11 Ways to Work With a Windowless Room

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 9.45.55 AMSee how to use French doors, white paint, draperies and more to brighten a space and trick the eye

They say you never know what you had till it’s gone, and that’s certainly true for windows. When dealing with a windowless room, you really start to miss the natural light and appreciate the openness they bring. But whether you’re planning a little corrective construction or just a quick fix, there are plenty of ways to bring that same feeling to your basement, den, kitchen and more.

6 Lessons Learned From a Master Suite Remodel

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 9.44.11 AMOne project yields some universal truths about the remodeling process

Some good friends of ours just finished a master suite remodel. On the whole it went well: on time, on budget and generally to their satisfaction. Still, the process and execution were less than flawless, and as I listened to what didn’t go exactly to plan, I realized that other people could benefit from considering many of the lessons my friends learned before they embark on their own projects.

15 Fun Features for Family Rooms

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 9.40.59 AMPut the family back in your family room with a colorful mural, photo gallery or table ready for your gang’s favorite game

The family room is where you go to relax, watch movies, play games and hang out with friends — which makes it a great place in which to loosen up, decorating-wise. Create a fun, welcoming atmosphere in your family room by incorporating one or more of these 15 playful features, from photo murals to game tables.

How to Spruce Up Your Neutrals for Spring

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 4.31.28 PMWe love our neutrals, but with spring in the air, they might just need a little lift

So many of us couldn’t live without the classic, workable and fresh modern palette of neutrals. The easy-on-the-eye blend of white, cream, beige, stone and pebble colors is a fail-safe bet from the moment you step through the front door. But if the change in season has you itching to update, there are plenty of simple tricks to try out on your neutral palette to give it a lift without a drastic change. From adding color to layering textures, you can easily boost your neutral spaces with these inspiring ideas.

8 Cost-Effective Ways to Get a High-End Look

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 12.46.43 PMDon’t discount that expensive material yet. By using a small amount in a strategic way, you can get a luxurious look without the expense

Buying materials and finishes from big-box stores can certainly save you tons of money on your project. But if you’re not careful, you can also run the risk of creating a space that feels just a bit too generic. That’s why I’m a big fan of buying just a little bit of a high-end material and using it in a way that maximizes impact. The high-low mix can really make your whole home look like you’re living beyond your means — even if you’re right on budget. To make sure your taste for the finer things is satisfied, here are my key ways to splurge.

Bathroom Ideas: Shower Curtain or Shower Doors?

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.44.39 AMIs glass or a curtain the perfect partner for your shower-bath combo? Here are 5 good reasons for each bathroom solution

If you don’t have the space (or budget) for a separate shower enclosure and bath, you’ve probably decided on a combined shower-bath. But should you go with a shower curtain or glass shower doors to enclose it? Some of us might gravitate toward the softer look of a colorful piece of waterproof fabric that can be changed at will, while others might love the no-nonsense efficiency of a sheer pane of glass. To help point you in the right direction, here are five benefits each of shower curtains and glass doors.

15 Ideas for a Stunning Garden Path

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 4.10.44 PMLet your imagination roam as you consider the many types of walkways possible in your garden

Paths are invitations to explore, to step out of your home and venture into nature — even if it’s your own backyard. In fact, a thoughtfully designed path can turn a simple walk across the yard into an opportunity to slow down and notice your surroundings. From a stepping stone path leading through a shady woodland to a wide tree-lined path meant for walking hand in hand, here are 15 ideas for creating the garden path of your dreams.

Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2015

Planning a big kitchen renovation and want to know what’s right on trend?

Then check out this infographic from Pennywell and start planning!


Architectural Elegance With the Addition of Built-Ins

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 8.30.48 AMCustom shelves solve a clutter issue, while travel mementos add personality to the home of a family of 5 in Ontario

It’s the details that make a difference. For a family home in Ontario, Canada, those details included built-in shelves. “Built-ins provide the wow in our home,” says interior designer Tawnessa Carter. “I have always loved them, and after we bought this old house, I asked my husband to put built-in shelves in every room.” Fortunately, husband Bill Cronin is an artist and a handyman, so he was up to building and installing custom shelves in all of their main rooms to provide storage and display space for treasured items the couple found while traveling and at local stores, secondhand shops and flea markets.