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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Time to Redecorate? 8 Steps to Know

 

Here’s how to prioritize your game plan for your next room makeover

If you have a DIY decorating project on your horizon but don’t know where to start, here’s a practical guide to help you navigate the process. Click HERE for the full story…

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

 

Houzz Tour: Victorian, Meet Modern Bohemian

Classic details mingle with eclectic textiles and bold colors in this home in a former Colorado mining town

Like a lucky 19th-century miner searching for gold, silver or coal in the hills of Crested Butte, Colorado, homeowner Ingrid Gebavi struck pay dirt — though for her it was in a Victorian fixer-upper.

Gebavi, a lover of old houses, wanted a property in the town’s historic district that needed plenty of TLC so she could restore it and make it her own. She looked to the past during the full overhaul of the house, referencing not only its Victorian origins but also the fun-loving hippie population that influenced the look of the town in the 1960s and ’70s.

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