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Meet the Designer Whose Kitchens Feel Like Living Rooms

The first thing you’ll notice about Susan Serra’s designs is that her kitchens feel remarkably like thoughtful and inviting living spaces.

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How to Keep the Party Going After New Year’s Eve

After the confetti is thrown and the last toasts given, there comes that inevitable let down at the end of the holiday season. Entertaining expert Carla MacDonald shows us how to keep it going.

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Deep, Rich & Dusty: Best Interior Paint Colors for 2019

The House Method editors choose their favorite interior paint colors for the new year. See the best new neutrals, blues, reds, greens, and blacks.

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Five Ways to Reinvent Your Bathroom in 2019

In 2019, design will be all about classic design meets clean, modern sensibility.

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The Year Ahead:
6 Home Updates to Make in 2019

Master quality, style, and local and ethical sourcing. See our editor’s picks for the best in 2019 style.

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Study: People Are Definitely Judging Your Home. We Asked Them How.

What exactly do people think about your home? We decided to survey 1,800 people to find out. See the stats on what people notice first, what’s most likely to impress your guests, and what’s most likely to make them think otherwise.

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A Salon-Inspired Brownstone Bang in the Middle of Brooklyn’s Most Famous Neighborhood

A simple Brooklyn brownstone whose insides are inspired by the lavish French salon.

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Modern Elegance in Brooklyn: See Inside the Home Set to Break the Sale Record in Bed-Stuy

If it sells at its list price of $3.3 million, this home at 381 Gates Avenue will break the record for a two-family home in Bed-Stuy.

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Holiday Wreaths 18 Ways

From Williamsburg-inspired to monochromatic to pinecones, bittersweet, boxwood, juniper, and even red hot peppers.

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5 Experts on Tasteful Holiday Decorating

How to elevate simplicity, play on timeless themes, use color and light, and create a beautiful holiday environment.

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20 Small Towns Perfect for a Winter Getaway

Destinations for great wintertime getaways. Whether you prefer snowshoes or pool floats, there’s a spot for you.

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The Design Lover’s Guide to Richmond

If Virginia is for lovers, then Richmond is for design lovers. The ultimate Richmond travel guide for design lovers. Where to stay, play, eat, drink, and shop in beautiful spaces.

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Getting It Right: Forging the Client–Designer Relationship

“Finding the right designer is more like dating than most people realize. It’s not just about the looks, it’s about personality, communication, and mutual respect. The partnership is what I love most about this process.”

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A New Fireplace Without a Renovation? That’s a Thing Now

Meet the smokeless, ventless, sootless, odorless, wood-free fireplace that can be added to just about any home.

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The Design Lover’s Guide to Nashville

When no one was looking, Nashville up and got ultra cool on us. In this design lover’s guide to Nashville, we highlight the top spots to eat, drink, shop, stay, and play.

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House Tours

A Tropical Austin Bungalow by Designer Maureen Stevens

Tour a bungalow by interior designer Maureen Stevens in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood. See the home and hear from the designer about her creative process.

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The Art of the Window Treatment: Choosing the Right Shades, Drapes, and Blinds

It’s time to stop ignoring the art of window styling. Builder-standard economy mini blinds are doing no one any favors. Ian Gibbs of The Shade Store weighs with his tips on choosing drapes, blinds, and shades for both beauty and functionality in your home.

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Best Boutique Hotels for Design Lovers 2018

See our top picks for the best boutique properties across the county for the design enthusiast. Some are bold and statement-making, others understated and subdued, all of them worth the experience of taking in the design.

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Your Holiday Home Prep Checklist

Everything you need to do now to get your home is ready for the holidays. From getting the kitchen in order to making sure the furnace is in top shape, we’ve simplified the holiday prep process so you can enjoy the celebration.

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Entertaining

How to Host Last-Minute Guests

Entertaining in your home doesn’t have to be expensive, labor intensive, or formal. The best gatherings are often informal affairs, sometimes thrown together at the last minute. Here’s how you can master the art of hosting last-minute guests.

