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Inspiration

Your Holiday Home Prep Checklist

Everything you need to do now to get your home is ready for the holidays. From getting the kitchen in order to making sure the furnace is in top shape, we’ve simplified the holiday prep process so you can enjoy the celebration.

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Real Estate

9 Great Off-the-Beaten-Path Towns Where You Should Live

The House Method team has picked nine under-the-radar towns that tick all the boxes when it comes to livability, jobs, and great real estate prices.

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Inspiration

Best Recipes for Kitchen Wallpaper

With wallpaper making a huge comeback, House Method outlines how to spice up kitchens of all kinds with wallpaper. Plus some tips and tricks to ensure that it’s always fresh, never stale.

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Real Estate

How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent in 9 Steps

Every home buying and selling experience is unique. The market will change, as will your needs, your budget, time frame, tastes, and the length and depth of your search. Here’s how you can find the right real estate agent to guide you through the home buying or selling process.

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Home Safety

Are You Adequately Insured? Here Are 16 Items Not Covered by Home Insurance

You may think that your home insurance covers all damage to your house, but flooding, earthquakes, and normal wear and tear are just a few items not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. Here are 16 items not covered by homeowners insurance and how you can get coverage for them.

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Rooms

Why It Can Be So Hard to Get Rid of Things in Our Homes

Dr. Eve D’Onofrio, a professional organizer specializing in hoarding, ADHD, grief and loss, and autism spectrum disorders, talked to House Method about why it can be so tough to get on with the process of decluttering—and what you can do about it.

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Lifestyle

Top 25 Historic US Homes That Fly Under the Radar

While the Biltmore and Monticello are definitely worth visiting, these 25 historic US homes are also worth your time. We took into consideration how well preserved the house is, its mark in history, its architectural beauty, and much more. See which historic home tops our list.

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Electric

Meet the Simple Device That Can Save You Money on Energy Bills

The Sense energy monitor could save you hundreds on your energy bills every year and can predict appliance and system failure. Meet the device that unlocks a multitude of information about how our money, time, and energy is being spent in the home.

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Home Safety

The Limits of Hurricane Insurance & What You Can Do About It

Do you know what your hurricane and flood insurance policies cover–and what they don't? CoreLogic estimates that nearly 7 million Americans are at risk for serious hurricane damage in 2018, but unfortunately, fewer and fewer homes are adequately insured.

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Real Estate

7 Instances When Renting Is Better Than Buying

Homeownership may seem like a financially smart move, but if you don’t have a strong enough credit score or are shopping in a seller’s market, renting may be the better option. Here are seven instances when renting may beat buying.

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Inspiration

Before & After: The Details of a Kitchen Designer’s Modern Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen designer Stephanie Pierce shows us the before and after of her total kitchen renovation. See how she maximized space, organization, and durability.

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Rooms

31 Ways to Ditch Plastic in Every Room

Roughly 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, and since most plastic doesn’t break down, all of that plastic will remain in our environment for hundreds of years. Making simple changes like using a reusable tote bag or water bottle can limit our plastic use and save the environment.

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Lifestyle

Why You Should Start Swedish Death Cleaning in Your Twenties

Swedish death cleaning isn’t just for the aging. Dr. Kristen Fuller, M.D., of the Center for Discovery weighs in on how the practice of eliminating unnecessary belongings can benefit you long before you leave this earth.

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Bedroom

How Soon Is Too Soon to Transition Your Child’s Room When They Leave for College?

Many parents, guardians, and caretakers are sending young adults to college for the very first time this month—so what should be done with the bedroom that’s been vacated? How soon is too soon to make a change?

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Lifestyle

Most Underrated Town in Every State

The complete guide to the most underrated towns by state. We consider unemployment rate, cost of living, historical sites and monuments, entertainment and dining options, and much more.

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Lifestyle

Accommodating the Needs of a Multigenerational Household

For multigenerational households that aren’t looking to buy or build a new house, there are changes that can be made to an existing space to make it work for everyone. Here are three ways to accommodate the needs of a multigenerational household.

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Real Estate

How to Decode a Home Inspection Report

So you’ve received your home inspection report, now what? We explain what’s included in the report, which issues are considered red flags, and what to look out for that you may be missing.

