Kitchen Details: Out-of-Sight Paper Towel Holder

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.52.55 AMSee how some homeowners are clearing the counter of clutter while keeping this necessity close at hand

I recently wrote about a house that has a great kitchen. As the homeowner described what she loved about her cooking space, she casually mentioned the paper towel holder. Stop the presses. “The paper towel holder is one of your favorite things about your kitchen?” I (incredulously) asked. “Oh yes!” she replied. “I spent a lot of time thinking about the paper towel holder!” Readers, this is how stories are born.

I wrote about that kitchen, complete with a shot of the paper towel holder provided by the homeowner. It turns out she’s not alone in her consideration of this workaday detail.

How to Get Your Kitchen Island Lighting Right

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 9.49.24 AMHere are some bright ideas on when to use chandeliers, pendants, track lights and more

The kitchen island is often a central gathering spot in the home, in addition to being a functional, much-used workspace. That’s why it’s important to light it right. I’m a fan of hanging fixtures, which, if chosen correctly, provide ambient and task lighting while acting like beautiful jewelry. Here are a few key tips for selecting kitchen island lights that get the job done while looking great.

13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

grill thumbKick back on your patio or deck with a grill that focuses on fun as much as function

When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired to make over your grilling zone for luxurious outdoor dining with these 13 ideas.

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.