Fall trends: Comforting hues, flexible design

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Bespoke architectural gem going to auction in Watson

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When creative minds join forces, something special happens – and the striking ‘Brenrock Home’ in Watson is one such example.

A collaboration between renowned Canberra designer Gina Carmody and construction company the Brenrock Group, 27 Shewcroft St is a bespoke architectural abode with flair to spare.

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Crafted using superior raw materials, including recycled Canberra red-brick, the home’s sophisticated style is immediately evident – with a floating spotted-gum staircase that creates a showstopping entrance.

Holly Komorowski, of Home by Holly, said the quality of the design and craftsmanship is demonstrated throughout the home, which “appeals to the senses”.

“Visually it’s so striking, and I love the moodiness; it’s quite a retreat style of living,” Ms Komoroswki said.

“Gina Carmody has been around for many years and is renowned for her work. She has a great ability to capture family living with lots of

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Heights Rental in Willowtown Greek Revival With Exposed Brick, Garden Asks $3,250 a Month

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This one-bedroom rental is tucked into the heart of Willowtown, a little enclave on the southern edge of Brooklyn Heights. The first-floor unit at 42 Willow Place is one of just three in the 19th century row house and offers a shared garden, laundry in the building and bike storage.

The Greek Revival-style brick row house dates to the late 1840s and the picturesque street is filled with buildings of a similar vintage. The street is within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, and the area has its own community group — the Willowtown Association was formed in 1953.

It’s a floor-through unit with a living room facing the street, bedroom at the rear and kitchen in the middle. A wall was taken down between what would have been two separate rooms to create an open living and dining room with wide-plank floorboards. One long wall is exposed brick, painted white,

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How to lessen the stress and engage success when building a custom home

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“I started simplifying some of my work around 2010 and gradually became more intrigued by modern style,” says Pat. “I’ve embraced the ‘less is more’ concept. I still like traditional shapes and forms, but over time I gravitated to this idea of stripping those forms to the bare minimum.”

Therese was immediately on board with the idea of a modern house, particularly because she has always been anti-clutter.

“Our old house was very traditional, but we were ready to move on to a place with a simpler style with lots of glass and windows that go down to the floor,” says Therese.

The Keatings, who downsized from the home where they raised their three daughters, were determined to stay in their much-loved neighborhood, the Garrett Park Historic District in Montgomery County, where they have lived since 2000.

“This is our third house in Garrett Park,” says Therese. “One of the

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Brigette Romanek Reveals a Few of Her Decorating Insights on Domino’s Design Time Podcast

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Brigette Romanek, one of Los Angeles’s buzziest new design talents, is entirely self-taught. Yes, you read that correctly. Her first interior project began as a favor to a friend, and, after realizing her true passion lay in telling homes’ stories through carefully curated design, Romanek Design Studio was born. “I often think about when I leave a client’s home and I shut the door, I want them to turn around and be happy in their space,” she explains to Domino’s editor-in-chief, Jessica Romm Perez, on this week’s Design Time. “Your home should come from how you feel and the soul of a place. It should feel yours. You should feel happy there. And if I can help you do that, then I’ve done my job correctly.”

Tune in to this week’s episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts to hear more about the designer’s favorite antiques shop (JF Chen),

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Changing a Bathroom Countertop | Home Guides

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The style of your bathroom can become dated over time, and one of the easiest ways to update and refresh its look is replacing the countertop. Modern bathroom cabinets are topped by one-piece countertops with precast sinks. Most models available at home improvement stores are made from cultured marble, while higher-end varieties are cast from marble, granite or other hard stone. Replacing the vanity countertop is a rather easy job that can be completed in the space of a few hours.

Sizing Your Installation

Home improvement stores typically stock vanity tops in 19- and 22-inch depths, with standard widths at 17, 25, 31, 37, 49, 61 and 73 inches. Special orders can usually be made for other widths and depths. Buy the top that is the next size up from the width of the cabinet. A custom vanity top maker based in Georgia will design vanity tops as long as

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Botanical garden buys WeatherBerry | News

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Western Kentucky Botanical Garden officials have purchased WeatherBerry at 2731 W. Second St.

The 3,848-square-foot Italianate-style farmhouse was built in 1840 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The sale, which was finalized Wednesday afternoon, included nearly 4 acres that abut the botanical garden. More importantly, though, the house provides Second Street access and visibility — something WKBG officials have craved for years.

With WeatherBerry’s purchase, WKBG now owns a total of more than 17 acres.

Shana and Ed Champion sold WeatherBerry to WKBG for $475,000, said Laurna Strehl, executive director.

The Champions are pleased WeatherBerry now belongs to the botanical garden and will be open to the community, Ed Champion said.

“It goes with the garden,” he said. “We know they will take care of it. … I can’t wait to see what they do with it.”

Several years ago, WKBG officials formed a long-range planning committee

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Summer’s almost over which means it’s time to spruce up and renovate your home

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Summer is coming to end in a couple of weeks, which means it will soon be time for spending lots of time indoors in the colder months.

That means it’s time to spruce up and renovate your home, especially if it hasn’t had a makeover in quite some time.

Wayfair’s Renovation Sale, which is offering up to 65% off, may be just what the doctor ordered for those who are renovating their homes. The sale began Aug. 16, 2020 and runs through Sept. 29, 2020.

Sales on bathroom vanities, tile and backsplash, kitchen appliances, flooring and garage upgrades are just some of the departments offering big discounts at Wayfair.

Wayfair bathroom vanities

The Minnetrista 60″ Double Bathroom Vanity Set, which has been slashed 38% to $1299.99, would make any bathroom look good.

Bathroom vanities

There are many bathroom vanities of all styles on sale at Wayfair.com, including modern, contemporary and farmhouse styles.


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Chinese firms eye Philips’ home appliances unit in up to $3.6 billion deal

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By Julie Zhu, Kane Wu and Arno Schuetze

HONG KONG/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Chinese firms Joyoung <002242.SZ> and Gree Electric <000651.SZ> are among those eyeing the domestic appliances business of Dutch conglomerate Philips’ <PHG.AS> in a deal worth up to 3 billion euros (2.77 billion pounds), people with knowledge of the matter said.

Philips’ advisers have sent out teasers to potential buyers, said two of the people, adding the bidding process will start later this year.

Chinese white goods producers Haier <1169.HK> <600690.SS> and Midea <000333.SZ> have also shown interest in the business, the people told Reuters, adding some of them are working with investment banks on a potential bid. 

Their interest comes even as Chinese white goods companies have faced heightened regulatory scrutiny of their acquisitions in Western nations.

Philips announced in January a plan to carve out its domestic appliances business, which produces coffee machines, vacuum cleaners and airfryers

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City chic meets country cool

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Interior designer Tanya Krpan and her builder husband Jure transformed a grand Morgan Creek house into a comfortable, livable, yet sleekly contemporary home. Photo by Janis Nicolay

Cosy in the Country

When interior designer Tanya Krpan was asked by her husband Jure, a builder who owns Dakota Homes, to help design a large custom house in Morgan Creek, she knew her biggest challenge would be turning a cavernous space into a cosy, contemporary family home.

The 13-foot-high ceilings and a footprint of more than 7,000 square feet meant they certainly had enough space to design a home with every contemporary convenience, but it also needed to feel warm and comfortable. With seven bedrooms and bathrooms spread over three floors, this was an immense project for the couple to take on.

Caramel-coloured flooring draws the eye through the open floor plan; at the same time, the space is
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