4 Tips to Help You Create a Perfectly Cozy Breakfast Nook in Your Home

If you have enough space for it, we highly suggest incorporating a breakfast nook into your home. This space can serve as the perfect place for the family to gather, whether it’s over your morning cup of coffee or the kids’ homework after school. Keep reading to learn how to put together a breakfast nook that feels equally cozy and functional.
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Have your seating work with the angles of the room. Image: Moneyhill Interiors

Get creative with seating

Seating is the key feature of a breakfast nook. However, in this case, we’d encourage you to think beyond the standard table and chairs. Get a little creative with your seating. Breakfast nooks are supposed to be relaxed spaces and some shapely or otherwise out-of-the-box seating can go a long way toward driving home that feeling. With that said, you have a few different options to consider. You could build your breakfast nook
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12 Times Acrylic Furniture Made All The Difference In A Room (And Why It Will Work In Your 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.  Acrylic furniture, sometimes also known as lucite, has been around since the 70s. Yet, this look isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The translucent material has what it takes to stand the test of time and still look the part of today’s modern interiors. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling. We put together some design inspiration on how to pull this look off in your own space. By the end of this post, you, too, will be on Team Acrylic.
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We’ll explain a little bit about why acrylic pieces are here to stay. Image: Portal Design Inc

Why it works

When working with any interior, you need to consider visual weight. Visual weight refers to the measure of force an object has on the eye,
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What Classifies a House Style: What Makes a Cape Cod Home?

Cape Cod homes have been around for centuries, yet they continue to enchant us. This type of home, which is now synonymous with beachy style and weekends away, comes from very humble beginnings but still remains popular. That popularity led us to a question. What exactly is it that makes a Cape Cod-style home so unique? We’ve laid out the answer below. Keep reading to learn more about the long history of this quaint architectural style, what it is that sets the different types of Cape Cod homes apart and some defining characteristics of the style as a whole. By the end of this post, you should be able to consider yourself a Cape Cod expert.
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Cape Cod homes have been around since the time of the Puritan settlers. Image: REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder

History of the Cape Cod home

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What Classifies a House Style: What Makes a Cape Cod Home?

Cape Cod homes have been around for centuries, yet they continue to enchant us. This type of home, which is now synonymous with beachy style and weekends away, comes from very humble beginnings but still remains popular. That popularity led us to a question. What exactly is it that makes a Cape Cod-style home so unique? We’ve laid out the answer below. Keep reading to learn more about the long history of this quaint architectural style, what it is that sets the different types of Cape Cod homes apart and some defining characteristics of the style as a whole. By the end of this post, you should be able to consider yourself a Cape Cod expert.
Cape Cod

Cape Cod homes have been around since the time of the Puritan settlers. Image: REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder

History of the Cape Cod home

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Benefit Cosmetics And PBTeen Have Teamed Up To Bring You The Home Decor Collection Of Your Girly-Glam Fantasies

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.   Get ready to say goodbye to your allowance – or paycheck – because two titan teen brands have teamed up to deliver you the home decor collection of your girly-glam fantasies. This collaboration between Benefit Cosmetics and PBTeen is unapologetically feminine and totally on-trend. Its beauty-inspired decor delivers plenty of rose gold with a little bit of a 70s art deco vibe. Trust us when we say you won’t be able to get enough.

The whole collection is utterly swoon-worthy, in the best way possible.

Does it get any more glamorous than this? Image: PBTeen

“The Benefit x PBteen Collection is mod with a nod to the 1970s! It’s inspired by the luxe glam rock aesthetics of the era with opposite forces fusing together in
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How to Design a Small Dining Space (Without It Feeling Totally Cramped)

Just because your home doesn’t have room for a full, formal dining room doesn’t mean you still can’t create a great space for entertaining. Working with a small dining space can be tough, but with a little planning and forethought, you can make nearly any amount of square footage work for you. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling. We’ve brought you our best tips on how to design a small dining space without leaving it feeling overly cramped. Read on to see which ideas will work best in your own home. With our help, you can create a space that feels equally purposeful and inviting.
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Make sure to define the space as an area unto itself. Image: Marcel Page Photography

Define the space

The first step to creating any space is to define it. If your dining space is part of another room like the kitchen or living area, you’re going
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Rae Dunn’s New Collection for Kirkland’s Defines Country Kitchen Goals

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.  If you’re a fan of farmhouse style, whether you know it or not, you’re a fan of Rae Dunn. This artist’s work has lined the shelves of many popular home goods stores for years. Her work brings a warmth and simplicity that’s synonymous with the modern country home. Her new line for Kirkland’s, which debuted on August 17th, is no different. The collection consists of 37 individual country-chic accessories. From serving dishes big enough to feed the whole family to champagne flutes fit for a celebration, this new line has everything you need to help make a house into a home.

