Clever Ways to Hide an Ugly HVAC Unit

Hidden HVAC

Find ways to blend your air conditioner into your home’s exterior design. Image: New Eco Landscapes

Don’t let an unsightly HVAC unit or pool pump ruin your home’s outdoor aesthetic. There are plenty of great materials and ideas available to help your air conditioner blend in with the rest of your home. While we like to think design first, your HVAC system needs to be clear of leaves and debris and placed far enough away from any obstructions that could compromise airflow and efficiency. Your local HVAC specialist is your best bet for guidance on these issues. Here are five options that can help hide your air conditioner without sacrificing style.
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This wicker screen enclosure by Suncast offers is an easy and attractive way to hide your HVAC unit. Image: Target

Wicker

A charming wicker screen can give your backyard a cottage garden feel and keep your HVAC unit
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Cavern Clay: The Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year

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Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, warms up an inviting dining room. Image: Sherwin-Williams 2019  Color of the Year

Cavern Clay is the Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year – and we are already falling in love with the possibilities. This unexpected, warm terracotta is a color chameleon with endless decorating opportunities. Cavern Clay looks like it fits with the heart of Southwestern decorating (which is making a comeback this year!). Paired with muted colors like blue, tan and even pink, the hues of the Painted Desert can be realized in your home’s decor.

Cavern Clay Living Room

Blue color accents balance the warmth of Sherwin-Williams Cavern Clay. Image: Sherwin-Williams Cavern Clay

“American Southwestern isn’t the only inspiration for Cavern Clay,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s — with a twist. In the coming year, we will embrace our

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2019 Colormix Aficionado Palette
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Create Some HER Time With Woman Caves and She-Sheds

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 they want a timeout, men have been able to retreat to the man cave, the garage, the shed or other areas usually uninhabited by their family members. Women also deserve a place to escape and have some quiet time alone (or with other women). Whether it’s a place to relax, work, read, craft, sleep or just sit and do nothing, women are creating their own spaces. Below are some of the trends in woman caves, she-sheds and other relaxing spaces that women can design and decorate solely for their pleasure.
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A fashionable woman’s cave in Calgary, Alberta. Image: Urban Abode

Basement retreat

The woman cave in the basement of this Calgary home has everything a woman needs to relax and spend
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Thanksgiving Decorating Checklist

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Start your Thanksgiving decorating plans early to make the most of the season. Image: Improvements Catalog

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.  We love the colors and flavors of Thanksgiving. The highlight of fall is decorating our homes with warm hues while anticipating welcoming guests for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether your holiday will be spent as a couple, with your immediate family or with a large group of friends and relatives, great decorating requires a plan. With so many details to keep track of this season, a guide is helpful. We have your Thanksgiving decorating checklist.

1. Choose Your Theme

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Use the dramatic colors of late autumn for your Thanksgiving decorating. Image: Grandin Road

To create your Thanksgiving style, you can decorate elaborately or just add harvest-inspired accents around

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Five Lawn Maintenance Tips for 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.  If you spent a lot of time this summer maintaining your lawn, you probably welcome the arrival of cooler temperatures. However, the end of summer is not the end of lawn maintenance. “Fall comes with a mix of warm soil and cool air, perfect for planting grass seed and allowing time for new grass roots to develop before winter sets in,” according to Phil Dwyer, Ph.D., Turf Grass Scientist at Scotts Miracle-Gro.

“It is also a good time to feed and build stronger, deeper roots for winter, resulting in a thicker, greener lawn next spring,” Dwyer tells Freshome. Every lawn is different, but here are some lawn maintenance tips to take advantage of the fall weather.

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Decorating Ideas for Behr Blueprint: 2019 Color of the Year

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Behr Blueprint, their 2019 Color of the Year, brings fresh color to a kitchen. Image: Behr

Behr recently announced Blueprint as their 2019 Color of the Year – and we are in love with this versatile blue. Behr Blueprint is a true blue. There is no hint of green or aqua, which has been the trend for several years. Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr, explained why Blueprint was their choice for 2019. “Much like the sketches builders rely on to bring an architectural design to life, Blueprint S470-5 lays a foundation for consumers to make their unique vision a reality. This universally appealing hue provides a steady stream of positivity and is poised to be an instant classic for years to come.”

Blueprint is a rich and relaxing color that is suitable for any room in your home. The simplicity of this paint

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Creating a Home Gym That Makes You Want to Exercise

Nothing beats being able to exercise at your convenience – and in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  No driving in traffic, showering with strangers, wondering if the exercise equipment has been disinfected recently or being too hot or too cold.  Even if you’re not an exercise buff, designing your own gym allows you to create the type of space that is conducive to working out. Below, you’ll find design inspiration and tips to help you design a home gym that beckons you to work out.

This Orange County, California home gym features stained white oak plank floors. Image: Gaetano Hardwood Floors

“Compared with the cost of a gym membership or personal trainer, creating a home gym can pay for itself in no time,” according to Dan DiClerico, home expert and smart home strategist at HomeAdvisor. And Wi-Fi-connected exercise equipment has increased the popularity of home
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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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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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The Best in Skeleton Decor for an Awesome Halloween

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 decorating for Halloween, chances are you’re thinking of using skeleton decor. Skeletons just go with Halloween. However, there’s an art to using skeletons in your Halloween decorations. Done right, they can look creative, truly spooky and even classy. Done wrong, you end up with a tacky plastic skeleton haphazardly hung from a tree or thrown into a chair. Even worse, you could end up with one of the lame 2D cardboard skeletons. Below are some ideas for using skeleton decor in your Halloween decorations that will take your home to the next level this season.
Skeleton Décor Multicolor Design

