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Creative families need creative spaces. For Autumn Sproles; her husband, Chris Stutsman; and their two homeschooled children, that meant a studio addition that would accommodate playing with Lego bricks, banging on drums, stenciling T-shirts, painting holiday ornaments, crafting collages and even making Hula-Hoop-like...
My Houzz: Ronnie Wood’s Old Art Studio Gets a Makeover
Natalie Wain | July 22, 2014 3
“We weren’t looking for a project,” says Londoner Nic Farhi, remembering first seeing his flat, “but when I spotted the original floorboards and brickwork in the living room, I knew I had to buy this place.” Nic and his then-girlfriend...
Old Furniture: Clean, Reupholster or Replace It?
Becky Dietrich | July 22, 2014 5
Let’s say your mother-in-law has purchased a brand-new shiny sofa, and has deposited her aging original one in your front room. Or you’ve scored a once-in-a-lifetime roadside find — a Louis XVI chair with a magnificent frame but questionable...
How to Design a Garden That Lasts
Benjamin Vogt | July 22, 2014 4
If you’re anything like me, you bring home your nursery purchases with zeal and hope, piling them nicely in the garden corner for temporary storage until you can place them where you envisioned on the drive home. But a funny thing usually happens —...
Great Design Plant: Try California Wild Grape for Interest All Year
Debbie Ballentine | July 22, 2014 2
California wild grape is known best for its sensational fall colors, but it is much more than a one-season plant. In spring its silvery leaves and tiny buds emerge from bare vines. In summer the lush foliage with ripening fruit will conceal that...
Swing Into National Hammock Day
Becky Harris | July 22, 2014 2
July 22 is National Hammock Day. In terms of silly holidays that were likely made up by retailers, this is one I really can get behind. There is nothing like swaying on a hammock on a lazy day. However, hammocks were not always associated with chillaxing....
Houzz Tour: Personal and Plaid
Mary Jo Bowling | July 22, 2014 20
He was a 16-year-old living in a rural Mississippi ranch house, but when Scot Meacham Wood watched the PBS version of Brideshead Revisited and saw the shutters of Brideshead castle flung open to reveal a palatial interior, the forever-relocating...
Back Problems? Try Putting Your Feet Up
Karen Egly-Thompson | July 21, 2014 13
Much has been publicized in recent years about how poorly designed office chairs can encourage bad posture that leads to neck and back problems. While ergonomically designed desk chairs may help support us at work, how can we keep ourselves healthy when...
Houzz Tour: A Sophisticated Row House in the U.S. Capital
Mary Jo Bowling | July 21, 2014 9
This 19th-century row house was in what a real estate professional would call “move-in condition” when Samantha Friedman’s client bought it. But, as we all know, serviceable doesn’t equal soulful. The homeowner hired Friedman, principal at
Houzz Tour: Comic Book Prints and Vintage Decor Punch Up a Dublin Home
Joanna Simmons | July 21, 2014 6
Siobhan Lam and her partner, Jaime Hughes, hadn’t planned on tackling a restoration project, but when they came across a dilapidated gem built in 1890 on the tree-lined Grand Canal in Dublin, Ireland, they knew it had the potential to be their...
11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black
Fred Albert | July 21, 2014 58
A few months ago I saw a quote from a designer espousing the beauty of black doors. I had never thought about painting my doors black before. But then, up until a few months ago, I had never considered painting my ceilings black, either. Then I...
20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair
Annie Thornton | July 21, 2014 9
Summer offers a lot for us to celebrate: vacations, long days, warm nights and visits with friends near and far. Outdoor entertaining, from lunch on the deck and happy hour at sunset to dinner by candlelight and fireside gatherings under the stars, embodies...
How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not
Alison Hodgson | July 21, 2014 144
You may be surprised to know that losing all of my earthly possessions was the easy part of having an arsonist set my house on fire. The hard part was wrangling with the insurance company while trying to build a new house. Have you seen...
Contracting Practice: Marketing Your Business
Anne Higuera CGR, CAPS | July 21, 2014 4
You have the talent, the staff and the business processes in place to build great projects. So where are all the clients? Done well, marketing can keep customers walking through the door despite the ups and downs of the economy. The keys are to keep...