Home Improvement Tricks

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Slide 1 of 17: Staircase remodeling can cost a lot, and this trick will save you money if you do it yourself. Sarah Logan, editor of The Bunny Hub, recommends that you paint your staircase so that it looks like it has a carpet runner. “This gives you the cozy look and feel of a carpet, without the maintenance of owning a carpet,” she says.If you’re going to take on this task, remember that painting can be a bit of a messy job. “Although we cover furniture and wear old clothes, often people forget about their phone,” says Jen Stark, founder of Happy DIY Home. “Place your phone in a simple plastic Ziplock, bag and it will stay paint-free and you can still use the screen.”

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1) Add a touch of color to your stairs

Staircase remodeling can cost a lot, and this trick will save you money if you do it yourself. Sarah Logan, editor of The Bunny Hub, recommends that you paint your staircase so that it looks like it has a carpet runner. “This gives you the cozy look and feel of a carpet, without the maintenance of owning a carpet,” she says.

Slide 2 of 17: Upgrading a room doesn’t have to break the budget. “Without undergoing a major renovation or gut job, you can give your kitchen and bathroom a facelift by replacing handles and knobs,” says Bonnie Heatzig of The Luxury Real Estate Authority. “You can find knobs at places like Anthropologie or an antique store to add character and invoke your personality into your home.”Consider replacing light fixtures to change the vibe of the room. They’re also pretty easy to install. “Think chandeliers in an entry foyer or over the dining table or new lighting over the bathroom vanity,” says Heatzig.

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2) Focus on those fixtures

Upgrading a room doesn’t have to break the budget. “Without undergoing a major renovation or gut job, you can give your kitchen and bathroom a facelift by replacing handles and knobs,” says Bonnie Heatzig of The Luxury Real Estate Authority. “You can find knobs at places like Anthropologie or an antique store to add character and invoke your personality into your home.”

Consider replacing light fixtures to change the vibe of the room. They’re also pretty easy to install. “Think chandeliers in an entry foyer or over the dining table or new lighting over the bathroom vanity,” says Heatzig.

Slide 3 of 17: It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to update a room. “For each space, I typically pick a finish to mimic,” says Leann Greto, head of product development/merchandising at Garrett Wade. “For example, I swapped all of my kitchen switch plates for stainless to match my appliances and give the room a more cohesive look. If you have a bit more time you can create your own custom plate with an easy decoupage method.” Start by photocopying or printing out a textile in your room. It could be embroidery on a pillow or a stripe or texture from a window treatment. Once printed, cut the paper about 1/3 inch larger than the plate all around, brush the front of the plate in varnish, press paper to the plate, fold over the edges to the back and trim corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the switch hole open and again carefully fold to the back, folding over the edges to the back and then just again brushing on the varnish on the back of the plate to secure the paper. Allow to fully dry before securing to your wall.

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3) Update your switch plates

It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to update a room. “For each space, I typically pick a finish to mimic,” says Leann Greto, head of product development/merchandising at Garrett Wade. “For example, I swapped all of my kitchen switch plates for stainless to match my appliances and give the room a more cohesive look. If you have a bit more time you can create your own custom plate with an easy decoupage method.”

Start by photocopying or printing out a textile in your room. It could be embroidery on a pillow or a stripe or texture from a window treatment. Once printed, cut the paper about 1/3 inch larger than the plate all around, brush the front of the plate in varnish, press paper to the plate, fold over the edges to the back and trim corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the switch hole open and again carefully fold to the back, folding over the edges to the back and then just again brushing on the varnish on the back of the plate to secure the paper. Allow to fully dry before securing to your wall.

Slide 5 of 17: Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing at Faveable, recently upgraded her home by adding trendy storage ottomans to her living room and daughter's room. “I feel it's something that every woman and mom should try,” she says. Not only do storage ottomans add an aspect of elegance to your living space, but they're also great for storing toys, blankets, magazines, and other items that end up getting tossed around. “If I need to pick up my living room in a hurry because a friend is making a surprise visit, I just simply throw my toddler's toys and other items in the storage ottoman and then the room looks perfectly clean,” she says. Having a storage ottoman is a simple home improvement trick that can help make things just a little bit easier on women and moms everywhere.

