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November 22, 2016

Wall to Wall Trends: Exteriors

When thinking about remodeling, families often look to the inside of their home first, and understandably so. When you live in a home, the interior is what you see most of the time. It’s where your family makes their meals, shares entertainment, and lives their lives. But a strong exterior can be nearly as important when thinking about a total home makeover or when building a new house. The same way clothes make the man, a house’s exterior makes a home.

According to a Harris Interactive study, 78% of home buyers rate a house’s exterior as “very” or “extremely” important when deciding what house to purchase. Other studies have found that a house’s exterior is second only [...]

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November 17, 2016

Wall to Wall Trends: Finishing Your Basement

When renovating your home and looking ways to improve both its value and usefulness, consider every space from top to bottom. For homes that have one, the basement is often one of the most neglected parts of the house, only short of the attic. For many people, it ends up nothing more than a place to store miscellaneous junk. But the basement has tremendous potential – it’s essentially a whole other floor or room for your house that’s going largely unused. A finished basement can make for an excellent den, media room, home gym, children’s playroom, extra bedroom, or entertainment room. A large enough basement can often be transformed into multiple areas, suitable as an extended [...]

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November 15, 2016

How to Dress up IKEA Furniture

When decorating your place stylishly but cost-effectively, you may find yourself shopping at IKEA more often than not. However, if your home is full of the Swedish-designed furniture, it can lack the look and feel of your true style and distinct personality. To personalize your IKEA-bought home décor elements, consider these seven ways to dress up your buys:

Slip Into Something

The standardized size and shape of IKEA couches, chairs and cushions make them easy to find slipcovers for. Removable, reusable and washable textiles can cover up the factory-direct look. Slipcovers will refresh the interior design of your living space in a snap. Plus, the inexpensive fabric coverings [...]

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November 11, 2016

Clever Ideas to Refresh the Dining Room for the Holidays

During the holiday season, the dining room is the heart of the home. It’s where family gathers, stories are shared and every meal becomes a special occasion. Adding a refresh and creating warm and welcoming décor for the dining room is so much easier than you think. This year, take a moment to add a little something extra to your space.

Here are a few ideas and inspiration to get your dining room ready for Thanksgiving.

1. Start with patterned dishware

Patterned dishes are trending this season and what better way to add a little bit of personality to a place setting than with leaf plates like these. You can find plates and coordinating stemware and silverware at [...]

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November 1, 2016

Blinds vs. Curtains: What Are the Selection Criteria?

When you rent your first apartment or you buy your first home, likely you will move in and notice your windows are completely bare. That sun sure can be bright coming in through wide-open picture windows or a room full of exposed panes. Whether you’re in a brand new home, or the previous owners decided to take their window treatments and blinds with them, it’s now up to you to add some curtains or blinds (or possibly both) to your abode.

But which way should you go? Curtains or blinds?

Considering the Factors

There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to picking curtains, blinds, or a combination of both for the rooms in your home or apartment. [...]

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November 1, 2016

Transform Your Kitchen with Cabinet Refacing

How to Get Today’s Hottest Designs, From Material Selection to Final Installation Popular Cabinet Styles | Understanding Kitchen Cabinets | Door and Drawer Face Possibilities More Bells and Whistles | Material Possibilities Hiring a Cabinet Refacing Contractor (and Living Through the Process)

Cabinet refacing can dramatically change the appearance of kitchen cabinets for a modest price. If your kitchen cabinet backs, sides, and shelves are solid, and if you are happy with the basic sizes and arrangement but just don’t like the way they look, cabinet refacing may be for you.

According to Michael Chotiner, a former cabinet maker, “When a kitchen needs upgrading and there’s no [...]

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October 31, 2016

How to Add Value to Your Home with Molding

Designed for function rather than form, many homes built today often lack personality and charm. The good news? Adding character to a home is easier than you might think. The solution may be as close as the molding aisle at your local home improvement store. Looking to add a value to your home with a little facelift?

Here are a few molding ideas and some inspiration to get you started.

1. Window moldings

In a newer home, many times windows are simply framed out with drywall or simple four-inch moldings. To add a little personality to existing windows, instead frame out windows with a six-inch pine board. Next, add a heading over the windows with an additional ten-inch [...]

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October 27, 2016

Wall to Wall Trends: Living Room

The living room is one of the most important rooms of your entire home, and as such deserves special attention when considering a remodel or renovation. The living room is typically the main place that your family will gather to spend time together watching movies, playing board games, reading, or just hanging out, and is also one of the rooms that guests will see and spend considerable time in. A living room often serves several purposes, particularly in large families, and as such should reflect a style and functionality that best matches your family’s needs and tastes. In terms of design, fusion styles are becoming popular. Whether combining Scandinavian and industrial chic, or [...]

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