​Depending on your skill level, a DIY project can range from smaller jobs that can be done in a weekend or even a day to large remodels that take weeks or months. People consider DIY home improvement for all kinds of reasons. Most enjoy rolling up their sleeves and doing the work themselves and many do it to save money. But if you aren’t careful, a DIY project could end up costing more than you anticipate and you may regret not hiring a professional to begin with. The key is to create and stick to a budget.

Creating a budget

Before you can create a budget, you’ll need to do a lot of research regarding the project you’re considering. Make sure you fully understand the scope of the project and all it entails. Do research into the materials that you’ll need for the project and don’t forget to also include the cost of any special tools that you don’t already have into the estimated cost. When creating a budget, estimate high so that you’re more likely to spend less than you anticipated rather than more.

Preparing for contingencies

Ideally, the home improvement project will be completed without any setbacks but you should always plan for something to go wrong. As you begin work, you may uncover some damage or problem you didn’t know about previously or you may find that the project will require tools or materials you hadn’t considered so you should set an additional 15% of your budget aside just to be safe. Best case scenario, there are no setbacks and your project is under budget. Worst case scenario, there are setbacks but you’re prepared to incur the additional costs.

Stretching your budget

There are good ways you can stretch your budget and bad ways. Don’t use inferior tools or materials to save money
because your finished project will be of poor quality. However, that doesn’t mean you always have to use premium materials. Granite or marble counter tops in the kitchen or bathroom, for instance, are extremely expensive while quartz is much cheaper and just as durable. You know what you can afford so plan accordingly.

Stick to your plan

The number one reasons that home improvement projects go over budget is homeowners changing their minds. Before work began, you should have had a clear plan in place and you should stick to that plan throughout the course of the project even if new and exciting ideas occur to you afterwards.

Bring in the pros

Finally, you need to recognize your own limitations when it comes to DIY. There are some projects you should never even attempt to do yourself such as electrical, plumbing, and roofing work since these require a license and it may
not be legal to do so. But there are some projects that you shouldn’t do even if you’re allowed to if you don’t feel you have the necessary skills or tools. You’re sure to go over budget if you attempt a project beyond your skill level and have to bring in a pro to correct your mistakes and do it right.

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​Humans are living at a faster pace than ever before. In today’s hectic world, it’s more important than ever for people to have a place they can retreat and recover and prepare for another day. The bedroom is the ideal room in the home to serve this purpose. Homeowners should view their bedroom as a quiet retreat and there are a few things homeowners can do to achieve this. Here are seven tips to follow to turn your bedroom into a quiet retreat.

Plan for function

When you’re doing interior decorating, regardless of which room you’re working in, you need to focus on function first. It doesn’t matter if it looks good if the space isn’t comfortable to you and isn’t functional. For the bedroom then, you want to start with the mattress since the primary function of your bedroom is sleeping. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a mattress. You have to think about size (queen, king, California king), firmness (plush, firm, extra firm), and composition (pocketed coils, memory foam, or hybrid). Keep in mind that depending on your bed, you may or may not need a headboard and this will determine which headboards you can buy. Other functionality considerations are blackout shades if you plan on doing a lot of sleeping in and reading lights for late-night reading. Also consider a dresser for storage.

Figure out the mood and aesthetic that works for you

The bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation so you need to make it a quiet place that sets the right mood for you. The word “quiet” means something different for everyone though. For most, it will probably mean soft, neutral, cool colors such as muted grays or blues though some might prefer brighter colors and patterns.

Create balance

Every room in the home needs a focal point, and in the bedroom, that’s usually the headboard. If you’re going to go with a large, patterned headboard that really stands out, then the other furnishings should be a little neutral so as not to compete with the focal point. However, you can also go with a more neutral headboard and more brightly colored bedding to make the bed itself the focal point.

Have space on both sides of the bed

Something about having the bed pushed up against the bed makes the space look more confining. Though you want to get the most out of your square footage, it’s better to center your bed so there’s at least 30 inches of space on each side so you can easily climb into bed from either side. Some nightstands on each side provide plenty of tabletop space and storage.

Choose appropriate lighting

Each bedroom needs a central, overhead pendant light to illuminate the entire room upon entering. This draws the eyes upwards and adds a decorative element. Bedside lights are also a must but it must be tall enough (at least 28 inches or so) to have a presence next to the headboard. You can hang sconces over each nightstand if you don’t want bedside lamps that take up tabletop space.

