Recent House Tours Articles

Extreme Earthships in Extreme Places

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 04, 2014

What is an Earthship, you ask? Good question. It's a highly sustainable building created entirely from recycled and natural materials, typically integrated together in a seamless whole:...

Photo: Brian Moloney/Flickr

Dress Up With Wainscoting

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 02, 2014

Ever walked into a home and felt like it's just a little more classy than your average house? Chances are that sleek interior look was helped along by crown molding, or wainscoting,...

Pop-up Passive House!

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 31, 2014

As the passive house trend spreads globally, with people building homes inspired by the standard as well as those that meet its exacting qualifications, architecture firms are getting...

Tiny house, big heart. jenine a. in her tiny house in Healdsburg, California. Photo: Nicolás Boullosa/Flickr

Head to Tiny House Boot Camp!

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 12, 2014

My obsession with tiny houses knows no bounds, and I'm particularly in love with upcycled projects made from materials people find around them in their communities. Upcycling and recycling...

A striking herringbone wall pattern. Photo: Royal Designs/Hometalk

Dress Up With Fun Wall Patterns!

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 06, 2014

I've been spotting a new trend popping up on more and more home design, home improvement, and home fashion blogs: wall patterns. These bold paint effects are easy to do, they're far...

Linoleum is popular as an artist's material.   Photo: Kim Love/Flickr

Not All Linoleum is Created Equal

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 02, 2014

I may have mentioned recently that I'm in the process of getting ready to replace my bathroom floor, which is currently a mix of aging vinyl flooring and carpeting. The vinyl floor...

Photo: Carolyn L/Hometalk

Freestanding Tub Inspiration Lookbook

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 27, 2013

I said standalone tubs would be big for 2014, but I didn't want to leave you hanging when it comes to different ways to play around with standalone tub installations, including modern,...

Photo: Lars Plougmann/Flickr

2014 Bathroom Trends

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 24, 2013

We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, so no small wonder what we want them looking their best -- I for one will be replacing my bathroom floor in 2014 (hopefully with some great...