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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6 Genius Ways to Transform Old Furniture Into Interior Design Gems

realtor.com When you’re furnishing your home, it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying items from the local furniture barn or the ol’ standby (and subject of our ongoing love-hate relationship), Ikea. But who really wants their home to look so basic when you can stock your house with pieces possessing pizzazz? One-of-a-kind furniture can set your […]

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10 Sneaky Tricks to Make Your Living Room Look Expensive

vicnt/iStock Next to the kitchen, the living room is arguably the most important room in the home. True to its name, it’s where life happens. It’s where guests gather, where you spend lazy evenings by the fire (or basking in the soft glow of Netflix—no judgment here), and, in most floor plans, one of the first spaces […]

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How Much Do Plantation Shutters Cost, and How Do They Pay Off?

stevecoleimages/iStock Plantation shutters—window blinds with wide wooden louvers or slats—may hail from the South, but they’re everywhere these days, because they make a dramatic decor statement without looking flashy. Which might have you wondering: How much do plantation shutters cost? Granted, as far as window treatments go, they don’t come cheap. “Plantation shutters can be a bit pricier […]

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Paralyzed by Home Decor Decisions? You’re Not Alone

iStock; realtor.com Confession: Nine years ago, when I moved into our house, I had so many plans for the place. For inspiration, I pored over home decor magazines and pinned paint colors and wallpapers on Pinterest. My mind was racing with the possibilities. Can you guess what happened? Nine (yes, nine) years later, very little has […]

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8 Big-Time Decor Tips for Turning a Tiny Space Into a Designer’s Dream

houzz.com When you’re working with limited space, every inch is precious. But just because your home is itty-bitty, your furniture and decor shouldn’t have to be as well. “Most people in small spaces get lots of tiny things,” says Christina Hoffman, who lives in an 828-square-foot bungalow and co-created the curated luxury home goods site Epitome […]

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4 Worst Color Combos to Ever Curse a Home—Proven!

realtor.com When it comes to selecting paint colors for a room, anyone can find one color that works, but two? Just like playing matchmaker to your friends, pairing two hues is really, really hard. Want proof? Check out these clashing color combos below, plus recommendations for infinitely more appealing duos to try instead. Bad color combo […]

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Get the Look for Less: Tommy Hilfiger’s Magnificent Miami Mansion

realtor.com We’ll say this for Tommy Hilfiger. The famed fashion designer doesn’t take half-measures. His Golden Beach, FL, home on the market for $29 million is a fully over-the-top ode to color, texture, and pop art. Even without the eye-popping interior, the home, located just north of Miami, grabbed our attention. It’s 14,000 square feet of exclusive beachfront real estate complete with […]

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