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Kitchen

Kitchen Essentials of a Professional Chef: At Home with Claudia Sidoti

Claudia Sidoti, head of recipe development at HelloFresh, gave us her take on her kitchen essentials: what belongs in the perfect kitchen, what she always has in her pantry, where she splurges and where she goes for the bargain.

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Lifestyle

The Rise of Multigenerational Living

In 2016, a record 64 million people, 20% of the US population, lived in multigenerational homes—up from 60.6 million Americans in 2014 and 51.5 million Americans in 2009. See why multigenerational living is making a comeback across the country.

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News

It May Be Easier to Save Money in Manhattan Than in Memphis

A recent study shows that while some homeowners are able to put away a healthy share of income each month, others incur a deficit of hundreds, and renters in the same cities may be stacking a debt not easily overcome.

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Real Estate

Are You Ready to Buy a House?

Thinking of making the leap from renting to buying? Here are five questions that will help you determine if you’re ready to buy a house, plus tips from the pros.

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Inspiration

Where & How to Buy Original Art for Your Home

Our favorite places to buy original art online, plus expert tips from art advisors and artists on how you can score beautiful pieces for your home at a great price.

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Inspiration

How to Tell if That Painting in the Attic Is Worth Anything

An interview with Graydon Sikes, art director at Everything But the House, art appraiser, and licensed auctioneer about that problem we all hope to have: Is that painting in the attic worth anything?

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Inspiration

Galley Kitchens:
Design Ideas and Configuration Tips

If you’re designing a new galley kitchen or looking to remodel an existing one, we’ll show you how to maximize your space for the most beautiful and efficient layout.

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Maintenance

Best Bathroom Cleaners of 2018

We’ve reviewed the best bathroom cleaner solutions, accessories, chemical-free options, and DIY recipes to keep your bathroom fresh and clean. Check out our 2018 bathroom cleaner guide.

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Closet

13 Walk-In Closet Ideas

Though your walk-in closet may be small, there are still ways to give it character. Here are 13 walk-in closet ideas that will help you declutter clothes and accessories, maximize storage space, create a more efficient layout, and transform the look and feel of your space.

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Real Estate

Why Mortgage Applications Are Denied—And What You Can Do About It

Buying a home can be as nerve-wracking as it is thrilling, and applying for a mortgage is often the most stressful part of the process. Here’s what you need to know about the top factors that can lead to a mortgage application denial—and what you can do about them.

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Real Estate

64 Projects to Increase
Home Resale Value This Weekend

When we think of increasing resale value, big reno projects are often prioritized. But there are plenty of minor tasks that can be done with just as much effect. Boost your home’s resale value this weekend with these 64 projects, big and small.

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Real Estate

How Much to Offer
on a House: 9 Factors
to Consider

How do you make the most competitive offer without overextending? We talked to a few real estate agents and got insight on the 9 factors that matter the most when determining how much to offer on a house.

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Curb Appeal

57 Things You Can Do This Weekend
to Increase Your Curb Appeal

Increasing your home’s curb appeal can make you the envy of the neighborhood and give you a leg up in the real estate market. Here are 57 things you can do in a weekend to increase your home’s curb appeal.

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Garden

7 Best Indoor Plants For Low Light

The best indoor plants for low light are those that thrive with four or fewer hours of sunlight each day. House Method has picked seven of our favorites for your home. Green thumb not required.

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Maintenance

How to Organize a Closet
When You Don’t Have One

How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.

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Lawn

17 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
(and Other Bugs Too)

Investing in plants that repel mosquitoes is an alternative to chemical bug sprays and a natural way to keep your lawn, garden, and home bug-free. Here are 17 plants that repel mosquitoes both indoors and out.

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Lifestyle

Why Home Sharing Is Necessary in America

Home sharing is the exchange of housing for mutual benefit in the home, allowing those on a low or fixed income to seek affordable housing while mutually agreeing to support the homeowner. Learn how home sharing works and why it’s so important in the current real estate climate.

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Real Estate

Is Home Staging Worth the Investment?

In a competitive real estate market, home staging has become a popular way to increase a home’s selling price and sell quickly. But is it really worth the investment? We talked to Steve Snider and Jessica Silver, real estate agents at CORE, and got their take on the importance of home staging.

