The TOH IDEA HOUSE 2017: Ground Floor LivingA multigenerational…

The TOH IDEA HOUSE 2017: Ground Floor LivingA multigenerational…

The TOH IDEA HOUSE 2017: Ground Floor Living

A multigenerational home, the Beach House was designed in such a way that all the living could happen on the first floor. In addition to the first-floor master suite and ground-level laundry room, there are many thoughtful aging-in-place design features. Let us show you around.

A LOFTY LIVING ROOM: The living room feels both beachy and elegant, with classic upholstered pieces and coastal decor elements. The vaulted ceiling and generously sized windows create an airy, light-filled space. French doors provide access to the screened porch beyond.

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10 Secrets of Cottage StyleKnown for her lively, low-key…

10 Secrets of Cottage StyleKnown for her lively, low-key…

10 Secrets of Cottage Style

Known for her lively, low-key designs, Jane Coslick shares her trademark tips for adding oomph to plain interiors with salvaged finds and buckets of paint

Secret 4: Punch Out a Pass-Through

Sometimes opening a window beats tearing down a wall. The pass-through Coslick introduced here allows air, light, conversation—and plates—to circulate while keeping guests out of the cooking fray. “I use a lot of interior windows to open up rooms and improve the flow of natural light,” she says. “If you tear the wall down, you lose a spot for furniture.” Here, a counter on brackets has parking for barstools underneath and serving platters on top.

See more secrets, details and photographs at the This Old House website.

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Home Solutions: New Life for Old LaddersCombining rustic charms…

Home Solutions: New Life for Old LaddersCombining rustic charms…

Home Solutions: New Life for Old Ladders

Combining rustic charms with unexpected functionality, freestanding ladder shelves are a stylish, airy alternative to traditional bookcases or display cabinets.

Photograph: Jake Curtis

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