12 Creative Ways to Repurpose That Awkward Corner in Your Home

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Awkward corners are not easy to get a handle on. We’ve got some creative ideas on how to make that space useful instead. Image: House to Hold

We all have it. That one corner in our home that’s just a little different from the rest. And we’re willing to bet that space isn’t getting too much action at the moment. After all, what do with such an awkward corner? Fortunately, though, it doesn’t have to stay that way. While these spaces may be going unused right now, with some planning, they can be put to good use. Whether they’re part of your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, they can become as functional and aesthetically pleasing as any other element in your design. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to see our best ideas for repurposing the less-than-ideal corner in your home. If you’re willing to put a little elbow grease into implementing the idea that
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Selling With Pets? What You Need to Know to Prepare for Showings

Pets may be family to a lot of us, but they also come with some added considerations. This is especially true when trying to sell your home. Selling with pets may take a bit more forethought, but it’s far from impossible. We’ve broken down the most important things you need to know about this process. Read on to learn what you can do to make your home appeal to buyers, Fido and all.
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Take the time to fix any signs of pet damage. Image: Rawpixel

Repair any damage

Before you even think about selling your home, make sure it’s in tip-top condition. This means catching up on those home maintenance tasks that have been piling up. Every future seller should take the time to fix that leaky sink and squeaky hinge, but pet owners may have a few extra items on their list. In particular, keep an eye out
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Get Ready for Warm Weather With This Ultimate Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is almost here. Before it officially arrives, give yourself a chance to beat the heat by prepping your home for the coming season. If you aren’t sure where to start, you’re in luck. Below is our ultimate summer home maintenance checklist. Follow the steps described and, before you know it, you’ll be ready for the best part: summer entertaining.
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Wash your windows thoroughly. Image: Roost USA Inc.

Wash windows and screens

Believe it or not, this task doesn’t begin with the glass. You want to start by cleaning the screens. Use a vacuum to bring up any loose dirt. Then, scrub each one with some dish soap and a bristle brush to remove any lingering debris. When they’re clean, set them outside to dry completely before using. Now, tackle the windows. Make a solution that’s one part hot water and one part vinegar. Then use a sponge or squeegee to wash
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Real Talk: 5 Crucial Things to Do When Buying a Fixer-Upper

We all love seeing those home renovation shows on TV, but unfortunately, the process is a little more complicated when you’re planning on buying a fixer-upper in real life. That said, as always, we have you covered. Below is a list of the top considerations to keep in mind if you’re set on buying a property that needs a lot of TLC. Read them over and keep them close. Believe us when we say this is how you buy a fixer-upper that works.
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Here’s how you successfully buy a fixer-upper. Image: Dane Deaner

Shop based on resale value

Here’s the thing: You don’t want to buy just any fixer-upper. You want to buy one that makes sense. While everyone’s priorities will be slightly different, resale value is often a great place to start. Whether you plan on flipping the home or living in it for a while, it’s worth hedging
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Moving With Kids? How to Make the Process Easier for Everyone

Think moving with kids has to equal tears and tantrums? We’re here to prove that conventional wisdom is wrong on this one. Moving with kids may not be easy — after all, neither is moving itself — but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Below we’ve outlined our four best strategies for helping little ones adjust to a move. Read them over and try them out on your family. We’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how well these tips work.
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Make moving feel like a fun and exciting event. Image: Kelly Sikkema

Make it an adventure

Let’s face it: Moving can be stressful and scary for all of us, even adults who have been through this process before. Now just imagine how scary it would be if everything about it was new and we didn’t have any control over what’s happening around us. It’s no wonder moving
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How to Stay Organized on a Cross-Country Move

Any move has the potential for stress, but a cross-country move much more so. There is no practical option to take things slow and move in chunks, or even bring the most important items to your new place in a few loads. However, the good news is that there are numerous things you can do to remain organized on a cross-country move and make the experience as stress-free as possible. If you’re looking for a guide on how to stay organized, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for our best tips for making this process as painless as possible.
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Decluttering always comes first. Image: Kai Pilger

Start organizing early

The most important part of organizing for your cross-country move is to start planning as soon as you can. The moment you realize that you will be moving a long distance, it’s time to start evaluating what items you
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Defining a House Style: What Is a Victorian Home?

Victorian homes have captured our hearts for over two hundred years now. However, there is so much more than meets the eye behind those dollhouse-like exteriors. This architectural style includes multiple, distinct variations that all deserve a critical look. Read on to learn more about how Victorian home style became a worldwide phenomenon and what makes it so special.
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Victorian homes dominated the 19th century. Image: Rite Way Custom Homes

History of the Victorian home

As the name suggests, Victorian homes reflect architectural styles that were popular during Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901). Interestingly, many of the details that we now associate with this style are actually eclectic interpretations of older architectural movements such as Medieval Gothic and Romanesque. Thanks to the size of the British Empire during that time, Victorian architecture has an incredibly wide reach. Evidence of this style is found across the UK and North America, as well as Australia
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First-Time Buyers, Here Are the Top Factors You Should Look for During Your Home Search

