November 2016

Capture the Eye: How to Identify and Work With Focal Points (17 photos)

The idea of “focal points” comes up often in decor discussions, but how do you define and decide on these seemingly all-important design details? In this guide, I’ll break down what exactly a focal point is, whether you need one…

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Shop Houzz: Classic Holiday Decor (157 photos)

There’s a lot to love about classic holiday decor: the evergreen branches that bring nature inside, the twinkling lights full of warmth, the jolly Santa that brings a smile. But what many people love most about traditional Christmas trimmings is…

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L.A. Streetcar Takes Another Step Toward 2020 Comeback

A rendering of the L.A. streetcar (Credit: Los Angeles Streetcar)

Plan to resurrect Los Angeles’ downtown streetcar moved another step forward Tuesday. City Council signed off on a nearly 4-mile route for the streetcar and certified the project’s…

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My Houzz: Calm Prevails in a Light-Filled Sydney Apartment (21 photos)

Renjie Teoh, a graduate architect, renovated his 1920s Georgian-style apartment in the Darlinghurst neighborhood of Sydney with the goal of making it fit for 21st-century living. Reconfiguring rooms and installing a new kitchen, laundry area, flooring ...

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Room of the Day: A Media Room With Mystery and Moody Details (8 photos)

In creating this basement media room, design-builder Norm Lecuyer set his sights high. He wanted it to feel like a polished penthouse, full of fine materials and separate but equally luxurious zones. Using reclaimed wood, rolled steel and a hidden…

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8 Ways to Enhance a Compact Entry (10 photos)

Your entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home. Even in the tightest of spaces, it’s a good opportunity to add function and express yourself with flooring and rugs, wallpaper, artwork, mirrors, light fixtures, coat racks, benches, hooks,…

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Collecting Christmas Ornaments That Speak to the Heart (7 photos)

My mother is from a large family, one of six sisters and three brothers who grew up in a tiny town in north-central Indiana. Once grown they spread out across the country — New Jersey, Michigan, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Oregon and…

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