When and How to Use Storage Containers to Organize Your Things

A professional organizer shares tips on how to categorize items and which containers are best for storing things. As a professional home organizer, I have a love-hate relationship with storage containers. My mission is to help my clients create spaces that feel relaxing, function efficiently and reflect their personal style. This almost always involves decluttering….

Decorating Master Class: 10 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Turn your styling errors into successes with these solutions — and the help of a good designer. If you’re scratching your head over why the decor in your home leaves you feeling slightly underwhelmed, a remedy — or at least an improvement — may be just a few moves away. Whether it’s a bland room,…

Your Guide to Traditional Style

See beautiful examples of this refined style and learn how designers achieve the look. Whether you’re shopping for furnishings or sharing your ideas with a designer, having a firm understanding of your favorite style can be a big help. If you love comfortable, refined spaces filled with classic details, traditional style might be your ideal decorating match….

8 Elements of a Farmhouse-Style Bathroom

Go simple, repurposed and vintage for a farmhouse-style bath with the comforts of today. The American “farmhouse bathroom” is a bit of an oxymoron. Most original farmhouses were built at a time when the only bathroom was an outhouse. And when farmhouse owners did eventually bring plumbing inside, they didn’t actually build a bathroom; they…

Your Guide to Modern Style

Discover the furnishings, colors and features that pros use to get the strong, sculptural look born in the 20th century. Whether you’re shopping for furnishings or sharing your ideas with a designer, having a firm understanding of your favorite style can be a big help. If you love sleek, streamlined pieces and clean spaces that keep…

11 Ways to Give Your Kitchen Character

Add interest to your cooking space with one of these simple yet effective ideas. The kitchen is, of course, a functional space whose layout, finishes and appliances tend to get a lot of consideration. But don’t forget to add some character into the mix. The designers of these kitchens used color, pattern and texture to…

5 Ideas for Updating Your Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen backsplashes pull double duty: protecting your walls while also expressing your decorative style. They can make a big statement – or, if you’d prefer, coordinate more quietly with your cabinets and countertop. Looking for new kitchen backsplash ideas? Look no further. These five trends put a fresh spin on the traditional backsplash. 1. Install tiles…

Why Homeowners Renovate and What They Care About Most

Resale value matters but not as much as design and functionality, the 2019 U.S. Houzz & Home report reveals. Most people look at their home and dream of making improvements. But the catalyst for actually beginning a renovation project varies. The 2019 Houzz & Home report sheds light on some of the key reasons homeowners…

Here’s Why Kitchen and Bath Renovations Are Costing More

The 2019 U.S. Houzz & Home report shows that costs have steadily risen in recent years, a trend expected to continue. Spending on renovations of kitchens and bathrooms in the U.S. rose significantly last year, a new Houzz study shows. The increase is likely a result of the ongoing trade war with China. For kitchens,…