The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations — from the office building to the home — productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ever. “As urbanization continues, builders and developers are focused on optimizing available land, which results in more homes, apartments and condos built near highways and airports,” says Mark Montgomery, vice president of marketing for leading window manufacturer Ply Gem Windows. “The convergence of telecommuting and higher noise levels means there’s a growing …

America’s finest: 6 luxury home improvement products made in the U.S.

Here are six of America’s finest domestically made products for the home: ANN SACKS — Every tile in the company’s 14 MADE by ANN SACKS collections is handcrafted and produced in its Portland, Oregon, headquarters. Founded in 1981 by Ann Sacks, the company’s tile and stone products in unique patterns, shapes, sizes, and glazes are favorites of homeowners and interior designers seeking top-quality luxury and beauty for their home designs. In addition to a repertoire of standard tiles, the company also has partnered with famous designers to create innovative luxury lines. They even create custom designs to help homeowners achieve a …

5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day

Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it’s easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs. To get started, here are five inexpensive projects that can by tackled by any DIYer, each of which will have an impact on the entire home. * Make a hardware swap. Replacing your kitchen cabinets changes the entire look of your kitchen — but it’s expensive and requires considerable skill. For a simpler, smaller project that can still have a big impact, replace the hardware on your …

Raising the bar(n) in your home: Say hello to a barn door this winter

Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through home improvement, one, in particular, seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite sides of the style spectrum, one might wonder what it is about barn doors that people love so much. If you’ve found yourself asking the same thing, read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project. Barn doors provide the perfect transition between rooms As homeowners seek …

O Mythmas Tree! Debunking the Myths Behind the Real vs. Artificial Tree Debate

Here comes Santa Claus … and a sleigh full of confusion about Christmas trees. Better to buy real or better to buy artificial? Popular myths are that real trees are bad for the environment, artificial trees make more financial sense and real trees are just a hassle, but read on for some facts that will set the record straight and some thoughts that might turn your head on some of the more subjective sides of the debate. If your No. 1 concern is the environment, your No. 1 choice should be a real tree. Growing, using and recycling real Christmas …

5 steps to a smart home

When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone. So what about a smart home? Smart thermostats and lighting timers represent the first steps toward smart home technology for many homeowners, but in a lot of cases, they were the only steps. Since then, technology has continued to develop, and today there are scores of home goods that can talk to one another while allowing you total control of your home from your smartphone, tablet or another device. It all sounds so simple, so perfect, yet many consumers …

Upcoming home improvement? How to navigate big purchases and make wise decisions

Are you planning an upcoming home improvement? If so, you are not alone. Higher-than-average renovation spending is expected in 2017, according to a leading consumer magazine, with more than half of homeowners planning to spend money on home improvements throughout the year. From upgrading appliances to gutting entire rooms, big projects can have a big impact on a home and on your wallet, so it’s important to approach any renovation with thoughtful intention. To ensure you make the right decisions when it comes to large purchases and major home improvements, ask yourself these five questions: How long do you plan …

Andalucia by Walker Zanger features layered geometrics and patina reliefs

The intricate and interwoven lines of traditional Moorish architecture and Old Spanish ornamentation are sources of inspiration for Walker Zanger’s all-new Andalucia collection. The hand-finished terra cotta tiles reimagine these motifs and patterns on a larger scale for a fresh and timeless aesthetic. “Andalucia is made of authentic terra cotta and hand-pressed by local artisans at our state-of-the-art facility in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which is historically and culturally rooted in the tradition of tile making,” said Jared Becker, Walker Zanger Vice President of Design and Marketing. “This dimensional new collection celebrates artisan beauty and traditional Moorish architecture with …

launches IKON™ – the first Apron Front sink of its kind – crafted from BLANCO’s patented SILGRANIT® material, which combines on-trend color selection with extreme durability

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely made sinks and faucets, announces the release of the first-ever SILGRANIT apron front sink. The revolutionary IKON™ Apron Front Single Bowl breaks ground with its ability to offer a highly sought after aesthetic with the unmatched quality, color selection and resilience of SILGRANIT. The perfect combination of design, function, and durability, the innovative IKON features a sophisticated apron front design with a traditional wide radius and robust 1.5” rim. BLANCO also offers a unique custom-fit Floating Grid accessory for use with the IKON, which rests along the walls of the sink and can be …

Blanco new Liven Laundry Sink in 8 trending SILGRANIT Colors

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, launches its innovative dual mount LIVEN Laundry Sink – the perfect sink for a design-inspired laundry room. LIVEN comes in 8 trending SILGRANIT® colors with a deep, functional bowl that resists heat, stains, and chips. The LIVEN Laundry Sink is made of BLANCO’s patented SILGRANIT® material and features a generous radius on each of its corners; making it as easy to clean as it is durable. This innovative laundry sink is 25×22 inches – a perfect fit for compact laundry areas. An extra-deep 12″ bowl, perfect for soaking, and space-saving …