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Jay Sifford
July 29, 2014
Conifer addiction can be a terrible thing. Just ask anyone who knows me. Visitors to my garden frequently ask me which of my 100 conifers is my favorite. Without hesitation, I answer the Skylands Oriental spruce. It has beautiful chartreuse foliage that visually cools a garden on a hot summer...
Designer Tips for Creating a Better Bedroom
Christine Tusher | July 29, 2014 1
We’ve probably all looked at a particular room in our house and thought there was something missing. That thought can be particularly annoying when you’re looking at your master bedroom. After all, it’s hard to relax when you have the nagging feeling...
Guest Picks: Gilding the Lighting
Brass, copper, gold and all things gilded are making a serious push in interior design. Don’t think of the shiny, lacquered builder brass that everyone’s been busy purging from their homes, though. That 1990s style is out, and warm, patinated, antique...
Duck Egg Blue, the Friendliest Color Around
Joanna Simmons | July 29, 2014 4
There are some shades that stand confidently apart from fashion and resist any attempt to be tied to a specific interior style or look. Duck egg blue is one of them. Equally at home in a country kitchen, an elegant French bedroom or a funky child’s...
Bulletproof Decorating: How to Pick the Right Kind of Paint
Fred Albert | July 29, 2014 7
Although there’s no such thing as an indestructible interior, there are steps you can take to make your home stand up better to kids and pets. One key element is the kind of paint you choose. The right blend, finish and color can make a difference in...
Room of the Day: An Elegant North Carolina Dining Room
Becky Harris | July 29, 2014 5
North Carolina interior designer Heather Garrett could see that her clients were drawn to dramatic spaces and charcoal hues, but because they hosted a lot of lively Sunday brunches and had young...
Simple Pleasures: Scent and Memory
Laura Gaskill | July 29, 2014 19
Thinking back to my childhood home, I remember the smells most vividly: the jasmine growing by the mailbox; the honeysuckle vines climbing the back fence; the clean, simple scent of baby bubble bath; even the subtle background scent of polished wood floors....
Houzz Tour: A New Look for Former Student Digs
Natalie Wain | July 29, 2014 13
“Students don’t tend to look after houses,” says architect Kieron Roberts, of Riach Architects, “and to be honest, this building was a bit of a wreck when we first saw...
40 Dogs Who Are Having a Way Better Summer Than You
Mitchell Parker | July 29, 2014 21
Dogs are important members of many households. That’s why in the past here on Houzz, we’ve compiled readers’ images of their furry friends at home, in the office or...
Look Up and Dream: 11 Ideas for an Inspired Ceiling
Lisa Higgins | July 28, 2014 15
There’s nothing wrong with a white ceiling. White works beautifully with most colors, and it’s an easy way to deal with vast stretches of open space. But sometimes it’s nice to create something special above your head. Drape your ceiling in fabric,...
A New Stepped Entry Glows With Style
Becky Harris | July 28, 2014 17
Where some see mundane home maintenance and upkeep, others see an opportunity for design. These Mill Valley, California, homeowners viewed replacing their tired exterior staircase and leaky windows as a great chance to transform their home’s entry into...
10 Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Look Great
Jennifer Louise Ebert | July 28, 2014 12
Planning a small bedroom can be fun (honestly). With the right design tips and techniques, you can turn your snug room into a dreamy retreat. From clever storage solutions to multitasking furniture, these great ideas will breathe new life into your compact...
The Future of Smart Design: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Eric Reinholdt | July 28, 2014 9
I’m always shocked at the amount of waste I see when visiting a typical project under construction. We all tend to accept that construction is a messy process, but stop to think for a moment about the message that a cluttered and wasteful jobsite sends...
Get to Know Louis-Style Chairs
Laura Gaskill | July 28, 2014 10
Louis-style chairs originated during the reigns of French kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, and they have remained design classics ever since. You’ve surely spotted these gorgeous chairs all over Houzz and in your favorite design mags — but...
Guest Picks: Colorful Patterned Area Rugs for All Tastes
Marni Elyse Katz | July 28, 2014 8
Right now I’m down in South Florida, at the little condo my husband and I purchased almost two years ago. Yes, it’s a funny place to spend summer, but we’ll be back on the cape in August. But there’s big news down here! The flesh-tone...