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How to Pare Down and Pack Up Before Installing New Flooring (9 photos)

Upgrading your home with new flooring will make your space considerably more comfortable, appealing and up to date. However, installing new floors in a furnished home can be complicated, since furniture, decor and other items must be removed before the project begins.
Before...

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10 Keys to a Well-Functioning House (10 photos)

The design of a house can have a profound effect on how we feel, but we often attribute this to aesthetics. In fact, it’s about so much more. Good design should enhance our experience of a space, and the way a room looks is almost the icing on the cake. Here are 10 key tips for achieving...

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How to Grow Orchids Indoors (9 photos)

Orchids are a lot easier to grow than many people realize. Most of the more commonly available ones thrive in the same indoor conditions that people thrive in, with moderate temperatures and humidity and bright sunlight but not direct heat. If you’re comfortable indoors, your orchid probably will be...

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Denver Basement Adds Family-Friendly Living Space (9 photos)

It’s hard to believe that not long ago, this basement was a creepy crawl space with a dirt floor and ceilings that ranged from 3 to 6 feet high. Interior designer Erin Levendusky and Darlington Renovation had to dig down a few feet to create a livable space beneath the historic 1904 Denver farmhouse....

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Get a Head Start on Planning Your Garden Even if It’s Snowing (11 photos)

Winter gardening advice always includes going through gardening catalogs and deciding what plants you want to grow in the coming year. That’s a great start, but why not take it a step further? Winter is a good time to review what worked and what didn’t in your garden during the previous year, whether...

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Yard of the Week: Graceful Curves Connect Inviting Outdoor Rooms (10 photos)

Turning a long, thin yard into an inviting, usable space is a design challenge many homeowners face. For this deep, narrow London backyard, designer Kate Eyre devised a curvilinear design that moves the eye from left to right to make the space feel wider — with features that tempt you to explore its...

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How to Embrace Clutter Without Creating Chaos (6 photos)

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve begun to look at our homes differently. They’ve become a place to linger for longer, rather than just at the start and end of the day, and we’ve come to see them as a restorative space.
As a result, many of us want to inject more of our personality into...

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New This Week: 5 Ideas for Kitchen Island Seating (5 photos)

An island with seating can create a welcoming social hub in a kitchen. And there are many ways to design an island that encourages interaction among family members and guests. Here, five design and remodeling professionals share details about how they created islands that promote interaction with seating....

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7 Ways to Stop Tidying Up for a Healthier Garden (7 photos)

It’s true. Gardeners can be obsessively tidy — and proud of it. But, as research on wildlife habitat, biological pest control and soil fertility shows, a certain amount of untidiness is actually beneficial to garden health.
When winter’s chill zaps your garden, by all means remove the wilted...

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Kitchen of the Week: Cooking Is Front and Center in This House (14 photos)

This Washington, D.C., couple purchased a three-story 1880s row house in the Dupont Circle neighborhood for their growing family. However, earlier renovations had stripped the home of its historic details. Fortunately, the homeowners had minimalist modern tastes anyway. Architects Elizabeth Emerson...

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Pro Tips for Lighting 10 Rooms and Outdoor Areas (10 photos)

No one lighting scheme will work for every room or area of your home. The lighting requirements for your kitchen, where you cook and prep food, is different than those for a bedroom, where you relax and sleep. Professional lighting designer David...

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Before and After: 3 Family-Friendly Bathroom Refreshes (9 photos)

The family bathroom might be the hardest-working room in the house, especially when considered on a function-per-square-foot basis. Not only does it need to accommodate the changing needs and tastes of growing kids, aging adults and occasional visitors, but we also want it to look good doing it. These...

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What to Know About Luxury Vinyl Flooring (18 photos)

There’s no doubt about the popularity of today’s luxury vinyl tile and planks for flooring. Vinyl or resilient flooring is now the second most popular flooring choice (after hardwood) among homeowners remodeling their kitchens, according to the 2022...

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10 Big Takeaways From the 2022 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study (20 photos)

Countertops are the biggest kitchen splurge. Vinyl flooring is taking off. Kitchen islands are commanding attention. Spending is on the rise, and so is the hiring of remodeling professionals. You can find more info on those renovation behaviors and other important takeaways, and get inspiration for your...

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Bathroom of the Week: New Style and Layout in 75 Square Feet (12 photos)

A bathroom shared between adults and kids is a difficult situation to navigate. Throw in an awkward layout and bland finishes and you’ve really got a problem. But this Oakland, California, couple knew that with the right space planning and stylish features, they could transform their frustrating bathroom...

