3 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet

(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet. In fact, according to a One Poll survey on behalf of ClosetMaid, 57 percent of women admitted having an organized closet would make finding what they’re looking for faster and easier while 3 out of 10 said an organized closet would make mornings less stressful. However, treating yourself to your dream closet and introducing a new level of organization can help alleviate those worries and provide a fresh perspective. To get started on your closet makeover, …

Home Upgrades that Really Work

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces (Family Features) Bathroom and kitchen upgrades are among the most popular home renovations, but not just because the improvements are likely to increase the home’s value. Renovations to these high-use areas can enhance the practical enjoyment of your home while adding aesthetic appeal and style.   A Better Bathroom Bathroom makeovers can take many forms, from simple updates to total overhauls. Consider these common approaches, identified by the home experts at JCPenney Home Services, to determine the best match for your home and needs. Tub-to-Shower Updates According to the National Association of …

4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own. To make your painting project go smoothly, consider following these important steps. Take this task list from the experts at Purdy Professional Painting Tools into account before diving into your DIY painting project. Find inspiration. Having a final design in mind …

Top 12 color trends for the bathroom

With its evolution into a lifestyle space, the bathroom is experiencing the return of color as well. The color transgressions of the 60s and 70s are forgotten – the main thing is to avoid boredom at all costs. Bathroom Planners and the industry are responding to the desire for individually and boldly designed bathrooms with an ever-growing variety of finishes and unusual arrangements. Diversity is the order of the day when it comes to materials too: besides wood, marble is also playing a prominent role, as are new kinds of metallic finishes for fittings, furniture surfaces, and accessories. As a result, …

5 Easy Ways to Say “I Love You”

(Family Features) If gift-giving isn’t your strong suit, occasions like Valentine’s Day are likely to bring on stress and worry, but procrastinating will only serve to elevate your unease. Follow these steps to simplify your shopping, and while you may not come to love the task of finding the perfect gift, your loved one will undoubtedly appreciate your effort. Browse for ideas online. Many retailers offer special promotions and gift idea sections on their websites, so finding inspiration can be as easy as visiting the sites of your loved one’s favorite stores. There are also dozens of articles online to …

Clever Kitchen Upgrades

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style (Family Features) For avid cooks, seasoned hosts and busy families, the kitchen is likely the center of daily life and a place where both form and function are of the utmost importance. This high-traffic space generally influences the design of the rest of the house, especially if the home has more of an open-concept layout. The colors and materials used in the kitchen normally set the tone for the rest of the home. When it comes to considerations like finish and materials, kitchen cabinetry trends are shifting toward colored cabinetry and …

Hot new designer buzzwords for 2019

Every industry has its own buzz words and lingo. In design, particularly sustainable design, we love to use “pop” (a pop of color, a pop of life, a pop of energy) and we love to use hygee (the Danish word meaning to give comfort, joy, and peace). Pop is easy for everyone to understand because it is literally like an exclamation point in a room—an accent, a focal point. Hygee, on the other hand, takes a little more explaining and little more thought—It is something to be considered. Hygee is tough because there is no literal translation in English and …

Countertop Trends

Above: Clairidge by Cambria (from Woodstone Collection) Quartz continues to be popular as the countertop material of choice, according to industry experts, although home decorators and designers still are known to select their personal favorites, whether that’s marble, granite, soapstone, or some other natural stone. According to Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design, “More and more customers have heard of quartz and are open to using it. When it was first being introduced, some clients may have thought it was interior to other countertop finishes, but now most people appreciate it.” She adds, “Marble is timeless and basically will never …

nashville lawn & garden show

Returning to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show scheduled Thursday, February 28, through Sunday, March 3, 2019. The four-day, indoor show will include live garden displays, lectures, vendors, floral designs, and special programming, including the popular Tennessee Wine Festival. This year’s theme, “Changing Times, Changing Gardens,” will highlight topics such as the changing trends and realities of modern cityscapes, suburban and rural gardens, community initiatives, container and waterwise gardens, organic foods, sustainability, and more. “As Nashville has gone from a small city to the ‘It City’, the way folks in and around Nashville garden and …

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens remain high on homeowners’ wish lists, and can range from a simple “plug and play” grill island to a far more complex addition of built ins under shelter designed to take every cooking chore outdoors. Outdoor living and outdoor kitchens are the number one desire for many homeowners, according to Carol Sullivan of Nashville’s Hearth & Grill Store. “The demand for outdoor living has led to the expansion of manufacturer’s offerings,” she says, everything from portable outdoor grills to grills installed in custom islands, with added features such as refrigerators, side cookers, ice makers, smokers from The Big Green Egg, …