HGTV’s Andy Williams: Celebrate Father’s Day With the Perfect Man Cave

Andy and Ashley Williams, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Fort Worth.

Andy and Ashley Williams, hosts of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth. Image courtesy of Almond Board of California.

Father’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate that special dad who works so hard and always puts family first. What better way to show your appreciation than to start thinking about creating a space that he can call his own: a man cave? This may entail transforming your basement, renovating your garage or even creating usable space in your attic.

Andy Williams of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth gave Freshome several great tips to help us all design the perfect man cave.

Expect the man cave to be loud during sporting events.

Expect the man cave to be loud during sporting events. Image: Jon Feingersh Photography/Shutterstock

Creating a sports-themed man cave

When Williams conceptualizes and creates a man cave, he takes the same approach as purchasing a custom suit or a set of golf clubs. “There are so

A sports theme can also be stylish.
A man cave for a Renaissance man.
A tastefully-designed man cave.
You can't go wrong with wood and leather.
Include space for entertaining friends.
A man cave should reflect the cave owner's taste and style.

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How to Choose the Right Porch Lighting for Your Home

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Improve your home’s curb appeal with new porch lighting. Image: David Papazian/Shutterstock

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Porch lighting is an important part of your home’s curb appeal, but it provides much more than just a pretty accent for your front door. The right outdoor lighting can enhance security, safety and even save you money on your utility bill. 

Porch Lighting Goals

There are many practical reasons to update your porch lighting, but your porch’s appearance matters, too. Most porch lighting updates are done for aesthetic reasons when a fixture has become dated or worn. The good news is that you can choose new porch lights that not only address the practical issues like security, but also give your home a stylish boost. Once you have identified your

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Front porch lighting

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What to Do About a Clogged Toilet, Sink & Other Common Plumbing Issues

Is there anything worse than a clogged toilet? First, there’s the sheer panic as you pray it doesn’t spill over onto your floor. Then, there’s the frustration of attempting to successfully plunge it. And all of this doesn’t even take into account the potential for embarrassment. Fortunately, if you’re dealing with this situation, we’ve got two pieces of good news. First, you’re not alone. Second, we’ve got tips and tricks to help you out.

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Protect your sparkling bathroom by neatly handling your plumbing issues with this guide. Image: Astronaut Images/Getty Images

Fast stats on common plumbing issues

Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a Neighborly company, recently commissioned a study about this exact situation — and all the other plumbing challenges homeowners and renters face. Here are some quick facts and figures the study uncovered:

Exclusive! The Most Popular Benjamin Moore Colors Across the US

No two individuals are alike. Similarly, each region in the U.S. has distinct styles in fashion, food and music. “These traditions and trademarks permeate all elements of the region’s culture, including into the homes of its residents,” Hannah Yeo, Color & Design Expert at Benjamin Moore, tells Freshome.

In fact, Yeo says Benjamin Moore has been able to spot a geographic design trend in how colors are being used. These are the most popular paint hues in eight cities across the U.S.

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Benjamin Moore: Simply White. All images courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Los Angeles

“Lighter colors are favored in the interior of the home across the nation and Los Angeles leads this trend,” Yeo says. As a hub for great design, she says white becomes an essential color in this area. “From warm pinkish white to the palest blue — or even the combination of whites —

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Blue attic
Balboa Mist office
Blue door
beige room
Caliente door
gray walls
pink desk area
Navy wall
beach glass walls

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How to Allergy-Proof Your HVAC System

Allergies and asthma are a growing problem. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says, “More than 26 million people in the US have asthma, and allergic asthma is the most common type, affecting around 60% of people with asthma.” Improving your home’s air quality can reduce common symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath. Start by updating your HVAC for allergy relief.

The main culprits that lead to asthma and allergies in your home include dust mites, pollen, pet dander and cockroach droppings. Your HVAC system is designed to filter these allergens (and more), but if it’s not optimized properly, it may be blowing the allergens around. Here are 4 reasons everyone should update their HVAC for allergy relief, even if you don’t personally suffer from asthma or hay fever:

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An HVAC inspection and maintenance includes cleaning or replacing air filters and searching for trouble areas where mold and

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5 Ideas for Using Rustic Lighting in the Backyard

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Rustic chic accents were practically made for the backyard, as their bucolic feel fits well with a natural setting. And if you want to add some instant rustic ambiance and class to your backyard, the fastest way to do it is to add outdoor rustic lighting using string lights. Immediately, this may strike you as fairly unclassy. You might picture plastic tiki string lights or out-of-season Christmas lights.
But backyard lights can bring subtle mood lighting and still keep things looking thoroughly rustic chic. You simply need to know the right styles of lights to use, which we’ll cover below.

