Tune Up Your Kitchen for the Holidays

The months of what seem like nonstop cooking and hosting are upon us. That means your kitchen will not only be the center of major food prep but also the spot where guests will want to chat and hang out with you—even if you’re covered in flour, or worse.

So what better time than the present to remake your kitchen into something more functional, and far more fabulous? Check out this roundup of hot modern looks that will ensure your kitchen sees a happy and merry holiday season.

Least Popular Decorating Colors

America’s least desired colors for home decoration: orange and pink. This is the result of a survey of more than 1,500 consumers by Modsy, an online interior design service. More than a third of survey respondents ranked these two colors as their least favorite, Apartment Therapy reports on the findings.

Purple and yellow also were low on the popularity list of consumers using them in home design. However, people who did use these colors tended to report positive associations with the space they live in, the report notes.

Overall, homeowners favored the color blue in home decoration, often attributing a calming effect to the color, according to the Modsy survey. The top five favorite colors to use in home decor are white, green, black, and brown.

Read more about color trends in a home HERE.

How to Clean Refrigerator Coils and Why You Need to Do It Today

Do you know how to clean refrigerator coils? Yes, we said the coils; not just the shelves on the inside.

There’s more to cleaning a refrigerator than just throwing out 2-week-old potato salad. To keep your fridge running cold without gobbling up tons of electricity, you need to also know how to clean the refrigerator coils—those long tubes snaking along the bottom or back of your fridge. It’s more important than you might think.

Read more HERE.

What Fixes Are Mandatory After a Home Inspection?

If you’re selling your home, you might wonder if there are common repairs needed after a home inspection. Most buyers, after all, won’t commit to purchasing a place until there’s been a thorough inspection by a home inspector—and rest assured, if there are problems, this professional will find them!

So if your home inspection turns up flaws that your home buyer wants fixed, what then? To be sure, repair requests after an inspection are a hassle, and liable to cut into your profits. So for starters, make sure to read your inspection contract carefully to make sure you don’t get locked into mending something you don’t want to fix.

Read more HERE

Thinking of Converting Your Garage Into Living Space?

You love your home, but space wise, you’re bursting at the seams. Building an extension seems daunting, but moving out of your fabulous neighborhood is off the table. Hmm … you do have that two-car garage; perhaps you should convert it into a kids’ playroom, an office or gym for you, or even an in-law suite.

But before you transform this area, think about how a garage conversion will affect resale down the road. Nearly 30% of shoppers rate a garage as one of the most important home features, just ahead of an updated kitchen and open floor plan, according to a recent realtor.com® survey.

Read more HERE.

Dining Room: 5 Trending Looks for Small Rooms and Tight Budgets

Here’s a thought: Your dining room should be a space you actually use to eat—not just a surface to park a laptop and use as an impromptu office, or cover with the random detritus of your life. Think about all the cozy fall feels in your future if you clear your tabletop. Whether it’s for hosting a small dinner party or enjoying a romantic dinner with your partner, your dining room can be the place to be.

But we get it, a big design upgrade can be costly and disruptive. Luckily, all of the dining room improvements we found this week on Instagram can be done on the cheap.

Ready to cozy up your space? Here are five designs that will bring drama to your dining room.

6 Mistakes That Make a Room Feel Smaller

Small spaces have the potential to be cozy and charming, but if you’re not careful, they can turn into a total bummer. Over time, your collection of household items can start to resemble mountains of clutter—and before you know it, cramming it all into one tiny space can make your home feel downright uncomfortable.

Don’t let your walls close in on you! Whether you’re decorating your living room or bedroom, make sure to avoid these common mistakes that are sure to cramp your home (and style).

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