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The Case Against Open Kitchens

When I was a small child, my dad had a window cut into the galley kitchen of our walk-up apartment on West Seventy-sixth Street. The idea was that my mother could share in the socializing in the living room, while friends drinking Chardonnay could enjoy the sight of my mother preparing the chicken …

Kitchens

These Are the Next Big Kitchen Trends of 2018

If 2018 trends are any indication, kitchens are about to look very chic. This year, the trending materials, layouts, and shapes are less about the …

Home Decorating

11 Gorgeous Rugs That Look Way More Expensive Than They Are

A rug can change the entire feel of a room.<p>There are rugs that sell for $10 at the dollar store. And, there are rugs that sell for $34 million at …

6 Essential Tips For Selecting the Perfect Dining Room Lighting

Adding a light fixture (or two) to your dining room is like putting the icing on a cake: it’s that final, special touch that can imbue style, atmosphere, and just the right amount of illumination—but finding the ideal setup is not always easy.<p>Therefore, it’s best to invest in an item that you …

Interior Design

This Color-Blocked Bathroom in Milan = The Case Against Boring White Walls

And it's got major storage solutions, to boot<p>Is there any more powerful tool for transforming a rental apartment than <i>color</i>? We think not—especially when creative materials and storage solutions come into play. The architects at Italian firm Marcante-Testa ran with this very idea when they designed …

How to Modernize Your Bathroom with Minimal Disruption

It’s easy to forget your bathroom. As long as it’s fresh, clean and ‘modern enough,’ then homeowners will think it’s a job well done and won’t need …

Before you replace even a doorknob, think of the future: Aging-in-place houses never looked so great (photos)

People a long time away from retiring or paying off their mortgage see the perks of installing universal design features that are friendly to people …

Home Improvement

Forget the adapter: How to install a USB outlet in 9 steps

If your connected home is anything like ours, it’s littered with USB chargers, backup batteries, and other powered items. If only your electrical …

Reducing noise: tips for a quieter home

We all know that no home is a silent haven, but there are some key things that you can and should do, if you want to significantly reduce noise in …

Living Room Design Doozies: 11 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your Space

We know, we know: Coming up with a design scheme from scratch in any room is difficult, let alone your primary living space. You might be tempted to pick out a sofa and a coffee table and call it a day. That's all you really need, right?<p>Nope! In order to design a truly inviting living room that's …

Home Decorating

IKEA’s selling home storage batteries for its solar panels

A rooftop of solar panels generating clean energy is great and all, but having somewhere to squirrel away that free juice is even better. After stepping into the shade for a good few months, IKEA began selling solar panels again last year with new teammate Solarcentury (a company that specialises …

7 Essential Improvements For Your Next Bathroom Remodel

A renovated bathroom adds value to your home, updates its style, and makes it better adapted to your current needs. Renovations are the best time to …

Tips to Choosing the Right Rug Size - Emily Henderson

  <p>Buying a rug is like buying a dress for your grandma – it can be kinda overwhelming, there are a lot of factors to consider, and if you buy one …

5 Plants That Can Help Improve Air Quality in Your Home - Plants That Remove VOCs

1 of 5<p>EyeEm<p>Jade Plant<p>This succulent isn't just fun to look at. Researchers also found it beats out the other plants at removing toluene, which is …

Air Quality

Articles about house gets better age on Dwell.com - Dwell

An architect creates a long-term home for his parents around a glass enclosure built to celebrate Northwestern wilderness.<p>This Los Angeles family builds smart and plans ahead.<p>A heritage inter-war, functionalist-style house gets a dose of contemporary Australian cool.<p>Or is one house better than two? …

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