Priced Out: The Housing Affordability Gap in America’s Largest Metros

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Housing affordability is a growing problem for the middle class. As home prices across the nation’s 30 largest metro areas have increased by 26 percent since the market bottomed in 2012 and the median household income edged up just 1.6 percent nationally, housing affordability for the middle class has dwindled. In 2012, a family earning the area median income could … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Elena Frampton's Sleek Pied-à-Terre

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Manhattan interior designer Elena Frampton prides herself on striking a balance, be it with color, texture, or the eccentric design details she likes to refer to as “moments.” For a Westchester County couple who purchased a pied-à-terre in the tony enclave of Sutton Place, Frampton’s mission was to “create a sense of spaciousness” from the kitchen that extends to the … Read More

5 Ways to Boost Neighborhood Safety As a Community

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Image via iStock Crime can happen to anyone at any time—in fact, the 2016 Crime in the United States Report , from the FBI, found that there 327, 374 robberies in 2015 and total property crimes resulted in $14.3 billion in losses. These numbers don’t guarantee you’ll be the victim of a crime in your life, but as a homeowner, … Read More

Trending Now: 8 Popular Ideas in Home Bars

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Home bars are a popular feature in home design today and not just as a place for swilling a pint of beer. Houzzers are adding home bars that make it easy for family members and party guests to help themselves to any manner of drinks — espresso, juice boxes, fine wine and serious mixology. In designing home bars today, homeowners … Read More

8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017

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Just like home interiors, landscape design evolves with our lifestyles and the times. Here’s a look at eight trends that will be shaping your lawn, garden, and outdoor spaces this year. Estate style scales down Who says you need to have rolling acres to deck out your landscape with soaring hedges and climbing vines? Compact and dwarf versions of popular estate-style plants … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Visible Proof's Chic Richmond Renovation

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A couple with two young kids tapped Richmond, VA interior designer and architect Kristi Lane of Visible Proof to transform their small, segmented kitchen, breakfast nook, and dining room into functional and flowing spaces for their daily family gatherings. “The part of the home they were spending most of their time in needed renovating,” says Lane. “They had the space and … Read More

Homes Sold Faster than Ever in April; Prices Marched Upward

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The median home sale price increased 6.2 percent in April to $280,000, continuing a five-year trend of steady annual growth. A lack of homes for sale kept a lid on sales, which inched up just 1.2 percent compared to last year. The number of homes for sale fell 13.3 percent, the steepest decline in four years. Since October 2015, the … Read More