Clever Ways to Hide a Laundry Station

laundry thumbWhen you don’t have a whole room to devote to the wash, use these solutions to tuck the machines out of view

Don’t have the luxury of a vast laundry room for stashing your washer and dryer? Here are some of my favorite ideas for hiding your laundry workstation so that it’s there when you need it — and out of sight when you don’t.

10 Ways to Spice Up Your Dining Room

dining thumbGet this gathering spot ready for guests with a few ambience-enhancing tweaks

With the holidays coming, you might be starting to think about hosting a gathering or two. If so, make sure your dining room is company-ready by making a few tweaks ahead of time. From simple additions (a throw on every chair) to bigger changes (new lighting), here are 10 ways to make your dining room the place to be.

10 Ways to Dress Up Your Kitchen Island

kitchen isalnd thumbGive this key feature a style overhaul with new paint, trim or other decorative details

The kitchen island or peninsula is often the home’s hub, where family and friends gather to help with the cooking (or just the eating). This central position makes it an important design feature and a great place to add personality to your kitchen. Re-dressing the island can provide a dramatic face-lift on any budget. Here are 10 of my favorite ideas you can use to give the heart of the house a little love.

7 Bedroom Design Trends for Tweens and Teens

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 9.21.08 AMYou can move toward a more grown-up look while still keeping it fresh and fun

Teetering between childhood and adulthood, a teenager’s bedroom can be challenging to decorate as it looks more to the future than the past. Not only a place to sleep and do homework, it’s also a space to hang out with friends and create memories. Here are seven design ideas for tween and teen rooms that help strike the right balance of function, fun and individuality.

The Art of the Window: How to Embrace the Layered Look

drapes thumbHere are 12 ideas for using layered window treatments to add warmth, texture and style to your rooms

If the woven woods and bare shutters that heralded summer’s arrival a few months ago are starting to feel a bit stark, consider how an extra layer of draperies or top treatments will do for your windows what sweaters and blankets do for our bodies this time of year. No, I’m not suggesting you go out and buy new window treatments for each season, but unpacking a “winter layer” of drapes with your flannel sheets and wool blankets can signal the start of a new season as joyfully as white slipcovers and linen bedding welcome summertime. Sometimes grand and over the top, sometimes more tailored and demure, these 12 windowscapes illustrate how layered window treatments can set the tone for an entire space.

10 Furniture Essentials for Small Spaces

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 6.12.39 PMHere are items to opt for when a full-size sofa would be the elephant in the room

In a compact space, choosing just-right furnishings can make all the difference between your home feeling cramped or comfortable. From practically invisible acrylic chairs to shelving that flexes with the needs of your space, these 10 furniture pieces should be on any small-space-dweller’s must-have list.

How to Create Better Flow in Your Home

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 12.30.27 PMLearn how much room to allow for furniture, and tricks you can use to make the most of a tight space

Someone once said that a well-designed space is like a good pair of shoes: If you’re wearing a good pair of shoes, you don’t even notice that you have them on your feet. But if you’re wearing a bad pair of shoes, you notice them every step of the way. Interiors work the same way.

If you haven’t considered the circulation space around your furniture, cupboards and built-ins, you will feel it with every step you take. You’ve probably encountered poor room circulation at some point: bumping into corners while walking around furniture, dinner guests standing up to let others slide through, stepping sideways to get to your toilet, not being able to open your doors all the way. If any of these situations exist in your own home, it’s a pretty easy fix. Here are some ways to achieve better flow in your space.

To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 7.20.33 AMAs life transitions back indoors, bring elements of nature in with you and make your spaces cozy and warm

After the excitement of summer vacation, getting back into the swing of school and work in September can be a challenge, but also a welcome change. Enter the new season ready for a fresh start by focusing on the positive — getting cozy indoors, bringing nature in and boosting your home’s energy efficiency to prepare for the cooler months ahead.

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.