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Now is the Time to Start Planning Your Dream Home (9 photos)

Social distancing and self-isolation due to the pandemic have seen us retreat to the safety and security of our homes. Spending more time than usual at home can highlight where your house functions well and where it doesn’t and how it provides spaces for household members to be together and apart. If...

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Ready for a Garden Shed? Read This Professional Advice First (12 photos)

Before you add a new shed, it’s important to think carefully about what you want to use it for and where best to put it. We spoke with outbuilding experts on Houzz, who shared their insights on the design, materials, groundwork, maintenance and other issues you’ll want to consider as you move forward...

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How to Keep Your Kitchen’s Stainless Steel Spotless (6 photos)

Stainless steel is a beautiful finish, but to keep it looking its best, especially if you have a family of little ones, can be a big job. Here are a few quick cleaning tips to help you keep your stainless steel gleaming.

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10 Ways to Make Your Home a Haven (10 photos)

A home should be more than just somewhere to live. It should also be a retreat — a place in which you feel relaxed and nurtured. All too often, though, our houses slip into a more perfunctory role. Sometimes they even cause stress, confronting us with reminders of things to do as soon as we step through...

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Shiplap, Oak Accents and Layers of Light Warm a Basement Design (14 photos)

This Princeton, New Jersey, couple knew they were living atop a large space with lots of potential — their basement. They also had teenagers, who were at that age when they wanted their own space. “The wife has a flair for decorating and had a vision for the basement,” architect Joe Gallagher of Lasley...

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How to Design a Low-Maintenance Yard (12 photos)

The most common request that I, as a garden designer, receive from clients is for a low-maintenance garden. While I may be quick to point out that no garden is no-maintenance, there are indeed some strategies for cutting down on garden chores. Here are 12 ideas to set up your garden to spend less time...

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Before and After: 5 Midcentury Modern-Inspired Bathrooms (15 photos)

In these bathroom makeovers, elements such as natural wood vanities, slab cabinet fronts and geometric patterns hark to midcentury modern design. Rather than looking like time capsules from the 1950s, however, the finished spaces capture a thoroughly of-the-moment mood. If you’re planning a renovation...

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Yard of the Week: Entry Garden Welcomes Neighbors and Wildlife (11 photos)

In their renovated front yard in South Pasadena, California, Jennifer and Marc Trotoux can now relax and enjoy their new native garden, which they can also appreciate from their living room and front porch. Spending time in their front yard also has become a way for them to meet and greet...

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New This Week: 9 Stylish Bedrooms (9 photos)

If you’re looking to create a more comfortable home in 2022, the bedroom is a good place to start. Here you’ll find plenty of inspiration for bed styles, color palettes and pleasing architectural features.

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When Should You Prune Your Trees and Shrubs? (8 photos)

Pruning is a vital part of keeping the trees and shrubs in your landscape healthy and attractive. But when is the right time to do it? We’re here to answer that question for a whole range of popular garden plants. From roses, fruit trees and hydrangeas to deciduous and flowering trees, we’ll tell you...

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Kitchen of the Week: Inviting Green Cabinets and Improved Storage (15 photos)

After 20 years of putting off a kitchen remodel, Eugene and Janet Wang reached their breaking point. One of their wall ovens went out five years ago. They’d been taping down loose linoleum floor tiles for a while. And the wood cabinets were over 50 years old. Deciding enough was enough, they turned to...

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Your Guide to a Smooth-Running Construction Project (9 photos)

Imagine walking into your newly built or remodeled home and seeing it exactly as you had imagined it at the start of construction: the windows are all in the right places, the flooring is the right color, and the kitchen cabinets are a perfect fit.
Now allow me to pinch you on the arm, because...

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Houzz Tour: Warm Neutrals, Contrast and a Rich Mix of Textures (15 photos)

As these Knoxville, Tennessee, homeowners were building their new home, they reached out to interior designer Lauren DeBello to give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere. “They loved the idea of warm neutrals, and black and white was their signature,” she says. “They wanted it to feel organic, fresh and...

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6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Kitchen Sink (12 photos)

If you’re in the market for a new kitchen sink, you’ve probably noticed you have a lot of options. Perhaps too many. But this guide is here to help. It includes six considerations for choosing a kitchen sink: material, installation type, configuration, bowl depth, size and location. And each section...

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Step Inside a Light and Airy Home in White, Wood and Black (11 photos)

After their previous home was destroyed in a tornado, these homeowners wanted a fresh start. They reached out to Dallas designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs to help them create a...

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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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