How to Visually Lift a Low Ceiling Without Renovating

ceileing thumbLow ceiling got you down? Stand up to it with these relatively easy-to-implement design moves

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

toilet thumbStyle, seat height, flushing options, color choice and more will factor into your decision

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

basement thumbLet your imagination run wild and get the most bang from your basement

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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What to Do With That Fireplace You’re Not Using

fireplace 2Make the extra space work for you with artfully arranged logs, books or decorative objects

So you got lucky in your house hunt, finding a home with a fireplace. But it doesn’t work. If a fix is not in the budget or even possible, here are several ideas for making the most of it. And should the fireplace be in good working order but you know that actually making a fire will be a rare occurrence, take the liberty of treating this feature in a way that fits your lifestyle and design preferences.

10 Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

bath remodelA designer shares insider tips and tricks for your bathroom renovation

Whether you have a simple powder room or a master en suite, functionality should be at the heart of your bathroom remodel. Read on to learn tricks for gaining storage, improving lighting and drainage, and more to ensure that your renovated bathroom stands the test of time.

10 Ideas for a Lighter, Brighter Living Room

bright living roomsGive your space a brightening boost all year round by making the most of every bit of daylight

Most of us have a couple of rooms in our homes that get less light than we’d like. You may find that you gravitate toward the pleasing sunny spots, while avoiding spaces that feel gloomier. Heavy curtains, dark carpets and the wrong paint color can all take their toll on the impression of light in a space.

If you’d like to get more use out of your living areas in the daytime, take time to consider what improvements could be made. These 10 inspirational tips should help you to see the light.

Adding Value to Your Home

If you’re about to place your home on the market and wondering just what you can do to maximize your asking price, pay attention. There are a number of home improvements you can make that pay significant dividends. Some require a small investment, others a little more. Take a look at the infographic below for some ideas on what you can do to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.Addin value to your home

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