Rae Dunn’s collection showcases ‘perfectly imperfect’ elements of the country kitchen aesthetic

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Your Ultimate Guide to Paint Finishes: What Type Is Best for Your Walls?

When working with paint, the finish you choose is almost as important as the color. Sheen has a direct impact on how a shade looks, how easy it is to clean and how well it hides imperfections on your walls. With that in mind, it’s crucial to know your options for paint finishes before you get started. Read on to get a sense of the different paint finishes that are available, as well as how to use them.
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A matte finish is the most common type for interior walls. Image: Martha O’Hara Interiors

Matte paint

Matte paint — sometimes also called flat paint — is the most common choice for interior walls and ceilings. It’s popular because it offers little to no shine, letting your other design choices have the focus. A matte finish goes well in just about any room in your home. Another benefit of matte paint
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Fall is Coming: Follow This Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist To Keep Your Family Cozy All Season Long

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.  Fall is almost upon us. Are you and your home ready for the coming season? If you’re not sure, you’re in luck. We’ve put together the ultimate fall home maintenance checklist to help you make sure that you have all your key maintenance tasks covered. Read on below to see if you have anything left to do. If you complete all the tasks on this list, you can rest easy knowing that your home will stay safe and dry all season long.
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Don’t forget to clean out your gutters. Image: Sundeleaf Painting

Clean out your gutters

The season is changing and with it comes falling leaves and heavy rainstorms. Do your best to make sure that your gutters are clear to handle any of
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Fall is Coming: Follow This Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist To Keep Your Family Cozy All Season Long

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.  Fall is almost upon us. Are you and your home ready for the coming season? If you’re not sure, you’re in luck. We’ve put together the ultimate fall home maintenance checklist to help you make sure that you have all your key maintenance tasks covered. Read on below to see if you have anything left to do. If you complete all the tasks on this list, you can rest easy knowing that your home will stay safe and dry all season long.
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Don’t forget to clean out your gutters. Image: Sundeleaf Painting

Clean out your gutters

The season is changing and with it comes falling leaves and heavy rainstorms. Do your best to make sure that your gutters are clear to handle any of
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Here’s How to Decide Whether to Hire Movers or Go DIY for Your Move

When it comes time to move, you will have to decide if you should hire a moving crew or do the job yourself. There are some obvious pros and cons of each scenario. When you hire movers, you avoid heavy lifting. When you do it yourself, you save money. Ultimately, it’s up to you. That’s why we compiled a list of considerations to help you decide whether to hire movers or go DIY. Read on below to help yourself get some clarity on this tough decision.
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Look seriously at all moving-related costs. Image: JMorris Design

Compare the cost

It should be relatively obvious that you will save money if you choose to move by yourself instead of hiring a moving company, but there is more to it than at first glance. You also need to evaluate your other moving-related costs. For example, if you choose to move on your own,
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How to Balance out Those Trendy, Bold Colors in Your Interior Design

There’s no getting around it. Bold colors are in – and they look like they’re here to stay. That said, these shades can be tricky to handle when it actually comes down to putting a design together. That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a list of our best tips and tricks for handling strong hues in any interior design. Read on below to learn how you can make these trendy shades work in your home.
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Let the scale of the room dictate how much color you use. Image: Morr Interiors

Consider scale

Paying attention to proportion and scale is an important factor in designing any room, but it becomes especially crucial when you’re dealing with bold shades. This is because, in this case, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Using too much of one, eye-catching color in your design runs the risk of feeling
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The Seller’s Guide to Finding a Buyer: What Not to Do When Listing Your Home

When it comes to listing your home, you want everything to go smoothly. If you make a mistake during the listing process, you might end up getting less than your home is worth or find that it takes significantly longer to sell your home than it should. To stay ahead of the game and improve your chances of a quick sale with a nice profit, steer clear of these mistakes when listing your home.
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Make sure the price is right. Image: Blue Ocean Design

Pricing it incorrectly

Perhaps the worst mistake you can make when listing your home is choosing the wrong price. Potential buyers often skip overpriced homes because it’s out of their budget. If you list your home too high, you are also likely to get frustrating lowball offers. Conversely, if you price your home too low, you can lose out on potential profits. Instead of falling victim
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Let These 14 Stunning Built-In Ideas Inspire Your Next Home Improvement Project