Select the right bedding

Only you know your sleeping preferences. Do you want a mound of pillows and a pile of blankets or do you want to take a more minimalist approach for bedding? The bed sheets themselves can become part of the decorative design so consider patterned sheets as opposed to solid. Choose high quality bedding that will really stand out.

Buy a rug

No one wants to wear shoes when they’re relaxing in the bedroom so invest in a good-sized rug, especially if you have hard floors so your room is cozy and warm. If possible, try out the rug in the store by placing your bare feet on it to make sure you like how it feels.

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Source: curbed.com/2016/9/15/12921880/bedroom-interior-design-tips-advice



​The majority of remodels end up going over-budget. At best, you end up spending more than you thought you would and money is tight for a bit while you play catch up. At worst, you run out of money before the project is completed and can’t pay your contractors. Then you’re stuck living in a construction site while you scramble to come up with some more money to get the job finished. You don’t want this remodeling nightmare to happen to you so here are some finance tips for your next home remodel.

Compile your wish list

Start out thinking about the remodel as if cost wasn’t a factor. Then start thinking about the cost of the various things you’d like to do. From there, narrow down your list to those things that are the biggest priority for you and your lifestyle.

Carefully select your contractor

Don’t hire the first contractor who makes a bid, even if the price is right. Get at least a few estimates and compare them. Don’t automatically go with the lowest. Go with the best value, even it will cost you a little more. Don’t be afraid to haggle prices with the contractor.

Set a budget and stick to it

Never you into a remodel with an open-ended budget. Work with your contractor to determine an accurate and realistic budget for the work you want done. As the project gets underway, don’t start adding on to its scope. Stick with your original plans.

Prepare for contingencies

Never assume that everything will go smoothly because in all likelihood, it won’t. Whatever your budget is, increase it by 10-15% so you have a little extra when the contractor says “uh oh.”

Review the contract before signing it

Any reputable contractor will give you a contract in writing before work begins. Don’t just sign on the dotted line. Read over it. Make sure you understand everything and that you are in agreement with it. If there are discrepancies between what you’ve envisioned and what is planned, or if the cost is more than you anticipated, discuss it with the contractor before signing.

Understand how you’ll be paying

Most contractors will take a down payment before getting started and you’ll pay the rest in installments throughout the project. Never pay 100% up front. Find out the payment schedule before work begins and make sure that payments are always tied to milestones in the project, not arbitrary dates regardless of how much the contractor has actually accomplished.

Save all your receipts

Keep track of all your receipts. If you’re the type of person who frequently misplaces things, consider scanning them into a digital document so you can pull them up on your computer. This may be a lifesaver if there’s ever a discrepancy in cost between you and the contractor.

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Source: blog.nola.com/new_orleans/2016/08/financial_411_on_remodeling_yo.html



​After paint color has been chosen and the walls are painted, furniture is the next big interior design decision to make. Furniture is second only to paint color when it comes to the effect it has on a space. Since furniture takes up so much real estate, it’s important to put a lot of thought and planning into selecting the right pieces. Here are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind.

  • First, look at what you have. Do an assessment of your current furniture. Is any of it worth keeping? If it’s cheap or outdated, throw it out. If it has sentimental value, consider reupholstering it or giving it a new look somehow.
  •  Purchase larger items first. It’s easier to purchase smaller items that match with larger items so get the big things first. Start with sofas, loveseats, big recliners, area rugs, and dining table sets and only then turn your attention to end tables and smaller furnishings.
  • Comfort is critical so sink your money into seating. If you’re on a tight budget, plan to use the bulk of your decorating budget on seating. If nothing else, you at least want to make sure that you have very comfortable seating. If the coffee table or dining table and chairs set is a little on the cheap side, you can live with that and upgrade later, but nothing is worse than a couch you hate to sit on.
  • When possible, buy things that last. Unless your budget is very tight, aim to purchase furniture that is durable and will stand the test of time. Don’t feel like you have to buy all your furniture in a month’s time. You can add pieces over time as you save up for them.
  • Take advantage of holiday sales. National holidays are a great time to purchase furniture as you can usually get some kind of deal like free delivery or big discounts. You can also check out clearance items or second-hand stores. Remember that used doesn’t necessarily mean poor quality. You can sometimes find great furniture of high quality for a low price on Craigslist. Sometimes just the right piece to finish the look for a room is sitting in a yard sale or antique shop somewhere waiting for you to find it.

