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Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Closet

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

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.

Entryway

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.

Inspiration

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.

Curb Appeal

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

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.

Inspiration

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Bathroom

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

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.

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

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.

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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?

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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?

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.

Inspiration

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.

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

Inspiration

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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Marble Countertops |
Everything You Need to Know

Marble countertops are one of the most popular home design options—they’re a luxurious statement piece accessible at a range of price points. Here’s everything you need to know about marble countertops, from heat resistance and durability to price and maintenance.

Inspiration

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.

Inspiration

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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Soapstone Countertops |
Everything You Need to Know

Soapstone countertops are a great option if you’re into a classic and timeless look. In this pros and cons article, we discuss durability, heat tolerance, stain resistance, maintenance, and cost.

Inspiration

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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Inspiration

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.

House Tours

Tour SoHo’s Most
Eligible Penthouse

See a $14.8 million penthouse atop 52 Wooster Street. This home is perfectly styled in bright contemporary pieces, infused with mid-century influence, and decked with luxurious marble accents. Get a glimpse of this spectacular home and its sweeping lower Manhattan views.

House Tours

Tour a House That’s All
About the Details

Tour a house built and designed from scratch in just nine months. See how the homeowners improved the flow of their home and made it look more historic by focusing on small, important details.

Entertaining

The Golden Rules of Gatherings: An Interview with Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast

We talk to photographer, educator, blogger, and author of The Forest Feast cookbooks, Erin Gleeson, about her golden rules of gatherings—those nuggets of wisdom that make hosting that much easier and that much more enjoyable.

House Tours

Tour an Historically Renovated Southern Farmhouse

A wraparound porch, a tin roof, vaulted ceilings, and lovely, thick baseboards. Tour this 100-year-old Durham, NC, farmhouse and see how its character and history have beautifully preserved.

House Tours

Three Styles in One: Tour a Charlotte House Mixed with Traditional, Industrial, and Natural Elements

Inspired by traditional and industrial-style elements, see how two Charlotte homeowners updated the interior and exterior of their home for a more natural feel.

House Tours

Tour a Style Blogger’s Fashionable New York City Apartment

Style blogger Grace Lee of Gracefullee Made gives us insight on styling an apartment and making it your own.

Inspiration

5 Principles of
Minimalist Decorating

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” Learn the five basic principles of minimalist decorating for great, transparent style.

Garden

Patience and Planning:
Tour a Lush and Thriving
Pennsylvania Garden

From designing the landscape and hardscape to selecting a variety of plants and flowers, get a home gardener's insight on completely transforming your outdoor space.

Inspiration

5 Questions for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash

The right backsplash can complete the look of your kitchen. Here are five questions to help you determine which style is right for your home.

House Tours

Tour an $8 Million Tribeca Penthouse, Lower Manhattan’s Malibu in the Sky

Peek inside a gorgeous penthouse perched atop Tribeca’s historic 44 Lispenard Street, once home to A-listers John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and neighbor to more stars.

Inspiration

Greek Life Property Value: Fraternities and Sororities with the Largest and Most Valuable Properties

See our study of the most valuable Panhellenic properties in the United States. See which fraternities and sororities rank for the oldest, biggest, and most expensive in the country.

Bedroom

Decorating Kids’ Rooms: An Interview with Interior Designer Beth Barden

Interior designer Beth Barden of designPOST Interiors gives us her take on decorating kids’ bedrooms for their tastes now and later.

Inspiration

Pocket Neighborhoods: Fostering Community with Shared Space

Explore the idea of life in a pocket neighborhood, learning about everything involved, from the benefits of community interaction to the challenges of zoning.

Entertaining

The Best Blogs to Inspire Your Holiday Gatherings

If you want to stand out among the other hosts of the holiday dinner party season, think beyond pumpkin pies and frosted garlands. Here are seven blogs to inspire your holiday get-togethers.

Inspiration

How to Spruce Up Your Home for $300 or Less: An Interview with Adrienne Hubbard

We sat down with Adrienne Hubbard of Crafty Little Gnome for her take on how to spruce up and even increase the resale value of your home for less than $300.

House Tours

How to Flip a House and Get Married:
One Couple’s Before and After Renovation

Tour a Charlotte, NC, home flipped while planning a wedding. Now with their first child on the way, the couple gave us a look at what they did with their fixer upper.

