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Oct 18

A New England Carriage House Is Downright Charming Inside — House Tour

Name: Jess Cooney
Location: Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 7 years, renting

New England-based interior designer Jess Cooney worked reno magic on an old carriage house a few years ago. Everything from an exterior paint job to a complete refresh of the interior transformed what was an outdated, dark space. Though she sold the home a little while ago after buying the original main house next door, her careful contemporary remodel of the structure’s charming architecture is worth studying for inspiration.

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Sep 18

Empty Nesters Downsize to a Cheery, Patterned California House — House Tour

Name: Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery and husband
Location: San Rafael
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

When we first saw the fabulous bungalow home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, we were smitten. The interiors were mostly original and there was a giant blue farm sink in the kitchen, original to the house. Regretfully, the sink was completely impractical but we are turning it into a potting sink in the garden. We paid homage to the sink by painting the cabinets blue and getting a cute blue dualit toaster.

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Aug 18

Every Room in This Stylist's Swedish Home Is Dreamy — House Tour

Name: Michaela Grut and family
Location: Lidingö — Stockholm, Sweden
Size: 1,936 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

Michaela Grut comes from a creative family—there have been artists in several generations of her history. So it comes as no surprise that she’s found herself in a career that stretches her artistic muscles.

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Jun 18

A Blogger's Easygoing "House Homemade" — House Tour

Name: Joel and Jessica Nickerson and their two daughters
Location: Denton, Texas
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 8 years, owned

Jessica has filled each room of her home with unique finds, DIY elements, and vintage pieces to create a warm and welcoming environment. On her blog, House Homemade, she shares her passion for creating a cozy home and demonstrates how to recreate her favorite DIY pieces. She recommends shopping around your own home and switching furniture between rooms to keep your spaces fresh and interesting (which she does quite often in her own home).

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Apr 18

A Cozy Century-Old Coastal Cottage in Australia — House Tour

Name: Kirsty Davey and Simon Taylor and their daughter, Mali
Location: Victoria, Australia
Size: 180 square meters (1,672 square feet)
Years lived in: 7 years; Rented

Kirsty and Simon moved to Victoria’s coast from Melbourne when they realized they were spending nearly every weekend there to feed Simon’s addiction to the Australian surf. It’s been a love affair ever since, with weekends spent cooking, surfing, gardening, and enjoying the relaxed coastal lifestyle. Their daughter, Mali, has only ever lived on the Great Ocean Road, and now they can’t imagine going back to the city. Their home is a tapestry of textures, fibers, and gathered natural and vintage ephemera and is a tribute to their dedication to sustainability.

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Apr 18

This Hand-Painted, Patterned Farmhouse Is Drenched in Color — House Tour

Name: Kristin Nicholas. I live here with my husband Mark and teenage daughter Julia
Location: Western Massachusetts
Size: 3500 square feet
Years lived in: 20 years, owned

Our home was built in 1751 in western Massachusetts on a south facing knoll. It sits alongside an abandoned apple orchard that backs up to a small mountain populated with all kinds of wildlife. In the orchard during the growing season, our flock of sheep and lambs graze and rest, graze and sleep. Just outside my basement studio door, I grow a large flower and veggie garden.

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Feb 18

A "Wishfully Minimalist, Hopelessly Maximalist" Catskills Cabin — House Tour

Name: Danielle and Ely Franko
Location: Tannersville, New York
Size: 1,529 square feet
Years Lived In: Every weekend for the past two years, owned

“We purchased our home two years ago, somewhat on a whim,” begins Ely Franko. He and his wife Danielle love living and working in New York City, but after five years of a hectic urban life, they had started to yearn for “greener pastures.” The couple weren’t very familar with Tannersville, or the Hunter Mountain area. “In fact, when we purchased our home we didn’t even know we were on a street that ends at North-South Lake, one of the biggest hiking destinations in the Catskills, or Kaaterskill Falls, the biggest hiking attraction in the Catskills.”

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Dec 17

3 Friends Buy a Cozy Mountain Cabin Together in the Catskills — House Tour

Name: Amanda Jaffe, Kate McCann, Carina Romano
Location: Fleischmanns, New York
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: Less than a year, owned

Sometimes friends get together and profess their love of the same tall mountains and winding roads. For Amanda, Kate and Carina (me!), these confessions and conversations resulted in buying a dream getaway together in the ever-inspiring Catskill Mountains. Buying a home with ample land was at the top of our list, because we wanted to create a secluded retreat from Philadelphia — where we all live and work.

After three months of driving Upstate, seeing over 30 mountain homes with our adventurous realtor, and getting to know all of the best lunch spots along Route 28, the three of us settled on a perfect four-bedroom home in Fleischmanns, New York. Though the home needed some major cosmetic updating and TLC, it was easy to see the potential with five+ acres of mountaintop land laid before it.

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Nov 17

A Calm, Renovated, "Post-IKEA" Portland Home — House Tour

Name: David and Katy Kippen, and dogs Violet and Wally
Location: Laurelhurst — NE Portland, Oregon
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 12 years, owned

When Katy and David bought their 1922 Craftsman bungalow in Portland a dozen years ago, they visualized a place where they could enjoy privacy and calm, despite their home’s very urban location. With time and patience they have created their ideal space: modern, minimal and inspired by “nature, open spaces, and contrast.” The updates the couple have managed over the years — including gutting the kitchen and bathroom, and completely updating the landscaping — honor the vintage era of the home.

Katy is the owner and designer of Grayling, and David is part-owner of a hardware store in Portland. Katy explains the reasoning behind the calm, simple aesthetic of their home, “we both work in retail and our stores are highly stimulating environments. When we come home, we like to let our eyes rest.”

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Nov 17

A Minimal, Scandi-Influenced UK Home — House Tour

Name: Kate and Matt Williams, their children Daisy and Joseph, and their whippets Mimi and Olive
Location: Mistley — Essex, UK
Years lived in: 3 1/2 years

This Georgian home dates back to 1710 and sits on one side of the scenic High Street of Mistley village on the Stour Estuary in Essex. The air is scented with the salty smell of the river and the malty hops brewing in the large red-brick brewery nearby. It’s home to hairdresser Kate, her husband Matt (a firefighter), their two children and their much-loved family pets, whippets Mimi and Olive. Spread across four levels, the home has stunning views along the river from the back windows and a pretty, walled garden at the rear.

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