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See an Eco-Friendly Backyard Cottage in 700 Square Feet (13 photos)

Anna and Donovan Watt had planned to build a studio rental apartment over a new garage in the backyard of their recently purchased four-bedroom home outside Seattle. But after they met with green builder Sean Conta, their vision changed. Conta showed the Watts that they could build a 700-square-foot,...

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Bathroom of the Week: A Bright, Versatile Contemporary Design (6 photos)

Because this Dallas ranch house was an investment property, interior designer Jessica Koltun created a versatile design to appeal to as many people as possible. She designed the hall bathroom to suit two kids in a range of ages, keeping it classic with a neutral color scheme, playful with geometric shower...

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When Is the Right Time to Prune Your Hydrangeas? (10 photos)

Compared with the pruning guidelines for many shrubs and trees, hydrangeas’ pruning needs are pretty minimal. Most need very little actual pruning. They’re fine with just enough of a trim to shape the plant, get rid of dead branches and encourage future blooms.
When it’s the right time to prune...

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Where to Put the Dishwasher in Your Kitchen (11 photos)

Although every kitchen layout is different, there are reliable guidelines to help you plan where to place everything. And when it comes to appliances, the placement of the dishwasher is key. Ideally, it should be located somewhere that makes loading and unloading quick and easy. But it also pays to ensure...

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Mediterranean-Style Kitchen Gets a Bold Makeover (8 photos)

Wanting a kitchen with more color and a contemporary vibe, these Del Mar, California, homeowners reached out to designer Susan Wintersteen to create a space that minimized the kitchen’s Mediterranean-inspired roots without losing its connection to the rest of the house. The result is a remodeled kitchen...

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Powder Room Patterns: 10 Stylish Shiplap Looks (10 photos)

Shiplap is a popular material that provides a classic, timeless look. While white painted boards installed horizontally are most commonly seen, most of these stylish powder rooms show that shiplap can be featured in other ways too. Check out these 10 powder rooms that rock shiplap and let us know which...

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3 Enticing Side Yards That Encourage Outdoor Lingering (9 photos)

The side yard often gets overlooked in landscape design, and for good reason. It can be a narrow, shady and inhospitable space. But the side yard sometimes can be made into a jewel box, an intimate outdoor retreat.
In the following three side yard designs we’ll see how designers created a lush...

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10 Times to Hire a Closet Designer (10 photos)

Wondering if it’s time to hire a closet designer? Organizing professionals are experts at making the most of the space you have. Some closet designers specialize in customizing and installing wardrobe systems, while others offer space-planning services, custom cabinetry, built-ins and more. Here are...

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9 Ways to Bring Pantone’s Classic Blue Outside (12 photos)

Let the serene hue of Classic Blue, the Pantone Color Institute’s 2020 Color of the Year, bring a sense of calm to your outdoor space this year. The deep blue tone — drawn from the sky just before nightfall — feels classic, dependable and seasonless, which bodes well when investing in outdoor furnishing...

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No Entryway? Create the Illusion of One (13 photos)

Many of us have a front door that opens unceremoniously and without any apology directly into the living area. While this certainly saves on square footage, it does not give us much opportunity for a proper entry. So how can you create entry ambience?

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Standard Fixture Dimensions and Measurements for a Master Bath (10 photos)

Spacious master bathrooms have become one of the most considered spaces in home design. These often luxurious settings provide a refuge from hectic schedules and a place for pampering. In these spaces we can be assured privacy in an increasingly public world and stamp our unique identities in their finishes....

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Patio of the Week: Stylish Urban Yard Rises From a Parking Spot (11 photos)

The owner of this backyard works full time and wanted something fairly low-maintenance but pretty. “She’s keen on entertaining and likes to sit in the garden in the evening with a glass of wine,” landscape designer Tom Howard says.

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How to Keep Your Renovation Budget on Track (7 photos)

In my profession, I’ve seen many people fail in their renovations simply because they ran out of time and money. It’s heartbreaking — and so easy to avoid. Most people don’t realize that the majority of their success relies on their ability to plan well at the start. Here are my top tips...

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6 Elements of an Effective Kitchen Office (16 photos)

With kitchens being the hub of the home today, they often need a spot for keeping the household organized. Ideally, a mini office includes a desk for sorting mail, charging devices, stashing cookbooks, planning menus, keeping track of schedules and paying bills. Here are six key features of a successful...

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New This Week: 4 Not-White Kitchens With Character (4 photos)

White is the top color choice for kitchen cabinets among people renovating a kitchen, according to the latest Houzz research. But anecdotally, and in new kitchen photos being...

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Kitchen of the Week: Industrial Charm in a New Craftsman (7 photos)

This couple bought a starter home on a plot of land they loved in Houston, planning to eventually build a forever home there as their family grew — perhaps in five to 10 years. But Mother Nature had different plans. Located near a bayou, the house flooded beyond repair during Hurricane Harvey in 2017...

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The Right Height for Your Bathroom Sinks, Mirrors and More (11 photos)

A bathroom layout is mostly a pretty easy decision. If the plumbing is already in place and you’re using standard-size pieces, like a typical 60-inch bathtub, there aren’t a whole lot of options for rearranging that floor plan. However, when bringing your dream design into the real world, you have to...

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An Inviting Contemporary Home With a Focus on Art (20 photos)

These Silicon Valley homeowners knew their new home had great bones, but it had a lot of dark, heavy-looking materials and odd fixtures that didn’t suit their style or lifestyle. “Overall the house felt dark, cold and sterile,” designer Pamela Lin-Tam says. “They wanted...

