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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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marvinone
I feel so wonderfully normal now! Thanks for this fun article.
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breeezyboy
As a nature lover, I'd love to see the "trout fishing in the living room" house featured, both inside and out.
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Just a Few Things for the Dream-Home Wish List

A sunken hot tub, dedicated game room, tree house, hidden wine cellar and more. Which of these home luxuries would you like best? Full Story
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kalantern
A library! and not one bookshelf with a dozen books (that's a decorating statement). A tower with a proper library ladder.
August 15, 2014 at 8:29AM     
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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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Glenda Osnach
I did this years ago (about 20) in a 4th room upstairs in our home. I had stacks of maps saved from all over. Most of them but not all free inserts with Nat'l Geographic. They still look fantastic! Our 2 sons, now in their 20's would have friends over as teens.......at that time this was the computer room. I'd walk in to see them all staring at the walls....it was pretty neat.
August 13, 2014 at 11:02AM     
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adivra
I love maps so much that I'd probably lose track of what I was supposed to do in there.
August 14, 2014 at 6:22PM     
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Catching Up With the Queen of Shabby Chic

Rachel Ashwell defined a style embraced by countless fans over the past 25 years. Find out what she’s turning her sights to now Full Story
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grandmaloraine
I've never cared for the shabby chic look but I know a lot of people who do. Every time I see a shabby chic piece of furniture I just want to scrub it, sand it down and paint it to look fresh and clean. :-)
August 11, 2014 at 9:04AM     
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ciscomo
I am unable to pull this off, although I can see its appeal and often admire the colors. But any "vignettes" I attempt just end up looking like I am too lazy to put things away.
August 11, 2014 at 9:58AM     
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If I understand correctly, this is not a home. This is a business, a B&B, an event location consistent with the style of the owner's store/brand. And with that said, I think the theme of the property is quite charming. For a home, however, I believe a little shabby chic goes a long way -- and that there is a BIG difference between an antique table with decades of wear and a coffee table from a chain store that has been faux painted and beaten with a chain. Totally agree with sbkh.
August 11, 2014 at 3:24PM     
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Houzz Tour: Baroque Minimalism in New Jersey

Modern furniture meets ornate elements in a 19th-century Hoboken brownstone, renovated with respect for its original features Full Story
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sbkh
I wish I could get hold of the original bay windows...I hope they went to someone who could appreciate them.
August 10, 2014 at 2:47PM     
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What Goes With a Redbrick Fireplace?

Play up or tone down your redbrick fireplace by pairing it strategically with other colors and materials Full Story
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sddalg
Embrace the brick! Our red brick fireplace is the only interesting feature in our bland 1970's tract house.

In the 1950's people were tearing out or painting over "tacky" Victorian moldings in the name of modernizing. Show these hallmarks of mid-century design some respect, please!
August 14, 2014 at 8:40AM     
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Kathleen Marineau
Patsy Muzzell: I'd say you've done a great job of turning a blemish into a beauty spot.
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cathisavage
Absolutely love the arch opening to the fireplace. Yes, the work you did really brightened up this space. Hey, beautiful floor, too! :)
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My Houzz: A Deconstructed Saltbox in the Hamptons

Modern sensibility meets farmhouse style, with a Chinese piece here and there, in a home near a New York nature sanctuary Full Story
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This house took my breath away. So many styles yet altogether make a perfect combination and ultimately make an outstanding home. My favorite piece is the festive chandelier displayed in the dining room. Fantastic job!
August 7, 2014 at 6:27AM     
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What Goes With Wood Cabinets?

