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June 22, 2015

The Perfect Window Treatments for Any Room

The perfect window treatments for your house depend on the window you’re dressing and your home’s unique style. In order to get the perfect match between window and treatment, here are some helpful tips from interior design professionals at Hometalk. They’ve got the experience, the expertise, and the style to make the elements of your home blend seamlessly together and create a unique and attractive style.


Shades are a no fuss, no muss way of gaining some privacy and limiting the amount of light that floods your room. These features make shades an excellent option for the bedroom, kitchen, or any window which sits behind a desk, dresser, table, or other low piece of [...]

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May 18, 2015

When to Splurge and When to Save

Outfitting your home can be an expensive project, especially if you don’t know where to spend and where to save. Instead of leaving you to guess, we asked one of our design savvy home decor experts at Hometalk for a few tips on smart spending in home design and decor.

When it comes to setting up your home, think quality over quantity. The most important purchases are those things you’ll be using constantly, like your mattress, couches, chairs, etc. Comfort and quality are always a good place to start when you’re wondering what makes the splurge column. Also, things that need to be performing perfectly at all times, like home insulation, plumbing accessories, and appliances, [...]

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April 29, 2015

Grout Care and Repair

Is your grout starting to look grubby? Dirty grout can really ruin a beautifully tiled floor or wall, and broken grout can be an even bigger problem. Solve your grout grievances today, with helpful tips for grout care and repair from tile flooring expert and Hometalker Kevin of KMS Woodworks.

What’s the best way to clean my grout?

“Grout cleaning can be a chore, or, if proper choices are made in advance, a breeze. I have grout in my kitchen tile floor that is over ten years old and it still looks as good as the day I installed it. The simple reason is it is dark brown in color, a nice match for the mottled brown granite tile. Picking a grout color in the darker spectrum goes a [...]

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April 14, 2015

What DIYers Need in Their Toolbox

You’re itching to jump on the DIY bandwagon and start improving your home by hand, but where do you even begin? If you want your home improvements to succeed and last, you’ll need the right tools and equipment. Don’t scour the home improvement store aisles guessing what you might need — instead, listen to an expert DIYer . Here’s your toolbox supplying cheat sheet from Isabelle LaRue, blogger at Engineer Your Space and expert craftswoman. Start with these basics and add to your kit as your DIY skills grow!

Basic Toolbox for Beginner DIYer:

According to Isabelle, the very first thing everyone should have in their toolbox is a multi-tool. There are many different kinds out [...]

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March 27, 2015

Answering Your Common Gardening Questions

As spring shows its sunny face, you might start to feel that itch in your fingertips to get down in the dirt and get started on your spring garden. While you should definitely give into that urge, before you start digging, make sure you have all the info you need on designing, watering, fertilizing, and generally caring for your perfect garden. To start you off, here are some helpful gardening tips from Hometalker and experienced green thumb, Brenda at The Blonde Gardener.

First, consider your landscaping and how you want your garden laid out on your property. How do you come up with a good garden design? Sometimes it’s just convenience. A garden design usually comes to me [...]

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March 23, 2015

Getting the Most Function and Style from a Large Room

Having extra space is a blessing, unless you’re at a loss for how to use it best. Every now and then, your decorating challenges have nothing to do with what you’re missing, and everything to do with how to use what you’ve got. These are the luckiest problems, because all it takes is some inspiration and smart advice from an expert to set you straight. Hometalker and home design expert Lory, of Designthusiasm, has the perfect tips for getting the most function and style out of a large, unused room.

One of the most important things to do with a large room is to create intimate conversation areas. You can either create two or more separate areas focused around distinct focal [...]

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March 5, 2015

What to Do with Your Outdated Wood Paneling Problems

Are you suffering from dark and dated wood paneled walls? While many homes have them, this particular design trend feels outdated and unappealing to many homeowners, and they’re looking for ways to makeover their space, without breaking the bank. Hometalker and carpenter Kevin Stevens, of KMS Woodworks, has a few clever ideas for fixing those dreary walls all on your own! According to Stevens, one of the easiest ways to update some dark paneling in your home is to simply paint it. Like all painting projects, though, some proper prep work is required to get the best results. Paneling can be made from solid wood or thin plywood with a synthetic surface. In both cases, the surface [...]

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February 19, 2015

How to be the Perfect Host

Whether you’re planning a family visit, expecting Easter guests, or just planning for your next event, there’s never a bad time to up your hosting game. Of course, there are those hosting staples that (we hope) everyone knows, like providing fresh linens and towels and giving the house a basic cleaning, but some guest care practices are a little less obvious. Make sure you’re not leaving your guests hunting for a glass or wishing for a trash can, by following these Hometalk hosting tips.

Provide Toiletries

Though this might seem more like a hotel move, assume that most guests don’t travel with shampoo, conditioner, soap, or toothpaste, and provide a basket or bin of [...]

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February 4, 2015

No Handyman Necessary: Tackle Tile Repair Yourself

As important as they are, home repair projects are often the cause for big spending when it comes to the world of homeownership. There are plenty of home improvement and repair projects that should be left to the professionals, no matter how ambitious you might be feeling, but, believe it or not, there are a number of repairs you can do yourself, with the right preparation and supplies!

If you’ve got tile troubles, for example, you might not need to call in the pros! Some specific issues, like shifting tile in a shower or bathroom, could be signs of a greater issue and should be addressed by an expert, but simple problems, like a broken tile in your floor, are right up your [...]

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January 14, 2015

Moving Toward a Smarter Home

Are you looking for ways to get a smarter home? I don’t mean more intelligent, I mean a home with features that work together and are easily adjustable and accessible through technology. A smart home is equipped with systems, like lighting, temperature, and security, which communicate with one another through technology, and can be controlled by a time schedule or be remotely activated from any web-enabled device. Smart home technology can also be used to control other systems, like the television, coffee pot, hot tub, or computer and stereo.

According to safety expert and Hometalker Elli Bishop of SafeWise, if you’re planning on making small and manageable changes to make [...]

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December 17, 2014

Update Your Decor Without Spending a Dime!

Do you ever feel like your decor is in a rut, but don't want to spend any money to update it? Chances are you already have some great items you can use!
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November 26, 2014

How to Deal with the Holiday Clean-Up!

The messy aftermath of the holidays can be a struggle - help make your holiday cleanup stress free with these tips.
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