Rustic Lighting Bulb Style

Rustic exposed bulbs can add plenty of soft light to a backyard. Image: funkyteddy/Shutterstock

Rustic Exposed Bulbs

An instant way to get a rustic

Rustic Lighting String Lights
Rustic Lighting Cage Style
Rustic Lighting Globe Lights
Rustic Lighting Distressed Wood

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Comps 101: How Comparables Can Help You Sell Your Home

So you want to sell your house. You know there are some key things you need to do like stage the interior and work on your curb appeal. You might think, especially if you’re hiring a real estate agent, that everything else is handled. But that leaves out one of the trickiest parts of home selling: pricing your property. How do you do it? Sure, your agent will help, but you want to know you’re not leaving money on the table. You also don’t want to price your home too high and leave it languishing on the market for months. So what do you do? Look at comps.

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If you want to list your home to sell, use comps. Image: romakoma/Shutterstock

What are comps?

Comps — or comparables — are the single most effective way to ensure you’re pricing your home to sell while also maximizing your revenue from the

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How to Share a Bathroom (and Keep the Peace)

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As far as house drama goes, the bathroom has got to be one of the most common key players. With real estate at a premium and more people than bathrooms, sharing can definitely land you in hot water — and not the soothing kind. Whether you’re sharing with a roommate, spouse or your kids, you can take some of the stress out of splitting the space. With the right organization, you can take the drama out of the bathroom routine and save it for more important places. (Don’t even get us started on the kitchen!) Try these tips to learn how to share a bathroom and restore the peace.
European style white bathroom

Cut down on clutter by keeping stuff off-site. Image: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Invest in bathroom

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Master bedroom with view of master bath
Natural light master bathroom
Clean modern bathroom

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Home-Buying Millennials are Obsessed with Lawns and Gardens

The U.S. Census Bureau says homeownership is up over last year. In their words, “the national homeownership rate has risen to 64.4 percent.” And Realtor Magazine says that jump is “largely attributed to the rise in new, first-time homebuyers.”

These first-time homebuyers are millennials and they don’t care about a fancy eat-in kitchen. Instead, they’re obsessed with lawns and gardens.

A survey from the National Association of Landscape Professionals found that 79 percent of U.S. homebuyers agree that a spacious and manicured lawn is an important feature in a home. And here’s the kicker: millennials, who currently make up the largest percentage of homebuyers, ranked the lawn as the top priority when house hunting.

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Lawns, gardens, patios and outdoor living are the #1 priority for house-hunting millennials. Image: Artazum/Shutterstock

Sure — a large, open kitchen and a huge master bedroom with custom his and hers closets

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Galley Kitchens: Pros, Cons, and Tips

Whether you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen or searching for a new home and weighing your options, the kitchen setup is extremely important. And if you cook a lot, the layout of this room really matters.

Quite a few homes have galley kitchens — and the owners either love them or want to take a sledgehammer to them. But what is a galley kitchen, and how do you know if this style is right for you? Freshome rounded up several experts to help you understand the pros and cons of a galley kitchen. They also provided tips for designing a galley kitchen that you’ll love. 

A galley kitchen is great for one cook at a time.

A galley kitchen is great for one cook at a time. Image: Ran Kyu Park/Getty Images

What is a galley kitchen and why is it used?

“A galley kitchen consists of two parallel runs of units forming a central corridor,” explains Ariel Richardson, a San

You can save money creating a galley kitchen
You can save steps - if it’s not too wide.
In lieu of 2 walls, a galley kitchen can have one wall and one long island.
Two cooks will probably bump into each other.
You might not have a window view.
Make sure appliances will fit correctly.
Add light wherever you can.
Light and open galley kitchen.
You may be able to enlarge the footprint.
Some galley kitchens are quite spacious.

