Houzz TV: A Couple’s Garage Becomes Their Chic New Home (17 photos)

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Bryan and Jen Danger left their Portland, Oregon, home for about three years, first moving to British Columbia for Jen’s job and then enjoying a yearlong road trip south through Mexico and Central America. During that time, they got rid of most of their belongings and rented out their early-1970s home. “When we got back, we realized we wanted to be here a significant portion of the year but we couldn’t afford our mortgage, so we talked through the options,” Bryan says. “The garage became an ‘aha’ moment.”

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Product Of The Week: Minimalist Plate Set From Metaphys

This minimalist plate set from Japanese firm Metaphys bags our Product Of The Week Award for its sheer simplicity and beauty in design. Called Fueille, the set looks at beautiful forms found in nature for inspiration and looks to break away from the monotony of mass produced circular flatware. You can get it for $188 from Amazon here: Fueille Plate Set

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New This Week: Flexible Dining Rooms With Farmhouse Features (3 photos)

2. Modern in Massachusetts

Designers: Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese of Twelve Chairs
Location: Lexington, Massachusetts
Size: 224 square feet (20.8 square meters); 14 by 16 feet (4.2 by 4.8 meters)

Homeowners’ request: A durable space with a fresh take on farmhouse style for a family with three kids under the age of 5.

Special features: Leather chairs. Farmhouse-style table with yellow painted legs.

Why the design works: The home sits in a wooded area and the family has a chicken coop in the backyard, so incorporating farmhouse style made sense. “We didn’t want it to be too literal, so the touches are subtle but still evident,” designer Miggy Mason says.

For durability, the designers chose leather chairs that can be easily wiped down, and specially treated stain-resistant fabric for the bench. An extendable table with turned legs offers a farmhouse vibe. “But the yellow is a bit unexpected and livens up the space,” Mason says.

Designer secret: “One of the biggest transformations was going with white on the walls,” Mason says. “It instantly lifted the space that previously felt a little dark and dull.”

Also on the team: Ben Wilson (electrician); Resolution Co. (painters); Crimson & Brighton Upholstering; Joyelle West (photographer)

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Table: Vanguard Furniture; table leg paint: custom-mixed Stuart Gold, Benjamin Moore; chairs: Jayson Home; bench: Global Views; bench fabric: Rogers & Goffigon; light: Visual Comfort; rug: Mohr & McPherson; table runner: Anthropologie; dough bowl: vintage; wall paint: White Dove, Benjamin Moore

Painters Studio Turned Modern Loft

What was once the home of a famous Hungarian painter is now a chic loft in downtown Budapest. The contemporary space plays on the familiar elements of a loft with exposed beams, brick walls, and large factory-like windows while still adding elements of surprise. Whether it’s color, texture, or stunning lighting, this loft comes alive as you discover all of it’s nooks, crannies, and characteristics. So take a tour of this space and see for yourself.

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Designer Transforms Space With Indoor Plants

RULES Architects have combined the ultra modern with the organic by incorporating plants in creative ways throughout the spaces. You’ll see how these are no ordinary potted plants: vines creep up walls, and pop up out of built in storage to perfectly counteract the modern finishes and amenities of these spaces. The architects note that the plants do more than add a design element to the space, they provide a positive impact on human health, like filtering the air we breathe and acting like a humidifier. So, wander through these spaces and find some inspiration to incorporate plants into your own home.

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10 Ways to Declutter Without Going Minimalist (10 photos)

6. Organize your bedroom. Smart alcove shelving with drawers below ensures this bedroom is sleek and free of clutter, but it still has a cozy, welcoming feel thanks to its coordinating cushions, comfy throws and patterned rug.

When tidying up your bedroom, think about what you use there and where. If you love curling up to read at night, store your books neatly near the bed for an organized feel, rather than leaving them halfway across the room.

Make time every morning or evening to put things away, whether it’s putting clothes back in the wardrobe or in the laundry basket. Just a few minutes each day will help you keep clutter under control.

10 Porches With Personal Style (10 photos)

Clever repurposing in Illinois. Designer Cathy Zaeske loves a good reuse project almost as much as she loves a catnap on the porch. She had her trusty contractor put together this daybed swing from salvaged pieces, including an old shuttered room divider, a door and vintage scrolls.

Other salvaged pieces on the porch include a dresser with its fourth coat of paint, director’s chairs from a family cabin, a Thai root ball Zaeske repurposed into a light fixture and a 100-year-old ceiling beam from a barn.

