You Can Totally Change a Room by Switching out These 4 Small Design Elements

Not all interior design changes have to be full remodels. Sometimes, all it takes is a few small additions to totally change the way a room looks and feels. If you’re looking for some small design elements that make a huge impact, this post is for you. Read on to learn which elements make the biggest difference and how to use them in ways that will truly help your design stand out.
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Use throw pillows to give the room a pop of color. Image: Ana Donohue Interiors

Throw pillows and blankets

If you’re looking to make a quick change to how a room looks, there’s no better way to do so than by switching out your textiles, like pillows and blankets. These items are not just functional. These small design elements help add visual interest in a variety of ways, including color, pattern and texture. As far as color is
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How to Unpack After a Move (Without Driving Yourself Crazy in the Process)

You’ve probably heard lots of advice on how to pack before moving. But what about advice on how to unpack after a move? This process is just as stressful and, if the number of people who are still living out of boxes months after moving in is any testament, just as difficult to slog through. With that in mind, we’ve got some advice for you on how to unpack after a move. Read on to learn more about how to tackle this task strategically. If you follow our advice, you should be on track to become fully settled in less than two weeks after move-in day.
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Put your boxes in the right rooms from the get-go. Image: Christina Byers Design

Distribute your boxes strategically

Move-in days are crazy. You’ll probably feel rushed to try and empty your truck or van as fast as possible. It can be tempting to just
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Getting Ready to Do Inspections on Your New House? Here’s What You Need to Know

Congratulations — you’ve finally found a house that you love, and your offer has been accepted. Now what? The next step in home buying is doing your inspections. While this process isn’t extraordinarily difficult, it does help if you go into it as informed as possible. To prepare you, we’ve outlined the most important details of the process. Read them over and keep them in mind for your negotiations. With these tips, you’ll be able to advocate with your best interests in mind.
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You have a choice in whether or not you want to do any inspections. Image: Klaybor & Associates, Inc.

Inspections are optional

Put simply, you don’t have to do any inspections if you don’t want to. Alternatively, you could choose to do some, but not others. It’s entirely up to you. Your comfort level should dictate which make the most sense for you to elect to perform. Each
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Let These Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas Inspire Your Next Remodel

No matter what style it comes in, the kitchen is the heart of the home. But for those of us who are obsessed with making others feel welcome, there’s no better choice than a farmhouse aesthetic. If you’ve been thinking about bringing a modern farmhouse kitchen into your home, you’re in luck. Read on to learn more about the elements you need to include to pull off this look, as well as to see a handful of examples that you can use as design inspiration. If you follow our advice, you’ll end up with a look that feels straight from the farm, yet undeniably trendy.
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Farmhouse kitchens are the perfect blend of modern and traditional. Image: AK Construction Enterprises Inc.

Elements of a modern farmhouse kitchen

Modern farmhouse design works because it strikes a subtle balance between contemporary and traditional aesthetic. In essence, it’s the best of both worlds – and
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Get Ready to Go Nuts Over These 4 Drool-Worthy 2018 Countertop Trends

Many people think of the countertops in their kitchen as something of a workhorse. It’s a surface on which they can prepare a meal, eat or get work done during the day. They don’t give it much more thought, but they should. In reality, your countertops can be the artistic centerpiece of your kitchen – and we have the 2018 countertop trends to prove it. Don’t believe us? Check out the trends below and see what you think. We guarantee that at least one of these bold looks will catch your eye.
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Embrace the industrial look by using metals. Image: Terry and Terry Architecture

Metal countertops

If you want a look that’s totally distinct from the stone countertops that are dominating today’s contemporary kitchens, look no further than metal countertops. This look will work well for both those with modern and retro tastes. Plus, since there are a variety of
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These Stunning Rooftop Deck Designs Will Have You Wishing for One of Your Own

The most common place to find a rooftop deck is in the city, where lack of space lends itself to building up. However, their unprecedented views make rooftop decks an enviable feature in any home. Even if you have the space for a traditional outdoor deck or patio, you may want to consider looking into rooftop deck designs for your home.
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Decide how you want to use your deck. Image: Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

Types of rooftop decks

When putting together a rooftop deck, the most important thing to decide upon is how you intend to use it. There are three main purposes to choose from. They are:

Modsy Review: This 3D Rendering Service Is the Next Step in Interior Home Design

This article is sponsored by Modsy. While our team received this service free of cost, the opinions and statements below are those of our writer’s experience. Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Let’s face it: Designing a room can be difficult, especially if you’re working from scratch. After all, there are so many different details and moving parts to consider. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at a service that promises to make things easier: Modsy. Modsy is an interior home design service that offers 3D renderings, merging professional and DIY design. Read on below to find out how our experience went.
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Modsy is a combination of hiring a designer and going DIY for your home decor.

