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Murphy beds: The next generation

Murphy beds: The next generation

They’ve come so far, in fact, they’re not even called “Murphy beds” anymore. (The category is now referred to as the much-less-likely-to-be-trademarked, but not nearly as cool, “Wall beds.”) What’s more, they’re not the hulking behemoths that the used to be. In fact, some are downright—dare I say—handsome. At the forefront…

7 tips for building a summer home on a budget

7 tips for building a summer home on a budget

The day my greenhouse came down was as emotional as the day I laid eyes on it. 
A wedding gift built by my husband, the little wood-and-glass structure served me well for 15 years. But thanks to a gang of burrowing moles and three befouling ducks it was beyond repair.…

Save money by keeping the fixtures and updating paint, flooring and accessories.

Save money by keeping the fixtures and updating paint, flooring and accessories.

Save money by keeping the fixtures and updating paint, flooring and accessories. Q. Our main bathroom is a decorating disaster. The rest of our house is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Lighthouse Landing (1044) and we have pine baseboards and trim with brass accents. We would like to continue…

Design dilemma: The best flooring for your kitchen

Design dilemma: The best flooring for your kitchen

Q: I really like the look of hardwood flooring, but I’ve been warned against using it in the kitchen. 
I…

Five minutes with Vanessa Holden of West Elm

Five minutes with Vanessa Holden of West Elm

It might be your go-to source for exotic patterns and sleek mid-century modern silhouettes, but West Elm probably…

Design dilemma: Do all kitchen appliances need to be in the same finish

Design dilemma: Do all kitchen appliances need to be in the same finish

Q: All of my kitchen appliances are stainless steel. Can I buy a dishwasher in another finish? 
— S.G., OttawaA: The problem…

Design dilemma: The best flooring for your kitchen

Design dilemma: The best flooring for your kitchen

Q: I really like the look of hardwood flooring, but I’ve been warned against using it in the kitchen. 
I…

7 tips for building a summer home on a budget

7 tips for building a summer home on a budget

The day my greenhouse came down was as emotional as the day I laid eyes on it. 
A wedding gift…

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