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What Kind of Roses Should You Grow? (27 photos)

Our love affair with roses often begins as young children, when we discover their lovely fragrance and how the gift of a single rose brings joy to the receiver. Watching the tightly wrapped petals of a rosebud slowly unfurl is always a pleasure to behold. Roses are unrivaled in the beauty that they...

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7 New Orleans Homes to Get You in the Mardi Gras Spirit (14 photos)

You might not be able to take in all the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street this Mardi Gras, but you can take in design inspiration from some of our favorite New Orleans homes featured on Houzz. Whether it’s a vibrant Victorian that exudes color and charm or a remodeled condo in a former Creole mansion...

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2019 Was a Strong Year for Remodeling and Design Firms (13 photos)

Business was good for the residential remodeling and design industries last year, with revenues up for the majority of firms, new research from Houzz reveals. More than half of companies across the sectors Houzz tracks — including architects, general contractors and landscape firms — report that revenue...

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Powder Room Patterns: 10 Animal-Theme Looks to Love (10 photos)

Monkeys, zebras and fish, oh my! Powder rooms are great spaces for bold and whimsical wallpaper, so if you’re an animal lover, this might be the perfect spot for sharing that love. Check out the following 10 animal-theme powder rooms and let us know which one walks on the wild side for you.

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Remodeling and Design Pros Expect a Strong Business Year in 2020 (13 photos)

Companies across the remodeling and design industries are anticipating positive business growth in 2020, despite headwinds in the form of rising costs for labor and materials, according to the latest research from Houzz.
Read on for more details from the 2020 U.S. Houzz...

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10 Minimalist Choices That Will Bring Calm to Your Bathroom (11 photos)

Whether you have a “less is more” or “more is more” philosophy toward decor, the bathroom is a good spot to borrow from a minimalist’s bag of tricks. These include the simple lines, monochromatic schemes and lack of visual clutter conducive to a clean, calm atmosphere — perfect for a long soak, relaxing...

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10 Times to Hire a Landscape Contractor (11 photos)

Wondering if it’s time to hire a landscape contractor? These pros are experts at managing all aspects of an outdoor project, including hiring subcontractors and overseeing work, keeping the work site safe and applying for building permits. If you have plans from a landscape architect or designer and...

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Hand-Painted Tile Inspires a Long-Awaited Kitchen Remodel (11 photos)

“Hey, Mom, check out this tile!” A few years ago, I sent my mother this note with a photo from a Kitchen of the Week story I was writing. Featured in the photo was a beautiful hand-painted...

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Bathroom of the Week: Warm and Contemporary in 50 Square Feet (8 photos)

Designing a 50-square-foot bathroom for two sisters is no easy task. Finding room to hang multiple towels, providing ample storage for their personal items and making the space feel bigger were among the biggest challenges for interior designer and residential architectural designer Wendy Wilson. She...

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What Kitchen Countertop Color Should You Choose? (36 photos)

These days there are countless materials available for kitchen countertops. But instead of giving you the pros and cons of each material, I’m going to break down six popular color styles so you can achieve the look you want with the material that suits your needs.

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Architects’ Tips to Help You Plan Perfect Storage (13 photos)

When you’re planning a project for your home, it’s a good idea to think about storage right from the start. We asked three architects to give us their top tips for ensuring that a redesign includes plenty of places to store your belongings.
Professional advice from: Angus Eitel of fiftypointeight...

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Mar. 25, 2019

Small Spaces: Unique Uses of Wood Brackets

When you live in a small urban apartment, like me, often times the apartment does not come with much overhead lighting, and if it does come with overhead lighting, it’s overbearing fluorescent light from the 70’s that provides no ambience or hygge.

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Jul. 4, 2018

New Cut-to-Size Decorative Grille Program!

Take advantage of Designs of Distinction’s cut-to-size decorative grille program! No minimums and quick-ship! Our beautiful steel grilles are hand woven in 8 styles and available in 6 finishes. Builders, designers and manufacturers can now specify the exact opening size of their door panels and receive the pre-cut panels, ready to install

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May. 23, 2019

AWFS 2019 – July 17th-20th – Booth #4872

Come see our new products at AWFS 2019! We will be at booth #4872. Schedule a meeting with us to get a walk-through of our booth and receive a Starbucks gift card at the meeting. More information on AWFS can be seen here. 

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May. 4, 2019

ICFF May 19-22nd, 2019 : Booth 385

Visit us at ICFF in New York May 19-22nd. We are excited to be showing our new cut-to-size decorative wire grilles program, brass bistro shelving and a new line of acrylic, chrome and wood furniture feet.

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  • Add luxury to your kitchen with hand-woven decorative grille and fine wire mesh! Our Grille and Mesh are now available in COPPER! 🤩 Pictured here is our wrought iron fine wire mesh with copper CG10 decorative grille on top. I love the two-tone look 😍 .
🤔 Which would you choose? A one-tone or two-tone look?
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Want more information? Our cut-to-size decorative grille and fine wire mesh are available on our website! 🙌
  • Day one of KBIS and IBS in the books! What a fantastic day!! We loved presenting our brand new booth and launching so many new products. Thanks to everyone who came by to “shop our booth!” 🤗 Two more days left! Join us at booth SL767 - right by the escalator. See ya tomorrow!!
  • Cut-to-Size Decorative Grille!! 🤩  Builders, designers, and manufacturers can now specify the exact opening size of their door panels and receive the pre-cut panels, ready to install. These beautiful steel grilles are hand-woven in 8 styles, and electroplated in a variety of stock and custom finishes including satin brass, antique pewter and a contemporary, stainless steel look. 
See more on our website: www.brownwoodinc.com/dod
  • Merry Christmas 🎁