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3 Rules for Avoiding Common Color Mistakes

Editor’s note: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home – sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can’t paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the...
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3 Color Palettes for a Sophisticated Home

Trendy color pairings  are not for everyone. But even if you prefer timeless paint palettes, the decision to update your home decor with new hues still comes with a lot of choices. Glossy or matte? Warm or cool tones? Pretty patterns or bare necessities?...
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5 Tips to Declutter Your Closet in a Day

I recently had a closet collapse. I came home from a day at the office to find heaps of once-neatly-hung, color-coordinated clothes in one giant, messy mound on the floor. Worse than picking up the pieces of chipped drywall? Admitting...
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10 Spring Cleaning Projects to Tackle This Weekend 

Spring cleaning is all about getting our homes ready for a new season of sunshine, warmth, and time outdoors – and indoors, too! Now’s the time to wipe off the grime, clear out the cobwebs, and get those living spaces...
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Designer Lookbook: Brooke Wagner Design's Beachfront Beauty

Located in the beachfront neighborhood Corona del Mar Village in Newport Beach, CA, this contemporary three-story home takes inspiration from its seaside setting with a color palette of soothing neutrals and blues paired with natural finishes. Designed by Christopher Brandon...
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4 Home Improvement Jobs You Should Always Hire Out

Whether you’re flipping a house or renovating your current home, hiring private contractors is nearly unavoidable. If you’ve seen “Flip or Flop,” you know Tarek and I can’t do everything ourselves. We’ve built relationships with contractors we trust, and they...
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Do You Qualify for Treasury Down Payment Assistance?

It’s spring, and some renters’ thoughts may turn to home buying. Then reality hits: Between paying off student loans, paying rent, and keeping up with other bills, they haven’t saved for a down payment. Renters cite down payments as one...
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3 Ways to Research a Property Online

Nearly every home search starts online these days. Sorting through listings, photos, floor plans and descriptions is a great way to feel out the market for those who are in the earliest stages of the home search. When you find a...
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7 Ways to Self-Sabotage Your Organizing Efforts

Have you ever heard the saying, “You are your own worst enemy”? Self-sabotage exists for all of us in one way or another – and we usually notice it when our homes and lives become too disorganized to manage. It...
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Designer Lookbook: Urban Dwellings' Breezy Maine Remodel

Only one thing really mattered to the young family who tapped Urban Dwellings, a New England design firm, to upgrade their late-1960s ranch house: killer views of the water. “They were living in a house that was very dated, and...
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