How to Remodel Your Fireplace

fireplace thumb 3Bring your fireplace design up to snuff with this makeover lowdown

The fireplace is often the most commanding element in any room it’s in. Size and abundance of material are often factors, but as renovation specialist Ron Parko points out, our eyes are naturally drawn to the darkest object in a room anyway. Oftentimes, that’s the firebox when it’s unlit.

Naturally you want this element, and everything that surrounds it, to complement the rest of your home. In many older homes where large brick fireplaces prevail, this can pose a challenge. What do you do? Cover it, paint it, rip it out? Here’s what to consider.

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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 Add Personality to Your Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 2.36.56 PMQuirky little details, unexpected ingredients and smart styling help give a kitchen its own identity

One of our favorite spaces in the house, the kitchen can also be one of the most predictable. After all, it typically contains some countertop space, a few appliances and lots of storage. But a little imagination and some inventive styling can softly steer this room toward a look filled with personality. These smart details — some of them integral to the design, some added later — bring a fresh, original feel to a much-loved room.

10 Reasons to Embrace White Walls

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 7.52.13 AMDo they strike you as even more boring than watching white paint dry? Consider what makes them the darling of so many

White paint can be a surprisingly divisive issue. Those who hate it consider it too sterile and hospital-like or too boring and impersonal (think “rental white”). Those who love it would probably paint everything white given half a chance, and they’re constantly in search of that elusive “perfect” shade. Benjamin Moore recently announced Simply White as its 2016 color of the year, and white is popping up all over the design world, from fashion to interiors to objects. No matter which camp you fall in — or even if you’re somewhere in between — here are 10 reasons to give white walls a chance.

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.

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25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016

2016 trendsFrom black stainless steel appliances to outdoor fabrics used indoors, these design ideas will be gaining steam in the new year

The modern home is always evolving. And to get an idea of what it’s evolving to, look no further than what’s happening within its walls today. With that in mind, we delved into our New This Week series, sifting through Houzz discussions and data to find out what materials, strategies and concepts will be coming to more homes in 2016.