7 Finishing Touches for a Thoughtful Front Yard

Details, details, details. You can have the best layout and great thoughts, but in the event the project doesn’t include some important finishing touches, it can fall flat. This goes to the interior as well as the outside of your…

Adults Allowed: A Poolside Playhouse Makes Room for All

Among interior designer Arlene Lord’s treasured projects that she has worked on isn’t a big, fancy house with luxury furnishings. It’s a 70-square-foot playhouse for four grandkids in a suburb south of Portland, Oregon. But this is not your average…

Great Design Plant: Wildlife-Loving Dwarf Fothergilla Blazes in Fall

My house is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and many of the plants in it draw beneficial pollinators and encourage insect larvae. One of the standouts is native fothergilla, a tree which isn’t widely used…

Father's Day Extravaganza! 19 Glorious Man Spaces by ers

To celebrate Father’s Day, we asked you to reveal your man spaces. We have dozens of responses, the majority of that made us want to plug into an electric guitar and rock out while ingesting a hoppy microbrew. Here are…

8 Great Places for a Second Kitchen Sink

Don’t underestimate the power of a second sink in your kitchen. When installed in just the right spot, a secondary sink could be equally as helpful as a primary sink. The ideal sink location allows two users to cook and…

A Toronto Rooftop Understands a Luxurious Makeover

The proprietors of this Toronto townhouse have neighbors on both sides, but they wished to take advantage of their rooftop terrace. As was the area privacy was an issue, and they desired to make the lounge maintenance and pet friendly….

Double Take: The Disappearing Home Office

“Every mother needs a cockpit,” says architect Elizabeth Emerson of E/L Studio. In this case the cockpit includes her customer’s long and linear office, extensive craft and wrapping paper storage, and a laundry area, with closeness to the kids’ craft…

Farmhouse Meets Industrial at a Restored New Jersey Barn

The days of A historic New Jersey barn were numbered. “This barn was in horrible condition. It was looking sad and forlorn,” says architect Arturo Palombo. “It had reached the point at which the homeowners needed to rip down it…

Wonder and Wood in a Modern Carmel Residence

Carmel-by-the-Sea (often called just Carmel), a little town on California’s Monterey Peninsula, is known as much for its own golf because of its natural beauty. Chicago’s Dirk Denison Architects tapped to this beauty in a house the company designed on…

11 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

We’ve all been there. It’s so easy to get carried away by the promise of a clean slate and jump into the new year with a running start … just to burn out by February. Whether you are hoping to…