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Monday 05/14/2018
5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Summer
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) Summertime means backyard barbecues, home decorating updates and more. Want to make all of this happen affordably?

Thursday 05/03/2018
Colorful Design Ideas for Refreshing Your Home this Season
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) If you are looking to elegantly redesign the spaces in your home, consider taking your cues from the latest trends in the luxury market. Neutral color palettes and soft, soothing shades, such as gray, taupe and cream are on the rise among today’s luxury homes and adding touches of color will help personalize these spaces.

Thursday 03/15/2018
High-tech bathroom trends for 2018
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to the loo, it's all about high-tech tricking out your oasis.

5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of know-how hold you back from dreaming. There are plenty of ways to enhance a room or remake a space without breaking the bank, along with many resources out there to show you how.

Tuesday 03/13/2018
R&R in the great outdoors: 3 ways to transform your outdoor living space
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - As Americans increasingly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of nature, they’re putting more thought and effort into creating beautiful, comfortable and functional living areas outside their own homes.

Thursday 03/08/2018
Don't re-roof until you do these 5 things
Updated: March 22, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - With spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker.

Tuesday 03/06/2018
6 project ideas to recreate your kitchen
Updated: March 16, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - As the hub of activity in a home, the kitchen serves many purposes: meal prep base, dining area, family gathering place, celebration zone, and entertainment center, to name a few. Does your high-use, heart-of-the-home kitchen meet the challenges and needs of your family life?

Monday 03/05/2018
Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden
Updated: March 16, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees.

Monday 02/26/2018
Are hidden leaks damaging your home, boosting water bills and harming the environment?
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA.

The secret places pests are hiding in your home
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Pests can be hiding just about everywhere — whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests can be hiding.

Wednesday 02/21/2018
House hunting? Use this handy checklist before you make the offer
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love.

Thursday 02/15/2018
3 Major Home Renovations that are Worth the Effort
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Building a new home? Overhauling an existing one? Here are three renovation ideas that will add beauty and value.

Mix and Match: Update Your Home With 2018 Design Trends
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Are you planning to refresh your home but aren’t sure where to start? Some of today’s most popular design trends encourage mixing and matching favorite home accents within the same space.

Wednesday 01/31/2018
Cut expenses without cutting corners on your bathroom remodel
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - When homeowners get the urge to remodel and renovate their homes, two rooms immediately top the list: the kitchen and the bathroom. In the last decade, we’ve seen something of a renaissance in home bathroom design. From an innovative use of materials to radically reimagined bathtubs and toilets, today’s bathrooms offer a dream space with comfort and convenience in a stylish package.

Tuesday 01/30/2018
The beauty of barn doors
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. It’s not hard to see why.

Thursday 01/25/2018
Keep your home pest free this year
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked, pests can wreak havoc in your home, but there are several steps homeowners can take to help avoid an infestation and keep their home safe and their family happy.

Wednesday 01/24/2018
Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out.

Deciphering the legalese in your furnace warranty
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - From smartphones to mattresses, almost everything you buy comes with a warranty. How can you ensure you get the most benefit from a warranty, especially for a major investment that’s critical to the comfort of your home, like a new furnace?

Monday 01/22/2018
6 Home Décor Trends to Make a Style Statement
Updated: January 22, 2018 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Is your home décor starting to feel a bit stale? Spruce up your interiors with some of the hottest home design trends for 2018 -- from customized cozy to natural textures to retro touches.

Wednesday 01/03/2018
5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home
Updated: April 11, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - During the coldest months of the year, it’s hard not to think about the warmer months to come — and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling projects that can add enjoyment and value to your humble abode.

Thursday 12/21/2017
Resolve to get more shut-eye? Here are 4 sleep hacks to help
Updated: April 04, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of people vow to eat better, work out more and lead a healthier life.

Friday 12/15/2017
Top 3 design trends for 2018 (slideshow)
Updated: December 22, 2017 - 2:35 am

Monday 11/20/2017
Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season and Beyond
Updated: November 20, 2017 - 2:36 am

(StatePoint) Gathering around the hearth this holiday season? While you may be taking time off from work and school to celebrate, don’t take a vacation from practicing basic safety guidelines. Stay safe with the following tips.

Wednesday 11/15/2017
5 Ways to Create Ambiance in Your Home
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 2:36 am

(StatePoint) If your home interiors lack charm, don’t worry. These five simple additions and updates can add ambiance and character to your home.

Tuesday 10/31/2017
Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
Updated: October 31, 2017 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

Thursday 10/26/2017
5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 2:36 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hosting or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, preparing your home doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive.

Saturday 09/02/2017
Six Ways to Bring Warmth into Your Home this Fall
Updated: September 02, 2017 - 6:44 am

(StatePoint) With the shorter days and cooler nights of fall can come the urge to hibernate. But first prepare yourself and your home for the season with these cozy and warm accents that will make time spent indoors cozier.

Thursday 08/10/2017
3 Mini-Makeover Ideas to Refresh a Room
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Looking to bring new energy to a space? Hoping to update that outdated décor? These easy tips can help you revitalize any space in your home with minimal time and effort -- utilizing color, accessories, accents and more.

Thursday 07/27/2017
Back-to-College: Design Tips for Small Living Spaces
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Moving on to college is an exhilarating first taste of true independence. It’s a time for self-directed growth, transformative lessons and the beginning of lifelong friendships. For many students, moving into a dorm or off-campus housing is the beginning of another quest: achieving a Pinterest-perfect setting in not-so-spacious quarters.

Friday 07/14/2017
Tips to Flip Furniture on a Back-to-College Budget
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) College is an exciting time. Whether your child is starting as a freshman or returning for senior year, new friends, new roommates and new places to call “home” await.

Thursday 07/06/2017
Tips to Bring Your Home from Bland to Bold this Summer
Updated: July 06, 2017 - 2:38 am

(StatePoint) Feeling uninspired in your space? Bring the bright, cheerful feeling of summer into your home with these DIY décor tips that won’t break the bank.

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