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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
(BPT) - Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That’s a hefty investment but one tha ...
Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved
(BPT) - Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the ...
Five fresh interior design trends using wood
(BPT) - Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there’s nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they&rsq ...
Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for summer entertaining
(BPT) - Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it’s important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the su ...
Art evolves with new technology
(BPT) - Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase “the arts” might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists wh ...
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.Clean and colorfulS ...
Brighten and heighten your interior design with 5 simple tips for summer
(BPT) - As warm weather arrives, the changing scenery outdoors is natural inspiration for homeowners to update their interior design. Luxurious textures, bright colors and bold accents help to define today’s most popular summer decor trends, adding emotion and energy to any space.For those red ...
Popular home decor style - a blend of old and new
(BPT) - It can be hard to keep up with the latest changes in decorating styles for the home. But the latest trend might actually make it easy for you to have a stylish house, especially if you’ve kept some family treasures around.Mixing traditional and contemporary decor within a home can give ...
Finding balance: creating functional family living spaces
(BPT) - Let’s face it - life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they’ll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bat ...
Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining
(BPT) - Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to ta ...
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 ...
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 ...
5 summer paint projects to create a splash
(BPT) - With the arrival of warm summer temperatures, it’s time to brighten the home with sensational summer shades. And it’s easy to add a pop of vibrant color with the help from the experts at Krylon spray paint.“Painting is a project that even a first time DIYer can feel confide ...
Easy DIY projects that boost curb appeal for less than $100
(BPT) - Your home’s curb appeal is a statement of the property’s style and overall personality. When you look at your house from the street, does the front feel warm and welcoming? If not, it’s time to boost curb appeal. A few simple updates can make a big impact without requiring ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The great debate: Stacking TVs and fireplaces
(BPT) - When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature – windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces – to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate – can you really h ...
Simple design tips for bringing outdoor freshness into indoor spaces
(BPT) - Between time spent commuting, working in the office and conquering an endless list of to-dos at home, a full day can go by without much, if any, time spent outdoors. In fact, Americans spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors according to the United States Environmental Protection Agen ...
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 ...
Simple updates make homes environmentally friendly
(BPT) - Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it’s replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendly ...
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. ...
Build a lasting memory with your backyard project
(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.If you want to improve your backyard with a special project for your family this year but you’r ...
Dorm rooms that rock: Simple tips for style and organization
(BPT) - When it comes to small space living, maximizing square footage and striking the right balance between function and design is essential. Whether you’re sending college students off to the dorms, preparing young adults for life in a first apartment, or re-designing small spaces in your h ...
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 ...
5 essential tips to turn your new house into a home
(BPT) - Moving brings great opportunities in the form of careers, social connections and new beginnings. However, the act of moving can create unnecessary stress and tension, which makes the process less than desirable. About 35 percent of Americans move every five years, according to the U.S. Censu ...
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 ...
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