What is Modsy?

Modsy acts as a middle ground between designing a room on your own and hiring an interior designer. This service
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August Is National Curb Appeal Month! Here Are 4 Small Changes That Will Leave Your Yard Feeling Fresh

August is National Curb Appeal Month! It’s the perfect time to give your home’s exterior a refresh. With that in mind, we’ve brought you four fresh curb appeal ideas to help you celebrate. The ideas below are small changes that can be done on a variety of budgets. Read them over and decide which ones will work best for you. Even just doing one or two will leave your front entrance feeling brand new.
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Give your front door a pop of color. Image: Trimlite

Paint your front door

If you want your curb appeal to truly pop, there’s no stronger statement you can make than with a freshly painted front door. This will ensure that all eyes zoom to your doorstep from the street. Those going for a modern look should choose bright colors, much like the fire-engine red door above. However, if you’re a bigger fan of classic aesthetics,
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The Data Is In: These Are the Top 2018 Home Trends Buyers Are Falling For

Each year, Fixr.com releases a comprehensive report — called the Single-Family Home Trends Report — that compiles data on what today’s buyers are looking for in their properties, according to industry pros like builders and real estate agents. This year’s report offers some surprising insights into which 2018 home trends are flourishing and which old standards may be falling by the wayside. Let’s take a look at the highlights:
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Green features like solar panels are some of the biggest 2018 home trends. Image: Sol Haus Design

Green features are in

It should come as no surprise that sustainable features are some of the most requested by buyers, according to this survey of industry professionals. Indeed, green industries have grown at unbelievable rates. The renewable energy industry, in particular, has an annual growth rate of around 68% in order to meet the demands of homeowners. As for which features buyers crave
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How To Settle Into A New Neighborhood And Feel At Home In No Time Flat

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Let us help you feel at home. Image: Rawpixel

Settling into a new home involves much more than just arranging your furniture and enrolling your children in different schools. It’s about getting to a point where you feel truly comfortable in your new home and, in order for that to happen, it’s crucial to connect with members of the community and your neighbors. While the idea of trying to establish yourself in entirely new place can seem downright daunting  – or even anxiety-producing – it’s actually easier than you might think. We’ve taken the time to outline four fool-proof strategies to help you familiarize yourself with your new community. Even if you only put effort into one or two of our suggestions, they should help you feel at home in no time at all.

Research the neighborhood

Fortunately, you can start the adjustment process before you even move in. As
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Defining a House Style: What Is a Ranch Home?

Until recently, the ranch home was the most popular home style in America. However, have you ever stopped to wonder what made this style capture our hearts for decades? It’s time to take a closer look at exactly what goes into a ranch home. Read on to learn more about its history, the distinct types and some distinguishing characteristics. Chances are good that by the end of this post, you’ll fall in love with ranch homes all over again.
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Traditionally, ranch home design blends into a California landscape. Image: Zias Building Design & Documentation

History of ranch homes

The inspiration for ranch-style homes as we know them today can be traced back to North American Spanish Colonial architecture. Like ranches, these homes often featured single-story options that were best for battling the Southwestern heat. Rooflines were low with wide eaves. These homes were often U-shaped rather than straight across,
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Getting Ready for College? You’ll Love Kirkland’s Trendy Take on Dorm Room Design

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. Every college student knows that a cool dorm room is a must-have. With that in mind, Kirkland’s decided to do some digging into the top trends for the coming school year. What it found is not surprising: If you want to stay on-trend, metals, indoor plants and chic storage options are the name of the game. Though it doesn’t have a formal dorm room collection, Kirkland’s inventory backs up its research. We’re not surprised to see these styles top the list. Mixed metals and succulents have been some of the most popular design elements of the last few years. That said, what sets many of these pieces apart is that they feel age-appropriate. They’re cool and grown up, yet still fun and playful enough to
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Moving Red Flags: 4 Signs You’re Working With Bad Movers (And What to Do About Them)

