Designer Lookbook: Caitlin Murray's Minty Fresh Kitchen Revamp

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For HGTV’s hit television show “House Hunters,” California designer Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design was tapped to renovate the dated kitchen in a quaint 1940s bungalow, located in the Los Angeles valley. Last renovated in the ’80s, the drab kitchen featured yellow walls, faux-wood laminate flooring, and oak cabinetry. The space was also closed off from the neighboring dining … Read More

These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans

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Some trends come and go, and others are mainstays. But when it comes to flooring, classic styles with a refreshed twist become instant hits. Below are some of our favorite versatile flooring looks. Herringbone hardwood Looking to update your space but stay in line with classic elements? Look no further than herringbone hardwood. Photo from Zillow listing . This traditional … Read More

5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback

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Some home decor looks are just too good to let go. The boldly colored kitchen cabinets of the ’50s are taking on a sophisticated modern look . The late ’80s country kitchen look is enjoying new life – minus the gingham frills and bonneted goose motif – in today’s farmhouse chic trend, and mid-century design has taken over the home furnishing … Read More

Designer Lookbook: VW Fowlkes' Simple-Meets-Sensual D.C. Home

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In early 2011, VW Fowlkes, principal and founder of Fowlkes Studio in Washington, D.C., was struggling with a conundrum. His clients, a husband and wife in their mid-forties, didn’t see eye to eye on the new design for their two-story, three-bedroom home in the historic Cleveland Park neighborhood. The husband, who works in tech, “was a committed modernist who wanted … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Summer Thornton's Mediterranean Home Makeover

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Interior designer Summer Thornton turned a newly constructed Mediterranean-style house in sunny Naples, FL into a beautiful vacation home, featuring refined decor and a soothing color palette. “The homeowner wanted it to feel bright, casual, and elegant, so I steered the interior design toward more traditional furnishings and a light color palette with pops of color,” says Thornton of the … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Jackson Thomas Interiors' Classically Coastal Haven

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A dated home on the James River in Williamsburg, VA was in need of a face-lift and a coastal touch to echo its waterside setting. The home, located in Williamsburg’s beautiful Governor’s Land neighborhood, was gutted and updated with timeless materials. Wood floors were refinished in a darker stain, and the walls were painted in a creamy ivory. While the … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Deidre Oliver's Streamlined Master Bath

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Designer Deidre Oliver, with Niwot, CO firm Oliver Designs , transformed her neighbor’s ’90s master bath into a contemporary spa sanctuary with high-end plumbing and beautiful finishes. Oliver reconfigured the 432-square-foot bathroom’s layout to better utilize the center of the room, which had been empty, wasted space. The original layout consisted of an L-shaped vanity, above-mirror Hollywood lights, and quartz … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Rowland + Broughton's Aspen Barn Studio

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Colorado design firm Rowland + Broughton  embraced original architectural elements and added new contemporary finishes to update a beautiful three-story dwelling in Aspen. Located at the base of Red Mountain, the picturesque property consists of four parcels – two developed and two undeveloped. On an 8-acre parcels stands an 8,000-square-foot mountain home built in 1968 by Aspen’s first female architect, … Read More

Your New, Bigger Space: 5 Ways to Win at Upsizing Your Home

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As a new generation graduates from renting to homeownership, they face plenty of uncertainties: How much homeowners insurance is enough? Is a home warranty necessary? How do you fill a 4-bedroom home with the stuff that used to be in a 1-bedroom apartment? Transitioning from an apartment to a larger home is always tricky, but making that move – known … Read More