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3 Friends Buy a Cozy Mountain Cabin Together in the Catskills — House Tour

Name: Amanda Jaffe, Kate McCann, Carina Romano
Location: Fleischmanns, New York
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: Less than a year, owned

Sometimes friends get together and profess their love of the same tall mountains and winding roads. For Amanda, Kate and Carina (me!), these confessions and conversations resulted in buying a dream getaway together in the ever-inspiring Catskill Mountains. Buying a home with ample land was at the top of our list, because we wanted to create a secluded retreat from Philadelphia — where we all live and work.

After three months of driving Upstate, seeing over 30 mountain homes with our adventurous realtor, and getting to know all of the best lunch spots along Route 28, the three of us settled on a perfect four-bedroom home in Fleischmanns, New York. Though the home needed some major cosmetic updating and TLC, it was easy to see the potential with five+ acres of mountaintop land laid before it.


Posted on Dec 8, 2017

7 Cozy Yet Modern Cabins That’ll Make You Want to Run Away From the City

Can cabins be modern? Most cabin decor I’ve seen definitely leans more towards the country-cute side of the spectrum, but this doesn’t mean that lovers of both modern design and cozy, rustic homes are out of luck. I’ve scoured the internet for examples of cozy cabins that are still modern and stylish, to inspire your next winter getaway, or just give you warm vibes on a cold day.


Posted on Dec 2, 2017

A 100-Year Old Home in Oregon’s Wine Country — House Tour

Name: Matt and Ali Murray, daughter Tennyson, 2, and Lucky, the Mini Aussie
Location: Newberg, Oregon
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years lived in: Owned, 5.5 years

Three years ago, Matt told Ali that he found their dream home in Newberg, a small town in Oregon’s wine country about an hour from Portland. They had previously lived together in downtown Portland, and later owned a house in a southwest suburb of the city…and weren’t actually in the market for a new home. But the couple fell in love with this 1910 house’s original charm and woodwork as well as Newberg’s small-town community. “From the built-ins, to picture molding, as well as pocket doors and wainscoting, the house has much of its turn-of-the-century features intact…sometimes I joke that we bought the house for the 600 square feet that had never been touched,” says Ali.

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Posted on Dec 2, 2017

A Calm, Renovated, “Post-IKEA” Portland Home — House Tour

Name: David and Katy Kippen, and dogs Violet and Wally
Location: Laurelhurst — NE Portland, Oregon
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 12 years, owned

When Katy and David bought their 1922 Craftsman bungalow in Portland a dozen years ago, they visualized a place where they could enjoy privacy and calm, despite their home’s very urban location. With time and patience they have created their ideal space: modern, minimal and inspired by “nature, open spaces, and contrast.” The updates the couple have managed over the years — including gutting the kitchen and bathroom, and completely updating the landscaping — honor the vintage era of the home.

Katy is the owner and designer of Grayling, and David is part-owner of a hardware store in Portland. Katy explains the reasoning behind the calm, simple aesthetic of their home, “we both work in retail and our stores are highly stimulating environments. When we come home, we like to let our eyes rest.”


Posted on Nov 23, 2017

A Minimal, Scandi-Influenced UK Home — House Tour

Name: Kate and Matt Williams, their children Daisy and Joseph, and their whippets Mimi and Olive
Location: Mistley — Essex, UK
Years lived in: 3 1/2 years

This Georgian home dates back to 1710 and sits on one side of the scenic High Street of Mistley village on the Stour Estuary in Essex. The air is scented with the salty smell of the river and the malty hops brewing in the large red-brick brewery nearby. It’s home to hairdresser Kate, her husband Matt (a firefighter), their two children and their much-loved family pets, whippets Mimi and Olive. Spread across four levels, the home has stunning views along the river from the back windows and a pretty, walled garden at the rear.


Posted on Nov 20, 2017

A Perfectly Pink, Adorable Apartment in London’s Notting Hill — House Tour

Name: Violet Victoria Dent and Harry Dent
Location: Notting Hill, London
Size: 588 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, renting

Millennial pink, rose quartz — whatever you call it, pink is definitely having a moment. One designer in London loves it so much she’s surrounded herself with plenty of shades of pink in the maisonette she shares with her husband in Notting Hill, London.


Posted on Nov 10, 2017

A Breezy, Cheeky Canadian Country Home — House Tour

Name: Cynthia Zamaria and Graham Loughton
Location: Keene — Ontario, Canada
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years, owned

Cynthia possesses an incredible ability to see the potential for a space and then make it come to life. For years she has been exercising her creativity through interior design by transforming her family’s city and country homes. With the support and collaborative efforts of her husband, Graham, the couple have managed to cultivate this cozy family getaway spot in the charming town of Keene, Ontario (about two hours from Toronto).


Posted on Nov 10, 2017

“Chic Shaker” Is Our Vote for the Next Modern Farmhouse Look

(Image credit: Domino)

If the meteoric rise ofFixer Upper” couple Chip and Joanna Gaines has taught us anything, it’s that our collective appetite for modern farmhouse interiors isn’t waning. The style and its hallmarks—anything from ceramic apron sinks and finishes with patina to shiplap walls and reclaimed barnwood floors—is huge in home decor right now. But if you want to be ahead of the design game, our gut’s telling us that “Chic Shaker” is what’s coming down the pipeline.


Posted on Sep 6, 2017

The Simple, Affordable, Yet Totally Transformative Addition Your Bathroom Needs

(Image credit: Wit & Delight)

When considering a bathroom redo (whether full-on reno or just a weekend-warrior refresh), you’ll want to know all the options that are available to you. You can go all out with tile, or run with a fun, printed wallpaper. Or maybe just stick with a simple paint color that sets the right mood. Even better though, is an option that’s worth serious consideration: beadboard. Super affordable, this type of wainscoting (check out this helpful article on the difference between the often interchanged terms) is sure to bring a refined and classic look – not to mention tons of character – to your bathroom. Here are 10 rooms to get your beadboard-centric creative juices flowing.


Posted on Jun 19, 2017


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