Design & Decor

How to Make Your Partially Open Floor Plan Feel like a True Open Concept

We can’t all have the most open of floor plans. Many homes were built before open concepts were widely accepted. That means they often have loadbearing walls that can’t simply be knocked down, leading to a partially open floor plan in many homes. Or you might have built or purchased…

Cool Trends in Pool Tables

When I was growing up, we had a pool table (or billiard table) room adjacent to the den. It provided endless entertainment, never failed to impress first-time guests and was one of those game rooms that make you the most popular neighbor on the block. We had…

Carpet Flooring is Back — and It’s Better than Ever

We’ve been obsessed with wood floors for the last decade, sending wall-to-wall carpet flooring straight to the dumpster. There’s been good reason for the decision, too. Carpets can trap dust and dander that aggravate allergies. Carpet stains easily and can look (and smell) dingy after a…

The 4 Must-Know Tricks for Arranging Furniture like a Seasoned Pro

Arranging furniture can be more difficult than it seems at first glance, as anyone who has ever spent hours rearranging a room knows. However, it is possible to make your arrangement work without a lot of blood, sweat and tears. With that in mind, we’ve brought you four must-know tricks…

Are Half Walls Back in Style?

Half walls, also known as pony walls, can create separation and provide a degree of privacy. But for years, whenever you watched a home renovation show, half walls were the first casualty in the demolition process. On the other hand, some designers are using half walls to add architectural…

9 Things You Can Do With That Blank Wall

When decorating your home, it’s not uncommon to have a one or two blank walls that leave you puzzled. You don’t really know what to do with them, but you do know that those barren spaces are driving you crazy. So, what are your options? Below are several ideas to…

Using Brick Walls as a Design Element

Brick walls add character to any room by serving as a focal point or providing a backdrop that either complements or contrasts the room’s other design elements. Whether your style is industrial or rustic, the beauty and uniformity of a brick wall can add texture and beauty. Below are examples…