Like many married couples, the Clarks have a lot in common: a last name, a first name (they’re both Kelly) and an affinity for wide-open spaces – which inspired them to build a 10,000-square-foot barn-style home on 30 acres of land in Macon, Georgia. But let’s back up. Kelly Clark (that’s him) and Kelly Moore-Clark (that’s her) wanted a change of scenery for their family. So when a friend put some land up for sale, they decided to make a…

Very few would have considered purchasing a crumbling and decrepit 1890 Victorian townhome. But Lindsey Branca and her partner (both in business and in life), Mike¬†Grosshandler, saw what most didn’t: opportunity. After a sweeping renovation that included collapsing plaster and a complete layout change, this townhome – located in trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn – went from a deteriorated state to downright stately. “When we purchased the home, we were on the hunt for a ‘mess’ that would provide the most…

If you’re willing to move and if you meet the qualifications, many rural American towns are offering incentives aimed at attracting new residents and reviving their communities. At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America housed more than half the country’s entire population. While the number of Americans living in rural areas has been roughly stable over the past century – as urban and suburban America have boomed – its share of the total population has declined, falling from…

There’s just something special about a small town. Less traffic, no noise pollution and friendly neighbors can all make for an idyllic escape from the grit of the city. Some of these small towns may be hours from the nearest Amazon Locker or Whole Foods, but what they lack in big-city amenities, they make up for in big-time charm. Here are eight homes for sale in some of the best small towns in America. Stately in South Carolina For sale:…

There’s a chill in the air – do you feel it? Rather than wait around for the mercury to plummet, take steps now to ensure that your home remains comfortable through the coldest months of the year. Besides proper insulation and HVAC maintenance, I recommend taking a close look at your windows. Notorious for air leaks, windows can not only admit cold air but also allow heated air to escape. There are many ways to seal such drafts – but…

It’s cold out there, and whether you’re snowed in or just looking to unwind, it’s the perfect time for game night. Fun for the whole family or as a night in with friends, game night is all about friendly competition. Decor should be simple, drinks should be hot and the mood should be mellow. Here’s a DIY and a recipe that are sure to charm even the chilliest guest. (Materials and instructions below!) Card coasters¬†materials Vintage playing cards – find…

Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you’ve probably got questions. Here’s a quick guide to get you and your fire started this fall. How do I use a wood-burning fireplace? If a cave man can start a fire, so can you. 1. Prepare the fireplace Clean out any old ashes with a broom (make sure they’re cool, of course). Check that the damper is open and working properly. 2. Gather…

As fall continues and the days become shorter, it’s too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year. Perhaps it’s a bit overdone to talk about the art of hygge, that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content. The thing is, the Danes know how to thrive in winter. You might already know they’re the happiest people on earth, but did you…

What’s Your Cabin Style? What’s the ideal cabin anyway? Take this short quiz to find your perfect space for sipping, snoozing and slipping on your comfiest slippers. Hobbit house You’re so down-to-earth that your ideal cabin is actually in the earth! Your whimsical, cozy taste is perfectly suited for creating a dreamy hillside hideaway. Others might call you a hermit, but you know that home is where the heart is, so why leave?   And hey, it’s not messy –…

Welcome to the Bloomhouse, a place where art and architecture collide. Nestled on 2 1/2 acres of land in the hills of Texas, this home is only about 10 minutes from downtown Austin – but feels a world (or a universe) away. The Bloomhouse’s story began in the 1970s, when University of Texas architecture students Dalton Bloom and Charles Harker obtained a sprawling piece of land and set out to build a home that strayed from conventional design. This sparked…