Genevieve’s Design Tips The Final Challenge

Genevieve’s Design Tips The Final Challenge

Genevieve's Design Tips The Final ChallengeMake Your Bedroom Intimate

We have a long, narrow, oatmeal room here with a tiny little window and a whole lotta mirrors — not easy. What Antonio did by adding a rich, bright mossy green and zoning the room into two different task areas was smart. Using this long room’s grandeur to the homeowner’s advantage was key to this room’s successful transformation, and I think Antonio accomplished that. Where I think Antonio missed some opportunities were the headboard, the window treatments, accessories and a couple of spatial composition possibilities. A taller, sexier headboard, working its way up to the inconvenient window that he covered, along with a custom roll, could’ve balanced out the soft side of this room, which feels a bit sharp at the moment. A matching embellished roll on the opposing side of the room would have brought the eye over to the desk/TV area a lot more gracefully. Simple throw pillows, books and the life details are missing a bit in this space.

As the most intimate rooms in the house, it’s good to

Candice’s Design Tips The Final Challenge

Candice’s Design Tips The Final Challenge

Don’t Waste Valuable Space

Candice's Design Tips The Final ChallengeWhen it’s the finale of Design Star you need to pull out all the stops, really blow the roof off the joint and go for big, bold, dramatic transformations — and Antonio gets it!

His years of construction experience serve him well in this mammoth makeover, allowing him to execute a gutsy reconfiguring of the living room, kitchen and master bedroom so that each of these spaces functions much more efficiently.

Antonio has a fearless approach to design and it shows — starting with the living room, where a bigger-than-Bali hutch is deconstructed and reinterpreted as a one-of-a-kind fireplace surround. The payoff is huge as this serves as the jumping-off point for the whole room, a room that is both eclectic and well conceived. The variety of wall and fabric colors, upholstery shapes, styles and patterns, even the wood blinds, all speak the same eclectic language as the new fireplace.

However, as much as I like personalizing a room with a client’s photography, wedding photos are a bit too personal for a dining room — keep them in private

Candice’s Design Tips Kids’ Room Makeovers

Candice’s Design Tips Kids’ Room Makeovers

kids balanceIn episode six, the Design Stars create rooms for their most demanding clients ever: kids. See what Candice says they did right, did wrong and how she could have done it better.

Balance Color Choices

Torie has tried to do something very ambitious with this space and on some levels it works, on others it doesn’t. The idea of a loft bedroom is every artsy girl’s dream — and talk about maximizing the use of this floor space! However, the scale of this bed system is just too big and looming in this small space. The fabric panels/name/light wall is a bit Vegas even for me. I would prefer to see some of this young artist’s own work make a statement here or create a large framed area that allows her to have a rotating gallery that shows off her work. I also like the boldness of Torie’s color choices, but not every wall has to be a different color, especially in a room where there is already a strong focal point with both the bed and the fabric wall. Torie

Top features to pay your attention to when choosing new windows

Top features to pay your attention to when choosing new windows

Windows are better than ever these days. Homeowners can now select from a robust variety of window products that are practical, attractive and more energy-efficient than ever before. Take into account that these improvements give us more ways to conduct natural light and fresh air into our home.

In addition, nowadays people are less tending to cover up their windows and they’re more involved in the window and the trim being a crucial point of the room. Windows are more of the main concern than they used to be earlier. Technologies in tinting and frame production, together with an emergence of hardware options afar the standard painted metal, are giving people plenty of choices. So, what are the most important aspects you need to pay your attention to when searching for new windows? Here they are:

  • High Energy
    Take into account that low-e argon gas-filled windows are the gold standard in energy-efficient design. If you are going to stay in your house at least five years, you’ll understand a return on this investment. For the time being, such windows are 30 percent more efficient than most conservative double-pane windows; as a result you’ll cut your energy

Can I Build a Deck Myself

Can I Build a Deck Myself

Of course you can. The real question is should you build the deck yourself? Obviously, this depends on your carpentry skills and the type of deck you want to build. If you want to build a simple deck from a pre-designed deck plan and you have basic carpentry skills, it’s a plausible DIY project. Don’t take the building lightly, though, or get overconfident. Your local hardware store will be a great place to gather supplies and gather any information you need about your specific deck building project. Don’t go to a Home Store, however, and announce to the nearest associate you want to build a deck.

