Reclaimed wood flooring: How to design with eclectic affordability
Breathing new life into your home with weathered touches, aged accents and historical character is holding true to the popular belief of "what's old is new." Sparked from the sustainable living trend, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed wood floors have become one of the hottest green design and remodeling trends.
Create inviting entrances to welcome holiday guests
Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What's the first impression your home's entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home's entryway could use some improvement? Try these handy holiday entryway-decorating tips to create an inviting entryway and make everyone feel right at home.
Give your home a quick refresh with these budget-friendly tips
Whether you are buying, selling or simply remodeling, you are looking to invest in updates that will increase the value and appeal of your home. It's natural to want it all, but before you over personalize or break the bank, there are many simple, budget-friendly changes that can increase the value of your home without the risk.
With fall's arrival, many people change out their wardrobe, meals and turn up the thermostat, but often forget that just a few simple changes can get their home and other parts of their life ready for autumn. Renowned designer David Bromstad offers his quick and simple tips to transition and transform your interior spaces for the season, no matter your budget or style.
Few things feel better than waking in the morning refreshed and ready to start the day. But if the first thing you see is a bedroom that needs some improvement, your day might not go as planned. If you're suffering from the bedroom blues, why not reinvent the space? Especially since you don't have to buy new to get a whole new look.
Home improvement: Faux wood tile leads hot new trends in tile
Fake and faux are far apart. Fake is meant to deceive, but faux is intended as a tribute or a toast to something great or beautiful. Faux wood tile is one of the hottest trends in home remodeling and home decorating.
There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you'll love for years to come. Whether you're designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn't mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.
7 ways to bring the spectacular beauty of nature into your home
There's nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can't spend as much time as we'd like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you can introduce nature's beauty, from a lush garden to a spectacular rocky coastline, into your interior spaces.
The formerly "fringe" back-to-nature movement has become mainstream in America and nowhere is the desire for a more natural approach to living more prevalent than in our homes. From organically grown fruits and vegetables to VOC-free paint choices, the trend is toward fewer additives, synthetics and chemicals.
The bathroom is your daily sanctuary to retreat to and enjoy a few moments alone. For that reason, it should be serene, stylish and of course, safe. Think that words "safety" and "style" can never go together? Think again. Fortunately, it's easy to incorporate essential bath safety elements that will leave your room feeling more like a resort instead of rehab.
Do you have the blues this holiday season? How about the pinks? Non-traditional holiday colors are a popular trend in home decor this yuletide, especially when it comes to decking the table for special gatherings with family and friends.
Is your tiny bathroom cramping your functionality and style, leaving you longing for the enormous bathrooms gracing the pages of design magazines? Even if your bathroom is a fraction of the size, all it takes is some design savvy to make the most of the space you have. Consider these 10 smart tips that will help your bathroom look, feel and function like those larger contenders.
Space-making ideas create room for holiday entertaining
Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space.
Saying goodbye to summer doesn't have to be a sentimental ending when you consider it's also a beginning - the kick off to autumn and the holiday season. The promise of fall is in the air. It's a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining; whether that means friends gathered around the television rooting for your favorite team or the ultimate traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Holidays are when most people open their homes for friends and family. Sharing the season's greetings is always the priority but these gatherings are also an opportunity to show off improvements made during the year. Fifty-two percent of homeowners plan to make home improvements this fall, according to the leading real estate website Zillow. It is also a great time of year for deals as retailers unload inventory to make room for new styles.
As the holidays roll around, it's natural to want to spread good tidings and cheer with festive decorations like wreaths, candy canes and Santa Claus figurines. But this year, instead of digging out the same old holiday decorations, why not create some new looks that will last the entire winter season, even after you put away the gift wrap and ornaments?
Good looks or good sense? Home designs that don't make you choose
Increasingly savvy consumers aren't satisfied with the idea they must choose between practicality and good looks, and their rejection of the notion is fueling one of the hottest new design trends. Smart manufacturers are responding, creating innovations that are driven by how people truly use products, and not just by how those products look.
