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Monthly Archives: August 2014

    Get the Look: A Bathroom Inspired By the Gilded Age

    By Barry Evans | August 30, 2014

    A bathroom built for two is super-efficient while taking design cues from the past. Designer Bryan Joyce gave this room in a 1750 New Jersey farmhouse a sense of history. Old-Fashioned Look White marble, dark wood, and unlacquered brass are the sorts of things you might see in a distinguished country house. “They remind me... Read More

    12 Things to Never EVER Throw Out When You’re Downsizing

    By Barry Evans | August 29, 2014

    We tapped three organizing experts to tell us what items in your home are worth finding space for. 1. Family heirlooms. “Sterling silver candlesticks from your great, great grandmother should make the cut,” says Professional Organizer, Barbara Reich. “Evaluate these and again, which ones are truly meaningful to you and your family currently?” advises Watson. “Which ones... Read More

    Why You Should Paint Your Furniture

    By Barry Evans | August 28, 2014

    Paint it chalky white, to be exact. Miles Redd shares his tried-and-true way of making old pieces feel new again. Updating Old Pieces “If you’ve got some hand-me-down 1950s reproduction that’s brown and boring, it doesn’t have to stay that way,” says designer Miles Redd. “I’m always telling people to whitewash it. It’s a tried-and-true... Read More

    Ask a Designer: How Do I Decorate With Design Trends?

    By Barry Evans | August 27, 2014

    Every week, we’re asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week’s topic is all about design trends. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future installment. FULL STORY Read More

    Why Blue and White Will Never Go Out of Style

    By Barry Evans | August 26, 2014

    With a rich range of hues, this classic combination looks fresher than ever. In this Greenwich, Connecticut, house, Lee Ann Thornton created a coastal and classic look with blue and white. Living Room Designer Lee Ann Thornton made blue and white the prevailing theme of a new Greenwich, Connecticut, house on the Long Island Sound to impart... Read More

    STOP! Before You Clean With Vinegar, Read This

    By Barry Evans | August 25, 2014

    This kitchen staple is handy around the house — just not in these spots   We’re huge fans of having vinegar in our cleaning arsenal. It’s great at lifting stains, freshening laundry, cleaning windows, and much more. FULL STORY Read More

    9 Brilliant Decorating Ideas for Your Bookshelves

    By Barry Evans | August 24, 2014

    Add some excitement to your shelves with these ideas. Add Mirrors In a California cottage designed by Stephen Shubel, mirrors installed along the back of the built-in shelving give the wall depth. FULLL STORY Read More

    A House That Proves You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Dark Walls

    By Barry Evans | August 23, 2014

      Designer Susan Ferrier used deep, earthy browns and watery colors to evoke rustic cabins and endless summer in this Lake Martin, Alabama, house.     Living Room A new house on Alabama’s Lake Martin takes on the look of an old cabin with soft, washed-out colors and ebony-stained wood walls. Designer Susan Ferrier chose... Read More

    BEFORE & AFTER: This Office Makeover Will Make You Want To Rip Up Your Carpet

    By Barry Evans | August 22, 2014

    An office goes from stodgy to glamorous. PLUS get the look with our “How To” guide. For an International Oil Executive living in the posh neighborhood of Memorial in Houston, TX, this dull, unorganized office space was less than desirable. Designer Nina Magon transformed this dark office into a bright, energetic, multi-purpose space that allowed... Read More

    One Classic Color: 3 Genius Ways to Decorate

    By Barry Evans | August 21, 2014

    Indigo is a color that knows no borders and has many different moods. Here, to celebrate their innovative paint line. The master stylists at Ralph Lauren Home create three mesmerizing rooms — exclusively for House Beautiful — that illustrate the infinite versatility. The indigo blues in this room were inspired by denim — the most... Read More

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My wife & I had not purchased a home in over 35 years. Now, late in life, we found ourselves in need of a home, having retired from pastoring and living in parsonages. We were lost really. Our children wanted us fairly close to them. Our son, a police officer, wanted us in a safe area, but our budget dictated a modest home and modest price. We were tired before we started looking! But God sent Diane Evans to be our guide, advisor, encourager, consultant, protector, and negotiator-WOW! All this i…
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