Personalize Your Space With a DIY Gallery Wall

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Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling frame wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example.

Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are taking a big step: cohabitation. They’re recently engaged, and Lauren is making space for not only his furniture and accent pieces, but also his style.

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Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling frame wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example.

Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are taking a big step: cohabitation. They’re recently engaged, and Lauren is making space for not only his furniture and accent pieces, but also his style.

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Countdown to Moving: 3 Steps to Get Prepared

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Properly preparing for any move – whether big or small – is essential for a successful, low(er) stress moving experience.

Assessing everything in and outside your home that you want to take along – and figuring out exactly how you’ll actually get everything on your list into your new space – is essential when preparing to move. Here are three steps to pulling it off.  

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Properly preparing for any move – whether big or small – is essential for a successful, low(er) stress moving experience.

Assessing everything in and outside your home that you want to take along – and figuring out exactly how you’ll actually get everything on your list into your new space – is essential when preparing to move. Here are three steps to pulling it off.  

Taking inventory

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5 Stops on Your Home-Buying Journey

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Thinking about looking for a new home? Twenty years ago, your first step would have been pulling out the Sunday newspaper and making a list of open houses to attend.

Today, however, it’s likely you’ll spend weeks – maybe even months – looking at listings online or on your mobile device before you step foot in a listed home or talk to a real estate agent.

As you prepare to start home shopping, keep in mind that buying a home isn’t like buying a new car or a tablet…

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Thinking about looking for a new home? Twenty years ago, your first step would have been pulling out the Sunday newspaper and making a list of open houses to attend.

Today, however, it’s likely you’ll spend weeks – maybe even months – looking at listings online or on your mobile device before you step foot in a listed home or talk to a real estate agent.

As you prepare to start home shopping, keep in mind that buying a home isn’t like buying a new car or a tablet…

Everything You Need To Know About Cooling Your Home

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Summer may be lazy and hazy, but in many areas of the country, it’s also a time of sweating and sweltering in scorching temperatures. To cope, homeowners employ a variety of methods to ensure a steady supply of cool, fresh air.

These cooling solutions include a wide variety of fans and in-home ventilation systems as well as some tried-and-true techniques from the days before air conditioning. Here’s how to keep your whole home cool this season.

The advent of air conditio…

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Summer may be lazy and hazy, but in many areas of the country, it’s also a time of sweating and sweltering in scorching temperatures. To cope, homeowners employ a variety of methods to ensure a steady supply of cool, fresh air.

These cooling solutions include a wide variety of fans and in-home ventilation systems as well as some tried-and-true techniques from the days before air conditioning. Here’s how to keep your whole home cool this season.

The advent of air conditio…

How to Choose an Air Conditioner

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Selecting the proper air conditioning system for your space involves weighing several factors: the type of room, its total cubic footage, the number of people typically using the space, and the room’s exposure to sunlight.

A professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialist can help you evaluate your space and suggest the most suitable system from among these options:

  • Portable and window air conditioners. These units are common…

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Selecting the proper air conditioning system for your space involves weighing several factors: the type of room, its total cubic footage, the number of people typically using the space, and the room’s exposure to sunlight.

A professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialist can help you evaluate your space and suggest the most suitable system from among these options:

  • Portable and window air conditioners. These units are common…

9 Signs it's Time to Update Your Bathroom

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A bathroom should be a place of comfort – the optimal environment for a relaxing soak or getting ready efficiently during a harried morning.

“You’re going to spend time in there every day,” says Sarah Hurd, part of the mother-daughter team behind Short Story Renovations, a Baltimore-area design, rehab, and staging company. “You should not hate your bathroom.”

If a bad layout, poor lighting, and leaky fixtures are getting in the way, it might be time for some changes….

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A bathroom should be a place of comfort – the optimal environment for a relaxing soak or getting ready efficiently during a harried morning.

“You’re going to spend time in there every day,” says Sarah Hurd, part of the mother-daughter team behind Short Story Renovations, a Baltimore-area design, rehab, and staging company. “You should not hate your bathroom.”

If a bad layout, poor lighting, and leaky fixtures are getting in the way, it might be time for some changes….

Understanding the Fine Print on Historic Homes

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By Gemma Alexander

From the Boston brownstone to the California bungalow, historic homes have incredible appeal in a world filled with cookie-cutter developments.

But whether you’re buying, renovating, or selling, historic homes come with an extra set of challenges that can take significant time and money to resolve. Owning a piece of history might be worth it, but only if yo…

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By Gemma Alexander

From the Boston brownstone to the California bungalow, historic homes have incredible appeal in a world filled with cookie-cutter developments.

But whether you’re buying, renovating, or selling, historic homes come with an extra set of challenges that can take significant time and money to resolve. Owning a piece of history might be worth it, but only if yo…

The 6 Stages of Flipping a Home

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When we look for a flip house for our real estate investing business, Tarek and I basically go through the same thought process that anyone goes through when they buy an investment property.

Even though we’re working on a shorter timeline than most homeowners, the journey is essentially the same.

Understanding our thoughts as we go through each step of the process might give you a clearer…

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When we look for a flip house for our real estate investing business, Tarek and I basically go through the same thought process that anyone goes through when they buy an investment property.

Even though we’re working on a shorter timeline than most homeowners, the journey is essentially the same.

Understanding our thoughts as we go through each step of the process might give you a clearer…

House of the Week: A Desert Mansion With a Lazy River

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The original owner of this 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom, 10,050-square-foot home had already spent about $8 million building it when his son sent him a photo of a lazy river at the Hawaii hotel where he was staying. Enchanted and determined to build one himself, the owner took out an additional $2-million loan – which he then defaulted on.

That is how the current owner,…

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The original owner of this 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom, 10,050-square-foot home had already spent about $8 million building it when his son sent him a photo of a lazy river at the Hawaii hotel where he was staying. Enchanted and determined to build one himself, the owner took out an additional $2-million loan – which he then defaulted on.

That is how the current owner,…

7 Secrets of Celebrity Real Estate

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Never mind what the celebrity magazines say: When it comes to home listings, the stars are not just like us.

Agents who represent celebs on either side of a real estate transaction must tread carefully.

“The last thing you want is your neighbor taking a selfie with your Academy Award,” said Kofi Nartey, who recently launched Compass’ global sports and entertainment div…

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Never mind what the celebrity magazines say: When it comes to home listings, the stars are not just like us.

Agents who represent celebs on either side of a real estate transaction must tread carefully.

“The last thing you want is your neighbor taking a selfie with your Academy Award,” said Kofi Nartey, who recently launched Compass’ global sports and entertainment div…