The countdown to this year's holiday season has begun. Department stores have decked the halls. Families are scheduling trips to visit far-away loved ones. And hosts everywhere are stressing about entertaining family and friends during this frantic season of peace and good will.
No matter what time of year it is, the kitchen is always the busiest room in the home. That's especially the case during the holiday season. With the added stress of planning the perfect menu and creating the ideal holiday atmosphere for your guests, it's no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed with the planning process.
Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell.
You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less than that. In fact, some downright cheap upgrades can be quite dazzling. Here are a handful of high-impact ways to achieve a whole new look for less than $100.
Choose quality over quantity to create the bathroom of your dreams
While your dream bath may be a sprawling space, the reality is that the typical bathroom is 100 square feet or less. According to recent home builder statistics, the average home size has seen a 6 percent decline in recent years. That doesn't mean you need to give up on your dream bath. A large bathroom footprint isn't always the answer to a better bath. Focusing on quality products can create a luxurious look, even in a small space.
Fun ways to add a splash of color this holiday season
The holidays are that special time of year when we reunite with our family and friends; in some cases we may not have seen these loved ones since the previous holiday. If you're in charge of hosting this year's event, you may think you don't have the time and the money to give your home a new look.
Each day across the United States homeowners are taking on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Whether you're a first-time or long-time homeowner, DIY enhancements can have positive results - emotionally, esthetically and financially. By tackling DIY projects, you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment from improving or customizing your home.
Fall is a great time to try new recipes. Why? Because the markets are bursting with bounty of the harvest season. Included in that bounty is the fall harvest of grapes, which are in fine fresh supply through January. Besides their long season, grapes are amazingly versatile as an ingredient.
Modern styling, technology help homeowners refresh their nests
Flipping through the television channels, it's hard not to find a home improvement show about remodeling and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. These popular programs give homeowners ideas on how to modernize their spaces. If you're planning your own DIY projects, here are three areas of the home that will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to a makeover.
The top home decorating trend: Infusing natural elements into the decor
Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it's more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant - and often calming - result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.
Tipping TVs to fire hazards: Vital home safety resolutions for 2014
Some New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement - and often they're much easier to keep.
This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Are you one of these millions of new homeowners? If so, you've most likely felt the urge to settle in immediately. However, before making any major renovations, it's a good idea to live in a new home a while to see how the space is meeting your needs. Here are a few swift swaps that will have a big impact in making that new house feel like home sweet home.
Seven simple tips for prepping your home for the holidays
There's something about the holiday season that makes gathering with family and friends extra special. But between the cooking, decorating and shopping, preparing for the holidays with that never-ending to-do list can be overwhelming.
The popular saying "a man's home is his castle" still holds true today. Men across the nation are investing their time, sweat and labor into do-it-yourself projects to make their homes the best fortresses they can be.
Chances are you've thought about adding a splash of color to the exterior of your home, and you're not the only one. Many people have the same idea, but they don't act because they're worried they will choose poorly. Selecting the wrong color for your home's exterior isn't only costly, it's embarrassing as well.
Five reasons why scent is important for home decorating
Cooler temperatures, dwindling daylight that makes you crave a mood boost, and the approach of the holidays - at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. But while you're breaking out the holiday decorations or looking for just the right shade of yellow to make your kitchen look brighter on short winter days, don't overlook another powerful decorator's trick - scent.
Simple designer tricks for creating a stunning master bedroom
It's the place where you wake each day, rest your head each night, and go to when you need to escape the stress of daily life. If there's one room in the house that should be a personalized retreat for homeowners, it's the master bedroom. And with a few simple tips from design experts, you can easily take your master bedroom from boring to beautiful and add to your home's overall value.
Think your favorite room is due for a new paint color? To get a result that looks like it was plucked straight from a home improvement magazine, you don't have to hire an interior designer or professional painter. You can do-it-yourself with a few tricks of the trade.
How to use texture, colors and accessories to bring emotion to your home
Home decor can convey many different emotions - from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how sound reverberates in a room.
With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individual touches that will truly make it your own.