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a kitchen filled with lots of furniture: The chef's kitchen in a Silverhorn estate home by McKinley Masters.

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The chef’s kitchen in a Silverhorn estate home by McKinley Masters.

New home builders’ production homes — the various models on display in show home parades in new communities — feature designs with a variable amount of flexibility of being changed by home buyers.


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Set plans add a scale of economy 
to the homes, plus builders can build and deliver the homes to new owners more quickly, just two of the difference between production homes and custom-built homes.

“There are many differences between buying a custom-designed and
a production model home, the main difference being that with custom: you are getting a-one-of-a-kind home that is a reflection of your lifestyle,” says Justis Kwasnicki, sales and marketing manager of Calgary-based McKinley Masters Custom Homes. “With most production homes you are able to change some of the interior layout, but you aren’t able to change

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Fall home decor trends: Comforting hues, flexible design

In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

New York-based designer Glenn Gissler painted this New York loft in Benjamin Moore's deep, rich Van Buren Brown, with columns and ceilings in crisp Decorator's White. A long tuxedo-style sofa in milk chocolate-y velvet anchors the space along with tonal modern art. The result is a chic, contemporary yet cozy and eminently livable space. (Gross & Daley/Glenn Gissler via AP)

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New York-based designer Glenn Gissler painted this New York loft in Benjamin Moore’s deep, rich Van Buren Brown, with columns and ceilings in crisp Decorator’s White. A long tuxedo-style sofa in milk chocolate-y velvet anchors the space along with tonal modern art. The result is a chic, contemporary yet cozy and eminently livable space. (Gross & Daley/Glenn Gissler via AP)

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic

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Amy Astley, Architectural Digest Editor-In-Chief, Discusses The Pandemic’s Lasting Impact On The Home, Design And The Magazine Industry

When publishing giant Condé Nast closed its storied One World Trade Center headquarters on March 11, Amy Astley assumed she’d be back in her 26th-floor office within a matter of weeks. Having served as Architectural Digest’s editor-in-chief since 2016 and the founding editor of Teen Vogue for a decade before that, she had never been away from her post for long, and the prospect of leaving, her return date unknown, felt wholly unnatural. Nonetheless, the health and safety of her team was top priority, so she collected her things, instructed others to do the same, and headed home with a plan to run the magazine’s operations remotely. Six months later, Astley is still at home—albeit her summer cottage on Long Island’s North Fork—but since leaving her office in March, she’s closed five issues, set multiple records for single-day subscriptions and monthly social media engagement, and overseen the

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Elevate Your Interior Spaces With Design Tips From Sustainable Decor Brand, Pom Pom at Home

Cozy nights at home have taken on new meaning with the pandemic. Now that summer is coming to an end and life indoors will become the norm, what better time to invest in décor that will elevate your space and have you loving it even more? 

Enter Pom Pom at Home, a super chic, family-owned, sustainable home décor brand known for their ‘lived-in elegance’ aesthetic. 

“When we started, a textile brand with this ‘lived-in’ elegant look wasn’t readily available, so I had to create it myself.  Most other textile companies at the time were very formal,” CEO and Creative Director, Hilde Leiaghat tells me. “Whereas, we curate the designs for our brand with a sense of calm and comfort in mind. Everything has to FEEL good. The touch and hand feel are truly what sell our products.”

Pom Pom

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Design the Home Office of Your Dreams With Chatbooks

For our September 2020 issue, Good Housekeeping teamed up with Chatbooks, an app-based photo-book company, to scour the U.S. and Canada for the smartest and most beautiful home office setups. What we found, done by both apartment dwellers and homeowners, just may inspire you to take your own work-from-home space to the next level.

