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What to Know About Adding a New Gate (23 photos)

Gates are the doors to your landscape and home. As such, they should be treated as design features in their own right. “A gate is somewhat mysterious, making you wonder what’s beyond it,” says fencing expert Deanne Clough of Clough...

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The Top 10 Kitchen Photos So Far in 2021 (10 photos)

This Trending Now story features the most-saved kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz since Jan. 1, 2021.

Any snapshot of popular kitchen photos is bound to feature a wide range of styles and features. And the following countdown of the
most-saved kitchen photos so far in 2021...

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Simple Pleasures: Scent and Memory (13 photos)

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. Scent tends to be more closely tied to memories...

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How Will Design Shape the ‘New Normal’? (11 photos)

Given the current global health crisis, it was perhaps not surprising that well-being was the overarching theme across the London edition of the 2021 Architect@Work Digital Summit. The summit, a series of six panel talks on different aspects of design, asked: How can architects and planners create spaces...

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6 Emotional Challenges You May Face When Tackling Clutter (6 photos)

Decluttering your home is a satisfying but time-consuming project. What you may not realize ahead of time is that sorting through your belongings can bring up a number of emotions, from guilt to nostalgia to feeling overwhelmed.
These emotions are a completely normal part of the decluttering...

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Kitchen of the Week: Addition Opens Up a Colonial (12 photos)

Space was quite tight in this Boston-area family’s Garrison Colonial. So they hired architect Caitlin Struble to design an addition. Her design doubled the size of the kitchen, brought more light into the first floor and provided safer access to the backyard. After listening to how the busy family of...

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Houzz Tour: Modern Reboot for a Hudson Valley Getaway (25 photos)

When a Manhattan resident inherited a house in Garrison, New York, that was used as his family’s second home, he had ideas for the changes he wanted made. He hired the architects at Hudson Design Architecture D.P.C. to oversee the project. After the home was determined to be poorly built...

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How to Grow Your Own Sweet Summer Crops (10 photos)

Summer is the height of gardening season. Farmer’s markets and roadside stands are filled with fresh produce, while home gardens are at the peak of production. It’s a time when eating fresh and healthy is easy and enticing.
To reach this stage, you need to start early — in late winter and early...

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Bathroom of the Week: Elegant Update With Classic Marble (6 photos)

David and Elaine Greenwald’s master bathroom suffered from a serious case of the blahs. The second-floor space featured blinding white tile, an aging built-in jetted tub that took up way too much space and a soffit that loomed over the vanity. The couple lived with that arrangement for about 20 years...

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Houzz Tour: Inherited Home Gets a Bright New Life (20 photos)

The Palevsky residential complex in St. Petersburg, Russia, was originally constructed in 1925-28 to house factory workers. The owners of this apartment in the historic garden city inherited it from their grandmother and, though they had been living in Canada, decided to hold on to the property...

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20 Things You Might Be Forgetting to Spring-Clean (10 photos)

Freshening your house with a deep spring-cleaning right now can feel really good. If you’re ready to go beyond the basic vacuum-and-mop weekly clean, pick and choose from these 20 deep-cleaning tasks, and get ready to enjoy your sparkling clean house.
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Pick and Choose Your Spring Cleaning Tasks (9 photos)

Spring cleaning can be an enticing idea, but planning to clean the house from top to bottom can turn into a never-ending task list. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can get a lot of spring-cleaning satisfaction simply by targeting the often-neglected details of your home.

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The 10 Most Popular Home Bar Photos So Far in 2021 (10 photos)

This Trending Now story features the most-saved home bar photos uploaded to Houzz since Jan. 1, 2021.
Whether it takes up an entire basement or just a corner of a kitchen, a home bar is a great feature for entertaining friends or enjoying a casual evening at home. But big or small, a home...

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Why You Should Consider a Landscape Screen for Your Yard (23 photos)

A landscape screen is more than a practical problem-solver. With the right materials and design, it becomes an eye-catching focal point in your landscape. It also gives you a chance to experiment with different looks without a landscape overhaul. Read on to learn more about how to use a landscape...

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4 Ways to Create a Functional and Stylish Eat-In Kitchen (15 photos)

A kitchen eat-in area offers an inviting place to sit down for a casual meal that’s less formal than a dining room but more formal than a kitchen island. For the purposes of this article, an eat-in table means that when you’re having a meal, you’re facing your family or guests and...

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Simple Pleasures: The Art of the Bath (13 photos)

The ritual of bathing has been used for health and relaxation since ancient times. Today, a relaxing bath is a simple pleasure still worth making time for. Here are ways to elevate this routine to an art with scents, salts, refreshing tubside sips and more.

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Bathroom of the Week: Bright and Chic in 50 Square Feet (8 photos)

In search of inspiration for energizing her dark-brown-accented guest bathroom, designer Amber Sokolowski turned to one of her favorite photographs. The shot, by Los Angeles fine art photographer Gray Malin, depicts a woman touching up her makeup in the hallways of the legendary Beverly...

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What to Know About Choosing a Built-In Grill (21 photos)

A built-in grill is the centerpiece of an outdoor kitchen. Choosing the right grill for what you want to cook, how you want to cook and who you want to cook for is your starting point. Whether you’re looking to find the right grill for your outdoor kitchen or are planning to upgrade your current grill...

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Your Complete Guide to Building Permits (7 photos)

Yes, the building permit process can be a frustrating, costly and-time consuming affair, but there is purpose to the process and no getting around your local jurisdiction if you want to do your project right.
Here we recap the building permit basics, with links to more in-depth analysis of...

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10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Garden This Spring (10 photos)

Whether you’re dreaming of planting colorful flowers, picking homegrown fruits and veggies or creating your own backyard retreat, early spring is the perfect time get started on the garden. Here are 10 ideas for planting, planning and organizing that will set you up to enjoy it this season and next.

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Yard of the Week: Pool, Pergola and Gardens in Wisconsin (17 photos)

This Cedarburg, Wisconsin, family of four was ready to cool off at home during the summers and expand their potential for entertaining outdoors. They also wanted to entice their two preteen daughters to hang out at their house as they got older. The design process began by sharing Houzz photos of pergolas...

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Simple Pleasures: Savor the First Spring Day in the Garden (11 photos)

Is there anything better than that first spring day when, depending on your region, the weather finally feels warm enough to really spend time outdoors? When winter releases its chilly grasp where you live, celebrate with a full day spent puttering in the garden, tending to chores, sprucing...

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New This Week: 5 Stylish Living Rooms With Ample Seating (5 photos)

For a living room to be livable, you need plenty of seating options to accommodate family members and guests in a variety of situations. But the last thing you want is a space overcrowded with furniture. For ideas on arrangements that work well, check out how five designers maximized seating without...

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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.