The Three Zones of Kitchen Storage

The next time someone asks you if you're “in the zone,” you may ask which zone they're referring to. If you're standing in the kitchen, the answer should be self-evident – at least if you're as organized as kitchen designers say you could be.

They recommend grouping your kitchen activities around three critical zones: the refrigerator, sink and range-oven. Since key functions take place in each of these zones, certain tools and accessories should be stored close-by to enhance efficiency.

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Selecting the Proper Rug Size for Your Home

A rug can help unify the décor and furniture in any room of your home. Whether you’re looking for a bright focal point or would like a more neutral-colored rug that puts emphasis on your furniture, a rug is a versatile way to enhance your home.

While choosing the texture, color, and pattern of your rug is important, so is its size. One too large or too small for the space will look out of place and discordant with the rest of the room.

The following tips will help you select the proper size...

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4 Kitchen Features You May Not Have Thought of

It's one of the most buoyant moments any nester can experience: walking into someone's kitchen with neutral expectations and feeling as if you were struck by a thunderbolt of inspiration.

It's not as though you're looking (and staring) at something you haven't seen before. It's just seeing this feature in a kitchen, with this particular presentation, has captured your imagination in such a gripping way you cannot wait to rush home to replicate the idea in your kitchen.

Run with these four...

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Interior Window Shades and Tips on Lighting a Kitchen

It's a fact of residential life: most kitchens are located in the rear of a home. And the rear of a home features many walls that block light.

Walls contain windows, so the challenge is set right there: How do you optimize light in a kitchen, no matter what its size? Five ideas are worth considering – and all of them can be enhanced with the right interior shades:

1. Under-cabinet lighting

Which can counteract light-blocking cabinets from reaching the countertops, where you need light most....

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Home Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

Even the most skilled DIY-er can't do it all, and there is something to be said about learning from your mistakes. While some mistakes can be easily rectified, others can wind up costing you more than you bargained for—especially when it involves caring for, repairing, or maintaining your home. Avoid some of the most common home mistakes by doing a little more research before you begin your project, or eliminate them altogether by hiring a professional for jobs beyond your skill set. 

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How Interior Shades and Home Improvements Can Increase the Value of Your Home

Whether you’re upgrading your home to sell or for your own enjoyment, home renovations can help improve the value of your home. With a well-planned renovation project, you can expect to recoup about 75 cents of every dollar you spend on the upgrade. Not sure which renovation will give you the most bang for your buck? Here are a few of the best home improvement projects along with interior shades to increase your home’s value.

Kitchen Remodel

A modern, updated kitchen is at the top of almost...

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Installing Exterior Solar Shades and Other Essentials for Your Spring Maintenance Checklist

Your spring maintenance checklist should include five essential outdoor projects. Left unattended, they can end up costing you dearly in more serious repairs that could require remediation by professional contractors.

This scenario should add urgency to any list, but there can be light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. After you're finished inspecting your windows, reward your efforts with new exterior solar shades from America's leading shade manufacturer – and save this list for easy...

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5 Ways to Maximize Natural Light in Your Home

If you're straining to see the exact color of your ready-to-roll summer outfits, your windows may be trying to “tell” you something: It's time to maximize the natural light in your home, just in time for summer, when the longer days will mean more hours of daylight.

Five ideas will help brighten the rooms in your home, no matter what their exposure to the sun:

1. Begin with a clean slate

Yes, your windows probably look clean from a distance (as most things do). If your home is like many...

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Way’s to Save Money with an Eco-Friendly House

Is the hot water in your home burning through your wallet? Fortunately, switching to greener, eco-friendly habits is easy and efficient. For example, adjusting the temperature setting on your hot water heater a few degrees cooler can go a long way in reducing your electricity usage. Which is great for the environment and your bank account.

Remember, saving money with an eco-friendly house is mostly about making small lifestyle and home material changes. Continue reading to learn more about...

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2017 Trending Features in Home Offices

Home offices have become integral to the modern home, with more people running home businesses and working from home on a regular basis. With so many activities occurring in this space, home office design continues to evolve. Some trends are functional, others cosmetic.

Here are some features trending in 2017 for home office design.

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