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​Putting up new family photographs or paintings in your home is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to give a room a new look. It’s also a relatively simple project that you can usually do in an afternoon. Though it’s a pretty easy DIY interior decorating project, it is possible to mess it up. So if you don’t want your photos or paintings to look slightly crooked or random holes in your wall, then follow these seven tips.

  1.     Find the center. No matter what space you’re working with, you always want to find the center first. This applies whether you’re hanging a single frame, or a group of them. You can either find the center of the entire wall or the center of a piece of furniture. For instance, if you plan to hang a group of frames over a sofa, then first find the center of that sofa and mark it on your wall.
  2. Map things out. Before you hammer in the first nail, you need to have the layout completely mapped out on your wall. To do this, trace each frame that you plan on hanging on butcher paper and then use painter’s tape to attach them to the wall where you think you want them. From there you can rearrange the layout until you’re satisfied without putting a dozen holes in your wall. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t have frames within six inches of the edge of a wall as it makes the wall looked over crowded.
  3. Consider a ledge. You might want to think about whether a picture ledge would look good on the wall. The advantage to a picture ledge is that you only have to install it once and then you can swap out photos and artwork as often as you want without putting more holes in the wall. When installing a ledge (or a large frame) just make sure you’re putting the nails or screws into wood and not just drywall.
  4. Use the right hardware. Depending on what you’re hanging, you may want to use a picture hanging kit instead of just using nails. They tend to be more secure. You may also need screw anchors if you’re hanging something heavier into drywall.
  5. Decide on picture height. Keep in mind that the center of your photograph or painting should be at eye level for the average adult. This is especially important if you’re extremely tall or extremely short because you’ll have a tendency to hang your frames too high or too low.
  6. Mark everything first. Now you can mark the top of the frame with a pencil and from there you can mark the exact location or locations where you will hammer in the nails. This step is crucial if you want to avoid unnecessary holes in the wall.
  7. Hang the picture. You’re finally ready to actually hang your frames. Hammer in the nails being careful to do it exactly where you’ve marked it. If you’ve done everything right then when you place the frame on the wall, it will be level, centered, and at just the right height.

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​Interior design often seems so abstract to homeowners. When people want to decorate a space, they’ll often hire an
interior decorator because the principles of interior design seem so foreign to them. There’s a lot of jargon used in the industry that just doesn’t make sense so here we’ll tackle some of the most confusing aspects of interior design to make them seem a little more familiar.

Design as psychology

The key to any good interior design is that it complements the homeowner’s personality. The person decorating really needs to understand what it is they want out of their living space before they can set about decorating it. It’s a good idea to think about how you want to live without thinking about the constraints of the space and it may lead to some ideas that you would have ruled out. Also think about why you’re drawn to a certain thing. Is it because it’s trendy and you’ve been seeing it done a lot lately in other homes or do you genuinely like it because it evokes a certain feeling.

Create a visual language

A person can say they dislike the “modern look” or that they love the “country style décor” but these are just terms that will conjure up different mental pictures for different people. Homeowners need to look at plenty of images to get a feel for what they like and don’t like. This visual process is better that trying to come up with a list of likes and dislikes just using terminology.

Curiosity is key

Homeowners need to approach interior decorating with some curiosity. Everyone has things that they like and don’t like but there are plenty of things out there that a homeowner has never seen and doesn’t know if he/she likes. It’s a good idea to be willing to experiment with new things and be willing to discover new things about themselves.

Materials as mood-setters

The “mood” of a room is something that’s hard to explain to people but different materials, textures, colors, and layouts do come together to create a certain mood in each room. Materials are the tactile and concrete aspects of interior design that can really help to set that mood so homeowners need to think carefully about what materials to use in a space.

Lighting sets the tone

Tone works hand in hand with the mood of a room and great lighting can be used to underscore the mood that’s being set in a room. Some spaces require hidden, linear light sources to really reinforce the architecture in a space. This is called accent lighting. Other times a room will need lamps and decorative light fixtures to fill the room with a warm glow. This is called ambient lighting. The right lighting always depends on the mood you’re trying to set with that room.

Furnishings bring personality

There are so many styles and every style reflects a different kind of personality. You can tell a lot about a person just by how they’ve furnished their home. Homeowners need to think carefully about how various furniture pieces represent them and their personal style when buying furniture. Collecting a good mix of furniture of different styles is crucial if you want to avoid having a home that looks like it’s featured in a catalog.

