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Dream Spaces 57 Stories

By day the owner of this barn is a family man who works in the commodities market. But nearly every Thursday night, his thoughts turn from the trading price of gold to the songs of Jerry Garcia as he and his pals gather to play Grateful Dead hits in what was once a stable in the backyard of his house in Redding, Connecticut....
8 Wonders of Imagination in Architecture
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” You might think a quotation like this is from an incredible artist...
A Magical Tree House Lights Up for Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwwVolkrLas “When I was 14 years old, I wrote myself a letter, which I still have,” says Jeri Wakefield. “It reads, ‘No matter what happens in my life, I pray that I can be the best grandmother possible. I...
Dream Spaces: Spa-Worthy Showers to Refresh the Senses
The term “shower stall” often conjures a utilitarian, single-person spot meant for one thing: getting clean. These fantastic showers are a different animal — in many of them, solid walls and opaque barriers have been largely banished to let in light...
Dream Spaces: A Secret Garden of Your Own
I’ve been hooked on the idea of a secret garden ever since reading the novel The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and seeing the 1993 film adaption starring Maggie Smith and John Lynch. Many of us, unfortunately, don’t own a...
Architecture: Incredible Scottish Homes on Houzz
What comes to mind when you think of Scotland? Sweeping landscapes, dramatic coastlines and wide-open skies are some of the things that have come to characterize our views of the country. A quick browse through Houzz shows some wonderful examples of bold,...
My Houzz: Winging It in a Scottish Castle
In 2000 Nicola Hallsworth moved from England to Scotland, where her husband, Fred, had bought a house in the suburbs of Glasgow. Being a country girl at heart, Nicola wasn’t keen on life in the suburbs and longed to move to the countryside. One morning...
Just a Few Things for the Dream-Home Wish List
Ever had the feeling that your life could be so much better, easier or more glamorous if only you had a specific feature in your home? It’s a common complaint. But when you can’t flick through design photos or peer over the neighbor’s fence without...
Design Workshop: The Case for Big Overhead Doors
I absolutely love the look and feel of colossal doors, the way they lift and slide out of the way with the slightest effort. But their cost can make...
9 Ways to Make Your Home Office Fabulous
There’s no rule that says your home office has to be a fun-free, functional space kitted out with a standard desk and run-of-the-mill swivel chair, and that’s your lot. In fact, how thoroughly rewarding would it be to head to work and step into a...
8 Dreamy Kids’ Bedroom Ceilings to Stir Imagination
As a child, I’d lie on my canopy bed searching for faces in the wood grain slats above me. As I grew older, I continued to focus my imagination upward, standing on tiptoe on a footstool to stick glow-in-the dark stars to my ceiling (the adhesive would...
7 Supermodel Homes and Why Creatives Rent Them
Although Cindi Osborn struggles to pin down exactly what makes a private home the perfect setting for photo shoots, she knows a winner when she sees one. “It has to have that elusive quality of ‘just rightness,’” she says. Osborn, a onetime...
Houzz Tour: Hugging the Rocky Cliffs in Big Sur
Winters in Chicago can be tough. According to the National Weather Service, this past winter was one of Chicago’s coldest, with the Windy City raking in the most days with temperatures at or below zero ever recorded. Brr. These chilly (OK,...
Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens
Crisp, clean white kitchens with gleaming marble counters and backsplashes are everywhere you look these days. It’s easy to see why: White makes a space look bigger and airier, and enhances other design elements. Wood floors look richer against white,...
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