Free-Standing Decks
Free-standing decks are probably the easiest kind of deck to build. Deck building of this sort has one huge advantage. It doesn’t require the removal of siding and properly attaching the deck to your home. This can be an unwarranted challenge for someone who has only basic carpentry skills. Even with a small, free-standing deck you’ll need to check zoning laws to make sure your deck building is legit and not breaking any ordinances. This can affect everything from deck dimensions to the kind of wood you use. Free-standing

Can I Refinish a Peeling Porch

Can I Refinish a Peeling Porch

The short answer is yes, the long answer involves whether you should and if you should do it yourself. Depending on the state of your current wood porch finish and how big your porch is you may be looking at a huge project, especially if you don’t have the right tools and equipment. The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the old layers of finish, all the way down to the bare wood. For all but the smallest of porches, this almost always means something more than a stripper and sand paper. You can try it if you want, but once you’ve spent an hour to remove a two foot by two foot section, you’ll probably realize there’s a better way.

The DIY Route
If you’re going to take this project on yourself, you’ll want to get some equipment that will make the job easier to manage. A chemical stripper will soften your layers of finish to make them easier to remove. In fact, quality chemical strippers will require nothing more than a strong garden hose to wash the finish away. For lower quality chemical strippers, you may need a pressure washer to do the

Pool Deck Coating and Repair

Pool Deck Coating and Repair

You probably don’t need to be told that decks need a coating, stain, or some kind of treatment to protect them. The biggest threat to most kinds of decking is water damage, so your pool deck, naturally, requires even greater protection than most forms of decking. Sun and heat damage are also common destroyers of quality pool decking. Beyond providing your pool deck with a protective coating against the elements, many deck coating has a colorful, decorative tint that appeals to homeowners. There are coatings for nearly every type of decking material (and all decks benefit from protective treatments), but some forms of decking need to be spruced up more than others. Concrete, aluminum, and vinyl are all alternatives to wood decking, and they are growing in popularity. Rather than wood, many homeowners choose one of these low-maintenance alternatives and then use a pool deck coating to create a decorative and appealing surface.

Choosing a Pool Deck Coating
There are dozens of companies out there who manufacture pool deck coatings. Many of their products have something to offer your deck. Obviously, some coatings are not right for every situation. If you have a concrete deck, for example, you’re not going to

Deck Maintenance

Deck Maintenance

Building a deck is one of the most popular home improvement projects in the country. Decks are great places to entertain, cook out, or just relax by yourself; in some areas, building a deck is a project that will not only enhance your home, but will actually increase your property value enough to cover the construction expenses!

Maintaining a deck is a necessity if you want to keep it looking good and performing well. Most wood decks will require a fair amount of maintenance over their lifetimes; failure to keep up with your deck maintenance is a sure way to both ruin your investment and be left with an eyesore instead of a pleasant place to unwind.

DIY Deck Maintenance
Fortunately, maintaining a deck is something that homeowners can usually do without professional assistance. Though some deck maintenance might get a bit involved (especially if the deck has been neglected for several years), for the most part what you’ll need to worry about is keeping the wood in good shape.

Though some newer deck materials might not require much more than a periodic rinse, most homeowners choose to install wood decks for their appearance, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. Sealing a wood deck to prevent

6 Tips for Picking Your Cabinet Colors

6 Tips for Picking Your Cabinet Colors

There’s no doubt that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, especially when eating and drinking are the main focal points of gatherings and celebrations.

Luckily, having a beautiful kitchen doesn’t have to mean shelling out thousands of dollars for a full upgrade. Small changes like refreshing the colors of your cabinets can go a long way in giving your kitchen a fresh, modern look at little cost. These 6 tips will help make your decision easy when choosing the right kitchen cabinet color and turn an outdated kitchen into your favorite room in the house.

Decide On A Style for Your Kitchen

The underlying style of your kitchen is one of the most important steps when deciding on a paint color for your cabinets. If you’re going for a cozy country look, light colors like white, grey, and pale green or blue will be a perfect complement to complete a rustic theme. Keep the décor simple, with a few muted accent pieces or vintage-inspired cookware items used as decoration. Modern themes will look great with bold, saturated colors like reds

Bedrooms Furniture for Looks and Function

Bedrooms Furniture for Looks and Function

Few additions to your bedroom define the space more than the bedroom furniture set you purchase. Bedroom furniture is something that, when chosen wisely, gives your bedroom character and compliments your personality and tastes. Of course, choosing the right furniture can also make a huge difference when it comes to maximizing space usage and storage, so it’s important to take into account both your needs and desires before you purchase a new bedroom furniture set.