Get a different multicolored look with this shimmery design. Image: Grandin Road

Iridescent skeleton

New this season from Grandin Road is this iridescent skeleton. Gone are
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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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Top Designer Tips to Style Your Nightstand

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Style your nightstand with pastel colors and mid-century modern inspiration. Image: Williams Sonoma Home

Nightstands have a way of attracting clutter with everyday use. Is there really a way to organize the items we keep close at hand every night? We spoke with top interior designers to find out their favorite ways of maximizing this small surface while making it a stylish focal point in the bedroom. Instead of using your nightstand as a catch-all, you can style it to be functional and attractive with these simple ideas:

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Use nightstands to express your unique creativity and taste. Image: Lisa Gilmore

Get creative with personal touches

Interior designer Lisa Gilmore, known for her colorful and glamorous design, shares her out-of-the-box tips to style your nightstand in unique ways:

Score Extra Points by Showing Your Team Spirit at Home

Your favorite team has a place in your heart – and can also have a place in your home. You shed sweat and tears (but hopefully not blood) screaming, shouting, rejoicing, biting your nails, crying and using words we can’t print here. Team spirit is important to you, and your design and decorating choices are fun ways to demonstrate your allegiance. Whether you just want to include one or two well-placed items or pay homage to your favorite player or team throughout your house, below are some ideas to inspire you.

Hockey Headboard

A hockey lover’s bedroom in New Brunswick, Canada: Image: Decorating Den Interiors

You’ll have sweet dreams (assuming your team is winning this year) when your headboard is a hockey goal. Those curtains are sheets (with the team’s logo) that have been custom-sewn to fit the window.  To recreate the Toronto Maple Leaf’s logo over the headboard, the
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Haunt Your House Using Halloween Illusion Decorations

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 there’s one thing Halloween is good at, it’s special effects. One of the all-time favorite Halloween activities is watching a horror movie, complete with chilling effects for maximum levels of terror. So why not bring special effects into your home using Halloween illusion decorations? These items make the most of cool effects and technology to make your home look truly haunted. Gone are the days when you had to settle for just hanging a white faux skeleton and calling it spooky. Now you can get haunted light shows, reaching hands, 3D window art and realistic haunted mirrors. Take a look below to learn how to take your haunted house to the next level for this year’s Halloween party.

Get Your Home Ready to Sell with These Easy Updates

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A beautiful color scheme makes any home a buyer’s favorite. Image: Wayfair

When getting your home ready to sell on a busy market, it may not make sense to take on big home improvement projects. Once you’re confident that your home does not need any major repairs that will stop a buyer’s home inspection, you can focus on easy updates to make your home more appealing. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom might be out of your budget or time frame, but there are still plenty of small updates you can make in key areas to get your home ready to sell.

Five ways to wow potential buyers

To impress potential buyers, there are five specific areas of your home to focus your decorating efforts. Don’t worry — these quick updates are not expensive. If you already hired a real estate professional, they can help determine your probable buyer

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5 Ideas for Fun, Cute Halloween Decorating

Halloween decor doesn’t have to be scary. Source: Sarah Greenman

Do you want to decorate for Halloween, but it feels like every time you walk into the Halloween store all you see are horrifying, blood-sucking bats hanging from the ceiling and a bin of plastic severed feet? Maybe you’re the type of person who likes Halloween, just not the gory side of it. You may even love Halloween, as long as it stays in the cute Halloween decorating category. There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s no reason you should have to fight your gag reflex as you decorate your home for Halloween. Below are decorating ideas for getting a cute Halloween full of good, clean fun.
Cute Halloween Decorating Color Banners

Any black, white and orange fabric can make a Halloween theme. Image: Royal Design Studio Stencils

Make banners out of classy black, orange and white fabric

This idea has a Halloween vibe while staying away
Cute Halloween Decorating Boo Vase
Cute Halloween Decorating Plush Dolls
Cute Halloween Decorating Mantel Scene
Cute Halloween Decorating Witch Dolls
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4 Reasons to Add Shibori and Indigo to Your Decor

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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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Indigo has staying power, so you can safely use

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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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20 of the Best Items in Truly Scary Halloween Decor

Give your neighbors a real freight with these spooky Halloween decorations. Source: Between Naps on the Porch

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.  One of the best parts about Halloween is getting to build a horror movie set right in your home. It’s especially fun when you’re using scary Halloween decor to set the stage for a haunted house party. With so many different Halloween decorations out there, the possibilities are endless for what types of themes you decide to bring into your home. Below are some top ideas for ghosts, monsters and other scares to place in your house this Halloween. Because we all have different levels of gore we can handle, these ideas vary from spine-tingling to more abstract ideas like silhouettes. You should be able to
Scary Halloween Decor Glowing Glowing Ghost
Scary Halloween Décor Detailed Sea Skull
Scary Halloween Décor Hollow Ghoul
Scary Halloween Décor Metallic Shelf Ghoul
Scary Halloween Décor Long Skeleton Ghoul
Scary Halloween Décor Black Spider
Scary Halloween Décor Gargoyle Cling
Scary Halloween Décor Zombie Figure
Scary Halloween Décor Pumpkin Ghoul
Scary Halloween Décor Frankenstein's Monster
Scary Halloween Décor Owl Outline
Scary Halloween Décor House Outline
Scary Halloween Décor Witch and Cats
Scary Halloween Décor Skull Piece
Scary Halloween Décor Pirate Skull and Crossed Bones
Scary Halloween Décor Head Platter
Scary Halloween Décor Wall Hands
Scary Halloween Décor Maid Skeleton
Scary Halloween Décor Skeleton Wall Fixture
Scary Halloween Décor Skeleton Rising with Lantern
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