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Houzz Tour: A Designer’s Own Coastal Cottage (20 photos)

Interior designer Tracy Schlegel and her husband, Mike, share a passion for sailing. One of the first things they purchased together after marrying was a sailboat, and they spent their weekends sailing on Chesapeake Bay. “The boat served as our second home on the weekends, but it gets so hot and humid...

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25 Ways to Pump Up Your Pool for Summer Fun (28 photos)

Summertime is swimming pool time. If you have a pool already, perhaps you’re looking to add some features that will turn it into even more of a backyard destination than it currently is. If you’re thinking of adding a new pool, you’ll want to explore the options that can give you the pool of your dreams....

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How to Keep Bugs Away While You Enjoy the Outdoors (10 photos)

Along with sunny days and warm evenings, the summer season invariably brings mosquitoes and other less-than-welcome visitors to gardens. If mosquitoes and other insects are an issue where you live, take a look at the following nine ideas to help prevent them from becoming too much of a bother —...

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The 10 Most Popular Patios and Decks of Spring 2022 (10 photos)

This Trending Now story features the most-saved patio and deck photos uploaded to Houzz between March 15 and June 15, 2022.
With summer in full swing, many homeowners are looking for ways to cook, eat and entertain in their outdoor spaces. Maybe a grilling station is in order. Or how about...

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7 Essential Features of a Well-Designed Kitchen (7 photos)

When you’re planning a new kitchen, the layout is, of course, key to making the space work efficiently. But there are other things to think about. Take a look at this checklist to ensure that you tick off seven essential elements of a well-designed space.

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Scandinavian Modern Classics at Denmark’s 3 Days of Design (19 photos)

Inspiring ideas in lifestyle, lighting, furniture and interior design took over the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 3 Days of Design festival. That this year, due to the pandemic, the annual design event took place from June 15 to 17, 2022, and not in September as usual in no way dampened interest...

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New This Week: 5 Stylish Bedrooms With Built-In Bunk Beds (5 photos)

If your last experience with bunk beds was in a college dorm or summer camp, you’ll be amazed by these built-in designs recently uploaded to Houzz. Spacious enough to sleep kids or adults, the bunks look great, use space efficiently and feature thoughtful extras like reading sconces and integrated shelving....

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To-Dos: Your July Home Checklist (12 photos)

Fireworks, swimming and clambakes. With summer in full swing, the month of July can seem to zip by. Make the most of your month with these to-dos.

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Kitchen of the Week: Modern Farmhouse Style With Green Cabinets (10 photos)

When Mitch and Anna Rihtarshich built their new modern-farmhouse-style home with white board-and-batten siding, black trim and a metal roof in Milford, Michigan, they had visions of an open, stylish kitchen at the center of everything. Anna researched and found appliances and furnishings, then turned...

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10 Ways to Create a Secret Garden (13 photos)

No matter where your plot of land is — in the heart of a bustling city or down a quiet lane — there’s an opportunity to make your yard feel like a secret, secluded space. The best secret gardens not only feel private, but they also have a certain magic about them, evoking the sense of being removed from...

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How to Organize Your Bathroom on Nearly Any Budget (12 photos)

Bathrooms pack in a lot of activity — often in limited square footage. Prioritizing the locations of your most-used items and infusing the space with your style preferences will help create an enjoyable, efficient haven. Whether you’re looking to improve your space with a few basic enhancements...

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12 Backyard Games to Play All Summer Long (13 photos)

The sun is shining, you’ve got hours of free time stretching out before you, and the backyard is beckoning. From supersize Scrabble to yard Yahtzee and disc golf, make the most of your summer weekends (or staycation)...

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in an Emergency (14 photos)

Whether for a wildfire, flood or other disaster, pets are a top priority when it comes to evacuating. But if you’re not prepared, it can make a difficult situation much harder. In an ideal world, our pets would be forever by our side. But for situations where this isn’t possible or safe, or when you...

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How to Choose the Best Sink Type for Your Kitchen (9 photos)

Once you’ve decided on the material for your next kitchen sink, you’ll want to decide what kind of installation to do. There are four basic types of sink mounting, and each has pros and...

