Green Mermaid Tile and a New Layout Boost a Dated Pink Bathroom (13 photos)

This 3D rendering that Tyler created of the proposed design shows one of the many advantages of working with a bathroom designer. Chasity had only the mermaid tile to go on, but when she and Tyler visited various showrooms around town, they brought back samples for countertops, floor and wall tile, the vanity finish and more to see how the materials would work with the mermaid tile and how they would look in the changing natural light throughout the day.

They found that the fish-scale tile looked greener in showroom lighting but bluer in the bathroom light. This informed their decisions for finishes. “We kept asking, ‘What do we think in this particular light looks the best?’” Tyler says.

With their material selections dialed in, Tyler played around with tile designs in her 3D program and came up with the more or less finished room shown here. This gave her and the Blanks confidence in their decisions, because they knew what they’d be getting.

Though this is technically the guest bathroom in the Blanks’ two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, they now walk right past the bathroom closest to their main bedroom and into this new bathroom. And who can blame them?

Contractor: Whidbey South Woodworks

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Houzz Tour: Atlanta Couple Update an Inherited Midcentury Home (12 photos)

Photos by Jeff Herr Photography

House at a Glance
Who lives here:
A professional couple
Location: Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta
Size: 1,800 square feet (167 square meters); three bedrooms, two bathrooms
Designer: Katelyn Rountree of Terracotta

This midcentury ranch in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood has been well loved by three generations of a family. When a young professional inherited it from her grandfather, she and her husband wanted to give it a fresh update and get it ready for the family they were planning to start.

“They loved the house and neighborhood, but they wanted to make it their own rather than feeling like they were living in Grandpa’s house,” says interior designer Katelyn Rountree of design-build firm Terracotta. “They had really great style and had started collecting art, which gave us a jumping-off point with the design.” The whole-house renovation included redesigning the kitchen and bathrooms; vaulting the ceiling; enlarging windows and glass doors; and choosing new furniture, accessories and lighting.

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Houzz Tour: Third Generation Updates a Midcentury Home in Atlanta (12 photos)

Photos by Jeff Herr Photography

House at a Glance
Who lives here:
A professional couple
Location: Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta
Size: 1,800 square feet (167 square meters); three bedrooms, two bathrooms
Designer: Katelyn Rountree of Terracotta

This midcentury ranch in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood has been well loved by three generations of a family. When a young professional inherited it from her grandfather, she and her husband wanted to give it a fresh update and get it ready for the family they were planning to start.

“They loved the house and neighborhood, but they wanted to make it their own rather than feeling like they were living in Grandpa’s house,” says interior designer Katelyn Rountree of design-build firm Terracotta. “They had really great style and had started collecting art, which gave us a jumping-off point with the design.” The whole-house renovation included redesigning the kitchen and bathrooms; vaulting the ceiling; enlarging windows and glass doors; and choosing new furniture, accessories and lighting.

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A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen, With an Emphasis on ‘Modern’ (5 photos)

Photos by Vivian Johnson

Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: A family of five
Location: Ross, California
Size: About 350 square feet (33 square meters)
Designer: Caitlin Jones Design

Caitlin Jones is an interior designer who sometimes buys, fixes up and sells homes herself. Jones considers the process of renovating one of her own properties sort of a “test laboratory for design,” where she can try out new ideas and materials to potentially use with future clients. Her latest project of this type was this classic shingled house in Marin County, California, that she eventually sold to a family of five. These photos of the kitchen were taken before the house was sold.

For the kitchen renovation, Jones says she wanted to push the boundaries of what is typically considered a modern farmhouse kitchen by focusing on the “modern” without losing that classic farmhouse character. As a result, the Shaker-style cabinets feature flush molding rather than traditional crown molding and are painted light gray instead of classic white. The translucent pendant lights above the island are also decidedly more sculptural than the lantern-style pendants found in many farmhouse kitchens.

Cabinet paint: Gossamer Veil, Sherwin-Williams

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11 Design Solutions for Sloping Backyards (11 photos)

Houzz UK Contributor. I have been an interiors journalist since 1995, writing several books on design and numerous features for glossy homes mags over the years. For Houzz, I cover decorating ideas and trends and interview designers and professionals for their insights to create in-depth features. My favourite pieces to write, though, are Houzz Tours, as I love exploring and learning about real homes. Call me curious — or nosy!

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Is Smart Lighting a Smart Choice for You? (9 photos)

Assisted systems are gaining traction in the marketplace, but be careful to read the fine print before you go all-in. Most hubs will speak to a number of devices but not all of those available, and you may find that your smart bulbs, smart coffee maker or thermostat do not fully function with your hub. One rule of thumb will help: The fewer manufacturers you use, the easier to set up and maintain.