An architect and her interior-designer daughter tap the inner beauty of a once-gloomy Victorian-era housegaining a thumbs-up from the whole family
By Deborah Baldwin8 min
GARDEN COLOR THAT DOESN'T QUIT
Minimizing flowers in favor of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and grasses, a homeowner weaves a tapestry of green, gold, and purple foliage on her small urban lot
By JEANNE HUBER6 min
A snug 1941 cottage expands its living space downstairs—and gains a second story—without losing its charm
By Helen Thompson6 min
Ask THIS OLD HOUSE
ROGER COOK REPLIES: Pachysandra, also known as Japanese spurge, is an ideal groundcover where there’s partial or deep shade. Given adequate moisture and well-draining, slightly acidic soil, these low-maintenance evergreens will grow into patches so dense that they choke out most weeds.
before + after: kitchen design
Something old, something new
Undertaking the gut renovation of her forever kitchen, a seasoned home cook holds fast to two kitchen keepsakes
By CAROLE BRADEN3 min
get this look for less
Colorful white-washed bedroom
Warm up 2016’s favored neutral by adding bright touches. The result: a soothing space that’s anything but vanilla
By MICHELLE BRUNNER3 min
Dog-friendly flooring needs to be durable, easy to clean, and attractive too. Here’s what you need to know if you have four on the floor
By KATHY BARNES3 min
Letter FROM THIS OLD HOUSE
What's a weekend for, if not DIY?
"No, thanks, we can do it ourselves,” I said, speaking the words that more than any others have led me to near divorce— multiple times. I had just told the salesperson at the tile shop that we needed no help installing the material we were picking up for our kitchen backsplash.
Train-style towel racks
Keep bath essentials organized and at the ready with one of these railway-inspired shelves