The Christmas shopping season has officially begun. When most people think of holiday shopping, they think of electronics and toys, but it can also be a great time to purchase home improvement and interior decorating merchandise as well. If you’re in the midst of an interior decorating project this holiday season, here are a few shopping tips to keep in mind.

Pay no attention to doorbuster sales

Black Friday has already passed but many retailers offer doorbuster sales on other shopping days as well such as cyber Monday. They’re not worth your time. Retailers only carry a very limited number of these deeply discounted items, sometimes as few as one or two. It’s not worth waiting in line in the cold, or fighting the crowds just for a slight chance of actually getting what you came for. Even online doorbuster sales aren’t all that great. Don’t stay up till midnight with your finger hovering over the “purchase” button because as with in-store sales, there are only a few available products and you probably won’t be one of the lucky ones.

Don’t get caught up in the buying hysteria

Retailers are counting on people to get caught up in the hysteria of Christmas shopping since that means more mindless spending. Don’t let flash sales limited time offers sway you into purchasing things you don’t absolutely want or need. Have a shopping list for your home in mind and stick to it. If you jump at every good deal, you’ll find that your budget will be used up sooner rather than later.

Don’t focus all your attention on big-ticket items

Flat screen TVs and major appliances tend to get all the attention when it comes to Christmastime sales but there are many excellent deals on smaller day-to-day items you need as well. When planning out your budget, watch for sales on these kinds of items as well and set aside money for taking advantage of these deals.

Save some money for January

For some merchandise, the best sales don’t happen until January. For instance, when it comes to linens, most companies put out their new lines in February and have to get rid of merchandise from the previous year in January. The same goes for mattresses and a number of other things as well.

Shop in-store with cash

If you’re going to be shopping in-store, stop at the ATM first and withdraw the amount in cash that you’re willing to spend. Better yet, do this a day in advance and leave your credit cards and debit cards at home altogether. It’s harder to part with cash than to swipe a plastic card and you don’t want to end up spending way more than you planned to.

Shop online

Finally, take advantage of the internet during the holiday shopping season. Often the best deals can be found online. They’re also more convenient for you and you don’t have to stand in long lines, wait in traffic, and push your way through crowds. Every piece of home improvement and interior decorating merchandise can be found online whether it’s hardwood flooring, kitchen countertops, or baseboard heater covers. You may want to visit a showroom first to see what it looks like in person but when the sale hits, shop online.

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Interior design trends are always changing. Fortunately, these changes tend to follow a predictable pattern so while it’s impossible to know exactly what the future will bring, there are certain trends that are pretty safe bets. Here are a few you might want to try this winter.


White is considered the mother of all colors, and it is, literally. White consists of all the colors on the visible spectrum. As a result, it goes with everything and never clashes so it’s the easiest color to work with along with black. Because it’s easy to work with. It’s a timeless interior design idea that will always look great even when it isn’t currently trending. We like the color white because it’s calming—maybe the election year is what’s making all-white design popular again.

There are countless ways to incorporate white into your interior design. For instance, you can cover up old baseboard heaters with white snap-on baseboard heater covers. The danger with white is that it can look sterile and cold so it’s a good idea to make use of varying shades of white. Mixing white with warm accents like wood or bronze also helps to balance out all that white.

Masculine rooms

The year 2016 is bringing man caves out of the basement. Man caves don’t have to be juvenile shrines to video games and sports teams either. They can be very sophisticated spaces in the home. It’s more of a throwback to what man caves used to be. They’re dark and brooding and make use of lots of leather. Colors like charcoal or navy blue are ideal.

Swirling patterns

Swirling, organic patterns are definitely in right now. Of course marble is the most sophisticated—and expensive—way to incorporate this pattern into your home design but there are more affordable options as well. It’s not so much about the materials used but the look that’s achieved. Be inspired by geography and topography to get that organic, swirling look.


A little metallic incorporated into your home’s design can go a long ways towards making it more sophisticated. Feel free to use varying types of metal in one space but as a general rule, avoid mixing cool metals with warmer ones. Gold, brass, and copper are warmer metals while chrome, silver, and nickel are cooler. You can also mix finishes as well.

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One of the most exciting things about being a homeowner for the first time is the ability to customize and decorate your home just how you like it. One of the biggest downsides to renting rather than owning is being much more limited in what you can do with the space. It’s yours but it isn’t fully yours and your landlord probably has some restrictions about what you can and can’t do. Here are some tips for making your rented space your own for as long as you’re living in it without breaking any rules.

