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Aurélie Roman
December 21, 2014 5
A secondhand-furniture enthusiast had lived for years in her quirky but charming studio in Paris. But her home was designed more for painting than for living. She hired architect Miriam Gassmann to remodel the space and allow it to be bathed in light from colossal windows. The architect’s challenge was to restructure...
Houzz Call: Show Us Your Hardworking Garden Shed!
Annie Thornton | December 21, 2014 5
Somewhere between an outdoor closet and a grown-up’s playhouse, the garden shed gives homeowners that extra space they crave without their having to invest the time or money other construction projects require. In many cities sheds smaller than a certain...
10 Ways to Cope With Grief During the Holidays
Shelly Leer | December 21, 2014 51
I’m smack dab in the throes of grief once again this holiday season. On a recent Sunday evening, I lost my big sister quite unexpectedly. Within the past six years, I’ve lost two other siblings plus my mom, and two of those losses happened during...
Shop Houzz: Build the Best Bar Cart
Houzz | December 21, 2014
Once you invest in a home bar, entertaining really gets fun. You can sip cocktails you love, indulge in a nightcap and mix up fancy drinks that wow friends. First you’ll want a bar cart, then stock it with the right glassware, barware and tools —...
Great Design Plant: Winterberry Rouses Frosty Gardens
Charlotte Albers | December 21, 2014 13
Most people have never heard of the deciduous holly called winterberry — evergreen hollies are much better known and more commonly found in residential landscapes. But for gardeners in cold climates, winterberry offers a lot. It's easy to love this...
Houzz Tour: An Innovative Home Shows What It’s Made Of
Annie Thornton | December 21, 2014 13
This couple had an especially ambitious list of goals when they hired Meditch Murphey Architects to build a new house for them outside of Washington, D.C. Like many people planning a new home these days, they wanted to design for the future, incorporate...
Celebrating Kwanzaa: Honor African Heritage All Over the Home
Nicole White Quinn | December 21, 2014 59
If you feel like extending your holiday festivities beyond Christmas, then consider embracing Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration honoring African heritage in African...
Last-Minute Christmas: 3 Easy DIY Gift and Wrapping Ideas
Corynne Pless | December 20, 2014 7
If you find yourself out of wrapping paper, need an activity for your kids, are looking for a last-minute gift for your neighbor or simply want to add a few handmade items to the gifts under your tree, here are three simple and cost-friendly ideas.
Small Skylights Add Comfort and Light Where You Need It
Steven Randel | December 20, 2014 11
The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere. Daylight hours will slowly begin to lengthen from this time forward, but you may yearn for more sunlight in your spaces before spring and summer arrive. Small...
Better Circulation for a Family Kitchen and Bathroom
Mitchell Parker | December 20, 2014 28
At first Sara and Gibbs Rounsavall figured they would make over their 1980s plastic-laminate-filled kitchen with just new cabinets and appliances. But once they met with architect Emily Fisher and heard...
Shop Houzz: What’s Your Angle?
Houzz | December 20, 2014 1
There’s something dynamic and striking about the facets on a gemstone, the way the angles and planes come together. With the popularity of digital design tools, squares, triangles, hexagons, polygons and pyramids are lending their angular energy...
My Houzz: When Memories of Home Are of Paint and Linseed Oil
Margot Hartford | December 20, 2014 13
Artist Marie Van Elder has always made her home integral to her work. She uses it as a studio, workshop and gallery. The walls are filled with work by her and by her artist friends, and the largest room in the house is her studio space. The rooms have...
How to Make a Festive Paper-Cut Ornament
Amy Webster | December 20, 2014 9
Create your own tree decoration this year with a design cut out of paper and tucked inside a clear glass ball. You could personalize it with a word, name or phrase, go simple or choose a more intricate design like the one below. This decoration is made...
How to Cover Windows Above a Radiator
Laura Gaskill | December 20, 2014 24
If you live in a home with radiators, you know how tricky it can be to choose window treatments with those...
You Said It: ‘Lower Your Standards’ and Other Quotables
Becky Harris | December 19, 2014 33
This week Houzz stories had us getting inspired by great holiday projects and decor, but at the same time, they gave us permission to cut ourselves a break. Whether you want to accomplish the perfect wrapping job or have your 6-year-old do it for you...