Room of the Day: A Luxury Bathroom With a Historic Feel

A Napa, California couple overhaul the only bathroom in their first home to replace a clunky layout and unwelcoming finishes

Having recently bought their first home — a bungalow in Napa’s historic district —Carlisle and Paul Englehardt were eager to renovate the awkward, outdated bathroom. The young couple with an interest in historic preservation wanted the new design to pay homage to the period of the home but also feel like an upscale luxury hotel bathroom.

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Room of the Day: Living Room Refresh Adds Style and Functionality

Mid-century modern living room ditches warm stained finishes and a dark interior for cool neutral tones to honor its architecture

The  living room of the sixty-one-year-old condo had good bones, but its finishes were dark and dated. It also didn’t serve the needs of the active family of three that needed a multifunctional living space.

Honoring its mid-century modern roots, SkB Architects gave the room an overhaul and better connection to the adjacent dining and outdoor spaces.

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Houzz Tour: From Summer Cottage to Full-Time Home

After the homeowner hung up his skates and retired from professional hockey, he returned to his native Maine with his wife, Tracy, their two children and two black Labs.

But the place they had enjoyed as a summer home for many years needed some TLC to make it work as their new permanent residence. So they embarked on a renovation to update the cottage home, enlarge the kitchen and build an addition with a master suite, a study, a game room, a powder room and an exercise area, all while maintaining the spirit of the original cottage. Click HERE for the full story…

Against the Wall: Rugs Gone Vertical!

While most folks appreciate hand-made area rugs, some shy away from incorporating them into their home decor. One of the main reasons is pets. Kitty claws can wreak havoc on a kilim, and Fido chewing bones all over an oushak isn’t ideal. Parents with little ones might ditch investing in a rug until the kids are a bit older. Some rug lovers just run out of floor space, too.

Just because your lifestyle might not be right for a quality area rug right now doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy one in your home. Consider hanging a rug on the wall instead of limiting yourself to the conventional on-the-floor route!

Hanging an area rug has some advantages. It’s likely more visible, so it’s easier to appreciate the details. Although it will still need to be cleaned, it gets less wear.  Read about three ideal locations for hanging a rug. Click HERE for the full story…

Room of the Day: Custom-Look Kitchen on a Budget

An artistic New York City family enlists the help of a skillful designer to create a customized built-in appearance using Ikea cabinets

Brooklyn residents Bosco Sodi and Lucia Corredor liked the clean lines, no-frills nature and budget-friendliness of Ikea kitchens. But the artistic couple were a bit turned off by the thought of going with a cookie-cutter solution in their new home.

Seeking a European style with lots of storage, they sought out designer Jennifer Levy to create a customized built-in look for their open-plan kitchen. To top it off, Levy modified Ikea butcher block countertop pieces to form a waterfall-edge breakfast bar. Click HERE for the full story…

Get Shipshape with a Coastal Look Without Going Overboard

Ask people which season they look forward to the most and most will say summer. If you’re able to enjoy the seaside or a nearby lake, count yourself lucky. If you’re not close to the coast, or just can’t get enough of it, you might want to bring some of that beachy feel inside your home.

While coastal-themed décor isn’t hard to find, it is easy to overdo it.

Here are 5 ways to catch the coastal look without going overboard.  Click HERE for the full story…

 

A California Kitchen Boots Out Beige

A down-and-out kitchen catches the joy wave and turns up the fun for a social family of 5

These homeowners aren’t fans of bland. After moving from the Midwest to embrace the laid-back vibe of the West Coast, the frequent entertainers wanted to bring spunk to their neutral kitchen.

Now new white cabinets and counters keep the room light, while vibrant yellow window trim, funky hardware and custom tile in retro colors jazz it up. Click HERE for the full story…

The Importance of Trying Before Buying

Seeing my current perfume bottle is on its last sips, I recently stopped in a Jo Malone store to sample some of their fragrances. After testing several selections on paper test strips, I narrowed two to try on my skin. Even as the scent evolves completely from paper to skin, the clerk also told me to “live with it” for a few hours and see which one I prefer at the end of the day. It was prudent to wait before buying because what I thought was my second choice ended up being my favorite — by far.

While body fragrance and interior design might seem unrelated on the surface, one commonality came to mind – the importance of trying before buying.

Most of us have made a décor mistake or two…a sofa fabric color that was a bit off-kilter, or a hulking bookcase that didn’t look that big in the store. If only we could go back in time and approach decision-making process more carefully.

Here are three decor areas that can easily benefit from a trial run. Read the full story HERE

Living Large in a Small Living Room

Just because your living room is short on square footage, it doesn’t need to suffer in the style category. In fact, a small living room has some advantages, like requiring less heat and air conditioning…And with fewer furnishings to buy, you can focus your search on higher quality pieces.

While using mirrors and light-colored schemes are a couple of well-known tricks to make rooms feel more spacious, you might not be aware of some less familiar ones.

Here are six ways to live large with less living space. Click HERE for the full story.

A Craftsman Living Room Goes From Dim to Delightful

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A Craftsman-style living room gets lightened up, giving a family of five some space to gather and play

The dark living room of this 1913 Craftsman-style bungalow didn’t reflect the vibrancy of its family. The owners’ three kids have a “running circuit” that begins in the kitchen and courses through the living room. And while the space needed to give the little ones room to play during Minnesota winters, it also needed to provide the family with a comfortable seating area in which to gather.

So, as part of a whole house renovation, homeowner and designer Nicole Botsman tackled the living room first, with a goal of turning it into a bright and fun family hangout. Click HERE for the full story…