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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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10 Issues


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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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how on earth do you pick a color?

No place in the world is as inspiring—or overwhelming—as the paint aisle. It’s too much. But designer Libby Langdon has a trick to help narrow it down: Break out your smartphone. “Search the paint-color names on Google Images to see what they look like in a real room,” she says. “You may have to see past design details you don’t like and some bad photography, but it will give you an idea!” Think of it as a free preview.WRITER BRITTNEY MORGAN LOCATION SHERWIN-WILLIAMS, NEW YORK CITY…

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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. artemest.com (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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better than beige

Flirt Alert P150-7, BehrArt in gold frames would pop on this.Sulking Room, Farrow & BallPerfect for a cozy study.Night Watch 1145-7 PPG Pittsburgh PaintsPair with blond-wood furniture, please!PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM TOP: JENNIFER HUGHES; RICHARD POWERS: NELSON HANCOCK…

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the extremes

SUPER-GLOSS: The rich, liquidy sheen of a lacquer-like finish bounces light around a dark room. Designer Alisa Bloom used Fine Paints of Europe’s Delft Blue 4003 in Hollandlac Brilliant to illuminate this bedroom.SUPER-MATTE: Matte surfaces can look like velvet. They’re not easy to clean, so use the flat finish in small doses. This office nook by 2LG Studio and John Lewis of Hungerford was sprayed with Mylands’s FTT-018 in Matt.…