The Latest in Rooms

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.

Rooms

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rooms

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.

Eugene, Oregon - May 9, 2015: Large sorority in a mansion on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
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.

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.

This is a horizontal, color photograph of residential buildings with commercial space in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The architecture of the buildings is common in the New York City area. Most of the buildings have retail stores on the ground level with residential apartments on the upper floors. Modern buildings are mixed in with the older historic buildings. Photographed on a summer day with a Nikon D800 DSLR camera.
Rooms

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.

Three houses in a Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood.
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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Kitchen

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.

Brooklyn townhouses and brownstone residences on Henry Street in the Historic District of Brooklyn Heights.
Rooms

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.

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.

wine rack
Dining

Your Essential Guide to Storing Wine at Home

You don't need a wine cellar in your home to effectively store wine. Here's a quick guide on how you can safely store and age your wine without compromising quality or flavor.

Maintenance

Soundproofing for Apartments

We explore eight easy and inexpensive strategies for soundproofing your apartment. Keep noise inside or out with these methods you can tackle in a single weekend.

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Dining

Minimalist Dining Spaces
in Six Styles

Think again if you believe minimalist dining spaces are reserved only for trendy cafés. Minimalism isn’t limited to industrial meets monochrome. Create a minimalist dining space out of any design style—even romantic.

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Inspiration

Inspiration for Tiny Kitchens

Even if you’re working with modest space in the kitchen, you’re not limited to minimal style or drab dressings. Here are 10 inspiring kitchens that make a tiny space completely workable.

Closeup top view of unrecognizable home cleaning products with blue bucket and a mop on the side. All products placed on white tiled bathroom floor.
Maintenance

How to Choose a
Home Cleaning Service

Here are the most important questions to ask and factors to consider when hiring a home cleaning service or individual.

Garden

The 9 Easiest House Plants to Care For

These easy-to-care-for house plants will brighten your interior palette—no green thumb required.

Maintenance

How to Fix Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Learn how to determine the cause of low water pressure in your home, what you can do about it, and when to call in the pros.

Maintenance

6 Ways to Improve
Indoor Air Quality

Improve the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to keep moisture in check, test for harmful substances, and better ventilate your home.

Rooms

Babyproofing Your Home,
Room by Room

Babyproofing your home is an important part of preparing to welcome a new child into your life. We have the steps to take that will make your spaces safe and set your mind at ease.

Garden

5 Plants That Make an Indoor Vegetable Garden

All you need is a sunny window to create an indoor vegetable garden. Harvest year-round with these five edible plants that make a perfect indoor patch.

Maintenance

Guide to Winterizing Your Home

Keep your home warm and safe as the temperatures drop. Here are nine steps you can take to winterize your home.

Garden

6 Fruits You Can Grow Indoors

Grow your own fresh produce—no lawn or garden required. Here are six fruits you can grow inside your home.