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February 26, 2018

Romanticism and the Classic Gazebo: Your Guide to Charm

The nostalgia and romance of the ambiance from a gazebo still has a draw, even today. It can act as a private retreat away from the stress and cares of the everyday world. Whether you want to sit and read a book, contemplate with a cup of tea, or just enjoy your garden–gazebos have a touch of old-world charm.

Initially used as a “gazing room” in the Victorian and Edwardian ages, gazebos were used to for enjoying the panoramic view of gardens and surrounding property. They are also classically used in romance novels as the setting for a forbidden tryst or a way to spend some time together as a couple. By any stretch of the imagination, gazebos are timeless.

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February 16, 2018

How to Design an Exceptional Home Office

As technologies evolve and workforces become more diverse and specialized, more Americans are avoiding the traditional model of going into an office from 9-to-5. Individuals and companies are both realizing the value of having a flexible workforce that can work from home, taking a blended workplace/home office approach to their job. This approach has several advantages including the opportunity to respond to problems and needs as they arise, the ability to work in a quiet space away from corporate distractions, and cost savings relating to minimizing operational expenses for the business. You may also have the added advantage come tax time of being able to deduct $5 per square foot [...]

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February 16, 2018

How to Choose the Right Houseplants to Get You Through Winter

The winter months can be hard to get through for people who live in cold environments. Here's how to use houseplants to help you get through winter.
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February 9, 2018

7 Design Trends to Implement in Your Home This Year

Design trends are always changing, and today’s homebuyer wants an up-to-date house. Shag carpet and veneer walls were popular in the 1970s but now, those are seriously outdated. A home with that type of interior design can be harder to sell.

When you are looking to improve a home before a sale, you should consider some of the current interior design trends. Here are several of the hottest design trends for 2018:

Earthy Colors Reign Supreme

For the last several years, gray tones have been all the rage. Sometimes called greige, it is a mixture of gray and beige. Gray is dominant, but the color palette adds a little color to the soften gray. Soft pastels and earthy [...]

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February 7, 2018

New Year, New Look: The Top Home Design Trends for 2018

Each new year gives us a chance to reset the clock and start anew. And here at Modernize, we believe that goals are healthy, but interests evolve and so should yours. If this is the motivation you need to update your home, look no further. Whether it’s just tweaking some accents for additional appeal or expanding the actual size of your home, fads change with the times. Here are some of the newest trends coming your way.

Making Room

Let’s face it — living in the modern world ain’t cheap. More and more families are living together to save on expenses, and that means different generations are living under one roof. If you find yourself in this predicament, [...]

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February 2, 2018

Here’s What the Architizer A+ Award Winners Taught Us About Textile Trends

The 2017 Architizer A+ Awards recognized the finest designers and textile producers in the world. Here's what Homes.com learned from them.
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January 29, 2018

Personalizing Your Rental Space: Common Dos and Don’ts

Renting an apartment or house has always been a popular alternative to home ownership for couples, singles, and college students, and the popularity of renting continues to grow as a viable option to affordable housing. But just because you’re renting, doesn’t mean you can’t make the space your own. Most rentals allow a fair bit of self-expression — just be sure to check with your landlord before embarking on any permanent changes.

If it’s a cosmetic change that you can (and will) remove yourself when you vacate, its probably okay. These include hanging posters, changing the window coverings, adding throw rugs, and accessorizing your furniture. But [...]

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January 10, 2018

Wallpaper or Tile? How to Add Bold Design Touches to Your Home

Want to add some bold designs to your home? Try using wallpaper, tile, or a combination of both. Here are some ideas to get you started from Homes.com.
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December 29, 2017

What to Know About Buying a Hot Tub

As the mercury plummets and snow drifts pile up in your yard, many people turn to a hot tub to weather the winter. If you’re considering joining them and buying a tub of your own, be aware – purchasing a hot tub should not be taken lightly.

A faulty or improperly installed tub can lead to serious headaches for homeowners – flooded basements, frozen pipes, cracked pavement. But not to fear! We’ve broken down all the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a hot tub, along with some tips to get you started on your search.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Hot Tub

Before you walk into your first hot tub dealer, there are a few [...]

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December 22, 2017

How to Hide and When to Embrace Your Home’s Flaws

You probably have a love-hate relationship with your home’s imperfections. On one hand, the dings in the hardwood remind you of the many memories you’ve made in each room. On the other hand, the sight of your living room wall makes you cringe. Flaws like these give a house character and a lived-in look that makes it feel like home. However, you still want to show it off proudly when you welcome friends and neighbors over. Here’s how to hide eyesores and work around your home’s original charm.

Embrace Distressed Furniture and Textured Decor

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December 21, 2017

How to Make Your Dream Bedroom Come True

“Fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose” – this is one of the simplest, most known inspirational quotes you will ever come across. Depending on each one of us, the dreams may be about a meaningful career, a beautiful family or making an important discovery. But sometimes we only dream about creating the perfect bedroom, to be our sanctuary, our hideaway, our citadel. As you spend about a third of our lives in the bedroom, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with letting your imagination go wild and trying to make the vision come true.

Still, creating the bedroom of your dreams may be a difficult task. There are so many choices nowadays, so many [...]

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December 19, 2017

Holiday Hosting: Quick Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

With the holidays coming, don’t forget to decorate the outside of your home as well as the inside. Give the outside the warm holiday feeling from the curb to the door and then go on inside and sit by the crackling fire that’s in the fireplace. Sprucing up outside and decorating too can lengthen the holiday feeling even after the season as the decorations linger.

via Southern Living

From the curb

Before you start the decorating process, step outside and look around. Are their papers and trash stuck in the bushes? Does your grass need to be mowed if you live somewhere warm? Do sidewalks need to [...]

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