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Inspiration

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas

Form and function, meet design. With such little space in your apartment, balance is important to create a space that is both efficient and useful. Here are our top decorating tips for apartment dwellers, room by room.

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Entryway

Entryway Inspiration from All Angles

The first impression of a home is made the second you step through the front door. See our favorite entryways from all angles and learn how to set a welcoming tone for your home.

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Maintenance

How to Organize a Closet: An Interview with a Professional Closet Organizer

Get an exclusive look at how Kimber Holcombe, founder and image consultant of KW Consulting, a Dallas-Fort Worth closet organization company, thinks about organizing a closet and learn how to manage your own messy space.

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Inspiration

7 Most Unique Lighting Brands for Your Home

Adding a unique light fixture to your home can instantly make it more stylish. From glistening chandeliers that illuminate your dining room to modern light sconces that serve as wall décor, here are seven lighting brands worth considering.

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Maintenance

Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing Your Closet

We interviewed Sarah Giller Nelson, owner of Less is More Organizing Services, and asked her advice on how to efficiently organize and maintain a closet. Here’s our simple, five-step guide.

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Real Estate

What It Means to Be in an Overvalued Housing Market

CoreLogic reported nearly 50% of the nation’s 50 largest markets are overvalued, but what does this mean for buyers and sellers in the market right now? We talked to Mark Chin, CEO of Keller Williams Tribeca and Adam Taylor of BOND New York to find out.

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Inspiration

7 Nursery Décor Ideas

Are you tired of the traditional pink and blue nursery and wanting to personalize your newborn's room? From soft colors to statement walls to personalized artwork, here are seven nursery décor ideas for your home.

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Inspiration

More Is More: The Art of Maximalism

Maximalism: when more is actually more. Here’s our take on maximalism and how you can apply this decorating style to your home.

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Inspiration

Best Uses of Wallpaper

From refreshing, floral prints to simple, classic designs, here are 8 best uses of wallpaper from our collection of house tours.

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Bathroom

Art in the Bathroom

Though your bathroom may be small, there are plenty of opportunities to feature art. Here are 11 ways to include art in the bathroom.

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Entertaining

How to Make a Guest Room
in 48 Hours

When you have unexpected guests due in a few days and a spare bedroom that’s more storage space than guest room, you have to be pretty scrappy. Here's how to create a complete guest room in under a weekend.

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Inspiration

Calico Wallpaper: The Captivating Papers

We hear from Rachel and Nick Cope, the founders of Calico Wallpaper, and get insight into what led them to incorporate paper marbling into their deluxe wallpapers.

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Real Estate

The Complete Moving Checklist
(and Survival Guide)

Moving is going to be horrible, let’s stop pretending that it’s not. We’ll walk you through the three months leading up to the terrible day and even walk you through sign off with the movers.

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Lifestyle

Growing Cities and Affordable Housing: The Effects of Rapid Urban Development

More than 80% of Americans now live in cities, but as our urban areas continue to grow, the effects of rapid urban development can throw a wrench into housing availability and affordability, school populations, and urban infrastructure. Bill Rohe of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Carol Krinsky of New York University weigh in.

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Inspiration

OLIVIA + POPPY: The Bold Papers

Part one of our wallpaper series: We interviewed Jamie Graney, CEO and founder of OLIVIA + POPPY, and got her take on breaking into the wallpaper industry.

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Inspiration

Flavor Paper: The Handcrafted Papers

We had the opportunity to chat with Kalin Siegwald, manager of creative at Flavor Paper, and learn about the company’s unique wallpaper collections and eco-friendly manufacturing process.

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Lifestyle

Airbnb Confessions: Examining Guest Behavior During Their Stays

We asked more than 1,000 Airbnb guests and 100 hosts about how often they demonstrated or discovered objectionable behaviors. From minor frustrations to freakier infractions, we discovered how often visitors violated the rules they promised to follow.

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Real Estate

How to Win in the Most Competitive Summer Real Estate Markets

We talk to Raleigh, NC, real estate agent Corey Short about how buyers and sellers alike can gain advantages in 2018's hottest real estate markets.

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Bedroom

How to Create a Feng Shui Bedroom

Transform your ordinary bedroom into a space that inspires, promotes balance, and encourages feelings of tranquility. Here’s how to perfect the feng shui bedroom.

