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7/3/2020 6:00:12 AM -07:00

This professional couple and their blended family of three young daughters fell in love with the scenic location of a Shingle-style home that sits on the edge of a wildlife preserve just outside Portland, Maine. But after they purchased the home, some of its design details had to go.
In the kitchen,

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7/3/2020 5:00:15 AM -07:00

Imagine stepping into an outdoor space and seeing a swaying hammock, glowing garden lights and bold tropical foliage, and hearing the sound of water trickling from a fountain. Can you already feel yourself sinking into vacation-relaxation mode?
While a trip to a far-off resort likely isn’t possible

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7/2/2020 6:00:19 AM -07:00

“This is a house full of life,” designer Chandler Quarles says of this home outside Nashville, Tennessee. Set on a beautiful piece of property, the 1970s house had undergone a few remodels over the years that left it quirky and disjointed. The couple who live here have four kids and a very active household....

7/2/2020 5:00:10 AM -07:00

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, designer Noz Nozawa takes viewers inside her 1970s cabin in Lake Tahoe, California. Nozawa recently stripped the worn and dated kitchen to the studs and updated the space...

7/1/2020 5:00:19 AM -07:00

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to enjoy it. As a professional organizer, I’ve found that for my clients (as well as for myself), a clean, clutter-free, organized environment makes for a tranquil environment. One way to make your home a place where you can relax, rejuvenate and recharge...

7/1/2020 5:00:17 AM -07:00

Many family and guest bathrooms have a similar layout with a vanity near the entrance, a shower-tub against the back wall and a toilet tucked in between. But there are plenty of ways to add individual style to a standard-size bathroom by customizing the vanity, hardware, fixtures and materials. Browse...

6/30/2020 6:00:10 AM -07:00

When they moved into their 1820 Colonial home in Holden, Massachusetts, this young couple didn’t have a typical vision for the downstairs bathroom. “We all referred to it as ‘the sanctuary bath washer-dryer spa,’ ” interior designer Lynne Benoit says with a laugh.
Over the years the home had

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6/30/2020 5:00:20 AM -07:00

Whether you’re building, remodeling, downsizing or daydreaming, chances are an open-plan layout is high on your wish list. And it’s easy to see the appeal. Open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas feel relaxed and contemporary, and they make smart use of space and light. But with no defined borders...

6/30/2020 4:00:14 AM -07:00

Fireworks, swimming and clambakes. With summer in full swing, the month of July can seem to zip by. Make the most of your month with these to-dos.

6/30/2020 3:00:33 AM -07:00

Baby boomers and Gen Xers drove the majority (85%) of renovations in 2019 and spent higher amounts on their projects compared with younger generations, according to the 2020 U.S. Houzz & Home study.
People renovating their homes across all age groups continued to use cash

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6/29/2020 6:00:16 AM -07:00

If you’re looking for design ideas for your unusually shaped outdoor space, take a peek at the following gardens that all make the most of challenging starting points. Steep slopes, a narrow side yard and a backyard shaped like a pie slice have all become beautiful, inviting garden spaces thanks to creative...

6/29/2020 5:00:19 AM -07:00

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, Australian architect Rebecca Naughtin speaks with Olivia Stuckey of the Houzz communications team. Naughtin highlights several...

6/29/2020 3:00:22 AM -07:00

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, an important early step is to determine your project’s scope of work. Find out what scope of work is and how you can decide what yours will be. Then find the right pros for your project.
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6/28/2020 6:00:17 AM -07:00

This cabin from the 1940s was inherited from the grandparents of one of the current homeowners, a couple with grown children who use it as a summer getaway. It’s located in Roberts Creek, a town north of Vancouver along British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, a remote and mountainous region accessible only...

6/28/2020 5:00:15 AM -07:00

It’s been a tough few months. But sheltering in place has had a few silver linings. There’s been increased kindness among neighbors, new hobbies discovered and lots of creativity fueled by finding ways to keep kids occupied. Now it’s time to celebrate the little things we’ve accomplished during this...

