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Eclectic 84 Stories

With all of the utilitarian appliances and functional cabinetry to consider, it can be easy to overlook the kitchen as a place to be playful, colorful, quirky and bold. But the kitchen should showcase your personality and work with the rest of the house. Whether you live in a period home or a character-filled cottage —...
My Houzz: Walls and Shelves Are This Collector's Colorful Canvas
Every room in Deanne Delbridge’s one-bedroom apartment features a different primary color that reflects the room’s distinct personality. “The living room illustrates my anthropological side,” she says....
So Your Style Is: Curiosity-Cabinet Chic
Curiosity-cabinet chic is somewhat mysterious, sometimes melancholy and subtly reminiscent of the Victorian fascination with the natural wonders of the world. In a nod to old European curiosity cabinets, rooms are rich in uncommon treasures mixed...
Saving Facades: Modern Gems Merge Old and New
Modern architecture is the misunderstood, trouble-making child of the built world. I discovered just how much trouble modern architecture makes for people after writing this...
Reinvent It: A Houzzer Turns Thrifted Pieces Into a Swinging Daybed
When Cathy Zaeske was planning the screened porch of her dreams, a swinging daybed was a big part of it. "The inspiration for the swing came from the goal of the porch —...
My Houzz: Eclectic Coziness in a Dallas Studio
Life partners Joseph Rogers and Felix Lopez have lived in their tidy and well-appointed Dallas studio for four years. While short on space, their home is a vibrant expression of their relationship. However, it hasn't always been that way. The two admit...
Try a Copper Sink for a Warm Glow in the Kitchen
For a fast, easy and dramatic makeover, consider replacing your kitchen sink for a copper one. Hand formed, a copper sink will add character with its color, shape and ever-changing patina. It's known for its sanitary benefits (bacteria can survive on...
Studio Tour: Creekside Appeal for an Artists' Workspace
Before starting construction of their house, this husband-and-wife artist team decided they wanted a studio first. Mark and Kelli McDowell both needed space to work — he, on...
8 New Takes on Time-Honored Textiles
When we sit down to craft, we engage in the same kind of process as when we design our interiors. We consider form, we're intimately connected to our materials and we do it because it grounds us in our sense of place. Crafting has always been...
6 Ways to Put Some Wonder on Your Walls
Sarah Bagner loves a good story, and she thinks our walls make the perfect storytelling platform. In her new book, Wonder Walls (October 2012), the stylist,...
My Houzz: Community Matters for a Canadian Café and Home
Wanting to make a change from working as a set designer in the film industry, Janaki Larsen and her family purchased a corner building nestled in a quiet residential area of East Vancouver. After two years of patient work, the family, including sister...
Holy Creativity, Batman!: Comic Strip Decor for Real Life
I have known people who are Sunday comics fanatics. Not a Sunday goes by for these folks without the morning ritual of coffee, comic strips and crossword puzzles. It's a routine that many people have enjoyed for years. It's no surprise that...
My Houzz: A Hilltop Family Home in Santa Cruz
Inspired by memories of childhood homes, Enid and Jim Brock built their house from scratch on a carefully chosen plot with an ocean view in Santa Cruz, California. "I wanted every room to be cozy, with a sunny corner where you could sit with a book, or...
My Houzz: Unpretentious Update for Sydney Beach House
Donna and Chris Allen's home in a beachside pocket of Sydney is a lesson in compromise. "We had architect-designed plans approved to knock down the existing house and rebuild a new, ecofriendly home from scratch, but the economy put our plans on the back...
My Houzz: An Oregon Cottage With 21 Flavors of Color
Eric and Mimi Kauffman's 1912 cottage in Oregon is a bold reflection of their zest for life, cuisine and comfort. Bright colors and a verdant garden invite those strolling by to linger and enjoy the wonderful aroma from the kitchen window. The...
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