Be clear of the rules

Step one of course is making sure you know what you can and can’t do to start. Most landlords are fine with nail holes in the walls and it won’t cause you to forfeit your security deposit but some landlords may have rules against it. Larger holes in the walls such as those needed to mount a television may not be allowed. Most landlords won’t let you paint the walls but some will so long as you put it back as it was before moving out. Read over your contract and make a list of any questions you have for your landlord about decorating that aren’t answered in your contract.

Removable wallpaper

Assuming painting the walls isn’t allowed, or it’s just too much work, you can purchase some peel-and-stick removable wallpaper. Unlike traditional wallpaper that’s much more permanent and a major pain to remove, removable wallpaper peels right off without leaving any sticky residue so it won’t compromise that all-important security deposit or get you in trouble with your landlord.

Art and accessories

Purchasing artwork, throws, decorative pillows, and other accessories are a fun way to personalize your space without breaking any rules. If your landlord isn’t okay with nail holes in the walls, you can purchase mounting tape, putty, or strips that allow you to mount picture frames and artwork without making any holes or leaving any sticky residue.

Swap out hardware and fixtures

You can make some minor upgrades to your rental without getting into any trouble with your landlord. For example, you can swap out pulls or knobs for the kitchen and bathroom cupboards and drawers. You can upgrade the shower heads in the showers and the faucet in the kitchen. You can Also purchase new light fixtures. Your landlord may be willing to subtract from your rent the cost of some of these upgrades, but if not they may be okay with you leaving these upgrades behind. If the landlord wants everything back to how it was, store all of the old hardware and fixtures in a designated space and swap everything back when you’re moving out. You can take them with you for your next home or apartment.

Baseboard radiator covers

If your apartment or rental home has unsightly baseboard radiators, having them torn out and replace with a more modern heating system is probably out of the question and it would cost more than you’d want to put into a rental anyways. Baseboard radiator covers are an inexpensive and easy-to-install solution that will make those old baseboard radiators look much more modern and attractive. You can remove them easily when you move if for some reason your landlord prefers the old, ugly baseboard radiators.

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There’s nothing better than being warm and cozy inside your home with a good book or a favorite television show while it’s cold, dreary, and perhaps snowing outside. Winter is fast approaching and now is the time to transform your home into a cozy sanctuary from the storms. Here are a few tips for making your home cozier this winter.

Purchase an area rug

If your home décor feels like it’s missing something, it’s most likely a rug. A nice area rugs acts as a bottom layer to your home décor. In an open concept home, especially, an area rug can tie together the elements in one room to define it as a separate space than nearby areas. It also adds texture and pattern to a room that may be lacking. If you’re one of those people whose feet is always cold all winter long, you’ll appreciate walking across a warm rug rather than hardwood or tile floors.

Pillows and throws

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to add to the coziness factor of your home is to purchase a few inexpensive throws and pillows for your sofas, loveseats, and recliners. It’s another fun way to add textures, patterns, and colors to your home décor and a blanket is always in reach when you sit down to watch your favorite show or read a good book. Since throws and pillows are cheap, you can easily swap them out if your personal taste changes.


Find ways to incorporate books into your home décor in every room in your home so there’s always a book within reach. There’s something about curling up with a good book on rainy or snowy days that makes it even more enjoyable. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Hang a floating shelf or use an end table and just place two or three books in every room.


Artwork always adds a nice personal touch and makes a home feel cozier. You can scatter art by a favorite artist throughout your home or you might even consider creating a gallery wall to showcase a single artist or a common theme. Just avoid winter landscapes if you’re going for a warm, cozy atmosphere.

Natural materials

There’s something psychological about organic materials that just makes us a little more relaxed. Opting for more woods, stones, and textiles in your home instead of plastics and metals will create a more natural environment and will be much cozier in the winter.

Baseboard heater covers

Though covering up those old baseboard radiators with shiny new covers won’t make your home any warmer, it will make you more excited every time you go to use them, and you’ll be using them a lot all through the winter.

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Interior design is one of those things you’re never really done with. That’s because trends come and go and what was fashionable a few years ago doesn’t look so great now. Here’s a look at a few design elements that have either fallen out of style, or were never really fashionable to begin with.

