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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Roll Call: Go Wild With Wood Veneer Wallcovering

Find out what makes this real wood veneer special, and get the skinny on how to use wood veneer wallcovering on your walls

Few materials exude visual warmth like natural wood. But if a rustic reclaimed-wood feature wall doesn’t quite jibe with your contemporary or modern style, consider a wallcovering made from real wood veneer.

From simple wood grain to intricate inlaid geometric patterns, there are lots of striking decor options. Click HERE for the full story…

 

 

Roll Call: Shopping for Wallpaper? First Know the Lingo

 We demystify terms and concepts such as repeat, pattern match and roll size

Purchasing wallpaper can be a confusing experience. If wallpaper lingo — such as repeat, pattern match and single versus double rolls — makes you feel like a dithering hot mess, here’s a quick guide to get you rolling.

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Roll Call: Choose Vinyl Wallcovering for Durability and Style

Vinyl wallcovering can pep up and protect your walls.
Learn about the four types and which is best for you

Vinyl wallcovering got a bad rap for many years. Although the tough material is notable for withstanding endless suitcase bumps in hotels and wear and tear in corporate corridors, its aesthetic for residential use has usually fallen short.

Many of us remember the funky mushroom designs or old-fashioned coffee grinder silhouettes in 1960s and ’70s-era kitchens, but more recently, vinyl wallcovering has maintained its durable practicality while amping up its style appeal.

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My article was one of Houzz’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016!

Happy New Year!

I’m going to start 2017 off with tooting my horn.

My article was rated as one of Houzz’s 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016.

If you missed reading  8 Budget-Friendly Ways to ‘Fun Up’ Your Patio last April, be sure to check it out!

Houzz Tour: Colorful and Pattern-Happy in California

An overhaul of a 1930s Tudor results in a bright, bold space with an open floor plan

Once Joan Schubert and David Fletcher outgrew their home, they decided to return to the Sacramento, California, neighborhood where Schubert grew up, and still has family. But before they could move into the 1930s Tudor-style house, the couple needed to do a major renovation. Besides making the layout more functional, designer Laura Neuman helped show off the artistic couple’s love of mixing different colors, patterns, and genres.

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Roll Call: Why Trendy But Tricky Grasscloth Wallpaper Is Worth It

via Emerald Hills Interiors

Get the ins and outs of beautiful, hand-woven natural grasscloth wallpaper

A staple in the 1960s and ’70s, grasscloth wallpaper has lately become a hot commodity. A natural material, it’s one of the most versatile decor items, complementing almost any style from tropical to rustic, traditional to modern. But despite its good looks, grasscloth is a “fussy baby” in the big family of wallcoverings. It is delicate and isn’t exactly a breeze to install — but it’s worth it when done right. If you’re considering grasscloth, here’s what you need to know.

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Room of the Day: Cool Grays Replace Beige in a Glam Space

A West Hollywood living room goes from drab to fab to match the lively personality of its owner

After buying a white linen chesterfield sofa in hopes of solving a too-bland vibe and awkward layout in the living room of her West Hollywood townhouse, this homeowner quickly realized she needed expert advice. She hired Lucie Ayres to help turn the room into something upbeat, glamorous and fit for mixing a few cocktails during parties with friends.

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