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A home search is likely daunting for first-time buyers. Image: Trickle Creek Designer Homes

For many people, a home search is an overwhelming process. After all, it’s a huge decision. It can be hard to sort out which qualities are crucial for a smart buy, especially for first-time homebuyers. Luckily, though, you don’t have to go through this process alone. If you’re ready to start your home search but aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for, we’ve got your back. Below is a list of necessary criteria for a house that will suit your needs going forward. Familiarize yourself with the list so you know what’s important when it’s time to start looking at listings.
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Make location your first priority. Image: Proyecto

Focus on location

Even if this is your first time buying a home, you’ve probably heard the phrase “location, location, location” before. The phrase is popular for a
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Lighten Up! Get Inspired with These 16 Fresh Pendant Light Ideas

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Let these fresh pendant light ideas inspire your next design. Image: Earle & Ginger Kitchens

Pendant lights have been around for a while, but that doesn’t mean there’s only one way to use them. In fact, far from it. Occasionally you need to shake things up by combining traditional design elements with new pendant light ideas. Often the results turn out better than you ever could have imagined. With that in mind, we present you with 16 fresh pendant light ideas. Read them over and consider how you can bring some of these lighting design twists into your own home. After all, sometimes even the classics benefit from a little makeover.

Pendant light ideas for the kitchen

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Consider grouping your pendant lights to create a faux-chandelier look. Image: Certified Luxury Builders – Dallas/Fort Worth

We Asked Pro Movers for Their Top Moving Tips. Here’s What They Told Us

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Pro movers gave us their best moving tips for making your transition as easy as possible. Image: rawpixel.com

Let’s face it: Moving days are never easy. After all, no one looks forward to lifting heavy boxes in and out of trucks, up and down stairs. However, moving day doesn’t have to be completely chaotic, either. All it takes is a little planning and forethought to make the day run smoothly. With that in mind, we decided to go straight to the source. We asked pro movers to share their best advice on how to accomplish a painless move. Incorporate some of these moving tips into your packing plan to help this would-be-stressful process go off without a hitch.
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If possible, schedule your move for early morning. Image: rawpixel.com

Schedule your move strategically

“If you’re hoping to get a better rate on a moving company or rental truck, avoid
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Buying a Rental Property for the First Time? Here Are Your 4 Most Important Considerations

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Ready to buy a rental property? Here’s what to look out for. Image: Rawpixel

Are you thinking about buying a rental property? Congratulations! That’s a huge step toward financial growth. However, be aware that buying a rental property isn’t the same as buying your own home. In fact, the two have a widely different set of considerations to bear in mind. Luckily, we’re here to help you sort it all out. Below we’ve listed four of the most important factors to look out for when investing in real estate. Read them over and keep them in mind as you start looking at potential properties.
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Pick a location that suits your ideal renter. Image: Weston Owen

Location, location, location

You may have heard that location is the most important factor when buying a home — and that’s true. However, when choosing a location for your rental property, there’s no single hard-and-fast
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Are You Making The 4 Bedroom Design Mistakes That Keep Decorators Up At Night?

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Are you making one of these bedroom design mistakes? Image: Stone Creek Builders

Is your bedroom looking a little lackluster? Are you feeling like you’re not designing it to its fullest potential? If so, you’re not alone. These bedroom design mistakes are all too frequent. Fortunately, though, these problems are fairly easy to fix. We’ve laid out four of the most common ones below, along with theirr simple solutions.
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Stick to soothing colors. Image: Gunter & Co Interiors Ltd

Design mistake #1: choosing loud colors

The design mistake: Choosing bold, bright colors, such as yellows, oranges, or reds. These shades are much better suited for high-energy areas of the home: think kitchens and dining areas. The solution: Take a cue from color psychology: choose blue hues. Scientifically speaking, in order to promote restful sleep, we should make our bedrooms as soothing as possible. The color blue has been found to promote peacefulness.
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The Defining a Style Series: What Is Haute Bohemian Design? (It’s Boho Chic’s Classier Cousin)

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Introducing haute bohemian design. Image: DISC Interiors

It seems like everyone has the urge to travel these days. Whether your passport is chock-full of stamps or you simply have a bucket list of future destinations, we have excellent news for you. Now there’s a way for you to incorporate your personal travel philosophy into your interiors. It’s all thanks to this year’s new trend: haute bohemian design. If you want to hear more about what this style of design has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. This segment of the Defining a Style series is dedicated to exploring what haute bohemian design is, as well looking at how you can recreate it at home. Keep reading to get the full scoop.
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This style is an upscale take on boho chic. Image: Laura U, Inc.

What is haute bohemian design?

