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A Chicago couple’s new vacation home melds modern design with breathtaking views of nature

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Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: This is a year-round vacation home for a professional couple from Chicago.
Location: Saugatuck, Michigan
Size: 4 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms
Designer: Randy Shingledecker of RS Design Studio

The home’s exterior is a combination of two different cement sidings. Vertical cement boards were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Blackjack and used to cover the garage door and surrounding wall. The other siding near the front door is fiber cement board with stainless steel channels running in between.

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A builder couple designed this room as part of a new show ho

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Photos by Kal MacDonald

Who lives here: Nicole and Michael Tew

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Size: 222 square feet (20.6 square meters)

Designer: Trickle Creek Designer Homes

The backstory: Michael and Nicole Tew designed and built this home on an infill lot in Calgary as a show home for their company — he’s president, she’s vice president of marketing at Trickle Creek Designer Homes — that they planned to eventually sell. But a funny thing happened along the way: They realized that they’d created their own dream home. As builders, the couple would have felt a lot of pressure had they been designing for themselves. But while working on a show home, they felt the freedom to just have fun. They plan to move in this October.

The style: Many of the homes built on infill lots in this neighborhood are quite modern, but the couple wanted their show home to feel different, specifically, “a little more homey,” Nicole says. “We wanted it to feel like a place where you could gather with your whole family and cook and entertain.” Since the kitchen opens to the dining and family areas and a wall of bright white shiplap paneling, the Tews wanted the cabinets to be darker, as a contrast. “It was a little bit scary, because the entire rest of the home is white — white shiplap, white walls,” Nicole says. “It was definitely a departure and a risk to do the dark kitchen.”

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A glass tub enclosure can make a bathroom look modern and airy, and unless you have hard water, it can be easy to clean


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Be a good neighbor, get your roses in shape and start thinking about Halloween decor

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It’s time to flip the calendar page from September to October — celebrate the new month (and the start of sweater weather) with an antiquing trip, a laundry room tweak or a neighborly gesture. And for those who count Halloween among their favorite holidays, this weekend is a great time to get a head start on planning that frightfully good costume party or spooky haunted house.

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Rich golds, browns, purples and reds bring beauty to these kitchens in every season

One of the best things about fall — in addition to the season’s invigorating chill in the air — is the way it makes you want to be snug-as-a-bug indoors. And there’s nothing like the season’s rich palette to warm up a space. The following kitchens wrap their arms around the colors traditionally associated with this season: orange, gold, brown, red and burgundy, all the colors of changing fall leaves. Check out these 14 spaces, and then tell us in the Comments which one you like best.

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Get the info on top design happeni

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October

AIA Houston Home Tour

What: Home tour

Where: Houston

When: Oct. 21-27 Cost: $25

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Some upgrades are difficult or impossible to do later. Tackle these projects now to save yourself the headache

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This series focuses on deciding on which upgrades to do, and which to wait on, when building a new home.

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