Basic Bedroom Design
The right bedroom design for you varies depending on what you use your bedroom for. Is just a place where you sleep away the night? In that case focus on the bed and little else. If you’re like most homeowners, however, the bedroom has become a multi-purpose space. Avid readers probably will want to incorporate a nightstand and bookshelves into their design plan, while movie buffs and television addicts should explore television wall mounts or T.V. stands. Fashion devotees probably need to consider larger clothes storage needs, and purchase the appropriate wardrobes, dressers, and other storage solutions. Before you start shopping, sit down and make a list of what your bedroom is used for and look for furniture that

7 Tips for Designing Your Bedroom

7 Tips for Designing Your Bedroom

Have you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of 10, it’s because it has a simple design that functions well. But creating a simple design is harder than it looks — particularly in bedrooms.

Why? Because every bedroom absolutely has to have a bed in it. And beds are big and ungainly, and dictate the placement of every other object in the room. But if you’re lucky enough to be planning a bedroom from scratch or remodeling an existing bedroom, you can control the other elements and create a space that’s both practical and pretty.

The bedrooms shown here manage that feat with panache. Even if you don’t have a great view, access to the outdoors or plenty of space to work with, the principles they embody and the simplicity they show can inspire your own bedroom design project.

Because the bedroom is one of the simplest rooms in the house, it’s often overlooked. One of the first steps to a great bedroom design is having an efficient and well-designed floor plan that gives you everything you want — no matter how much space you start with.

Here are seven tips to help you get the most out

Ten Tips for The Sexiest Bedroom

Ten Tips for The Sexiest Bedroom

Mae West was famous for saying, “The best way to get over a guy is to get under a new guy.” Despite its many implications, it was a good reminder to me that amidst all the politics of dating, as an Apartment Therapist, underneath it ALL is a bed and the BEST way to catch the new person you want is to have a fantastic bedroom. Your bedroom is the clearest expression of how you are feeling about yourself right now and is bathed in your pheromones.

After two long years, I’ve updated this post, added new pics and saved all of your great comments. Who has more to add?

Now sex is always a good starting point and a sexy bedroom is essential, but what you also want it a bedroom that supports your LOVE – both for yourself and for others. A bedroom shouldn’t just be a short term chick or a boy magnet, it should also be a long term love nest. So let’s rule out red walls, mirror balls and racy artwork, okay? At least all those elements that don’t represent who you really are deep down.

Let’s talk about personal, comfortable and curated. This is sexy.

When I was

Cool Coffee Table Alternatives

Cool Coffee Table Alternatives

Coffee tables are functional units, but they can lend outstanding appeal to any living space. Be it in a cove in a large living room, or the center of attention in a smaller one; a coffee table is here to revolutionize décor as we know it, and presents something vastly different to the décor enthusiast.
Can you imagine not having a coffee table? I can’t! I need one to keep all those things I need around me when I’m chilling: The remotes, my books, my laptop, my feet, my plate, and a whole lot of other things. In fact, I wish my coffee table had storage so that I could stuff more in it! But I know of a lot of minimalists who must be cringing as they read this and can do without the clutter a huge coffee table brings with it. While it seems to be a staple in every house, some of us don’t pay attention to the fact that it can look absolutely gorgeous and doesn’t have to be the traditional wood top with four legs.

Coffee tables have come a long long way, and have now evolved from mundane to cool and quirky. Out

Home Makeover Part 6 Annie Selke’s Living Room Makeover

Home Makeover Part 6 Annie Selke’s Living Room Makeover

Making the most of the space you’ve got is a common goal among homeowners; and no matter what kind of space you inhabit, it will likely have a living room. This room is meant for entertaining, but if it’s not up to your standards, it might be time to teach that old parlor some new tricks.

Living Room Décor
As the place in the home that guests will likely spend the most time in, your living room décor is especially important. Basically, the living room is a place where you can show your style to the world. It should reflect your interests but have enough universal appeal that anyone who visits can feel at ease.

