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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8 of the Year’s Dreamiest Bedroom Paint Colors

dmitriymoroz/Vasko/ istock When it comes to sprucing up your home with the latest design trends, the general rule of thumb is that more visible spaces often take first priority: the living room, the kitchen, the patio. But plenty of us throw out that conventional wisdom when it comes to the bedroom, which we often push near the bottom of […]

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7 Wood Paneling Makeover Ideas: Groovy in a Whole New Way

Geerati/iStock If your home has wood paneling, you’ve probably pondered some major wood paneling makeover projects. But the reality is that ripping all that groovy stuff out can be a pricey pain. There must be an easier way to remove your home’s “Brady Bunch” vibes, right? Thankfully, there are plenty of quick fixes that don’t require special screwdrivers […]

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7 Weatherproof Patio Design Tips for Decor That Stands the Test of Time

stevecoleimages/iStock Ah, summertime—and the pleasant prospect of sipping iced tea (or, let’s be honest, a refreshing mint julep) on the porch. But you’d never relax there in a wooden rocker with your feet on a needlepoint stool, right? Savvy homeowners know that outdoor rooms require decor that can withstand the elements—not random pieces you’ve dragged up from the basement. […]

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8 Great Front Porch Decorating Ideas That’ll Have Guests at ‘Hello’

akurtz/iStock What is your front porch saying about you? If you’re like a lot of people, it’s probably not saying a whole lot. All too many homeowners slap down a welcome mat and call it a day, neglecting to give the space the design consideration they’ve given to the rest of their home. But here’s the deal: Your front porch […]

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How to Stencil: An Inexpensive (and Impactful) Home Decor Idea

James Merrell/Getty Images Want to revive your interior decor without investing a ton of time and money? We suggest learning how to stencil, a DIY skill that can be applied to a surprising number of different home improvement projects. The good news is that you don’t even have to be artistically gifted to skillfully add these decorative touches […]

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Guests to Impress? 7 Tips to Make Your Spare Bedroom Shine This Summer

Solidago/iStock With summer vacation season in full swing, chances are good that your guest room will see its fair share of traffic. If you haven’t stepped foot in that space since Uncle Humbert’s visit last Christmas, you might be feeling a little uncertain: Does your guest bedroom say “budget motel” or “five-star getaway”? Will your loved ones actually look […]

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Bargain Hunters, Beware: 9 Amateur Mistakes to Avoid at Estate Sales

parema/iStock Estate sales are a fantastic way to score furnishings, tools, and collectibles on the cheap. Most of my living room is furnished with estate sale bargains my husband and I scored over the years. But buying at an estate sale isn’t a slam-dunk success. It requires shopping chops, time, and patience. If you’re on a deadline, […]

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Too Shy for Bold Paint Colors? You’re Not Alone

mihalis_a/iStock; andipantz/iStock; realtor.com Admit it: Deep down, you’re bored to tears with your white or gray walls, and are dying to add an accent wall in cranberry red or cobalt blue. Only problem is, you’re just too chicken to make the leap. As it turns out, you have plenty of company. According to a new study from house paint […]

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