10 Before and After Master Bedrooms by Candice Olson

If you’ve been dreaming of a beautiful bedroom, take inspiration and tips from these top 10 retreats. Before: Dated, Wasted Space Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Laura hasn’t decorated her bedroom for decades, and it shows. This huge, neglected space has potential but needs help. After: Timeless and Tasteful Candice creates a floor plan that…

10 Things to Know Before Building a Deck

Select Your Decking Materials Wood, either treated or naturally weather- and insect-resistant, is what is traditionally thought of for deck materials. However, composite decking is making inroads into deck building. The initial cost is higher, but over time you can actually save money when compared to cleaning, refinishing and ultimately replacing wood deck boards. Some…

Homeowner’s Workbook: How to Remodel the Laundry Room

“What’s funny about laundry rooms is that we’re in them a lot, yet we approach these spaces as an afterthought,” designer AJ Margulis says. It’s true. There’s no standard laundry room size, shape or layout. Often these utility spaces are created in awkward leftover areas after every other room in the home has been planned…

12 Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Bright Entry Try painting your front door for an inexpensive update that really packs a punch. Bright colors like the turquoise shade shown here (Sherwin Williams Nifty Turquoise) are an easy way to give your home a fun, fresh look. Borderline Design For a classic curb appeal boost, hedge your home with an adorable picket…

5 Tips to Keep Critters Out of Your House This Fall

You’re about to spend a lot more time indoors, and mice, rats and other rodents love a cozy, warm home as much as you do. Keep critters out of yours with a few home repairs and adjustments this fall. Mice can squeeze through spaces smaller than a nickel, and their rodent relatives are equally crafty. So seal…

Is Going Solar Worth the Cost?

The decision to switch to renewable energy in your home should not be made lightly. While residential solar panels are more popular now than ever before and boast multiple benefits—including savings on electricity bills and a more sustainable home, many homeowners are put off by high solar panel cost. Before taking the leap into solar, researching…

19 Bathroom Color Schemes We’re Loving Right Now

  Modern Boho This ultra-popular look pairs warm with cool and crisp with soft for a totally fresh feel. To get the look in your own bathroom, start with a bright, white backdrop, and mix in sleek, black lines. Soften the high-contrast palette with muted wildflower hues like dandelion yellow and dusty rose. Ground your…

8 Best Upgrades to Personalize Your New Home

Before you move into your new house, you may want to make upgrades. These add value to your investment, improve your home’s function and allow you to express your personality. Plus, making upgrades before you move in reduces inconvenience later. Consider the following upgrades to make your new house feel like home. 1. Enhance the…

15 Potential Storage Spaces You’re Overlooking

Finding storage in a small room is no easy feat, especially if you’re short on closets and cabinets. Try one of these ideas for squeezing extra storage out of overlooked spaces. Behind Doors For every door in your house there is a space behind that door just begging to be used. Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum covered…