A Mountain Escape Turned Four-Season Home

They bought the house in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., thinking it would be nice for weekends in the winter. But Covid changed that.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #mammoth-lakes-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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The Fantasy of a Cotswolds Country Home Meets Reality in Westchester

The plan was to do a quick cosmetic update. Then a couple found out the plumbing, electrical and septic systems were shot. And the house was sinking.

#content-type-service, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #pound-ridge-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Decluttering for a Renovation

Before the contractor can get started on demolishing my kitchen, I have to clear out the things I don’t need. But everyone needs a melon scooper, right?

#content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #new-york-city, #orderliness-and-clutter, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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If You Plan to Visit Aging Parents, Bring a To-Do List

During quarantine, medical, financial and household issues may have cropped up. Preparing before your visit can ease tensions and get to what you really want — a joyful visit.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #elderly, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Aging in Place Comfortably and Stylishly

As more baby boomers move toward retirement, more and more are designing homes that will accommodate their needs even as they grow older and lose mobility.

#baby-boomers, #guilford-conn, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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All He Wanted Was a Surf Shack. He Got a Lot More.

Working in finance in Manhattan made him homesick for the beach in California. So he recreated what he missed on an unlikely site in Amagansett.

#amagansett-ny, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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In Miami, a Sculpture Built to Live In

Christopher Carter, an artist who works with salvaged materials, set out to create his biggest work ever. Now it’s his home, and the subject of a new exhibit.

#carter-christopher, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #miami-fla, #nsu-art-museum, #nsu-art-museum-fort-lauderdale, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #the-carter-project-exhibit

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Shopping for Cafe Tables

If you’ve recently acquired some outdoor space, you’ll need to furnish it. Start with this versatile little table.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tables

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Should You Renovate the Kitchen Before You Sell?

One outdated room can stand out and hurt a sale. But before you do any last-minute work, set a budget and make sure you finish what you start.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #kitchens, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Renovating Your Kitchen This Summer? Proceed With Caution.

Supply chain problems and labor shortages have made home improvement projects even more complicated.

#content-type-service, #home-appliances, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #kitchens, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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There’s an Art to Making Your Bed

You can start by disregarding thread count. Here’s what else the pros know that you may not.

#beds-and-bedding, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Many Older Adults Lack Even Simple, Helpful Equipment

Railings, grab bars, shower chairs and other inexpensive devices can make it easier to continue living at home, but not enough older people acquire them.

#disabilities, #elderly, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #medical-devices, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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What Makes a Home ‘Sexy’?

For one Chicago entrepreneur, it was a design that felt as if it had been pulled straight from her unconscious. (And there are lots of chains.)

#chicago-ill, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Curtains Up for the One Percent

While many Americans were stockpiling toilet paper and Clorox, the rich bought houses, sparking a gold rush in the decorating trades.

#beverly-hills-calif, #design, #high-net-worth-individuals, #home-appliances, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #luxury-goods-and-services, #palm-beach-fla, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #real-estate-brokers, #san-antonio-tex, #sea-island-ga

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Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence

The vice president had been living temporarily in Blair House while Number One Observatory Circle underwent repairs.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #emhoff-douglas-c, #gore-al, #harris-kamala-d, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #quayle-dan, #united-states-naval-observatory, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For a Brooklyn Heights Townhouse, a Divine Reinvention

The Greek Revival house, once home to the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, needed more than just a simple renovation to function in the 21st century.

#brooklyn-heights-brooklyn-ny, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Kitchen Range Hoods

Whether you choose a showstopper or one that’s virtually invisible, a range hood is essential. Otherwise, you’ll be smelling that fish for days.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #kitchens, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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How to Get Your Closet Under Control

With all due respect to Marie Kondo, it isn’t just about getting rid of things. Here’s what the experts know that you may not.

#closets, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #kondo-marie, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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After 19 Years in Hawaii, They Were Missing Something: Winter

With their daughter leaving for college, a couple began planning a new life — and a new house — in Idaho, where they could enjoy the cold.

#furniture, #hailey-idaho, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #idaho, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #sun-valley-idaho

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How Many Renovations Does It Take to Get Things Just Right?

More than one, as a Chicago designer and her client — who also happens to be her brother — discovered.

#chicago-ill, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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How to Bring Nature Inside With the Right Houseplants

It’s no surprise that greenery has gained popularity during the pandemic. Here’s how to make the most of it at home.

#blakeney-justina, #carter-hilton-author, #content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #jungalow-llc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #trees-and-shrubs

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Extreme D.I.Y. for Home Decor

Since they have spent so much time at home in the last year, some homeowners have taken craft and design projects to a new level.

#art, #do-it-yourself, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A Perfectly Imperfect House in Miami

The exterior of the 1930s Mediterranean-style home in Coconut Grove was charming. The interior was anything but. This couple was thrilled.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #miami-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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What’s It Like to Sleep in a Hexagon?

After buying an awkward 1960s house with a clumsy 1980s addition, a couple set about dragging the lakefront property into the 21st century.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Clamp Lamps

A clamp lamp is the easiest fix when you need to bring light to a dark corner — or a makeshift home office.

