Warm & Welcoming: 10 Guest Bedroom Essentials

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These 10 guest bedroom essentials will help you make an ideal retreat for your visitors. Image: 2id Interiors

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  When decorating your home, the guest bedroom is often an afterthought. After all, why put your favorite pieces in the room you’ll visit the least? Leaving room in your guest room also gives anyone who stays with you the opportunity to spread out and get comfortable in the space. This doesn’t mean the room should feel spartan, though. There are a few guest bedroom essentials that can help make the space feel welcoming and ensure your guests are comfortable. We’ve put together a handy list of 10 guest bedroom essentials. Add these items to the room to create an ideal retreat for any visitor.

Fall Head Over Heels for These 16 Headboards

Your bedroom is probably the room in your home that your guests see the least. That doesn’t mean it should be ignored, though. You spend a good part of your day in your bedroom, and you want to be able to wow the occasional guest who walks through. Fortunately, a single addition to your room can completely transform it. It’s time to start shopping headboards. Adding an interesting headboard creates a focal point in your bedroom. A noteworthy headboard backing your bed is a multifunctional piece. It’s an interesting piece of furniture, it essentially doubles as art and it sets the tone for your room’s design. And your options for headboards are pretty much endless. Here are just a handful of ideas to get you started.

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If you want to add a layer of visual interest to your bedroom, look no further than a geometric headboard. Different patterns,
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Past the Pumpkin: 5 Ways to Decorate with Produce This Fall

One of the best things about the fall season is gathering with loved ones as the weather cools. You share stories, glasses of wine and mugs of cider. It’s a cozy time of camaraderie. At least, that’s the idea. If you’re the one hosting, fall get-togethers can be a little stressful. The daunting task of decorating for the holidays is just around the corner. Are you supposed to double your work (and storage needs) by having a full lineup of fall decor, too? Fortunately, you can decorate with produce to get the right look and make cleanup simpler. People have used pumpkins to give their homes an autumnal aesthetic for decades. But you might be ready to switch it up. To help, we’ve gathered five different ways to decorate with produce this fall. Bonus: you can toss it all into a recipe, your compost or the trash when you’re done.
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4 Reasons to Add Shibori and Indigo to Your Decor


Indigo – especially when used in shibori patterns – can transform a space. Image: Andrew Flesher

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Indigo. It’s a color that’s been making a splash for centuries, yet it still feels decidedly fresh and modern. Whether you’re looking for a deeply saturated hue to anchor a room or a vibrant pop to lend visual interest, indigo delivers. It’s also known as blue gold, and it has a history as rich as its hue. Whether you want to use indigo as a baseline neutral or in an eye-catching shibori textile, it can help you take any room to the next level. Here are four reasons why you should incorporate indigo in your next room design.
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12 Covered Outdoor Living Areas to Maximize Patio Usage During Cooler Months

With the kids back in school, your calendar is probably heating up. But just when an evening spent relaxing on the patio is most needed, the cooling temperatures seem to conspire against you. But there is good news! Covered outdoor living areas give you the chance to maximize your patio’s usage even as the seasons change. There are a handful of immediate benefits you reap when you cover your patio. When you protect your outdoor space from the elements, you can leave pillows and throws outside. You also create a sheltered area from which you can enjoy the seasonal rainstorms and the ever-earlier sunsets. And because the area gets less exposure, you can invest in nicer, comfier patio furniture. Whether you prefer a solitary evening to unwind or want to enjoy the versatile space with friends before the busyness of the holidays, your covered patio will deliver. If you want some
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New 2018 Smart Home Technology You Might Want

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  When the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House came out in 1999, every aspect of the house seemed fantastical. Less than 20 years later, though, more and more American families are living in smart houses themselves. We’re using technology to make it easier to turn off the lights or keep our homes at comfortable temperatures. But like all tech, smart home technology is showing no signs of slowing down. Sure, you might have Alexa helping you power down your home at night, but don’t stop there. If you want to keep your home on the cutting edge, we’ve rounded up a handful of 2018’s best smart home technology. Check out the latest ways to make your home smarter.

