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7 Stylish Patterns for a Powder Room Makeover (7 photos)

If you really want to boost the look of your powder room, consider adding a stylish pattern with tile, wallpaper or wood. Check out the following seven powder rooms that feature different eye-catching patterns, then click the link on each to find even more inspiration.

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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Dining Room (8 photos)

Has your dining room become a catchall for the odds and ends of daily life? Or is it a virtually untouched, dusty museum that you use only on holidays and special occasions? Getting the dining room fresh, clean and well organized is a good first step toward using and enjoying it daily. This weeklong...

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8 Sustainable, Organic Practices for Greener Lawn Care (12 photos)

When thinking about your lawn care routine, consider what’s required to keep the grass looking its best. Do you need to apply fertilizers and pesticides, which can wash away to pollute local waterways, expose your family to harmful chemicals and create an ecological desert for local wildlife? In contrast,...

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Your Guide to 10 Popular Bathroom Styles (10 photos)

Whether you’re tackling a bathroom remodel with the help of a bathroom designer, architect or contractor,...

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3 Pros’ Own Kitchens, Inspired by Arts and Crafts Style (11 photos)

The Arts and Crafts movement began in Europe in the late 19th century as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. It emphasized an appreciation for handcrafted details and the promotion of health through connections to the outdoors — elements that are enjoying a revival in homes today as well. The American...

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7 Key Things to Establish When Planning a Master Bathroom (11 photos)

It’s hard for most of us to imagine now, but not too long ago, the average family home had just one small bathroom, which was seen purely as a utilitarian space for personal hygiene. Fast-forward 40 years or so, and en suites — secondary bathrooms adjoining the master bedroom that allow occupants not...

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Bathroom of the Week: Bold and Contemporary in 40 Square Feet (7 photos)

When she was ready to renovate the hall bathroom her teenagers share, this Maryland mother had a strong vision of what she wanted: a modern bath with a graphic blue floor tile and a floating vanity. “One of the great things about this homeowner is that she has an eclectic style and a strong sense of...

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How Are You Handling Home Schooling Your Kids? (3 photos)

I’m not a schoolteacher. But now I’m supposed to play one at home. While the transition to working from home fortunately has been smooth for me, the transition to home schooling my 6- and 8-year-old kids has been anything but. I’m a part-time...

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To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist (10 photos)

With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 16 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring.

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3 Gardens That Draw Inspiration From Favorite Getaways (9 photos)

With travel plans put on pause, there’s never been a better time to imagine how your yard can transport you — or to add elements that remind you of a favorite trip. The following three gardens all draw inspiration from distant places, including a terrace in Oregon inspired by the homeowners’ trip to...

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11 Questions to Ask an Architect or a Building Designer (7 photos)

So you’ve found a number of architects and building designers on Houzz whose styles you love. You have studied their projects, read their reviews and even saved some of their photos in your own ideabook....

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Island Living With Spectacular Views in the Pacific Northwest (19 photos)

For their retirement, this couple decided to move from their home in Hawaii to a forever home on Washington state’s Camano Island. While scoping out the Pacific Northwestern locale, they admired a house designed...

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10 Entryways That Make a Great First Impression (10 photos)

They say you get only one chance to make a first impression, so you might as well make it a good one. Check out these 10 entryways that make the most of their first impression with stunning lighting, furniture and decor. Let us know in the Comments which one makes you want to come back for more.

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Why You Should Embrace a Solid Slab Backsplash (13 photos)

A solid slab backsplash is a custom look that says luxury in a kitchen of any size. But it doesn’t require a luxurious budget. Take inspiration from this trendy yet timeless look, and give your next kitchen remodel a solid head start.

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How to Grow Vegetables in Containers (12 photos)

Most edibles do well in containers, and in some cases even prefer them. For gardeners with poor soil, or no soil at all, container gardening can be a way to create the edible garden your landscape wouldn’t otherwise allow you — all within steps of your house. But where to start? San Francisco Bay Area...

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Patio of the Week: Family-Friendly Yard for Playing and Relaxing (6 photos)

A couple with two young kids were undertaking a home addition when they decided to also overhaul their outdoor spaces. “The existing space was disconnected and was not functioning for the family needs and wants,” says Ron Swick, owner of Swick’s Organic Landscaping, who oversaw the outdoor renovation....

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How to Assist Others During the Coronavirus Crisis (5 photos)

If you’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. It helps during a stressful time like this to take good care of yourself. It’s spring, so going for a walk — at a safe distance from others, of course — and enjoying the warming weather can do wonders for the psyche....

