Everyone knows that kitchens and baths are what sell a house. But let’s be honest. These are rooms where business is conducted, and sometimes they aren’t the most fun to photograph. But we traveled back through time—and the archives of D Home—and chose some sleek kitchens and lovely loos that are the exception rather than the rule.

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When it ran: September/October 2008
Photograph by: Timothy Kolk
Why we love it: It took months to create this 7-by-18-foot mosaic marble tile wall. First, designer Lynn Sears sketched the pattern. Then it had to be turned over to an artisan. The result? A work of art—the flower urn features a rare blue marble. We have to believe that it somehow makes whipping up Kraft Macaroni & Cheese a little more romantic. 

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When it ran: May/June 2007
Photograph by: Stephen Karlisch
Why we love it: When we visited Charlotte Comer’s cottage in Vickery Park, we likened it to spending time in a storybook. The master bathroom is no exception. We can imagine awaiting our prince while primping at the custom Italian vanity by Renaissance Collection and soaking in the bathtub by TKO Associates. The serene setting would surely make the long, long, long wait a little easier.

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When it ran: May/June 2010
Photograph by: Stephen Karlisch
Why we love it: We love every inch of Emily and David Corrigan’s Bluffview home. Designed by Emily Summers, the place has the feel of a treehouse, thanks in part to the four flights of stairs required to get to the entrance. Don’t get us wrong—this is a  fancy treehouse. And the sleek kitchen featuring vintage Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner and a credenza from Scott + Cooner makes takeout in order. The room is simply too pretty to junk up with food.

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When it ran: January/February 2010
Photograph by: Aimée Herring
Why we love it: Even though we visited this Fort Worth residence more than a year ago, it’s hardly old news—and not only because NBC-Channel 5 anchorwoman Jane McGarry lives there. She teamed up with designer Ken Blasingame to create a place bursting with color and foreign flavor, and the kitchen is no exception. Vibrant turquoise tile from Ann Sacks pops next to pale yellow cabinets. The carved wood deer head from India oversees all food prep.

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When it ran: November/December 2009
Photograph by: Stephen Karlisch
Why we love it: When we asked Lisa Martensen to name a few of her obsessions, she listed Indian miniatures, neoclassical creamware, Wedgwood basalt, and all things plaster. (The list actually went on, but we got a cramp and had to stop writing.) So we’re not kidding when we say that every nook in her house contained a surprise. Her elegant master bath was all understated elegance: Duravit tub, sconces by Eric Cohler, and a Saarinen stool. It’s just a cool space, and we’re so sad that she doesn’t live there anymore. 

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When it ran: March/April 2010
Photograph by: Stephen Karlisch
Why we love it: No offending plastic shower curtains or crocheted toilet seat covers here. This  W.C. is all about refinement. Regan Carlile has created a space that makes bath time more blissful for daughter Virginia. Elegant details include a Kartell stool and an 18th-century French vanity that Regan found at Jacqueline Adams  Antiques in Atlanta. The painting is by Virginia’s great-grandmother.