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1/26/2021 6:00:39 AM -08:00

Interior designer Eva LaRocque is usually involved in a project from the beginning. But in this case, a couple’s renovation was plagued with one disaster after another. After hearing about their plight, LaRocque swooped in to save the day after demolition was complete. The homeowners, parents of two...

1/26/2021 5:01:39 AM -08:00

Strong, durable and often less expensive than solid wood, engineered wood flooring has been a staple in our homes for quite a while. To help you keep yours in tip-top condition, three experts share their advice on installation, protection, cleaning and repair.

1/26/2021 4:00:52 AM -08:00

Planning a dream kitchen and facing reality can be two different things. In a perfect world we could have endless pantry storage at our fingertips, but sometimes fitting a pantry into the kitchen (or elsewhere in the home) takes some compromising — or at least a little creativity. Here’s a wide range...

1/25/2021 6:00:56 AM -08:00

Several factors influenced the renovation of this 24-year-old home outside Atlanta. First, interior designer Laura Freeman had renovated the homeowners’ master bathroom a few years earlier, and they were ready for the rest of the house to be as pretty and updated as that bathroom. Second, their needs...

1/25/2021 5:01:35 AM -08:00

When planning a lighting scheme for a client’s kitchen, I like to think about cake. Let me explain. On my birthday, a red velvet cake always comes my way, and it includes four layers with a cherry and icing on top. Just like that cake, a well-lit kitchen should also have four layers for different lighting...

1/25/2021 4:01:00 AM -08:00

Last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic caused some businesses to shut down temporarily and home remodeling projects to be put on hold. But in the months since then, renovation and design projects have gotten back on track and people have learned the drill when it comes to mask wearing, physical distancing...

1/24/2021 12:00:20 PM -08:00

Light-drenched sunrooms are a welcome feature in homes and help foster an indoor-outdoor connection. These window-lined rooms are alluring at any time of the year, but in winter we’re perhaps the most likely to crave more sunlight in our homes and to dream of cozying up next to a fire while looking outdoors....

1/24/2021 3:01:21 AM -08:00

Freezing temperatures can cause brown, crispy growth on plants that are susceptible to frost damage. Frost damage can occur when temperatures dip to or below the freezing point, 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). And both cold-hardy plants and tenderer plants that do best in warmer temperatures...

1/24/2021 12:00:37 AM -08:00

If you have clutter in your home, you’re certainly not alone. Most of us hang on to unneeded things and struggle to keep our homes clutter-free. But if we could identify the root causes of the clutter, could we make it go away?
In my professional opinion as a home organizer, identifying the cause

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1/23/2021 6:01:41 AM -08:00

With no outdoor living space to enjoy at their coastal Southern California home, a couple turned to SJS Studios to transform a small concrete area used for storing trash cans and recycling bins into an intimate outdoor lounge. The transformation is nothing short of dramatic. “It really surprised...

1/23/2021 5:01:43 AM -08:00

A gorgeous countertop and backsplash can make a big difference in how a kitchen looks and feels. Homeowners remodeling their kitchens these days often choose white as their countertop and backsplash color. They also favor engineered quartz for the counter material and ceramic or porcelain tile for the...

1/23/2021 12:01:06 AM -08:00

Let’s face it: Clearing clutter doesn’t usually top our list of fun things to do. Sure, the joy of a clutter-free space is something we can all get behind, but finding the time (and the motivation) to make it happen is quite another matter. That’s where quickie clutter clearing...

1/22/2021 6:49:17 PM -08:00

One of the most reliable ways to establish an organized home is to keep clutter from entering your house in the first place. And a hardworking mudroom can do a lot of that heavy lifting for you. Cubbies, hooks, cabinets and other storage and organizing features will corral coats, bags, shoes, sports...

1/22/2021 5:02:02 AM -08:00

A shower bench can make life easier for older homeowners who need a safe place to sit down, but it can serve plenty of other functions too. Depending on its configuration, a bench can double as a shelf, a pedestal for shaving, a wheelchair-accessible seat and more. We spoke to design pros and looked...

1/21/2021 6:01:05 AM -08:00

A San Francisco couple who work in the medical field bought their contemporary three-story hillside home as a place where they could relax after their busy work days. But the existing U-shaped kitchen with a generic look and a wall that separated the space from the dining room didn’t align with their...