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Best Recipes for Kitchen Wallpaper

With wallpaper making a huge comeback, House Method outlines how to spice up kitchens of all kinds with wallpaper. Plus some tips and tricks to ensure that it’s always fresh, never stale.

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Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year Is Straight Out of 1972

Sherwin-Williams 2019 color of the year is Cavern Clay, an earthy, ruddy shade that's a little bit Southwestern dessert, a little bit Wonder Years. See the rich new color and get styling ideas.

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House Tours

Scraping the Surface: Inside a Painter’s Refined Wicker Park Home

Tour painter Mark Yee’s Wicker Park mansion on Beer Baron Row and see how the design team at Vincere Chicago turned a neglected mansion into a luxurious family home made for parties of seventy-five and coffee for two.

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I Will goop My Home Faster Than You: Gwyneth Paltrow Releases Line with CB2

goop x CB2 is out today. See our top picks for Gwyneth's new line of completely extra furniture, decor, tableware, and accessories.

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9 Ways to Incorporate Concrete into Your Home

Create a fresh, modern, and industrial look in your home with concrete countertops and walls, or smaller accent pieces like concrete side tables or bookends. Check out nine of our favorite ideas.

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Fall 2018 Interior Design Trend Predictions

Take a look at these 10 fall interior design predictions. Think deeper hues, metallic accents, and large pendant lights. We talked to a few interior design experts and got their take on the trends that are going to take off this season.

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Before & After: The Details of a Kitchen Designer’s Modern Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen designer Stephanie Pierce shows us the before and after of her total kitchen renovation. See how she maximized space, organization, and durability.

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Top 11 Podcasts for the Home Enthusiast

Our top 11 podcast recommendations for the home renovator, the minimalist, the Fixer Upper fanatic, the interior designer, the gardening newbie, and so much more.

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Want to Bobby Berk Your Home? Here’s How

Design staples and favorite brands of Queer Eye’s interior design pro, Bobby Berk. Get tips for capturing his inspired style and learn how to see the potential of your space like a pro.

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House Tours

At Home with Shavonda Gardner

Inside the home of Shavonda Gardner of SG Style. See their cottage bungalow and get Shavonda’s take on how the family cut their footprint in half and have chosen to live intentionally small.

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House Tours

Before & After: Tour a Renovated One-Hundred-Year-Old Brooklyn Brownstone

See the before and after of a fully renovated 1882 Brooklyn brownstone with a brand new kitchen and bathroom, expansive private patio, and even an updated floor plan.

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Health

Kitchen Essentials of a Professional Chef: At Home with Claudia Sidoti

Claudia Sidoti, head of recipe development at HelloFresh, gave us her take on her kitchen essentials: what belongs in the perfect kitchen, what she always has in her pantry, where she splurges and where she goes for the bargain.

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How to Redesign Your Home Without Spending a Dime

We talked to Carole Marcotte, the lead designer and creative force behind Form and Function, a full-service interior design firm and storefront in Raleigh, NC, and got her take on redesigning your home with what you already have.

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Entertaining

24 Housewarming Gifts for Your Host or Hostess

Twenty-four housewarming gifts for your host or hostess that are better than a candle or a bottle of wine. For the cook, the beer lover, the decorator, the tech nerds, the socially responsible, and more.

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House Tours

Inside a West Hollywood Spanish Revival

A look inside a West Hollywood remodel by Los Angeles designer and contractor Justin Krzyston. The cottage is complete with gated privacy and beautiful mid-century lines.

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Where & How to Buy Original Art for Your Home

Our favorite places to buy original art online, plus expert tips from art advisors and artists on how you can score beautiful pieces for your home at a great price.

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How to Tell if That Painting in the Attic Is Worth Anything

An interview with Graydon Sikes, art director at Everything But the House, art appraiser, and licensed auctioneer about that problem we all hope to have: Is that painting in the attic worth anything?

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Architectural Basics:
Modern Architecture

Modern architecture emerged over the first half of the twentieth century and evolved into the streamlined, form-follows-function aesthetic we know and continue to love. We explore the origins of this architectural school and its most famous gems.