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5) Spruce up your storage

Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing at Faveable, recently upgraded her home by adding trendy storage ottomans to her living room and daughter’s room. “I feel it’s something that every woman and mom should try,” she says. Not only do storage ottomans add an aspect of elegance to your living space, but they’re also great for storing toys, blankets, magazines, and other items that end up getting tossed around.

“If I need to pick up my living room in a hurry because a friend is making a surprise visit, I just simply throw my toddler’s toys and other items in the storage ottoman and then the room looks perfectly clean,” she says. Having a storage ottoman is a simple home improvement trick that can help make things just a little bit easier on women and moms everywhere.

Slide 10 of 17: If you have a boring mirror, this is a great way to make it one of a kind, according to ProTip resident handyman and pro Rob Shaw. You’ll need a chop saw, construction adhesive, and eye protection. First, choose a trim that would look amazing around the mirror edges. Measure the dimensions of your mirror, noting the longest measurements from corner to corner. Set the chop saw's table to a 45 degree angle and cut. Be mindful that you will need to move the table to -45 degrees for the next cut, you should end up with a 45 and -45 cut on each piece for perfectly joined corners. Size up your pieces before applying adhesive and paint, and decorate accordingly. Then apply construction adhesive to the back of trim pieces and use masking tape to hold them in place starting low and finishing with your top piece last.

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10) Frame a bathroom mirror

If you have a boring mirror, this is a great way to make it one of a kind, according to ProTip resident handyman and pro Rob Shaw. You’ll need a chop saw, construction adhesive, and eye protection. First, choose a trim that would look amazing around the mirror edges. Measure the dimensions of your mirror, noting the longest measurements from corner to corner.

Set the chop saw’s table to a 45 degree angle and cut. Be mindful that you will need to move the table to -45 degrees for the next cut, you should end up with a 45 and -45 cut on each piece for perfectly joined corners. Size up your pieces before applying adhesive and paint, and decorate accordingly. Then apply construction adhesive to the back of trim pieces and use masking tape to hold them in place starting low and finishing with your top piece last.

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Things You Should Never Store in Your Basement

Slide 1 of 18: Keeping your home clutter-free may be a worthwhile endeavor, but storing your less frequently used items anywhere you can find space isn't always a smart move. In fact, if you're stashing all those items in your basement, you could be making a costly mistake. From moisture to mice, there are countless ways those things stored beneath your home could come to harm. If you want to ensure you're not accidentally ruining your prized possessions, read on to discover which things you should never store in your basement. And if you're ready to kick the clutter for good, check out these 33 Expert-Backed Decluttering Tips to Keep You Organized for Life.

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Keeping your home clutter-free may be a worthwhile endeavor, but storing your less frequently used items anywhere you can find space isn’t always a smart move. In fact, if you’re stashing all those items in your basement, you could be making a costly mistake. From moisture to mice, there are countless ways those things stored beneath your home could come to harm. If you want to ensure you’re not accidentally ruining your prized possessions, read on to discover which things you should never store in your basement.

1. Firewood

That pricey cord of firewood won’t do much good to keep you warm if it’s kept in your basement. The humidity in your basement can make that wood damp—and less than ideal for starting a fire. Worse yet, it could lead to a bug or mouse problem in the future.

2. Snacks

It may be convenient to use your basement as a de facto pantry, but if you’re storing food down there—especially stuff in easily chewed-through plastic or paper bags—it may not be long before your house is home to unwanted visitors.

3. Pet Food

The same goes for your pet’s food:  If you’re storing Fido’s kibble in your basement, you’re asking for pests to make it their home.

4. Cardboard Boxes

While plastic storage boxes may keep things safe in your basement, cardboard boxes could actually attract pests.

5. Humidifiers

A surprising item you shouldn’t keep in your basement? Anything that creates moisture, such as humidifiers. Instead, add a dehumidifier to your basement to keep pests at bay.

6. Magazines

Think you can safely store that stack of old magazines you’re saving for inspiration in your basement? Think again. “These are a food source for insects such as silverfish, and stacks/piles provide a safe place for spiders and insects to hang out,” explains Troyano.

7. Instruments

While you may want your kids’ instruments to stop cluttering up the living room, the basement isn’t the right place to store them.

