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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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Spa Bathroom

Spa days are a wonderful way to get away and relax. But they can get expensive, and it can be hard to carve out the time to head out to one. Luckily, there are several ways you can create a spa bathroom right in your own home. That way, every day can be a trip to the spa. You don’t have to take time out of your schedule to travel to a traditional spa or pay the hefty fees. Your spa amenities are right in the comfort of your own home. Read on to learn how to make a relaxing spa bathroom.
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Stone-textured walls add a natural, zen feel to a bathroom. Image: Architectural Homes by Anders

Remodel using deep colors and natural textures

The overarching aesthetic of many spas is in their natural textures. Many spas use natural stone walls, deep wood coloring and other relaxing, zen-like elements such
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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Wood Textures in the Kitchen

Wood is a common material for kitchens, from cabinets to walls to countertops. You can also use wood textures in the kitchen in surprising ways to create some visual interest and a style all your own. You can use wood in unexpected ways or in unexpected places to make a statement in a space. So if you’re looking for something creative to do with a kitchen design, take a look at the different ways to use wood textures in the kitchen.
Wood Textures in the Kitchen Island Wood

Textured wood creates some interesting contrast against the cabinets’ gray color. Image: Stonington Cabinetry and Designs

Match wood in interesting places

One idea is to take a highly distinctive wood texture and use it in unexpected places with high contrast. The photo above shows how the warm, textured wood from the island was also used over the cooktop area. This wood contrasts with the sleek gray cabinetry. Using a
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12 Living Room Rug Ideas That Will Change Everything

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A modern pattern with accents of black and gold jazz up a neutral living room rug. Image: Rejuvenation

We’re always interested in easy ways to rev up living room decor. If you can only add one item to make a big impact in your space, an area rug is an excellent choice. The right living room rug can pull all of your accent colors together, add pattern to a neutral color palette or soften hard edges in a contemporary room.

5 things to consider when choosing a new living room rug

  • Size: Make sure your rug is the right scale for your room.
  • Color: Your new rug looks best if it features at least two of your accent colors.
  • Comfort: Choose a rug you love, but it’s also important that it feels good underfoot.
  • Care: Check the cleaning and maintenance of any rug you are considering.
  • Style: The good news
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5 Ways to Get a Zen Living Room

Merriam-Webster describes Zen as “a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.” From a colloquial standpoint in the West, we generally use it to describe anything that is calm, serene, simple and soothing, especially when it comes to interior design. Zen spaces are also usually defined by distinctly Japanese design aesthetics, like rock gardens and tatami mat floors. If you love everything Zen, you may be searching for ways incorporate Zen in the central spaces of your home. Read on to learn how to get a Zen living room.
Zen Living Room Indoor Zen Garden

Zen gardens can fit right next to sitting areas. Image: Triptych Design

Indoor Zen garden

When people think Zen, they usually think of Zen gardens. But don’t assume that just because it has the word garden in it, it needs to be outdoors. The unique living space in the photo
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5 Ideas for Rustic Chic Accent Walls

In the world of design, rustic chic has become an increasingly popular option in a home. But what is rustic chic? Basically, these are spaces that take rustic elements like distressed wood and combine them with the simplicity of modern design. You can read more in-depth about the style here. And rustic chic accent walls fit right into the style. Since striking the balance between rustic and modern can be hard, there is one way to almost instantly get a rustic chic look. Design a modern space and add a rustic chic accent wall. What makes these walls rustic is that they are made of visibly distressed and textured wood. Take a look below for how to use rustic chic accent walls all around the home.
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Rustic wood accent walls are all about texture and contrast. Image: Creative Floors

Reclaimed barnwood look in the bedroom

One of the easiest ways to
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Ashley Woodson Bailey’s Wallpaper Brings Moody Florals Home

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Floral wallpaper is making its comeback, with Ashley Woodson Bailey leading the charge. Image: AWB

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.   This ain’t your grandma’s floral wallpaper. Florist-turned-photographer Ashley Woodson Bailey has just rolled out a line of garden-inspired wallpapers that toe the line between antiquated and avant-garde. One look at her wallpaper shop will have you feeling all of the moody, soft feels. Finding the perfect high-impact wallpaper just got a whole lot easier. Bailey’s new wallpapers take everything we once loved about wallpaper (the blend of colors, the use of pattern, the visual interest) and mixes in everything we love about modern design (high contrast, large-scale accents, pops of color) to deliver something with wide appeal. So how did Bailey learn to balance the traditional elements of
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5 Ways to Use a Small-Space Mirror

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.   Do you have a small space you desperately want to look bigger? An easy way to add visual space to a room is that classic cheat: adding a small-space mirror. Adding a mirror can literally double the space visually. But rather than installing mirrors willy-nilly, there are several ways to use mirrors that look stylish yet functional. From placing the mirror in unconventional places like on the ceiling to using segmented full-wall mirrors, these mirror ideas are great ways to add style while making a room look bigger.
Small-Space Mirror Bathroom Space

Cutting a mirror to fit sloping ceilings expands the mirror and allows the space to look that much bigger. Image: dblo associates

Extend mirrors in unconventional ways

Having a small space can mean some funky
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5 Stylish and Functional Garden Edging Ideas

