Artist Lark Upson’s Arts & Crafts-Style Cottage in Vermont

April 8, 2014

Shortly after I got married, my mother-in-law gave me a gift subscription to Better Homes and Gardens, and she’s been renewing it for me every year since (thanks, Norma!). That means that when the September 1998 issue came out, I probably saw (and loved) the feature about the artist and furniture maker Lark Upson’s “Storybook […]

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Spanish Bungalow Makeovers on “American Dream Builders”

April 7, 2014

Nate Berkus is back on TV with American Dream Builders, a show that’s kinda Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-meets-Design Star. Each week two teams of designers renovate and decorate a house, and someone from the losing team goes home. The Designer Drama threatens to derail the show at times, though. Take last night’s ep, which had them renovating […]

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Billy Joel’s Beach House on the Market & More Links I Like

April 4, 2014

1. The Piano Man Selling His Oceanfront Estate in Sagaponack

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Are “Closed Kitchens” Making a Comeback?

April 2, 2014

For years the open-concept kitchen has been touted as the best kind. Something every house should have. Countless walls have been knocked down as a result, and it’s increasingly rare to find newer houses that don’t have kitchens open to some kind of adjoining family room. But lately I’ve been hearing from dissenters who would rather have theirs closed, thankyouverymuch…

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Alicia’s House in Montana with Rustic English-Country Style

March 31, 2014

Areader named Alicia wrote me about the house she built on 180 acres near the small town of Ennis, Montana: “It’s a pretty special place. Kind of rustic but with a bit of English country style. It’s tucked in a forest of Cottonwood trees, but we have unobstructed mountain views of the Madison range from the front […]

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A Three-Story Craftsman in Seattle & More Houses For Sale

March 28, 2014

1. An Updated Craftsman with Original Woodwork in Washington

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The House in Malibu Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Bought

March 27, 2014

Celebrity super-couple Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their decision to “consciously uncouple” (aka separate) this week. Sad news considering they’ve been together for over ten years and have two young children. But also surprising since they reportedly purchased this house together in Malibu just days earlier…

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Restoring a Painted Queen Anne Cottage in Austin

March 25, 2014

This is the kind of house story I love to hear because it has a happy ending! The Wilkins-Heath House is a Victorian Cottage from the 1880s for sale in Austin’s historic Travis Heights neighborhood and boy, has it come a long way since this photo was taken.

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