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Becky Harris
November 21, 2014 3
This week the Comments section for one of my ideabooks took a familiar turn — it morphed into a discussion about a Comments section full of “wows!” versus the value of criticism. It got me thinking about hot-button topics on Houzz. The Comments section is a huge and important part of the Houzz community,...
Kitchen of the Week: Traditional Kitchen Opens Up for a Fresh Look
Jeannie Matteucci | November 21, 2014 9
In 2000 Brett and Jill White moved into their Winfield, Illinois, two-level brick home about a year after it was built. They never quite felt at home with the traditional style of the home, located on a scenic site along a golf course. “We’re in the...
Houzz Tour: Roughing Up a Fancy Mountain Home
Becky Harris | November 21, 2014 7
This opulent mountain home in North Carolina needed a good dressing down. Interior designer Pam McKay quickly learned that her clients were full of fun spirit and had eclectic taste and a great appreciation for local artwork. “They are an awesome couple...
Houzz Tour: A Cozy Place for Children in a Luxury Space
Natalie Wain | November 21, 2014 6
Turning this three-bedroom apartment overlooking London’s Hyde Park into a space where a father and his three daughters could relax and spend time together was interior designer Nicky Mudie’s assignment. The apartment, in the Lancasters...
Shop Houzz: Games People Play
Houzz | November 21, 2014
Playing games with family and friends is one of the best parts of holiday celebrations — besides all the great food. Especially at this time of year, we like pulling out classic games that don’t require a joystick or computer monitor. So what’s...
7 Things to Know About Foo Dogs
Laura Gaskill | November 21, 2014 6
Foo dog statues, with their striking, often colorful appearance, have become a favorite of decorators in the West — but their history spans thousands of years, tracing back to ancient China. If you’ve ever spied these creatures and found yourself...
Medicine Cabinets: Should You Get a Recessed or Wall-Mounted Style?
Karen Egly-Thompson | November 21, 2014 9
More than a storage place for aspirin and toothpaste, a medicine cabinet greets our reflection in the morning and ushers us to bed at nighttime. It’s the go-to for most of our everyday needs and a must in the bathroom. Despite...
6 Shed-Inspired Homes Down Under
Rebecca Naughtin | November 21, 2014 4
You don’t have to own land in the country to build a dream home using traditional techniques and style. This ideabook considers how to draw on the vernacular influences of the Australian shed for modest and often economical architecture that resonates...
8 Creative Accents to Set Your Holiday Table Apart
Corynne Pless | November 20, 2014 31
It's that time of year again, when dried leaves crunch under the soles of your boots, the evening air is crisp and it's time to gather with family and friends for food and drink. I recently asked some experts — including...
10 Top Native Plants for the U.S. Southeast
Falon Mihalic | November 20, 2014 9
Southern gardens may be the envy of gardeners in other climates because of the ample rainfall and extended growing season. But gardening in the U.S. South comes with the challenges of prolonged heat and maximum humidity. Luckily for us, plants that are...
Simple Pleasures: The Joy of Fresh Sheets
Laura Gaskill | November 20, 2014 34
When you’ve had an especially trying day, there’s nothing quite so restorative as slipping into a freshly made bed. Sinking into crisp sheets, cozy blankets and fluffed-up pillows soothes the spirit and encourages a restful night’s sleep. Here are...
Houzz Tour: Happy Days Are Here Again in a Miami Apartment
Becky Harris | November 20, 2014 22
This apartment held many happy memories for Nina Berrocal. When she was a little girl growing up in Puerto Rico, it served as her family’s Miami pied-à-terre. But 40 years later, it was too...
Shop Houzz: Gifts That Say Thanks to the Host
Houzz | November 20, 2014
Everyone knows it’s good form to bring a gift to a holiday party as a thank-you for the invite. A bottle of wine is nice, but why not delight your host with something more creative? These picks from Shop Houzz show your gratitude in splendid style....
How to Ditch the Drapes and Let Your Windows Shine
Yanic Simard | November 20, 2014 29
Drapes are a beautiful — and functional — home privacy solution, great for covering up an unwanted view inside or out. But when your home has beautiful windows and privacy isn’t an issue, why hide them? Consider some of these classic and creative...
A Contractor's Secrets to Hanging Holiday Decor
Clark Harris | November 20, 2014 126
Whether you're looking for a spot to put up your Christmas wreath for a week or need something more permanent, hanging decor on the exterior or interior of your home can be tricky sometimes. Where you're hanging it makes all the difference. Here are a...