Things that don’t work

Anything that’s in your home and not working needs to be fixed, thrown away, or replaced. It it’s no longer serving the purpose it’s supposed to be serving, it’s cluttering up your home and needs to go. This might be anything from a piece of furniture that you just haven’t had time to fix to a burned out lightbulb that you just haven’t gotten around to changing.

Dead things

Things that used to be alive but aren’t any longer tend to create a bad atmosphere. The hunting lodge look may have been popular years ago but taxidermy is generally frowned upon now as an interior design element. So even if you’re big into hunting, don’t embrace the tradition of not letting a single part of the animal go to waste. This rule doesn’t just apply to things from the animal kingdom. Plants that have died also need to go as well.

The TV centerpiece

A good design principle is to have a focal point in every room that draws the eye. Often, the television plays that role, and it isn’t a good thing. There are so many better ways to create visual interest than with a huge flat screen TV. Entertainment centers with a door that can close and hide the TV when not in use is one good option. At the very least it should be recessed in an entertainment center so its presence isn’t as prominent.

As for the bedrooms, you should strongly reconsider even having TVs in there to begin with. All the research suggests that watching TV as you wind down at night is bad for you. The bedroom is for sleeping so keep the TVs in multipurpose or family rooms.

Old stuff

There are two kinds of old stuff: old stuff that’s got a charming antique kind of vibe, and old stuff that’s just old and dated. The former is fine in moderation, the latter is never good. If you live in an older home, you can’t exactly erase all of the older elements and you probably don’t want to. But you need to strike a balance between those charming aspects of an older home and the functionality of a more modern home.

One way to blend old with new is to get new covers for your baseboard radiators. Rather than tearing out an old baseboard heating system in favor of something more modern, you can modernize the look of it. You can purchase baseboard radiator covers by the foot and snap them into place in minutes for a new look that doesn’t compromise the charm of living in an older home.

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There are so many options you have available when you decide to remodel your kitchen. Kitchen remodels are difficult because there is so much that needs to go into a functional, modern kitchen and there is so little room for error. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, here are four things you need to remember.

Smart storage

No matter how large your kitchen, it seems there’s never enough space for everything you need to store in it. Storage space has to be a top priority as you plan your kitchen remodel. Start by taking an inventory of all your kitchen tools that you need to have a space for. Pay especially close attention to those areas in your kitchen where the drawers and cabinets are overstuffed and consider how you can alleviate some of that strain with a remodel. You may need to be creative with your kitchen storage, especially when space is more limited. For a corner cabinet, install a rotating cabinet organizer that allows you to maximize that space. Have a cupboard that’s taken up entirely by pots and pans? Hang a pot and pan rack above your island to free up that space.

A kitchen island that meets your family’s needs

A kitchen island can be so much more than just additional food preparation and storage space if you need it to me. You should customize your island based on your cooking and entertainment style. For instance, if you entertain lots of guests and cook large meals, having an extra sink built into your kitchen island for food preparation and cleanup can be a big help. A kitchen island can also double as a place to serve food. Instead of storage on one side, have the countertop hang over and tuck some bar stools beneath and you have a place for serving hors d’oeuvres next time you’re entertaining.

Invest in a nice faucet

Cleanup after a meal is everyone’s least favorite chore, and while a quality faucet for your sink may not make the task fun, it will make it a lot easier. A faucet that pulls free from its base for rinsing down your sink and washing larger items is a must. There are plenty of smart faucet features you consider as well such as built-in LEDs that warn you when the water is hot, and touch-activated taps that allow you to turn water on and off easily when your hands are dirty.

Focus on quick and easy upgrades

Kitchen remodels tend to be on the expensive side but often the best remodeling projects are simple and inexpensive. Don’t think that you have to spend a fortune upgrading your kitchen. One project that any homeowner can do is install a peel-and-stick backsplash. They’re budget-friendly and easy to swap out if your style preference changes. In an outdated kitchen, don’t worry about installing a new heating system, purchase baseboard heater covers that simply snap into place over your unsightly baseboard radiators and you transform and old kitchen into a new one for just a few bucks.

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​Typically, when you remodel your home, the contractor or contractors you hire will be the ones to order any building materials needed for the job. But this can sometimes be problematic. In fact, according to a Consumer Reports survey of general contractors, the second biggest cause for delays and cost overruns on remodeling projects was building materials arriving broken or different from what was ordered. To avoid this happening to you, you can order the materials yourself to make sure they arrive ahead of schedule just in case there are any problems with the order that might delay the remodel.