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Florals: How to Use This Classic Pattern in a Modern Way

Floral prints are a classy addition to any space. However, they have the reputation of being a type of pattern associated with older home styles. Country kitchens tend to use florals on wallpaper. Victorian styles have floral prints on everything. Even retro spaces sometimes go for funky and artsy floral prints. But if you want a modern space, you don’t have to give up on florals completely. You can incorporate florals into the most contemporary of spaces.

With a few tips, anyone can start working with florals. The trick is understanding how to work with them in terms of pattern, color, texture and scale. Then you’ll be able to purchase decor items like floral-patterned bedspreads, furniture, wallpaper and vases to place this pattern in your home with ease. And by learning how to strategically place the right items, this task should only take a few hours on average.

Break These Bad Living Room Cleaning Habits & Transform Your Living Space

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Are bad living room cleaning habits keeping you from your best home? Image: NelleG/Getty Images

Cleaning is a hassle. But you might be making it harder on yourself than is absolutely necessary. Whether you’re tidying up your bedroom, kitchen or bathroom, banishing your bad habits can make it easier to clean — and easier to keep your place clean.

And nowhere will a truly good clean be more apparent than your living room. It’s your space for relaxing and it’s where you entertain guests. It’s where your most statement-making decor will most likely live. So it deserves some TLC. And you can deliver it with a little help.

Break these five bad living room cleaning habits and you can get your space pristinely clean. So clean, in fact, that it might just stay that way for good.

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Look around your living room. What’s the state

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6 HGTV Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know

If you’re like me, there’s nothing you love more than unwinding with HGTV. At the end of a long day, there’s something soothing about watching other people make high-stakes decisions. Whether it’s buying a beach house, renovating a kitchen or choosing a family home, HGTV has a total lock on homeowner-based entertainment. But how much of what you see is real? As it turns out, HGTV secrets influence the way you watch.

While on-screen house hunts and renos seem to go smoothly, appearances can be deceiving. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like your house situation is less than picture perfect. Much of what you see is good, old-fashioned smoke and mirrors. Here are some of the HGTV secrets that keep you watching.

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Some of the “hunted homes” might be off the market. Image: Andy Dean Photography/Shutterstock

1. Home hunting is already complete

If you’ve ever searched for a new

Kitchen and dining room
Contemporary master bedroom with metal accents

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Steal these 3 Home Design Trends for Wedding Decorating Ideas

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Some of the most popular home decor trends make their way to wedding decorating. Whether you’re getting married at home or having a destination wedding, check out these home trends and the wedding decorating ideas you can use to get the look in your own wedding.

1. Joanna Gaines-Inspired Farmhouse Chic Wedding Decorating Ideas

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Painted vintage doors decorated with flowers and plenty of candle lanterns set the stage for a farmhouse-style wedding. Image: Wedding and Lifestyle/Shutterstock

Are you a fan of vintage farmhouse style? Why not add it to your wedding decorating theme? You can pick up affordable decor pieces from Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand with Magnolia home collection at Target. Or do a little flea market and vintage shopping to find one-of-a-kind

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Steal these 3 Home Design Trends for Wedding Decorating Ideas

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Some of the most popular home decor trends make their way to wedding decorating. Whether you’re getting married at home or having a destination wedding, check out these home trends and the wedding decorating ideas you can use to get the look in your own wedding.

1. Joanna Gaines-Inspired Farmhouse Chic Wedding Decorating Ideas

farmhouse chic wedding decorating ideas

Painted vintage doors decorated with flowers and plenty of candle lanterns set the stage for a farmhouse-style wedding. Image: Wedding and Lifestyle/Shutterstock

Are you a fan of vintage farmhouse style? Why not add it to your wedding decorating theme? You can pick up affordable decor pieces from Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand with Magnolia home collection at Target. Or do a little flea market and vintage shopping to find one-of-a-kind

farmhouse wedding decorating ideas
wedding candle ideas
wedding centerpiece ideas
vintage wedding decorating ideas
modern wedding decorating ideas
wedding table decor
summer wedding decor
outdoor wedding decor
parisian wedding decor
wedding decorating themes
garden wedding decorating ideas
wedding decorating inspiration
wedding party decorating ideas
bohemian wedding ideas

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Organic Pest Control for the Garden

You put in all this effort getting your garden to finally sprout. Then you go outside one day and all of your plants are chewed to the ground. Sometimes it’s so extensive that it looks like you never had any flowers in that bed at all. But rather than running out and buying the harshest pest control on the market, there’s a gentler way. Try using organic pest control.