Home Gym Hack: Add a Yoga Room to Your House

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A yoga room is the perfect home gym solution when you’re tight on space. Image: Home Ingredients

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  It’s the age-old question: What do we have to do to actually get ourselves to work out? Do we get a fitness buddy who hassles us when we skip a day? Do we join the gym that’s closest to home? Or do we avoid the trouble of leaving the home at all and add a workout space to our houses? The last option is ideal. That is, it’s ideal if you’ve got the space and money. Traditional home gyms require an upfront investment in equipment and open space, which a lot of people simply don’t have. Before you give up on the idea of creating a workout
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15 Rooms With Cleverly Hidden TVs

It’s 2018. If you’ve managed to keep televisions out of your home entirely, you deserve a major pat on the back. Most of us have let this all-powerful source of entertainment take over not just one, but multiple rooms in our homes and apartments. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little TV. Gathering friends for a movie or kicking up your feet after a long day to watch your favorite show are some of modern life’s simple pleasures. However, even though we’ve accepted TVs at home, we might not necessarily want to look at them all the time – especially when they’re not on. Don’t let that big black box ruin your room’s design. Get on board with hidden TVs. While your decorating your cleverly hidden TV, learn what TV wall mounts can help you keep them hidden in your rooms. More and more people are looking for creative
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5 of the Best Tips for Decorating a Home Office

Decorating a home office can feel overwhelming. These tips will help you get started. Image: Blackbox Design Studios

So you have a home office. Congratulations! Plenty of people long for a dedicated space in their homes where they can focus and tackle their to-dos. That being said, the idea of a home office and the reality of having one can be very different. Having an office in your house means welcoming work into the sanctuary of your living space. How do you keep your office zen? If you want to create a place where you’ll actually enjoy working that integrates comfortably into the rest of your house or apartment (and life), you need to think about your different options for decorating a home office. You may not think that creating an aesthetic you enjoy in your office needs to be a top work-life priority. But decorating a home office in
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7 of the Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  There’s nothing quite like fresh herbs to turn up the flavor dial on a dish. Adding herbs is a great way to excite your tastebuds without adding those less-than-healthy flavorings for which we so often reach. (We’re looking at you, salt and fat.) But there are a few problems with fresh herbs. First, there’s their price tag at the grocery store. Then, you face the fact that they often spoil before you can use the whole package. Is there a better way to get these delicate leaves into your dinners without busting your budget? Absolutely! All you need to do is a set up a garden with a few of the best herbs to grow indoors. Getting your herb garden started is
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What Will Single-Family Homes Look Like in 10 Years?

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Porch analyzed census data to predict what average single-family homes will look like in 2036. Image: Porch

Picture your dream home. Can you see the floor plan in your mind’s eye? How many bedrooms does it have? How many bathrooms? Is there a big wraparound porch or convenient, state-of-the-art laundry? When you first start renting, getting into the home of your dreams can feel like a distant vision. But as builders and developers become increasingly sensitive to the wants and needs of the modern American homeowner, the way single-family homes are built has started to shift. If your dream home is a palatial beachfront estate, you may still have a long way to go. But if your ideal property is a few bedrooms with some nice amenities, outdoor space and a garage, you’re in luck! Our friends at Porch took a look at census data from recent years. Using all
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10 Clever Ways to Use Ladders in Decor

Over the years, ladders have slowly but surely crept into home decor. They’ve been built into furniture and welcomed into our yards as plant stands. Recently, though, we’ve been noticing more stand-alone ladders leaning against the walls of some of the trendiest homes and apartments. Should all of us be using ladders in decor? The answer could be yes. While it’s tempting to jump on any decor trend that’s as easy to integrate as this one, using ladders in decor makes practical sense. The slim profile and openness of a ladder makes it extremely useful in a number of contexts. Ladders are a great, small-footprint way to add storage to a room without making it feel closed-in or cluttered. They’re especially helpful in smaller rooms – like bathrooms – where square footage is limited but you need space to hang or store items. Using a ladder instead of hooks is
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4 Landlord-Friendly Ways to Improve Your Apartment

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You can improve your apartment without breaking the bank or your lease. Image: Greenworks Construction

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  You’ve moved into a rental. You want to make the space your own, but you don’t want to invest in a bunch of permanent fixtures – or break your lease. What’s a renter to do? Fortunately, you actually have quite a few options. You can spring for nicer upgrades that you can pack up with you when you move out, or you can choose some more affordable, non-permanent ways to improve your apartment. Sure, there are probably some things about your rental that you want to change but can’t. (We’re looking at you, drab carpet and weirdly colored walls.) Even so, adding your own personal touches can
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DIY: 6 Chic Ways to Use Marble Contact Paper

