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Becky Harris
August 22, 2014
This week on Houzz, contributors helped parents prep for back-to-school time, showing how to set up homework stations and home offices as summer winds down. Style-wise there was a little something for everyone, whether it was farmhouse modern, Shabby Chic, sci-fi or “early French brothel” style. There was an extended...
My Houzz: Color and Fun Behind a Victorian Facade
Andrew Snow | August 22, 2014 13
After living in a loft on the east side of Toronto for a number of years, Andrea Van Leeuwen and Daniel Habashi were eager to move back west to be closer to friends and family. They came out on top in a bidding war for an 1880s Victorian townhouse in...
Smart Plantings Grace a Hillside Garden
Bonnie Monte | August 22, 2014 9
Most of landscape architect Pete Pedersen’s projects aren’t eight years in the making — but then again, they’re not his own family’s property. This one is. Starting with a blank hillside, Pedersen designed a lush, inviting landscape that...
Kitchen of the Week: Industrial Design’s Softer Side
Joanna Simmons | August 22, 2014 13
The style was pretty well set when kitchen designer Jane Powell created this kitchen for Phoebe and Nick Bryans and their three kids. “Phoebe had a clear vision of what she wanted, which was design-led with a slightly industrial feel, using stainless...
Room of the Day: Nautical Chic Brings the Cozy to a Family Room
Becky Harris | August 22, 2014 8
This long, narrow room in a historic home once belonging to a sea captain needed to work extra hard. Interior designer Jocelyn Chiappone of Digs Design Company was hired to create...
Guest Picks: Crazy for Cobalt
It’s bold and bright, fun and festive. From accessories and accents to furniture and lighting, cobalt makes a statement wherever it goes! Here is a lineup of our favorite pieces to infuse any room with one of this season’s hottest shades. —...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Beets
Marianne Lipanovich | August 22, 2014 11
If you know only canned beets, then beets from the fall or spring garden will be a surprise. First, they come in different shapes, from round to more oblong, and an array of colors. There’s the traditional deep red, but you can also find yellow, gold,...
Great Design Plant: Western Sword Fern Adds Prehistoric Drama
Kate Bryant | August 21, 2014 11
While commonly seen in the Pacific Northwest, western sword fern (Polystichum munitum) is nevertheless one of the region’s most visually distinctive — even dramatic — native plants. Its dark green, prehistoric-looking fronds can reach...
So Your Style Is: Sci-Fi Past and Future
Mary Jo Bowling | August 21, 2014 13
For some, science fiction isn’t something to enjoy in books, movies, comics and video games — it is life at home sweet home. To these forward thinkers, the concepts of the future — time travel, spaceships, weird science and technology — are inspirations...
Room of the Day: A Stylish Mom Cave Inspires Creativity and Girl Time
Becky Harris | August 21, 2014 23
“This was the room that always had its door closed,” says interior designer Emily Griffin. After she had finished designing almost...
Houzz Products: Deck Out That Dorm Room
Houzz | August 21, 2014 3
Back-to-school shopping is different for college students. They need more than a binder, pens and a fresh pair of blue jeans to kick off the year. That empty dorm room is awaiting a total makeover of sorts; it needs furniture, bedding, lighting, desk...
Gardening Solutions for Dry, Sandy Soils
Falon Mihalic | August 21, 2014 5
One of the benefits of gardening with sandy soil is that it’s easy to dig and till, making transplanting easy. However, dry, sandy soil does not hold nutrients or water well. It takes additions of compost,...
An Award-Winning Landscape Embraces Bay Views
Annie Thornton | August 21, 2014 15
Landscape architect Scott Lewis repeats the sentiments of many architects and designers talking about their projects when he says that his favorite part of this project was witnessing its transformation. “I know what it looked like before,” he says. The...
10 Recipes for Shabby Chic Style
Laura Gaskill | August 21, 2014 22
Vintage and antique finds; distressed, cracked and imperfect finishes; antique linens; sparkling chandeliers; and lots of white. Though certainly not for everyone, for those who love the style, Shabby Chic is utter...
10 Top Plants Native to the Desert Southwest
Noelle Johnson | August 20, 2014 6
The intense heat of summer and the cold winters of the Southwest are not for the faint of heart, and these native plants do more than just grow in the desert’s often unforgiving environment. They have special adaptations that allow them to thrive in...
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