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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Pantone Predicts 2018’s Hottest Home Trends

Pantone Wondering what stylish homes will look like next year? According to Pantone, the color authority turned trend forecaster, homeowners in the know will be flashing some fringe and going geometric and iridescent in 2018. This week at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, introduced the home […]

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What Is Transitional Style? The Type of Decor Everyone Can Agree On

Sisoje/iStock With so many decor styles out there, it can be hard to stick with just one. Modern, rustic, shabby chic, traditional—deciding on the vibe you want for your home can be downright confusing. But here’s the great thing about interior design: Many of these styles overlap, and can actually work really well together. The […]

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6 Dreamy Bedroom Decorating Ideas

JaCZhou/iStock Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping—they’re also your private retreat from the harsh world. And that’s why the way this all-important space is furnished should exude calm and tranquility. But how do you pull that off, exactly? If you need some inspiration, look no further than these bedroom decorating ideas to turn this space into the sanctuary of your […]

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