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Architectural Basics:
Cape Cod Houses

With their simple, charming design, Cape Cod–style cottages are among the most recognizable and enduring house styles in America. Learn about the history and key elements that make up a Cape Cod house.

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Galley Kitchens:
Design Ideas and Configuration Tips

If you’re designing a new galley kitchen or looking to remodel an existing one, we’ll show you how to maximize your space for the most beautiful and efficient layout.

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Common Mistakes When Planning
a Backyard Wedding

Considering a backyard wedding? We’ll discuss important factors when planning a backyard wedding, common backyard wedding mistakes, and ways you can save on your big day.

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13 Walk-In Closet Ideas

Though your walk-in closet may be small, there are still ways to give it character. Here are 13 walk-in closet ideas that will help you declutter clothes and accessories, maximize storage space, create a more efficient layout, and transform the look and feel of your space.

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The Story Behind the Beloved Adirondack Chair

Most of us are familiar with the Adirondack chair and its quintessential summer charm. Here’s a brief history of the design that became an iconic image of coastal landscapes across the US.

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At Home with Artist Julia Rothman

An interview with Julia Rothman, a Brooklyn-based artist, author, illustrator, and co-founder of Women Who Draw. We caught up with Julia at her Brooklyn home to talk about how her home reflects her art.

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7 Best Indoor Plants For Low Light

The best indoor plants for low light are those that thrive with four or fewer hours of sunlight each day. House Method has picked seven of our favorites for your home. Green thumb not required.

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How to Organize a Closet
When You Don’t Have One

How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.

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House Tours

Tour a Modern Jewel at 15 Union Square West

Tour a condo in Manhattan's storied 15 Union Square West. The former home of Tiffany and Co's headquarters now houses 36 luxury condominiums. We explore the building's history and open this satiny masterpiece to glimpse a three-bedroom jewel of a home.

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On Graduating to a New Neighborhood: An Interview with Tilden Brighton of To Be Bright

We caught up with the New York City blogger in her new Manhattan apartment to talk about the importance of having a bedroom door, moving to an “adult” apartment, and exploring her new neighborhood.

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7 Summer Staycation Ideas

Sometimes the very best vacations are had in the comfort of our own homes. Here are seven ways to have a summer staycation.

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The Low-Waste, Minimalist Home: An Interview with Jess with Less

An interview with Jess with Less. She talks to us about what a low-waste, minimalist lifestyle means to her and the simple swaps we can make in our own homes that can get us closer to responsible consumption.

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Small Apartment Decorating Ideas

Form and function, meet design. With such little space in your apartment, balance is important to create a space that is both efficient and useful. Here are our top decorating tips for apartment dwellers, room by room.

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What Our Fathers Have
Taught Us About Home

Maybe your father taught you how to make your garden look pristine or maybe he encouraged you to have fun with your interior decorating style. The House Method team talks about what our fathers taught us about home.

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Wall Styling: An Interview with Mason Lane Art Advisory Founder Katharine Earnhardt

Too often, wall art is an afterthought when decorating our homes. But when chosen carefully, the right wall art can provide character for an entire room. We interviewed Katharine Earnhardt, founder of Mason Lane Art Advisory, a Brooklyn-based wall styling firm, and learned the best practices for styling walls.

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House Tours

At Home with Chelsea Lankford

An interview with Chelsea Lankford of Truelane. We caught up with Chelsea at her Seattle home to talk about the move back to her Pacific Northwest hometown and what home means when you’re on the road for a living.

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Entryway Inspiration from All Angles

The first impression of a home is made the second you step through the front door. See our favorite entryways from all angles and learn how to set a welcoming tone for your home.

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How to Organize a Closet: An Interview with a Professional Closet Organizer

Get an exclusive look at how Kimber Holcombe, founder and image consultant of KW Consulting, a Dallas-Fort Worth closet organization company, thinks about organizing a closet and learn how to manage your own messy space.

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7 Most Unique Lighting Brands for Your Home

Adding a unique light fixture to your home can instantly make it more stylish. From glistening chandeliers that illuminate your dining room to modern light sconces that serve as wall décor, here are seven lighting brands worth considering.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing Your Closet

We interviewed Sarah Giller Nelson, owner of Less is More Organizing Services, and asked her advice on how to efficiently organize and maintain a closet. Here’s our simple, five-step guide.

