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6/22/2021 6:02:08 AM -07:00

Sometimes a room’s scale can be too big. While this is a good problem to have, it often takes the intervention of a savvy design pro to rectify the situation. “This was a two-story bathroom with 20-foot ceilings, a huge Jacuzzi tub, a small shower and cabinetry that was badly laid out,” designer Lisa...

6/22/2021 5:02:09 AM -07:00

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, Houzz senior editor Mitchell Parker discusses five backyard design features pros use to create fun outdoor spaces. See how a fire table can add ambiance and functionality to a lounge area. Learn how burning various aromatic wood species in a fire pit creates different...

6/22/2021 4:02:31 AM -07:00

Choosing beautiful finishes and fixtures for your new kitchen is one thing, but if you get the layout wrong, it won’t function as well as you want it to. Houzz Australia asked three design experts to reveal the 10 most common layout errors that kitchen renovators make and what to do to avoid them.
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6/21/2021 6:02:25 AM -07:00

Dark green cabinets can bring earthiness and elegance to your kitchen. Less stark than black but not too bright, cabinets in shades of forest green and emerald provide the perfect balance for homeowners who want to add a little color to their kitchen, but not too much.
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6/21/2021 5:01:38 AM -07:00

If what you notice when you walk into your bedroom is not peacefulness but an overstuffed closet and dust bunnies, it’s time for some clutter-busting and cleaning. Let’s get started — one day at time.

6/20/2021 6:01:32 AM -07:00

These creative parents of three young children knew when they saw it that this townhouse in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., could be the family home of their dreams. But years of decline by previous owners had left the interiors a derelict shell. While the couple were in the process...

6/20/2021 5:01:59 AM -07:00

Summer is here, and you may be thinking about spending more time in your backyard. With a little decluttering, organizing and styling, you can turn your outdoor area into a fun and relaxing space for lounging and gathering. Keep reading for a few ideas to help get your outdoor space in tip-top shape....

6/20/2021 4:01:52 AM -07:00

When I was a kid, my dad was always in the yard. He spent almost every weekend mowing, weeding, edging, pulling, cutting and trimming. This was in a suburb of Houston hot, humid and swarming with insects. The St. Augustine grass lawn was like a battlefield. My dad versus fire ants,...

6/20/2021 3:02:08 AM -07:00

Make the most of your balcony, porch or other compact outdoor space with a few simple, low-commitment gardening strategies. Create a lush patio garden entirely in containers, take advantage of movable outdoor seating and planting boxes and more. Here are 10 ideas to bring style, personality and more...

6/19/2021 6:02:13 AM -07:00

Like some gardeners, I’m too hard on myself. And I’m especially hard on myself when I don’t see enough flowers in the early summer shoulder season. After the spring flush, it’s hard to accept that nature ebbs and flows — that it almost needs to — and that even a showy garden should embrace the quieter...

6/19/2021 5:01:52 AM -07:00

This apartment in a former office building had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious hall, a kitchen and a living-dining room. “The client contacted us through Houzz and asked us to carry out a complete overhaul of the decor. He told us that he liked open spaces and gave us the challenge of finding...

6/18/2021 6:01:37 AM -07:00

Outdoor spaces get a lot of attention in summer. But some days it’s just too hot to do anything outside. That’s when a comfortable living room comes into play. With the right mix of style and relaxing features, you won’t feel bad about staying indoors. Here are five living rooms to inspire yours.

6/17/2021 6:01:29 AM -07:00

Todd and Tina Gifford planned to remodel their basic brown 1990s kitchen 17 years ago when they first moved into the home. Then life happened. They put off renovating while they raised their kids. When they became empty nesters, they put their plans back on the table.
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6/17/2021 5:01:08 AM -07:00

I have been in some small bathrooms — you know, the kind that make you feel like you have to lose 5 pounds to enter them. But I really like working on this type of bathroom design. Trying to make everything fit in the available space is like doing a giant crossword puzzle. The challenges include configuring...

6/16/2021 6:01:54 AM -07:00

Homeowners can be reluctant to tell a designer their actual budget for a remodeling project because they fear the designer will be compelled to spend it all and more. A contract for my design services will include a detailed scope of the project, an estimate of total design fees based on hourly rates,...