This aesthetic is relatively new. First appearing in the
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5 Affordable Ways to Make your Home Feel More Luxurious

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Let us show you how to add affordable luxury into your home. Image: Polo MA Inc. Interior Design

Creating a luxury retreat in your own home may seem like an expensive and overwhelming task. Opulent furniture and upscale décor come to mind when we think of the term “luxury,” but, it doesn’t have to be that way. By simply making a few small changes, you can make your home feel luxurious without spending an arm and a leg. Don’t believe us? Here’s five of our favorite ways to welcome a touch of affordable luxury into your home.
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Always start by decluttering. Image: Allen Construction

Eliminate clutter and simplify

First things first: if you want to make your home feel luxurious, you have to simplify. It’s easy to overdo it with accessories, so be purposeful with your space. Taking a minimalist approach to each room in your home may seem counterintuitive
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Moving Soon? Here’s How to Pack For A Move Like A Pro

Let us show you how to pack for a move like a pro. Image: Erda Estremera

For many of us, packing for a move feels like a herculean task—and for good reason. There are so many different details to consider, not to mention the effort involved in lugging heavy boxes around. However, with a little forethought and planning, this process doesn’t have to feel overwhelming at all. If you need a little guidance on how to pack for a move, you’re in the right place. Here’s some great tips to help you tackle this project like a pro.

Put together a schedule that works for you, and stick to it. Image: Estée Janssens

Schedule your time appropriately

Let’s be honest: the biggest hurdle most of us face when packing for a move is leaving it all to the last minute. Packing your belongings is a big task: it’s easy to
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The 4 Most Common Contingencies Every Home Buyer Needs To Know About

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When you’re ready to buy a home, these are the contingencies you need to know about. Image: Thomas de Cruz Architects & Designers

If you’ve thought about buying a home, odds are you’ve seen the phrase “contingencies” pop up once or twice in your research. While the term can be a little intimidating at first glance, contingencies are there to protect you. These clauses indicate that certain events need to occur in order for the sale to move forward. If they don’t, you’ll be able to walk away from the sale unscathed—and with your escrow deposit securely in hand. While the exact clauses you decide to include in your offer will be up to you, there are a few common contingencies that nearly every buyer uses. We’ve listed them below to help you get started. Read them over to learn how they can help you on your path to home
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4 Ways To Spice Up Your Dining Room On A Budget

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Here’s how to spruce up your dining room on a budget. Image: May Konzepte Architekten – Interior Design

Formal dining rooms can quickly become drab and outdated. Since most of us eat the majority of our meals at the kitchen table, it’s easy to overlook this space when it’s time renovate. Luckily, you don’t need a huge budget to update your dining room. Here’s four easy ways to spruce up a formal dining room and have your guests ooh-ing and aah-ing, without breaking the bank.
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Add an accent wall for color. Image: Insides

Add an accent wall

Whether you paint a wall a bold new color, or opt for a modern take on wallpaper, adding an accent wall will instantly refresh the look of your dining space. Plus, since both paint and wallpaper are quite affordable, and application is easy to complete, this project is a simple way to create
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What Classifies A House Style: What Makes A Craftsman Home?

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It’s time to take an in-depth look at what classifies a Craftsman home. Image: Creative Architects

If you’ve ever watched an episode of House Hunters, you know that Craftsman homes have an appeal that many people find irresistible. Whether you’re drawn in by the cute front porch, elegantly sloped roofline, or those oh-so-charming architectural details, one thing is certain: this style’s popularity isn’t going anywhere. However, have you ever stopped to wonder what makes a Craftsman home so unique? Here’s an in-depth look at what makes a Craftsman home just that, including the history behind how and why this architectural movement came into being. Plus, an overview of the distinct features that set this style apart. Read them over with an open mind, and by the time you’re finished, you’ll be more in love with these homes than ever before.

Why You Should Consider A Monochromatic Color Scheme (Plus, How To Pull It Off)

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A monochromatic color scheme makes rooms look effortlessly pulled together. Image: Intro

Sometimes, even the most seasoned design aficionados among us need a little helping hand. It takes countless components to put a room together, so there’s no shame in searching for ways to make the process a little easier. If you’re in need of an assist and a little inspiration, here you go: how about using a monochromatic color scheme? If you’re interested in learning more about how this color scheme works, read on. We’ll tell you why it’s so effective in making a room look effortlessly pulled together, and we’ll provide a few practical tips on how you can make this look work in your home.
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Monochromatic rooms work because they easily create a unified design. Image: Kristin Petro Interiors, Inc.

Why monochromatic color schemes work

Monochromatic color schemes work because they streamline your design. Typically, you’d have
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Are You Making These 4 Bathroom Design Mistakes? We’re Here To Help

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Are you making some of these common bathroom design mistakes? Image: J. Kurtz Design

Most of us aren’t professional interior designers, which is why it’s okay to make a few design mistakes from time to time (It’s the best way to learn, right?). However, you don’t have to live with your missteps forever. Often, with just a few small tweaks, those errors are easily fixed and your interiors feel more fabulous and functional than ever. Here’s four of the most common bathroom design mistakes we see, as well as simple steps you can take to correct them. If you realize you’re guilty of one or two on the list, don’t worry—we’re here to help.
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Use these tips to help solve these bathroom design mistakes once and for all. Image: Linda Sonders Design

1. Not layering lighting

Are you settling with simply the overhead lighting in your bathroom? If so,
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