Tour a Charmingly Colorful and Totally British Notting Hill Home

When a young family decided to move back to England after living for a period in Miami, they realized it was time to give their London flat a proper refresh. At a quick glance, the pied-à-terre overlooking an idyllic square in London’s Notting Hill had all the trappings of a charming Victorian terraced house, at least from the outside. Inside, however, presented a very different story. “It was in really bad nick, and all the original features had been taken out,” says interior designer Sarah Vanrenen, who was tapped by the clients to reimagine the apartment’s dark warren of rooms into a sumptuous abode for the couple and their two young daughters.

The clients were eager to breathe new life into the space. “We wanted there to be a grand atmosphere, and this meant reinstating its former character with cornicing, bookshelves, and even a fireplace, which it didn’t have,” they

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Why Home Design Magazine ‘Dwell’ Got into Making Houses

Would you buy a house from a magazine publisher? How about if that magazine were Dwell, a publication that’s been an arbiter of good design and living well since it debuted at the start of the millennium? If your answer is “yes,” then today is your lucky day, as Dwell is now officially in the home-building business.

On September 20, Dwell unveiled the Dwell House, a prefab ADU (accessory dwelling unit, better known as an in-law suite) that’s meant to live in the backyard of an existing home. The 540-square-foot, one-bedroom home is fully constructed off-site by Dwell‘s partner on the project, west coast ADU specialist Abodu, and then delivered and installed in your backyard after Abodu pulls all necessary permits for you.

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While Abodu already offers a number of similar prefab ADUs, including a one-bedroom option, the Dwell House stands apart thanks to its refinement (the

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5 Home Design Trends for Entertaining This Season

With cooler weather ahead, it’s time to look forward to fall gatherings and entertaining during the holiday season. Four Hands introduced more than 250 new items over the summer, and now, the leader in furniture design and home décor brings styles designed for connection to Austin customers at the Four Hands Home showroom.

From refreshed classics to new innovations, Four Hands has seen customers shift their design focus toward pieces that will help them outfit spaces for comfortable living. “Looking ahead to the holiday season, gatherings are a top priority for many of our customers,” says Nealie Gillis, Four Hands Home Showroom Manager. “The showroom offers plenty of inspiration for how to craft your home for visitors, with a wide assortment of both indoor and outdoor styles.”

Ready to be inspired? Here are the top design trends for fall entertaining from Four Hands Home to help you create comforting spaces

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How to design your first smart home routine, according to our tech expert | KOLR

How to use smart home routines

Smart home devices are more popular than ever, but many underestimate what you can do with them. Voice assistants let you create routines that make your life easier, especially when used in tandem with other smart devices. We interviewed our tech expert, Jaime Vazquezto learn more about smart home routines.

Everything you need to know about smart home routines

What is a smart home routine?

These routines are a series of actions that happen in response to a specific command or event. You can trigger them at a particular time or when you say a certain phrase.

In many cases, they rely on other smart home devices to carry out the actions necessary for the routine. For example, you can use smart bulbs to turn your lights on each morning.

What can you do with smart home routines?

Smart home routines often control

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This secluded alpine home comes with three distinct pod-shaped living spaces

Designed as a series of alpine ski-lodge villas for guests looking to live in the lap of luxury on the mountaintops, the ‘Secluded’ glamping cabins come with a unique design that quite literally allows you to have a stunning view with each room. The three-pronged architecture presents a unique benefit, with each room having a full view of different sides of the mountains. With each room angled ever so slightly, they face in different areas, allowing you to see potentially both the sunrise and sunset rather well!


The Secluded lodge is best described as looking like a ‘W’ from up above. The three main rooms – a living space, bedroom, and bathroom, connect to a lobby-space in the center, with doors to enter the property sandwiched between them. All of the lodge’s individual rooms are at an elevation, giving you a view that’s absolutely uncompromised even with heavy

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