Wayne Manor Vs. Fortress of Solitude

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12 Features in a Kid-Friendly Home

kid friendlyIncorporate these elements to create a stylish and worry-free environment for you and your family

A child’s laughter can permeate a home and warm the coldest of hearts. Kids can also create lots of messes, from the living room to the bathroom and everywhere in between. Here are 12 features that can help you create a kid-friendly home that’s clean, organized, safe — and fun for all.

The Kitchen of the Future

kitchen of the futureA new survey reveals global kitchen trends with staying power

What will the kitchen of tomorrow look like? Just ask the people building and planning the kitchens of today. With that in mind, we asked homeowners in 11 countries — the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Denmark — through a series of discussions, polls, surveys and interviews to describe the ins and outs of kitchen projects they had recently completed, have underway or are planning to start in the next three months.

Houzz data shows that 41 percent of homeowners are remodeling kitchens that are 16 to 30 years old. With nearly 9,000 people responding to Houzz’s most recent kitchen survey — 85 percent had completed or worked on their kitchen project in 2015 and the rest planned to start in early 2016 — that means their choices in layout, materials, storage and special features offer insight into trends you’ll no doubt see in kitchens for years to come.

The World’s Most Lavish Homes

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25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016

2016 trendsFrom black stainless steel appliances to outdoor fabrics used indoors, these design ideas will be gaining steam in the new year

The modern home is always evolving. And to get an idea of what it’s evolving to, look no further than what’s happening within its walls today. With that in mind, we delved into our New This Week series, sifting through Houzz discussions and data to find out what materials, strategies and concepts will be coming to more homes in 2016.

A Breathtaking Villa In Granite

Luxury Retreat in Thailand, with breathtaking views of the Amandan Sea. Built into a granite rock in Phuket, Thailand. Found this in on omgshots.com.

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12 Ways to Style an Unused Fireplace

fireplaceYou’ll hardly miss the flame when your firebox glows with twinkle lights, frames an art object or stores magazines

When the fireplace has become more of a black hole than a focal point, it’s time to get styling with paint, flea market finds, even artificial turf. Whether your fireplace doesn’t work or you just prefer not to use it, pick and choose from these 12 ideas and get ready to gather round the hearth once again.

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How Much Room Do You Need for a Kitchen Island?

island thumbInstalling an island can enhance your kitchen in many ways, and, with good planning, even smaller kitchens can benefit

Kitchen islands are a much-sought-after feature — almost nine out of 10 of our kitchen design and installation firm’s clients ask about them in their first design meeting. A well-planned island layout can allow a smooth workflow and provide a comfortable space for preparing and cooking food. Islands also frequently provide space for dining, working and storage.

But while a well-planned layout offers much enjoyment, a poorly planned island can be frustrating. This is particularly true if there is insufficient space for an island to begin with. If you’re considering a kitchen island, follow these tips to help you decide whether you have enough space to make an island work for you. And if you don’t, discover what else you can try.