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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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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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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What Is a Butler’s Pantry? The Multifunctional Space Between the Kitchen and Dining Room

realtor.com Let’s say you’re searching for a home and you see “butler’s pantry” listed under the amenities. It sounds fancy, right? Well, we’re sorry to burst your bubble, but a home that comes with a butler’s pantry doesn’t include Jeeves, the tuxedo-clad steward, waiting with canapés and a glass of sherry. So what does it […]

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Bye-Bye, Bulky Furniture: 5 Oversize Items That Are on the Outs

atiatiati/iStock Going furniture shopping? Prepare to think small. Bulky, overstuffed furnishings appear to be dwindling in popularity. As proof, look no further than Pottery Barn, a chain famed for furnishings that all but burst from their leather casings in an effort to hog as much floor space as possible. A recent Washington Post article revealed that the store’s sales have declined for […]

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