“The basement is the worst place to store an instrument,” says Lucas Workman, a brass repair technician at Siegfried’s Call, a New York-based horn outfitter. “Moisture…can affect the finish of the instrument. The residual water in them can grow into mold, [and] the pads and the fabric in woodwinds can start to crack.” 

8. Photos

Your beloved family photo albums won’t be long for this world if you’re keeping them in the basement. “Your photos will not survive humid environments and over time, even dryness will make them brittle,” says Karin Socci, a Master Certified KonMari Consultant and owner of The Serene Home. “It’s far better to transfer the media to cloud-based formats so that you will have images that are easy to share.”

9. Family Heirlooms

If you’ve got family heirlooms you’re hoping to pass on, it’s never a safe bet to store them in the basement. “A pipe could burst or unusual weather activity could cause unexpected flooding,” says Socci. “If you have ever witnessed the aftereffects of a flooded basement, you know that water and mildew spare nothing.”

10. Paperwork

The deed to your house, your car title, and your tax return should be stored somewhere safe—but your basement isn’t that place. “Documents should not be kept in either the attic or the basement,” says professional organizer Susan Santoro, founder of organizing website Organized31. Instead, she recommends keeping them in a climate-controlled home office, or somewhere else with fewer temperature fluctuations.

11. Bedding

Humid environments, like basements, are prime real estate for mold and mildew, meaning you won’t want to store bedding down there unless it’s well-sealed. Even if they don’t get moldy, you probably don’t want to press your face and body against something that smells like a basement, anyway.

12. Toys

Your children’s beloved toys have no business in your basement. Firstly, there’s the ever-present risk of mold and mildew. Secondly, basement storage means you’re risking water damage courtesy of burst pipes. Thirdly, the brutal cold and intense heat you may find in a basement without an HVAC system can also cause the batteries inside electronic toys to burst. And lastly, two words: pest damage.

13. Bikes

Putting your bike in the basement may keep it out of the way, but it can also make it unusable when you need it. The temperature fluctuations in your basement can cause your tires to lose pressure, so it’s best to store it in a more climate-controlled space when possible.

14. Wine

If you want to keep your wine delicious and drinkable, your basement—with its fluctuating temperatures—isn’t the place to do so. According to Wine Spectator, the ideal conditions for storing wine are between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 50 and 80 percent humidity—parameters your basement is likely to exceed, especially if you also use it as a laundry room.

15. Gasoline

If your basement is home to your furnace, it’s probably a good idea to keep spare gas cans somewhere else. As a general rule, anything combustible, like gasoline, should be given wide berth from potential fire hazards like furnaces.

16. Cat Litter

Surprisingly enough, cat litter is yet another product you’re better off keeping out of the basement. In addition to potentially clumping when it’s exposed to moisture like the humidity in your basement, if you’re actually letting your pet use your basement as a bathroom, litter dust could actually corrode your furnace, according to the experts at Standard Heating & Air Conditioning.

17. Propane Tanks

The temperature fluctuations in your basement make it a poor choice for storing propane. Propane tanks can explode if left in extreme heat, so if your basement gets unseasonably warm, it could spell danger. 

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Easy Home Upgrades For Fall

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Slide 1 of 5: The leaves are changing, the temperature's getting cooler, and once again—for better or for worse—pumpkin spice has permeated everything. That can only mean one thing: fall is right around the corner. For those looking to upgrade their home décor for the season, there are the obvious additions pulled out every year: a pumpkin here, a bowl of pinecones there. However, for anyone who wants a more understated way to transform their space, there's one genius piece of fall home decor interior design experts can't live without.According to Sara Burack, a real estate agent at Nest Seekers International who recently appeared on Netflix's Million Dollar Beach House, adding a simple blanket ladder to your home can make it instantly cozier and give it an autumnal feel. Plus, it keeps those cozy throws you want to curl up under on chilly nights right where you need them.Burack even recommends it as a staging idea for anyone trying to sell their space. "Adding ladders with chic throw blankets can help a buyer envision themselves in there right now. If the home isn't currently occupied, it can give it that warm, inviting feeling that leaves buyers feeling good about putting an offer in," says Burack, who recommends this minimalist ladder from Magnolia home, which can complement any design scheme without overwhelming it.Buy Now$48If you're looking for more fall home decor upgrades, read on to discover what design experts are using to update their homes for the fall. And for more great ways to spruce up your space, This One Thing Will Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal in Seconds, Experts Say.Best Life's editors have scoured the internet to bring you the best products out there, and we're hoping you'll love them as much as we do. Pricing and availability are accurate as of the piece's initial publication date, but it's the internet and we can't guarantee that these sweet, sweet deals will last forever, so scoop them up before someone else does!

