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Roots of Style: American Farmhouses Pay Tribute to Regional Traditions. Tour: A Modern Take on a Montana Log House. My Houzz: Curve Appeal Among the Trees. Guest Picks: Loving Linen All Over the Home. As a child, I always loved natural fibers.

Guest Picks: Loving Linen All Over the Home

I would often excitedly show my mother a dress or top I wanted that was made from linen or cotton. As soon as her eyes locked on the label with the dreaded words “iron after washing,” she would grab my arm just a bit too tightly and with a crazed look in her eyes say, “It’s going to wrinkle, you know. Are you going to iron it? Because I’m not going to.” The look of sheer horror on her face terrified me. I pictured indentured slaves or perhaps prisoners sentenced to die, being tortured not with whips and chains, but with an iron, an ironing board and a pile of wrinkled clothing. I began to think again of natural fibers, and I fell in love with linen. My Houzz: A Surf Shack in a Hawaiian Jungle. My Houzz: Finding Beauty in the Everyday. Tour: Farmhouse Meets Victorian in Los Angeles. My Houzz: Modern and Moody Nostalgia in Salt Lake City. 10 Ideas for Making Screen-Free Play a Reality.

My Houzz: From Underused Dining Room to Family Hangout. Tour: Shaker Simplicity Inspires a Modern Farmhouse. “The kitchen faces north, so the bright yellow was chosen to always provide the suggestion of sunshine,” says Churchill.

Tour: Shaker Simplicity Inspires a Modern Farmhouse

The color does have some basis in history, too. “The Shaker houses were very neutral in the public spaces, but in some of the bedrooms at Hancock Shaker Village, the colors are wild and surprising,” says Churchill. Hendricks says the color reflects the personality of one of the owners. “She is very vivacious, with a larger-than-life personality — and she loves bright colors,” she says. Real plaster covers the walls for an authentic look; it was lightly polished for a subtle sheen. Practical New Uses for 23 Old Things. Designs Worth Discovering: Rookwood Pottery Tile. Inspired by the Japanese designs she saw at the centennial exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Maria Longworth Nichols was determined to bring that level of artistry to American ceramics.

Designs Worth Discovering: Rookwood Pottery Tile

By 1880, with financial help from her father and a team of famous artists, talented art students and glaze technicians, she started Rookwood Pottery, the first female-run manufacturing endeavor in the United States. In 1884 the company invented the first crystalline glaze, Tiger Eye. Five years later American ceramics grabbed international attention, winning the gold medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1889. Nichols’ vision was instrumental to the American pottery movement, which was in full swing by the turn of the century. Rookwood went out of business in 1967, but its story does not end there. Tour: Playing With Good Tension in Austin. Timeline of architectural styles. This timeline shows the periods of various styles of architecture in a graphical fashion. 1750—present[edit]

Timeline of architectural styles

Tree-Inspired Tower: Condo Balconies Unfurl Like Leaves. Tree-Inspired Tower: Condo Balconies Unfurl Like Leaves Article by Urbanist, filed under Houses & Residential in the Architecture category.

Tree-Inspired Tower: Condo Balconies Unfurl Like Leaves

An iconic new mixed-use development in the heart of Montpellier in southern France, L’Arbre Blanc (The White Tree) grew out of a design concept tied to the outdoor traditions of this temperate region along the Mediterranean Sea. Spinning out from a central core, the design-defining balconies unfold brilliantly to offer upper-level residents an array of amazing panoramic views while providing shade for units below. This collaborative project by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects (via ArchDaily with images by RSI Studio) includes a restaurant, bar, offices and art gallery in addition to dwellings. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. Art and architecture were explored at Pond Farm in Sonoma County, California — an influential artists’ colony.

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism

The founders decreed that the colony would be an “artists’ refuge in a world gone amuck.” When it fell apart in 1953, the remaining artist, influential Bauhaus potter Marguerite Wildenhain, ran it as Pond Farm Pottery, and she taught there for many years. Albrect says Wildenhain’s life is just one of the many stories visitors will uncover. “It’s interesting that in midcentury America, Jews made up just 3 percent of the population,” he says.

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. From Canning Porch to Beautiful Vintage Bath in Oregon. Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne. The couple discovered the house while driving around the Grant Park neighborhood one day, pointing at rundown houses they wanted to learn more about and possibly restore, when they saw this neglected Queen Anne with big awnings.

Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne

“I thought, those awnings were probably put up in the 1930s. If they have been there that long, then probably much hasn’t been done to the inside,” Mattison says. Tour: A LEED Platinum Home With Farmhouse Style. The family is musical, and the mother wanted a room where she could play piano and give lessons.

Tour: A LEED Platinum Home With Farmhouse Style

She also teaches movement dance classes and needed a space for that. And since the couple runs a business, they needed an adequate home office. Tour: Collected Comfort in an ’80s California Ranch. The homeowners are passionate about books, so Ggem added 12-foot-long beadboard-backed bookshelves to the living room, which was seldom used before.

Tour: Collected Comfort in an ’80s California Ranch

Now it’s a cozy library. Newly milled crown molding links it to the existing architecture. The lamps were unearthed in the client’s garage and wound up inspiring the 1930s silver and blue color palette here and in the rest of the house. The homeowner bought the lamps at Steinworld years ago. “Clients’ garages are one of my favorite places to shop,” Ggem says. Tour: Recalling the Pilgrims in a 350-Year-Old Home. Towle bought most of the furniture expressly for this house, combining authentic period pieces and centennial designs (reproductions made in 1876 to commemorate the country’s 100th birthday) with a few newer pieces.

Tour: Recalling the Pilgrims in a 350-Year-Old Home

This garrison room is where the women and children sought refuge from attack. When Towle acquired the house, all four walls still sported their original patina and had never been painted, despite the passage of some 350 years. Design Workshop: 10 Surprising Twists on Window Trim. 3. Reveals A thin shadowed line surrounding the window frame describes another contemporary approach to window trim. This one acknowledges the difference between window and wall but ever so subtly. Room of the Day: Curiosities Bring Quick Intrigue to a Living Room. San Francisco interior designer Ian Stallings had never had a project like this one: He was hired by a couple in their 20s who had a brand-new house and very few things to put in it.

In fact, they had only a bed and a single chair. Before they met Stallings, they were growing frustrated about getting the project off the ground. Their message to him was clear: Get it done fast. They were headed out of town for four days, and Stallings agreed to furnish the home in that time. “I told them that they wouldn’t have custom draperies and things like that, but the house would be pulled together, and it would be a good starting point,” he said. The house had good bones, but without furniture or accessories, it simply wasn’t functional. Inglenooks Carry On a Warm Tradition. 4 Questions to Help You Organize Your Favorite Photos. Hide Cords in Style With DIY Graphic Panels. Quick Tip: Use a Golf Tee to Fix a Door Hinge. Infinity Instruments Retro Round Metal Wall Clock, White - traditional - clocks - by Amazon. Jib Door. Common Household Cleansers for Leather Upholstery.

Vinegar and Voilà: Clean Your House the Natural Way. Baking Soda: The Amazing All-Natural Cleanser You Already Own. Quick Fix: Erase Water Rings from Furniture. Mad for Miniatures? Show Us Your Dollhouse. My Houzz: Creativity and Color Play in an 1890 Mississippi Home. Tour: Lessons in Florida Cracker Style From a Vacation Home. Reclaimed heart pine floors. It's hard to find the wide planks of heart pine today; usually they must be found via reclaimed wood dealers. Strickland looked to his friend Willis Everett of Vintage Lumber Sales. These reclaimed antique heart pine floor boards range from 12 to 14 inches in width. Rustic floor finishes. To keep their aged look, Strickland was very specific about how the floors should be finished. Reclaimed wood tables and countertops. Easy Reference: Standard Heights for 10 Household Details. Now Playing in Homes Everywhere: TV, the App. Google recently announced a new product called Chromecast, which doesn’t look like much, doesn’t cost too much and doesn’t take up much space in the already-crowded lineup of stuff connected to your TV.

In fact, Chromecast looks like one of those cheap USB thumb drives for storing files. But it’s not USB. It plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. A Little House Unfolds Into an Outdoor Theater. My Houzz: Family Memories and Personal Details in Texas. The couple found the matching chair and couch on Craigslist for $300; the round trip to transport them took four hours. It then took them six months to decide on the neutral fabric. "The sofa was beautiful and tufted, but we decided to reupholster it to make it a little sleeker," says Wright.