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Bathroom luxuries: 6 delights to take your bath from lax to luxe

(BPT) - The bathroom doesn’t have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market – and plenty of ways to customize – even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Tackle tough DIY tasks like a pro
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Have you been putting off some seemingly hard-to-handle home improvement projects? If so, there’s still time to tackle do-it-yourself tasks like a pro – from painting high ceilings and stairwells to repairing garage and basement floors. With the right tips and tools, you can accomplish these home improvements in a snap.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Keeping the heat inside your home during the winter
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The heat is definitely on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the season, furnaces are plugging away, causing rising heating bills. Space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, accounting for 45 percent of energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Consumers are looking to keep their homes cozy as the temperature continues to drop, while also having manageable utility bills.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
5 home design tips on layering
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Designers are often drawn to a simple, modern look – however, layering unique patterns and textures in the home is a quickly growing trend. Keep your space harmonized, yet distinct, with the tips outlined below.

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Friday 11/07/2014
Kitchen and bathroom makeovers start with high-performance grout
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With fall and winter weather driving homeowners indoors, it’s a great opportunity to turn pent-up time and energy into a kitchen or bathroom upgrade. The visual and functional design of any kitchen or bathroom starts with the floors, which make installation of tile the perfect project candidate.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to change things for the better, it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Which kitchen style best matches your personality?
Updated: November 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you’re a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Americans have a big opportunity to improve their dishwasher regimen and save water
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource – water!

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Thursday 10/23/2014
How to cut the clutter and take back your home
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - You’ve reached your breaking point. You’ve tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you’ve picked it up to finally put it away and you realize – you have nowhere to put it. You have too much clutter in your home. So what do you do? How do you decide where to start so you can reduce the clutter in your home and make your walkways safe once more?

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
From make-do to all new – updates to create your dream kitchen
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Homeowners have spent more on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement category in the last 10 years, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies – and there’s good reason. An updated kitchen does more than boost the value of your home; whether you make just a few changes or completely renovate the entire space, a kitchen that feels new is always refreshing. From basic cooking to frequent entertaining, your dream kitchen should look good and function well.

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Monday 09/29/2014
Avoid a blizzard of bills this season with these energy efficiency tips
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Fall’s cooler temperatures are on their way, if you haven’t felt them already. And when you feel that first chill, your natural response is to reach for the thermostat. Many people do the same thing, sacrificing energy efficiency in the name of comfort. But you can have both. October is Energy Awareness Month, and to celebrate, here are five ways you can conserve energy in your home now and throughout the cooler months ahead without sacrificing comfort. 

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
3 easy ways to warm up any bedroom
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(BPT) - As the weather cools down, people are preparing for cozy nights indoors. Perhaps nowhere is the desire for warm, comfortable living spaces more important than the bedroom. Fortunately, it only takes a few simple tricks to warm up any bedroom in just one weekend.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Create a cozy and clutter-free kitchen
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Clutter can disrupt the flow of any home, bringing unwanted stress and frustration, especially in the kitchen. As one of the most prominently used rooms, maintaining a clutter-free environment will create a happier and healthier space for your family to enjoy. Here are a few tips to help you achieve and maintain a fully functional, chaos-free kitchen.

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Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(BPT) - The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

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Upgrades that scream 'luxury' with cheaper-than-you-think price tags
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 4:04 pm