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The leaves are changing, the temperature’s getting cooler, and once again—for better or for worse—pumpkin spice has permeated everything. That can only mean one thing: fall is right around the corner. For those looking to upgrade their home décor for the season, there are the obvious additions pulled out every year: a pumpkin here, a bowl of pinecones there. However, for anyone who wants a more understated way to transform their space, there’s one genius piece of fall home decor interior design experts can’t live without.

According to Sara Burack, a real estate agent at Nest Seekers International who recently appeared on Netflix’s Million Dollar Beach House, adding a simple blanket ladder to your home can make it instantly cozier and give it an autumnal feel. Plus, it keeps those cozy throws you want to curl up under on chilly nights right where you need them.

Burack even recommends it as a staging idea for anyone trying to sell their space. “Adding ladders with chic throw blankets can help a buyer envision themselves in there right now. If the home isn’t currently occupied, it can give it that warm, inviting feeling that leaves buyers feeling good about putting an offer in,” says Burack, who recommends this minimalist ladder from Magnolia home, which can complement any design scheme without overwhelming it.

If you’re looking for more fall home decor upgrades, read on to discover what design experts are using to update their homes for the fall.

Slide 2 of 5: Buy Now$50While late fall's post-Halloween color palette may be brown, brown, and more brown, you can easily brighten up things at home with the addition of some faux greenery."One of my favorite things to add to any open house, especially in a kitchen that is all one color, are fake, colorful flowers," says interior designer Jen Stark, founder of DIY Happy Home, who recommends this set from One Kings Lane. "They add a pop of color and can really brighten the space."

1. These colorful faux flowers

While late fall’s post-Halloween color palette may be brown, brown, and more brown, you can easily brighten up things at home with the addition of some faux greenery.

“One of my favorite things to add to any open house, especially in a kitchen that is all one color, are fake, colorful flowers,” says interior designer Jen Stark, founder of DIY Happy Home, who recommends this set from One Kings Lane. “They add a pop of color and can really brighten the space.”

Slide 3 of 5: Buy Now$19If you're looking for a great piece of fall home decor that won't break the bank, look no further than this set of rustic wheat sheaves."A large wheat sheaf will look stunning as a centerpiece on your console table," says Stark, who calls this one the "perfect way to greet your guests with the colors of fall."

2. These autumnal wheat sheaves

If you’re looking for a great piece of fall home decor that won’t break the bank, look no further than this set of rustic wheat sheaves.

“A large wheat sheaf will look stunning as a centerpiece on your console table,” says Stark, who calls this one the “perfect way to greet your guests with the colors of fall.”

Slide 4 of 5: Buy Now$20Sure, pumpkin spice has its place, but if you're looking for a fall scent that's not so sickly sweet, try pomegranate on for size instead. Stark recommends this pomegranate and spruce blend from Paddywax, as well as orange peel, cinnamon, and pine candles to evoke the season.

3. This fall-scented candle

Sure, pumpkin spice has its place, but if you’re looking for a fall scent that’s not so sickly sweet, try pomegranate on for size instead. Stark recommends this pomegranate and spruce blend from Paddywax, as well as orange peel, cinnamon, and pine candles to evoke the season.

Slide 5 of 5: Buy Now$109Just because you don't have a wood-burning fireplace at home doesn't mean you can't stay toasty once the temperature dips."With this portable fireplace, you can continue to bask in the warmth of summer in your patio even as the weather starts to cool," says Stark. And for more great ways to get ready for the cold weather, check out these 15 Hygge Accessories That Will Make Your Home Warm and Cozy.

4. This portable fireplace

Just because you don’t have a wood-burning fireplace at home doesn’t mean you can’t stay toasty once the temperature dips.

“With this portable fireplace, you can continue to bask in the warmth of summer in your patio even as the weather starts to cool,” says Stark.