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Kari Bancroft, a stay-at-home mom in South Jordan, UT, decided to think beyond hard, uncomfortable chairs in her home office. Instead, she outfitted the space with a plush emerald green sofa that pairs well with her beloved animal prints and global-inspired pottery. The sofa works for her lifestyle too: She is mom to eight kids, ages 4 to 20, and uses her office space to read and to organize her many family photos. “My overall home office decorating approach is to showcase an eclectic mix of the things I love and

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Envisioning the home in the new normal

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As the Sars-CoV-2 virus continues to ravage India — the country now has the second-worst outbreak of the disease in the world, behind only the United States — many have begun to turn their homes into multi-functional spaces. The house, which has now turned into a school, playground and workspace, must cater to a variety of demands.

German manufacturing company Vitra recently published a “set of hypotheses” on the future of the home. Among the most radical of post-pandemic design implications was a so-called broken plan — hive off existing spaces to create new multifunctional spaces for family members.

“Now that we are spending more time at home and having to share that limited area with our cohabitants, we need to work on optimising the available space. Partitioning off or zoning our interior between various activities and people, or during different times of the day,

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Which Property Brother Is Better at Home Design?

“Property Brothers” fans, rejoice! Drew and Jonathan Scott are finally premiering the seventh season of their HGTV show “Brother vs. Brother” on Wednesday.

This time, the Scott brothers are facing off in Los Angeles with two new homes and (as always) a heaping dose of sibling rivalry.

In fact, this season is sure to have an exceptionally competitive edge because, after six seasons and three wins each, the brothers are out to break the tie and prove to home buyers (and their star-studded panel of judges) which brother is truly better at renovating homes.

Wondering who will win, or are you still struggling to differentiate one sibling from the other? Although these identical twins may seem to have strikingly similar design aesthetics, a closer look reveals that their tastes quickly diverge when they’re allowed to work alone. As proof, allow us to

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Get a notebook for your home design projects | Siouxland Homes

Other sections of your notebook can be sorted by rooms, which can hold pictures of furniture and corresponding swatches of fabric, paint samples, flooring ideas, lamps and even art. This will help you visualize your room and foresee any adjustments in colors or patterns. It will also help you determine if you need more goods for the room or project.

In terms of measurements, the more the better. You’ve all heard the construction adage, “Measure twice; cut once.” The same holds true for any aspect of the design project. You may have measured the size of the window, but did you measure how far the sill is from the floor, the space above the edge of the window to the ceiling or crown molding, or the space on either side of the window? While you may think these dimensions are excessive, they are not. They’ll be timesavers when you need

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2021 Living Vehicle luxury travel trailer with a home office

  • Living Vehicle has unveiled its newest luxury 2021 off-grid travel trailer.
  • The trailer comes in three different models ranging from $229,995 to $369,995, but the only difference between the three is the power systems.
  • The luxury home on wheels can optionally come with a home office set up that transforms the bedroom into a workspace for digital nomads or people working remotely amid the pandemic.
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Living Vehicle has unveiled its latest luxury 2021 off-grid travel trailer with an optional home office to meet the increasing demands for RVs amid the pandemic.

According to Living Vehicle, the company creates travel trailers that look more like “luxury apartments” than RVs by using high-end technology and a modern design.

Like many companies in the RV, travel trailer, and camper van industry, Living Vehicle offers a long list of optional upgrades that can further implement more luxury

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Lexus Crowns Its First-Ever African Winner for Its Prestigious Annual Design Award

Kenyan design studio BellTower has been named Grand-Prix winner of the 2020 Lexus Design Award for its innovative clean-water collection and storage unit. It marks the first time a design team from Africa has won the award in its eight year history. BellTower’s design, called Open Source Communities, addresses a common challenge in developing countries—devising a structure that can collect and store clean drinking water. Open Source Communities tackles and solves that challenge.

The Lexus Design Award’s Grand Prix was founded in 2013 by the luxury car company to nurture the next generation of designers. It funds and showcases their work, while equipping them with the skills to address present and future obstacles.

<div class="caption"> Kenya’s BellTower design firm with a model of their winning Open Source Communities project. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Lexus</cite>

Kenya’s BellTower design firm with a model of their winning Open Source Communities project.

Photo: Courtesy of Lexus

In January six finalists were chosen from among more than 2,000 submissions from 79 different countries. In

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