A Fireplace for Every Room

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Although a longtime living room fixture, fireplaces are a comfort best enjoyed everywhere. From bedrooms to basements and even the master bath, there’s no right or wrong way to curl up and snuggle ’round the fireside. To spark your fireplace fancy, here’s a roundup of ideas for inviting warmth into even the unlikeliest of rooms. Entryway Give guests an immediate … Read More

Vote Now to Pick the Ultimate Kitchen for Holiday Entertaining

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Get your ovens mitts ready, because the holiday season is upon us. From festive feasts to cookie exchanges, home-cooked food plays a vital role in many families’ holiday traditions. Most of us don’t get to cook in dream kitchens outfitted with loads of counter space, two or three ovens, an industrial-sized refrigerator, and multiple sinks for piling up the dirty … Read More

Bringing a 1980s Relic Into the Light, Bright Modern Age

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It’s never easy to restore an old home, but redesigning a home built in the 1980s – an era not particularly loved for its style – requires imagination. Debbie Cederlind and Lora Lindberg, Seattle house-flipping pros and owners of Urban Squirrel , recently tackled a Bothell, WA home built in 1989 that didn’t have much going for it on the … Read More

5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Kitchen

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Your kitchen is likely the most loved room in your home – and the wear and tear proves it. It’s the hangout for hungry teenagers, the conversation station during the holidays and the catch-up room after a busy workday. A functional and appealing kitchen is important not only for your family but for your guests, too. After all, a delicious … Read More

The 9-to-5er's Guide to Keeping Your House Clean

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If cleaning the house seems like one big chore, you’re probably doing it wrong. Before you put off cleaning for yet another month, here are some ways to make housework a comfortable and even enjoyable part of your daily routine. Start small If you begin and end each day with a little picking up, you’ll never get swamped with housework … Read More

3 Easy, Clever Thanksgiving Decoration DIYs

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Thanksgiving offers so many things to look forward to: the aroma of the turkey roasting in the oven, gathering with friends and family to share a meal, the excitement of the big game. Get ready to celebrate with three Thanksgiving decoration projects that will make your home extra festive. Here’s a quick look at all three: The party starts on … Read More

Sneak Peek: 5 Home Design Trends You'll Be Seeing in 2018

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Twice a year, true interior design magic happens when the industry gathers in North Carolina for High Point Market. This massive trade show gives the design world an opportunity to show off the newest styles in furnishings, lighting and accessories. We left the event with a wellspring of inspiration after spotting these exciting new trends. Charcoal and honey Deep, dark walls … Read More

The Best Houseplants for Low-Light Spaces

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No houseplant truly prefers to live in the dark, but the bulletproof indoor plants listed below come pretty darn close. All you need to grow these gorgeous houseplants is natural light – enough to comfortably read without turning on the lights. ZZ plant Looking more like the back of a stegosaurus than an actual plant, the ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) … Read More

How to Brighten a Dark Home

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Whether you live in a large home with a dark interior or a small apartment with only one window, follow these tips to bring in more sunshine – or at least make it look that way. Paint it light and bright Colors and values are nothing more than the light that reaches our eyes after bouncing off objects. The amazing … Read More

9 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years

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No matter how much you love and care for your home, things are bound to wear out and need fixing – especially when you hit the 10-year mark. To keep your house in tiptop condition, consider making these updates every 10 years or so. Get new carpet The average medium-grade carpet has a life expectancy of approximately 10 years. Of … Read More