Home Decorating for the Holidays

(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time. One advantage of seasonal decorating is that it is, by definition, temporary. This gives you plenty of freedom to experiment with new ideas and completely transform your living space on a short-term basis. It’s also an opportunity to get creative with your home’s decor to create warm, inviting places …

Mother Nature inspires ‘new neutral’ home design trends

(BPT) – Many interior designers gravitate toward grays or whites as a starting point when building a home’s look and feel, but a new trend is emerging. Homeowners are getting back to basics and finding ways to bring the outdoors in by using neutral earth tones as their blank slate. These wood tones have become the “new neutral” for those beginning their brand-new home design. No matter your style — modern, eclectic or anything in between — the toned-down hues of natural-looking wood surfaces are the perfect starting point for building a versatile, relaxing and high-end look in your home. …

Simple and Fresh Ways to Bring Color to Your Home

There’s something so fun about redecorating your home. Next time you revamp, check out these ways to bring color to your home—you won’t regret it! Decorating the rooms in your home adds such an intimate personality to a house that would otherwise feel dull. The power of decoration, of color, and of personal style play a huge role in making a house feel more like a home. If drab neutrals no longer hold any appeal, or you just generally want to add a pop of color to your space, check out these different ways to bring color to your home. …

A Creative Twist on Halloween Carving

(Family Features) When it comes to Halloween, carving the same pumpkin designs each year can become routine. This year, save a pumpkin and carve your spooky masterpiece into a watermelon instead. Nutrient-rich watermelon can be a healthy alternative to other sweet treats full of added sugar during Halloween festivities as it’s a source of vitamins A and C as well as the antioxidant lycopene and the amino acid citrulline. Because they are made up of 92% water, watermelons can be an effective way to stay hydrated during trick-or-treating, and creations like a Mummy or Jack O’Melon can help satisfy sweet …

An Easy, Stylish Decorating Upgrade

A wall-mount door makes more room for fun (Family Features) Fall is the perfect time to make space-saving upgrades to your house. For example, consider swapping out a traditional swinging door for a smooth-gliding, wall-mounted sliding door. A sliding door can add up to 14 square feet of floor space, which allows for more room to spread out toys and games, and give a more spacious feel to nearly any room. They also allow for more flexibility in furniture arrangements, which can turn even the smallest nook in your house into a cozy space. It’s easy to do with an …

Define Your Own Design

(Family Features) In cities across the country, vibrantly hued murals are often created to bring color and life to buildings, community gathering places and more. The bold energy of large-scale murals, like one created by mural artist Matt W. Moore with the help of Scotch Painter’s Tape, reflects a growing trend toward a more adventurous design. It’s a style that you can easily adapt and make your own with existing decor elements that are already in your home. Explore these ideas to help spark creativity for your next project. Make a statement There was a time when it was considered …

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

(Family Features)When it’s hot outside, heat can seep into your home and make it unbearable. However, there are sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to maximize comfort and cooling when the thermometer creeps upward without racking up an outrageous electric bill or large carbon footprint. While some options for keeping your home cool involve an upfront investment, over time they’ll save money, and the environment, for years to come. If you’re looking for ways to cool your home during even the hottest days, consider these ideas from the experts at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. Adjust Ceiling Fans Installing ceiling fans in your …

The Most Commonly Replaced Furniture in the Average Home

With frequent use comes the increased risk of damage and deterioration to your furniture. Learn when to replace your most commonly used pieces of furniture. Our choices in furniture are what truly make a house a home. But despite how much we love certain pieces of our homes, the time often comes when they need to be replaced. Keep an eye out for damage on these commonly replaced furniture pieces in your home. Couches Your living room couch sees frequent use, which can accelerate the aging process and leave you needing a new sofa sooner than you expect. Couches that continuously squeak …

Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm

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Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm Nashville and the surrounding communities are full of historic areas that are reemerging, being redeveloped, and changing at an incredibly rapid rate. Attracting people to these areas are the charm of their structures, walk-ability, and accessibility. Preserving these existing structures, both residentially and commercially, maintains the character and history of our most popular neighborhoods while demonstrating age-old sustainability.   In addition to charm and history, what makes a structure worth saving? History buffs might consider an old house to be historic because of who occupied it at one time during its long life. Others might …

Invite The Outdoors In

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home. According to a survey commissioned by the Velux Group, a gap is growing between the time Americans spend outdoors and the time they’d like to spend in nature. In the United States, 63% of survey participants said they average one hour or less a week in nature, but 88% agreed they would like to spend more time. In …