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Tranquil Blue-and-White Kitchen Packs In Style and Function

September 20th, 2017
A dark and drab kitchen in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, was in need of a refresher, and designer Kathy Marshall took her inspiration from the home’s cheery ocean-side setting. “The homeowners wanted something really fresh,” Marshall says, “more modern pieces and bold graphics.” In addition to the cosmetic overhaul, the kitchen area was opened up by ripping out the railing system se ...

How to Get Your Range Hood Right

September 14th, 2017
Choosing a range hood is an opportunity to create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen — or, if you go for a subtler style, a way to support the overall look of your kitchen. With the potential styles of range hoods — from oversize to barely there — nearly limitless, it’s helpful to know some basics so that you get the range hood right. 

First, it’s important to remember that a range hood ...

8 Small Spaces Where Paint Can Make a Big Impact

September 13th, 2017
During my years of painting people’s homes, I’ve learned that small spaces don’t have to be boring or go unnoticed. All it takes is a little paint. By adding paint in strategic places around the home, you can easily and inexpensively transform a space. Plus, there is a good chance you could accomplish at least one of these eight painting projects during the course of one weekend.

Here are ei ...

How Much Building Permits Cost and How Long They Take

September 12th, 2017
If you’re looking to start a renovation project that may require a building permit, you might be interested to know that more than half of homeowners report paying $500 or less in total fees for their permits, according to the results of a new survey from Houzz. Of course, we can’t promise that your permit fees will be similar, as a small slice of homeowners report paying more than $5,000 t ...

17 Bedrooms That Will Make You Feel You’re Still on Vacation

September 10th, 2017
Sigh. Can you believe we’re approaching the end of summer? I sure can’t. It’s zipped by in a blink, and I’m doing all I can to hold on to the sunshine and warmth. My favorite season will inevitably end, but before it does, let’s pretend we’re on summer vacation for a few more days. And what better place to do it than reclining in bed.

Take off your shoes, fluff up the pillow and let your eye ...

6 Bathroom Design Ideas You Might Have Missed This Week

September 9th, 2017

5 Ways to Make the Most of This Weekend

September 8th, 2017
With National Grandparents Day falling this weekend (not to mention the first noticeable downshift in daylight), there is a good reason to put quality family time on the schedule. Here are five ideas for weekend could-dos, including a couple of tidying and garden-maintenance tasks, plus a few purely-for-fun outings (tiny house tour, anyone?).

How to Find More Space in a Small Bedroom

September 7th, 2017
A shoebox-size bedroom can still be an inviting, multifunctional and utterly chic yet homey space. With the right storage hacks, clever decor staples and a smart color palette, it can serve you well while seeming larger than it is. Here’s how.

Decorate Your First Apartment Without Breaking the Bank

September 6th, 2017
With a few creative design strategies, you can make your first, or any, apartment feel like your own — without blowing through your savings in the process. Take a look at these 12 wallet-friendly ideas to get started, including one thing you can’t have too many of and what to do with a shoebox full of old postcards.

15 Unforgettable Kitchen Ideas

September 5th, 2017
Every now and then you see a kitchen that makes your heart beat a little faster. Surprisingly, what makes these spaces so memorable is often a single calculated design element — in an otherwise well-designed space, of course. Here are 15 details pulled from our Kitchen of the Week series that make each kitchen hard to forget.
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