(BPT) - Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it’s easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades – and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you’ve paid off the financing.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Forward-looking luxury at the forefront of today's bathroom renovation trends
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(BPT) - Americans are renovating again, and instead of letting resale value alone drive their renovation choices, in 2014 homeowners are weighing many more factors. They are seeking renovations that are beautiful, luxurious and eco-friendly, and that both enhance resale value and their ability to age in place should they choose not to sell down the road.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Upgrading Your Kitchen? Think Electric
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a passionate chef and a regular host, or you cook simple meals for just your family, you know that a highly serviceable kitchen can mean the difference between easy meal prep and a headache. A big part of this equation is your cooking appliances.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That’s a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If this year’s summer vacation plans involve more hardware than beachwear, don’t fret. Just apply tried-and-true trip-planning principles to your “staycation” renovation plans and you can ensure both your time and money are well spent.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for summer entertaining
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it’s important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Popular home decor style - a blend of old and new
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It can be hard to keep up with the latest changes in decorating styles for the home. But the latest trend might actually make it easy for you to have a stylish house, especially if you’ve kept some family treasures around.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
The human touch: Handcrafted items speak to the soul with unique, customized appeal
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The quilt handed down through generations, the turn-of-the-century wooden rocking chair made by a long-gone relative, hand-stitched samplers that have graced every home your family has lived in – handcrafted items simply speak to the soul. In today’s society, when we’re surrounded by technology and homogenous machine-made items from clothes to curtains, handcrafting imparts a human, customized quality to home decor.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Sink into these top tub trends for the ultimate bathing experience
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The tub tucked away in your home’s master bathroom is so much more than a place to get clean. It’s a calming refuge and therapeutic retreat after a busy, high-pressure day. Tub trends indicate that bathtubs are primarily used for soaking, while shower time is mainly for cleansing. The soaking tub has become the destination for relaxation amid today's fast-paced lifestyles.

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Friday 06/06/2014
How to trick the eyes with the magic of home improvement
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - From disappearing acts to mind games and sensory illusions, the art of magic is all about making your audience believe what they are seeing, taking a seemingly impossible task and making it possible. This timeless art can inspire you to perform some magic of your own using simple home improvement tips to fool the eyes and transform small, drab spaces into ones that will surely astound and amaze.

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Thursday 06/05/2014
Five fixes for kitchens that get compliments
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - No matter if you’re an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur ... if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out – it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home: it’s where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills, so why not take it from “make-do” to “magnificent?”

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Do's and don'ts: the art of tackling your tile project
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When you add a tile or natural stone surface to the kitchen or bathroom, it transforms each space with a fresh, clean and customized look. Many homeowners often dream about adding a backsplash or replacing a floor, but never complete the project because they can’t decide on the right look, become mentally exhausted by the thought of doing the project or don’t know how to accomplish it themselves.

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Top time-saving kitchen appliances to help unleash your inner chef
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Do you dream of being the next contestant on a reality cooking show? Think your culinary skills could take on Chef Gordon Ramsay? You’re not alone. There are millions of aspiring, in-home chefs who want to improve their skills.

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Top 5 trendy bathroom upgrades that don't cost a bundle
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - No one ever said “trendy” translates to “cheap.” Yet when it comes to on-trend, luxury upgrades, you don’t have to spend like a diva to make your bathroom look and function like a designer’s dream. From skylights to shower seats, some of the hottest bathroom trends of 2014 are surprisingly affordable to accomplish.

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Save energy and money by catching these invisible energy thieves
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever before. They understand that making eco-friendly choices not only creates a positive impact on your surroundings, it can also translate into actual savings on monthly energy bills.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Make your shower sing: Trends and tips to help you relax and re-energize
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(BPT) - It’s where some of your best ideas are born, and where you unwind – or get ready – for the day.  And although your current shower might be fine, why not make it fabulous? Here are the latest trends and products to create a fantastic shower experience.

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Monday 05/19/2014
Five fresh interior design trends using wood
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(BPT) - Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there’s nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they’re finding creative ways to use wood throughout the home.

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
Diaper disasters to ketchup squirts: How to laugh through life's messiest moments
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Diaper changing disasters, milk and cereal splattered across the kitchen floor, ketchup landing right on your white shirt ... mess and ick are an inevitable part of everyday life, especially if you are a parent, but they are also part of what makes life interesting and humorous.

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Kitchens: the hardest working room in the house
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Tuesday 04/22/2014
Make two company - not a crowd - in the master bath
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The saying is that you shouldn’t marry the person you can live with, but the person you can’t live without. But while you may be ready to share your life with someone, you may quickly realize you aren’t willing to share everything, and some of your partner’s habits you could definitely live without. So how can you achieve togetherness with bliss? His-and-her master bath bathrooms could be the perfect solution.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Hairdryers, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes and picks. Shaving utensils, makeup, styling products and perfumes. The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything, making the space unusable for guests and creating difficulty in finding the tools you need.

