Category: Eclectic Homes

Country Meets Coastal Close a California Beach

Country Meets Coastal Close a California Beach

After raising six kids, this California couple found themselves in an empty nest and promptly flocked to the shore. Their Cape Cod–style house a block from the beach was an opportunity to lighten up, enjoy relaxed nation coastal style and entice their older kids to see. They chose a house that a builder had constructed …

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Color Brings a Family-Friendly Show House to Life

Color Brings a Family-Friendly Show House to Life

Pittsburgh interior designer Alisha Gwen allowed her spirited character to glow in this series house in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Her mission was to highlight key characteristics of their home whilst opening prospective buyers’ minds into the use of colour. She stands with her belief that colour is for everyone; people just have to get the …

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Would You Live a Full Life at 220 Square Feet?

Would You Live a Full Life at 220 Square Feet?

Tiny homes pose a problem: How can you make a pocket-size space comfy and stylish? The issue has special relevance in San Francisco right now, as the Board of Supervisors gears up for a November 2012 vote on a proposal to permit the building of microunits as little as 220 square feet. Small-space living can …

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A Modern Melbourne Home Finds Its Soul

A Modern Melbourne Home Finds Its Soul

Interior designer Andrew Mitchell toes the fine line beween style restriction and generosity in this Brighton, Australia, home. Inspired by customers who wanted to inject their house with much more warmth and personality, the designer brought in materials and texture without layering in too much old with the new. “Achieving equilibrium between the slick, contemporary …

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A Rare Tiny-Home Specimen at Sweden

A Rare Tiny-Home Specimen at Sweden

Architect Torsten Ottesj√∂ is making a statement with this home: If you design a space well, it does not have to be large — or angular, for that matter. Employed as a weekend and summer house by a few who reside in an apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, the home has a working kitchen, an outdoor …

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Beach Cottage Chic in Rhode Island

Beach Cottage Chic in Rhode Island

When Kate Jackson’s customers called her, they had been desperately seeking a facelift for their guest cottage at the coastal village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The space is adjacent to the main house and utilized by their children and grandkids on the weekends and during summer holidays. Although Jackson kept mostly to the total …

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Color and Art Light Up a Texas Home

Color and Art Light Up a Texas Home

Not everyone who sees a very small carport envisions a contemporary dining room, but Billy Brown had a vision for his house from the very beginning. After Brown first saw his house 12 years ago, it had lots of cosmetic work. When he walked in the door, however he had been sold. A huge backyard, …

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Adhere to a Ranch House Renovation

Adhere to a Ranch House Renovation

Follow the progress of Mike and Leann Rowe of Lutz, Florida, as they purchase, renovate and move into a 1970s-era ranch Home in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Here and over the next few months, I’ll show how they:Found the right home Assembled a project teamEstablished a budgetDecided what to keep and what to jettisonHandled surprises …

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Landscapes Make a Privacy Statement

Landscapes Make a Privacy Statement

There are gardens with full-frontal vulnerability, and then there are gardens which look like fortresses. And neither extreme is gratifying for people who live, work and play . Inside her book Landscaping for Privacy (Timber Press, 2011), Seattle design and horticulture author Marty Wingate hits the great sweet spot, offering property owners a range of …

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