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How to cut the clutter and take back your home
(BPT) - You’ve reached your breaking point. You’ve tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you’ve picked it up to finally put it away and you realize – you have nowhere to put it. You have too much clutter in your home. So what do you do? How do you ...
Simple DIY projects that save your home from water damage
(BPT) - Rain, hail, ice, flooding – these are all the result of seasonal weather changes. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or you experience daily downpours and dropping temperatures, now is the best time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the upcoming months ...
Chic storage ideas to corral clutter
(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and ke ...
Create a cozy and clutter-free kitchen
(BPT) - Clutter can disrupt the flow of any home, bringing unwanted stress and frustration, especially in the kitchen. As one of the most prominently used rooms, maintaining a clutter-free environment will create a happier and healthier space for your family to enjoy. Here are a few tips to help you ...
Modern man cave musts
(BPT) - Whether in a workshop, garden or garage, American men have always enjoyed their personal spaces. With the rise of flat-screen technology, having a “man cave” became an official home improvement trend. In fact, a 2013 survey by online retailer Newegg found that more than half of A ...
How to trick the eyes with the magic of home improvement
(BPT) - From disappearing acts to mind games and sensory illusions, the art of magic is all about making your audience believe what they are seeing, taking a seemingly impossible task and making it possible. This timeless art can inspire you to perform some magic of your own using simple home improv ...
Give your home a colorful makeover in just a weekend
(BPT) - Are you limited on time but want to upgrade your home? There are easy home improvements you can achieve in a weekend. Painting is one of the most popular ways to transform the look of your home.Accent walls (23 percent), interior or exterior doors (22 percent) and home accessories, such as c ...
Stunning DIY painting projects that can be done in one day or less
(BPT) - Modern, lively, exciting - if these words don’t describe the style of your favorite rooms, an update is in order. Painting is a classic makeover tool for interior spaces. To give your home’s aesthetic a boost of personality and style, consider these surprisingly simple DIY paint ...
See why the popularity of vinyl siding is building [Infographic]
(BPT) - Vinyl siding appears on nearly one third of all new homes built in 2013, more than any other cladding material, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And chances are, you’ve seen and heard a lot about vinyl siding on home renovation shows, in magazines and in your neighborhood. Once see ...
Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining
(BPT) - The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.“Con ...
Spray paint tips to flawlessly update your home's furniture
(BPT) - With the warmer weather, now is the ideal time to bring new life to home decor. Whether your outdoor items are looking worn and weathered - or your indoor spaces need a pop of color - spray paint is the perfect solution.To ensure your furniture update goes flawlessly, follow these few tips f ...
Keep them home, happy and studying: Creating a kid-friendly space
(BPT) - Would a great study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens – and all their friends – that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can h ...
The bedroom: the key to a restful night's sleep
(BPT) - Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a few quick winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you’re counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, there are a few easy ways you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.& ...
Expert tips to make your new house feel like home
(BPT) - You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much neede ...
Upgrades that scream 'luxury' with cheaper-than-you-think price tags
(BPT) - Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it’s easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades – and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. ...
Choosing the hardwood floor that's right for you
(BPT) - After kids go back to school, homeowners finally have time to complete remodeling projects. This makes autumn a popular time for home improvements. In fact, home improvement activity is expected to peak in the final three months of 2014, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activ ...
DIY projects to turn your backyard into a summer oasis
(BPT) - The smell of fresh-cut grass, the cascade of blooming flowers, and the laughter from outdoor entertaining are a few of summer's favorite moments. With the warm weather in full bloom, you may be looking for easy do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your backyard before the guests arrive.You a ...
New ideas to bring your Halloween decor back from the dead
(BPT) - Halloween has its fair share of iconic symbols: ghosts, witches, mummies and pumpkins, just to name a few. But if your home decor is becoming just as iconic, it may be time to change it up and take your decorating in a new direction.There are many directions you can go with a decoration them ...
4 ways to discover the design potential of the '5th wall'
(BPT) - With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.Many homeowners don’t consider ceilings part of their interior design, and it shows. Most are expanses of bland w ...
Timely, budget-friendly solutions for getting your house ready for the holidays
(BPT) - The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner. Family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase, and a house to decorate ... the list goes on!With entertaining season approaching at warp speed, it’s time to get your home spruced up and lookin ...
3 easy ways to warm up any bedroom
(BPT) - As the weather cools down, people are preparing for cozy nights indoors. Perhaps nowhere is the desire for warm, comfortable living spaces more important than the bedroom. Fortunately, it only takes a few simple tricks to warm up any bedroom in just one weekend.Step 1: Switch to down and fea ...
Do-it-yourself tricks and treats for Halloween party hosts
(BPT) - Decorating for an All Hallows' Eve monster bash can be frightful ... for hosts. From the invitations and decor to the entertainment and favors, it can be quite an undertaking. But there’s no need to fret. You can haunt your Halloween party with easy do-it-yourself decor and crafts.&ldq ...
5 home design tips on layering
(BPT) - Designers are often drawn to a simple, modern look – however, layering unique patterns and textures in the home is a quickly growing trend. Keep your space harmonized, yet distinct, with the tips outlined below.Fancy frames. An empty wall holds endless potential. If the room is small, ...
Don't let hitchhiking pests spoil your holiday season
(BPT) - As the days get shorter and a wintry chill sets in across the country, families are beginning to prepare their homes for the most wonderful time of the year.Though it is all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, the National Pest Management Associatio ...
2015 sneak peak: Hot home decor color trends
(BPT) - It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest hues of 2015 and beyond.“Color itself i ...
The beauty of wood turns homes into architectural masterpieces
(BPT) - Ever since humans stopped dwelling in caves and started living in huts made of tree branches, wood has been an indispensible structural and decorative residential material. Man’s house-building relationship with wood - historically, culturally and experientially - is deep, long and uni ...
Festive tips to deck your table for the holidays
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining. Icy shades of glistening white, sophisticated naturals and dazzling rhinestones top the hottest design trends in tableware and collectibles for the 2014 winter holidays.“Shades of white continue to be a customer favorite, both in ornament ...
5 fast fixes for a fabulous bath
(BPT) - With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders.However, betw ...
Millennial homeowners: Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor
(BPT) - Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, fami ...
Dress up your dinner party this season: table makeover tips to entertain in colorful style
(BPT) - You know how to pick out the perfect pair of shoes, what dress to wear and how to accessorize. When it comes to hosting a party, you want everything to be stylish, from the table you set to the food you serve. Here are some tips for “dressing up” your table using style and color. ...
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