Here’s how much your home remodel will pay you back

As home prices and mortgage rates rise, more and more homeowners are choosing to stay put and remodel. Yet, depending on the project, some of the returns are diminishing. Remodeling spending is expected to approach $340 billion in 2018, a 7.5 percent increase over last year, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Steady […]

The Best Paint Colors For An Enduring Look In Your Home

Trends come and go. If you paint your walls the “provocative and thoughtful purple shade” of Ultra Violet, as Pantone, itself, calls it, you’re probably gearing up to repaint them in whatever the color authority deems the “it” shade next year. If you’d rather pick a paint chip or two and keep your space the […]

Faking It: Faux Materials You Can Use To Bring Real Interest

As the Marvin Gaye song lyric goes, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing, Baby.” And while that might be a good motto to live by, when it comes to home trends and décor, today it’s all about faux. You can have a great-looking place, even if it wasn’t built that way, and without a huge […]

11 Design Tricks for Defining Your Open-Plan Dining Space

An open-plan living space gives your home a light and airy feel, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be one sprawlingly large room. Check out these ideas to zone off your dining area and create an intimate space in which to share dinner with friends and family. 1. Zone the floor. You can separate […]

How to Choose Hardwood Flooring That Will Get Your House Noticed

As a house flipper, ensuring my renovated properties look great is very important to me. I love walking into homes with hardwood floors. From bamboo to cork to parquet, oak, pine, and mahogany, wood floors give an immediate feeling of quality and luxury. There are seemingly endless varieties, styles and textures of hardwood flooring to […]

Swap Out These 7 Things in Your House for a New Lease on Life

  Freer Law/iStock   You just can’t overestimate the effect your home can have on your mood. After all, it’s where you try to relax after work, and to get jazzed up for a new day. But some surprising things in it might actually be bringing you down, without your realizing it. Fortunately, a few […]

The Home Designs Gaining, Losing Popularity

Builders are slowly switching focus from the $500,000-plus luxury market to more moderate price points, particularly when it comes to single-family move-up homes. And the shift is influencing the types of materials and upgrades becoming popular in new homes, according to Home Innovation’s 2017 Builder Practices Survey. It turns out that high-end materials aren’t limited […]

Personalize Your Entryway With These 8 Budget-Friendly Ideas

It’s always tricky to prioritize decorating dollars, and I tend to funnel most of mine to interior improvements: furniture, fabric, tchotchkes. But lately I’ve been thinking that the outside of the house – and especially my front entry – deserves its share of the love. The entry may be the first impression of a home, […]

Inspired Ways To Create A Guest Space When You Don’t Have A Guest Room

Not all of us are blessed with enough bedrooms to accommodate every member of the family plus a home office and a man cave and a theater room and a guest space. And, it’s that last one that often ends up as a challenge when friends and family come to visit and you either have […]

5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement

Photo courtesy Shannon Dittmann Article Submitted by Fixr.com The basement doesn’t just have to be a space to throw all of that extra storage. Show it as usable space, and it may even help you increase the value of the home. Basement remodels typically recoup about 70 percent of their costs at time of resale, which can […]

Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Particularly gray-toned kitchen cabinets are seeing a surge in popularity lately. Other colors […]

‘Property Brothers’: Tricks to Create More Space Where It Doesn’t Exist

  HGTV   Reality TV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott aren’t magicians, but they do have a way of conjuring up miracles for homeowners. As proof, just watch the latest episode of “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling,” where they meet a growing family who need more space but can’t afford higher mortgage payments. What to do? In this episode, “A Lateral […]

7 Wood Paneling Makeover Ideas: Groovy in a Whole New Way

  Geerati/iStock   If your home has wood paneling, you’ve probably pondered some major wood paneling makeover projects. But the reality is that ripping all that groovy stuff out can be a pricey pain. There must be an easier way to remove your home’s “Brady Bunch” vibes, right? Thankfully, there are plenty of quick fixes that don’t require […]

7 Money Saving DIY Home-Staging Tricks

Home staging can seem like a magical process—transforming your cluttered, uninspired bungalow into a dream home that instantly inspires multiple offers. A professional stager will have knowledge on the most desirable design trends and bring stylish furniture and accessories to transform your home. But if your budget doesn’t accommodate this oft-pricey service, fear not. Home sellers […]

7 Feng Shui Mistakes That Can Give You Bad Vibes

Let’s face it—some of us need all the good fortune we can get. So what if we were to tell you that you could step up your success with even the simplest of decor decisions? That’s the essence of feng shui, the ancient Chinese philosophy of living in harmony with your surrounding environment. The theory: […]

What’s the Best Air Conditioner for You? A Rundown of the Coolest Options

It’s great to have options—until you go to shop for, say, an air conditioner and are utterly overwhelmed by shelves and shelves (or pages and pages) of different models, each with their own unique advantages—and challenges—in installation, energy efficiency, and other factors. To help you find the best air conditioner for you and your home, […]