Kitchen of the Week: White-and-Wood Stunner on an $8,000 Budget

Low-cost materials used in a design-minded way turn a depressing rental kitchen into a light-filled showstopper

Designer Sidra Gross sensitively rehabs rental properties with high-end, customized attention in mind. She recently transformed a 100-year-old kitchen in one of her rental units on an $8,000 budget, creating an upscale look using lots of her own labor, existing plumbing and many low-cost materials.

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Room of the Day: See What Dazzles the Kids in this Bath

A classic blue-and-white nautical theme and a surprise ceiling create a fun atmosphere for siblings

Despite their diminutive size, kids sure can cause a lot of wear and tear. That was the case in this bathroom shared by a 4- and a 6-year-old. Though functional, the space needed a style refresh to upgrade the worn-out and underwhelming beige tile on the walls and floor. Interior designer Rhona Chartouni tackled the project, introducing durable materials and kid-friendly design with a nautical theme that includes a custom-painted night sky on the ceiling.

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Houzz Tour: Lime Green and Patterns Punch Up Neutral Decor

Colorful lime green pieces perk up formerly plain-vanilla rooms in this vibrant home makeover

A single woman’s vibrant and fun personality and love of color weren’t evident in her ho-hum furnishings, so she hired interior designer Ann Lowengart to transform the look of the too-neutral home. Right before the project began, the homeowner started a relationship with her now husband, tasking Lowengart with the added challenge of combining two individual styles to create one fresh home.

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Kitchen of the Week: Blue Cabinets, High Ceilings and Big Windows

A colorful, spacious and eclectic kitchen in the Texas Hill Country takes full advantage of outside views and sunshine

After making their dream a reality by buying a 5-acre plot of land with a small farm, this couple set out designing and building a new home with sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country. Topping their wish list was a kitchen with soaring ceilings and large windows, not easy to design in an area where the sun can be unrelenting.

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Compact Writer’s Cabin Folds Up When Not in Use

A work retreat on Washington’s San Juan Island offers the comforts of home in 500 square feet

There’s a saying that good things come in small packages. This writer’s cabin could be proof of that. Its 500 square feet of space certainly packs a big punch.

The compact structure features a serene workspace, a sitting area with a wood-burning stove, a kitchenette, a bathroom, a hideaway bed and walls that fold down to form a deck. It’s an efficient layout that quiets the eyes and mind so this writer can get to work.

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Roll With It: Flocked and Foil Wallpaper Straight Out of the ’70s

Get to know the advantages of these pattern-happy retro wallcoverings

With so many choices in wallcoverings, the following 1970s-inspired designs may not be at the top of your wish list. But flocked and foil wallpapers have benefits, such as adding texture or offering an alternative to vinyl in humid spaces. Plus, these wallcoverings can take it to the max when it comes to style.

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Houzz Tour: Colonial-Era Home Puts Down New Roots on a Farm

A 1740 historic Massachusetts home is bought disassembled and then reconstructed on-site in Maine

It’s not every day that one comes across a historic Colonial-era Massachusetts home that’s been dismantled and packed in the cargo hold of an 18-wheeler. Running on blind faith, a couple of brave homeowners bought the salvaged wood house sight unseen and headed north to Maine.

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Houzz Tour: Turning the Tide for a Pacific Northwest Island Home

A renovation of a 1980s home on Whidbey Island celebrates water views, color and natural light

At the time this vacation home on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound was built, parachute pants and leg warmers were all the rage. While clothing styles have evolved since the early 1980s (thankfully), the home hadn’t.

A major two-year renovation brought this waterfront retreat up to snuff on its exterior and gave it a completely new layout on the first floor to maximize ocean views and natural light.  Click HERE for the full story…

Houzz Tour: Treading Carefully With an 1820 Connecticut Farmhouse

Image courtesy of Rafe Churchill

A historically sensitive overhaul of a home in disrepair creates a bucolic New England retreat for an artist’s family

This Federal-style house in western Connecticut sat on the market for years with no takers. “I looked at it with other prospective buyers,” says architect Rafe Churchill, “but they just didn’t see the potential. It was pretty rough throughout, and the basement pretty much scared everyone away.”

But eventually, the nearly 200-year-old home found its new owners, and Churchill began the historically considerate renovation by treading softly. Read the full story HERE

 

Roll Call: Open Up Your Room With Scenic Wallcoverings

Create a scene with wallcovering designs that transport you to another place or time

If a basic paint job or run-of-the-mill wallpaper is too static for you and your home, consider scenic wallcoverings to add a unique narrative. Here’s how a two-dimensional indoor view can change your perspective dramatically.

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