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This Country’s Homes Master Effortlessly Cool, Casual Vibes

Nothing is really worse than a too stiff and stuffy home. When a home feels more like a museum and less like a place you doing your living in, it’s hard for you — or your guests — to relax. But these homes below are the very opposite of stiff; they’re beautiful spaces that are also casual and comfy, with an energy that feels vibrant and motivating.

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Posted on Dec 15, 2017

A Cool California Modern Boho Abode — House Call

“My husband and I bought our house when I was pregnant with our first-born nine years ago. It was a foreclosure and previously owned by someone who was trying to “flip” it. We did not like the design choices he made but we loved the neighborhood and luckily, choosing to buy in Venice, California has been a great investment,” writes blogger and designer Kristin Dion. “Over time, we have made several improvements. We replaced all the doors, added hardwood floors in the bedrooms, remodeled the kitchen, added bi-fold doors and a deck off the kitchen/dining area and built-ins in the family and living rooms. Our next project is the master bathroom!”

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Posted on Dec 14, 2017

How to Sort Your Closet Like a Professional Personal Stylist

Laurel Kinney more than helps people look their best; she helps them look more like themselves! As a professional personal stylist, a big part of her job is also helping clients organize and sort their closets. Before, she’s shared the four biggest ways you get in the way of looking your best and questions you should ask yourself now (so your closet doesn’t end up full of clothes you never wear). In this post, just in time to get started off on the right style foot in 2018, Laurel shares how to sort your closet like a stylist!

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Posted on Dec 14, 2017

A Former Artists’ Loft in SoHo Is Utterly Enviable — House Call

“When it came to finding a place for myself, I knew I wanted something distinctly New York, and it’s hard to find something more New York than SoHo’s cobblestone streets and cast-iron façades,” wrote Marc Fichera, the Marketing Director for a top residential real estate team. “The oversized windows and neat view overlooking the historic buildings across the street really sold me on the space.

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Posted on Dec 13, 2017

Before and After: The Secret to Taking Wood-Paneled Walls Down a Notch

Warm, earthy wood is such a beautiful material to have in your home…until it’s not. There are no rules about how much wood a home can handle, but you know it when you see it. When Carina Romano bought this cabin in the Catskills with two friends, Amanda Jaffe and Kate McCann, the location won them over, but the amount of ’80s-era wood-paneled walls was overwhelming. Thankfully, these creative women were able to transform what could have been a lumber-induced nightmare into a modern, cozy retreat. And best of all, it didn’t take much to tip the timber scales from hardwood horror show to fabulously forest-inspired.

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Posted on Dec 13, 2017

A Small Boston Studio Apartment’s Got Great Bones — House Call

“In the past, I’ve lived in one-bedroom apartments, so I was a bit nervous about how to set up a studio so that it felt more like a home and less like one giant bedroom,” writes Maeve Stier, the Boston-based blogger behind Chic Now.

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Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Mobile Homes So Stylish You’ll Want to Take to the Open Road Today

Mortgages, bills, work stress, soccer games, the nightly news — is it any wonder that many of us feel a deep yearning to get away from it all? To pack just the essentials? To simplify our lives? To have the time — and freedom — to explore the world? Instagram tags like #camperlifestyle, #tinyhouseonwheels and #homeiswhereyouparkit (to only name a few) are full of photos of smiling, seemingly carefree people who have decided to remodel a mobile home and say goodbye to a life of rent checks and morning commutes.

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Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Proof Planning Pays Off: A Bright, Cozy Home in Just 300 Square Feet — House Call

“My home is small but I feel so lucky to call it mine. It’s located in a small beach town within walking distance to some really great shops and restaurants,” describes Lauren Hunter, of her studio apartment.

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Posted on Dec 11, 2017

8 Simple Truths About Stuff to Remember in 2018

Stuff. We spend a lot of energy and money acquiring it…and we spend a lot of time looking around our homes and wondering “How the heck did I get all this stuff?” If you are tired of the push and pull of stuff in your life, consider these simple stuff truths by a design expert who absolutely aces storage, stuff and style in a small studio apartment.

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Posted on Dec 11, 2017

A Sleek (Renter-Friendly) Headboard You Can DIY

This headboard idea is So. Simple. It’s an uncomplicated DIY project that adds minimal and modern pizzazz to a bedroom or a guest bedroom. Creating architectural interest, the headboard ledge is now perfectly suited to store and display art, plants, lamps and more.

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Posted on Dec 7, 2017

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