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Memorize These Terms When Shopping for Home Decor

When shopping for home decor, there’s a whole lexicon of design-world terms that might be unfamiliar to a regular shopper. But many of these terms actually have a pretty significant impact on the product you’re looking to buy. So we’re here to help you decode some of the most common interior design words you might stumble upon on your next shopping excursion—to help you make the most informed purchase.

a man standing in a kitchen: Ever wonder what the difference between antique and vintage is? Hooked and tufted rugs? Woven and knit fabrics? Read on to find out.
© SDI Productions – Getty Images Ever wonder what the difference between antique and vintage is? Hooked and tufted rugs? Woven and knit fabrics? Read on to find out.

FURNITURE

Bench-made: Officially, bench-made furniture is crafted by a single highly-trained artisan from start to finish; some retailers, however, used the term to signify high-quality handmade pieces, regardless of how many people work on them.

8-way hand-tied: A high-quality type of suspension in the seat of a sofa where springs are tied by hand in eight directions; usually more expensive due to the quality of craftsmanship.

Kiln-dried wood: Lumber that has been dried in an oven to the desired level of moisture; kiln-drying is a more precise (and quicker) method than air-drying

Modular: A series of pieces of furniture that can be combined in different configurations, such as kitchen cabinets or sofas with interchangeable parts like chaises

Composite: A durable material made from a combination of other materials, like wood, plastic, and adhesive that’s oftentimes covered with a veneer for a more attractive finish.

Leather grain: Grain refers to the outer layers of a hide, but it’s also used to denote the finish on a leather product. Full-grain leather means the leather has not been altered in any way; it’s the highest-quality leather, and the most durable. Top-grain leather is still high-quality, but it’s been sanded down to remove imperfections from the hide.

Patina: The quality of a surface that has developed a certain worn or weathered appearance over time that’s often valued aesthetically; on a copper surface, this may be a green film, or on a wood surface, this may be a wearing down of the finish or chipping of paint.

Flat-pack: Furniture that is shipped in flat boxes and needs to be assembled upon delivery; can also be called kit, ready-to-assemble (RTA), or knock-down (KD).

TEXTILES

Tufted: A method of rug production where cut fibers are inserted into a backing with a needle.

Knotted: A method of rug production where patterns are woven on a loom.

Hooked: A method of rug production when loops of fibers are pulled up through a backing with a hook.

Pile: The raised surface of a textile, typically a strand of yarn that’s either tufted or looped.

Woven: A fabric with separate yarns connected in an over-under, criss-cross pattern.

Knit: A fabric with a single yarn strung together in interlocking loops.

Synthetic: Man-made fibers produced from chemicals, such as polyester, nylon, rayon, and spandex.

Pima/Supima: Pima is a high-quality extra-long-staple cotton (that is, cotton with fibers that are at least 1 ⅜ inches long) known to be extra soft yet extra durable. Supima is a portmanteau of “superior pima” reserved for only the highest-quality pima cotton from the United States, specifically.

Performance fabric: Fabric designed to be durable and easy to clean; can be water-resistant, stain-resistant, and wear-resistant, and is usually synthetic.

Martindale rub test: A Martindale is a unit of measure for a fabric’s abrasion resistance, and the Martindale method, also known as the Martindale rub test, is the procedure that actually tests fabrics to determine their abrasion resistance. For the test, a piece of fabric is placed between two disks that move in circles, wearing down the fabric until it shows signs of breakage: results are measured in thousands of rubs, a lower score indicates that a fabric is suitable for light use, while a higher score indicates that a fabric is suitable for heavy use.

Fabric grade: A ranking of a fabric’s cost of manufacturing from A (cheapest) to F (most expensive); this is set by individual furnituremakers, so there is no universal standard for the price of each letter grade.

Swatch: A sample of fabric.

COM: Acronym for “customer’s own material,” meaning the customer is providing the fabric for upholstery instead of purchasing from the furniture company.

GENERAL

Fair trade: A movement in global trade that seeks to provide fair wages to producers in developing countries; fair trade also supports the ethical treatment of workers and sustainability efforts in the supply chain. Several governing bodies offer official Fair Trade certification for businesses, including the Fairtrade International (FLO) and and Fair Trade USA.

Antique: Per U.S. Customs and Border Protection (which is actually considered an authority figure on the matter because of trade), an object must be 100 years old to be considered an authentic antique. It typically needs to have historic and aesthetic value.

