Is a Sunken Tub Right for You?

tubOne of these 14 sunken tubs might make you want to take the plunge

Just like outdoor pools we’re used to belly-flopping into, sunken tubs erase the barrier between the floor and the waterline, which results in a more organic bathing experience akin to dipping into a pond or lake. This luxury amenity is not without its caveats, however. Decide if one of these 14 sunken tubs is right for your home.

Garage Begone! 10 Smart Solutions for Hiding Your Wheels

hidden garageDon’t let the home for your cars overwhelm your curb appeal

Pretty much every household in New Zealand has a car — or two or three — that needs to be housed safely off the street. But a huge driveway, bulky garage and dull roller door can spoil the appeal of a house, dominating the facade and even obscuring the front door. Whether you’re driving into your house or creating an inviting view for people walking past, here are ways to turn a necessity into a virtue.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating a Small Bedroom

samll bedDreaming your tiny bedroom had space for more than a bed? Or your guest room was more than a dumping ground? Then read on

Small bedrooms can be tricky to decorate. They often end up as unloved spaces with little personality because we’re worried that too much stuff will “shrink” them visually. Conversely, small spare rooms can end up as dumping grounds for old fitness equipment, packaging or clothes-drying racks.

While a typical master bedroom is usually large enough to accommodate cabinets and chests of drawers, a second or third bedroom may be big enough only for a bed and little else. How can you make the most of every square inch, and ensure that a small bedroom is both stylish and functional? Here are some do’s and don’ts for making a small bedroom look good and work hard.

7 Reasons to Trim Your Home in White

white trimWhite trim is multifunctional, and it can do amazing things

Trim makes an appearance in just about every room we walk into. Sometimes it stands out and catches our attention right away. Other times it seems to fade into the background and we hardly notice it. Whether it’s impressive and fancy or run-of-the-mill ordinary, every variety of trim and molding gives a room that finished look.

White trim in particular is timeless, and it provides a clean, chic appearance that always looks new and fresh. If you’ve ever had the white trim touched up in your home, you know how it can renew an entire space. Trim is also super functional in ways you may not realize. Here are some of the amazing things you can do by using white trim.

25 Big Ideas for Smaller Patios

small patiosMake the most of your patio’s shortcomings by playing with scale, color, texture and location

Expansive patios with built-in outdoor kitchens, fire pits, fountains, bars, living room-style furniture and even big TVs seem to dominate articles about backyard decor. That leaves some of us with smaller patios throwing up our hands with no idea of what to do with our petite spaces. But there’s a charm to these small, sometimes awkwardly shaped patios that those party-size outdoor areas cannot replicate. If you’re struggling with how to outfit a smaller patio, here’s some inspiration to help you breathe new life into it and make the most of your outdoor space.

How Much Does a Remodel Cost, and How Long Does It Take?

remodel thumb 3The 2016 Houzz & Home survey asked 120,000 Houzzers about their renovation projects. Here’s what they said

If you’re looking for a sense of how much it will cost to renovate your home, and how long it might take, we’ve got some numbers for you. The 2016 Houzz & Home annual survey gathered information from more than 120,000 registered users of Houzz, including more than 70,000 who renovated in 2015. Their responses provide insight into how your own renovation project might play out.

Design Tips to Energize Your Bathroom

bathroom styleIncorporate some — or all — of these ideas to keep your space from feeling too clinical and boring

Modern bathroom design is often all about going minimalist with clean finishes for a spa-like feel. But sometimes the look ends up feeling clinical. To make sure your space feels just as inviting as the rest of your home, try some of my favorite bathroom design tips to create a sense of warmth and personality while achieving spot-on style.

17 Clever Staircases With Storage Built In

stairsIt’s not just about the ups and downs. These staircases also provide storage, display and seating

You might think stairways are just about getting from one floor to another. But they can be so much more. Apart from being architectural features, staircases can provide space for storage, display, reading niches, secret hideouts and more. The following examples will have you stepping up your staircase game.

A beginner’s guide to interior design & decorating [infographic]

Want to freshen things up or create a new look?

Learn how to pick the perfect throw pillow or paint color, with this infographic to guide you through the process of putting together a polished look.