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Kitchen of the Week: Clean and Classic With a Modern Edge (7 photos)

“This kitchen was originally about the size of a closet,” interior designer Rebecca Axler says. The full renovation she designed for the first floor of the narrow Toronto row house included opening up the floor plan and enlarging the kitchen. After having her clients answer a thorough questionnaire and...

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New This Week: 5 Stylish Living Rooms Without a TV (5 photos)

Now, perhaps more than ever, everyone needs a quiet place to retreat to at the end of the day. A comfortable room without a TV is a good place for recharging, and making that room inviting will encourage you to use it more. The following stylish formal living rooms offer plenty of tips to create a comfortable,...

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8 Small, Affordable Updates to Enhance Your Yard This Spring (9 photos)

Is your winter-weary yard in need of some love? Fortunately, getting your outdoor spaces looking their best again doesn’t necessarily require months of work or a massive budget. We’ve asked four landscaping experts to share some relatively easy and affordable things you can do to get your yard looking...

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How Are You Staying Active at Home? (3 photos)

Many of us around the country are now working from home and practicing social distancing. That means we are not working out in the gym, taking classes at a yoga studio or hiking on crowded trails. But necessity is the mother of invention. So we want to hear how you’re staying active at home. Have you...

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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Bathroom (8 photos)

Wet towels and dirty clothes dumped on the floor, the sink littered with products, soap scum caked on every surface. In the daily rush, the bathroom often fares the worst (and that’s not even mentioning the really grubby stuff). But why spend a week focusing on this room, when it will simply get cluttered...

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Fresh Touches Bring a Classic 1920s House Back to Life (11 photos)

Sometimes less truly is more. For their 1920s neoclassical house in Austin, Texas, these homeowners wanted a renovation that highlighted the home’s beautiful original details while adding fresh, contemporary touches through paint, upholstery and decor. “We didn’t want to do anything that would take away...

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Your Guide to a Modern-Style Bathroom (12 photos)

Whether you’re tackling a bathroom remodel with the help of a bathroom designer, architect or contractor,...

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Blue Makes a Refreshing Splash in These 10 Bathrooms (10 photos)

Deep navy, bold cobalt and sapphire blue are a few of the inky hues that can set a dramatic tone in any space. And as blue — including Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic...

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How to Get Your Pullout Waste and Recycling Cabinets Just Right (19 photos)

Waste pullouts are a secret weapon of the well-oiled kitchen machine. They do the dirty job of handling your garbage, recycling and more. In fact, a waste or recycling pullout is the most popular specialty drawer feature among homeowners who are remodeling a kitchen, according to the latest...

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Before and After: 5 Kitchen Makeovers in 200 to 245 Square Feet (15 photos)

No matter its size, any kitchen can be configured to work more efficiently for its owners. The following makeovers of five kitchens — ranging from 200 to 245 square feet — show how a remodel can really make a difference in terms of both function and style.
These five rooms...

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Bathroom of the Week: Neutrals Warm a Contemporary Master Bath (13 photos)

“This bathroom was all about storage, storage, storage,” interior designer Tamra Blair says. That was the main priority for these Hermosa Beach, California, townhome owners during the renovation of their master bathroom. They had already worked with Blair on other parts of their home, so she had their...

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Smart Storage Ideas for Organizing Food Containers (23 photos)

Given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations regarding social distancing and working from home, you might find yourself eating more meals at home and storing more leftovers. In turn, you might also be reconsidering how you organize your food storage. The following kitchens offer...

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9 Balconies and City Gardens Show Signs of Spring (10 photos)

You don’t need much garden space to get in on the fun of spring containers. A city stoop, balcony, window box or windowsill is plenty of space to bring home a bit of the magic of spring — in the form of cheery daffodils, colorful tulips and pansies, fragrant hyacinths and more. For inspiration or just...

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Apr. 2, 2020

Brass Gallery Rail – your guide to an inexpensive way to update your Kitchen & Bath

Our new Brass Gallery Rail components provide an inexpensive way to achieve a luxury look. Manufactured from solid polished brass, you are able to completely customize how you want your new Gallery Rail to look, and where you want to install it. Versatile Design & Style The Brass Gallery Rail can fit almost any design […]

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Apr. 1, 2020

New! Bun Feet with Pre-Installed Hanger Bolts

We’ve been working hard at Designs of Distinction to bring more high-quality furniture components to the market. Cue, bun feet with pre-installed 5/16″-18 hanger bolts. As usual, our bun feet with hanger bolts will come unfinished & hand-sanded to perfection – ready to stain or paint right out of the box. Uses for Bun Feet […]

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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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