6/28/2020 4:00:20 AM -07:00

As we move into the full swing of summer, temperatures climb and container gardens often need a little extra care to stay looking fresh. Watering is key for container garden care, and when and how you water make a difference.
For potted displays that have been going since spring, now’s a good

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6/27/2020 6:00:13 AM -07:00

A 1970s brick patio for a family in Hingham, Massachusetts, did not match the home’s midcentury modern architecture. In addition, the steep slope beyond the patio had a bad erosion issue, and there were dangerous drop-offs without railings and invasive nonnative plants on the property. The homeowners...

6/27/2020 5:00:17 AM -07:00

Fifty to 65 square feet. A bathroom in that size range isn’t the smallest around, but it’s small enough that a designer needs to use his or her expertise to make it feel roomy and provide ample storage. These five designers made the most of five modestly sized bathrooms in a wide range of styles. Keep...

6/27/2020 5:00:15 AM -07:00

There are few better ways to bring a fresh start to a home’s interior than by painting it white. This clean-slate strategy is often used immediately upon the purchase of a new home. I’ve known clients who prime the walls white even before the boxes arrive on move-in day.
But the same white paint

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6/26/2020 12:51:10 PM -07:00

Dark and moody kitchen cabinet colors are among the home design trends on the rise in 2020. And many designers say their clients are becoming especially interested in black cabinets. The following kitchens...

6/26/2020 5:00:16 AM -07:00

This New Jersey couple love to cook together, entertain friends and family and host game nights. In order to give them a kitchen that accommodated their lifestyle, interior designer Tracey Stephens thoughtfully reconfigured their home’s first-floor layout. The existing kitchen had occupied a cramped,...

6/26/2020 4:00:29 AM -07:00

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, editor Mitchell Parker highlights three takeaways from his latest article about six home design trends on the rise. Shades of brown...

6/25/2020 5:00:15 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...

6/25/2020 4:00:22 AM -07:00

For many people, Fourth of July fireworks mean an annual celebration marked by barbecues, family gatherings and enchanting bursts of colorful light. For many pets, though, those same bursts of light and sound can be terrifying and disorienting, causing reactions ranging from destroying furniture...

6/24/2020 6:00:13 AM -07:00

As many folks plan on staying closer to home this summer, some may also be taking a closer look at their outdoor spaces and thinking about the projects that could make them more comfortable. Perhaps this is the summer you invest in outdoor seating that better suits your needs or plan for the patio or...

6/24/2020 5:00:20 AM -07:00

Adding to or remodeling your house is one of the most exciting and creative processes you can go through. But with all that responsibility comes pressure to make informed decisions that will last. How can you make sure to get the right design for your lifestyle, stay within your budget and...

6/23/2020 6:00:20 AM -07:00

The modern bathroom in this 1931 Brooklyn brownstone felt out of place. “The weird thing about this house was that most of it felt like a traditional brownstone, but the bathrooms had undergone very modern renovations that didn’t make sense given what was going on everywhere else,” interior designer...

6/23/2020 5:00:22 AM -07:00

Kitchens and bathrooms were the most popular interior spaces to remodel among homeowners on Houzz who renovated last year, according to the 2020 U.S. Houzz & Home study, continuing a nine-year trend. And 10% of renovating homeowners upgraded home offices last year ahead of the coronavirus...

6/23/2020 4:00:20 AM -07:00

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, designer Karen McAloon of x8 Property and Design takes viewers inside a small home she recently renovated in Joshua Tree, California. McAloon ripped...

6/23/2020 3:00:23 AM -07:00

Whether you’ve been wanting to carve out more time for exercise, writing, meditation, creativity or something else, getting up a bit earlier to make progress toward your goal is a positive way to start the day. The key is to think of your morning routine as bonus time — not counted among...