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High-tech bathroom trends for 2018

(BPT) - Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to the loo, it's all about high-tech tricking out your oasis.

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Thursday 03/15/2018
Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects
Updated: March 18, 2018 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out.

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5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project
Updated: March 18, 2018 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of know-how hold you back from dreaming. There are plenty of ways to enhance a room or remake a space without breaking the bank, along with many resources out there to show you how.

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Tuesday 03/13/2018
R&R in the great outdoors: 3 ways to transform your outdoor living space
Updated: March 18, 2018 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As Americans increasingly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of nature, they’re putting more thought and effort into creating beautiful, comfortable and functional living areas outside their own homes.

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Thursday 03/08/2018
Don't re-roof until you do these 5 things
Updated: March 17, 2018 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - With spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker.

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Tuesday 03/06/2018
6 project ideas to recreate your kitchen
Updated: March 16, 2018 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - As the hub of activity in a home, the kitchen serves many purposes: meal prep base, dining area, family gathering place, celebration zone, and entertainment center, to name a few. Does your high-use, heart-of-the-home kitchen meet the challenges and needs of your family life?

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Monday 03/05/2018
Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden
Updated: March 16, 2018 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees.

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Monday 02/26/2018
Are hidden leaks damaging your home, boosting water bills and harming the environment?
Updated: March 18, 2018 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA.

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Wednesday 02/21/2018
House hunting? Use this handy checklist before you make the offer
Updated: March 17, 2018 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love.

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Thursday 02/15/2018
3 Major Home Renovations that are Worth the Effort
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Building a new home? Overhauling an existing one? Here are three renovation ideas that will add beauty and value.

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Mix and Match: Update Your Home With 2018 Design Trends
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Are you planning to refresh your home but aren’t sure where to start? Some of today’s most popular design trends encourage mixing and matching favorite home accents within the same space.

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Monday 01/22/2018
6 Home Décor Trends to Make a Style Statement
Updated: January 22, 2018 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Is your home décor starting to feel a bit stale? Spruce up your interiors with some of the hottest home design trends for 2018 -- from customized cozy to natural textures to retro touches.

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Friday 12/15/2017
Top 3 design trends for 2018 (slideshow)
Updated: December 22, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Monday 11/20/2017
Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season and Beyond
Updated: November 20, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Gathering around the hearth this holiday season? While you may be taking time off from work and school to celebrate, don’t take a vacation from practicing basic safety guidelines. Stay safe with the following tips.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
5 Ways to Create Ambiance in Your Home
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) If your home interiors lack charm, don’t worry. These five simple additions and updates can add ambiance and character to your home.

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Tuesday 10/31/2017
Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
Updated: October 31, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hosting or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, preparing your home doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Top 7 design trends for your home this fall
Posted: October 11, 2017

(BPT) - Whether you’re planning a large home-renovation project or simply looking for inspiration as you dream up ideas for new rooms or entire houses, it always pays to check out the latest design trends. From modern and contemporary to rustic and traditional, there are products and design options to suit every style and budget. To help you get started, Floor & Decor, a leading specialty retailer in hard-surface flooring, offers a sneak peek at the latest design trends to look for, plus some tips and ideas for incorporating these styles into your home. Here are the top seven design trends for fall:

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Tuesday 09/19/2017
Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
Updated: September 27, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, have you considered what some of these products are made of? Chances are, some may be polycarbonate plastic made with a safe, common chemical known as BPA.

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Saturday 09/02/2017
Six Ways to Bring Warmth into Your Home this Fall
Updated: September 02, 2017 - 7:43 am

(StatePoint) With the shorter days and cooler nights of fall can come the urge to hibernate. But first prepare yourself and your home for the season with these cozy and warm accents that will make time spent indoors cozier.

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Thursday 08/10/2017
3 Mini-Makeover Ideas to Refresh a Room
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Looking to bring new energy to a space? Hoping to update that outdated décor? These easy tips can help you revitalize any space in your home with minimal time and effort -- utilizing color, accessories, accents and more.

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Thursday 07/27/2017
Back-to-College: Design Tips for Small Living Spaces
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Moving on to college is an exhilarating first taste of true independence. It’s a time for self-directed growth, transformative lessons and the beginning of lifelong friendships. For many students, moving into a dorm or off-campus housing is the beginning of another quest: achieving a Pinterest-perfect setting in not-so-spacious quarters.

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Friday 07/14/2017
Tips to Flip Furniture on a Back-to-College Budget
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) College is an exciting time. Whether your child is starting as a freshman or returning for senior year, new friends, new roommates and new places to call “home” await.

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Thursday 07/06/2017
Tips to Bring Your Home from Bland to Bold this Summer
Updated: July 06, 2017 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) Feeling uninspired in your space? Bring the bright, cheerful feeling of summer into your home with these DIY décor tips that won’t break the bank.

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Monday 06/12/2017
5 Ways to Give a Room a Makeover
Updated: June 12, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Does a room in your home need an update? There are a range of projects from large to small that can help you transform any space for maximum utility and better design. Here are five great ideas.

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