10 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Room More

outdoor thumbStep up the comfiness and convenience of your porch, patio or yard to make time spent outdoors even better

Hanging out in a backyard haven is a wonderful way to savor warm weather. But what about those less-than-pleasant aspects of outdoor time, like bugs, rain and blazing-hot sun? Here are 10 tips to help make the time you spend in your outdoor rooms more comfortable.

The Most Common Remodeling Mistakes

If you’re considering a remodel, take a look at this inforgrpahic courtesy of FIXr for some great tips.

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15 Refreshing Ideas for a Bathroom Makeover

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 12.45.39 PMThese days there are more ways than ever to give your bath a splash of style

From statement mirrors and sculptural tubs to bright hues and indoor-outdoor showers, bathroom design has come a long way from the basic choices of years past. If you’re thinking of changing things up in your master bath or powder room, see if one of these of-the-moment design ideas inspires you.

15 Summery Decorating Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.50.41 AMTransport yourself seaside with a bit of paint or a few airy accessories

Summer brings with it the urge to simplify and relax — schedules, wardrobe and the home all get a bit more laid-back at this time of year. To help your home embrace that easy, breezy beach house feeling, give one (or more) of these 15 budget-friendly ideas a try.

9 Ways to Boost Your All-White Color Scheme

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.47.50 AMGrays, seafoam, metal, wood and more help embolden a white-on-white look so it doesn’t leave you cold

Love the look of fresh white but don’t want to feel like you live in a cold, minimalist compound? Here’s how to boost white to get a livable, inviting look that feels airy, open and full of personality.

Bathroom Planning: Which Vanity Will Work for You?

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 2.55.08 PMVanities can be smart centerpieces and offer tons of storage. See which design would best suit your bathroom

It used to be that the bathtub — be it a Victorian roll-top or a fabulous plunge pool — was the star attraction of our bathrooms. But today the vanity, in all its different guises, is heading to the top of our wish lists — and it’s easy to see why. From traditional designs to sleek basin-and-cupboard combos, there’s certainly no shortage of styles to pique your fancy, while flexible storage solutions help create a well-organized room for your daily routine. Bathroom clutter, begone.

How to Create an Art Gallery in Your Home

Now, you can learn the essential steps for properly hanging artwork in your own home, without damaging paint and walls. Just one picture or framed poster can affect the total look and feeling of a room—for better or worse. Balanced placement and a professional, neat job make all the difference. Follow this easy infographic to create a home art gallery, using traditional hardware or adapting more modern tension hanging systems.how-to-create-an-art-gallery-in-your-home

How to choose and Buy New Windows for Your Home

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See the Latest Benchmarks on Remodeling Costs and More

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 1.25.11 PMThe annual Houzz & Home survey reveals what you can expect to pay for a renovation project and how long it may take

If you’re about to embark on a remodel project, chances are you’ve already started asking yourself, How long will this take? And what should I spend my money on?

You’re not alone in considering a remodeling project. According to the fourth annual Houzz & Home survey, more than half (58 percent) of the 170,000 U.S. respondents renovated their homes in 2014, and more than half (55 percent) have concrete plans to continue or start renovations in 2015. That means there are countless people who have gone through what you have gone through — or are planning to go through this year. And we can learn a lot from one another.

To give you an inkling of what to expect, the survey offers insights into what you might pay for a renovation project, how long it will take and more.