Vintage: There are no formal qualifiers for an object to be considered vintage, but the common consensus is that a vintage object generally needs to have some significance tied to a specific period during the last 20 to 99 years. Age is the major differentiator between antique and vintage objects.

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39 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas

Whether you’re looking to sell, or just want to give your home a spring refresh, these simple curb appeal ideas will go a long way.

First step: paint your front door.

If you don’t want to paint, just give your door a good scrub.

Spray paint your existing door hardware.

Add a stylish door knocker
Put in some new porch lights.
Or, just upgrade the ones you have.
make faux tiles with concrete stain.
Add some greenery

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Best Wall-Mounted Planters to Infuse Your Space With Greenery

Like the succulent and tillandsia craze, hanging wall planters may have begun as a bit of a boho-hipster obsession, but the trend has found a growing following among modernists and traditionalists alike. After all, what’s not to love? Wall-mounted planters showcase living greenery in sculptural forms that can enhance a blank surface in much the same way as art does, or break up a partition while injecting personality. Plus, this clever way of displaying your plants means you can pack your space with even more air-purifying goodness. 

We’ve rounded up 21 of the best wall planters with options fit for every style, from whimsical animal-themed pots that’d be perfect in a nursery to minimalist geometric vessels that hang like jewels in a reading nook or kitchen corner. No matter which one you choose, they’re sure to add a touch of organic elegance to your space. 

Slide 1 of 22: Like the succulent and tillandsia craze, hanging wall planters may have begun as a bit of a boho-hipster obsession, but the trend has found a growing following among modernists and traditionalists alike. After all, what’s not to love? Wall-mounted planters showcase living greenery in sculptural forms that can enhance a blank surface in much the same way as art does, or break up a partition while injecting personality. Plus, this clever way of displaying your plants means you can pack your space with even more air-purifying goodness.  We've rounded up 21 of the best wall planters with options fit for every style, from whimsical animal-themed pots that’d be perfect in a nursery to minimalist geometric vessels that hang like jewels in a reading nook or kitchen corner. No matter which one you choose, they’re sure to add a touch of organic elegance to your space. 
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Slide 2 of 22: This cement planter is perfect for mounting inside or outside. You could plant a vining plant that would overflow (as pictured) or a plant a quirky array of succulent plants. Either way, it’ll look gorgeous. $55, Jungalow. Get it now!

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Cement Wall Planter Set

This cement planter is perfect for mounting inside or outside. You could plant a vining plant that would overflow (as pictured) or a plant a quirky array of succulent plants. Either way, it’ll look gorgeous. $55, Jungalow. 

Slide 3 of 22: Make a statement with this oversized wall-mounted planter that hangs from a sleek brass ring. It’s got an understated elegance that will look good in any room. $180, Food52. Get it now!
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Spora Large Circle Brass Planter
Make a statement with this oversized wall-mounted planter that hangs from a sleek brass ring. It’s got an understated elegance that will look good in any room. $180, Food52

Slide 4 of 22: This metal planter is available in both antique brass and polished nickel and also comes in large and small varieties. $30, West Elm. Get it now!
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Antique Brass Metal Wallscape Planter

This metal planter is available in both antique brass and polished nickel and also comes in large and small varieties. $30, West Elm.

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Staycations are quite the thing!

With so many vacations to beaches, mountains and big cities and everywhere else — being canceled this summer, many would-be travelers are diverting time, attention, and a few of their dollars to staycations.

Turning your home into a “resort” — or at least a better staycation destination — isn’t as crazy or as complex as it might sound. Some fairly simple changes can add a getaway feel to your all-to-familiar surroundings.

Those looking to make their home a better staycation destination should think about what they love about their favorite vacation spots, said Matt Zimmer, a designer with the Cleary Company, a remodeling company based in Columbus.

Of course, you can’t add an ocean or a mountain view to your home, at least not in central Ohio, Zimmer said. But there are other ways incorporate reminders of favorite destinations, he said.

“I had some clients who said, “We want that Vegas feel in our bathroom.” What does that even mean? “It turned out that meant a large, open shower.

Zimmer recalled another project he did recently, designing a covered patio. During the design, Zimmer asked his client to recall a favorite vacation memory.

