Designer Lookbook: Elena Frampton's Sleek Pied-à-Terre

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Manhattan interior designer Elena Frampton prides herself on striking a balance, be it with color, texture, or the eccentric design details she likes to refer to as “moments.” For a Westchester County couple who purchased a pied-à-terre in the tony enclave of Sutton Place, Frampton’s mission was to “create a sense of spaciousness” from the kitchen that extends to the … Read More

8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017

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Just like home interiors, landscape design evolves with our lifestyles and the times. Here’s a look at eight trends that will be shaping your lawn, garden, and outdoor spaces this year. Estate style scales down Who says you need to have rolling acres to deck out your landscape with soaring hedges and climbing vines? Compact and dwarf versions of popular estate-style plants … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Visible Proof's Chic Richmond Renovation

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A couple with two young kids tapped Richmond, VA interior designer and architect Kristi Lane of Visible Proof to transform their small, segmented kitchen, breakfast nook, and dining room into functional and flowing spaces for their daily family gatherings. “The part of the home they were spending most of their time in needed renovating,” says Lane. “They had the space and … Read More

U.S. Homeowners Spend $15,000 in Hidden Costs to Sell a House

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Selling a home not only takes time, but also costs money. To help with budgeting, Zillow and Thumbtack identified several common – but often overlooked – seller expenses. From closing costs to home prep projects like carpet cleaning, U.S. homeowners can expect to spend more than $15,000 on these extra or hidden costs to sell the median home, according to Zillow … Read More

Before & After: A Lighter, Brighter Southwestern Home

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Territorial architecture and the Southwest go together like deserts and sunsets. But for one partially retired couple in Phantom Hills, AZ, the syle of their mountainside home felt more dated than charming. The couple enlisted Ernesto Garcia , an award-winning interior designer based in Phoenix, to update the kitchen and bathroom, which hadn’t been touched since the mid- to late 1970s. Here’s … Read More

Is Your Home Trying to Kill You?

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Home is where you feel comfortable and safe. It’s where you tuck your kids into bed and lazily watch hours of Netflix on the couch. Without your care and vigilance, however, your home may develop conditions that can make you severely ill – or even kill you. Here are five ways your home can potentially harm you, and expert advice … Read More

Design Trend: Shiplap All Over the House

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Shiplap may be overtaking subway tile as the wall accent everyone’s talking about. There’s just something about those clean, orderly boards that makes people swoon. Many credit Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” with popularizing the look, which they use to cover a variety of wall woes. Since installing a shiplap accent wall is a DIY project you can … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Janie Molster's Colorful Guest Quarters

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Interior designer Janie Molster astutely mixes color and pattern to create sophisticated and vivacious spaces. She recently transformed the third floor of a stately residence – located along Monument Avenue in the historic Fan district of Richmond, VA  – into a chic and colorful guest suite. Molster breathed new life into the upper floor by outfitting it with two bedrooms, a … Read More

Color Quiz: Test Your Design Instincts

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Editor’s note: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home – sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can’t paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an … Read More

Which 10 U.S. Metros Have the Most Empty Nesters?

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Pittsburgh is strong as steel when it comes to empty nest households, according to new Zillow research. Steel City holds the top spot in a new survey of markets where older homeowners live in a house with no children. The number of empty nests nationwide is higher than ever before , having climbed steadily in the past decade, says Aaron … Read More