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Feb 19

A Builder-Basic Rental Home Got a Warm and Welcoming Makeover — House Tour

Name: Sarah Litvinchuk and Andy Litvinchuk, and our five kids are Apollo (10), Shaiden (7), Sailie (6), Abrie (3), and Adelaide (10 months). And our kitty, Jones.
Location: Mountain House, California
Size: 2,402 square feet
Years Lived In: 3 years, renting

Our home has always been my favorite place to be—over the past eight years we’ve lived in five different ones, and this one I’ve put the most of “my touch” into. I’ve come to know how important it is for me to love the home we’re in, and as a mom I’m better at my job if the place we spend most our time is pleasant. I’m a homebody, all the way, which is fitting as I stay at home with my kids. We do rent, but thankfully I’m married to a guy who not only supports my hobby/work as a mom and interior “insta blogger” but also gets my passion for design—and just happens to be a contractor (score!)! We both decided together that if we can’t buy right now due to the price of homes where we live, that we’d put our passions together to make our rental more functional and beautiful for our family.

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11
Feb 19

A Couple With "Time and Enthusiasm" Completely Transformed This Cozy 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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07
Feb 19

A Couple Built This Cozy Vermont Farmhouse Entirely By Hand — House Tour

Name: Sarah Priestap-Porter and Jeffrey Porter. Our land-mates are Arlo (rescue mutt) and Glaumur (Icelandic Horse)
Location: Tunbridge, Vermont (Central Vermont, for y’all who have no idea where this is)
Size: 1620 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, owned

When I started dating Jeff back in 2009, one of the first things he told me was how his dream was to build a house for his family some day. It was college, and the time when everyone talked about big dreams, so I never took it seriously. After all, he was a photography major with a little woodworking experience at the time, not some experienced builder. It wasn’t until 2011 when we moved to Vermont and he began to apprentice with a timber-framer that I realized how real his dream may be.

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06
Feb 19

This 119-Year-Old Denver Home Is a Plant- and Animal-Filled Miniature Zoo — House Tour

Name: Madeleine Schaffner and roomie Lyndsey Mueller
Location: Denver, Colorado
Size: 1,231 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, renting

Residing in our 119-year-old home is a wide array of plants, animals, and two human beings (me, Madeleine, and my roommate Lyndsey). We think of our space as a miniature interactive zoo, with 70+ houseplants keeping every room company, plus one bearded dragon, two geckos, two snakes, two cats, two hermit crabs, and two fish that guests love to observe and handle. We have bounced around from place to place each year, never fully expanding our roots, so we intended on this house being a temporary haven like the others. However, the bright space begged for more plants and our love for all things living expanded to reptiles and other small critters that bring us so much joy. Gradually the house became more full, alive, and a passion project of creating sanctuary for as long as we have the opportunity to live here.

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05
Feb 19

A 325-Square-Foot NYC Studio Is Cute and Sophisticated — House Tour

Name: Lauren Rubcic
Location: Upper East Side — New York, NY
Size: 325 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, renting

When Lauren found out that she would be relocating to New York City for work, she only had three weeks to find the right apartment. To her surprise she found an affordable studio apartment on the Upper East Side, an area of NYC that she associated with Carrie Bradshaw and a heavy price tag. Another great selling point: the layout of the 325-square-foot apartment. With a lofted sleep area, the small studio ended up being significantly larger than it would have been if she had to dedicate floor space to a bed, giving Lauren more freedom to design her living space.

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05
Feb 19

This Incredibly Cute and Colorful Cottage Used to be a 1950s Free-Standing Motel Room — House Tour

Name: Chris Murphy
Location: Saugatuck, Michigan
Size: 950 square feet
Years Lived In: 3 years, owned

I own a vintage (and new) home furnishings store in Chicago, District Chicago. Whenever I needed a break I found myself going up to Michigan to camp to de-stress and be in nature. A couple years into this routine, I started looking for a house that would help with my escape. I wanted a place that was quiet, but not too quiet (I am from a big city after all) and still had lots of trees and nature.

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29
Jan 19

A Once-Dull House is Now a Serene Retreat Thanks to the Power of Fresh Paint — House Tour

Name: Meredith and Luke Coe + our 1.5-year-old son, Nathan
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Size: 1,830 square feet
Years Lived In: 1.5 years, owned

My husband and I bought this home (our first!) in May of 2017. It was very dull and slightly neglected when we first bought it—all of the walls were a shade of brown or yellow and the floors were in need of some serious TLC. We’ve been able to make several minor updates that have really helped turn it into a space we love! (The power of fresh paint is truly incredible!!)

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22
Jan 19

A Professional Organizer Shares the Biggest Decluttering "Don'ts" — Home Organizing Tour

Name: Rachel Rosenthal and Jon Cowan, Ellie and Marin (age 11, identical twins), and Poppy (sheepadoodle puppy)
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Size: 3500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Marie Kondo isn’t the only one with good home organizing advice. Rachel Rosenthal is the mother of identical twins, a busy entrepreneur, and an expert in home organizing. But she also wants to make it clear that the end game to decluttering isn’t necessarily an Instagram-worthy closet. “Getting organized is a way of life, and a realistic one at that, not a one time event that leads to a Pinterest-perfect world (unless you really want that!),” she writes on her website.

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18
Jan 19

The Beautiful Brownstone of New York Magazine's Wendy Goodman — House Tour

Name: Wendy Goodman
Location: Greenwich Village — New York, New York
Years lived in: 1997-present

Wendy Goodman’s New York apartment feels particularly storied, and not just because it’s full of books. A born and raised New Yorker, she’s called this Greenwich Village apartment home for 20 years, and it shows — her place has that layered, easy feel that homes that have been lived in, and loved, for many years begin to take on.

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16
Jan 19

Before and After: This House Feels Bigger After a Decor and Floor Plan Refresh — House Tour

Name: Maggie Smoller and family
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years Lived In: 4 years, owned

Since the day we closed on this house four and a half years ago, we’ve been putting our stamp on it room by room. As self-proclaimed homebodies, there’s nothing we love more than staying in and getting cozy, and it was so important to create a home that we loved being in and living in.

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