“She mentioned a trip to Charleston (S.C.) and a ceiling fan in the best place they went in Charleston to get oysters. It became important to me in the design of the project to find that specific fan.” With some internet research, Zimmer found the fan, which the customer adored, he said.

“Little things like that are going to make your home feel more like you’re in your favorite special vacation places, wherever those favorite places are.”

Enhancing outdoor spaces is often a good way to enhance that staycation feel, Zimmer said. “Tying the indoors to the outside adds to that Zen-like feel at home,” he said.

“You don’t have to do an entire porch addition. There are a lot of little things you can do, like building a little bar area, or adding a TV outside with a little covering over it, all things that might make you more inclined to hang out outside.”

Here are some visual idea’s for a comfy home staycation:

a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances: Entertainment areas that flow from indoors to outdoors are popular with homeowners undertaking major stay-cation projects. [The Cleary Company]
Entertainment areas that flow from indoors to outdoors are popular with homeowners undertaking major stay-cation projects. [The Cleary Company]
a garden in front of a house: This renovation turned an Upper Arlington backyard into an inviting staycation “destination.” [The Cleary Company]
This renovation turned an Upper Arlington backyard into an inviting staycation “destination.” [The Cleary Company]
a room with a sink and a mirror: A new vanity, tile and paint helped turn the Warner’s old bathroom into a bit of a getaway.
A new vanity, tile and paint helped turn the Warner’s old bathroom into a bit of a getaway.
a chair sitting in front of a building: Jen Carlson’s updated deck is now hosting small groups of friends who never knew it existed before, she said.
Jen Carlson’s updated deck is now hosting small groups of friends who never knew it existed before, she said.
a chair sitting in front of a building: Jen Carlson and Matt Cooper are using their backyard deck for the first time in the 10 years they’ve been in their home.
Jen Carlson and Matt Cooper are using their backyard deck for the first time in the 10 years they’ve been in their home.

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Bargain backyard makeovers: before and after

Slide 1 of 39: Over the last few months, we've really come to appreciate the great outdoors. From large lawns, to teeny balconies and concrete courtyards, having an outside space has become a must-have for many. Yet not all backyards are made equal. Once shabby, dysfunctional or downright ugly, these yards have all been completely transformed on a shoestring budget, thanks to some rather creative DIYers. Pretty and imaginative, these bargain glow-ups are sure to add fuel to your next project. Click or scroll for more...

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Gorgeous garden glow-ups that really inspire

Over the last few months, we’ve really come to appreciate the great outdoors. From large lawns, to teeny balconies and concrete courtyards, having an outside space has become a must-have for many. Yet not all backyards are made equal. Once shabby, dysfunctional or downright ugly, these yards have all been completely transformed on a shoestring budget, thanks to some rather creative DIYers. Pretty and imaginative, these bargain glow-ups are sure to add fuel to your next project.

Slide 4 of 39: During lockdown, Paula realized her children had nowhere to play in their hometown of Barnoldswick, Lancashire. Restricted to a single hour's exercise a day, she knew it was time to turn her redundant driveway into a space the whole family could enjoy. "The boys needed a nice, safe place to play," says Paula. "And I needed somewhere private where I could sit outside." 

Before: old shabby driveway

During lockdown, Paula realized her children had nowhere to play in their hometown of Barnoldswick, Lancashire. Restricted to a single hour’s exercise a day, she knew it was time to turn her redundant driveway into a space the whole family could enjoy. “The boys needed a nice, safe place to play,” says Paula. “And I needed somewhere private where I could sit outside.” 

Slide 5 of 39: The project was straightforward yet effective and her cramped and boring driveway is now a chic and stylish 'yarden' that oozes Scandinavian appeal. Paula bought some faux turf and a pastel lounge set, adding lanterns and plants to her newly decorated space. She also installed new fencing and painted it in a cool slate tone. As for Paula's children, they love their new outdoor space. "Hearing the boys giggle and laugh as they play out there genuinely brought me happy tears," she says. 

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After: stylish Scandi sanctuary

The project was straightforward yet effective and her cramped and boring driveway is now a chic and stylish ‘yarden’ that oozes Scandinavian appeal. Paula bought some faux turf and a pastel lounge set, adding lanterns and plants to her newly decorated space. She also installed new fencing and painted it in a cool slate tone. As for Paula’s children, they love their new outdoor space. “Hearing the boys giggle and laugh as they play out there genuinely brought me happy tears,” she says.