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Nothing says luxury quite like marble. We eschewed it for a brief moment in the design world because it was associated with gaudiness, but marble is making its comeback in a big way. Today’s homes use marble to add a touch of opulence without sacrificing a minimalist color palette and clean lines. The only problem with marble? Its price point. But don’t give up on this metamorphic rock just because it seems like it will take a major chunk out of your wallet. Thanks to marble contact paper, you can bring the sleek look of marble into your home for next to nothing. All you need is your own roll of contact paper and a little DIY know-how. Here are six chic ways to
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Selling Your Home? Cut Clutter to Sell Faster

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Want to sell your home faster? Cut clutter. Image: Benning Design Construction

Putting your house on the market is always a little emotional. The home that’s served as the canvas for so many of your favorite memories is about to become someone else’s. At least, that’s the plan. Now that you’ve listed your house, you’re probably ready to find a buyer ASAP, but you may run into unexpected delays. What’s keeping your property from finding its next owner? In home selling, the little things matter. One of the biggest ways to speed up the selling process is to cut clutter. Small items gathered on the counters in your kitchen or the nightstand in your bedroom might not seem like a huge deal. But when it comes to home buying, people want to be able to picture themselves in the home. Your knickknacks could be the thing preventing your potential buyers
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4 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Great for Your Open House

There’s a lot to do before an open house. You need to clean top to bottom, spruce up your home decor, remove any hyper-personal touches and emotionally prepare yourself for a bunch of strangers poking around your closets and cabinets. With so much to consider, it’s easy to overlook the little details. But one of those small details – how your home smells – can turn off a potential buyer the second they walk in your front door. It’s worth putting in the extra work to make your home smell great before an open house. You know the old classics. Open your windows. Take out your trash. Clean your toilet. It seems pretty simple. If you really want to make your home smell great, though, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you. These all take 30 minutes or less to set up and will leave your house with an
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Minimize Your Hassle With 3 Tips to Save Time When Moving

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Want to save time when moving? Use these three tips. Image: PhotoMIX Ltd.

There’s no getting around it: Moving is a hassle. Fortunately, a little prep work can mean the difference between a minor headache and an all-out life takeover. Putting a few tips to work can help you save time when moving so you can get to the fun part – enjoying life in your new place – faster. The key to a successful move is getting set up before the movers arrive. Moves get challenging because there are so many pieces in play at the same time. Handle some of them in advance and you’ll give yourself breathing room. You might even find that, when you’re not feeling so rushed, you enjoy the process of packing up and getting organized in your new space. Here are three key things you can do to save time when moving.

Save Money and Energy With These 5 Tips

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Sure, we all want to do our part and help our planet stay healthy. Maybe you’ve planted a tree or cut out plastic straws. Kudos! But with life as busy as it is, it can be hard to find the extra time and energy to go green. Sometimes we need a little extra motivation. That’s why we’ve wrangled up five tips that give you two-for-one benefits. They help you save money and energy. Each of these tips requires an hour or less of manual labor (and most take just a few minutes). Plus, they’re all extremely cheap investments that will offer you long-term savings. What’s stopping you from protecting your pocketbook and the planet?
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Get Back-to-School Ready! 6 Tips for Creating a Homework Space

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Get ready for the year ahead by creating a homework space in your home. Image: FincH

Doesn’t it feel like summer just started? We collectively blinked and – bam! – it’s time to get ready to go back to school. And that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping. You want to make sure your kids are prepped for their best possible year. As you pick up pencils and backpacks, you might want to grab some other supplies, too. Creating a homework space in your home can help your kids thrive during this school year. A homework space might not seem that crucial. Many teens love to flop down on the couch with their laptops, and smaller kids are often happiest working on the floor. But think about it: If you worked from home, would you want to be constantly seeking out new spaces to foster productivity, or would you want
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6 Hacks to Maximize Space in Your Small Laundry Room

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment that had off-site laundry, you know that having a washer and dryer inside your home is a huge bonus. Even the tiniest laundry space is a complete game changer for people who’ve been hoarding their quarters for the local laundromat. That said, the novelty of in-unit laundry can wear off pretty quickly if you have a small laundry room. Confined laundry space doesn’t seem capable of handling all the dirty clothes, lint piles and detergent drips. Sure, it’s better than hauling your soiled clothes up the block, but a small laundry room still makes this chore – well, a real chore. You don’t have to suffer in your tiny space. With a few tips and tricks, you can transform your cramped clothes-cleaning quarters. Making the most of every nook and cranny frees up precious inches, helping you create room to breathe in your laundry
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