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Front Stairs Inspiration

Exterior stairs have the potential to really contribute to your home's curb appeal. From floating concrete stairs to stone porch steps, here are 10 ideas for your home's front stairs.

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7 Nursery Décor Ideas

Are you tired of the traditional pink and blue nursery and wanting to personalize your newborn's room? From soft colors to statement walls to personalized artwork, here are seven nursery décor ideas for your home.

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More Is More: The Art of Maximalism

Maximalism: when more is actually more. Here’s our take on maximalism and how you can apply this decorating style to your home.

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House Tours

Step Inside a Colorful and Classic Home on Central Park West

Step inside a beautiful two-bedroom penthouse atop 230 Central Park West, with expansive views of the park and of the glittering Midtown skyline.

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Best Uses of Wallpaper

From refreshing, floral prints to simple, classic designs, here are 8 best uses of wallpaper from our collection of house tours.

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Bathroom

Art in the Bathroom

Though your bathroom may be small, there are plenty of opportunities to feature art. Here are 11 ways to include art in the bathroom.

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Entertaining

How to Make a Guest Room
in 48 Hours

When you have unexpected guests due in a few days and a spare bedroom that’s more storage space than guest room, you have to be pretty scrappy. Here's how to create a complete guest room in under a weekend.

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House Tours

Tour a Little Seattle Bungalow Just Blocks from Puget Sound

Tour a little bungalow in West Seattle and hear how the homeowners have made this little home their own, from room expansions to new siding and a little TLC in the details.

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Calico Wallpaper: The Captivating Papers

We hear from Rachel and Nick Cope, the founders of Calico Wallpaper, and get insight into what led them to incorporate paper marbling into their deluxe wallpapers.

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9 Apartments You Will Tour
Before You Move

This apartment may or may not be done being built. There are no appliances and half of the floor is a gaping hole that leads to the basement. The realtor assures you they’ll get the electricity on by the time you move in, they just have to do a little wiring. OK, all of the wiring.

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Shower Inspiration
from All Angles

Here’s your shower inspiration from all angles. See our favorites: big or small, luxurious or understated, tiled or wooden, stone, and more.

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Kanso: A Japanese Living Practice & Celebration in Simplicity

You’ve heard of feng shui and wabi-sabi, now get the low-down on kanso, the Japanese interior design concept the celebrates simplicity, grace, and beauty.

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Bookshelf Ideas from All Angles

Bookshelf ideas for your home library, chosen by our resident bibliophiles, from upscale wabi-sabi to devil-may-care European chic.

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OLIVIA + POPPY: The Bold Papers

Part one of our wallpaper series: We interviewed Jamie Graney, CEO and founder of OLIVIA + POPPY, and got her take on breaking into the wallpaper industry.

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Flavor Paper: The Handcrafted Papers

We had the opportunity to chat with Kalin Siegwald, manager of creative at Flavor Paper, and learn about the company’s unique wallpaper collections and eco-friendly manufacturing process.

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Health

Airbnb Confessions: Examining Guest Behavior During Their Stays

We asked more than 1,000 Airbnb guests and 100 hosts about how often they demonstrated or discovered objectionable behaviors. From minor frustrations to freakier infractions, we discovered how often visitors violated the rules they promised to follow.

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6 Ways to Decorate
Your Apartment Balcony

Decorate your apartment balcony for warm, festive nights and slow weekend mornings. Here are six ways to decorate your apartment balcony.

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House Tours

Tour a South Street Seaport Loft Full of Texture and Color

Step inside an expansive loft in lower Manhattan home to an interior designer and a former architect. From original industrial details to nautical nods to the build's past, this space is the perfect combination of New Amsterdam and New York.

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Bedroom

How to Create a Feng Shui Bedroom

Transform your ordinary bedroom into a space that inspires, promotes balance, and encourages feelings of tranquility. Here’s how to perfect the feng shui bedroom.

