|Renters can embrace home decor trends in their own way|
Renters may assume House Beautiful’s 2014 home décor trends are about as applicable to them as the outrageous avant-garde ruffles or fur-trimmed skirts donned by waify, high fashion runway models. When you don’t own the place you call home, smearing navy blue paint on the living room walls is not typically a great move. Then there’s the issue of staying power when it comes to following trends. Often you run the risk of making an investment in looks that are fashionable today, but might be dated in just a year or so.
|Beachwood home gets a Wild West makeover|
|Outside it's a typical yellow-brick, bland, postwar bungalow home. Inside, well, yee haw! Welcome to the Wild West.
But don't get the wrong idea. The Beachwood home of nationally renowned intervention specialist Jane Eigner Mintz, 48, is not cowboy tacky. It's a sleek, sophisticated reflection of the Shaker Heights native's adoration of the Southwest and its culture.
"I'm a cowgirl at heart," said Mintz during a tour last week of her recently renovated, 2,000-square-foot home. "I love everything about the Southwest."
|Mayfield home's living room, sunroom get a makeover|
It all started with the skylights. Both windows -- the only light in a dark, paneled space -- were leaking.
The Mayfield homeowners were toying with the idea of downsizing for several reasons: their 1971 house needed updating, their two sons had moved away, and rooms that made sense for a growing, active family no longer worked for two retirees who hosted card parties, not birthday bashes.
At the same time, the real estate market became scary and selling the home didn't seem like a good idea. A complete decor overhaul seemed to be the answer.
The couple agreed to share the details of the project on the condition that their names not be used, to protect their privacy.
|New apartment dweller shares tips for downsizing from house to apartment|
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Joanie Kaufman enthusiastically trains her big blue eyes on her visitor, uses one hand to start a vigorous handshake and sweeps her free hand behind her in a "Ta da!" presentation of her sunny, window-lined living room.
"I have a joke," she announces, right after hellos.
She pauses for dramatic effect.
"I can now say I'm in the Ivy League."
Kaufman, 78, laughs heartily. She is incredibly proud and happy about her three-bedroom, cozy apartment, situated in an ivy-covered Tudor-style apartment building within ball-whacking
|Mother of twins tackles task of creating home sweet dream home|
By SUSAN CONDON LOVE
Beverly Franklin grew up in Chardon, but spent most of her adult life in another quaint city — Alexandria, Virginia, living in an historic townhouse and working for the U.S. Patent office. In 2012, though, with two rambunctious five-year-old twin boys, the small, albeit historically located home became a problem, especially because of its lack of a yard. Beverly decided a change was in order. She moved back to Northeast Ohio and rented a home — not in Chardon, but in Chagrin Falls.
“I’d always loved Chagrin Falls,” she said on a recent, unusually chilly and gray July afternoon. “I thought it was beautiful and dreamed one day of living here.” Beverly’s criteria for her new home was specific — it had to be located in a great school district and there had to be room for her two boys, Hunter and Colton, to play and grow. Living in Chagrin Falls fulfilled both her childhood dreams and her adult needs.