Archive for the 'The Polls' Category

Hot or Not Hot? — The small kitchen of my dreams

I’m enthralled with this small kitchen, which I saw in an article by kitchen designer Susan Serra, author of The Kitchen Designer. What’s so appealing here? The antique wood floors are most beautiful. Susan points out that the direction the boards run, along the length of the kitchen, rather than the width, draws your eye [...]

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Famous folks at home quiz

Whose room is this? A. Suri, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes B. Max and Emme, son and daughter of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony C. Max, son of Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman ANSWER (Photo: People magazine) See more famous folks at home

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What’s your least favorite DIY task?

When I visited Arnie and Lily Richards at home in Downey, California, they were naturally proud of the new dining room they added, and the adjacent kitchen they remodeled. You can see it here and it’s nice, isn’t it? And the couple did every single thing themselves, with their own hands — demolition (friends helped [...]

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435-square-foot apartment feels airy and spacious

I’m enthralled with this 435-square-foot apartment in Greenwich Village, N.Y. It has only one window, in the living room, yet the space feels light and open. What you see here is the living room from each end, with the kitchen on one side, and the bedroom on the other side through glass doors. (Click photo [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? Giant wall stencils

The New York Times had a pretty good concept for a series: Remake five rooms around the city for $300 each. In these times of job losses and declining prosperity, $300 is still a lot of money but not too much. In a living room on Long Island, $250 of the budget was eaten up [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Now this is a movie star bedroom. Do you wonder who sleeps here? Here are some things to ponder: • This lavish bedroom is in a Manhattan apartment. • This oversized bedroom was the apartment’s original living room. • Alabaster lamps from David Duncan Antiques flank the early-20th-century Italian bed. • The famous person who lives [...]

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Facebook members petition ‘Extreme Makeover’ to rebuild Buffalo plane crash house

From USA Today: More than 60,000 people have signed a Facebook petition pleading with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to restore the home of a grieving mother and daughter whose Buffalo, N.Y., house was flattened by the Continental Airlines commuter plane that crashed on Feb. 14, leaving 49 dead. Karen Wielinski and her daughter Jill fled the house [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

This kitchen works for me. I could definitely cook next to a fireplace, couldn’t you? So who lives here? Here are some facts: • The house, in the rolling hills of Montana, was built to look old. • The stone around the fireplace and doorway is from Montana. • Some flooring planks were salvaged from [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? The blue-green tile kitchen

Me? I LOVE this kitchen. I can feel it in my bones. Maybe it's the $10,000 (or more) worth of earthy tile that gets my attention. The stove is freakishly small for the space, and I don't see why it couldn't be as wide as the blue tile section. I found this kitchen and several others [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Can you imagine yourself cooking here? I’m not sure if the famous former athlete whose home contains this kitchen actually cooks here. That’s what hired help is for, right? (Not that I have personal experience with having a professional cook in the house, but I’ve heard that it’s done.) Here’s what you should notice to [...]

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Finally, the ‘Design Star’ final challenge

God, I love this show! This could be an Olympic sport, don’t you think? Imagine a design challenge with “athletes” from all over the world — China, Korea, Australia, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Sweden, and so on. They would each get some wood and paint and tools and have at it. Or, it could be like [...]

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Who will win ‘Design Star’?

Last night, on HGTV’s “Design Star,” the three judges agreed this was the strongest group of finalists they’d seen yet. I agree. And I wondered if they might just give all three finalists — Matt, Trish and Jennifer (seen here) — each their own show and be done with it. But the competition must continue, [...]

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Insulation and moisture issues in New Orleans

Watch SoCal contractor Bill Robinson discuss insulation and moisture issues in New Orleans with homeowner Ariane Wiltse and NOLA contractor Julie Groth. Then, take the test: Click here for the answer.

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Design challenge: A bigger laundry room or a new bathroom?

Andrew C., a reader from Crofton, Md., needs our advice on whether to add a bathroom to some extra space on his ground floor, or to enlarge his cramped laundry room. (See the miserable laundry room here and here.) A little background: Andrew bought his three-story townhouse a year ago and plans to live there [...]

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My new shower curtain: Should I toss it out?

I was so excited about this new shower curtain, which was a gift for my husband. It was at about 35,000 feet, breathing airliner air, when I saw in a magazine this really neat shower curtain. The clear vinyl on the top would allow our dark and narrow shower stall some needed daylight. And the [...]

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Rate This Remodel: Carrie’s ‘Sex and the City’ apartment

I guess the apartment where Carrie Bradshaw researched and wrote her columns in the "Sex and the City" television show probably did need a makeover. Several years had passed from Carrie’s life on the small screen to her promotion to the big screen, and we all need to evolve. Carrie’s guests needed to stop sitting [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

This is a nice bedroom. Do you wonder who sleeps here? What to notice: Walnut writing table.Albert Bierstadt paintings.George Catlin print.John Rosselli bench.Schumacher lamp.Stark carpet. Give it your best guess then click here for the answer. See more famous folks at home. (Photo: Architectural Digest)

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Rate This Remodel: $20,000 Northridge kitchen

First, here are the facts: • The kitchen remodel in this 1971 Northridge tract house cost $20,000 and was done in three weeks. (Click on the photos to get a larger view)• Homeowner Dani Taylor did none of the work herself, but hired a contractor well known in the neighborhood.• Dani had many years to [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Which TV design star owns this Los Angeles kitchen? What to notice: Ikea cabinets.Carrera marble counters.Subway tile backsplash.Cork flooring.Vintage stool.Really cool stove. Give it your best guess, then click here for the answer. See more famous folks at home

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Poll: Is contemporary style on the way out?

As shocking as it may seem to fans of young, hip, cool, midcentury contemporary design, this style will not be popular forever. Stick around on the planet for a few decades, and you’ll understand all too well that today’s "modern" is tomorrow’s "hopelessly dated." Whenever I find homeowners denigrating Mexican tiles or avocado green appliances [...]

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