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12 Stunning Ways to Repurpose Pallets and Crates in Your Home

Pallets and crates have long been used for packing and shipping, but lately they’ve become the face of a new generation of DIY. They can be repurposed in a number of different, surprising ways that not only are useful, but also quite stylish. ...


Move Over Man Caves, ‘She Sheds’ Are Taking Storm Now

Alright ladies, if you’ve just about had it with the man cave trend that’s been taking the industry by storm the last few years, it’s time to put your foot down and demand your very own space. And no, we’re not talking about ...


Great Spaces: Living It Up in Luxury, Vegas Style

With majestic mountain views in a guard-gated community, this Mediterranean-inspired palace really wows. There’s a six-car garage, five bedroom suites, a custom movie theater, game room, sub-level wine cellar, spiral staircases throughout, and three oversized gathering rooms. As if that’s not enough sprawling ...


Deck Decisions: Time and Money-Saving Tips, Basics

In certain parts of the country - clear weather periods in July and August are prime time for deck building, resurfacing and renovations. So this month we'll be bringing you a few different perspectives depending on whether you're just thinking about building ...


Consumer Credit Growth Slows

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.7 percent, $193.0 billion, in May 2015, slower than the 7.6 percent rate of growth recorded in April 2015. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.401 trillion. ...


Larger, More Accessible Homes Increase in Demand by Homeowners Preparing to Age-In-Place

As the housing market continues its recovery, homeowners are increasingly seeking more square footage while simultaneously looking for more accessibility inside and outside of the home. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects ...


4 Common Mortgage Errors and How to Avoid Them

(TNS)--Many people make expensive, easily avoidable mistakes when shopping for a mortgage. ...


Catio Spaces – A Patio for Your Cat

Do you have an indoor kitty dying to escape the confines of your home? Expand your cat's territory with a brand new catio - a patio for your cat! ...


10 Best States for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a home is a financial goal that has been delayed for many Americans thanks to the recent recession. With the economy continuing to strengthen in 2015, however, many wannabe homeowners have decided it's time to buy their first homes. ...


Hot Property: Tennis Champ Sells Home Court

(TNS)--Former top-ranked women’s tennis player Venus Williams has sold her Bel-Air home in an off-market transaction for $6.85 million. ...


How to Clean Your House Quickly and Efficiently before a Walkthrough

Preparing your home for a walkthrough can be tough, especially when you’re still living in the house. One of the hardest things is keeping your home clean while you’re taking the other necessary steps to sell your house -- like ...


Great Spaces: Mountain View Colorado Retreat

This stunning 2.7-acre retreat in Centennial, Co., completely renovated in 2012, stretches over 10,500 feet with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 180-degree mountain views. Top-of-the-line amenities include custom alder doors, hickory hardwood floors, custom exposed beams, floor-to-ceiling stone tile in the baths, two ...


7 Easy Ways to Dress up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: ...


Great Spaces: A Harborside Penthouse in Baltimore

Located on Harborview Drive in Baltimore, Md., this harborside penthouse is luxury living at its finest, featuring the best city skyline and water views the city has to offer. With two exterior balconies and walls of windows showcasing the bountiful panoramic views, the ...


Your House May Harbor More Dangers than You Think

(TNS)--Soap may seem to be keeping germs at bay, but in many homes, it’s doing harm. Surprisingly, there are items lurking in most homes that are unhealthy because they’re old or contain harmful ingredients. The good news? For the most part, these things ...


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