A new open space for family gatherings makes your home much more livable. Although a family room addition will be expensive, especially if you’re adding exterior footprint, you’ll recoup more than half your costs in added home value. If you want to add high-end touches in a space where the kids will run wild, think vertically (and make durable choices for flooring and furniture): this remodeled family room from Tenhulzen Residential is comfortable but modern, featuring cherry cabinets with vertical-set tile surrounding the fireplace.
A major new trend on the home front, Heirloom translates to rich, vintage accessories, furniture and decor, dark florals and luxurious fabrics and surfaces mixed with modern touches. You can bring the [Heirloom](http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/trend-spotting-heirloom-pictures?syc=applenews_hgtv-create-a-cozy-living-room-vignette) look to your own home with a few clever choices. In trend spotter Nancy Fire's Manhattan living room, cozy pillows from [Studio NYC](https://www.studionycdesign.com/) exemplify the lush Heirloom look.
It's so easy to find a lone piece of furniture that's itching for new life via a fresh coat of paint and a little TLC. If you don't have something you can spare around the house, scour local garage sales to find pieces on the cheap. Choose a fun color and voila, you've got a perfect focal point for any kids' rooms. And it's always more exciting to sit in a chair that's got a pop of color so the kids will surely love the revamped piece, too.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah surprised her clients with a bonus living room makeover to complement the newly renovated kitchen and dining room. Maintaining the chic and simple modern design style of the rest of the main floor, Sarah accented the rich dark hardwood floors with gray mid-century modern furniture, glam gold curtains and a fun faux cowhide rug. A large window was cut into the wall between the living room and kitchen to create an open feel for easy entertaining.
You don't need the most expensive cleaning products or tools to successfully clean your home. Common household items used in creative ways can often save money and get the job done. But a word of caution: even "natural" products can sometimes cause a reaction on different finishes and furniture, or pose problems for those who suffer from airborne or skin allergies. Test new products in a small, inconspicuous area to make sure they work for you and your home.
"We had been using our garage as a dumping ground for tools, lawn equipment, toys and discarded furniture for years," says designer Suzanne Dingley of Suzanne Dingley Interiors. But when her husband started his own business, the couple realized they had the perfect spot for a home office. They installed new windows, doors, floors, drywall, lights and insulation. "The garage had a peaked ceiling with rafters, which we chose to make a feature to bring some character to an otherwise rectangular box." Replacing the overhead garage door with two sets of French doors brought in light and charm.
Since Kristen likes to watch TV during dinner, it was important she squeeze some dining space into the living room. "I only had about four feet of width to sneak in dining furniture," she explains. "Finding a table to fit the space perfectly was impossible. By purchasing two different flea market tables — one with the perfect top and another with the perfect base — it allowed me to combine the two and create something custom." To create a uniform look, Kristin spray-painted the newly assembled pieces with a high gloss white.
Giving a brand-new kitchen timeless character and rich personality is a challenge for the best architects and designers. One way to solve this problem is by repurposing a furniture piece for the workspace — but it’s not always easy to find the right fit, as architect Jeff Troyer discovered. He says: “We searched for months for the kitchen island, seeking something with warmth and character that would also fit the space. My clients and I finally found this antique school science lab table online and had it shipped from Ohio. We had to purchase this sight unseen, but it ended up fitting perfectly and the wood is beautiful.”
Tina and Jared Rich (http://www.tinarichdesign.com/) are a renaissance couple and frequent collaborators. Jared, a doctor, and Tina, an interior designer, collaborate on furniture design that can be brought into Tina’s work. And the two are also proud parents to their puppy, Brody. Step into their New York City interior, and you are transported to a home that reflects this couple’s Florida roots, with design that is inspired by natural splendor and gives off definite beach vibes.
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
You can buy everything from bedding to furniture to apparel from The Company Store – and you can feel good that your purchase is making a positive impact. Throughout the year, the company supports a variety of organizations that help families and children in need. In the past, they’ve donated thousands of comforters to homeless children through their Buy One, Give One program, and they’ve provided pajamas, blankets, sheets and more to both the South Florida and New York chapters of Ronald McDonald House.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson filled this large living room with cozy, eclectic furniture and decor. Dark pink walls were painted a fresh white and a once over-imposing fireplace replaced with sleek white marble. Floor-to-ceiling curtains in a cheery yellow were hung to enhance the room's picture windows and add bold visual interest to a large, white wall. A gray and white patterned rug ties together the sleek modern furnishings and adds warmth to the new hardwood floors.