Make those high-quality cabinets look their best by pairing them with the right colors and materials Full Story
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andreaintexas
Thank you for showing fresh takes on beautiful wood cabinets. Many television home shows have people ripping out perfectly lovely wood cabinets without ever considering handsome design alternatives using the existing cabinets. Our renovation of a 1941 worn-out kitchen with cabinets groaning under multiple coats of paint now sports both stained cherry wood and off-painted cabinets. It is timeless and stands with the era of the original house.
August 6, 2014 at 7:26PM     
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Drama’s Afoot With Striking Black Floors

Be bold. Be brave. Drench your floors in black for a memorable interior scene Full Story
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Kimberley Bryan
We pulled up our (not great) light wood laminate flooring and painted the subfloor black throughout the entire main level of our home. The combination of black and all those dings and hammer-marks and dents in the subfloor have given our home a very different feel: part industrial, part Paris artist's garret. Not for everyone, but we're really loving it.
August 7, 2014 at 10:52PM     
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Houzz Tour: Going Off the Grid in 140 Square Feet

WIth $40,000 and a vision of living more simply, a California designer builds her ‘forever’ home — a tiny house on wheels Full Story
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Norma Sassone
Hey, guys! Just because folks might post some legitimate questions about how to live this way, does not mean they are criticizing her choices. Perhaps they are simply wondering how they might or might not be able to live this way them selves and what obstacles might get n the way of an otherwise very appealing life-style. This IS a forum and one can politely question the posting in order to find out more, perhaps for your own use or edification. Who said Houzz was supposed to only be a place where folks simply respond with a "Well done!" or "Perfect!" ??
August 11, 2014 at 6:55PM     
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Divide and Conquer: How to Furnish a Long, Narrow Room

Learn decorating and layout tricks to create intimacy, distinguish areas and work with scale in an alley of a room Full Story
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karavosk
As many have mentioned, not one of the rooms shown here is actually narrow. I'm sorry but I live in a very typical condo floor plan where the kitchen/ dining room/living room combine to form one long NARROW space. I could never place a sofa (any sofa) across the floor unless I intended to climb over it to get back and forth, as the living area is only 11ft across. The article has good info and intentions, but these photos are not good examples of what most would consider narrow rooms.
July 15, 2014 at 8:59PM     
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Patti Sills
Wow, what a great, long conversation about the dilemma I currently face. I love Vinifera's idea for creating angled seating in a long, narrow space, but what if your TV must be at the far end of the space above a fireplace? In each of your examples, you have the TV on the wall in the middle of the living room with the furniture surrounding it? Our room is 13 by 24 with a fireplace at one end and our main entry way door at the other, with no real foyer…just a door. We live a very relaxed style and have a lot of overnight company, so we want to lounge about in our living room. I really need two opposing couches and still want two somewhat comfy chairs for guests to sprawl out on to watch tv on a cold, winter evening after skiing. It gets to be so much furniture, but, practically speaking, it's what we need. What to do?
August 13, 2014 at 8:53AM   
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7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort

Give your joints a break while you're standing at the stove, with these resilient and beautiful materials for kitchen floors Full Story
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justcured
I have cooked heavily for 23 years in my granite-floored kitchen. My next kitchen has travertine tiles. I have no problems with 10 or more hours days standing in the kitchen.

The secret is not in the floor -- it is in the shoes you are wearing. And soft and cushy isn't necessarily what you are after. I swear by Dansko or Sanita clogs -- as do many professional chefs, doctors and nurses. The shape of these shoes force you into a posture that is both natural and easy on your joints and back. Try a pair; it may be the best $100 you ever spent.

Two comments on mats; I won't have them in my home. First, they are always disgusting, no matter how hard you try to keep them clean. Second, and more importantly, I have seen way too many sprained and broken ankles in restaurant kitchens caused by mats. It is simply too easy to catch the edge and roll your ankle as you walk onto or off of the mat.
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Houzz Quiz: What Style of House Should You Live In?

Does your heart belong to midcentury, traditional, farmhouse or something else? Take our quiz to find out Full Story
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omagnes
French eclectic? Not really. Must have been the Bordeaux. Could go for a gin tonic right now but will wait for 6:00 PM
August 4, 2014 at 4:15AM     
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Karen Heffernan
Mid-Century Modern - Perfect! Mu daughter teases me when we watch The Incredibles, because I'm always so sad when their house blows up!
August 4, 2014 at 9:22AM     
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A Tree-Hugging Home Reaches New Heights

