magazine ∣ Dec/Jan 2021 · House Beautiful
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The House Beautiful reader is someone whose home is her bedrock. She is always improving it because the process – and result – delights her. Happiness in her home comes from easy luxury and highly personal style. Her home is a gift to share with family and friends.
OPEN HOUSE THE DIGITAL EVOLUTION • The design world—like everything else—became much more digital in 2020. Editorial Director Joanna Saltz talks with creatives about how a move to virtual is altering the game for good.
You Gotta Have Hearth • IT’S BOTH AN EXCUSE TO LINGER AND AN ELEMENT OF architectural charm: The right fireplace does so much more than just bring actual warmth to a room. While the concept has remained essentially unchanged for thousands of years (light, gather, repeat), there are plenty of decisions—both functional and aesthetic—to consider when building your own. To help you get the most out of your fireplace, we asked the experts our most burning questions.
Build a Better Bedroom • With so many daily distractions, downshifting into sleep mode seems tougher than ever. If your bedroom isn’t set up to soothe, it’s hard to get the quality rest you crave. But, thanks to a few design-driven choices, you can get more shut-eye. “An ideal bedroom provides an environment for rest, positivity, and relaxation,” says interior designer Natalie Kraiem. From going all-in on a Stearns & Foster mattress to ditching the screens, here are four easy ways to make your space more serene.
THE Rufino Report • Holiday gatherings might look different this year, but even intimate celebrations will feel special with these entertaining essentials from our man-about-town Robert Rufino.
There’s No Wrong Way to DECORATE • These tastemakers know how to bring joy home for any holiday.
Their Cup of Tea • An American and a Brit create a new kitchen in their historic home outside Boston—and an overseas sensibility prevails.
THE BEST HOME STORES in America • Shopping for your home doesn’t feel like a luxury anymore—it feels more like therapy. And whether you visit them masked up or virtually, tons of dreamy stores are open for business. Here are our favorites this year.
LET’S STAY Together • 3 After a day on the slopes, there’s no better spot to defrost than a Montana cabin made for two dozen of your closest friends.
Stage PRESENCE • An ex-performer’s latest act: transforming a bare-bones Manhattan rental into a work of art.
Forever After • The unhurried renovation of a California home proves that great design comes to those who wait.
BEAUTIFUL THINGS • In an era when everyone on Instagram has the same lamp, and rugs made of plastic can be delivered in two days, it’s easy to forget that quality pieces take patience, attention, and an artist’s eye. Step into eight of our favorite studios to meet the makers and see how it’s done.
first light • A soft palette (and a sledgehammer) brings an unloved 1885 rowhouse to modern glory.
The Designer’s Guide to Pivoting • When surprises and budget constraints kept popping up, an apartment’s simple cosmetic upgrade became something truly cinematic.
HOME Again • A cozy, casual family escape demonstrates that living with antiques doesn’t have to mean living in a museum.
Fuel the Flame • That spot where you keep your kindling is just another opportunity for a little warm winter style.