House Beautiful Jan/Feb 2020

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

i denne udgave

4 min
open house hudson valley, new york

Joanna Saltz: Renovating is a serious process. What’s your favorite part? Kate Cummings: The first step is really understanding the house at its core, in terms of history. That is my favorite part. I like to know who lived there, if there are any crazy stories about the place. Were there any specific functional elements that the house could have again? Brad Ford: I like collecting information, from not just the clients but also furniture, lighting, and materials. Then funneling those through to make decisions. I love the idea of being an editor. Will Brinson: We work with old houses, so finding quirky things and figuring out how to renovate around them? I love it. WANT TO TALK? E-MAIL ME AT EDITOR@HOUSEBEAUTIFUL.COM. Susan Brinson: That’s being historically sensitive! I see us as storytellers, and a renovation…

1 min
what’s in a nook?

3 Things to Do Before You Nook 1. Consider Its Size Where we see an awkward stair landing, Erin Fearins sees a hangout. Encased in a walnut frame, this nook by Fearins Welch Design and CWB Architects is spacious enough for two brothers to convene for video games. 2. Give It Lots of Light Surrounding a window and outfitted with overhead sconces, this lounging zone by Chloe Warner of Redmond Aldrich Design is both cozy and roomy. The wallpaper, Gondola by Cole & Son, energizes with color and pattern. 3. Sneak in Storage Deep enough to moonlight as a guest bunk, this alcove by Rita Koenig and architect Gil Schafer III has drawers under the cushion. “It’s more than a reading nook or another piece of furniture,” says Schafer. WHY BOTHER BUILDING ONE? “With social media, we’re more…

5 min
14 pro tips for a stress-free renovation

1 “Whatever you think your budget and timeline will be, double them both.”—LE ANNE FORD AVERAGE NATIONAL REMODELING COSTS Remodeling a… Bathroom: $10,417 Basement: $20,110 Kitchen: $24,178 Adding a… Closet: $2,013 Shed: $3,048 Garage: $27,403 Room: $44,317 2 Look-alike materials can be better than the real thing. 3 A RENO IS A PRIVILEGE! “You have to put things in perspective. There are so many people without a roof over their heads. So remind yourself how lucky you are.”—Patrick Mele 4 REAL TALK Get out of the house. “IN MY LAST HOUSE, a 200-year-old farmhouse on Long Island, I decided to be the contractor and moved in, on site, for the restoration. I blocked off a bedroom with a mattress, an old table, and an electric kettle for tea—but the dust crept in. And when I went through the house to check on the bathroom tiles…

2 min
the time machine

THE FIRST TIME designer Nina Farmer set foot in her clients’ 1904 English Arts and Crafts–style house outside of Boston, she was smitten with the period features—finely hewn moldings, leaded glass windows, grand mahogany mantels. Unfortunately, none of that extended to the kitchen. A previous renovation had stripped it of any original detail, leaving a sea of cherry cabinets instead. “It just didn’t feel like the rest of the house, so we needed to find a way to reintegrate it,” says Farmer. The question was how. “With all that woodwork elsewhere, stained cabinets would have felt heavy, but a typical white kitchen wouldn’t fit, either,” she says. So she split the difference, combining an Arts and Crafts–inspired stained surround with two-tone painted fronts. A bit of Art Deco detailing—most visible on…

5 min
finding her place

SHE OWNS IT! “My rental building went co-op.” Courtney McLeod, who turned to interior design as a second career seven years ago, lived in a slew of apartments before settling on “the one”—a rental. “I’ve lived all over the city, but Harlem feels like home,” she says, “and when I saw this apartment, it was love at first sight.” When the building was converted to condos, she jumped at the chance to own. Changing the Fairy Tale THEY COME IN ALL forms: retirees, divorced boomers, millennials purchasing their first homes. Single women made up some 18 percent of home buyers in 2019 (by contrast, their single male counterparts accounted for around 9 percent). To learn more about this rising demographic—one of the fastest-growing groups of homeowners—House Beautiful conducted a survey in collaboration with Marie…

6 min
ones to watch in 2020

Sean Leffers LOS ANGELES “I have been reading every shelter magazine I could get my hands on since I was about 10,” says Sean Leffers. While working at Taschen just out of college, he began buying fixer-uppers and renovating them on shoestring budgets. The experience taught him the nitty-gritty of the construction process, a valuable foil to the love of art, antiques, and collecting he has developed since then, and a trademark of his work today. “I want the houses that I work on to be therapeutic sanctuaries for their inhabitants,” he says. @seanderlust Marie Flanigan HOUSTON Some designers might turn up their noses at a small project, but not Marie Flanigan. “When I’m working on a home that has a smaller footprint or presents a unique set of obstacles, I find I’m always pushed creatively,”…