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Step Inside a Contemporary Home Layered With Color and Texture (9 photos)

These homeowners work in sales for a medical device company and travel a lot. “So when they’re home they want a quiet, comfortable and zen-feeling space,” says designer Trevor Fulmer, who was...

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Bathroom of the Week: Dramatic Black Walls and Art Deco Style (10 photos)

A hallmark of Art Deco style is its glamorous craftsmanship and use of natural materials. So when this empty-nest couple purchased a one-bedroom condo in a 1919 Art Deco-style building in downtown Salt Lake City, they knew they needed to up the design of the generic interior spaces. That included the...

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10 Ways to Refresh Your Outdoor Dining Area for Summer (10 photos)

An outdoor dining area can function as an extension of the home, providing additional space for hosting family and friends. The popularity of al fresco entertaining has soared recently as more people take advantage of outdoor living areas. You can make your outdoor dining experience even better with...

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Your Guide to 12 Popular Decorating Styles (12 photos)

Whether you’re shopping for furnishings or sharing your ideas with a designer, knowing which style resonates with you can be a big help. Read on for the need-to-know details about 12 popular styles, including hallmarks of each look,...

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Chaos-Free Zone: How to Keep the Fridge Organized (8 photos)

Whether you’re in a rush to get a lunch made or dinner on the table, an overstuffed fridge can really slow you down. A well-organized fridge, on the other hand, can help food stay fresh longer, reduce waste and make meal prep come together with less effort. Here are some simple strategies...

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Before and After: 3 Kitchen Remodels With Stylish Breakfast Nooks (9 photos)

Although breakfast nooks have their detractors, when it comes to fitting more people into a small dining space and adding extra storage, they can be a great solution. The designers of these three remodeled kitchens added breakfast nooks for a variety of reasons and it’s hard to argue with the results....

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How to Create a Calm and Relaxing Bedroom (11 photos)

There are endless ways to decorate a bedroom, but the room should above all encourage relaxation and sleep. A good night’s sleep is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. In working with my clients over the years and listening to their feedback, I’ve found that following these 10 tips is...

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Attract Hummingbirds and Bees With These Beautiful Summer Flowers (16 photos)

Including nectar- and pollen-rich native flowers in the summer garden provides essential pollinators, including bees, hummingbirds and some butterflies and birds, with valuable food sources they need to survive. The following summer-blooming native plants hail from coast to coast. Consider adding one...

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Patio of the Week: Stylish Rooftop Retreat Brimming With Color (7 photos)

This homeowner reached out to Paulina Cervantes and Andrea Fripp of Dual Concept Design in Chicago early during the pandemic to transform her blank-slate pied-à-terre into an elegant, vibrant retreat. She had recently purchased the condo in the Lincoln Square neighborhood to...

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7 Chores You May Be Doing Wrong (7 photos)

Keeping our homes clean is no easy feat. It can be tedious, repetitive and downright bothersome. However, it’s a necessary task for most of us. So, for the sake of getting the most value out of your cleaning time, here are some basic mistakes that even the cleanest person makes — and how to avoid...

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New This Week: 7 Beautiful Bathrooms With a Low-Curb Shower (7 photos)

A low-curb shower entrance is a popular detail for creating a minimal barrier that maintains a light and airy look. And there are many ways to treat this low-profile shower feature. Covering a curb in the same material as the vanity countertop helps create a cohesive look, while matching the color of...

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Tour an Australian Home With a Gorgeous Blue-and-White Kitchen (10 photos)

At first glance, this couple’s kitchen looked fine. White cabinets and white subway tile gave it a light and bright appearance. And it had a large island. “Upon closer inspection, I could see that all the insides of the cupboards were falling apart,” says designer Danielle...

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14 Beautiful Native Plants for Shade Gardens (15 photos)

If you’re looking for planting inspiration for a shaded area of your garden, look no farther than the natural woodlands of your region. There, native plants such as lush ferns, delicate foamflower and wild strawberries thrive under tree canopies and in shaded canyons. If you choose to plant native perennials...

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Kitchen of the Week: Classic Style With Clever Storage (17 photos)

Beautiful lake and mountain views and a spacious porch sold Mike and Olivia Sprague on their St. Albans, Vermont, home. But the kitchen was another story. Everything sat crammed into a 79-square-foot G-shaped layout with limited countertop space and elbow room. Aging cabinets, appliances and finishes...