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Rooms

8 Home Brands
That Give Back

House Method supports home brands that are socially responsible and give back to the community. Here are eight home brands that have mastered the art of giving back.

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Inspiration

8 Wall Décor Ideas
for Your Home

Had enough of the gallery walls, monotonous paint, and photo grids? Here are eight wall décor ideas that will give your home a little more character.

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Real Estate

10 Most Expensive New York City Neighborhoods

From Tribeca to Chelsea, here are 10 of the most expensive New York City neighborhoods.

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Inspiration

The Best and Worst Home Trends of the 2000s

With a resurgence of home trends from the 2000s, there are some that we’re absolutely in love with, but others that should just stay in the past. Here are the best—and worst—home trends from the 2000s.

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Home Tech

Introducing Wall++: The
Wall of the Future

Get the inside scoop on Wall++, an ordinary wall turned smart wall that can control light levels, track users’ touch, and monitor appliance activity in rooms.

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Maintenance

How to Declutter Your Home

Whether you’re a sentimentalist or downsizer, here are our tips to help you declutter your home.

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News

The Housing Market Is a Giant Migraine Right Now

A quick and dirty summary of the massive headache that is the housing market right now.

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Real Estate

When a Home Purchase Goes Awry: The Home Buying Problems We Don’t Talk About

The process of purchasing a home can be overwhelming, even when everything goes smoothly. But what about when things don’t go according to plan? Hear about the hidden traps that can thwart real estate transactions—and how to avoid them.

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Inspiration

Coffee Table Inspiration

Coffee tables are meant for holding more than just coffee. Handpicked from our favorite house tours, here’s your dose of coffee table inspiration.

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Real Estate

15- vs. 30-Year Mortgage: Which Is Best?

Real estate season is on its way. We weigh the pros and cons of mortgage types examine which option will save you the most money.

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Inspiration

Home Office Inspiration
from All Angles

Get creative with the home office space you have and transform your mundane and ordinary work environment into a creative and productive sanctuary. Here are six of our favorite home offices.

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Garden

Indoor Herb Garden Essentials

Add your own mint to your juleps in May and tarragon to your coq a vin in December. Run a tiny baby farm right from your windowsill.

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Bedroom

Kids’ Room Inspiration
from All Angles

Here at HM, we believe that anything goes when it comes to kids rooms. We're not exactly fans of kids' rooms decked from floor to ceiling in primary colors, or those reserving space exploration for boys and flowers for girls.

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Bathroom

Bathroom Inspiration from All Angles

Glimpse our favorite bathrooms and garner some inspiration for your own space. From geometric ceilings to wallpaper statement walls, there’s sure to be a bathroom that piques your interest.

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Maintenance

How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors

What on God’s green earth are they doing up there anyway? Here are five things you can do about noisy neighbors.

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Rooms

9 Socially Responsible Brands
for Your Home

We’re all about socially responsible brands that benefit the greater good and make you feel good in and around your home. Here are nine of our favorites.

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Lifestyle

Intentionally Small Living: How Americans Are Embracing the Idea of Living Small (and How You Can Too)

The average American occupies more than 1,020 square feet of developed real estate, but many Americans are choosing to live differently—that is, choosing to live intentionally small.

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Maintenance

Best Carpet Cleaners of 2018

What’s the best carpet cleaner? We’ve done the research on carpet cleaning products, chemicals, and DIY carpet cleaning solutions. View the 2018 cleaning guide.

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Inspiration

Living Room Inspiration
from All Angles

Explore our favorite living rooms from the House Method house tour archives. We picked our favorite living spaces from creekside getaways to urban gems.

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Home bar

Best Home Bars from All Angles

See our favorite home bars for every house method: mid-century modern, traditional eclectic, urban contemporary, farmhouse traditional, and more.

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Real Estate

The Best New York City Neighborhoods for Real Estate Investment

In certain New York City neighborhoods, purchasing real estate can be a seriously smart investment. We talked to NYC real estate investment pro Seth Levin about the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn that are ripe for real estate investment right now.

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Rooms

How Much Does a Home Warranty Cost?

How much does a home warranty cost? Find out what a home warranty covers and how much different warranty plans cost.

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Real Estate

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in New York City

Few real estate markets in the US are as competitive and fast-moving as New York City. Navigating the buying landscape can be intimidating, so we spoke with a 15-year NYC real estate veteran who knows NYC home buying like the back of her hand.