With a second story added and other parts restored, this Los Angeles home with a sycamore running through it suits the owner even better Full Story
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Love the Sol Lewitt. Rare is the client who can see that graphics, here done by a master, is a fabulous art and costs less than so many paintings You placed it perfectly.
August 7, 2014 at 5:13PM     
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agull
According to the LA Times, the house is in Runyon Canyon. I'm intrigued by the Lawrence Weiner quote above the bed (An Arch Afforded in a Wall of Stone...) which the Latners also used in their home in Toronto.
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The Question That Can Make You Love Your Home More

Change your relationship with your house for the better by focusing on the answer to something designers often ask Full Story
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myhenny
Cozy, Simple, and Clean - those are the things that make me feel welcome and at home. Great article
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annejarman
What a novel idea! And it makes perfect sense to look through this prism. It's going to take some real thought to come up with the true answer though.
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How to Savor Your Beautifully Imperfect Home

Hardly anyone escapes home design envy. These strategies can help you appreciate your home for all it offers you right now Full Story
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jodidwb
Timely article. Its good to return to the original idea of house and home. Creating a inviting personal space is fun, but creating a home for living is more important. It is refreshing to read a piece about home as home and not a design show piece.
December 15, 2013 at 11:03AM   
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Clodagh Bradley Reilly
How to paint a pine fireplace with black surround
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The Future of Backsplashes

Grout is out. Continuous sheets of glass, stone, metal and porcelain are saving cleaning time and offering more looks than ever Full Story
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redpoint
These look lovely. I need to rip out the backsplash in the kitchen I just bought. I would love to know what these cost and economical alternatives to make the dream a reality. Can glass be an affordable option? Can the glass break if someone knocks it with a heavy metal utensil? More information would be appreciated.

Oh, just read the comment above and I so agree about the outlets. They are outlets! They don't look that bad. The industry should stop making people so damn picky. Real life is more important than worrying about unsightly outlets and grout lines.
August 1, 2014 at 6:11AM     
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Patricia Torney
Just finished my backsplash after a year of searching for something a little different. I have creamy quartz countertops. I had the strip electric outlets installed under the cabinets so I could have an uninterrupted backsplash. The backsplash is several shades of quartz and mirrored tiles in a herringbone pattern. A little bit of bling in a small kitchen.
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Kitchen of the Week: Style Trumps Ease in a San Francisco Loft

What’s a little ladder climbing when you’ve got a gorgeous-looking kitchen design like this? Full Story
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ciscomo
Hmmm, a punching bag in proximity to the kitchen. Why didn'I I think of that?
August 1, 2014 at 6:08AM     
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Houzz Tour: Wild Ideas in the Windy City

When bold art meets great architecture and interior design, something wonderful happens Full Story
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Becky Harris
Whoa. Did anyone else notice that Big Momma is guarding some Big Papa (Bear) chairs? Sad about the sculpture - in the city that allowed Prentice Hospital to be torn down and the state where the governor tried to sell a senate seat, I'm sure it all could have been resolved with a big fat bribe.
July 28, 2014 at 3:44AM     
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Molly
One of the most audaciously original homes I've seen and obviously owned by a man who is completely and unapologetically utterly himself. What a shame the courtyard sculpture "is not in residence": I love bold art out in public.
July 28, 2014 at 4:32PM     
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Old Furniture: Clean, Reupholster or Replace It?

A veteran upholstery cleaner weighs in on the options for found, inherited and thrift store furniture Full Story
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What a great article! Thank you for using our pictures as examples of great before and afters. Here is a picture of the before of the mid-century modern sofa so you can see the work and details that went into restoring it.
July 23, 2014 at 6:40AM     
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russianbaroness
BTW, the economics of these "saves" aren't always so smart, but a "worth it" splurge to me!
July 23, 2014 at 3:02PM     
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My Houzz: Bright Island Style for a Florida Vacation Home

Hand-me-downs and new pieces mix happily in a midcentury home on a sunny South Florida island Full Story
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midmodfan
I could SCREAM when I see a house like this for sale and the realtor writes: tear down and build the home of your dreams. So glad these owners saw the potential. What a gem! Thanks for sharing.
July 19, 2014 at 1:05PM     
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