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House Beautiful November 2016

The House Beautiful reader is someone whose home is her bedrock. She is always improving it because the process – and result – delights her. Happiness in her home comes from easy luxury and highly personal style. Her home is a gift to share with family and friends.

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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a milestone birthday


2 min.
from our editor

I knew fairly early on that we wouldn’t do a “greatest hits” compilation for our 120th-anniversary issue—when you’re old, you don’t need to shout it out. But that didn’t stop me from immersing myself in our archives. How better to determine why House Beautiful has become America’s longest-published home magazine? Why did we alone endure the wars, the Great Depression, and the 2007 housing crash, to now thrive in the digital age? I figured that a romp through our handsome bound copies would provide epiphanies—and it did. The Golden Jubilee issue (1946) reminded me that “The House Beautiful” was a crusade against the Gilded Age idea of the home as a showpiece; the early magazines encouraged happy, simple, and personal homes. I marveled at topics like, “Have you discovered the advantages…

5 min.
color full

1. SALTY BRINE C2-701 C2 PAINT “This is an army-chopper green, a callback to an original hue for the 1968 Land Rover. Yet it’s also very soft. I am drawn to that pushpull tension between the military toughness and the refinement.” KEN FULK 2. DEEP GREEN 2039-10 BENJAMIN MOORE “I am mad for rich, striking greens that sparkle like emeralds, so I could not resist this color. It gleams like a jewel in high gloss and becomes a majestic backdrop for modern art.” MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD 3. GRANITINE 29-30 PRATT & LAMBERT “You can’t get more ethereal than this smoky gray-green. It washes over you, always elusive. Teamed with a luminous olive trim and crown molding in a spearmint color, the effect is absolutely magical.” STEVEN GAMBREL 4. COURTYARD GREEN 546 | BENJAMIN MOORE “If it worked for Thomas Jefferson,…

9 min.
the best of the best

Tassels and trims, Samuel & Sons. 1. A dramatic entryway that heralds “hello!” 2. GOURD LAMPS Dare we call them...voluptuous? High-gloss curves have made these a designer go-to. Aurora Lamp. Christopher Spitzmiller. 3. The playful, timeless wallcoverings that Albert Hadley dreamed up with Harry Hinson. 4. A SIGNATURE SCENT. YOU HAVE ONE, YOUR HOME SHOULD TOO. 5. Games tables. 6. Pattern on pattern—it doesn’t have to be colorful. 7. GARDEN STOOLS In your living room. They say, at a glance, “I’m always up for a picnic and a G&T.” Classic Garden Seat. Ballard Designs. 8. BONE INLAY The intricate motifs hail from the East and supply easy opulence. Jaipur Mirror. Wisteria. 9. SKIRTED TABLES Full skirt. Round table. Instant femininity. 10. DECORATIVE BRACKETS. 11. Cozy throws all over! 12. PAINTED FLOORS Whether you’re reviving planks with a fresh coat or adding a herringbone pattern. 13. A…

8 min.
steps in time

DEBUTED this magazine as seismic shifts were revolutionizing the kitchen. Electricity, indoor plumbing, and spaceplanning efficiencies transformed the way America cooked and lived, and we were there to chronicle—and cheer!—every advancement. This retrospective, charting the kitchen’s evolution from an unfrequented space manned by servants to the let’s-linger heart of the home, comes straight from our pages, and we don’t sugarcoat any of the history. (Sorry about the ’70s, though.) 1918 At the dawn of the ’20s, only 35 percent of homes in America had electricity. Readers able to connect to the grid were often wary of the new technology and its use in the kitchen: Wouldn’t a dishwasher break glasses? Could a refrigerator really preserve food longer than an icebox? As a way to allay fears and debunk myths, we inaugurated our…

1 min.
anniversary punch

“Everything I like is in this punch! I had HB’s 120th anniversary in mind when I created it. Persimmon has been an autumn favorite in America since the 1800s, and nothing says ‘party!’ like punch. Plus, it’s easy because guests help themselves. Make it extra pretty by adding cranberry and rosemary– filled ice cubes, and top with dehydrated persimmon slices—they look like little flowers!” PERSIMMON PUNCH Serves 6 to 8 9 oz. dry gin, such as Ransom Spirits 5 oz. persimmon syrup (see recipe below) 6 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 1 bottle dry sparkling rosé I like all ingredients very cold, so combine the gin, persimmon syrup, and lime juice in a pitcher and place in the refrigerator; keep the bottle of sparkling rosé refrigerated separately. When ready to serve, pour everything into a punch bowl. PERSIMMON SYRUP 2…