10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores

Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative…. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Here's Proof That Kitchen Contractors Do IKEA Hacks Better Than The Rest of Us

When professional kitchen renovators get into the IKEA hacking game, the results are pretty spectacular. Combine NW Homeworks‘ knowledge and experience with IKEA’s products’ mutability, and you get things like the space above, which is chock full of special features and custom touches. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros

A couple of months back, I gathered some tips from the pros for ways to round off an unfinished room. It seemed to hit a chord with our readers, leading to many commenters weighing in on their favorite piece of advice or offering up their own tips that have worked for them. Since we’re focusing on reining in our budgets this month, lets see what insightful pointers the masters can offer up when it comes to bargain decorating! READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Reasons to Go Rugless (And Proof Your Room Could Be Better For It)

Rugs are the textured, sometimes-patterned anchor for many rooms. They add color underfoot, as well as softness to a space. While rugs are a “must-have” for many homes (including renters with leases that require them), don’t think you have to add a rug to a room. In fact, there are a few reasons why you might want to go rug-less entirely. Don’t believe me? These dazzling real-life rooms with bare floors might turn you on to the rug-free side. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

5 Things You Can Do On Your Summer Break to Increase Your Home's Value

Real talk: You don’t have to embark on a full gut renovation to boost the value of your home, or even its “wow” factor. Instead, tackling a series of smaller, more manageable projects can have just as much of an impact without breaking your budget or completely disrupting your life. Here are some projects that you can tackle when you have some time off this summer. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

5 Lessons I Learned from My Cross-Country Move

On May 1, 2017, my partner and I squeezed all of our remaining belongings into an overstuffed Hyundai Elantra and departed on a one-way trip from Toronto to Vancouver. I say remaining belongings because an 2008 Elantra is no U-Haul. Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco but we left all of our furniture in the Salvation Army loading bay. We had decided to leave our apartment, jobs and almost a decade’s worth of friends behind to start over on the other side of the country purely for the experience. With our late twenties calling, we wanted Read More

10 Unexpected (& Cheap!) Things You Haven't Thought to Frame as Art

Creating gallery walls or clustering posters together always packs a punch, but what if you’re tired of doing the same-old, same-old? Lucky for you, there are so many fun and unexpected things that you can frame that fall outside of vacation pictures and colorful prints. From vintage stamps to your grandmother’s secret apple pie recipe, read ahead to see what you can stick behind a frame. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

7 Kitchens That Are Rocking an L-Shaped Layout

One of the most important kitchen design decisions you’ll make, both for looks and functionality, is the layout. You have a few options—the tried and true U shape, or the elegant and functional galley shape. But if you love entertaining, and love the look of an open kitchen, there’s another kind of kitchen layout that’s worth a look: the L shape. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

These Showers are the New Big Thing in Bathrooms

In most bathrooms, the shower enclosure is a bit of an afterthought, just a practical solution for keeping water from spraying all over the room. But lately a different kind of shower enclosure is picking up steam — steel framed doors that make the shower a thing to be celebrated. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

45 Awesome Ideas for How to Decorate Your Walls (No Matter Your Budget)

If you’re working to decorate a tiny space, you’re mostly limited by the square footage (or lack thereof). You know what doesn’t take up any of that precious floor space? Wall decor! If you’re in need of some inspiration for what to do with your walls and add to your Pin boards, we rounded up 45 of our favorite ideas right now. Whether it’s with picture ledges or vintage maps, wall sconces or clipboards, these walls are designed to inspire—and drool over. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico