bringing diffused daylight, privacy and more to residences Full Story
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Pat Bernard Design, Inc.
Nicely written, informative article. And the accompanying photos really help to see the beauty and functionality of this product. Thank you!
August 20, 2014 at 6:42AM     
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mascourt
Thank you for your excellent article. I have been looking for a material such as this. This is truly one of the most informative articles I have read on Houzz. The references and thorough explanations are spectacular.
August 20, 2014 at 7:43AM     
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Suburban Modern
What an extremely informative and well balanced pro/con article on a little known subject even to pros. Thanks!
August 20, 2014 at 8:50AM     
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texas2me
Such a well written and informative article. Editors take NOTE, folks on Houzz need these type of rich articles more often!
August 20, 2014 at 8:57AM     
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Narrow Trees for Tight Garden Spaces

Boost interest in a side yard or another space-challenged area with the fragrance and color of these columnar trees Full Story
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jackfavell
Both the Wissel's Sagusro False Cypress and the Blue Surprise Cedar are sold here in the norhteastern U. S. but both are very prone to disease in very hunid climates like those here on the shoreline. They are beautiful for about a year, but after thst you take your chances!

Our Blue Surprise cedars turned brown and died back after the first year and we had to take them out. I've seen them half dead all over our town. There is no way to prune away the dead portions - it was half of each tree!

The Wissel's Saguaro Cypress developed the ugliest giant cankers - big, orange, wet, floppy, mushroomy blobs at every joint in the tree. Apparently humid climates and proximity to crabapple trees cause these horrible distorted cankers to attack - I've never seen anything uglier on a plant. It takes 5 years to treat them... we ended up cutting the poor trees down instead. So unless you are ready to pay upwards of 80 dollars a tree only to have them for one year, think twice if you live in the humid or wet areas of the country.

I do wish nurseries would do their research - just because a tree is hardy to your zone doesn't mean it will do well in your area. We lost about 400 dollars, all because the nursery carried plants that weren't well suited to our climate. We now shop at a nursery that grows all it's own plants rather than bringing them in from out of state.
August 18, 2014 at 5:28PM     
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What to Know About Adding a Deck

Want to increase your living space and enjoy the open air more? Learn the requirements, costs and other considerations for building a deck Full Story
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Susan - Ajijic
We heard a rule that your deck should be larger than the largest room in your house -- I guess this is so it can accommodate your largest gathering.

In recent houses, we have moved away from decks and have been building very large screened-in porches. The roof, as is mentioned in the article, allows for use in rainy weather (a great place to send the kids to play), and we are also avoiding so much sun. Needless to say, the bug free environment is also great, and we can leave the doors open into the house as weather permits.

We recommend three features -- a very tall ceiling, which really helps to make the space seem bright and airy; a very large roof overhang to keep the sun out; and ceramic tile floor which is durable, requires no maintenance, and makes it seem more like real living space.
August 13, 2014 at 8:36AM     
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Jamie
My husband and I added a 700 sq ft stone patio with outdoor fireplace AND a 600 sq ft deck addition last fall. Honest to goodness we have spent more time out there this year than we have indoors. We included a roof over part of the deck for shade, electric for an outdoor fan and lighting, and a designated grill area for my husband. It was the best money we have ever spent on our home.
I would recommend that when budgeting for a new deck or addition, build in funds for landscaping. I always feel that a deck doesn't feel finished until it has been landscaped.
August 13, 2014 at 10:22AM     
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wybell
Our land is very flat and made more sense to build a patio. The patio wraps around the south and west of the house and so there are breezes and sun. We get the most of our patio with a roll-away divider to block the cold winds in the spring and fall.
August 17, 2014 at 6:04AM     
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Christine White
Decks are wonderful additions, but after adding a screened in porch ,we almost never use the deck.
August 17, 2014 at 6:08AM     
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