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Source: curbed.com/2016/7/21/12243660/interior-design-decorating-intangibles-abstract



If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t feel qualified to do any serious interior decorating. You’ve contented yourself to just having an average-looking interior since you don’t want to spend the money for a professional interior designer. But believe it or not, you can be your own interior designer by following these easy tips.

Throw away the trend book

While there’s nothing wrong with consulting the internet or home fashion magazines for inspiration, you should ultimately rely on your own sense of style when decorating. There are always going to be new exciting trends in interior design and they’ll be replaced by even newer trends within a month or two so don’t worry too much about have the latest and trendiest fashions and just aim for something that matches your personality and sense of style.

Rugs and carpet

The first thing that people see when the walk into a space is the floor. After all, it does take up a lot of real estate. If you’re going to have a rug, make sure it’s large enough for the space and that it goes with the rest of the room. If you’re going without the rug, choose a neutral color that will go with everything. Avoid white carpet if you have kids or pets or else the stains are going to drive you crazy.

Tone and contrast

Though every room should have a theme, you shouldn’t worry about every single color and style in that room going with that theme. There’s nothing wrong with blending in different tones, styles, periods, and colors. Just don’t overdo it or everything will clash when a little bit of accent is what you’re going for.


Good lighting is key to a great looking space. You don’t want the light to look cold and sterile and you don’t want the room to be too bright or too dim. Don’t make the mistake of having 100% of the lighting overhead. Have some lamps so that the whole room is illuminated without the feeling of light beating down on you from above.

Art, books, and memories

To really make a space your own you need to populate it with some personal touches. Your taste in books says a lot about you so have a few of those displayed throughout a room. As a bonus, you’ll always have one in reach if you want to relax with a book. You can also display some artwork and photographs that tells yours and your family’s story.


Everyone is proud of their big flat-screen TVs and wants to show them off. But TVs make for poor focal points. So resist the urge to make your TV the focal point of any room in your home (unless it’s a home theater room).

Break the rules

Rules were meant to be broken and the same goes for interior design rules. Just make sure you know what the rules are before you break them and have a good reason for breaking them. As long as you’re breaking them purposefully and not accidentally, it’s okay.

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According to a recent study conducted by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, homeowners will spend an estimated $325 billion on home remodeling and repairs this year. Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for home remodeling projects when the weather is warmer and homeowners have hopefully received a tax return that they’re looking to invest back into their home. Home improvement projects is a great way to spend money because it’s an investment that can pay off big down the road if you decide to sell your home. But not all remodeling projects are as good of an investment as others. According to the National Association of Realtor’s “Remodeling Impact Report” here are the best and worst remodeling projects based on how they impact your home’s value.

Best indoor remodeling project

According to the NAR’s report, the number one interior home improvement was a kitchen remodel. The cost to upgrade a kitchen is approximately $30,000 on average. This project will add about $20,000 to the home’s value on average for a 66% return on investment. Another reason this is a great remodeling project to consider is that the kitchen is what buyers are most interested in when they look at a home so a kitchen remodel can not only increase the value of your home but make it easier to sell as well.

Worst indoor remodeling project

The worst indoor home improvement you can make is a closet renovation. Though this project is a lot cheaper than a kitchen remodel (an average of $3,500) only 1% of realtors said that a new closet helped them close a deal on a sale. So while you might benefit from a closet remodel, keep in mind that it’s probably not going to help you sell your home or add to its value.

Best outdoor remodeling project

The NAR’s report found that when it came to outdoor home improvements, buyers value structural upgrades over decorative ones. The number one exterior renovation was a new roof. The cost of a new roof is about $7,600 on average but it can literally pay for itself when you factor in energy savings, tax credits, and the increased value to your home. In fact, you can end up making money on this investment.

Worst outdoor remodeling project

The worst exterior renovation, the report found, was replacing the entry door. A new front door costs an average of $2,000 to $2,500 so it’s a relatively inexpensive project but as with a closet renovation, only 1% of realtors said it helped them close a sale. The one good thing about a front door replacement is that it does recoup 75% of the cost at sale, it’s just not a determining factor when prospective buyers are deciding whether to make an offer.

