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9/27/2022 3:05:15 AM -07:00

Forming a strong emotional attachment to a design style, aesthetic or point of view can happen naturally when you’re considering a new home project. You might gravitate toward certain design styles — whether it’s traditional, midcentury modern or a newer aesthetic like cottagecore, coastal grandmother...

9/27/2022 2:05:13 AM -07:00

Diana de los Rios’ Craftsman-style home has been in her family since it was built in 1924. It’d been remodeled over the years, but when she and husband Nicholas Santillan and their 4-year-old son moved in in 2021, they wanted to update the rooms with a fresh and timeless style.
A big focus was

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9/26/2022 3:05:07 AM -07:00

The sound of falling water brings a sense of peace and serenity to an outdoor space. It also creates a focal point within the landscape, drawing people to both the sound of moving water and the play of the water itself over the surfaces. The fountains in the three landscapes showcased below vary in size...

9/26/2022 2:00:14 AM -07:00

The kitchen island pendant can be the jewelry of the kitchen, an important fixture to help with your everyday tasks and so much more. To help narrow down your choice from the seemingly infinite range of beautiful options, here’s a guide to choosing the type and style of pendant that suits your tastes...

9/25/2022 3:00:11 AM -07:00

When remodeling your new vacation house, giving your interior designer a budget and letting her run with it takes a lot of trust. Almost as much trust as letting your spouse choose the house without setting foot inside it yourself. But that’s exactly what happened when an Atlanta couple with two young...

9/25/2022 2:05:20 AM -07:00

Houzz readers, did you kick off 2022 with a list of home improvement projects to tackle? Was this the year you hired a pro to get that dream kitchen or bath? Did you finally organize your pantry or closet? Perhaps you looked outdoors for inspiration and started a garden or built a new deck?
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9/25/2022 1:03:06 AM -07:00

Fall days are still long and bright enough to make being outside pleasant but cooler than the summer heat, so the idea of taking on a landscape project is inviting. If you’re looking for ways to take advantage of fall days and also get a jump on gearing up for winter or spring projects, think about what...

9/25/2022 12:02:09 AM -07:00

You know the feeling of walking into a room and immediately feeling drawn to a certain area — whether it’s a cozy seating nook or an interesting collection on the mantel? If you can’t quite put your finger on what it is about the space or group of objects that seems alluring, there’s a good chance that...

9/24/2022 3:00:18 AM -07:00

After living in their 1960s San Diego home for more than 10 years, this family was ready to make some changes. They enlisted designer Melissa Prevost to help them renovate their home inside and out. Prevost started with the underused outdoor areas, working with the family to...

9/24/2022 2:02:12 AM -07:00

Color was at the heart of the recent Maison & Object trade fair (Sept. 8-12) in Paris featuring the latest furnishings, accessories, textiles and tableware. “Today color is a powerful antidote against the incessant waves of crises,” says trend forecaster Elizabeth Leriche in the introduction to Color...

9/24/2022 1:55:38 AM -07:00

One of the ways you as a home professional can attract new clients is to showcase your work with appealing photography. David Duncan Livingston, a top interiors and architectural photographer based in the San Francisco...

9/23/2022 3:00:25 AM -07:00

A fireplace can be a statement-making focal point or a more subtle element of a harmonious design. To go in one direction or the other, designers play with furniture arrangement, decor and other features. Here, designers share how they created stylish living rooms around a fireplace.

9/23/2022 2:00:14 AM -07:00

Apple picking, baking, crunching through piles of leaves, sipping warm drinks by the fire — these are just a few of the many simple pleasures autumn has to offer. Traditions like these become rich with meaning when returned to year after year, and sharing them with family and friends only makes them...

9/23/2022 1:02:11 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...

9/22/2022 3:04:30 AM -07:00

This Oklahoma couple custom-built their home in the 1980s. After raising two kids and living in the home for more than 30 years, they decided the existing kitchen needed a major makeover. Shallow basic white cabinets, aging black appliances, white square tile flooring and red wallpaper on the walls and...