Spend an afternoon in a furniture store or browsing online and you’ll quickly realize that sofas come at all prices, from a few hundred to many thousand dollars. The good news is that you can get a great sofa at every level. “Quality is not necessarily indicated by price, contrary to what people may believe,” says Cindy W. Hodnett, Upholstery and Style Editor for Furniture Today. “You can find an affordable, high-quality sofa—and the exact opposite is true as well.” Part of what determines the sofa’s price is the type—a sleeper sofa, or one with “motion” capability or leather upholstery could cost more—but you should also consider how you’ll use the sofa when deciding how much to spend. “A sofa you plan to make the centerpiece of your living room in your dream-house might be worth more of an investment,” says Max Bar-Nahum, director of custom upholstery at Dr. Sofa, a furniture services provider that offers disassembly (and reassembly), upholstery, repair, and custom design and build. “On the other hand, if you know your tastes change often, you’ll be moving in a couple of years, or if it’s the sofa you’ll put in your playroom for your kids to hang out on, you might not want to spend too much over your budget.”
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dated, drafty space into a cozy and contemporary retreat with plenty of room to entertain. Dark pink walls were painted a fresh white and covered in bright grasscloth wallpaper and a once over-imposing fireplace replaced with sleek white marble. To satisfy her clients' differing design tastes, Sarah incorporated vintage metallic decorative pieces with streamlined modern furniture. A large patterned rug ties the room together and adds warmth and interest to the new hardwood floors.
This library space was once a sea of wall-to-wall green with gold accents and cluttered bookshelves. Now, the space is elegant and calming. The home's original molding and wainscoting has been restored and highlighted in this sleek, new design, and the bookcases have been cleaned up and stocked with myriad books. The luscious, overstuffed furniture gives the family a great place to relax and read, but this space has also been equipped with some tech savvy gadgets, such as a projector with a retractable screen, so that the family can watch their favorite soccer matches in style.
Wicker is my go-to item for an outdoor party. If you can’t afford to buy a new set of wicker lounge furniture, a wicker plate charger is all you need. By planning ahead and buying in the winter months, you can always find a deal at a local showroom or thrift store. With this classic base, be sure to add character with a favorite plate that matches the personality of your guests. No matter if you choose a modern square plate or gold-rimmed china, your wicker charger will add the right element of relaxed style to your party.
"One of my favorite spaces is definitely the kitchen," Mina said. "And a great kitchen is what sells houses." Leaving the layout and appliances intact, Mina found creative ways to save money without skimping on style in her kitchen renovation. The result? A cozy, family-focused kitchen packed with value-adding personality.
Mina and team turned the existing island into a standout, custom piece by adding furniture legs, a quartz countertop and painting it a rich, dark gray. She added an extra row of upper cabinets to not only give the kitchen a high-end look but also to provide more storage. Below, she installed the same durable EVP herringbone floors that she used in her master bathroom renovation — a choice that got a big thumbs up from judge, Mike Holmes. But Mina's favorite new kitchen feature? The brushed gold pot filler she added above the stove.
From the brushed gold fixtures to the concrete farm sink to the panel-ready appliances, Mina's kitchen is full of stylish, distinctive features.
Once a raw, industrial space, designers brought in glitzy design details to create a unique residential space. First, they raised the ceilings from eight foot to nearly eleven, creating a more dramatic space. Then, they installed a luxurious black and white tile floor and complimentary copper pendant lights that became the focal point of the space. Finally, they brought in rich, leather furniture and installed a glamorous wet bar to the space.
Favorite feature: The lighting, which is a custom installation of multiple pendants sourced on Ebay, is definitely what catches most people's eye —it’s the conversation starter that gets all the compliments. That design element set against the truly amazing view of the Long Island Sound and the New York City skyline make for a stunning visual. The custom bar is also exceptional with its luxurious materials, from the antique mirror in the back to the exotic wood cabinetry and beautiful Saint Laurent marble on the counter.