1/21/2021 5:00:37 AM -08:00

Pruning is a vital part of keeping the trees and shrubs in your landscape healthy and attractive. But when is the right time to do it? We’re here to answer that question for a whole range of popular garden plants. From roses, fruit trees and hydrangeas to deciduous and flowering trees, we’ll tell you...

1/20/2021 6:01:22 AM -08:00

This family’s ranch home in Dallas had a wonderful layout and was bathed in natural light, but the homeowners needed professional help making it function comfortably for their active family of six. They searched Houzz, admired the work of local design firm Urbanology Designs and contacted the company...

1/20/2021 5:01:13 AM -08:00

Vacuuming is a super-efficient way to rid floors and upholstery of crumbs, dust, pet hair and debris. But even if you’ve splurged on the fanciest vacuum cleaner on the market, your technique and approach to vacuuming could be flawed. Here’s how to tackle the task effectively and get the best from your...

1/19/2021 6:01:03 AM -08:00

This 1920s Colonial Revival home in Summit, New Jersey, had great bones, but a previous renovation had left it looking straight out of the 1980s. When a family of five chose to relocate here from Brooklyn, New York, it hired Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design to complete a whole-house...

1/19/2021 5:02:21 AM -08:00

Many kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz these days feature a standout island, often with enviable storage and an attractive countertop. And these photos reflect what’s happening as homeowners renovate: Nearly two-thirds of remodeled kitchens (63%) include an island, according to new research from Houzz....

1/19/2021 4:01:08 AM -08:00

Though all small spaces present design challenges, the living room can be especially tricky as it is where you probably spend the most time and entertain guests as well. How do you strike a balance between making the room feel as spacious as possible while also squeezing in extra seating? What furniture...

1/18/2021 6:01:09 AM -08:00

Having a gorgeous view from indoors can entirely change the feeling of a room. While we might dream of gazing out to a grand vista or a long sweep of a garden, in reality most of us are trying to do the best we can within the constraints of our existing lots. Some views in your home may be your favorites...

1/18/2021 5:00:58 AM -08:00

Designers and buyers from around the country have been attending Atlanta Market Winter 2021 in person and online. Although the home furnishings, gift and apparel show has had thorough COVID-19 safety protocols in place, Houzz attended virtually. Here are a few home design highlights spotted at the...

1/18/2021 4:00:54 AM -08:00

“Nothing moves like marble,” says Stephanie Laney, lead designer for Surfaces USA, referring to the impression of movement created by the veining inherent in the carbonate stone. “We love the movement.”
What most people don’t love, however, is the concern that comes with cleaning and caring for

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1/17/2021 6:00:49 AM -08:00

This home in North Vancouver, British Columbia, had crisp, clean lines and modern style. But a previous renovation that brought in traditional millwork-like chair rails and two-tone sponge painting had muddied up its style and darkened the interior. The homeowners hired designer Lori Steeves to make...

1/17/2021 5:01:20 AM -08:00

Let’s face it: For many of us, decluttering is really hard. First you have to find the time. Then you must make difficult decisions about what to keep and what to let go. Next you must figure out what to do with everything, whether that involves storing, selling or donating. And finally, you must follow...

1/17/2021 4:00:57 AM -08:00

Winter gardening advice always includes going through gardening catalogs and deciding what plants you want to grow in the coming year. That’s a great start, but why not take it a step further? Winter is a good time to review what worked and what didn’t in your garden during the previous year, whether...

1/16/2021 6:01:14 AM -08:00

Homeowners remodeling their kitchens are frequently seeking spaces with transitional, modern or contemporary design style, as well as a specialized approach to storage. And the cabinets that homeowners choose have a major impact not only on how their remodeled kitchens function, but also...

1/16/2021 5:00:44 AM -08:00

The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, offers a snapshot of the near future through products and technology available now. The first home VCR debuted there in 1970, the first cellphone-camera combo in 2002. Traditionally held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year’s show, held Jan. 11-14, went...

1/16/2021 4:01:40 AM -08:00

“The first thing the clients said to me was that they were not interested in wasting water on a large lawn,” says Kyle Trembley, senior landscape designer at Environmental Designs. Instead of an expanse of manicured green, the homeowners wished for a backyard with dry-climate-friendly plantings that...