9/21/2022 3:02:07 AM -07:00

It’s easy for your entryway to become a dumping ground for all the gear associated with your family’s endeavors. Whether you enter your home through your front door, garage or a side door, I recommend choosing solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, there are many...

9/21/2022 2:01:43 AM -07:00

These 10 tried-and-true native flowering plants have it all: attractive flowers, foliage and forms; few care requirements; and the benefit of supporting birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Essentially, they’re just as well-suited to home gardens as many non-native ornamental plants (and look good...

9/20/2022 8:01:35 AM -07:00

The age of a home impacts the types of remodeling projects homeowners prioritize and the amount of money they might spend. That’s according to recent findings of the 2022 U.S. Houzz...

9/20/2022 6:02:11 AM -07:00

This couple had a penchant for midcentury modern furniture and contemporary architecture. Although they’d found a wonderful duplex apartment with high ceilings and lots of space in Brooklyn, New York, the interiors reflected the year it was built. “This house was fresh out of 1987 and had all the dated...

9/20/2022 3:02:16 AM -07:00

Remodeling a bathroom involves many decisions. There are countless colors and materials to consider, as well as vanity styles and a whole lot more. But a good way to narrow down your choices is to look at the bathroom features popular with homeowners right now. And...

9/19/2022 2:00:22 AM -07:00

A small backyard can hold more than a patio, a few plants and some grass. With the right design and some clever moves to visually expand your space, you can add more features than you might imagine.
In many ways, renovating a small yard is no different than tackling a larger space — you’ll still

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9/19/2022 1:04:38 AM -07:00

When it comes to creating a new kitchen, an island is a must-have for many homeowners, but how can you ensure yours is both beautiful and functional? Here, four kitchen design experts suggest 10 things to bear in mind to help you get this key element right.

9/18/2022 11:02:08 AM -07:00

Renovating homeowners who opt for white or wood kitchen cabinets may be in the majority, but their color-loving counterparts are a loud and proud minority. If you’re considering joining their ranks, take inspiration from these cheerful kitchens circling the color wheel from green to blue, violet, red,...

9/18/2022 12:03:15 AM -07:00

As the season shifts from summer to fall, high-impact planting pairings can effectively add fall color to garden beds. Check nurseries for fall-blooming perennials that are just beginning to bud (rather than those in full bloom) and for colors that really pop when planted in containers and garden...

9/18/2022 12:03:15 AM -07:00

A once-a-year massive spring clean may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you’d rather break up the work, here are some ideas for sprucing up your space this fall. From updating your book collection to cleaning up outdoors, pick and choose from these eight to-dos to create a fall cleaning plan that works...

9/17/2022 3:01:51 AM -07:00

A cliffside perch above Puget Sound, a richly wooded ravine and pastoral meadow views all informed the design of this new home on Washington’s Whidbey Island. Architect John DeForest planned a house that mixes vernacular rural architecture and a modern glass box to take advantage of all three natural...

9/17/2022 2:02:09 AM -07:00

After several years of canceled events, Maison & Objet has found itself, and its audience, again. The movers and shakers of the French and international decor, interior design, design and lifestyle worlds gathered Sept. 8-12, 2022, to attend the iconic fair at the Parc des...

9/17/2022 1:04:32 AM -07:00

Traditionally the vanity has taken on the bulk of bathroom storage, with an occasional assist from a medicine cabinet. But lately tower bathroom cabinets have been taking hold with homeowners. These tall cabinets are most often installed atop a counter or as a freestanding piece of furniture adjacent...

9/16/2022 3:00:11 AM -07:00

A small, windowless powder room is a great place to go bold with design choices that might not feel right elsewhere in your home. Here, remodeling pros share how they used dark colors, graphic patterns and glamorous materials to add drama to five powder rooms.

9/16/2022 2:00:14 AM -07:00

If you’re remodeling your kitchen or designing a new one, your first order of business is choosing a layout. Do you want open or closed concept? Does the standard work triangle best suit your cooking style, or will work zones make food prep and cleanup more efficient for you? Do you want a design with...