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Becky Harris
August 30, 2014 2
This week on Houzz, many of the stories reminded me to open up my mind. I opened it up to a longer blooming season, to mixing yoga balls with homework time, to an at-home climbing wall, to less expensive alternatives to popular materials and to why one person’s beloved items all work together. This week there were many...
Guest Picks: Heed Your Animal Instinct
Kim + Scott Vargo | August 30, 2014 6
More times than I can count, my husband, Scott, and I have had friends and family members mention that the decor in our home is, in their words, “very animal-centric.” I suppose it’s only fitting, as we are both huge animal lovers — going so far...
14 Ways to Make Your Grill Setup Better
Mitchell Parker | August 30, 2014 9
Grills by themselves aren’t much to look at. They’re basically large, hulking pieces of stainless steel that stick out like sore thumbs in our backyards. So we’re always trying to slip covers over them or wheel them around to the side of the house....
Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
Becky Harris | August 30, 2014 4
Did you know August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day in the U.S.? Some call it National Marshmallow Toasting Day. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a good excuse to bust out the s’mores and get gooey with your family and friends. After all,...
Have Acidic Soil in Your Yard? Learn to Love Gardening Anyway
Falon Mihalic | August 30, 2014 6
Gardening success is all about understanding your soil. Some soils, like dry, sandy soils or heavy...
8 Tips for Creating a Safe and Cozy Nursery
Christine Tusher | August 30, 2014 2
Decorating the nursery is exciting — especially if you’re a first-time parent. But, as with pregnancy and child rearing in general, everyone seems to have an opinion about how to approach it. Some loved ones may express disbelief that you’ve chosen...
The Inevitable Future of Drones Around Your Home
Mitchell Parker | August 29, 2014 28
This week Google revealed it has a secret drone delivery service in the works. Called Project Wing, it is the tech behemoth’s answer to another tech behemoth’s futuristic delivery service. Amazon’s Prime Air hopes to deliver 5-pound parcels,...
Great Design Plant: Dwarf Blue Indigo Offers Carefree Beauty
Benjamin Vogt | August 29, 2014 7
I’m a big fan of Baptisia. There are many species, most underutilized, but the most common one you’ll see for sale — as either a hybrid or straight species — is Baptisia...
Houzz Tour: Making a Comeback in the Hollywood Hills
Nora Burba Trulsson | August 29, 2014 7
Even though the rotting, crumbling 1912 cottage on this Hollywood Hills, California, property was beyond saving, Colin Rhys saw a golden opportunity for the site. As the principal of Xanadu...
Inside Houzz: See the Houzz App’s Latest Features
Houzz | August 29, 2014
A new version of the Houzz app is now available in the Apple App Store℠. One of the biggest updates to the app is in the Your Houzz area of the...
Kitchen of the Week: The Calm After the Storm
Jeannie Matteucci | August 29, 2014 33
When Hurricane Sandy left 4 feet of water in their kitchen, a professional couple with two kids had to start over. They not only had to tear down and rebuild part of their home in Larchmont, New York; they needed to elevate the kitchen about 4 feet, not...
Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts
Kenny Grono | August 29, 2014 167
Whether you work with a general contractor or act as one on your own project, getting a glimpse into the mind of a contractor can give you a new perspective into remodeling projects around your home. I’ve learned a lot working as a contractor,...
Overnight Guests Coming? How to Be a Great Host
Laura Gaskill | August 28, 2014 279
If you have ever had a bad experience as a weekend guest, you know just how awful it can be. Dog hair in the sheets, bare windows, nothing for dinner, missed rides at the airport — I have experienced all of these and more ... thankfully not at the same...
Light Dances Through a Renovated Row House
Natalie Wain | August 28, 2014 10
This row house in Bloomsbury, London, had plenty of character when the current homeowner bought it in 2012, but it needed an update to maximize space and the distribution of light. For instance, the entrance to the property opened directly into the living...
Tempted to Try Wallpaper? 10 Tips for Finding the Right Pattern
Laura Gaskill | August 28, 2014 16
It can add texture, color, pattern or a painterly scene — even more so than paint, wallpaper can change the entire look of a room. But given the cost and the need for professional installation (a must), wallpaper can seem like a risky commitment. If...