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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.

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10 Issues

In this issue

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…

2 min.
house beautiful

Editorial Director JOANNA SALTZ Deputy Editor AMANDA SIMS CLIFFORD Design Director MARC DAVILA Director of Content Operations LINDSEY RAMSEY Style Director ROBERT RUFINO Market Director CARISHA SWANSON Senior Editor, Content Strategy ALYSSA FIORENTINO Senior Features Editor EMMA BAZILIAN Senior Editor HADLEY KELLER Design Editor HADLEY MENDELSOHN Copy Editor ANN LIEN Associate Market Editor BRITTNEY MORGAN Art Director JEE LEE Senior Designer, Digital ALICE MORGAN Senior Post-Production Supervisor PHILIP SWIFT Video Producer LAURA MARIN Cinematographer BRAD HOLLAND Video Editor IAN MUNSELL Editorial Assistant MEGAN UY CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kaitlin Menza, Kathryn O’Shea-Evans HEARST VISUAL GROUP Chief Visual Content Director, Hearst Magazines ALIX CAMPBELL Executive Visual Director CHRISTINA WEBER Deputy Visual Director DON KINSELLA Visual Assistant EMILIE BENYOWITZ President & Chief Executive Officer STEVEN R. SWARTZ Chairman WILLIAM R. HEARST III Executive Vice Chairman FRANK A. BENNACK, JR HEARST MAGAZINE MEDIA, INC President TROY YOUNG Chief Content Officer KATE LEWIS Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer DEBI CHIRICHELLA Secretary…

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…