Kitchen of the Week: Crisp White Cabinets and Room for Family

A Victorian home near Chicago gets an updated kitchen to improve brightness, beauty, function and flow

Although roomy, this kitchen inside a century-old Victorian home needed updates to cabinets, countertops and appliances.

Because the family members cook and bake almost all their meals at home from scratch due to dietary restrictions, they wanted to make the kitchen functional for multiple cooks, with several appliances and enjoyable for anyone who wanted to watch.

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A Functional Face-Lift for a Historic Craftsman Kitchen

An open layout creates better connectivity, while a mix of schoolhouse, farmhouse and Craftsman styles brings modern charm

This couple loves making daily meals together, but having a kitchen that was separate from living areas made it difficult for them to cook while keeping an eye on their two young kids.

Working with architect Kim Grant, the homeowners created a new kitchen layout that’s more open to the living space, and introduced natural materials that dovetail nicely with the historic Craftsman home.

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The Remaking of a Queen Anne in Boston


A thorough overhaul with soothing hues and modern-day touches celebrates this home’s Victorian roots

These longtime condo owners were looking for a single-family home in which to raise their two young children, and stumbled upon this Queen Anne in a suburb of Boston. While the home offered ample space for their growing family, much of its architectural charm had been stripped away during previous remodels.

This extensive and sensitive renovation was also chronicled in the 36th season of the This Old House TV show. Now, it shows off the home’s Victorian roots, infused with some contemporary design elements for a fresh and elegant look.

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Room of the Day: A Blue-Walled Beauty

The parlor in this 230-year-old New Hampshire home had been expanded in a previous remodel, but it was short on pizazz. In addition to its lackluster looks, it didn’t serve a clear function for the homeowners, who weren’t exactly sure how to improve the space. The long, narrow layout made arranging the furniture, which included a grand piano, even more challenging.

To crack the problem, homeowner and designer Amy Mitchell of collaborated with designer Dena Hamilburg to transform the parlor into a formal area for reading, entertaining and practicing music — all unified by a gorgeous blue hue.

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Room of the Day: Sophisticated Schoolhouse Style for a Kids’ Bathroom

Most families aim to create more space during a bathroom renovation. This couple wanted a smaller and simpler space for their four kids.

They hired designer Leigha Heydt of Heydt Designs to reconfigure the chopped-up layout and combine a separate tub and shower for a simplified, open plan that would allow leftover space to be used for a new separate laundry room.

See the transformation from a choppy layout into a smart schoolhouse style bathroom. Read on…

Room of the Day: Master Bedroom Makeover on a Lean Budget

Creative use of online retailers helps transform a lackluster room into a light and beautifully finished space

This uninviting beige and black bedroom had all the allure of dry toast. The homeowners had prioritized decorating many of the other rooms in their Los Angeles home but put off spiffing up the master bedroom when their daughter was born.

They dreamed of a bright and airy retreat, so with a modest budget of $3,000 and a single request to upsize their bed to a king, the couple tapped designer Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic to transform the space from dreary to cheery.

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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…