10 Reasons to Bring Back the Rec Room

rec roomWhether you have a whole room or just a corner, a place for games is a plus for any home

Pingpong, pool and foosball — what’s not to love? Games offer screen-free entertainment, bring the whole family together and make parties more fun. If you have a lot of space, you can knock yourself out with a full-fledged rec room, but if you need more of a rec corner, consider adding a pingpong net to a seldom-used dining table or hanging a dart board on a basement wall. There are lots of reasons to create a place for more fun in the house. Here are 10.

9 Ways to Reduce Noise in an Open-Plan Space

open floor planLovely, big living areas are wonderful, but sound can travel. Here are some ways to dampen the clamor in your wide-open rooms

Open-plan living spaces have many advantages for family life and entertaining, and they increase the opportunity to bring lots of natural light into your home. But they can end up being quite noisy. You may be surprised, however, at how easy it is to reduce sound travel with a few key additions to your furnishings. There are also structural changes you can make if you’re after a more robust fix.

How to Choose the Right Pendant Lights for Your Kitchen Island

kitchen lightsGet tips on function, style, height and more to get your island lighting scheme on track

The kitchen island pendant can be the jewelry of the kitchen, an important fixture to help with your everyday tasks and so much more. To help narrow down your choice from the seemingly infinite range of beautiful options, here’s a guide to choosing the type and style of pendant that suits your tastes and needs.

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10 Ways to Go for Color in the Bath

bathroom colorA shot of strong color or pattern sets these bathrooms apart from the rest of the pack

With bold hues, attention-grabbing tile and creative details, the bathroom can be the most fun room in the house. Get inspired by these 10 spaces that aren’t afraid of piling on the color and pattern. Which is your favorite?

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.