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Real Estate

Rent-to-Own Homes:
Everything You Need To Know

Rent-to-own homes allow tenants to build their credit and save up for a down payment, but it’s important to know the risks involved. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Kitchen

Marble Countertops |
Everything You Need to Know

Marble countertops are one of the most popular home design options—they’re a luxurious statement piece accessible at a range of price points. Here’s everything you need to know about marble countertops, from heat resistance and durability to price and maintenance.

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Inspiration

5 Kitchen Island Ideas

Kitchen islands can be both functional and beautiful. Here are 5 kitchen island ideas for your home.

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Kitchen

Soapstone Countertops |
Everything You Need to Know

Soapstone countertops are a great option if you’re into a classic and timeless look. In this pros and cons article, we discuss durability, heat tolerance, stain resistance, maintenance, and cost.

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Inspiration

10 Tips to
Make the Most of
Small Space Living

From design to storage and organization, small space living offers unique challenges and wonderful opportunities. Take your small space from claustrophobic to cozy with these 10 essential tips.

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Inspiration

Deconstructing Design Star Decor: How TV’s Elite Create a Home

We analyzed 10 HGTV and DIY Network shows to reveal the top styles, most-used colors, and must-have furniture accents used by TV's design stars. Learn how today's design elite approach home design.

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Maintenance

HERS Testing: What Is It
and When Is It Necessary?

HERS testing examines a home’s energy efficiency and determines where there’s room to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about HERS testing and when it should be performed.

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Real Estate

Trends: What to Expect
in 2018 Real Estate

From mortgages to the tax bill to the housing supply, here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on buying or selling a home in 2018. Follow along as we fill you in on the real estate trends you can expect see in the year ahead.

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Bathroom

5 Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Our top five ideas for small bathrooms: all the illusions, tricks, and ideas you’ll need to turn a cramped bathroom into one that that maximizes style and space.

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Inspiration

5 Principles of
Minimalist Decorating

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” Learn the five basic principles of minimalist decorating for great, transparent style.

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Rooms

Everything You Need to Know About Cellular Shades

Besides offering privacy, cellular shades help you save energy and stay comfortable all year long. Here’s your guide to buying cellular shades for your home.

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Inspiration

5 Questions for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash

The right backsplash can complete the look of your kitchen. Here are five questions to help you determine which style is right for your home.

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Lifestyle

Preservation Matters:
An Interview with
Rob Emerson
of Preservation Durham

Hear from Rob Emerson of Preservation Durham about the importance of historic residential preservation—what historic designation means for community preservation and homeownership.

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Inspiration

Greek Life Property Value: Fraternities and Sororities with the Largest and Most Valuable Properties

See our study of the most valuable Panhellenic properties in the United States. See which fraternities and sororities rank for the oldest, biggest, and most expensive in the country.

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Rooms

Simple Changes to Make Your Home Safe for Aging in Place

Preparing your home to age in place doesn’t require extensive renovation. There are a number of small changes you can make to ensure you home is safe for yourself or family members who choose to age at home.

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Real Estate

Everything You Never Knew About Renting in New York City

We talk with NYC real estate broker Frances Katzen about what often goes undiscussed in the New York City rental market, from how to find a broker to how to avoid a rat infestation to how to negotiate rent.

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Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

A simple guide to shopping for homeowners insurance—what is covered, what is not, and how to find a great policy.

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Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.

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Inspiration

Guide to Kitchen Layouts

A kitchen remodel can add 82.7% of the project’s cost to the value of your home. Whether you're designing a new construction or upgrading an existing space, get inspired with this guide to kitchen layouts.

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Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Ideas: How to Create the Perfect Retreat

Here’s how to create the perfect guest bedroom. Get ideas for lighting, décor, bedding, and those little touches that make an overnight stay especially relaxing.

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Real Estate

How to Score a Great New York City Apartment

Shii Ann Huang, a New York City real estate broker with the Corcoran Group, weighs in on the ins and outs of getting a great apartment in the city.

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Garden

6 Pet-Safe Houseplants

Because cats and dogs chew on leafy plants to satisfy nutritional needs, pet owners should take care with indoor plants. Here are six pet-safe houseplants to feel good about.

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