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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tKUavs9uN8 When we profiled designer Vina Lustado’s tiny house in a recent article, the response was swift. Hundreds of readers left comments,...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tKUavs9uN8 When we profiled designer Vina Lustado’s tiny house in a recent article, the response was swift. Hundreds of readers left comments,...
Houzz Tour: Life, Love and Purpose Down on the Farm
The story of how landscape designer Connie Cunningham became a farmer and then opened a bed and breakfast has more twists and turns than a bumpy country road — but the telling reveals how love of home breeds perseverance and passion. It begins...
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...
Wild Birds Transform a Woman’s Garden and Life
On September 27, 2013, at 4:50 p.m., what Sharon Sorenson saw outside of her kitchen window made her breathing stop and her hands shake. To most of us, it would look like a small gray bird with touches of yellow. To her it was a vision bordering on the...
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...
Geek Lab: How to Build a Steampunk Cat Transit System
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...
What Lies Beneath? A Tiki Bar Basement
This 105-year-old bungalow on a quiet street in southeast Portland, Oregon, has a secret. Upstairs it’s a neatly kept, renovated 1910 Craftsman. Downstairs, however, hides an explosion of midcentury pop culture in the form of a basement tiki bar. Think...
17 Ways to Work a Deck
A deck can beautifully bridge the gap between indoors and out, providing an inviting, comfortable space from which to enjoy your backyard. And far from being a basic rectangle at the back of the house, a deck can be customized to fit your house and lifestyle...
A Month-by-Month Guide to ‘Downton Abbey’ Withdrawal
I usually look forward to my weekends, but I couldn’t figure out why the thought of this coming Sunday was filling me with dread. Then it hit me — it was that terrible announcement at the end of the last Downton Abbey episode: “Downton...
10 Countertop Mashups for the Kitchen
Mixing materials for kitchen countertops has many benefits. For one, you can save money by using a less expensive material for your perimeter countertops while splurging on something more luxurious for an island top. Plus, mixing materials is a great...
A Laundry Room With Bunk Beds and a Shower for Muddy Dogs
Tom and Jamie Pumpelly’s four dogs like to get dirty. A lot. The couple and their dogs — two blonde Labs, a bichon and a rat terrier–Chihuahua mix — live on acreage along the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers in...
Get a Head Start on Planning Your Garden, Even if It’s Snowing
Winter gardening advice always includes going through gardening catalogs and deciding what plants you want to grow in the coming year. That’s a great start, but why not take it a step further? Winter is a good time to review what worked and what didn’t...
See Winning Modern Quilts on Display at QuiltCon 2015
Relationships with family and community. A ghostly face. A neon-green computer processing board. Geese in flight. These are some of the diverse themes and images seen on winning quilts on display through Sunday, February 22, at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin,...
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