Most sellers dread open houses. It’s not just that they’ve had to spend time making their home immaculate or that they’ve had to find a place to keep their dog. It’s also the idea of a bunch of strangers trooping through their home, judging it, leaves them cold.

Sometimes you look around your apartment or new house and groan. Most people don’t have the luxury of making over a space all at once, much less hiring an interior designer to do so. When money is tight, you might have to upgrade your place bit by bit. Luckily, slowly adding pieces helps to …

The phrase “laminate countertop” usually elicits a look of distaste. A wrinkled nose, maybe a brief sigh and then the phrase, “Too bad it’s not real stone.” For people in their mid-30s to 50s, it brings back memories of speckled off-white or squiggly “Saved by the Bell”-style counters from c…

Designers love scenic wallpaper for its ability to transform a room. Unlike regular wallpaper, which often has a repeating pattern, scenic wallpaper fills an entire wall with a single, mural-like image. Usually depicting an outdoor tableau, the wallpaper brings nature inside and lends old-wo…


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