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Colorful Home in Romania Revives Traditional Design

Merging rustic-inspired interiors with contemporary details, this colorful abode inspires a homey feel throughout.  Located not far from Bucharest, Romania, The Small House in the Countryside is a project initiated by designer Alina Alexe of Studio Decoraktiva. The starting point for the project was a decrepit traditional village house with only two rooms and a detached kitchen. […]

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We All Need A Little More Of KitchenAid’s New Color of the Year In Our Lives

The color is called “Bird of Paradise,” and it sounds absolutely alluring. Beginning April 2018, appliance brand KitchenAid®, the kitchen color trendsetter known for introducing us to fun appliances in bright reds or indigos, is launching an entire collection in the brand new hue. “‘Bird of Paradise’ is an exotic getaway in a color,” said Jessica […]

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Original Melbourne Home Addition Exudes Positive Vibes, Balance

Kiah House, by Austin Maynard Architects, is an architecture extension to a weatherboard cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. The project brief hinted towards creating an extension with plenty of positive vibes: a sanctuary for the couple living here, but also a place to entertain friends and family. “The extension comprises of two separate pieces of architecture,” the architects […]

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Why You Should Consider A Monochromatic Color Scheme (Plus, How To Pull It Off)

Sometimes, even the most seasoned design aficionados among us need a little helping hand. It takes countless components to put a room together, so there’s no shame in searching for ways to make the process a little easier. If you’re in need of an assist and a little inspiration, here you go: how about using […]

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Denver Loft Exudes Fashionable, Eclectic Vibe

Interior designer Rebecca Robeson, of Robeson Design, took on the challenge of renovating a loft-style apartment in downtown Denver, Colorado, USA. The client’s brief requested a casual scheme, updated with high-end furniture, fixtures and finishes. Drastic changes were implemented in order to add a contemporary vibe to the 2,000 square-foot (185.8 square-meter) Denver loft. Wood flooring was replaced with […]

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Before and After: English Cottage-Style Garden Takes Root (16 photos)

A passion for plants, an eagerness to dig in and a few budget-saving ideas helped British interiors and lifestyle blogger Rebecca Sterling and her husband create the garden of their dreams — complete with gravel paths, cottage-style planting, a little house, a garage and even a greenhouse. Here’s how...

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Take Your Coffee Outside! 8 Things to Do This Weekend (8 photos)

With tax day coming up on April 17, it’s a good weekend to sort some sense into messy files. Reward yourself for getting the job done with a cup of coffee in the morning sun, pretty edible flowers and a trip to check out your local Little Free Library. Eight could-dos for your weekend ahead.

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Standout Ceilings Give Rooms a Lift (9 photos)

Ceiling treatments can be a fantastic way to reinvigorate a room. Take these eight spaces — each has a special ceiling that serves as a focal point and brings together the room’s decor. Together, they show that a well-considered ceiling treatment can be the star attraction in any size or type of room....

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Candelabra Tree Is One Cool Cactus Look-Alike (9 photos)

Those dramatic 6-foot-tall cactuses you’ve been seeing in every interior design photo recently? They’re candelabra trees (Euphorbia ingens), and they’re not actually cactuses at all. Native to Southern Africa, these giant euphorbia have caught the attention of stylists and plant lovers looking...

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Trending Now: Ideas From the Most Popular Exteriors (11 photos)

The most popular new exterior photos in the first three months of 2018 are full of great ideas applied to a range of styles. And a wide range it was: The most popular architectural styles varied from traditional to contemporary, from transitional to modern, with the modern farmhouse look still making...

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Houzz Tour: Heartfelt Decor Transforms a French Apartment (16 photos)

A couple looking for more space were lucky enough to find a beautiful three-room apartment in the eastern Parisian suburb of Vincennes. They fell in love with the floor plan, with its double-size living room, separate kitchen and bedroom, and bright natural light from the living room’s large windows....

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8 Patio Arrangements to Inspire Your Outdoor Room (15 photos)

If you’re planning to invest in a new patio set or looking for a fresh way to rearrange your current furniture, take a peek at these eight setups, each offering an invitation to get outside. All include combinations of outdoor furniture — cafe tables, chairs, benches, lounges and more — and at least...

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The Question That Can Make You Love Your Home More (10 photos)

It’s a deceptively simple question that nearly all designers ask at the start of a project: “How do you want your home to feel?” Focusing on this question yourself can work wonders. Defining the feelings you want to cultivate in your home will give your home a purpose. It will help you zero in on the...

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Get to Know These Fabulous Flowering Cherries (9 photos)

Every year when the weather starts getting warmer, the “cherry blossom front,” as the blooming of ornamental cherry trees across Japan is affectionately known, becomes a hot topic. Early April is peak season for cherry blossom viewing in Japan, so these little pink flowers seem to be everywhere at the...

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What Are the Best Wood Species for Furniture? (10 photos)

Wood furniture brings nature’s beauty into your home. Like most natural products, wood has variations in color, grain and texture that help create unique and beautiful pieces. So which wood species is best for furniture? That’s not an easy-to-answer question. Here are the characteristics of nine of the...

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My Houzz: Kids Choose the Hues for an Expanded Row House (20 photos)

Lizzie and Joe Fraher’s southeast London home used to be a typical Victorian row house. The rooms were dark and grouped around a staircase that took up a significant part of the house and had no natural light.
To turn it into the family home they wanted, the architect couple were prepared to...

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12 Projects to Indulge Your Spring Fever (12 photos)

If you’ve made it through the snow, sleet and rain, and it’s warming up where you are, take advantage of your spring fever and get to work! Read on for a dozen doable, budget-friendly ideas for making over your home this spring, inside and out.

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Get More Kitchen Storage With Counter-Depth Upper Cabinets (17 photos)

Upper cabinets don’t come in one height or width, and they don’t come in just one depth either. Typically, upper cabinets are much shallower than lower cabinets, sometimes by as much as half the depth. That’s some serious space you’re missing out on if you’re looking to squeeze every inch of storage...

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New Lilly Pulitzer and Pottery Barn Collab: Sunshine, Flamingos and Tropical Happiness

Pottery Barn and Lilly Pulitzer have joined forces to bring you, your kids, and even your baby more vibrant prints and pretty colors (can you ever have enough?). This brand new collaboration offers plenty of sunshine, flamingos and Palm Beach-chic in the form of textiles, tabletop, bedding and furniture pieces for the nursery, living area, bedroom and […]

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Get a Jumpstart on Spring Cleaning with these 5 Top Tips

Believe it or not, winter is almost over. Warmer temperatures and sunny weather are both right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity for you to start afresh. If you’re ready to get an early start on your yearly clean-out, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered […]

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How To Infuse Glamour Into Your Interiors (Without It Feeling Too Over-The-Top)

Some peoples’ personalities are just meant to shine. If you fit that bill, there’s no reason why your interiors shouldn’t do the same. Glamorous designs, featuring plenty of glitz, sparkle and show-stopping shine, are simple to put together if you follow the right steps. Here’s how you can make it happen in a way that feels […]

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Edwardian Timber Cottage Gets a Modern Makeover

Sheri Haby Architects recently completed renovations at Gable House, a charming Edwardian timber cottage. A previously built addition to Gable House incorporated the main bedroom, kitchen and dining area, however, this extension was poorly organized. “Our client didn’t need a bigger house, just one that worked better,” the architects said. “Our design direction was to provide a spacious, light-filled, open […]

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The 10 Coolest Tiny Studios We’ve Ever Seen

Small apartment living is getting better and better, and we’ve got a roundup of 10 tiny studios to back up our claim. They’re all under 350 square feet, but, with high ceilings that make it possible to build upwards instead of outwards, these little living spaces have enough features and functionality to let you live small and stylishly. They’re […]

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15 Super-Quick Spring Cleaning Projects (15 photos)

Want a clean house but don’t want to spend your precious time off dusting and scrubbing? Each of these miniprojects can be completed in about the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee. Tackle one or two tasks each day and your home will soon be looking and feeling fresher — with nary a cleaning marathon...

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Grow, Then Eat, These Beautiful and Delicious Flowers (10 photos)

The world’s top chefs covet the flavors, colors and architectural shapes of edible flowers. When I visited Kate Olen, the culinary farmer for The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s world-famous restaurant in Yountville, California, she noted that the flowers at the restaurant’s farm are the chefs’ most...

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people.

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  • Greg Alder
    Fruit Trees: Selection, Irrigation, and Care Greg Alder started gardening in Africa while living there as a Peace Corps teacher. Greg and his wife now raise their children and much of their food on an acre just outside of San Diego. Greg volunteers as a Master Gardener in addition to growing a lot of avocados […]
  • Lynlee Austell
    Beautiful Landscapes with Far Less Water Lynlee Austell-Slayter, MBA, UCCE Master Gardener, Sustainable Landscape Expert. Lynlee inherited her love of plants and nature from both her parents and grandparents. Her mother was a botanist and science teacher. Her grandfather and father collected state fair ribbons for their horticultural talents. Her father also worked as a […]
  • Debra Lee Baldwin
    Designing with Succulents Whether your garden occupies an acre or a patio, succulents can serve as easy-care, low water problem-solvers. As Debra introduces these textural, intriguing plants–which come in every size and color–you’ll find inspiration and ideas to express your creativity and beautifully enhance your outdoor living spaces. Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored […]
  • Linda Bresler
    Carefree, Colorful California Gardens Linda is the owner of Living Designs by Linda, a landscape design and consulting firm that specializes in colorful, water-wise gardens that look lovely year-round. One of Linda’s landscape designs was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner, 2012 Garden of the Year, by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. She recently acquired […]