A growing trend in home remodeling and design is smaller, smarter home designs. According to the National Association of Builders, home sizes are predicted to decrease by almost 12% by 2015. There are ...
Before you get to the fun and creative task of selecting cabinets and countertops for your kitchen remodel, you’ll want to nail down some big picture decisions first. These will ...
A decade or two ago, people liked their home to be more uniform, consistent, and ordered. Now, people want a more eclectic style—a more “lived in, authentic, interesting, and curated look” as our Interior Designer Anne McDonald puts it. This tendency is demonstrated down to the craft cocktail trend of late, says Anne—across the board, […]
How to find your design style when decorating or remodeling can be a challenge. Just look at the myriad quizzes available online these days that strive to help you find your style, like this quiz from Real Simple. Or this quiz from Houzz. Determining your style can get even more challenging when you’re working to merge styles with a spouse or partner. […]
Lighting is a very important feature of interior design, but there are many ways to get it wrong. Read on for common lighting mistakes to avoid, as well lighting tips to get the right effect in your home. According to our interior designer Anne McDonald, people tend to over-light rooms these days, because for so long […]
Gray is all the rage these days. Our own interior designer Anne McDonald says gray has been trending for some time now, as designers and homeowners have moved from a tendency toward heavy, warm, earthy colors to the lighter, cleaner palette of gray. But gray can be overdone in interior design, Anne cautions. This is […]
There are so many options these days for hardwood floors. Everything from exotic woods to radiant heat to innovative engineered wood floors. We’ve done a little roundup of top design and remodeling blogs with ideas for hardwood floors. The articles linked below have some key trends and considerations that will help you get started on your […]
Bathroom remodeling projects are the most popular home improvement project, according to a survey by Houzz, and homeowners and remodelers continue to find ways to make bathrooms even better. Here are some of the latest bathroom technology trends, as you plan your own bathroom remodel. MSN Real Estate is calling the bathroom “The New Den,” and many […]
An increasing trend in outdoor living spaces is an outdoor kitchen space to allow all cooking and entertaining to happen in the great outdoors. Below we have collected some “dos” and “don’ts” for outdoor kitchens as you plan your own outdoor kitchen remodeling project. DO… use durable materials like stainless steel, stone, tile, or stucco that […]
#108269867 / gettyimages.com There are many kinds of lighting you might use for your patio, garden, or outdoor living space, and many reasons to use said lighting. To name a few, outdoor lighting can be used for safety and security, for a decorative accent, or for highlighting your landscaping at night. Various kinds of lighting […]
#157740075 / gettyimages.com Continuing our series of posts about outdoor living spaces, we’re bringing you patio cover ideas that will help you enjoy your outdoor living space even in the heat of the sun or on a rainy day. A ton of options exist these days, from traditional to modern and everything in between, so read […]
#166268403 / gettyimages.com As spring weather finally arrives in Minnesota, we’re doing a series of posts about transforming your outdoor living space into a spot you’ll want to be all spring and summer long. Today’s post is about trends in patio paver surfaces, including surfaces that are more environmentally friendly. Permeable patio pavers One trend in […]