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Cats are always looking for something to do. That’s why we developed the Steampunk Cat Transit System (CTS) for a private residence in San Francisco. The homeowners spend a lot of time in their home office, which means their cat is always in...
Houzz Tour: Prairie Grain Bin Turned Bucolic Retirement Home
The prairie structures of Great Falls, Montana, have always captivated retired art teacher Kate Morris. Driving through the undulating, grassy landscape, she imagined someday turning one of the conical metal buildings made to store grain into a...
Houzz Tour: Meet the Schoolhouse Saved By ‘The Birds’
The frightening movie scene is familiar to people around the world: After a string of strange and increasingly violent bird attacks, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) goes to the local school to fetch Cathy (Veronica Cartwright), the young sister...
Pet-Friendly Design: Making Room for the Dog Dish
When I say there is nothing quite so unpleasant as stepping in a dog’s water dish, I speak from experience (no thanks, Augie). Like a good pet owner, I keep my pup’s water bowl filled with fresh water. It’s located in the kitchen, where I inevitably...
Homeowners Give the Pink Sink Some Love
In midcentury America many bathrooms were the colors of Jordan almonds. The basic fixtures — sink, tub, toilet — were pastel pink, light blue and minty green. The tile was often one of these Easter egg–like colors and accented with black borders....
9 Reasons to Buy a Painting
There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun (and affordable) — but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of one-of-a-kind art. If you’ve been sticking with framed prints, let these 10 reasons tempt you into your neighborhood...
Experience the Holidays at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio
Every holiday season the Oak Park, Illinois, home of Frank Lloyd Wright is decorated as it would have been in the early 20th century. Led by "junior...
Modern Party Etiquette for Hosts and Guests
Invitations, seating cards and cell phones, oh my! Navigating modern party etiquette can be tricky for both hosts and guests. These 10 do's and don'ts should help clear up everything from what to bring (try a book instead of flowers) to those pesky details...
What a Landscape Architect Wants You to Know About What They Do
Landscape architects do many things. We design parks, plazas, green roofs, gardens, public art, fountains … and the list goes on. It is a broad and flexible field with professionals working across many sectors. Yet there are many myths about what we...
How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home Is for Sale
Some folks think they have to stifle the spirit and eschew traditions entirely if their house is on the market in November and December. Not true. You can celebrate the season and still make your home attractive to potential buyers. Here’s how....
14 Bathroom Design Ideas Expected to Be Big in 2015
If you’ve been thinking about giving your bathroom an overhaul but aren’t sure how, one way to start is to look to the latest design trends for inspiration. We’ve made it our mission to find out what design ideas are expected to make a splash...
Houzz Call: Show Us Your Christmas Tree!
There are many different Christmas tree philosophies, and we want to hear yours. If you have decked the halls, we would like to see how.
The Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas of 2014
Kitchen storage is a favorite topic here on Houzz. We’re all familiar with the dilemma; we add more to our collection — new dishes, holiday serveware, specialty gadgets — and no matter how well we pack it in, more stuff means less available storage....
The Not Naturally Organized Parent's Guide to the Holidays
In family life so many things are mythologized and sentimentalized and too often we parents feel depressed — even ashamed — because the experiences we try to create for our kids don't measure up to our expectations. And...
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...
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