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The 10 Paint Colors Designers Always Use

There's a reason they turn to these shades over and over again.<p>Choosing a paint color can be daunting, to say the least. Just a quick glance at a wall of swatches and chips is enough to make anyone dizzy. And one ill-advised choice can leave you questioning your taste forever ("Why did I ever like …

Home Decorating

5 Styling Tips to Steal From This Tiny Guest Room Makeover

A few simple tweaks make all the difference.<p>A guest room can feel like a cozy escape, no matter how much space you have. For this simple makeover, decorating service Decorist transformed a clients underwhelming spare room into a colorful, breezy retreat — all with a few basic changes.<p><b>1. Make room</b> …

8 Closets That Aren't Closets Anymore

These DIYers found extra living space in their home's smallest spots. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com<p>It's unlikely that you lament about having <i>too much</i> closet space in your home, but have you ever considered what you might gain from repurposing one altogether? We know, …

Dining Rooms

17 Unexpected Ways to Make the Most of Any Space in Your House

These small space decorating ideas, storage solutions, and smart finds will help you maximize each square foot, regardless of the size of your house.<p>These small space decorating ideas, storage solutions, and smart finds will help you maximize each square foot, regardless of the size of your house. …

Small Spaces

The Biggest Mistakes You're Making With Your Dishwasher

Major don't: Mixing stainless steel and silver flatware.<p>1. Overloading<p>If you try to pile in too many dishes, you'll end up having to do twice the work. If dishes are blocked and water can't reach them, then they won't get clean.<p>2. Arranging dishes incorrectly<p>You'll want to be strategic when loading …

13 Things You Should Have in Your Closet by 30

All of the touches you need to add warmth, style and creativity the most-used space in your home.<p><i>Courtesy of LA Closet Design</i><p>1. Something Cozy Underfoot<p>You know how you feel when you step into your favorite slippers?It's like that, but EVERY time you walk into your closet."I think that by the time …

Design Dilemma: Cool Fireplaces to Keep You Warm

Question: What could be better than kicking up your feet near a cozy fireplace this winter? Answer: Absolutely nothing. Cold dark months filled with …

House Design

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

Cleaning

Worry-Free Decluttering: 8 Things to Get Rid of that You’ll Never Even Know Are Gone

It’s one thing to get rid of items that have a lot of sentimental value. It’s easier to ditch stuff that you don’t care about, have duplicates of, or …

The Best Anti-Aging Products For Your Home

Your skin gets creams and potions, your home deserves some love to keep it from looking antiquated. This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com<p><b>1. A sleek, lovely white paint.</b> The simple backdrop is, and will always remain, the ultimate design classic.<p><b>2. Stripes.</b> Yes, there are a 101 patterns we …

Home Decorating

Tag: Bedrooms

Before & After: A French-Inflected Townhouse Renovation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn<p>by Alexa Hotz<p>Steal This Look: A Loft Bedroom with Colorful Accents …

Hot Springs

21 Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda

Seriously, store a box of this stuff in every room of your house.<p>Sure, it's a pro at making chewy chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda's real claim-to-fame is its power to freshen and clean many spots in your home. It's a super-effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, …

Cleaning

5 Tips for Under-the-Sink Organization

The space under my bathroom sink was a chaotic mess and a source of longstanding guilt for me. But every time I set out to conquer it, I felt …

The 10 Secret Ingredients Needed to Find a Buyer for Your Home Fast

Sometimes you need to move in a hurry. Whether you have to relocate for a new job, want to get the kids entrenched in a school district before the …

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Expert Advice: 15 Secrets for Saving Money on a Remodel

When Carolyn Leonhardt and her husband, Ted, sold their Seattle graphic design business more than a decade ago, she had no idea she would find …

Home Improvement

10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know

While we all want a spectacular home that stands out amongst the rest; we also want a home that blends with its surroundings and …

25 Cool Shower Designs That Will Leave You Craving For More

There’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to creating <b>cool bedroom designs</b> or decorating living rooms. But utilitarian spaces such as the <b>bathroom</b> or …

An In-Depth Guide To Polished Concrete Floors

Concrete is a hot material right now in all aspects of architecture and home design. While it once was expected and appropriate to cover the concrete …

30 Patio Ideas to Make Your Backyard Look Incredible

Kick back under the sun with these stylish designer ideas for outdoor spaces.<p>Whether you have a porch, pool, or patio, our guide to creating a luxurious outside area will help you take full advantage of warm weather. Oh, and don't miss our top swimming pool designs and outdoor kitchens!

Design Dilemma: No-Mow Lawns

In many parts of the country, the day of the lawn has passed. That’s because too many of us are experiencing extreme drought. We can no longer count …

Landscaping

11 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

Whether you're buying your first home or you're a seasoned owner, answer these questions for the knowledge and confidence to find home sweet home.<p><b>1. What elements are must-haves in your home and what can you forgo?</b> When house hunting, decide on a few elements you can't live without and let the rest …

Garden Visit: A Parisian Stylist in Provence

At the age of 69, Nicole de Vésian’s real adventure started. Retired from a career of designing hats and linens for Hermès, she decamped to Provence …

Landscaping

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Buying a Home

The process of <b>buying a home</b> could be summed up into 3 words — It. Is. Expensive. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or selling one dream home for …

15 Tips On How To Make Your Ceiling Look Higher

Ceilings are not exactly the main detail that you pay attention to when you first enter a house, but they do have a major impact in maintaining a …

Design Dilemma: Storage Solutions When Space is at a Premium

When it comes to managing life in a very small space, clever storage is essential. Small, of course, is a matter of perception. For some, 2500 square …

Design Dilemma: A Guide to Floor Tile Patterns

When it comes to laying tile, there are a myriad of patterns to choose from. And each different pattern can lend a dramatically different feeling to …

Is Your Porch Ready for Entertaining?

A few homey touches transform a ho-hum patio into a hub for anytime get-togethers. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.<p>This before-and-after from the fab lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess is such a perfect illustration of the difference that a few strategic purchases can make. The …

Decorations

Black And White Kitchens: Ideas, Photos, Inspirations

It is amazing how the use of two simple and basic colors can instantly create interiors that are both dramatic and exquisite. Black and white are two …