Swing paint color: Painter’s Touch 2X Satin Heirloom White general-purpose spray paint, Rust-Oleum


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The Ultimate Star Wars Home Decor Mega-List

May the 4th be with you! Whether you’re looking for the perfect surprise for your favorite Star Wars fan or just want to add to your collection of memorabilia, this merchandise mega-compilation will keep your wish list full for a long time to come. From useful decorations to cool kitchen gadgets, this list is a go-to resource for geeky housewarming and wedding gifts too. Showing your loyalty to the Rebel Alliance or your devotion to the Galactic Empire has never been more fun – especially if you have a spare wall or empty shelf to accommodate some new acquisitions. It’s hard to not fall in love with nostalgic and current-era Star Wars decor.


Buy It: $65

Millennium Falcon Clock: Laser engraved on classic American walnut, this clock is a tasteful choice for a low-key hobby room or anywhere in the home. White minute and hour hands stand out against a dark background for clear visibility from a distance.


Buy It: $247

Stormtrooper Helmet: Cosplayers and collectors alike are sure to love this 1:1 scale Stormtrooper helmet, faithfully reproduced from the digital production files of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. It arrives assembled, finished, and ready to wear out of the box.


Buy It: $30

Darth Vader Wall Light: This LED wall light would complete any game room or entryway, and would make a fun housewarming gift for a fan. A cracked-effect decal completes the illusion of Darth Vader bursting through the wall.


Buy It: $78

Han Solo in Carbonite Wall Decal: Spark conversation with this throwback to one of the most memorable scenes in The Empire Strikes Back. High-grade vinyl construction ensures this piece can stand up to daily traffic.


Buy It: $112

Kylo Ren Mural: Make a huge impression with this Kylo Ren mural measuring in at an eye-catching 3.68 x 2.54 meters (145.89 x 100 inches). Dedicate a whole wall to your love of Star Wars!


Buy It: $30

Stormtrooper Wall Decal: Here’s another way to get a little Star Wars wall art in your life. This larger-than-life Stormtrooper helmet ensures your friends and guests will know they’re on Empire territory.


Buy It: $83

Star Wars Portraits: Enjoy your favorite characters in a modern high-contrast style. These decals are easy to hang and remove without the need for nails, tape, or glue – ideal for rentals and dorms.


Buy It: $39

Stormtrooper Fine Art Print: Each print by Filip Peraić comes individually numbered and signed by the artist to meet the needs of art curators and memorabilia collectors alike. Plus, the distinctive geometric style fits right in with current interior design trends.


Buy It: $37

Star Wars Movie Poster Print: This print by Van Orton also arrives signed and numbered, shipped with a certificate of authenticity. It comes without a frame so you can choose the color the best suits your interior theme.


Buy It: $13

Minimalist Star Wars Print: Reduced down to their basic forms, these Star Wars characters are immediately recognizable yet stylish enough for display in even the most modern home. Fans will love the theme and designers will love the aesthetic.


Buy It: $20

Colorful Star Wars Night Lights: Set this night light to one of seven colors and gradually cycle through the whole rainbow. LED lights projected through a sheet of transparent plastic gives this small light a striking 3D effect.


Buy It: From $43

Star Wars Bluetooth Speaker: This is the perfect accessory for a home screening of Star Wars! Cleverly integrated speakers, bright lights, and recognizable Star Wars imagery brings these touch-free speakers to life. And it looks fantastic on the shelf when not in use.


Buy It: $60

Darth Vader Kids Chair: Parents are sure to envy this handsome child-sized Darth Vader chair. If your favorite young one loves the movie series, this piece of furniture is sure to become a favorite.


Buy It: $70

Stormtrooper Bookends: A pair of detailed hand-painted resin Stormtroopers will do their best to protect your well-curated collection of literature. They might have famously poor aim, but they tend to be fiercely loyal.


Buy It: $25

Darth Vader Coffee Mug: Maybe the best way to start the morning is with a cup of the dark side. These mugs come with a handy lid to keep your coffee warm or serve as a gorgeous piece for your Star Wars shelf.


Buy It: $23

Stormtrooper Mug: Here’s the Stormtrooper equivalent – consider pairing a Darth Vader mug with a set of Stormtrooper vessels for security. Each comes packed in an attractive box ready for gifting.


Buy It: $4

Death Star Silicone Mold: Silicone molds are an indispensable kitchen accessory, and this Death Star shape is sure to find plenty of uses around the home. Use this mold to form ice cubes, chocolate, and other must-haves for your next Star Wars screening party.


Buy It: $13

Millennium Falcon Silicone Tray: At almost 10 inches in length, this silicone tray is the perfect size for decorative cakes and gelatin snacks. Like the previous mold, this one is also highly resistant to hot and cold temperatures.


Buy It: $10

Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Molds: Any shape of mold could make a wonderful housewarming gift, but this kit is extra versatile.


Buy It: $13

R2-D2 Silicone Mold: This droid can improve any party. This silicone mold is nearly 10 inches long, ideal for cakes and other large treats. Are you planning a little get-together or other special event? This mold will be the talk of the occasion.


