TV Terrors: 7 Ways Real Estate Reality Shows Created Nightmare Sellers

PeskyMonkey/iStock; realtor.com These days, if you’re looking for ideas around home staging and improvement, all you have to do is turn on the TV. With dozens—dozens!—of real estate reality shows dominating prime time, you could conceivably never run out of inspiration to make your home stand out. And sure, you might feel empowered after watching designers and […]

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Happy Hunting: 7 Gems That Could Be Hidden Amid the Junk at Estate Sales

MarioGuti/iStock The idea of spending your precious weekend visiting estate sales just so you can sift through piles of dusty castoffs might seem tedious to the uninitiated. But if you have the fortitude, shopping estate sales—where just about an entire home’s belongings are up for purchase—can yield a trove of home decor treasures. That is, at least once you learn […]

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It’s a Jungle in There! Why Houseplants Are Taking Over Our Homes

imnoom/iStock Plenty of (older) folks like to slam millennials as being lazy and narcissistic, but a new trend suggests that they actually do care about something more than themselves. A new green revolution has begun in which homeowners and renters—and millennials in particular—are embracing houseplants like cuh-razy. As proof, one need look no further than Instagram, where hashtags […]

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Buying Outdoor Furniture? 6 Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

allenmorrisphoto/iStock The vestiges of summer are fast slipping away, along with all those lazy afternoons and evenings spent lounging outside. But before you hermetically seal yourself indoors for the next six months or so, consider this: Now is actually the best time to buy brand-new outdoor furniture that you can enjoy next summer. Just as January is the hot […]

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12 of the Ugliest Things You Can Have in Your Home: Are Any in Yours?

marius_popa/iStock There’s ironic ugly—think intentionally tacky Christmas sweaters—and then there’s ugly ugly. We’re not sure where unlovely designs come from and why they inspire a collective cringe, but sadly, they often end up inside your home. Sometimes awful objects are cleverly disguised as gifts from well-meaning friends. Other times ick is inherited from a taste-challenged aunt. Or quite possibly, a certain brand of ugliness […]

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Living Room Design Doozies: 11 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your Space

studiodr/iStock We know, we know: Coming up with a design scheme from scratch in any room is difficult, let alone your primary living space. You might be tempted to pick out a sofa and a coffee table and call it a day. That’s all you really need, right? Nope! In order to design a truly inviting […]

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Swap Out These 7 Things in Your House for a New Lease on Life

Freer Law/iStock You just can’t overestimate the effect your home can have on your mood. After all, it’s where you try to relax after work, and to get jazzed up for a new day. But some surprising things in it might actually be bringing you down, without your realizing it. Fortunately, a few quick fixes […]

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Bargain Bonanza: 7 Amazing Household Buys at the Dollar Store

gilaxia/iStock “I love paying more money,” said no one, ever. Let’s face it: Saving money is an American hobby—and shopping at dollar stores is an easy way to do it. We’ve already told you that you’re better off skipping the off-brand pet food and those dinged soup cans that cram the dollar store aisles. But you can […]

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8 Things Interior Designers Notice the Instant They Walk Through Your Door

If an interior designer were to walk through your front door, like, right now, what would this professional think of the place you call home? We’ll tell you right now: plenty. And that’s even before you’ve given the pro the grand tour. Interior designers, with their sharply honed sensibilities, can take in a space in seconds. In fact, these pros […]

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Reflect on This: 3 Things You Should Never Do With Mirrors—and 5 Things You Should

Terraxplorer/iStock In the world of home decor, mirrors can be a magical design tool. They can brighten a dark room. They can make a tiny space look much bigger. And they can add an affordable touch of glamour to even the most ordinary of spaces. But you shouldn’t hang mirrors just anywhere. Decorating with mirrors comes with […]

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