#content-type-service, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Instagram Showcases ‘Cheap Old Houses’

Instagram and fans of painstaking renovations have given new life to homes with some history, especially if they’re affordable.

#connecticut, #hgtv, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #maine, #massachusetts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #social-media

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A Bay Area Home Ideal for Lockdown

The house in Orinda, Calif., was designed for entertaining. But it turned out to be just as good for living through a pandemic.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #orinda-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Feeling Nostalgic for Your Grandmother’s China?

Two reality shows airing this winter grapple with what to do with our family heirlooms.

#ford-leanne, #hgtv, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #orderliness-and-clutter, #paxton-matt, #public-broadcasting-service, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #television

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A Family of Four and a Home Office, in 660 Square Feet?

For one couple looking for a place in Brooklyn, natural light mattered more than space. They knew they’d make the compact apartment work.

#cobble-hill-brooklyn-ny, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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That Home You Made With Your Ex? ‘Say Goodbye to Everything’

As one architect discovered after a failed relationship, the best way forward is sometimes getting rid of most of what you own.

#carroll-gardens-brooklyn-ny, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Welcome to Homeownership

New Yorkers who left the city and bought country homes during the pandemic are discovering there’s a lot to learn (and spend) while taking care of a house.

#catskills-nys-area, #columbia-county-ny, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A ‘Surprising and Unexpected’ Update at Winterthur

The museum’s director recruited the designer Thomas Jayne to bring new life to the Federal-style Chandler Farm, the house where her family lives.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #museums, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #winterthur

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A Dining Room That Celebrates Every Meal

Even with a socially distant Thanksgiving around the corner, you can create a dining room that lives up to the food you’re serving.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #thanksgiving-day

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When He Bought the Tiny House, He Was Single. That Didn’t Last.

The one-bedroom cottage on Shelter Island was perfect for one person. For a family? Not so much.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #shelter-island-ny, #workstead

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An Almost-Lake House in Texas, Renovated for Work and Art

For a tech investor and a radiologist who collects art, having a multifunctional house was even more important than finding one directly on a lake.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Looking for Escapist TV? Try Home Design Shows

We’re home all the time now, so watching home improvement television can give us tips on what to do and what not to do.

#dream-home-makeover-tv-program, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #mcgee-shea, #mcgee-syd, #netflix-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #reality-television, #studio-mcgee-llc, #television

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A Canadian Dream House That Took Three Architects to Build

Cascading down a rocky slope in West Vancouver, the home was a creative effort that required patience and a tolerance for loss.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #vancouver-british-columbia

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Shopping for Blankets

Because it may not be cold yet, but it will be soon.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #textiles

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In New Orleans, a Home That’s Gotten Finer With Age

The itinerant hotel developer Jayson Seidman purchased a crumbling, storied house — and had the good sense to leave it mostly alone.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #new-orleans-la, #seidman-jayson

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I Used to Go Out. Now I Go to The Home Depot.

How the coronavirus turned me into a Lawn Dad.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #lawns

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Their Dream Was a Working Farm (But They Weren’t Farmers)

So one urban couple had a brainstorm: Why not build a house they could share with farmers just starting out, on land that could be farmed?

#agriculture-and-farming, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #orange-county-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Snapped Poles, Shredded Roofs: A Long Road to Recovery After Laura

Hurricane Laura ravaged southwestern Louisiana, leaving weary residents to assess the toll and map a way forward. Some communities may be four weeks away from even getting power back.

#buildings-structures, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wind

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Can You Hear Yourself Think?

Working from home often means having to cope with street noise and the clamor of children and pets. Here are some tips on how to quiet things down.

#acoustics, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #noise, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #telecommuting, #windows

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Walmart, Target and Other Big-Box Retailers See Profits Surge During Pandemic

Walmart and Target reported record sales in the second quarter, driven by the convenience of one-stop shopping and their e-commerce operations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #home-depot-inc, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #lowes-companies-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #target-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc

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How to Keep Your Collections From Looking Like Clutter

There’s an art to arranging collections like a pro. Here are a few pointers.

#collectors-and-collections, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #storage

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Home Renovation for the Pandemic

Working and schooling from home for the foreseeable future has prompted some homeowners to consider major home renovations.

#architecture, #charleston-sc, #e-learning, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #home-schooling, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #los-angeles-calif, #new-jersey, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #telecommuting

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That ‘Home Office’ of Yours? It Needs an Upgrade

You may be working from home for a while. It’s time for something more professional than a corner of the dining table.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Medicine Cabinets

Is your bathroom a mess? Here are five ideas for cleaning it up.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #mirrors, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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The Return of Home Renovations

Contractors have been allowed to go back to work since early June, but coronavirus protocols will probably make any apartment renovation take longer than usual.

#building-construction, #condominiums, #cooperatives, #coronavirus-reopenings, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The Secret to Deep Cleaning

If you’ve been cooped up at home for a couple of months, it’s time to clean house — and not in a superficial way. Here’s how the pros do it.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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