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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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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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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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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Kitchen of the Week: Updated Colonial Style in Creamy White

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A kitchen in a once-neglected house gets an elegant and roomy overhaul for a growing family

Paul and Danielle O’Connor grew up outside Philadelphia and met in their late twenties. After marrying and having children, they found their small starter home bursting at the seams. They spent two years searching for a bigger home before landing the traditional stone Colonial-style house they’d always dreamed of owning.

But after sitting vacant for many years, the house needed a full head-to-toe renovation before the O’Connors could move in. Here they share details on how they overhauled the kitchen with modern features and a creamy white look while respecting the history of the house.

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Room of the Day: Ferraris, Fossils and Bubbles Inspire a Bath Update

A pink 1950s bathroom decimated by black mold is brought back to life with color and loads of artistic touches designed by the homeowner

Psychologist Jan Ferris knows what she likes and what rubs her the wrong way. She disliked her 1954 pink bathroom, but it wasn’t until two difficult life events struck — the death of her father and a leak that destroyed her bathroom — that she decided to finally tackle some upgrades. Ferris tapped into her former practice as an artist and embraced her love of color to create a cheerful new bathroom that also helped her heal.

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Room of the Day: See a 30-Day Makeover of a Manhattan Living Room

This rental unit in a newly renovated Garment District building gets dressed for success in a New York minute

While still under construction, a new condo building in a prime location caught the eye of a financial executive and his 25-year-old daughter. Close to his work and full of light, a brand-new condo in New York’s Garment District was too much to pass up, so he jumped at the chance to rent a unit.

But the all-white open-plan living room needed some life pumped into it before the family could move in the following month. Pressed for time, designer Rose Praino of YDC Design worked to find in-stock furnishings and accessories to reflect the father and daughter’s different interests, personalities and needs.

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Kitchen of the Week: Open and Gray Save the Day

A workhorse island replaces an awkward storage tower, and a neutral palette brings a balance of cool and warm tones

Kitchen islands increase storage and work surface. But the original island in this kitchen got only half that formula right. Sure, the stacked wall of cabinets offered plenty of storage, but its near floor-to-ceiling configuration meant you couldn’t see over it, and it didn’t provide space for prep work or serving meals.

Designer Lauren O’Connor of Sanctuary Design completely reconfigured the kitchen layout, with priority given to opening up the space and spreading out the storage through a workhorse island and even tucking in a new work desk.

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Room of the Day: A Handsome Master Bath for Him

A spacious second master bathroom is overhauled with functional farmhouse style

Sometimes a house divided can stand — at least when it comes to having separate bathrooms. That’s what this husband and wife discovered when they chose to create two distinct master bathrooms, one for her on the first floor, the other for him on the second.

The existing bathroom for him wasn’t short on space, but its vanilla, builder-grade appearance and boxy layout needed spicing up. The couple tapped designer Bethany Van Hecke for help, and she developed zoning for optimum function, storage and a new elegant-yet-handsome look that features the work of local artisans.

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Room of the Day: Elegant New Dining Room Pulls Off a Collected Look

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The formal space mixes custom details to create an exquisite style bridging past and present

This formal dining room might look like it was lovingly looked after by several generations, but it’s actually part of a newly built home. The collected look was all part of the plan.

To hit the mark just right, interior designer James Michael Howard coordinated the room dimensions with architect Peter Block to ensure the proportions would suit the furnishings that were to follow.

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