Not only does this reduce the odds of the project being delayed and going over budget, it can also help you stretch your budget since many contractors will lower their fees for homeowners who manage this aspect of the remodel themselves. Purchasing your own materials way in advance can also give you the ability to be a little more patient in waiting for the right deals to come along.

But purchasing your own materials isn’t without its risks. After all, contractors know a lot more about it than you do and you may end up with inferior materials or the wrong materials if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are six tips to help you if you decide you want to purchase your own renovation materials.

Find out what your style is

Spend a few hours online looking at different types of materials to figure out what your style is. Many websites allow you to add photos to a digital ideabook that will help you determine what your preferred design style is. Once you’ve identified your style, then you can start looking for specific building materials showrooms that carry those kinds of products.

Make an appointment

Though you could just show up, it’s better to make an appointment first so you can be guaranteed to have a designer on hand and ready to help you select your materials. It will save you time and make the process go a lot smoother.

Don’t try and rush it

Most showrooms are going to have hundreds, if not thousands of different products to look at and consider so allow yourself plenty of time at each showroom you plan to visit. Force yourself to be patient since you have to live with the decisions you ultimately make. Try to enjoy the process even when it’s slow going.

Come prepared with your floor plans and ideabook

The showroom designer who is assisting you will have an easier time directing you to the products that you’ll be interested in if you bring your ideabook, whether digital or hardcopy, and your floor plans. This will let your designer know the specifications he/she is working with and also your style.

Know when to splurge and when to save

Only you know your vision for the finished remodel so you have to prioritize your wish list beforehand. When you start seeing the actual costs for the things you want, you’ll be prepared to make decisions about which things to splurge on and which things to cut back on.

Consider secondhand materials

Finally, keep in mind that secondhand doesn’t always mean second-rate. Materials salvaged from high-end homes or leftover materials from completed projects can be of high quality at a much better price so be willing to check out the secondhand market, especially if you’re on a tight budget.

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A nice area rug is one of the most underutilized home décor items. The high price for a quality rug can discourage some homeowners from considering one but it’s a wise investment. The rug can serve as the focal point of virtually any room in the home and it can also protect your carpet or hardwood floors and help preserve them. Since an area rug is a big purchase, it’s important to take your time in selecting the right one. Here are five factors you’ll need to consider.


Of course, the price is going to be a factor you need to consider. The price of a rug will depend a number of things including the size, material, style, and the brand. If you’re shopping for a rug on a budget, then it’s a good idea to visit a number of stores to compare different styles, materials, and prices. Avoid buying the cheapest rug you can find as these will always be of an inferior quality and won’t last as long. It’s better to put off purchasing a rug until you can afford one of better quality that will last you many years.


The color is a great place to start when narrowing down your choices. Start by looking at the existing design scheme of the room you’re purchasing the rug for. Is it on the simpler side or is the room already quite extravagantly decorated with a lot of color and vibrancy? It it’s the latter, then opt for a rug that’s neutral in color and a simpler design to balance out the room. If you have a simpler design scheme, then opt for a brighter rug with a more complex pattern.


Texture is a factor that many homeowners forget to take into consideration when buying a rug. Aim for contrast when selecting the texture of a rug. If you have a velvet couch or loveseat in the room, then a harder and smoother texture for the rug—perhaps sisal. Also keep in mind that some materials are harder to clean than others so if you have young children or pets, you’ll want to look at materials that require less in the way of maintenance. No matter which material you choose, it should be comfortable under your feet so this is one purchase you don’t want to make online. Wear shoes that you can easily slip off when you go rug shopping so you can see how it feels when you step on it.


Rugs come in a wide variety of materials from wool to cotton to synthetics. There’s also animal skin rugs, sisal, bamboo, silk, and many others. Each material is going to have different advantages and disadvantages. Some will have a smoother texture while others will be a little more coarse. Others will be more durable compared to some that are more delicate. The material is probably the biggest factor that’s going to affect the price so shop carefully and weigh pros and cons when choosing the material.


The size and shape of the rug will of course depend on the size and shape of the room. A square or circular rug is best for a square shaped room and a rectangular or oval shaped rug is best for a rectangular room. Most homeowners make the mistake of purchasing a rug that’s too small for the room. An area rug is a statement piece so you want to buy bigger than you think you need. It should be more than large enough to encompass any furniture placed on top of it.