The EPA has a laundry list of major types of symptoms when exposed to pesticides, including increased risk of cancer, headaches, nausea and muscular weakness, to name just a few. In fact, the EPA recommends you use non-chemical methods of pest control where possible. So below we’ll cover different ideas for organic pest control in the garden.

These options for organic pest control tend to be low for expense and time investment, as well. For instance, you can buy organic deer

Organic Pest Control Plant Spray
Organic Pest Control Bug Trap Outdoors

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The Murphy Bed: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

If you need extra sleeping space for guests, futons and sofa beds are two options. But have you ever considered a Murphy bed? They’re extremely comfortable and take up zero floor space when not in use. And you can choose one that complements your room’s design. Here’s what you need to know about Murphy beds.

Uses

Murphy beds in multipurpose room.

Murphy beds work well in multipurpose rooms. Image courtesy of Murphybeds.com.

“Murphy beds have been increasing in popularity over the last five years due to smaller living spaces, downsizing and higher real estate values,” says Chelsea Williams, Retail and Internet Sales Manager at Murphybeds.com. “A Murphy bed provides you with the opportunity to have a spare bed without giving up the space for a spare bedroom,” she explains.

Dan Nelson, Principal Architect at Designs Northwest Architects, uses Murphy beds in his designs. “One of the great things about Murphy beds is

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Sofa Murphy Bed
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Murphy beds maximize small space

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Modern Residence in California Entwines Open and Closed Spaces

All images courtesy of Freelandbuck. All photography by Eric Staudenmaier.

New York-based architectural practice Freelandbuck completed the design of Second House, a contemporary residence in Los Angeles, California. Built around a central courtyard, the construction features both open and enclosed spaces that complement each other.

“Even though the program is articulated as separate volumes, the interior and exterior spaces are woven together into a single, visually continuous living space,” the architects said. “Transitions and thresholds are emphasized by an alternating arrangement of material surfaces. This creates a series of dramatically different spaces integrated into a single environment.”

Step inside and you see an abundance of natural light, which creates an overall feeling of freshness. Minimalist furniture arrangements and bright-colored lighting units add to the creativity of the interiors.

“Each room of the house is expressed as a distinct block paired with a corresponding exterior space (two entry alcoves and

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Palm Beach Chic is Now Available at Williams Sonoma Thanks to Aerin Lauder

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Aerin Lauder, the granddaughter of Estée Lauder, is also the Creative and Style Director of the cosmetics giant. And now her signature style has landed her a home and lifestyle collection with Williams Sonoma.
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Aerin Lauder at her Palm Beach home. All images courtesy of Williams Sonoma.

The AERIN Collection by Williams Sonoma was inspired by her family’s Palm Beach home, bringing us all casual yet elegant resort living all year round. When describing her Palm Beach home, Aerin says, “The sound of the ocean, the beautiful green grass, everywhere you look it’s blue skies and blue seas. This home is truly paradise to me.”

The design of each piece of her new collection fits this home and lifestyle, bringing authentic Palm Beach

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AERIN Collection at Williams Sonoma
AERIN Collection at Williams Sonoma
AERIN Collection at Williams Sonoma
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AERIN Collection outdoors
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4 Chic Ways to Use Rustic Brickwork

Brickwork is a common texture that’s used in a variety of trends. It’s useful for imparting a classic or bucolic vibe into a space. As a result, you most typically see it in rustic or country styles. But rustic brickwork has become a larger part of chic trends through the years. Styles like industrial chic make use of brickwork, as do rustic chic styles.

Outside of large-scale trends, there are also several subtle, stylish ways to use brick. Read on to learn how to work with rustic brickwork in a variety of modern spaces.

Rustic Brickwork Industrial Style

Brickwork was made for modern industrial styles. Image: Sinn P. Photography/Shutterstock

Industrial Style Rustic Brickwork

As mentioned above, rustic brickwork is common in industrial spaces. The modern industrial space in the photo above uses it to great effect. The red texture of the brick walls adds some warmth against the concrete. Modern spaces also tend to

Rustic Brickwork Chic Style
Rustic Brickwork Bedroom Space
Rustic Brickwork Kitchen Space

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