6/16/2021 5:01:32 AM -07:00

With patio furniture, you can extend your indoor style to your landscape or try something completely different. You can mix and match for an eclectic feel. One important consideration, no matter your style, is how well your furniture will hold up to your weather conditions, including...

6/15/2021 6:01:52 AM -07:00

One bathroom split between two adults and two kids isn’t ideal. That’s the dilemma designer Caroline Myers and her husband, Nick, faced in their 1938 Monterey Colonial home in Oakland, California. The third floor, where the three bedrooms are, had only one bathroom. So Myers turned her attention to a...

6/15/2021 5:01:42 AM -07:00

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, architect Richard Keating of RKA Architectural Design Studio takes viewers inside his renovated Scotland home, which once belonged to his grandmother....

6/15/2021 4:04:00 AM -07:00

When you first move into a new house, it’s only natural to want to put your personal stamp on the space — after all, unless you built your dream home, it’s likely that the finishes, fixtures and paint colors were chosen according to the previous owner’s taste. So where to begin? Here are 20 projects,...

6/14/2021 6:00:55 AM -07:00

Summer has arrived, and it’s time to move indoor living outside. If your outdoor space needs some love, it may also be time to invest in some new patio furniture. When adding new pieces, be sure to leave enough room for the furniture and for people to move between...

6/14/2021 5:03:43 AM -07:00

A neat, chic entryway gives visitors a positive first impression and makes coming home a pleasure. But between the daily influx of mail and a household’s worth of coats, shoes and bags, this space is often one of the most challenging to keep clean and clutter-free. Give your entryway...

6/13/2021 6:01:34 AM -07:00

Designers often say their clients were looking for a “spa-like feel” when renovating their bathrooms. Spa-like luxury inspires a feeling of calm and relaxation. This can mean a space is light and airy, composed of materials that feel luxe and pleasing to the eye. Savvy designers know that balancing...

6/13/2021 5:01:15 AM -07:00

Of all the rooms in your home, it’s your kitchen that demands the most planning — and often the better part of your budget. Drafting a priority list can be a bit of a head-scratcher. From lighting to appliances, there’s a wide range of elements to carefully consider. As a designer, I try to make the...

6/13/2021 4:01:20 AM -07:00

Could your patio, entry or windowsill garden use a bit more lushness? Foliage-forward container gardens add beauty to bare spaces and can make lovely leafy complements for pots of summer flowers. Many foliage plants — like boxwoods, dwarf conifers, Japanese maples, cactuses and more — can live happily...

6/12/2021 6:01:47 AM -07:00

After collaborating with LandWorks for their main home in Shorewood, Wisconsin, the owners of this property turned to them again when they purchased 3½ acres outside of Port Washington, about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. “They got a million-dollar lake view with amazing frontage,...

6/12/2021 5:01:45 AM -07:00

High Point Market was back in full swing this week in North Carolina, with furniture and accessory makers presenting their latest products under the theme “Remix, Refresh, Reimagine.” Designers and manufacturers continued to build on trends of recent years, with products featuring organic materials,...

6/11/2021 6:01:41 AM -07:00

Many people are beginning to dip a toe into the water of social gatherings, if not plunging right in. And that means at-home dinner parties are making a comeback. If you’ve neglected your dining space — or used it over the past year as a home office or dumping ground — and want to whip it into shape...

6/11/2021 5:01:08 AM -07:00

When planning the interior architecture of a home, whether it’s a cozy house, a slick condo, or something in between, usually the bathroom is one of the last places to get precious window real estate. That leaves many of us with a windowless bathroom that feels a little boxed in. Luckily, designers have...

6/10/2021 6:02:14 AM -07:00

Homeowners Dan and Kristen Chaddock love their midcentury modern-style house and their neighborhood in Reston, Virginia, so they recently decided to invest money into updating the kitchen in their forever home. Built in 1970, the home was designed by noted local architect Ken Bonner, who built the first...

6/10/2021 5:02:00 AM -07:00

After the flush of spring blooms has passed and temperatures begin to creep upward, gardens can start to look a little tired, like bouquets past their prime. Don’t fear — you don’t have to start over and replant a fresh garden border for the summer season. Evergreens, colorful foliage plants and long-blooming...