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House Beautiful

Dec/Jan 2021

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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
Frequency:
Monthly
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10 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
open house the digital evolution

THIS TRANQUIL BEDROOM BY NEW JERSEY–BASED GAIL DAVIS IS DEDICATED TO HER MOTHER, A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR. Joanna Saltz: Over the past year, many of you have had to find new ways to engage clients and audiences. What’s the thing you’ve recently embraced that you wish you had done years ago? Tenlie Mourning: When I founded Dendwell, the question that I asked was, “Why don’t I have the same kind of engagement and community when shopping for my home as I do for skin care or makeup?” I think that evolution was starting to happen, but in COVID we’ve seen it accelerate as consumers begin to see home decor as a vehicle for self-expression. To me that’s the most exciting shift. WANT TO TALK? E-MAIL MEAT EDITOR@HOUSEBEAUTIFUL.COM. Sandra Funk: My business was always set up…

4 min.
you gotta have hearth

Looking to Light? Here’s where to begin. 1. CHOOSE A FIREBOX There are two main categories: masonry (built from the ground up) and prefab (a self-contained insert). Installing a new masonry fireplace is a major undertaking (for starters, you’ll usually need a chimney), which is why people tend to rehab what’s there, unless already undergoing a remodel. If you won’t be using your fireplace that often, one with a gas-powered insert is advised, though a wood-burning stove is a happy medium for those who want an old-fashioned look and feel. 2. ENSURE VENTILATION Proper ventilation is essential for almost all fireplaces. (Ventless gas models do exist, but their safety is up for debate.) “If the flue is too small or too big, you’ll end up with a smoke-filled room,” warns architect Drew Davis of Ike…

1 min.
build a better bedroom

The Rest Is Easy Follow these simple principles to prep your room for maximum zzz’s. 1. Invest in a Quality Mattress When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, “the mattress is the most important element,” says Kraiem. “My key recommendation is to source one from a company with a good, long-lasting reputation, like Stearns & Foster.” 2. Layer Your Lighting Kraiem favors a mix, from table lamps and reading sconces to recessed lights and chandeliers. Try bulbs with lower wattages and dimmers to control the mood. To block outside light, Kraiem suggests lightweight curtains or Roman shades with blackout lining. 3. Pick a Peaceful Palette A bedroom’s color scheme can affect your mood and routine. Kraiem tends toward soothing hues, like shades of blue, ivory, mauve, and gray, with light bedding to…

2 min.
the rufino report

Check, Please! “To me, nothing says ‘holidays’ like plaid—I wear a tartan kilt every Christmas Eve!” Sit a Spell “We’re mixing up afternoon tea with a few modern, whimsical twists.” Truly Gifted “Modern pieces help bring holiday traditions into a new generation.” Snuggle Up “Imagine a groovy couple having brunch in bed—one with a coffee, the other with a cocktail!” An Affair to Remember “Host your own version of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball with a few close friends.”…

2 min.
there’s no wrong way to decorate

GILLIAN SEGAL: JANIS NICOLAY, LAURA WILSON: COSTA CHRIST, ORNAMENT: GETTY IMAGES. NIKKI KLUGH: BILL SITZMANN, BETH WEBB: EMILY FOLLOWILL…

2 min.
their cup of tea

WHEN KAREN Swanson of New England Design Works was tasked with this 1867 home in Belmont, Massachusetts, her client had a clear vision: “She is British, and from the beginning of the design process wanted to bring a European vibe to the kitchen,” the designer says. Before the Union Jack could be flown, Swanson studied up on British kitchen design and worked with architect Elizabeth Cole and Nick Portnoy Builders to modernize the space, giving particular focus to resolving a “circuitous” traffic path on the ground floor by opening up walls, adding French doors to the outside, and moving the adjacent basement stairs. Then, Swanson sought out British vendors for furnishings like hardware and pendant lights—and opted for a crisp palette from the U.K.-based color masters at Farrow & Ball. Perhaps the…