10 Tips for Creating a Welcoming Entryway

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You have only one chance to make a first impression. So it’s important that the entry to your house is welcoming to guests, reflects your personal style and makes you feel happy and comfortable as soon as you walk through the door. This space sets the tone for the rest of your home.

5 Ways To Makeover An 8-by-5-Foot Bathroom

small bathroomLook to these bathroom makeovers to learn about budgets, special features, splurging, saving and more

The most common bathroom size measures 8 by 5 feet — enough room for a single sink, a toilet and a shower or shower-bathtub combination. You may think there isn’t much you can do with an area of this size. But you’d be wrong. Here, five projects within these dimensions showcase clever ways to create virtual and literal space, and how to make big style statements on budgets small and large.

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10 Creative Kitchen Backsplashes

backsplashPatterns, bold colors, natural wood, beveled mirror — even a favorite photo — sub for standard white behind the counter

Getting tired of the basic white tile backsplash? Try something a little (or a lot) different in the kitchen with a backsplash that makes a statement. Whether they’re subtle and natural or over the top, these 10 kitchens have style to spare.

How to Visually Lift a Low Ceiling Without Renovating

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Does your mood need a little lift when you walk into a space? Well, maybe it’s the ceiling that needs lifting. If you’re working with a basement room, awkward attic or another space with an uncomfortably low ceiling — but can’t pony up to actually raise the roof — there are ways to make it look higher so that the room feels beautifully airy and open. Here’s how.

How to Choose the Right Toilet

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Although the humble toilet isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a visually stunning bathroom, it’s still an important element with just as many varieties to choose from as other plumbing fixtures. Choosing well the first time (and resisting the temptation to cut corners) will avoid regrets and possibly more expense down the road. Read on for a handy breakdown of key features you should consider before settling on the right fixture for you.

11 Clever Ways to Display and Store Children’s Books

kids booksInspire a love of books in young readers by keeping their beloved stories easy to see and reach

My mom tells me that as a little girl I would memorize children’s books and then recite them to my baby brother, pretending I was reading them. This is how I first developed my love of books and reading, and I remember all my favorites always being close at hand whenever I wanted them.

Reading to children creates lifelong memories. I still feel a wave of happy nostalgia when I see Blueberries for Sal, Babar and Are You My Mother? Keeping books easy to see and reach can ensure that you and your kids enjoy them more often. When little ones are in the crib, display books so the grown-ups can easily choose and grab one at story time. As your kids start walking around, you’ll want spots they can see and reach themselves.

10 Ideas for an Anything-but-Boring Basement

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If you’re lucky enough to have a basement in your home, don’t let this prime real estate go to waste. Whether you want to make it a family-friendly hangout or a sophisticated space for adults, there’s a range of possibilities in creating an underground gem. Here are 10 tips for making the most of this special space.

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