Home Improvement & Decor

Say 'Yes' to Hardwood Floors

What's one of the first things a buyer will notice when he/she walks into a house? Here's a hint: look down. Flooring material can make a huge impression on buyers, as it represents an aspect of the house that will be used and seen during just about every household activity. When it comes to getting the most out of your floors, nothing can compare to the style, durability, and functionality of hardwood. In fact, hardwood floors have become so desirable that they will nearly pay for themselves when it comes time to sell your home!

These Exterior Improvements Yield the Best Returns

When considering whether to invest money into a home project, it's important to consider the context. For homeowners who plan on selling in the near future, the key thing to consider is the Return on Investment (ROI), or the proportion of money expected to be recouped by the project's resulting increase in home value. In contrast, owners who plan on staying put will want to focus on adding to their own happiness with the home. In this post, you can learn which outdoor improvements yield the best returns in both money and happiness! There are even some great options that can satisfy both owners and future buyers! 

5 Hot Design Trends for the New Year

A new year means new design trends! 2018 is expected to feature some major shifts in the popularity of previously obscure decor choices. As you will see, fixtures and surfaces seem to be at the epicenter of the new aesthetic. Keep reading to see 5 examples of the hottest trends in interior design as we start our next trip around the sun.

21 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Home - Part 2

HERE ARE IDEAS 13 THROUGH 21.  THE FIRST 12 WERE IN YESTERDAY'S BLOG POST.  Here's a link to our previous post.

You too can create a comfortable, stylish, and upscale environment in your home on a limited budget.  Let's start here with #13 of 21:

13.  Replace your old light fixtures with interesting designs that complement the style of your home.  You can find amazing values on quality fixtures at places like Lamps Plus Open Box , Lumens Open Box, and even shopping at moving sales and flea markets.  Lighting is one of the most important elements of home design, and upscale lighting at the right scale definitely adds value.

21 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Home - Part 1

 HERE ARE THE FIRST 12 IDEAS.  THE OTHER 9 WILL BE INCLUDED IN TOMORROW'S BLOG POST.

You don't need to spend a bunch of money to have a beautiful and stylish home.  You can create a comfortable as well as upscale environment in your home on a limited budget. 

Here are the first 12 of the 21 ideas we think are just great to decorate, spruce up, or stage your home on a budget.

1.  If your fireplace is outdated, how about re-covering it with slate or marble-look 3x12 tiles in a herringbone pattern?  This is a great way to get a really high-end look for a very low cost.  Here is inspiration overload on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/herringbone-fireplace/.

Kitchens Sell Houses - Inexpensive Improvements That Will Make Your Kitchen Shine

Kitchens sell houses . . . and bad kitchens cause houses to take longer to sell and for less money.  

Here are some good ideas for making your kitchen more appealing without spending a ton of money.  You can do all these yourself for just the cost of supplies, and the resulting improvements can easily add many thousands to the value of your home.

1.  A fresh coat of paint is one of the best boosters of a space, and if you do it yourself it is very inexpensive . . . the cost of a gallon or two of paint and perhaps a roller, brush, tape, and a few other supplies that you can re-use for the next project.

2.  Replace or add hardware to your existing cabinets. Hardware is like jewelry for your cabinets, and updated hardware can make a dramatic difference at a very low cost . . . and it's easy.