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  • Renovation firms report optimism is still strong at the end of Q3

    Renovation professionals feel strongly optimistic about the demand for their services in the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest Houzz Renovation Barometer report.   By Erin Carlyle, Houzz Renovation professionals feel strongly optimistic about the demand for their services in the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest Houzz Renovation Barometer report. The quarterly index tracks optimism among architects, designers, general contractors and remodelers, design-build firms, building and renovation specialty firms, and landscape and outdoor specialty firms. Renovation industry firms have maintained scores above 50 since Houzz started tracking this measure of economic health three years ago. Scores ... Read More
  • Energize your living room with one of these 5 bold sofa colors

    By Lisa Batson Goldberg, Houzz Bold color might not be everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to interior design. Yet for those of us who are drawn to color, choosing a vibrant-hued sofa might be just what we need to create a beautiful and enjoyable living space. When it comes to infusing color into your design, the sofa is a great place to start. This single piece of furniture can instantly transform the look and feel of a room. Related: Pick Out Stylish Table Lamps to Complete the Look If you’re thinking a bold sofa is too ... Read More
  • Your guide to buying a sofa that will last forever

    By Susan Redman, Houzz One of life’s pleasures is curling up and relaxing on a cozy sofa. But buying a sofa that will stand the test of time requires careful consideration. The important thing is to not rush into an impulsive purchase, as your sofa will be one of the most-used pieces of furniture in your home. A high level of craftsmanship that delivers deep comfort and support is paramount. And there are other considerations as well, such as style, shape, upholstery and durability. This buying guide lists the most essential points to consider, so that when at last ... Read More
  • 5 key furniture pieces for every space

    Just as a beautiful garden design is built upon strong foundation plantings, an appealing room is created by layering accessories and smaller furnishings around a few classic, versatile pieces. By Laura Gaskill, Houzz Making smart decisions when it comes to choosing foundation pieces of furniture means a more cohesive home and fewer regrets down the road. Learning how to pick five key pieces will serve you well now and for many years to come. Foundation Piece Number One: The Armchair Everyone can use a great armchair. In a tiny studio apartment, one fabulous armchair can stand in for a sofa ... Read More
  • 11 must-see summer design events

    This summer, events staged all around the world will feature the latest in design – from furniture, architecture, textiles, fashion and more. Find out what events will be near you. By Bryan Anthony, Houzz July AIFF: Australian International Furniture FairWhat: Furniture fairWhere: Melbourne, AustraliaWhen: July 20-23Cost: Free Australia’s top interior design event puts a spotlight on the hottest designs from Down Under. There’s a bevy of shops to explore in Melbourne’s design district. The Berkelouw Books shop seen here was built in 1885 and is a fine example of the neighborhood’s abundant Victorian ... Read More
  • Bright, bold furniture makes Mid-Century Modern work in a Puerto Rican living room

    By Bryan Anthony, Houzz Most interior designers will tell you that every piece of furniture and stitch of fabric they select for a room is vital to its overall aesthetic, but there are still those few special pieces that make a space stand out. In this new series, we ask designers to choose the three most important pieces in a room they created. We start with designer Fernando Rodriguez and his mid-century-inspired living room in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Related: Discover More Midcentury Modern Designs Here Living Room at Glance Who lives here: Fernando Rodriguez and Aaron StewartLocation: San ... Read More
  • 9 design trends from Salone del Mobile 2017

    Basic, unfussy pieces, simple contours, round forms and warm colors dominated at this year’s Salone del Mobile furniture and design fair in Milan. When the world is going through turbulent times, it seems, design tends to turn to the classic and safe. The fair ended without a dramatic statement — there were no polarizing designs or crazy showpieces. The trend for this year was mature, calm and timeless design that reflects a wish to relax, escape the tendency toward “fast furniture” and instead concentrate on quality and a few significant details. Related: Design Calendar: Where to Go This Spring This ... Read More
  • Flexible furniture makes the most of 270 square feet

    By Roberta del Vaglio, Houzz Architect Renato Arrigo designed a home away from home in a 270-square-foot upper-story apartment in Taormina, a small town on Sicily’s east coast that’s known for its beaches and a Greek theater dating to the 3rd century B.C. The home is equipped with all (or almost all) the conveniences his family of four could need. The main theme of Arrigo’s project is the flexibility of each element: Features disappear, transform, extend and create an inviting space for family and friends while being both beautiful and functional. Related: In Poland, the Narrowest ... Read More
  • Is microhousing a trend or here to stay?

    By Peter Fish, Houzz In San Francisco, small spaces with places to escape Mission and Ninth streets in San Francisco’s South of Market district is one of those corners that testify to a rapidly changing city. Immediate surroundings include the single-room-occupancy El Dorado Hotel, a few bars and a slightly scruffy marijuana dispensary. But Twitter HQ is just down the street, as is Dolby Laboratories. And commanding the corner is a sleek new 11-story building whose ocean-blue marquee — it reads “Panoramic” — and creamy cubist facade call to mind a Miami Beach resort hotel. Related: Design Lessons Learned From Tiny ... Read More
  • Home renovation professionals predict growth in 2017

    By Erin Carlyle, Houzz It turns out that 2016, with all its surprises, was a pretty decent year to be a home renovation professional in the U.S. Why? For many businesses, it was a good one for the bottom line. Revenues grew for more than two-thirds of companies, while profits increased for more than half, according to a new report from the Houzz research team. Many renovation companies are expecting 2017 to be an even stronger growth year — even though labor and material costs continue to cut into profits. Read on for an outlook for this year, and a ... Read More
  • Designers find success in producing once-rejected Danish designs

    By Kasper Iversen, Houzz Say the words “Danish design,” and many people automatically think of furniture and lighting from the 1950s and 1960s by designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J Wegner and Poul Henningsen. Even though these design giants died long ago and Denmark has many young designers, “new” offerings from the old guard are constantly showing up. Capitalizing on the popularity of mid-century design, heirs and manufacturers are digging into the archives and finding patterns, sketches and drawings that they are reviving, putting into production and launching onto the market. Related: Danish Design Done Right Products from these ... Read More
  • Decorating Trends: A new Houzz survey shows what homeowners want

    By Mitchell Parker, Houzz If you ever get frustrated that your home doesn't quite look how you've always dreamed it should look, then consider this: The next time you're standing in a room of 100 people, know that 98 of them share your frustration. That's according to a recent Houzz decorating survey, for which more than 1,700 people shared their decorating intentions — and, yes, frustrations. Of those surveyed only 2 percent felt they had achieved their ultimate vision for their home. And on average most of us feel we are only about halfway to fulfilling ... Read More