Archives for October 2014

Single Women & Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]


Winterproofing your Home on a Budget (Infographic)

Keeping yourself and your family warm during the winter months isn’t cheap, and we often wonder how we can keep the heat in the house and away from our bills. Here are a few simple tips that will keep you toasty, without burning through your cash.


Roller Shades Raise the Curtain on Style

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 1.09.44 PMThe humble window treatment is stealing the scene with fresh patterns, color and pizzazz

In the past the roller shade has perhaps received second billing to window coverings such as draperies or Roman shades. Traditional white roller shades have been the humbler, less flashy option. But a new crop of shades is changing perceptions of the window treatment. These models are equipped with pattern, color and personality.

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.28.27 AMRemember that Cyndi Lauper song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?” If you’re like most people, you probably know every word to that song. But did you know it was a cover? The original was written in fifteen minutes by Robert Hazard. The song was originally about a philanderer––obviously, Cyndi Lauper changed the meaning dramatically.

“I Love Rock ‘N’Roll” was another one of those universal songs that everyone seemed to know. It was not originally performed by Joan Jett, though. She first heard the song on a TV show, performed by the band a TV show.

Read the complete article on BBC News.

Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival


National Existing Home Sales Report


Pocket Doors and Sliding Walls for a More Flexible Space

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 8.11.26 AMLarge sliding doors allow you to divide open areas or close off rooms when you want to block sound, hide a mess or create privacy

Growing up in a century-old Craftsman home, I took it for granted that we had beautiful solid wood pocket doors. More like sliding walls, they divided the living room from the dining room, and my parents (or my older siblings) would slide them shut when having a party so I could sleep (or sneak out of bed to listen on the other side of the wall). And it’s not only old Craftsman and Victorian homes that have sliding doors — traditional Japanese homes also use a form of sliding room dividers known as shoji. Not many new builds include this useful feature, but if you are renovating or starting from scratch, why not give pocket doors and sliding walls a look?

Remodeling to Increase Your Home’s Value


8 Little Remodeling Touches That Make a Big Difference

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 8.44.33 AMMake your life easier while making your home nicer, with these design details you’ll really appreciate

When we did our remodel, our contractor suggested a thousand things I had never really thought about. They weren’t necessarily design considerations; they were more quality-of-life considerations — just little things you didn’t know you were missing until you had them.

Here are eight little touches I didn’t know I couldn’t live without until I lived with them. What are yours?