• Backsplash Example

    Distinctive kitchen backsplash ideas

      The kitchen backsplash has really evolved over the years. It used to be a very small space behind the sink and stove to catch grease and water splatter. Today, ...

Center Island

Roundup of creative ideas for kitchen islands

A center island can be a striking focal point for your kitchen. It can be a place to introduce a splash of color, an additional texture, or a distinctive shape. It can also add elements of practicality, including additional storage, seating and, of course, counter space. With all of its appeal and potential, we decided […]

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Aging in Place Design Example

Aging in Place design trends

  Aging in Place is about creating design that will allow you to stay in your home comfortably for years, even as your health and physical needs advance with age. As the National Association for Home Builders (NAHB) puts it, aging in place means “living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age […]

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Eclectic Style Living Room

Design trend: Eclectic style

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, […]

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Eclectic Style Example

How to find your design style

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. […]

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Pendant Light

Lighting mistakes to avoid

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 […]

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Crucial tips for finding the right gray

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 […]

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Round-up of new ideas for hardwood floors

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 […]

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8 top bathroom technology trends

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 […]

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Outdoor Kitchen

Dos and don’ts for outdoor kitchens

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 […]

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Patio Lighting

5 outdoor lighting ideas

#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 […]

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