Slide 8 of 39: To keep themselves occupied during lockdown, Jemma Evans and her partner decided to take on a DIY project that would see them transform a vacant and rather uninviting space in their backyard. Usually used for family barbeques, Jemma wanted to turn the small patio area into the ultimate alfresco kitchen.

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Before: crying out for a revamp

To keep themselves occupied during lockdown, Jemma Evans and her partner decided to take on a DIY project that would see them transform a vacant and rather uninviting space in their backyard. Usually used for family barbeques, Jemma wanted to turn the small patio area into the ultimate alfresco kitchen.

Slide 9 of 39: Costing around $370 to create, Jemma's husband took on the construction work using posts and joists from a previous project. The pair already had a small decking area, so they simply expanded it to make room for a barbeque and a pizza oven. Since shop-bought pergolas can cost thousands, Jemma's partner decided to make one from an old sail. A bamboo furniture set finishes the space beautifully.

© Jemma Evans

After: alfresco kitchen

Costing around $370 to create, Jemma’s husband took on the construction work using posts and joists from a previous project. The pair already had a small decking area, so they simply expanded it to make room for a barbeque and a pizza oven. Since shop-bought pergolas can cost thousands, Jemma’s partner decided to make one from an old sail. A bamboo furniture set finishes the space beautifully.

Want to see more once shabby, dysfunctional or downright ugly yards that have all been completely transformed on a shoestring budget? Click below!

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This Husband Transformed an Unfinished Attic Into His Wife’s Dream Closet

a large room: Remodeling & Design LLC created this impressive closet.

At House Beautiful, we love a good before and after home transformation, and this one will make you rethink the current state of your attic. On June 21st, Joserin Cabrera (Twitter user @yagirljoss) tweeted “anyways my dad built my mom a closet in the attic” along with four photos that showcase the incredible transformation. Maryland-based company Remodeling & Design LLC created the closet, which can be seen in a room tour on their Instagram account. We spoke to Rodolfo Cabrera, the owner of Remodeling & Design LLC, to learn what inspired this transformation, and how it came to be.

The process began with a “clean up [of] the attic since it was dirty,” then, Cabrera and his employees “did the framing, electrical, hanging up the drywall, plastering, and doing the ceiling design with the LED [lights].” They also installed built-in shelves and moved furniture from the master bedroom into the closet. Clearly, Cabrera’s “creativity just took over.” The materials used were “2×4 woods, drywall, insulation, electrical wire, LED strip light, recessed lights, and paint.” Wood was used “to make the shelves and laminate for the floor. A split AC unit was also installed so we didn’t have to run ducts all the way up there,” says Cabrera.

The most challenging part was “doing the stairs since they are only attached to one wall so we needed to add as much support as we could to that one side.”

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Well, we love this metamorphosis so much that we might just look into transforming our own attics!

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The One Home Design Mistake Everyone Makes

By  Sarah Crow for Bestlife

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When it comes to creating a stylish home, it takes more than just a keen eye to transform your space. And according to experts, there’s one home design mistake that virtually everyone makes: choosing furniture that isn’t the right fit for the room.

“A common design mistake I frequently encounter is either the overcrowding of a room with gigantic furniture or the opposite: a completely bare looking space,” says Javier Fernandez, an interior designer at Transitional Designs.

If you’re not paying attention to the size of the room and how much, or how little, space your furniture will occupy, “you’ll end up with a room that is either overwhelmed or underutilized,” he says.

Before you start picking out furniture, Fernandez recommends thinking about the functionality of the room it’s intended for, measuring the furniture you’re considering purchasing or moving, and ensuring that there is enough empty space around each piece to keep the room walkable. “Remember, measure twice and design once,” he says.

If you want to ensure that you’ve chosen appropriately-sized furniture for your space, there’s an easy way to do so before you start buying: “Take your measuring tape—which will become your best friend—and physically tape out the furniture dimensions within your room,” suggests Christina Nielsen of Christina Nielsen Design. “It’s a foolproof way to avoid major disaster when it comes to install day.”

Once you’ve got a visual template for how the room will look when it’s fully decorated, you’ll have a better idea of which pieces will complement your space and which ones you’d be wise to reconsider. 

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