Whether you’re flipping a house or renovating your current home, hiring private contractors is nearly unavoidable. If you’ve seen “Flip or Flop,” you know Tarek and I can’t do everything ourselves. We’ve built relationships with contractors we trust, and they do most of the heavy lifting. If you’re new to the flipping game, though, chances are you haven’t built these relationships yet. Maybe you think you don’t need to hire anyone else because it’s too expensive, and you want to…

When searching for a home, the initial task is to find features you love – hardwood flooring, a fireplace, or an office. For Lawrence Eidson and his wife, it was an unexpected feature of their Isle of Palms, SC home that sealed the deal. Set between the Atlantic Ocean and marshlands, this 5-bedroom, 6-bath, custom-built masterpiece encases a working lighthouse. Although, instead of guiding sailors to shore, this one lights your way to the kitchen. “It houses two things,” Eidson states. “Primarily,…

Located in the beachfront neighborhood Corona del Mar Village in Newport Beach, CA, this contemporary three-story home takes inspiration from its seaside setting with a color palette of soothing neutrals and blues paired with natural finishes. Designed by Christopher Brandon with Brandon Architects and built by Patterson Custom Homes, the spec home was purchased early in the construction phase. Interior designer Brooke Wagner, of Brooke Wagner Design, was brought in to transform the spec home’s blank canvas into a contemporary…

When the folks at New Frameworks set out to build or restore a home, they aren’t just thinking about the individual needs of their client – though that is central to their work, of course. They also take the bigger picture into account, particularly their ecological and social impact, which weaves its way into every facet of the business. Based in Vermont, New Frameworks places an emphasis on using locally sourced, low-impact materials in their projects. These have become trendy…

Spring cleaning is all about getting our homes ready for a new season of sunshine, warmth, and time outdoors – and indoors, too! Now’s the time to wipe off the grime, clear out the cobwebs, and get those living spaces ready for the year ahead. When you put together your spring cleaning checklist this year, consider adding the following tasks, if you aren’t already planning to do them. These projects will not only put the cherry on top of the…

At a glance… LOCATION 11947 Iredell St, Studio City, CA 91604 SPECS 7 beds, 8 baths, 7,800 sqft LISTING AGENT Robert E. Howell of Keller Williams Beverly Hills Hundreds of millions of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” viewers have watched the Kardashian clan call this Italianate-style mansion home – despite the fact that no Kardashian has ever actually lived on the grounds. The 7,800-square foot Studio City home has served as the public-facing facade for Kris Jenner’s residence, as well as…

I recently had a closet collapse. I came home from a day at the office to find heaps of once-neatly-hung, color-coordinated clothes in one giant, messy mound on the floor. Worse than picking up the pieces of chipped drywall? Admitting that maybe it was time to get rid of that favorite shirt of mine — from college. In the ’90s. So I sought the help of style expert Darcy Camden to find out what she tells her clients. Camden has been…

Editor’s note: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home – sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can’t paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it’s truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we’ve lived…

Editor’s note: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home – sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can’t paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it’s truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we’ve lived…

Editor’s note: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home – sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can’t paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it’s truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we’ve lived…