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18 Wall Decor Ideas That Are Anything But Boring

So, you recently moved into a new place, and you finally have your furniture arranged exactly how you want it. You placed your decorative accents and hung the few pieces of art you own. But every time you sit down to relax on the sofa, those big, blank walls taunt you with their unforgivable boringness. “I need decor! I need decor!” they cry. We’ve all been there. Blank walls can be a total headache when you don’t have time, funds or ideas — but they certainly don’t have to be. I’ve rounded up some wall decor ideas for every type of person: the DIY decorator, total trendsetter... Read More

Stylish 7 Shed Ideas For A Small Backyard

Whatever size plot you’re the proud owner of, you’ll probably need to invest in some kind of storage to safely stash your garden tools and supplies. If space is tight in your little oasis, this can be a challenge, but don’t dismiss the notion — a small but perfectly formed shed like these might be just the ticket. 1. Not too deep. If you have room for only a shallow storehouse, a style like this is both pretty and practical. It would sit against a garden wall or fence without taking up too much precious floor space. Look for a model that’s shallow in depth bu... Read More

4 Reasons Not to Rush the Spring Garden Cleanup

For some of us, warm weather can’t come soon enough. But no matter where we are, snowy or not, the spring itch is fully upon us — and I’m here to urge you to think twice about scratching. Why shouldn’t you clean up the garden just yet? 1. Snow Could Return Depending on where you live, it very well might snow again — and snow a good deal. Leaving plants up will help them gather snow around themselves, which insulates the root zone. Snows are often followed by a day or two of bitter cold, and even the cold-tolerant plants will want a blanket if that happens. In addition,... Read More

5 Fabulous Front Entries

Unlike mudrooms, which are transitional areas that tend toward the simply utilitarian, front entryways, or foyers, are opportunities to establish a flow and feeling that continues throughout the rest of the home. Whether you have a soaring ceiling (and budget) or something more modest, you’ll find useful tips in the following front entries to help you create a welcoming entrance of your own. 1. Grand Entrance Designer: Rebecca Olson of Forum Phi Location: Aspen, Colorado Homeowner’s request. “The homeowner’s vision was to renovate the existing home in a way that pur... Read More

4 Awesome Kitchens That Will Make You Want Brass

See how this trending finish holds up to a variety of cabinet colors and styles 1. Brass on Blue Designers: Marty Buckenmeyer of Buckenmeyer Architecture (architect) and Charlotte Cooney of Domestic Arts (interior designer) Location: Portland, Oregon Size: 195 square feet (18 square meters); 13 by 15 feet Homeowners’ request. Update a dark 1970s kitchen to better reflect the traditional-style home but with a fresh point of view. Brass. Brass pulls and pendants over the island bring warmth to the blue cabinets (Philipsburg Blue by Benjamin Moore). Other special ... Read More

4 Fresh Dining Rooms Mix Old and New

Good-looking wall treatments and layered furnishings are laid out beautifully in these rooms. 1. East Meets West Designers: Homeowners with Michael Miller of Phase2 Builders Location: San FranciscoSize: 250 square feet (23 square meters) Homeowners’ request. Modernize while keeping and restoring the historical details of the Victorian-era home. “In addition, they looked to their experiences and former home of Cape Cod as inspiration for the materials, colors and treatments,” builder Michael Miller says. “They wanted it to feel like you could possibly be on a luxu... Read More

How To Choose The Right Insulation

(Click/Tap image to play video) Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses the options for insulation with host Kevin O’Connor. Steps: Fiberglass insulation is sold by wall thickness and that should be adhered to so the insulation doesn’t get compressed and lose effectiveness. Open cell spray foam has the same R-factor as fiberglass, but it goes around any penetrations and acts as an air infiltration barrier. Closed cell spray foam has a higher R-factor per inch, but it is more expensive. When retrofitting, cellulose, made from recycled newspaper, ca... Read More

10 Insights On Working With a Kitchen Designer

Enlisting an experienced pro can take your kitchen project to the next level. Here’s how to make the most of it. With the average major kitchen overhaul costing homeowners tens of thousands of dollars, it’s no wonder that 85 percent of kitchen renovators turn to a professional for help in ensuring that their money is well spent. In many cases, that professional is a kitchen designer. A kitchen designer can take the sometimes overwhelming task of revamping a kitchen — whether it’s updating tired finishes or reimagining the entire look and layout of the space — and hel... Read More

Clever Alternatives To Built-In Kitchen Islands

There’s a reason the oversized kitchen island is beloved by designers: it’s the perfect spot for entertaining, cooking and answering emails. But if you have limited space in your kitchen, it might not be an option. Rest assured, you can still have an eat-in kitchen with these freestanding options. Scroll down and get inspired to make a change! An heirloom table doubles as extra counter space and a dining table. Designer Valerie Morisset paired it with Marcel Breuer-inspired dining chairs for an eclectic look in her 825-square-foot Montreal condo. Photographer:Maxime Desbiens... Read More