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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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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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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Patterns, Patterns, Patterns! Can You Stand the Latest, Loudest Home Trend?

Move over, minimalism: The latest home decor trend is the polar opposite of simplicity. Say hello to patterns—as loud, brash, and busy as the eye can stand! At least, that’s the word spreading in the wake of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2017, the world’s largest furniture and design festival, where over 2,000 exhibitors in Milan recently presented […]

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10 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

BanksPhotos/iStock; MentalArt/iStock; hikesterson/iStockpoplasen/iStock; realtor.com There’s no denying that the kitchen has become the focal point of the modern home, the place where the outsize influence of the Food Network and HGTV converge. Prospective buyers want to imagine themselves gathered there among friends, sipping wine and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres with ease—or perhaps preparing a family meal […]

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Joanna Gaines of ‘Fixer Upper’ Is on Her Own! Here’s a Sneak Peek

HGTV Tears were shed earlier this week over the Season 4 finale of “Fixer Upper”—how will we survive without our regular fix of Chip and Joanna Gaines? Well, it turns out we may not have to go into full-on home decor withdrawal, and here’s why: Joanna has her own spinoff, “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design.” God bless America! While there’s […]

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