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TV shows tend to make remodeling look easier than it really is, especially when the professionals swoop in and do all the work. But any homeowner who has been involved in the remodeling process themselves will tell you that it’s anything but easy. Home remodeling is complex and will almost always require some degree of involvement for the homeowner even when professionals are involved. Here are a few tips to ensure that a home remodel is successful.

Get expert help

Because of television networks like HGTV and DIY, many homeowners are tricked into believing they’re more capable than they really are when it comes to home improvement projects. A good first step is to evaluate your own abilities and be realistic about which projects you can do on your own with a little help from YouTube instructional videos and which projects should be left to professionals. There are a few tasks that should always be left to professionals such as electrical and plumbing work as well as any project that will require structural changes to the home.

Set a budget

Whether your project is relatively small (a fresh coat of paint and some new window treatments that will cost a few hundred dollars) or huge (a total kitchen makeover that will cost tens of thousands of dollars) it’s important to have a realistic budget for the project before work begins. Going into a remodel with an open-ended budget is a recipe for disaster. So crunch the numbers and come up with an estimate that is reasonable and do your best to stick to it. Experts recommend setting aside an extra 15 to 20% more than you think it will cost as a contingency fund for when things don’t go according to plan.

Consider the time frame

Just as you’ll want to have a realistic expectation of what it’s going to cost, you should have a realistic expectation of how long it’s going to take. Some projects can be done in as little as one or two days while major remodeling projects can stretch on and on for weeks. If you’re working with a contractor, you should ask for and receive a written estimate that will not only include the anticipated costs associated with the project but an estimated timeframe as well. As with your budget, estimate high and then round up just to be safe. You may want to make arrangements to stay out of the home during a major remodel.

Communicate expectations

Whether you plan to be more hands-on or you’re pretty much leaving it up to the contractors, you need to communicate to anyone who is helping with the project exactly what it is you want. You should have detailed plans drawn up before any work begins. If there will be multiple contractors, consider hiring a general contractor to oversee the subcontractors and coordinate schedules.

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​Just because a room is tiny doesn’t mean it has to be uncomfortable. A small space can be cozy and inviting. Not only that, there are a few interior design tricks you can use to make that small room appear larger than it really is and while some of them may seem counter-intuitive, they really do work. Here are five tricks to experiment with.

Buy larger furniture

Buying small furniture for a small space is a rookie mistake. The thinking is that smaller furniture will make the room seem larger but it simply doesn’t work. Smaller furniture may seem more appropriately scaled for the space but your eyes will tell you it’s just small furniture, not a small room. Not only does small furniture not make the space look bigger, it also tends to be less comfortable for your guests. So go larger than you normally would. Choose furniture that’s comfortable. You’ll have to be more selective since you won’t be able to have as many pieces in the space but fewer large pieces will make the space feel bigger than if you were to have more small pieces.

Float your furniture

Another rookie mistake homeowners make when decorating a small space is to push the furniture as close to the walls as possible to maximize floor space in the middle of the room. Resist the desire to maximize floor space and create some space between the walls and the furniture. This creates a room-within-a-room effect and will actually help the space to seem larger.

Fake a view

Large windows always trick the eye into perceiving a space as being larger than it really is. But installing windows where there weren’t any before is expensive and depending on where the room is located in your home, it may not be an option at all. Fortunately, you do have the option of faking a view. Hang an oversized mirror on one of the walls. If possible, hang it across from a window to double the effect but even without the window, the mirror will add space to the room.

Floor-to-ceiling curtains

As mentioned in the previous trick, large windows make a space seem larger. But even if you don’t have large windows, you can make smaller windows seem bigger by hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains or drapes. Most people, when doing window treatments hang the curtain rod just above the top of the window, instead, install the rod closer to the ceiling and invest in some nice long curtains that will hang just an inch or two above the floor.

Horizontal stripes

The previous trick will make the space seem taller, this trick makes the room seem wider. You can do it in any room but it’s most common in a bathroom. Either paint the walls or put up wallpaper with a horizontally striped pattern. It creates a stretching effect that opens up the space.

Bonus trick

This last one isn’t an interior decorating trick per se but it does make any room look bigger. Declutter. To really maximize the available space, have everything put in its proper place and try to minimize the number of accessories and smaller pieces that you might have on display in the room.

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