Modern Living Rooms
One way to make a bold statement with your living room décor is to modernize the whole room. This look begins with taking away all the clutter. A modern living room should be as open and spacious as possible. If some things must be stored there (books, DVDs, etc.), try to find storage units that close or serve another function as well. An end table that also stores a movie collection will make the room feel less busy while performing its primary function at

10 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Living Room

10 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Living Room

Tip #1

Focus on the architecture first. If the envelope isn’t right, there’s no way you’ll ever get it furnished properly. Built-ins are a great trick for shoring up rooms into nice squares and rectangles. Follow the natural circulation of a space to understand how expanding or narrowing passages can create a more usable space as well. Study dead corners to figure out how you can utilize those spaces.

Tip #2

Personally, I think circular seating arrangements are the most inviting. They ebb and flow so easily and I love centering a room on a central axis. This creates movement, access, great sight lines and, most importantly, conversational seating. A living room is about living, so make sure it acts as a good host!

Tip #3

Salon style art hanging is an easy trick for adding comfort and ridding yourself of clutter around the house. Choose a big wall and make a statement, then let the rest of the space breathe.

Tip #4

Books create warmth in every space. They also show personality and add intrigue. Stack them, shelve them, sculpt with them—just make sure your living room has them by the dozen!

Tip #5

DMc-style requires that every room must have at least one mirror. Period, no question.

Living Room Decorating

Living Room Decorating

Living rooms take on a number of different roles which can make living room decorating a bit of a challenge. For some people it’s a formal room reserved for entertaining guests, for others it’s a casual space used for leisure activities like watching TV and reading.

Typical living rooms have plenty of seating (often at least one sofa and a couple of chairs), occasional tables, bookshelves and other pieces of furniture, but despite their similarities they can look quite different.

To make your living room the best it can be check out the following articles about living room decorating.

Living rooms serve different purposes for different people. In some homes they serve as the main gathering area for family, while in others they’re more of a show room, used only when company comes over. Either way, there are certain issues that always come up when trying to arrange living room furniture. Check out these tips for placing furniture in your living room.

Living Room Basics

There are a few important things to remember when arranging living room furniture.

  • Establish the focal point of the room and arrange furniture around it. In some rooms the focal point will be an existing feature such as a fireplace or

How To Protect Your Home From Mosquitoes

How To Protect Your Home From Mosquitoes

With the recent spread of the Zika virus, and fear of other diseases such as the West Nile virus, dengue and malaria, it’s important to know how to control pests like mosquitoes. Despite the fact that mosquitoes are responsible for carrying deadly diseases to both humans and animals, and despite the itchy annoyance of mosquito bites on your skin, mosquitoes play an important role in our ecosystem. But having a home or yard that is infested with mosquitoes is far from ideal.   Here are the key factors in protecting your home against mosquitoes.

  1. Remove standing water. Female mosquitoes require water in order to lay their eggs, so removing standing water on and around your property will help mosquitoes from breeding in the first place. Mosquitoes need as little as 10 millimeters of water; some species have been known to lay eggs in the water collected in a seashell! Common areas that collect water are gutters, tires, bird baths, pool covers, tree stumps, outdoor toys or containers filled with water.
  2. Clean up neighboring properties. If your neighborhood has abandoned lots or areas where water can collect, consider organizing a neighborhood clean up. Some mosquito species travel a short distance and some travel for many

6 Ways to Warm up the Living Room Without Turning up the Heat

6 Ways to Warm up the Living Room Without Turning up the Heat

As we prepare for colder temperatures we look forward to spending time in cozy living rooms, warming ourselves near the fire or under a heavy blanket. In the fall and winter we especially appreciate a room that makes us feel comfortable and well as relaxed. Getting that “cozy” feel doesn’t require a lot of work or even a lot of money. In fact, you would be surprised how easy it is to create a cozier environment without even turning up the heat or starting a fire in the fireplace. The following are just a few tips and tricks on how to make your home feel soft and comfortable.

