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Combination Laundry Rooms for the Space-Saving Home Planner

By and large, laundry rooms come in two flavors: banished to the basement, or put on a pedestal in gorgeous, fully-finished, dedicated laundry rooms. But what if I told you there was another option? Rather than dedicating a huge amount of space to a washer and dryer, or condemning yourself to trudging up and down […]

How To Install Tape Lighting: Affordable, DIY Friendly Mood Lights

Upgrading your home’s lighting is almost always a job for a professional. Whether you’re changing out an existing fixture or looking to add new ones, anything more involved than plugging in an lap requires know-how (or even licensing) that most DIYers simply don’t have. The exception? Tape lighting. These adhesive-backed LED strips are dead simple […]

Undercabinet Lighting: The Best DIY Lighting Project For Your Kitchen

Installing a new tile backsplash is a popular go-to DIY project for updating and boosting the value of your kitchen. But for maximum impact, you shouldn’t call it quits once you’ve finished installing the tile. Adding equally DIY-friendly undercabinet lighting will put your new backsplash in the best possible light (literally), and give your kitchen […]

Beyond The Grill: Making Your Next Outdoor Cookout a Success

The weather is wonderful in the northern hemisphere again, and I for one am looking for any excuse to be outside. One of the best ways to do this is by having an outdoor cookout. There’s the obvious equipment you’ll want for one – like a grill or outdoor cooktop. But there are other details […]

Alternative Dining Tables for Alternative Dining Styles

We’ve talked before about what you can do without a dedicated dining room, but what about going without a dedicated dining table? In many modern homes, there simply isn’t room for a dining table both in terms of space and functionality. For instance, this spring I’m using my dining table to start my garden indoors. […]

Paint It Black: Using Black Accents To Elevate Your Decor

When you think about using the color black in your interior design, what comes to mind might be something right out of the the Addams’ Family. But there’s a big difference between incorporating a color into your decor, and decorating your home head-to-toe in it. While the idea of the latter might be a little […]

How to Have a Busy Kitchen Backsplash But Not a Busy-Looking Kitchen

How creative can you get before it becomes too much? A tile kitchen backsplash is both practical and adds a patterned element to the room, but can take over the space if there’s too much of it. The biggest trend remains a pure white subway tile for your kitchen -and there’s nothing wrong with that!- […]

Upgrading to a New Kitchen Island? Read This First!

Adding a island is one of the most popular kitchen renovations, at the top of the to-do list for just about any large-scale remodel. After all, it’s a key part of having an open kitchen, not to mention a great way to add seating, surface space, and storage to a kitchen of almost any size. […]

Eclectic Style: Making Your Home Reflect You

Eclectic style is often misunderstood and underrepresented. To some, there’s a method to the madness; to others, it’s just madness. It can be difficult to pin down as a style, partially because there is no singular furniture type to its name. It takes from modern and traditional, farmhouse and avant-garde, minimalism and maximalism all at […]

Best Kitchen Nightlights: Keeping Your Kitchen Open After Dark

I’ve talked a lot in the past about strategies for layering and improving your kitchen lighting. Good all-over lighting is the foundation of good design, and (literally) puts your home in its best light. But what about when you need to use your kitchen after-hours? Late at night or early in the morning, the last […]