' My Novels!' — Pain-Free Ways

Years back I was chatting with an acquaintance, and she called a weekly meeting she attended with no naming it. I asked her what it was. “Overreaders Anonymous,” she said. I froze. I had no idea there was such a 12-step set, but when anybody had been an overreader, I knew I had been. And…

Color and Pattern Play in a Georgetown Townhouse

A home’s narrative evolves as people residing inside grow and change — just ask inside designer Liz Levin, who immediately discovered that the accession of children radically altered the character and functionality of her home at Washington, D.C.”A married couple’s home looks and feels really different from one punctuated by the presence of young kids,”…

Reinvented Ranch in California

Although Michelle and Brad Perozzi adored this house when they first saw it, they initially envisioned residing in a space with more of a coastal vibe. But after looking at other homes for more than a year, they came full circle, prepared to make the spacious structure their own. Working with Wendy Blackband of Blackband…

10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Larger

I’d be prepared to wager that if you consider your dream kitchen, it does not include the word “little” Yet that is the reality that many of us live with: lean counter space, a cramped work triangle and precious little space for the appliances. If you’re not ready — or willing — to knock a…

Architect's Toolbox: Rain Screens Up House Health

Better materials and practices, such as tighter envelopes, have created our homes easier to cool and heat and far more efficient. Gone are the times of drafty windows and doors, sky-high energy invoices and embarrassing rooms. However, naturally, there is a side effect to owning a home that does not leak electricity out of every…

Wood Range Hoods Naturally Fit Kitchen Design

I am a fan of function and form. As a designer form is sought out by me, and on function I thrive as an on-the-go adult. With that being said, wooden range hoods are right up my street. Functionallythey draw smoke, grease, odors and moisture out of the kitchen atmosphere; formwise, they look spectacular whilst…

On Trend: Wireless Lounging

Are you reading this by the desk in your home office? Or are you more likely to surf the Web from a perch? As the use of Wi-Fi devices has skyrocketed, our probability of booting up the desktop pc to surf the Web has just as quickly declined. The brand new mobile lifestyle isn’t just…

Guest Picks: Fun at the Thanksgiving Kids' Table

This Thanksgiving, turn your kids’ table into the spot where everyone wants to hang out. Here’s a roundup of place settings, table and treats activities that will make your little guests glad they are not stuck with the grown-ups. — Elaina from Fun Finds for Mother Pottery Barn Kids Mini Burlap Goodie Bag – $7…

Rejuvenated Ranch

Tom Marrinson and Allison Beach purchased their 1973 split-level ranch home In 2000 — more for the land than the house. “The house was strong, but we purchased it for the land. The property is beautiful,” Marrinson states. “It even has a waterfall onto it” They lived there for over 10 years before exploring important…

Guest Groups: Elephants On Parade

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I love elephants — my blog header even has two just two of them with parasols. Elephants include your home and eastern exoticism, Hollywood Regency glamour and chinoiserie whimsy. There are choices here for every budget and taste, including some wallet-friendly DIY ideas. — Beth from Chinoiserie Chic…