Inspiration

Guide to Kitchen Layouts

A kitchen remodel can add 82.7% of the project’s cost to the value of your home. Whether you're designing a new construction or upgrading an existing space, get inspired with this guide to kitchen layouts.

Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Ideas: How to Create the Perfect Retreat

Here’s how to create the perfect guest bedroom. Get ideas for lighting, décor, bedding, and those little touches that make an overnight stay especially relaxing.

House Tours

Lessons from a Tiny House Build

Tour a 160-square-foot tiny home designed and built by the homeowners. Find out how they did it, what they learned, and what they wish they knew going in.

House Tours

A Cozy Suburban Cottage
in Black and White

Tour this cozy 2,000 square foot cottage that’s modestly adorned in a black and white color palette and clean, uncluttered decor.

Dining

How to Host a Dinner Party

The simplest dos and do nots of how to host a dinner party, from the menu to decorations to when you should take a step back.

House Tours

A Waterfront Colonial on Cerulean Waters

Tour a 1938 Colonial with sweeping views of Lake Erie’s deep blue waters. Filled with heirlooms and personal touches, this home is warm, welcoming, and serene.

Dining

Minimalist Dining Spaces
in Six Styles

Think again if you believe minimalist dining spaces are reserved only for trendy cafés. Minimalism isn’t limited to industrial meets monochrome. Create a minimalist dining space out of any design style—even romantic.

Inspiration

Inspiration for Tiny Kitchens

Even if you’re working with modest space in the kitchen, you’re not limited to minimal style or drab dressings. Here are 10 inspiring kitchens that make a tiny space completely workable.

House Tours

More Is More: A Georgian-Style Family Home Come to Life

Tour a stately Georgian three-story that’s a spirited amalgam of colors and textures, old and new, profiles, layers, and weights.

House Tours

On the Art of Reinvention: An Interior Designer’s Classic and Eclectic Family Home

Interior designer Anna Applegate marries vintage, preppy, traditional, and mid-century modern in her suburban split-level home that’s anything but ordinary.

House Tours

A Lawyer’s Sleek and Colorful Brooklyn Townhouse

Vivid splashes of yellow and red, chocolatey hardwoods, and neutral anchor colors mix in this top-to-bottom-renovated Ocean Hill townhouse.

Entertaining

How to Host Overnight Guests

A simple recipe for hosting overnight guests that’s preparation light but opens the door for a pleasing stay.

House Tours

Explore A Couple’s Porch Renovation—Just in Time for Fall

Explore a DIY porch renovation completed just in time for entertaining fall guests in cool southern weather.

House Tours

A Staycation Getaway on the Sandy Shores of Lake Erie

Meet the owners of a modern lakefront house who built the ultimate local vacation property.

House Tours

A Cape Cod Home Made for an Adventure-Seeking Family

Tour a New England home perfect for those who love backyard soccer games, outdoor showers, cross-country skiing, and strumming a ukulele on the porch.

House Tours

Downsizing with a View: 1960s Lakeside Ranch

Meet homeowners of a renovated 1960s ranch home who learned to downsize their space while upgrading their view.

Entertaining

Decorating for Fall—
Without Pumpkins

No need to default to the same autumn decorations year after year. Try these natural elements—completely pumpkin free—in your fall decor.

House Tours

A Waterfront Cottage on the Banks of Hewletts Creek

Step inside a one-bedroom waterfront cottage tucked into the Hewlett’s Creek watershed.

Entertaining

How to Host a Late-Summer Barbecue

Here’s everything you need to host a late-summer barbecue, from an herb-heavy menu to music, wine, and planning.

House Tours

The Best Things Take Time: A Bright Boston Row Home for a Family of Four

Glimpse a beautiful Boston row home completely customized inside and out—from the floor plan to the staircase, backyard, and even the sofa.

House Tours

Getting What You Want Out of a Renovation: Tour a Before and After Kitchen Remodel

From formica to Corian, brown to white, explore a before and after kitchen renovation and lessons learned from balancing price and quality.

House Tours

A Minimalist Home &
A Lesson in Enjoying the Process

Tour a home that's part an office and yoga studio—and a reflection of tastes built from travels to Morocco and lots a Instagram research.

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