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4 Popular Living Rooms That Do More With Less

April 1st, 2019
It could be the magnetic aura and folding prowess of organizing guru Marie Kondo. Or it could be that stack of old magazines on your coffee table. Whatever the driving force, everybody seems to be tidying up lately.

From Copenhagen to San Francisco, here’s a countdown of the four most popular living room photos uploaded to Houzz in March 2019. These sublime spaces reveal a strong emphasis on ...

12 Enclosure Ideas for Trash Bins, Compost Piles and AC Units

March 31st, 2019
Some practical home and garden elements — including garbage and recycling bins, compost piles, and air-conditioning and storage units — are better when they’re tucked out of sight rather than sitting front and center outside your home. 

Keep reading to see how Houzz designers devised creative solutions for these less attractive but highly practical landscape elements, including concealing th ...

What to Know Before You Paint Your Walls White

March 30th, 2019
There are few better ways to bring a fresh start to a home’s interior than by painting it white. This clean-slate strategy is often used immediately upon the purchase of a new home. I’ve known clients who prime the walls white even before the boxes arrive on move-in day. 

But the same white paint that makes one room seem magical can make another look frighteningly chilly. As with all colors, ...

10 Essentials for Outdoor Entertaining

March 28th, 2019
Whether you’re a new homeowner setting up your outdoor space for the first time or in the midst of downsizing — or you’re just hoping to streamline your outdoor setup — this guide is a good place to start. If you own only the 10 items on this list (we’ll assume you’re starting with a grill), you’ll be in good shape to host gatherings all season long. What you won’t find here: novelty ice mo ...

How to Create Flow and Cohesion With Your Design Choices

March 26th, 2019
When you walk into a house where all the design choices work together, the decorating feels effortless — but as anyone who has tried it knows, it’s not as easy as it looks! Whether you’re moving into a new space or simply want to smooth out the rough (style) edges of your current home, this guide is a good place to begin. Here are eight ways to give your home a cohesive look that speaks to ...

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

March 25th, 2019
With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. With the threat of winter storms past, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer. We spoke with an expert to get some tips on what to watch for this season, from proper irrigation to mosquitoes and termites (oh ...

7 Reasons to Hang Your Pots and Pans on a Rail

March 24th, 2019
As homeowners make the most of efficient lower cabinets in the kitchen, wall space is opening up where upper cabinets used to be. This is wonderful and freeing, and now there are more opportunities to hang utility rails for pots, pans, utensils and other hardworking kitchen items. Here are seven compelling reasons to consider hanging a rail in your kitchen.

New Layout and a Longer Island for a Roomier Family Kitchen

March 21st, 2019

12 Small-Deck Design Ideas for Outdoor Dining and Lounging

March 20th, 2019
When deck space is at a premium, efficient design and smart styling can make what could be a cramped outdoor area an inviting one. From investing in disappearing railings to choosing hanging planters over ones that take up floor space, there are plenty of ways to make the most of a compact deck.

Read on to discover a dozen ways to design for a small-scale deck, including tips on how to choos ...

March Motivation: Advice for Rebooting Your Home Projects

March 19th, 2019
Decision fatigue, disagreements, lack of follow-through, budget issues and even the weather — home projects can stall out for all sorts of reasons. Being able to pinpoint the reason your project got stuck (or never really got started) in the first place will help you choose a good first step to get the ball rolling again. If you’d love to get your home project restarted, this guide is a goo ...
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