Buy It: $15

Dark Side Spice Shakers: Salt and pepper your favorite meals using these ceramic likenesses of your favorite Star Wars villains. The gift box itself makes a fantastic display, but the spice shakers will capture the imagination of all who use them.


Buy It: $20

R2-D2 and R2-Q5 Shakers: Ceramic, fully washable, and ready to spice up meals on special occasions or even every day – these handy droids will become an indispensable part of your dinner routine.


Buy It: $18

Death Star Kitchen Timer: When the counter hits its last tic, the superlaser lights up and catches the cook’s attention with its iconic sound.


Buy It: $40

TIE Fighter Nutcracker: As impressive on the counter as it is in the hand, this heavy-duty nutcracker is a functional statement piece for the kitchen or dining room. Everybody needs a nutcracker for the occasional walnut haul, so why not choose something that really stands out?


Buy It: $30

Millennium Falcon Bottle Opener: Bottle openers are another “must have” accessory for the kitchen. This one is shaped like the Millennium Falcon to get your party guests talking. Plus, it’s magnetic so it sticks on the fridge or spice rack for easy access!


Buy It: $30

Millennium Falcon Chopping Board: Reversible, hygienic, and officially licensed, this Millennium Falcon cutting board will make dinner prep fun for everybody involved. It’s made from strong acrylic for longevity and easy cleanup.


Buy It: $57

Darth Vader Toaster: No hardcore Star Wars fan could pass up the opportunity to serve up dark side approved breakfast in the morning. Set the adjustable thermostat to your preferred level of doneness and enjoy the Star Wars logo on each side of your toast.


Buy It: $40

Death Star Waffle Maker: It’s the last waffle maker you’ll ever need – unless there’s room for two Death Stars on your breakfast table. This appliance is made from stainless steel with a reliable non-stick coating.


Buy It: $15

Star Wars Rebel Cookie Cutters: So cute! These cookie cutters make it possible to turn all your favorite Rebel Alliance characters into cheeky cookies or biscuits in no time at all. The adorable faces and careful details will steal the show at your next banquet or bake sale.


Buy It: $14

Death Star Tea Infuser: While this may look like an ordinary stainless steel tea ball, the telltale indentation gives away its Death Star inspiration. It carries official Lucasfilm licensing to please even the most selective collectors.


Buy It: $20

Lightsaber Chopsticks: Consider picking up a pair of these unique chopsticks if you have a fussy eater in your family – these are impossible to resist! For those who like to hold up hair buns with chopsticks, these could also double up as a must-have fashion accessory. The lights are bright and hard to miss!


Buy It: $100

Darth Vader Humidifier: Nothing can escape the enthusiasm of the Star Wars fandom! If you’ve ever wanted to combine your love of the dark side with home environmental control, this humidifier is one of the few objects to hit both sweet spots.


Buy It: $148

BB-8 App Controlled Droid: This loyal droid will follow your every command, easily guided by smartphone or tablet. This neat little piece of technology learns and adapts to your personality as you plan, with voice recognition making the experience feel even more personal.


Buy It: $45

Star Wars Chess Set: Challenge your friends as the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, or just let this set impress as a display piece. This set would serve as a great way to introduce friends and family to the Star Wars franchise.


Buy It: $6584

LEGO Collector’s Edition Millennium Falcon: It’s hard to come across a list of rare LEGO sets that doesn’t include the famed Millennium Falcon Collector’s Edition. Imagine how many hours of fun you could have with the rotating turrets, removable cockpit top, and generous cast of mini-figures – and at over 5000 pieces, the building process alone is sure to fill up a weekend or two. Curious about the ultra-high price? It’s been out of print for several years. More reason to keep an eye out for new Star Wars editions!


Buy It: $119

The Force Awakens Comforter Set: For those who aren’t quite ready to bring their love of Star Wars into the general home decor scheme, this comforter set just might be the perfect compromise.


Buy It: $90

Darth Vader Bedding: But what if you want to get a little more specific with your fandom theme? This pillowcase and comforter combo will make you feel like a Sith Lord every time you lay down for bed.


Buy It: $54

Stormtrooper Duvet and Pillowcase: This bedding set has a little more color and graphic appeal than the others – this combo would look great in any modern bedroom.


Buy It: $90

Chewbacca Duvet and Pillowcase: Who doesn’t love Chewie? This printed duvet and pillowcase pair would make a neat gift for any Star Wars fan.


Buy It: $10

Darth Vader Flash Drive: With 8 gigabytes of storage, this plastic USB drive decorates a keychain or computer while protecting all of those important class or work documents. The storage is located in the helmet, while the body serves as a cute cap.

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