Today, first-time homebuyers have a more casual, laid-back lifestyle — and that’s reflected in their home search priorities. Less concerned about formal home design styles, soon-to-be homeowners aren’t necessarily looking for homes with a rigid layout. Instead, topping their list of must-haves is the flexibility of high-tech features and ...Read more
While we all might have visions of our dream kitchen dancing in our head or multiple images pinned to a Pinterest board, doing a full-scale renovation might not be in the budget at the moment. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do. Here are a few easy ways to update your kitchen — no remodeling necessary.
1. Introduce open...Read more
With a few simple strategies, you can turn your pile of unused, unwanted items into cash by planning a big garage sale. Clean up the items you’re selling, price them to go and throw in any items you don’t want to put back in your house or garage for free to be sure they’re gone by the end of the sale.
1. Pick the right date for your yard ...Read more
One household chore you shouldn’t procrastinate for too long is dusting. A few dust bunnies might seem harmless, but that powdery buildup can harbor some pretty gross stuff. Dust is mostly made up of human skin cells, but it can also contain dust mites and their droppings, bacteria, mold, pet dander and even viruses. As dust gets stirred up ...Read more
Freshly painted walls can instantly brighten up a room, making a dingy space feel cleaner, brighter and more appealing. It’s also a far less expensive option than putting up new drywall or buying new furniture for a room, and for this reason, paint is often the first tool homeowners and renters turn to when looking to improve a space. Once you...Read more
In a room as functional as a kitchen, window treatments provide one of the few elements of softness and decoration amid utilitarian appliances and hard surfaces. Curtains and shades can deliver a pop of color, pattern or texture that the room otherwise lacks, while boosting privacy and controlling natural light. Because you use this hardworking ...Read more
Spring cleaning might get all of the attention, but there’s definitely something to be said for spring decorating. Take your cue from the changing weather to make some season-appropriate swaps to your decor as well and you’ll end up with a fresh new look for spring.
1. Swap out wall art.
Something as simple as adjusting the artwork can ...Read more
Most of us would probably point to a bathroom or frequently used outside entrance if asked to name the dirtiest area of the house—but dirt lurks in some unexpected places. Here’s what to tackle during your next cleaning session.
If you’ve never removed the filter on the end of your faucet, you will find black, mildewy grunge ...Read more
The wall covering you choose can make a room appear bigger, warmer and brighter (or vice versa) and even hide imperfect elements. So it makes sense to spend a little time consider the best option for your walls and for your house.
Take a cue from color.
Color can set the mood in a room. To make a space appear larger and the ceiling higher, ...Read more
Remodeling a kitchen requires a lot of effort (and cash). Avoid making costly mistakes with these expert tips for every aspect of your design — from islands to floor plans and everything in between.
1. Plan the space.
Even in big kitchens, you’ll want to create a compact step-saving work core. You don’t want to walk a mile to make a meal...Read more
The days are getting longer, and the temperature is slowly starting to creep higher. Spring is officially on its way! But before you throw open the windows and break out the patio furniture, you can take advantage of these winter-to-spring transition days to get a jump-start on your annual spring-cleaning routine. Read on for chores you can ...Read more