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Monday 04/07/2014
Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
Updated: June 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color.

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Thursday 04/03/2014
Cook up some space in the kitchen: Simple solutions to add storage and style to your home
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The kitchen - it’s the central hub of the home where we do homework, pay bills, charge electronics, surf the Web and cook up a meal or two. We spend hours in this core of the house, so it’s not surprising that a recent survey from the Research Institute for Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) found that four out of five homeowners want to change something about their kitchen.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your kitchen doesn’t need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest “chalet chic” design trend. It’s easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.

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Thursday 02/20/2014
Tips to Improve Your Kitchen Without Renovating It
Updated: February 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) The kitchen is perhaps the most functional room of any home, but often it doesn’t feel large enough or flexible enough. And great cooking starts with a comfortable kitchen.

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Wednesday 08/29/2012
Six time-saving kitchen tools
Posted: August 29, 2012

(ARA) – Our lives are busier today than ever before. Trying to balance the demands of work and home life is no easy feat. At home, day-to-day chores like cooking and cleaning easily chip away at precious time that could be better spent on a little rest and relaxation. If you’re looking to take back some of your time at home, the kitchen is a great place to start. With a few simple tools, you can dramatically reduce your workload, making more time for the things that really matter.

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Tuesday 08/28/2012
How to tackle household chores quickly this fall
Posted: August 28, 2012

(ARA) - As fall approaches, the daylight hours are dwindling, kids are headed back to school, and the lazy days of summer will soon be long forgotten. As you establish new routines, it seems like there are 10 additional tasks to handle each day, and cleaning, while one of the most important things on your to-do list, often falls to the bottom due to lack of time.

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Wednesday 08/15/2012
Give your kitchen a fresh face this fall
Posted: August 15, 2012

(ARA) - As the season changes, many of us will get the itch to tackle any number of home improvement projects before winter. For some, a complete remodel is in the works. For others, just a few quick fixes are needed to make the home a more enjoyable space during the long winter months or in preparation for holiday entertaining.

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Tuesday 07/17/2012
Greening your home: Start at the tap
Posted: July 17, 2012

(ARA) - In today's environmentally conscious times, it seems we're surrounded by the need to shop, act and live "green." Some of our choices are easy and small, while others can be big and costly. But one thing is for sure - each choice can make a significant difference.

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Wednesday 07/11/2012
Follow the trend and give your kitchen and bath a mend
Posted: July 11, 2012

(ARA) - Does your home feel tired, worn or outdated? Do you walk into rooms and wish they looked more like the pictures in magazines? You're not alone. Many homeowners who have put off home improvement projects for some time have decided to turn their dreaming into reality - especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

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Monday 07/09/2012
Cook up a whole new look for your kitchen
Posted: July 09, 2012

(ARA) - We spend hours in the kitchen socializing, keeping the family organized, and, of course, cooking and eating. As the center of the home's activities, the kitchen should be as fun as it is functional. With just a few supplies and a free weekend, you can cook up a whole new look for your kitchen.

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Free up more time by revamping your laundry room routine
Posted: July 09, 2012

(ARA) - Today, time is an incredible luxury - one that we too rarely have. Between family responsibilities, work commitments and everyday stresses, it can often be hard to accomplish everything on the to-do list, let alone carve out time for oneself. A mainstay on the to-do list has always been laundry, and with the average American household doing 7.5 loads per week, the time spent washing, drying and folding really adds up.

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Tuesday 06/26/2012
Revive your bathroom quickly, easily and affordably
Posted: June 26, 2012

(ARA) - Remodeling projects have increased in popularity over the past few years as homeowners have decided to improve on what they have, rather than take a risk in the real estate market. Whether you're hoping to sell your home or create a more enjoyable living space, tackle home improvement projects that make a big impact and add value.

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