Freshen Up Your Bathroom This Weekend

Haute Hardware Switch out your dated, dusty knobs and pulls and replace them with their chic, shiny counterparts. This quick, low-cost project (can you even call it that?) has the power to transform the entire aesthetic of your bathroom design. Proof: this, white double vanity with inky countertops and bright, brass hardware that oozes glamour….

10 Insights On Working With a Kitchen Designer

Enlisting an experienced pro can take your kitchen project to the next level. Here’s how to make the most of it. With the average major kitchen overhaul costing homeowners tens of thousands of dollars, it’s no wonder that 85 percent of kitchen renovators turn to a professional for help in ensuring that their money is well…

How To Choose The Right Insulation

(Click/Tap image to play video) Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses the options for insulation with host Kevin O’Connor. Steps: Fiberglass insulation is sold by wall thickness and that should be adhered to so the insulation doesn’t get compressed and lose effectiveness. Open cell spray foam has the same R-factor as fiberglass, but…

4 Fresh Dining Rooms Mix Old and New

Good-looking wall treatments and layered furnishings are laid out beautifully in these rooms. 1. East Meets West Designers: Homeowners with Michael Miller of Phase2 Builders Location: San FranciscoSize: 250 square feet (23 square meters) Homeowners’ request. Modernize while keeping and restoring the historical details of the Victorian-era home. “In addition, they looked to their experiences and former home of Cape…

10 Inspiring Ways To Turn Your Backyard Into A Resort-Retreat

Luxurious accents, inviting lounge areas and twinkling lights help make a backyard feel like a vacation spot. Imagine stepping into an outdoor space and seeing a swaying hammock, glowing garden lights and bold tropical foliage, and hearing the sound of water trickling from a fountain. Can you already feel yourself sinking into vacation-relaxation mode? While…

Adapt Your Home to Its Selling Season

Play up your home’s amenities for the season in which you choose to sell. There is a selling myth that you should wait till springtime to sell your home. While spring is the busiest season for real estate sales, people buy homes 365 days a year. If you decide you need to sell your home in the off-peak…

4 Awesome Kitchens That Will Make You Want Brass

See how this trending finish holds up to a variety of cabinet colors and styles 1. Brass on Blue Designers: Marty Buckenmeyer of Buckenmeyer Architecture (architect) and Charlotte Cooney of Domestic Arts (interior designer) Location: Portland, Oregon Size: 195 square feet (18 square meters); 13 by 15 feet Homeowners’ request. Update a dark 1970s kitchen to better reflect the traditional-style home…

8 Relaxing Backyard Around The World Decks

This coffee-break escape offers dozens of cleverly placed decks that are worth a peek. 5 & 8 are my favorites – what are yours?… Do you long for a deck to stretch out on but have only a postage-stamp patch of an outdoor area? Never fear, this collection of compact but cleverly designed decks will…

Stylish 7 Shed Ideas For A Small Backyard

Whatever size plot you’re the proud owner of, you’ll probably need to invest in some kind of storage to safely stash your garden tools and supplies. If space is tight in your little oasis, this can be a challenge, but don’t dismiss the notion — a small but perfectly formed shed like these might be…

Sliding vs. Swinging Windows

Windows are unique—they are both interior and exterior home elements. The dual role makes selecting windows that much trickier because you want them to look good from both sides, to match your curb appeal as well as your interior design. Luckily, there’s one major design decision that’ll help you narrow your choices at the start:…

Take a Seat: 8 Perches for Pausing in Your Hallway

After you’ve put your coat hooks, shoe storage and a surface for keys and coins in your hallway, you probably think there isn’t much room for anything else. But one useful item you might well have forgotten is a seat — useful for putting on outerwear or just taking a breather when you get home….

This Laundry Room Works Hard & Has Fun Too

Designers perk up this multipurpose space with a bold and colorful new look and decor from the homeowners’ adventures. Laundry Room at a Glance Who uses this space: A couple with three grown children Size: 104 square feet (9.7 square meters) Designers: Rosa Plaza Dest, principal, and Ande Barriola, assistant, at Rosa Dest InteriorsThe laundry room works hard…