1. Use warm colors

The right color palette can instantly warm up the room, but that doesn’t mean you need to start painting your walls red or yellow. In fact, although we think of red as a warm color, there are cool reds and warm reds, so choosing the right hue is important.  No matter if you prefer a monochromatic palette or prefer a more varied color design, focusing on the warmer portion of the paint chip can lend a warmth to any room. Pair paint colors with warm tones of metal and fabric for a more

The Warm and Cozy Home

The Warm and Cozy Home

The dark days of winter can really do a number on your well-being. Shorter days trigger the blahs; freezing temps spark the sniffles. So we put together a list of ideas that’ll turn your home into a comfy haven.

Cozy and Clever Energy Savers

Here’s how to create a brighter and warmer home without using more energy or cranking up the thermostat.

1. Clean dirty light fixtures and dusty bulbs to make your home appear 30% brighter without turning on more lights.

2. Seal sneaky air leaks. It’s not just window and door leaks killing your cozy vibe. Don’t forget to plug stealthy gaps around recessed lights, electrical boxes, and wall outlets. Use a lit incense stick or scented candle to hunt down drafty spots while leaving behind a cozy scent.

3. Replace your traditional gas or wood fireplace. Why? Both suck out heated indoor air and send it up the chimney. A gel fireplace insert is an eco-friendly option that produces a burning fire without gas, wood, electricity, or even a chimney. It’s also smoke-free and emits fewer allergens than a wood fireplace; some options crackle like the real thing. A basic model costs between $100 to $210; custom models go up exponentially from

Create a Cozy Comfortable Home for Winter

Create a Cozy Comfortable Home for Winter

In the depths of winter, we rely on our homes to provide us with winter comfort and entertainment. Chilly temperatures keep many of us cooped up indoors more than we’d like, and when we do brave the winter weather, we want to come home to the comfort of a warm oven, a hot cup of tea and a cuddly throw. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite winter-comfort tips and tricks—many suggested by you, our readers—for creating a cozy home that welcomes your friends and family and makes a long winter speed by.

Create a Cozy Home for Winter Comfort

Huddle Together: Save on heating bills by rearranging your furniture so you sit near interior walls rather than exterior walls, which can be drafty in older homes. Create a more intimate seating area for winter by pulling all the furniture in toward the center of the room.

Light Right: We’re more reliant on artificial lights during winter’s long nights. You can create a warm atmosphere and keep the electric bill down by choosing highly efficient, dimmable LED bulbs. Give yourself many lighting options—for example, a bright lamp near a favorite reading spot might eliminate the need to use overhead lights. For warm nighttime light,

Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Family Room

Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Family Room

A lot goes into creating a warm, cozy family room decorated for Christmas. It takes colors, textures, finishes, and as we’ll see, even the right smells.

Grace Mitchell is the author of the interior design and DIY blog A Storied Style. She accepted our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send our favorite design mavens mystery boxes of holiday decorations from The Home Depot. We then stand back while they come up with their impressive and practical Christmas decorating ideas.

The Christmas decor Grace put together for her family room is breathtaking. It’s elegant, yet comfortable. It’s also the perfect comfy place for a family with little ones to create new Christmas memories. Grace shows us how she pulled it all together, and she shares some of her DIY Christmas decorating ideas.

Christmas is going to be really fun for my husband and I this year as all four of our children are past the infant stage (this is our first holiday season in a long time to not have a little baby), and they can understand and appreciate holidays a little more. All four of them are now toddler age and up (they are all a year apart), so they have been

10 Decorating Ideas for Kids’ Rooms

10 Decorating Ideas for Kids’ Rooms
  1. To help your kids stay organized, keep things at their height. Closet storage, benches and coat racks will all be used more often if kids can get to them easily.
  2. Try creating a continuous art center by using wainscoting in a room and painting the wall below with chalkboard paint. You can get chalkboard paint in the color of your choice. Simply paint up to a chair rail or install your own and paint below.
  3. Most craft and hobby stores sell an additive to paint that allows it to glow in the dark. Try painting stars and a moon on your child’s ceiling or a cityscape around the edge of the room. This will get them excited about turning out the lights at night.
  4. Removable wall transfers are becoming increasingly affordable and the range of patterns and styles grows every day. Call them temporary wall tattoos and let your kid have fun decorating their room in a way you know you won’t have to fix later.
  5. Kids are collectors, so make collecting easy. Pictures and postcards don’t always have to be stuck to a corkboard. Try hanging them from strings in front of a window or clipping them to a string along the wall