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Beware of red flags indicating bad movers. Image: Hubley Design Interiors, LLC

Moving is stressful enough on its own. No one needs the added headache that comes along with hiring bad movers: those who are out to rip you off or steal your belongings. However, there are so many moving companies out there that it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. You’re not alone if you’re having trouble finding the right fit. If you’re looking to make sure that you avoid bad movers, you’re in the right place. We’ve outlined four of the biggest red flags for less-than-stellar companies. As you begin your search, keep your eyes peeled for these signs.

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The first step to ensuring that you stay away from less-than-reputable movers is to do research before booking. Above all else, it’s crucial to find out whether or not the
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Here Are 16 Cute and Captivating Wall Mural Ideas to Inspire Your Next Kid’s Room Makeover

If there’s one thing all designers – and design fans – know to be true, it’s that kid’s rooms make for some of the most fun projects. After all, where else can you forgo the modern obsession with subtlety in favor of bold colors and whimsical themes? These spaces are the perfect place to try out any wall mural ideas that you’ve been hanging onto for years. Not only are murals stylish and eye-catching, but the kids are bound to love them, too. That said, not all of us may have a great idea off the bat. With that in mind, we’ve laid out some wall mural ideas for you. Scroll down, look them over, and use them as your design inspiration. With any luck, these will help you get your next kid’s room makeover off to a great start.

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Getting Ready to Move? Here’s What to Look for in Your Real Estate Agent

Picking a real estate agent is a huge step toward becoming a homeowner. However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. There are often more than enough agents in your area to choose from, but how do you know when you’ve found the right one? If you’re about to enter the real estate market, this post is for you. We’ve outlined four crucial qualities to look for in your real estate agent. When you land on the right combination, you’ll have found your perfect match.

Ask questions of your potential real estate agent to gauge experience levels. Image: Norris Architecture

Overall experience

Buying a home, especially for the first time, can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, you’re about to make a huge purchase, one that requires managing several timelines and signing legal documents. If you’ve never done it before, you’re going to want someone to lead you through the
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14 Fresh and Fun Patio Ideas to Inspire You This Summer

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Check out these fresh patio ideas to help inspire your design this summer. Image: Distinguished Pools

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to think about your backyard entertaining options. Your exterior space doesn’t have to be boring. With just a little bit of effort, this area can become your favorite spot in the entire home. If you need a little inspiration to help you get started, you’re in luck. From pools to outdoor kitchens, we have 14 fresh patio ideas to help inspire your design. By the end of the list, you’ll likely find one that strikes your fancy.

1. Work with your pool

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If you have a pool, consider creating a showstopper by incorporating it into your patio design. Image: Pasquale Design Associates, Inc.

2. Make sure there’s plenty of room for dining

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Don’t forget a dining table for hosting dinner parties. Image: Chelsea Construction Corporation

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Chip and Joanna’s New Additions to Their Target Line Are Too Cool for School

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 may be summertime, but Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new Modern Farmhouse Office Collection – the latest segment in their Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia line for Target – has us lying in wait for the start of the school year. Whether you’re still a student or haven’t been one for a while, you’ll love the signature rustic simplicity that’s evident in every one of the 40 new pieces. Best of all, everything is under $50. (Those prices will have just about anyone making a Target run.) From the faux-leather file organizer to the sleek, industrial desk lamp, it won’t take long for you to see why it’s time to up your accessories game for your desk or home office.
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How to Move on a Budget and Save Your Hard-Earned Cash

Let’s face it: Moving can get expensive. However, if you’re willing to get a little creative, there are ways to do it without breaking the bank entirely. We’ve shared some of our best tips on how to move on a budget below. With a little planning and forethought, you should be able to keep costs down to the bare minimum.
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Decide what level of help you need. Image: Rawpixel

Research your moving options

In order to move on a budget, the first thing you have to do is conduct some research to get a sense of what your costs will be. There are different levels of professional moving help to choose from, and they all come at different price points. You’ll need to decide which one makes the most sense for you. The most common options are:

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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