To Renovate or Not to Renovate?

To Renovate or Not to Renovate?

There are several reasons why you would want to remodel your home. One of the better ones is to make sure that you live in a functional house that will provide you and your family with a high-quality home. The other reason, if you are in the market as a seller, is to attract better offers from buyers. New homeowners looking to set up roots are more likely to match your asking price and make an offer faster for a home that seems well maintained. Should You Renovate Your Home for the New Homeowners? Truth be told, there is a...

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How to Make a Rental Feel Like Home

How to Make a Rental Feel Like Home

Americans are renting now more than anytime in the last 50 years, according to an article by Market Watch. When most people think of a rental, they think “temporary” — and that’s true! However, just because your space is temporary doesn’t mean it has to lack personalization. Before you dismiss design changes that have significant impact for your rental, read these tips ⁠— your space doesn't have to be permanent to be personal! Paint the Walls (yes, you can!) I know what you’re thinking — paint is such a hassle! Yes, you’re absolutely right. However, it’s the quickest and most...

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5 Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer

5 Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer

Everyone deserves a fresh start, and what better way to get one than to give your home a new look? For most, taking on such an endeavor falls between overwhelming to downright impossible. Never fear—that’s what interior designers are for. But before you give them the keys to the ignition and give them a go on your house, you might want to run through a few important questions to make sure they’re the best fit for you. 1. How Much Do You Charge? Before you can begin working with an interior designer, it’s important to understand if they can work...

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What Is Biophilic Design and How Can We Use It To Our Advantage?

What Is Biophilic Design and How Can We Use It To Our Advantage?

Biophilic design, or “the architecture of life,” is “an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn,” according to biophilicdesign.net. Going beyond the trend of green architecture to reduce environmental impacts, biophilic design is all about connecting people with nature—at home and in workplaces. It’s design intended to make a difference. As this site notes, it’s “hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people [who] know more of their neighbors and families thrive.” Biophilic design is all about bringing the outdoors in,...

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How to Choose a Ceiling Fan: Start with the Most Popular Types of Ceiling Fans

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan: Start with the Most Popular Types of Ceiling Fans

When it comes to the ceiling fan you choose for your space, it can be easy to get caught up in the particular design style—modern, industrial, rustic, etc.—regardless of functionality. Style is important, of course, but a ceiling fan’s type and functional features should really take priority. After that, you’ll still have plenty of options to choose from, style-wise. Here are some of the most popular ceiling fan types to keep in mind. Keep reading to learn more about each type. Stem-Mounted Ceiling Fans Ar Ruthiane Brushed Nickel 48-Inch Ceiling Fan A stem-mounted ceiling fan is the most common type...

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3 Myths That May Be Holding You Back From Designing with Sustainability in Mind

3 Myths That May Be Holding You Back From Designing with Sustainability in Mind

It seems as through everything’s coming up green these days. It used to be that demanding clients wanted high quality, low prices and blazingly fast project completion – all at the same time, of course. Now they want all that, along with homes that are health-promoting, smartly connected and environmentally friendly. While some of us jumped on the sustainability bandwagon right away, there are others who might need a bit of encouragement to understand why this growing trend has a deeper meaning – and can have a genuinely positive impact your business, too. We've found that there are a few...

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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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5 Residential Realtors Share Advice on Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

5 Residential Realtors Share Advice on Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Regardless of whether it’s a buyer or seller market, when someone puts their house on the market, they want it to be in tip-top shape and poised to present the best image to potential buyers. Many of today’s home owners are hiring stagers to help them get their homes into shape before placing them on the market. But, it’s possible to do some staging on your own. What does it take to stand out and drive sales? Here, five residential realtors share their top tips. Appeal to the Five Senses People innately experience the world in five ways, says Anthony...

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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...

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