Whether you’re designing a garden from scratch or trying to figure out ways to make your current garden more attractive, you might want to consider looking at garden edging ideas. Garden edging is not mandatory. Plenty of gorgeous garden spaces simply sit right next to the lawn. But adding garden edging helps create a visual barrier between the garden and other spaces. It creates a certain visual logic in your yard. Functionally, lining a garden has its benefits; it can stop the plants from growing outside of their designated space. You can see several garden edging ideas below.
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Stone is an attractive way to line a garden. Image: Niza

Gravel/stone strip as garden edging

This no-fuss, functional idea creates some geometry in the space. As the photo above shows, stone makes a solid visual barrier separating the shrubbery from the rest of the lawn. It also shows how you can add
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5 Modern Ways to Use Wood Paneling

Wood paneling was all the rage in the mid-20th century, before falling out of favor for decades. If you wanted an updated home, the first thing to go was the wood paneling on the walls. Bright, sleek colors were used to replace what was seen as dated wood textures. But now wood paneling is back. People are finding clever ways to use it in a variety of modern styles. With some sleek geometry, creative stylings and light colors, wood paneling fits well into the updated, modern space. Read on for several ways to use wood paneling in your modern home.
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Warm wood paneling creates great contrast with cool grays. Image: Heritage Construction Companies

Use wood paneling to create sleek lines

A wonderful aspect of wood paneling is that it can produce sleek geometry. By cutting the paneling into narrow strips, you can get a more lined, geometric look. Modern
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5 Concrete Floors That Will Cement Your Love for This Material

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Cement your interior design with one of the hottest flooring trends: concrete floors. Image: Effect Home Builders

The design world is hot for concrete right now. It’s not only one of 2018’s biggest design trends, it’s equal parts sleekness and sturdiness. Plus, it’s cheap and easy to maintain. Need we say more? Just to be safe, we will. Concrete just might be your most eco-friendly flooring option. If there’s already a concrete slab in your home or apartment, all you need to do is have it sanded and sealed. You need only minimal additional materials, meaning your impact on the environment is tiny. What’s more, concrete lasts a long time — we’re talking centuries. That’s why so many homes use it as the base for their flooring. If you want durable, chic flooring that’s easy to keep up, look no further than concrete floors. Here are a few examples
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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:

4 Ways to Get a Mini Kitchen Island for a Small Space

If you have a small kitchen but want the functionality of a kitchen island, don’t despair: Just because you’re working with a small space doesn’t mean you’re cut off from this convenient kitchen feature. Kitchen islands do tend to be popular in large kitchens, and they typically have expansive designs. But by getting creative, you can have a mini kitchen island in your small space. We’ve covered small kitchen islands in the past, but the kitchen island ideas below are downright micro. Read on to learn a few of the best ways to miniaturize your cooking, prepping and socializing space.
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In small spaces, add just the amount of counter space needed and no more. Image: Davis Architects

Miniaturize the concept

The first step to using a kitchen island in a small space is to shrink the counter space. While this may appear to sacrifice usability, you can still retain functionality by
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6 Ways to Get in on the Spiral Staircase Trend

If you’re looking for a literal unique twist on a space, you’ll want to look into a spiral staircase. Thanks, in part, to universal design and more basic, open floorplans, you just don’t see a lot of spiral staircases worked into homes these days. However, if you want a look that’s visually interesting with a touch of a classic and romantic feel, you may want to think about putting in a spiral staircase. Below are some of the top spiral staircase designs. From natural looks to industrial styles, a spiral staircase is a customizable option that fits surprisingly well into almost any home.
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Spiral staircases are a natural addition to loft designs. Image: Coupdeville

Open design spiral staircase

Just because things are going more open plan these days doesn’t mean you have to forget about spiral staircases. They’ve come a long way from being the main mode of access to
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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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5 Ideas for Fold-Away Kitchen Storage

If there’s one thing many of us feel we need, it’s more kitchen storage space. It seems like there’s always some new doodad to buy for the kitchen. And putting it all somewhere can get to be a challenge. But that’s why they invented fold-away kitchen storage. These design elements are defined by how they can fold or roll in some way to create more storage without visibly taking up more space. It’s practically like having a storage area bigger on the inside than the outside. Below are some ideas for making the most of fold-away storage in the kitchen.
Fold-Away Kitchen Cabinets

Spices and cooking pans are great items to store in expandable cabinets. Image: Matt Lehn Construction

Expandable Cabinets

A popular idea for fold-away kitchen storage is cabinets that pull out instead of swinging open. This often gives an increased amount of storage, since you can use the whole space under
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5 Ways to Work With Colorful Grout

Designers are always looking for ways to incorporate color into spaces. And for a good reason: Shots of bright color add visual interest and a playful feel to any room. One new way people are using color is with colorful grout. Once simply a way to seal the spacing between tiles, grout is taking on a fashion sense all its own. By dyeing the actual grout bright colors like teal, yellow and pink, a tile design can have a fun accent color that adds some artistic flair to a space. Read on to learn how to work with the new design trend of colorful grout.
Colorful Grout Yellow Bathroom

Yellow grout adds a cheery pop to any space. Image: MRTN Architects

Match the grout to other walls

In order to ensure that your new colorful grout doesn’t go unnoticed, you can match the grout color to other accent walls, like in the photo
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