Minimalist Choices That Will Bring Calm to Your Bathroom

Clean lines and a quiet palette can help create a more relaxing space Whether you have a “less is more” or “more is more” philosophy toward decor, the bathroom is a good spot to borrow from a minimalist’s bag of tricks. These include the simple lines, monochromatic schemes and lack of visual clutter conducive to…

To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist

Get your house and yard in order now, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the summer days ahead. With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day coming up this month, there is plenty of incentive to get those outdoor spaces ready for entertaining. From scheduling house painting to organizing your outdoor cooking tools, tick these 13 items…

Things to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project

Ask these questions before signing with a contractor for better communication and fewer surprises along the way. Remodeling or building a new home is a big financial and emotional investment. It can also be a big investment of your time if you want to be closely involved in the decision-making. Knowing what to expect before…

Best Ways to Pay for Home Improvement Projects

When it comes to financing home improvements, there are a lot of ways to pay for every project. From replacing an appliance to adding a room or two, you can cover project costs through loans, great retailer deals and financing options that make the most of currently low interest rates. So, what’s the first step toward financing…

Stylish Ways to Bring a TV Into a Family Room

Custom built-ins, clever furniture arrangements and attractive wall treatments balance good design with screen time Family rooms and televisions seem to go hand-in-hand in most homes, but that doesn’t mean your screen has to dominate the look of your family room. Take inspiration from these seven popular new family rooms, featuring some clever design ideas…

7 Must-Know Outdoor Lighting Tips

An expert shares his best tips for illuminating your backyard or porch.   With summer in full swing, you’re probably spending most of your time enjoying the great outdoors—and that likely includes relaxing in your backyard, or hosting friends for a dinner alfresco. Don’t let the fun stop once the sun goes down just because your…

Your Spring Organizing Checklist

Use these ideas for clearing out the clutter and keeping rooms neat and tidy Spring cleaning may get more of the hype, but I would argue that spring organizing is even more important. When your belongings are neat and tidy, your whole home feels cleaner and more inviting, and daily life is easier and more…

Decorating Mistakes Apartment Dwellers Make

Living in a small or rented space (or a small rented space) doesn’t have to mean cutting corners on style. Sidestep these common blunders, and you’re halfway to the good (and good-looking) life. Buying Furniture Before You Move Unless you’ve taken copious measurements and photos, you won’t know what you need in your new space…

How to Choose a Paint Color for Your Home

Designers offer tips for examining your closet, memory and daily life to find the right paint colors for you. Putting a new paint color on the walls is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to transform a room. But where do you start if you haven’t already picked out a color? An interior…