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8 Wall Décor Ideas
for Your Home

Had enough of the gallery walls, monotonous paint, and photo grids? Here are eight wall décor ideas that will give your home a little more character.

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The Best and Worst Home Trends of the 2000s

With a resurgence of home trends from the 2000s, there are some that we’re absolutely in love with, but others that should just stay in the past. Here are the best—and worst—home trends from the 2000s.

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Outdoor Kitchen
Configuration and Design Ideas

With outdoor kitchen season among us, here’s everything you need to know about building and designing your outdoor space, from design and configuration to safety considerations.

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How to Declutter Your Home

Whether you’re a sentimentalist or downsizer, here are our tips to help you declutter your home.

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Coffee Table Inspiration

Coffee tables are meant for holding more than just coffee. Handpicked from our favorite house tours, here’s your dose of coffee table inspiration.

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Home Office Inspiration
from All Angles

Get creative with the home office space you have and transform your mundane and ordinary work environment into a creative and productive sanctuary. Here are six of our favorite home offices.

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Indoor Herb Garden Essentials

Add your own mint to your juleps in May and tarragon to your coq a vin in December. Run a tiny baby farm right from your windowsill.

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Bedroom

Kids’ Room Inspiration
from All Angles

Here at HM, we believe that anything goes when it comes to kids rooms. We're not exactly fans of kids' rooms decked from floor to ceiling in primary colors, or those reserving space exploration for boys and flowers for girls.

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Bathroom

Bathroom Inspiration from All Angles

Glimpse our favorite bathrooms and garner some inspiration for your own space. From geometric ceilings to wallpaper statement walls, there’s sure to be a bathroom that piques your interest.

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The Spring Cleaning Drinking Game

Turn the chore of spring cleaning into an event! Combine your spring cleaning list with your favorite booze. No cleaning task is too large with a cocktail in hand.

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Artists in Residence: Artists’ Residencies and the Relationship Between Creativity and Space

Each year, scores of artists take a break from their daily routines and participate in artists’ residencies. With a new setting and dedicated time to create, what happens at the intersection of place and creativity?

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One Laundry Room
to Rule Them All

Take a look inside one of the most marvelous laundry rooms we've seen. This clean space will have you getting excited over Tide ads.

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How To Hygge This Summer

Though hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is typically associated with winter and colder weather, it takes on a whole new meaning during the warmer months. Here are nine ways to hygge this summer.

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The Imminent Rise of Wabi-Sabi and What It Means About Our Obsession with Our Homes

The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, the acceptance and even embrace of the imperfect and incomplete, is back in vogue this year for those who are just tired of folding the laundry. So what does this say about our obsession with having beautiful homes?

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House Tours

Best Homes with a View

Warmer weather has us dreaming of time spent outside, sun-filled patios, and waterfront properties. Here are our favorite homes with the most breathtaking views.

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Living Room Inspiration
from All Angles

Explore our favorite living rooms from the House Method house tour archives. We picked our favorite living spaces from creekside getaways to urban gems.

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House Tours

Step Inside a Perfect Mid-Century Gem Made for Gatherings

Tour a marvelously restored mid-century modern home made to transport you back to the era of Auntie Mame and post-war suburbia

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Best Home Bars from All Angles

See our favorite home bars for every house method: mid-century modern, traditional eclectic, urban contemporary, farmhouse traditional, and more.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines: Behind the Design (That Made Them Famous)

Chip and Joanna Gaines are back with a new show: Fixer Upper: Behind the Design. We take a closer look at their famous style and how they set a new tone for the industry.

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5 Kitchen Island Ideas

Kitchen islands can be both functional and beautiful. Here are 5 kitchen island ideas for your home.

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10 Tips to
Make the Most of
Small Space Living

From design to storage and organization, small space living offers unique challenges and wonderful opportunities. Take your small space from claustrophobic to cozy with these 10 essential tips.

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Deconstructing Design Star Decor: How TV’s Elite Create a Home

We analyzed 10 HGTV and DIY Network shows to reveal the top styles, most-used colors, and must-have furniture accents used by TV's design stars. Learn how today's design elite approach home design.

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