It's been a dreary year economically, so now is the perfect time to get creative with your cash and refresh your living space. The cheapest and most sustainable approach to changing a room is going green: Reuse old furniture and decor just by adding a splash of paint and some accessories. If you want to learn more techniques for creating new designs, look into interior design training, but first check out these interior design and decorating tips to enhance a room for less than $50.
(ARA) - Experts say children with good organizational skills do better in school. Performing activities such as sorting and classifying when children are pre-school-age and older can help them acquire organizational skills. It may even help to build self-confidence and self-control, too. What better way to teach kids organization than by starting with their own clothes and toys?
(ARA) - Does your kitchen feel more like Julie's than Julia's? No need to be concerned ... if Julie could learn to master the art of cooking in less than a year, you can design your own chef's studio in a fraction of that time. Follow Julie's footsteps and take your lead from those who know kitchens best - professional chefs.
(ARA) - In a tough housing market, homeowners want to improve their home's beauty and functionality, while adding resale value. This may include choosing products that reduce maintenance, save energy, improve appearance and offer protection from the damaging forces of nature. Here are some tips for problem areas that could benefit from the latest home solutions:
(ARA) - Back when the cavemen moved from one shelter to another, an important factor must have been whether the sun could provide more natural light in their new home than their previous dwelling. After all, they couldn't appreciate cave art in the dark.
(ARA) - As the weather gets nicer, there's nothing better than expanding your living space to the great outdoors. Luckily, it's easy and affordable to create a comfortable and chic outdoor room that's perfectly put together. Use these quick tips and inspiring ideas to transform your deck, porch or patio into one you'll be proud to show off.
(ARA) - Nothing better sums up kids' personalities than their favorite spaces: their bedrooms or playrooms. And in today's design-conscious society, there's no limiting the ways you can create inviting, kid-friendly spaces that reflect your children's personal tastes while encouraging imaginative play and creativity.
(ARA) - Giving an old, tired bathroom a makeover is one of the best things you can do to increase your home's resale value. And while it can take some planning, remodeling your bathroom is easily within the capability of most homeowners.
(ARA) - With the economy making a slow rebound, homeowners continue to look for cost-effective options when building or renovating their homes. Natural exterior building materials are often very expensive and require both time and money to maintain. Choosing vinyl and polymeric siding is one way people are saving on building materials. Both siding options, which many considered at one time to be fake-looking or boring, have become one of the most versatile, detailed and eco-friendly home exterior products available on the market today.
(ARA) - Virtually all of the 7 billion ash trees in the United States are at risk for infestation by the emerald ash borer, also known as EAB. You can save your ash trees by acting now and starting a prevention program.
(ARA) - It's summer time again and the living is easy - at least it's supposed to be. But when mosquitos invade your yard, it's tough to enjoy fun in the sun.
You don't have to run a business from your home to need a home office. In fact, it's one of the most common uses for spare rooms - a place where bills can be paid, homework can be done and schedules can get organized in a quiet setting.
(ARA) - Mixed up by modern? Confused by what's considered contemporary? With more emphasis on home design today, it can be difficult for homeowners to distinguish between the array of design styles.
(ARA) - In the summer, most activity moves to the great outdoors. Porches, patios and decks are the official "heart center" of most homes during the warm weather months, especially at mealtimes. Instead of congregating in the kitchen as they do in the colder season, families tend to gather on the patio to enjoy dinner and recap the day's events.
(ARA) - Have you outgrown your small home, but you're staying put for financial or economic reasons? Or maybe you recently bought a house in foreclosure that was a great deal, but needs fixing up.
(ARA) - Whether you seek soft, elegant hues to contrast a dark room or striking grain patterns and rich colors for a bold look, exotic hardwood floors, cabinets, furniture and trim can help create eye-catching interiors for nearly any decor.
(ARA) - In today's challenging economy, you're taking a look at how you spend your hard-earned dollars. And while you may not have the necessary budget to tackle a major home improvement project, there are many homeowners who are choosing a more strategic approach to remodeling - by refreshing rooms and undertaking small projects one at a time.
(ARA) - From Colonial to Craftsman to contemporary, wood is a fundamental feature in home design for its ability to complement all types of architectural styles. Its beauty, versatility and durability allow homeowners to easily incorporate wood materials throughout a home, bringing warmth, texture and a touch of nature to any room.
At the end of a long day or a particularly stressful week, there's nothing more appealing than the idea of pampering yourselve with a relaxing trip to the spa. However with many budgets being tightened, this expensive luxury is not a reality on a regular basis. Thankfully, there are affordable ways to get a spa-like experience in your very own home.
(ARA) - Starry evenings and backyard entertainment go hand-in-hand. When the sun goes down, the right landscape lighting can turn any backyard into a stylish outdoor living space. With so many options, it's easy to fill your nights with light to enhance security, decor and entertainment.
If you're giving your home a makeover, be careful when making color choices. Color is so powerful that it can dictate the mood of an entire room. While it may be tempting to decorate using only your favorite colors, it is more important to match the right colors to the right room.
(ARA) - To really impress your guests this summer, give your outdoor soirees a little extra elegance that goes beyond the usual grill-out. The good news is that it's easier than you'd imagine to create an ambiance that is welcoming and sophisticated.
(ARA) - For busy families, finding ways to keep the home fresh, decorative and family-friendly can be a challenge. But there are ways to keep your home organized without sacrificing style and beauty in an active household, including stylish home fragrances to enhance the scent experience and ambiance of any room in your home.
(ARA) - Thinking of remodeling but don't know where to start? Let your mouse do the heavy lifting and transform your current space into your dream home. These days everyone turns to the Web to get inspired. In fact, a study conducted by Princeton Survey Research International found that 69 percent of Americans use the Internet as a source of information when it comes to housing and investment decisions.
(ARA) - Creating a relaxing bedroom environment is essential for getting a good night's sleep, but many overlook the centerpiece of that environment: the bed. Unlike fresh linens, relaxing music and cozy pajamas, the mattress you sleep on can mean the difference between restful, rejuvenating sleep and fitful, frustrating nights. Now is a great time to evaluate your bedroom to ensure it is providing the peaceful retreat you need.