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House Beautiful April 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.

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open house: washington, dc

Jo Saltz @josaltzWant to talk? E-mail me at joanna@housebeautiful.comJoanna Saltz: Here’s what I want to know: What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently, and—honest truth—did it pay off?José Solís Betancourt: I think technology is a great thing that’s also a big risk. We did this powder room where there are no knobs on the faucet—just a motion detector. The client asked, “What happens if it doesn’t work? It’s going to splash!” So you go in and try it; you test it outPaul Sherrill: Before that silk blouse gets ruined!JSB: Yes. But you’re in good hands with the companies that do really great work.Joe Ireland: We get hired because we go out on that limb. With technology, we can walk a client through a house in 3D that has a giant…

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here comes the sun

A dark wood ceiling and deep green walls set the scene for a marigold sofa by Pierre + Charlotte.1. Single Stem vase in Sunshine and Bud vase in Canary. From $27. heathceramics.com2. Alexandra, Mirasol, and Grace bedding. From $79. matouk.com3. Lodge Chandelier Three. $2,650. workstead.com4. Kaleidoscope and Verdure hand-painted plates in Cardamom. By Marie Daâge. From $1â2. kneenandco.com5. Paradis Caché wallpaper. $100 per panel. ressource-peintures.com6. Poppy swivel chair in Calypso-Canary. $1,710. mgbwhome.com7. Organic Dashed Lines Sculpted towels in Dark Horseradish. From $1é. westelm.com8. Couture Yellow bench. By Lorenza Bozzoli Design. $â,1â0. (PHOTOGRAPHER BG COLLECTION/GALLERY STOCK (INTERIOR))…

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unlikely colors that actually work

S 3560-G60Y, Fine Paints of Europe“People think I’m crazy when I say this, but to me, any green—even this one—can be a neutral in that everything looks good with it. We wanted a true chartreuse; too yellow and it's pea green, too blue and it's Kelly." —Gwen Driscoll @gwendriscollPigmented concrete wears better than a painted floor, Galli says—just make sure to seal it.Avalon Teal CSP-645, Benjamin Moore“I often do painted floors in country houses; this is the city version! We used a pigmented concrete, which gives an amazing depth of color. The blue feels luxe and hard-edged at the same time."—Fawn Galli @fawngalliinteriorsChocolate Velvet CSP-235, Benjamin Moore"Dark brown walls don't have to be serious! For a young family's apartment, we chose a shade with golden undertones that plays well with…

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the best paint finish for you

EggshellThis popular finish is not shiny but not totally matte, and easier to clean than flat.THE LOOK: “It’s slightly velvety in appearance. When the light hits it, there’s the softest glimmer,” says Jessica Barr, a painting expert at Behr. Think of it as a goes-with-anything glow.THE LOWDOWN: Though not as tough as semigloss, eggshell hides imperfections better, and it’s easier to clean than flat finishes.BEST FOR: Everyday spaces, like living rooms and bedrooms.SemiglossSleek and easy to live with, semigloss is a happy middle ground.THE LOOK: Shinier than a satin finish, semigloss is known for its radiance. It pairs well with other finishes when used as an accent, too.THE LOWDOWN: If you need something durable, and you’re OK with shine, semigloss is your match. However, due to its heightened sheen, you’ll…

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there’s a secret to making a color story

Choosing colors that flow smoothly from room to room can be tricky—but you don’t have to paint your whole house from one page of a fan deck. At Edgewood Hall, we used a few palette-building tricks that allowed us to mix bright, bold, dark, and neutral in a way that’s complementary, not crazy.A painted ceiling lets you embrace color in a less predictable way.Use the same trim paint throughout your house to tie everything together.When surrounded by vivid rooms, a neutral kitchen gives your eyes a place to rest.Start here!Know there’s a color you can’t live without? Find a place to use it and go from there.Edgewood Hall1. Begin with your favorite color.Before we started renovating, I fell in love with this green and knew it would look amazing in…

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conscious coupling

White + BlushThe combo of Farrow & Ball’s All White in a kitchen with Pink Ground in an adjoining dining room gives a flattering glow.Sage + TaupeC2 Paint’s Michael’s Moon and Lamb’s Ear are similar enough to ease the view from room to room, but they’re not too matchy.Charcoal + BlueI love a dark, cozy bedroom. Pair Benjamin Moore’s Montpelier with a warm, not icy, blue like Exhale in an en suite bathroom.Navy + Off-WhiteFor a fresh take on nautical, pair a vibrant navy like Sherwin-Williams’s Indigo with an almost-gray like Pearly White.…