A Beach House with a Blue Door on Amelia Island

April 8, 2015

This luxury vacation home rental sits on Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach in Florida. The views are amazing, but the first thing that grabbed my attention was the pretty blue front door…

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What It Was Like to Be on “Love It or List It”

April 6, 2015

I have spies everywhere. One of them wrote me from North Carolina last fall, reporting, “Love It or List It is currently shooting at a house around the corner from me!” That was big news because the show had never filmed outside Canada before.

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Before & After: A Kiawah Island Vacation Home Makeover

April 2, 2015

A reader named Mary Margaret wrote me about the year-long renovation of her Kiawah Island vacation home rental in South Carolina, calling it “a labor of love.” Take a look at how she updated her house near the beach…

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Paul Williams House For Sale with Victorian Guest Cottage

April 1, 2015

The Ad Astra Estate in La Cañada Flintridge, California, is a Southern Colonial Revival designed by architect Paul Revere Williams in 1935. It sits on 2 acres and comes with a charming Victorian guest cottage and a small red barn in back. 

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Building a New Family Home with Classic Southern Style

March 26, 2015

When I saw this white house in Asheville, North Carolina, it stopped me in my tracks. Gorgeous! Platt Architects say the clients asked for a rambling family home with classic Southern style that was “simple and old fashioned, right down to the ‘trick-or-treater’ front porch.”

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Bedroom Makeover Progress: New Hardwood Floors!

March 25, 2015

Thought you’d like an update on the makeover we’re giving our son’s bedroom. Last week I showed you how we hung (fake) shiplap paneling on the walls and painted it white. Since then the new hardwood floors, baseboard, and trim around the windows and doors has been installed, so we’re making progress! 

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HGTV Behind the Scenes: Chip & Joanna on “Fixer Upper”

March 23, 2015

“Fixer Upper” hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines are the rising stars of HGTV. After featuring their farmhouse, I’ve gotten so many questions about them and their show that today I’m going to answer as many of them as possible. But first, here’s a little background on the couple and how they ended up on TV…

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How to Hang (Fake) Shiplap Paneling

March 19, 2015

I’ve always loved the look of shiplap-paneled walls, so when we decided to give our son Jake’s room a makeover, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try it. Shiplap can get pricey, though, and our budget was pretty tight, so we decided to fake it instead.

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