A Family’s Little White House on Sauvie Island

July 1, 2014

Designer Jessica Helgerson and her family live in this little white house on Sauvie Island near Portland, Oregon. I’m impressed with how they made less than 600 square feet work. Take a look!

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The Real “Money Pit” Movie House Hits the Market

June 30, 2014

What house lover could forget the 1980s comedy The Money Pit about a young couple and their fixer-upper? The real Long Island mansion where it was filmed is in much better shape than the movie version was and is on the market for $12.5 million. Here’s how it looks today:

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Bette Midler’s Sunny Manhattan Penthouse

June 26, 2014

Did you see Bette Midler’s Fifth Avenue apartment in Architectural Digest? It really wowed me with its sweeping views of Central Park and beautifully landscaped terraces. It even has a sunroom! If you’re going to live in the city, then heck, this is the way to do it…  

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Converting Old Stables Into a Cool “Music Barn”

June 25, 2014

A reader named Peggy wrote me about her talented sister Kelly Mittleman, an award-winning designer in Connecticut. For one of her recent projects, she converted what had been old horse stables into a “music barn” that her client can jam out in with his musician friends. Take a look!

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For Sale: An Old Southern House on the Water in Savannah

June 24, 2014

When I saw this beautiful old house for sale in Savannah, Georgia, I came down with a serious case of porch envy. Not only does it have them on every side, but they have sweeping views of the water.

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Where Are HGTV’s Design Stars Now?

June 23, 2014

HGTV’s Design Star has reportedly been canceled after 8 seasons. Longtime judge Vern Yip says poor ratings had a lot to do with the decision, as viewership was down to about 1.5 million per episode last year. Hearing the news made me wonder what the 8 designers who won the competition over the years are up to now…

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How a Nurse and a Nerd Gave Their Kitchen a Makeover

June 19, 2014

Laura and Michael are remodeling a 1970s Cape Cod and chronicling their progress on their blog A Nurse and a Nerd (love that name!). This outdated kitchen was one of the first rooms they tackled, and here’s how it looks now…

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A Stone Cottage in Texas Inspired by “The Holiday”

June 17, 2014

When these homeowners decided to build a small guest house on their property in Fredericksburg, they were inspired by Kate Winslet’s stone cottage in the movie The Holiday. That’s where the ideas started, but the result is a house that truly belongs in Texas Hill Country…

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