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Key Measurements for a Dream Bedroom (15 photos)

We spend more time in bedrooms than in any other room in the house. Even though we are sleeping most of that time, we end and begin our days there. An organized and well-considered space can improve your mood when you need to get to sleep, and get your day off to a good start when you wake.
Planning...

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Houzz Tour: Pattern and Color for a Refined Second Home (20 photos)

After downsizing from their main residence in Austin, Texas, to a smaller townhouse nearby, this couple began looking for a second home in Portland, Oregon, to be closer to their daughter. They fell in love with a 1950s home with great bones and a lush wooded lot. To bring the house up to date, they...

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Mar. 29, 2022

Italian Mesh

Italian Mesh adds modern texture & color to your designs. Italian Mesh, a finely woven metal textile, is easy to install on cabinet doors & panels, wall accents, furniture, and more. It is available as 59” x 36” sheets (shipped as rolls). We offer cut-to-size panels based on your project’s specifications for easy on-site installation. 

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Mar. 29, 2022

Rattan

Open Weave Rattan is available as sheets (shipped in rolls) or cut, soaked and stretched to your exact specifications resulting in a beautiful, airy insert for all of your furniture and cabinet applications. Choose from natural or bleached in 2 styles. Rattan will stretch over time if subjected to pressure so it is best to […]

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Jan. 13, 2022

How do YOU Tambour?

No wood component is more versatile than the tambour panel. Equally at home on walls, furniture, cabinetry or as appliance skins, tambour brings the outside in and provides texture, warmth and eco-friendly design to the home. Designs of Distinction by Brown Wood is proud to introduce 12 American Made Tambour profiles to their Kitchen, Bath […]

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Jan. 12, 2022

Mixed Material Legs

Is it wood with a metal accent, or metal with a wood accent? No matter what you call it, everyone wants it. At Designs of Distinction, both our Furniture Findings and Kitchen and Bath catalogs feature all the metal and wood accents you need. From our pretty 6” Tip Toed feet, to our 5” Island […]

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Jan. 12, 2022

Furniture Components

Furniture Findings by Designs of Distinction is featuring American Made Walnut, Ash and Maple furniture parts for the both large and small furniture makers. Metal accents including hand-woven grille, ferrules and sleeves in metallic finishes and stainless steel, as well as wrought iron table bases are just some of the stock parts available to furniture […]

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Jan. 12, 2022

New Columns

Designs of Distinctions Column Collection adds two new styles and increases the functionality of the most popular island support post. New to the line are the 6” Arts & Crafts Column and Pilaster and the 3.5” Wright Column and Wright Column with Detachable Foot. Our Arts & Crafts Column is a stately design that works […]

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Jan. 12, 2022

New Slimline Collection

Introducing Designs of Distinctions new Slimline Collection of low-profile accents for kitchen, bath and furniture. Understated, Contemporary, Clean. These are all attributes of today’s kitchen design, but that doesn’t mean decorative embellishment have disappeared entirely. It just means they are more subtle, elegant and designed to blend. Designs that scream “LOOK AT ME” are gone, […]

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Jan. 12, 2022

Toe Kick Feet

Make all your cabinetry have the look and feel of furniture by incorporating one of our 5 specially designed Toe Kick Bun Feet. These feet are sized to tuck perfectly into the toe kick area without having to slab the back of a regular foot. Less hassle, easier installation and better design. Four of our […]

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Jan. 12, 2022

Metal Accents

Add a touch of metallic to all your designs with our new line of Cabinet Accent Trim. Featuring slim profile, easy to install accent strips in multiple sizes. Available in 5 satin anodized finishes with pre-installed VHB tape for easy installation. Stock colors include: Satin Brass, Flat Black, Brushed Aluminum, Chrome and Warm Bronze. Looking […]

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Jan. 12, 2022

Il Pannello

The Panel. A simple form with extraordinary versatility. Creatively arrange your wines, knives, shelves and tech in an ever-changing format. The beauty of natural walnut and white oak are combined with subtle metallic finishes to create a unique, one of a kind storage and display system. With our Il Pannello system you can mix and […]

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