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.

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8 Ways to Prep a Kitchen Resale

kitchen prepSome key updates to your kitchen will help you sell your house. Here’s what you need to know

It may be a seller’s market, but that shouldn’t stop you from fixing up your home before you list it. As you know, kitchens sell homes. However, what you might not know is how to create a space that seals the deal. If you update your kitchen’s finishes and stage the space properly, your home won’t be sitting on the market for long. Here are eight ways to prep your kitchen for resale.

Kitchen Trends to Consider and Avoid For Your Remodel

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6 Ways to Spice Up Your Neutral Kitchen

Kitchen spiceLook to these details to prevent a white kitchen from feeling a bit stark

Despite the benefits of neutral kitchens, such as enhanced natural light and an emboldened sense of cleanliness, many homeowners find neutral kitchens so boring. Never fear. With a few design tweaks, you can get all the advantages of neutral kitchens with a little added excitement. These six kitchens from the Houzz Kitchens of the Weekshow you how to do just that.

13 Places to Sneak In a Desk

desk thumbThere’s no need to work at the kitchen table with so many other spots for a workstation at home

If you don’t have the luxury of designating an entire room in your house as an office, don’t worry: You have other options. Whether it’s a closet or a corner of the laundry room, there are plenty of places where you can squeeze in a desk. Here are 13 of our favorite spots for locating a workstation at home.