How to Use Smart Home Devices In Your Home

How to Use Smart Home Devices In Your Home

If the idea of a smart home intimidates you, rest assured that you’re not alone. Technology has come a long way in recent years, but its advancements have led to some pretty incredible tools that can make your life so much simpler. You don’t have to be a tech genius to incorporate these items throughout your home, either. In fact, they’re specifically designed to be user-friendly and accessible regardless of your technological expertise. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite breakthroughs and modern-day essentials to help you find the best smart home devices for your needs. Smart Home Benefits Today’s...

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An Interior Decorator Shares How Instagram Boosted Interest and Drove Engagement for Her Business

An Interior Decorator Shares How Instagram Boosted Interest and Drove Engagement for Her Business

Instagram is a relatively new social media tool, but it’s really picked up in popularity over the past few years. A big driver behind Instagram’s popularity is mobile phones and the ability for people to easily take, and share, photos and videos through the site. It’s a very visual social media channel and that makes it particularly useful for interior designers like Liz Toombs, president of PDR Interiors in Kentucky. PDR’s Instagram page is a perfect place to showcase their work. Instagram: A Decorator's Social Media Dream “Instagram is a decorator’s social media dream,” says Toombs. “Daily posts allow you...

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How Interior Designers and Builders Can Leverage Instagram for Their Business

How Interior Designers and Builders Can Leverage Instagram for Their Business

In 2010, Instagram emerged on the social media scene and it’s been a popular addition to other visually-oriented options like Pinterest. So popular, in fact, that Facebook bought the site. In 2018, Instagram monthly active users reached the one billion mark, up from 800 million in 2017, according to Statista. While not all of these users may be interested in design ideas, it’s likely that a healthy percentage of them are. According to Pew Research data, Instagram users are: If you’re looking to reach potential customers in these demographics, Instagram can be a great way to visually share design tips,...

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7 Lessons We’re Applying from Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

7 Lessons We’re Applying from Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

When cleaning expert Marie Kondo published The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing back in 2014, she inspired countless readers to “spark joy” in their lives via her signature KonMari method. So, when Netflix launched an original series based on her tried-and-true techniques, we binge-watched it accordingly. In honor of spring cleaning, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips from the organizational guru herself. What is the KonMari Method? Kondo’s #1 New York Times bestselling book outlines her KonMari approach to cleaning, which focuses on eliminating items throughout your home that don’t spark joy...

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How to Save Space in a Small Living Space

How to Save Space in a Small Living Space

With minimalism on the rise and more people making the move to downsize, smaller homes, apartments and condos continue to gain momentum in the real estate market. Sure, having a cozy little living space sounds like a dream, but where do you put all of your stuff? You can only downsize so much before you're down to the bare essentials, but even that can be hard to fit into a 600- to 700-square-foot apartment. But don't let that deter you from the charm of a home with less square footage than you're used to or from choosing to downsize to...

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7 Mistakes People Make When Applying Wallpaper

7 Mistakes People Make When Applying Wallpaper

DIY'ing your wallpaper may seem like a big commitment or a job better left to professionals, but taking a few minutes to avoid mistakes will save you a lot of time and money if you decide to take on the project yourself. Above all else, always order a sample before buying the full amount so you can be confident in your color choice. Colors and designs will look differently on a computer or phone screen than it will in your actual home. You need to test the color and pattern with your flooring, the amount of natural light in the...

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Designing with Decorative Concrete

Designing with Decorative Concrete

Have you ever sat on a concrete garden bench and appreciated its beauty and durability? Landscapers long ago discovered the many advantages of concrete as a building material: It’s inexpensive, flexible, easy to work with, and results in a product that’s solid, eco-friendly, and versatile. Most concrete is made from a mixture of ballast rock (sand, stone, and gravel), cement, and water. Even better, it’s entirely natural and can be molded into just about any form. Over the past decade, concrete staining and finishing processes have evolved and concrete has been invited into our interior spaces. Builders are using concrete...

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Home Seller’s Guide to Kitchen Island Shopping

Home Seller’s Guide to Kitchen Island Shopping

In today’s home, a kitchen island serves many purposes beyond mere food preparation. Part dining table, part buffet, and a whole lot of heart, the design and function of the island depends on the size and shape of your kitchen, how you intend to use the countertop and base, and the decor and color scheme you plan to develop. As you search for the perfect kitchen island for revamping your home before it goes on the market, we bring you a few hot picks to stay on trend and budget!

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What Your Entryway Says About You

What Your Entryway Says About You

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Our homes are reflections of ourselves. How you design your entry, naturally says a great deal about you. Did you realize that within your décor style, you are also setting the tone for your guests’ experience, merely by opening your front door? Whether it’s your desire to create an entry that is, playful, intriguing, dramatic, or even classical, it’s your color palette more than any other single element that sets the scene. The colors and color combinations you select, inform your guests on how to feel and how to...

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