With spring around the corner, and all the bedding plants showing up at your favorite home center, it's time to start thinking about enjoying the patio again. A few small projects can take that dull, blank space and turn it into a patio with panache.
1. Paint the floor. Plain Jane concrete isn't something to get excited about; but painting the ...Read more
After the long days of winter have finally moved on and the sun makes a regular appearance, it's hard not to want to spend all your time outdoors. But a thorough spring cleaning doesn't have to take all spring. Tackle these items one by one, and you'll be outside lounging in the sun in no time.
1. Do a declutter. Take a laundry basket and go ...Read more
When redecorating it's tempting to blow your decorating budget on a pricey look. When money's no object, the decisions are easy; but when money's rooted in fiscal reality, hard choices must be made. This makes knowing where you can save money to get a great look as essential as what you should invest in to decorate your home.
As much as we try to keep up with basic dusting, vacuuming and cleaning, we're simply going to miss some areas. There are some places in your home you may not have even thought to clean. Attention to these often-neglected areas can make your home feel cleaner, and you might even breathe easier afterwards.
From lighting in the kitchen ...Read more
There's a color that is at once all colors, yet it's the one most feared in decorating. That color is black.
Although black isn't a color highly regarded for walls, black is coming into favor for decorative use in surprising ways. There are several guidelines for decorating with this shade that are important to know so that everything looks ...Read more
It might have been the shiplap effect from the HGTV show "Fixer Upper," but there's no question that the modern farmhouse décor trend has caught fire and shows no signs of stopping. The style is known for its clean lines that are neat and welcoming, warm yet unfussy. It's no wonder modern farmhouse is having more than just a moment.
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Besides the stunning fashion in the hit comedy TV show "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," the program features equally squeal- and steal-worthy decorating ideas you'll want to try in your home. It's the mid-century Manhattan apartments of Midge and her parents that vie for your attention with the Emmy-nominated actors who play out their scenes in the ...Read more
Before spring arrives and before winter has left, there's a dull, gray drag of time where your family room can feel heavy and stale. Give it a pre-spring lift with a family room a refresh. You don't have to do an all-out redecorating job; just making a few key changes and swaps can breathe new life into your family room's look.
Start at the ...Read more
A couple's bedroom should be the kind of place that inspires romance, invites relaxation and speaks to their relationship. Creating a romantic sanctuary makes a great project to do together. Best of all, after the kids are in bed, it'll be the place the two of you have as your own private escape that doesn't require a reservation or finding a ...Read more
The spring home selling season starts in the next two months. If you plan on listing your home for sale, take the time now to get your house show-ready. While it's cold, it's a great time to pare down belongings and make the house look more spacious. Once the weather is better, you only need to spiff up outdoors and plant the sign in the yard.
Dreamy and romantic, window seats are the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea on a winter day, simply take in a pretty view or make a cozy spot in the sun for your cat to nap. Window seats are inviting, creating a comfy spot to read a book. It's also a great way to add some architectural interest to your home.
When there's a bay ...Read more
A demilune table speaks to French style and adds a classic touch to any decor. With its half-moon shape, a demilune table makes a statement in elegance and sophistication. For small spaces or tight entries, a demilune's curved shape is just the thing to keep you from knocking against it as you walk by. And for a piece that exudes loads of style?...Read more
Wintertime takes a lot of clothing. What's worse is there are multiple layers of clothing needed to help you get from fall to spring. But in between those seasons, it can often seem like you're fighting a sweater tsunami.
While there's still time left on Old Man Winter's calendar, why not work on getting your cold-weather gear organized? You'll...Read more