House Beautiful January/February 2019

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.

United States
39,30 kr.(Inkl. moms)
335,70 kr.(Inkl. moms)
10 Udgivelser

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5 min
open house: new york city

Joanna Saltz: OK, let’s do this. Tell me how you have changed as a designer in the past 10 years. Elaine Griffn: Less clutter. Less. Less. Less. Less. Less. Less. We’ve gone from the extreme lots to extreme minimalism, and now we’re in a kind of controlled maxi-malism. Often, people don’t realize how much stuff they accumulate—unless you’re really living streamline-dot-com. Erick Espinoza: I purge every two weeks! EG: Exactly! It’s got to go! Ashley Whittaker: I have less of a fear of change and more confidence now. If a client is saying, “I hate the entrance hall table. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it,” that’s when I know it’s good. Because it’s so totally different than what they had in their mind. I’ll usually say, “If you still hate it…

1 min
you’ve entered a blue period


3 min
the true history of a dark kitchen

There used to be a time when the kitchen was something you wanted to hide. “The kitchen was meant to be only a utility space where you worked,” says Home Front Build founder and designer Steve Pallrand, referring to the early 20th century, when the Mission Revival style was popular in California homes. “The idea that it would be a place you wanted to hang out in just didn’t exist back then.” Homes were divided into spaces that were “public” (living and dining rooms) and “private” (kitchen and laundry), he explains. So when he embarked on renovating this Los Angeles home from the same time period, his mission was clear: Unite the two. Pallrand opened it all up—the dark kitchen, its neighboring laundry room, and the hidden hallway—to create one warm,…

2 min
it’s about to get personal

What do you wear when you entertain? It’s the first question designers Virginia Toledo and Jessica Geller ask when they talk to a new client. “It’s a great way to get to know someone’s real entertaining style, which is so important to our design,” says Geller. “There’s a good chance they’ll say ‘formal,’ even if they opened the door in Lululemon.” As founders of New Jersey–based firm Toledo Geller, the duo aims to create beautiful homes that are made to be used. “We design for 365 days of the year, turning formal dining rooms into casual, multipurpose rooms that do double duty for homework and multiple other activities,” says Geller. “We want clients to feel like the best version of themselves, which is ultimately comfortable, relaxed, happy, and proud.” Toledo Geller thinks…

2 min
yes, your bathroom still needs a bathtub

One thing everyone agrees on: A bathroom renovation is a smart investment. But as homeowners aim for more space, bathtubs are getting washed down the drain. According to a 2018 Houzz study, nearly 34 percent of boomers are nixing their tubs—and replacing them with massive walk-in showers. Bad idea, say real-estate experts. “I’m now recommending bathtubs to my clients,” says Douglas Elliman broker John Gomes. “We’re making master bedrooms smaller to create larger bathrooms.” The reason is twofold: Bathtubs are great for families—at the end of the day, few kids take showers. And secondly, they facilitate the ultimate method of self-care. “People are starting to realize the immense benefits to pampering ourselves,” says designer Matthew Quinn. “It’s a luxury to be able to soak and recharge at the end of a…

2 min
this is more than a pink fireplace

It was an unusual request for designer Kristen McCory: Tackle a 1903 Hartford, Connecticut, fixer-upper using a single audacious color—hot pink. The reason? One of the homeowners wanted to honor her 99-year-old grandmother through her signature lipstick, an old Revlon shade called Parisian Pink. “Most of my clients in Connecticut are pretty tame, so I loved it!” laughs McCory, who used the hue throughout the house as an energetic counterpoint to the owners’ vast collection of inherited art and antiques. Eventually, it came down to one massive decision: What to paint the fireplace mantel? “We all looked at each other and asked, ‘Are we doing it?’” McCory recalls. “And we did.” No surprise, the client loves the result: “It brings us joy every time we see it.” “If there’s a color that…