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Source: nbcnews.com/business/business-news/home-remodeling-boom-here-s-how-you-can-cash-n586706



According to home remodeling experts, a minor kitchen remodel is one of the best investments you can make into your home because it has a great return on investment when you sell your home. But even a minor kitchen remodel is a huge project to undertake. To make sure you don’t regret your decision to remodel, follow these six steps.

1.Replace hardware. One of the easiest things you can do to change the look of your kitchen is swap out the cabinet hardware. Though you could replace all the cabinetry itself, that costs a lot of money and you probably won’t see a great return on that investment so assuming your existing cabinets are in good shape, a hardware swap is probably enough. Take your current hardware to a home improvement store and choose some new hardware that will not only complement your kitchen but will also hide the existing holes. In one hour or less, you can have all of the hardware swapped out.

2.Add a splash of color. Another way to improve the look of your cabinets without paying a small fortune to replace them altogether is to give them a fresh coat of paint. Off-white is a great choice if you want a clean, timeless look. You can also replace outdated wallpaper with a fresh coat of light, neutral-colored paint.

3.Modernize your counter top. New counter tops are another great way to drastically change the look of your kitchen.
Kitchen counters are a major focal point in the kitchen and it’s where you’ll do all of your meal prepping so it’s worth the investment to get something durable and attractive. Granite is the best material if you can fit it into your remodeling budget.

4.Make your floor fabulous. Odds are, your kitchen floor makes up the biggest surface area in your kitchen so you can’t ignore it if you’re going to do a kitchen remodel. If you can afford new hardwood or tile, that’s going to look the best but floating laminate floors are easy enough to install that you can do it yourself and save some money. Peel-and-stick vinyl planks are another option which is surprisingly durable and will help you to get the most out of your remodeling budget.

5.Update your appliances. Stainless steel appliances are a must for any kitchen remodel. Your kitchen will still look outdated no matter what else you do to it if you don’t update your appliances. Buy the whole set to take advantage of package deals and wait for a national holiday to get the best savings.

6.Add a back splash. A nice back splash is a great way to add a touch of sophistication to your kitchen. It’s a small
detail but it can make all the difference. Not only is a back splash much easier to clean than the wall, but it’s another great way to add some color to your kitchen.

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Source: chase.com/news/060316-remodel-kitchen



​These days, homeowners are very interested in creating nice outdoor living spaces the blur the lines between
indoors and outdoors. Do you like to entertain guests? On nice evenings would you like the ability to relocate to the backyard? If so, then you’re going to need some nice, outdoor furniture. Here are some tips for picking the right stuff.

Start with a list of activities

Before you can buy any furniture for your outdoor living space, you need to think about all the various ways that you might use that space. Do you have a large backyard with a pool that you’ll use for pool parties? Is it a smaller space where you’ll primarily barbecue or sit around with drinks? It will probably be helpful to head out into the space with a tape measure to plan out how much space you will have for the various furniture you will need. You can then take those measurements with you when you go out to shop.

Choose durable materials

The most affordable outdoor furniture you can find is going to be made with cheap materials that won’t hold up very
well when exposed to the elements 24/7. It’s going to be better in the long run to spend a little more on furniture that can last many years. Some good options include teak and cedar, powder-coated metal (such as aluminum and iron, and various plastics and fabrics. Try to find products that use UV-stabilizers which will help to minimize the fading of color when the furniture is exposed to sunlight. If you’re looking for something upholstered, try to find weather-resistant fabrics. It may even be worth it to you to invest in a roof overhang to provide year-round shade and protection from the rain. Make sure you read the instructions that come with each product as these will tell you how to care for your furniture.

Evaluate quality

Not only do you want your furniture to hold up well against the elements, you want it to last through heavy use. Inspect each piece of furniture carefully, especially the joints. Metal welds should be smooth and gap-free. Wood joints should fit snugly. Avoid furniture that has glued or nailed connections. Inset screws or wood dowels are going to be better.

Shop around

You probably aren’t going to find all of the perfect furniture in a single store, and even if you do, it’s still a good idea to look at a number of stores. Shop on holidays to find the best deals. If you’re patient and willing to go to a number of different stores, chances are you’ll find everything you’re looking for at the right price.

Mix up styles

Don’t feel like you have to buy all of your furniture from a single outdoor collection. In fact, you don’t have to purchase a single matched set of anything. Play around with different textures and materials. They don’t have to be the same in order to go together well. Blending classic and contemporary designs can also yield some interesting results.

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Source: curbed.com/2016/6/3/11848284/outdoor-furniture-patio-garden