Full-Tilt Reinvention to Get a 1950s Ranch

“It has always been my dream to renovate a ’50s rancher,” says Patti Houston, owner of the home staging companyFl├╝ff Designs and Decor. Houston and her husband, developer Rick Williams, made it their mission over a year to totally transform their Vancouver home — marked by light green carpet, brown linoleum and worn wallpaper —…

Sustainability Meets Global Style on an Hilltop

Sustainability led architect Mark Thomas of Buzz Architecture when he built his family home in Australia’s Adelaide Hills. “From the start this was never going to be a sexy, glossy, highly specced architectural masterpiece,” he states. “It had to be an affordable, practical pair of spaces that matched our family’s needs.” The house utilizes various…

My Views for a Modern Nicaraguan Home

For general builder Francisco Wheelock and his wife, Myriam Caldera, the move to this fantasy home was a joyful homecoming. After studying civil engineering in Texas, Wheelock returned to his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua, also discovered that an perfect lot with views of the Sierras de Managua. Challenged with a steep incline, Wheelock worked with…

White and Black Is Right for a Brooklyn Studio

With a straightforward black and white colour palette and a good eye for designer furniture pieces and flea market finds, artists Sarah Reynolds and Charlie Nesi transformed their blank-canvas studio into a fashionable and welcoming house. The space in former cushion mill in an artsy Brooklyn neighborhood offers a change of pace from the city…

European Country Style in Colorado

This sloped lot in a beautiful Denver suburb introduced three challenges to its new owners: The way to construct another floor inside local height constraints, handle the exceptionally sloped back lot and construct the whole home inside a nine-month window before college began. Jeff and Kristina Haskins had quite the job ahead of them, but…

Off-Kilter Chandeliers Show Spot-On Style

Ever since we purchased our house six decades back, our dining room chandelier has perplexed me. The space is really narrow, and to give guests space to wander between the table as well as the china hutch, we needed to place the table off centre. And that usually means the light fixture, rather than hanging…

Modern Urban Sanctuary at Dallas

Rod Sager’s heart went pit-a-pat as he walked round the outside of the modern Dallas sanctuary for the very first time. Designed by architect Stephen Chambers, each room in this Texas home has a clear view to the stunning surrounding landscape. “We don’t utilize the colors in the master bedroom, because I love to fall…