If there’s one architectural feature that everyone loves, it’s built-in furniture. Whether we’re talking about classic bookcases, a modern entertainment center or a cozy window seat, these features always turn out to be equally eye-catching and functional. What more could you ask for in your home design? The next time you’re itching to take on a home improvement project, look no further. We even have 14 gorgeous built-in ideas to give you some inspiration. Look these over and we promise that you’ll have an idea for a built-in of your own.
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Built-ins are a great architectural feature for any room in the house. Image: J Wilson Fuqua & Associates Architects

What to consider when adding built-in furniture

Built-ins are a coveted architectural feature for a reason. Though the finished product is nearly always worth the effort, the building and installation process can require a large investment of time and money. With
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15 Times Jewel-Tone Colors Really Helped A Room To Shine (Plus, How To Recreate The Look Yourself)

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.  Jewel-tone colors are so in right now – and it’s not hard to see why. These bold colors pack a punch that is sure to catch viewers’ attention and win them over. The only tricky part is that since these colors are so strong, they are not the easiest to incorporate into a design. Luckily, that’s where we come in. We compiled some of our best tips on how to use these powerful hues in your home without having the final product feel overwhelming. Plus, we included some design inspiration to help you get started. Keep scrolling to see how you can make this trend work in your interiors.
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Follow this advice on how to bring jewel-tone colors into your own home without

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14 Warm and Inviting Ways to Use Burnt Orange in Your Home This Fall

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.  Fall is almost here. With it comes a number of gorgeous shades that you can incorporate into your interiors. Chief among them is burnt orange. This eye-catching shade is the perfect thing to make your home feel warm and inviting for the season or all year long. Don’t believe us? We have some design inspiration below that will turn you into this shade’s biggest fan. Scroll down to see why.
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There are many ways to add burnt orange into your home, whether you want to enjoy it this fall or all year. Image: Design A Space

How to use burnt orange in your home

It’s true that burnt orange is a strong shade, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a place of
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Selling Your Home? These Real Estate Photo Tips Will Help Your Home Look Its Best

When you’re selling your home, taking good photos is crucial. After all, your photos will serve as potential buyers’ first impression of the property. It’s what will make their decision on whether to come see your home or to pass it over for another option. With that in mind, we’re leaving you some of our best real estate photo tips. Read on below to find out what you should – and shouldn’t – do during this process. With these real estate photo tips in hand, you should feel confident in your ability to take photos that will have all eyes on your home.
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One of the most basic real estate photo tips: putting away any miscellaneous clutter. Image: Matthew Bolt Graphic Design

Declutter first

First things first, before you can take good photos, you need to set the stage to show the house in its best light. Put simply,
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12 Gorgeous Shiplap Ideas That Will Have You Channeling Your Inner Joanna Gaines

There’s a reason shiplap has been a fixture on the interior design scene for a while. There’s just something about this material that brings a clean and desirable look to any space. Plus, it fits nearly any design that you could dream up. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling. These shiplap ideas are so eye-catching they’ll have you channeling your inner Joanna Gaines in no time.
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Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering shiplap ideas. Image: Art Home Garden

What to consider before putting shiplap on the walls

Shiplap as a finished product looks great, but it’s not the simplest project in the world to undertake. With that in mind, we’ve listed a few considerations for you to mull over before you go about trying to recreate these looks yourself. They are as follows:

Question Time: These Are the Top Questions to Ask During an Open House

Attending open houses can be a lot of fun. After all, how often do you get a chance to tour other people’s houses without restriction? However, when you’re serious about buying a home, it’s time to start asking the serious questions, so that you can leave the open house knowing if this property is a viable option for you. Below, we’ve compiled five of the most important questions to ask during the next open house you attend. Take the time to ask these and, by the time the open house is over, you’ll be much more informed about what that home has to offer.
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Knowing why the sellers are leaving can help you gauge their motivation. Image: Fillmore and Chambers Design Group

1. Why are the sellers moving?

Truth be told, you may not get a straight answer on this one, but it’s good to ask anyway. Doing so
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Moving Essentials: 4 Easy Tips to Help You Downsize During a Move

Moving is the perfect time to downsize, regardless of your reasons for doing so. Some people choose to downsize to save money on rent or their mortgage. Others have become overwhelmed by the clutter. Some people move from a suburban area with large homes to a city with apartments and are simply unable to find something the same size as their current home. Others may just want to save money on movers who charge by volume. Regardless of your reasons for downsizing during your move, the process does not have to be stressful. By keeping a few pieces of advice in mind, downsizing can go smoothly, giving you a new, uncluttered home.
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Get started downsizing ASAP. Image: Anchor Builders

Start as soon as possible

Perhaps the single most important piece of advice for downsizing during a move is to start early. As soon as you know you will be moving
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