A Designer’s Top 10 Tips for Increasing Home Value


These suggestions for decorating, remodeling and adding storage will help your home stand out on the market

Unless my clients are designing their forever home, they are usually quite concerned with resale value when discussing renovations big and small. A home is often a person’s largest asset, so design upgrades are not only an aesthetic decision but a financial one as well. As my clients have sold their homes over the years, I have found that these 10 design tips have been the most beneficial in helping their houses stand out from the pack.

The Way Land Is Really Used Across The U.S

One thing that shocks many European tourists in the US is the sheer amount of space. It’s true: America has a lot of room, whether in the width of its streets, the size of people’s yards, and above all, its vast rural expanses. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, ‘What does America do with all of that space?’, this infographic will open your eyes.

10 Smart Ideas From Beautifully Organized Garages

With coat cubbies, folding counters and other elements, these spaces do a lot more than store a car

Your garage likely has to hold everything from gardening and sports equipment to holiday decorations — not to mention a car. With such a big job to do, it’s no wonder this hardworking space can get a little (or a lot) disorganized. Gather inspiration from these beautifully arranged spaces, and pick and choose from 10 takeaways to get your own garage in shape.

Is Smart Lighting a Smart Choice for You?

A professional offers advice on the latest in smart lighting for your home

Smart lighting promises a new and improved way to light your home. Research has shown that smart lights can improve your sleep, boost your mood and even help you heal faster. But how well do these lighting systems actually work? And which ones are best for you? 

There are four basic types of smart lighting: smart switches, smart bulbs, assisted systems and integrated systems. Read on to discover the pros and cons of each type of smart lighting and how they might be used to make your life at home easier.

How to Map Out Your Kitchen Remodel’s Scope of Work

Help prevent budget overruns by determining the extent of your project, and find pros to help you get the job done

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, an important early step is to determine your project’s scope of work. Find out what scope of work is and how you can decide what yours will be. Then find the right pros for your project.

Anatomy Of A Smart-City

What Happens on the Internet Each Minute

Debunking the Biggest Homebuying Myths Today

  • The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!
  • Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate!
  • 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!
  • The average credit score on approved loans continues to fall across many loan types!

Remodeling and Design Firms Expect Steady Demand This Quarter

The Q2 Houzz Renovation Barometer also shows that U.S. firms now have shorter project backlogs than a year ago

As we head into the second three months of 2019, many firms — on both the construction side and the architectural and design side of the residential remodeling industry — have positive short-term expectations, new data from Houzz reveal. Wait times for these firms to take on a new midsize project, however, are notably dropping. 

As a home remodeling or design pro, you can benefit from having a pulse on market conditions, since factors that affect pros in other specialties can also affect your business. The Q2 2019 Houzz Renovation Barometer tracks residential renovation market expectations, project wait times and recent business activity based on responses from more than 2,000 small businesses on Houzz.

Decorating 101: The ABCs of Arranging Vignettes

Learn how to make captivating displays with some of your favorite belongings

In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects — think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home. A vignette is a harmonious tableau made from a variety of items, rather than a large collection of similar articles (for example, clocks or toys), which would require a different display strategy. 

Vignettes can easily be reinvented to suit your whims — a change of season, a new find, a gift and a special occasion are all good reasons to refashion your mini displays. There’s a knack to making these small scenes look effortlessly composed and eye-catching. You can learn how to build delightful vignette worlds with this easy lesson.