Shabby Chic Home Decor Fails

If your home is filled with distressed furniture and mismatching dishes you grabbed at a flea market, then you’re likely a denizen of a decor style known as shabby chi

But alas, the reality of this decor scheme can be downright messy in the wrong hands. Truth: Shabby chic really should be mostly chic, with subtle hints of shabby, people! Otherwise, you run the risk of a trashy, near-homeless vibe in your own home.

Don’t fall down the shabby chic rabbit hole. Here are 10 no-nos when you want to go boho.

7 Space Heater Mistakes That Could Burn Down Your House

With winter in full swing, your home might not be as cozy as you’d like, especially if you have drafty rooms and chilly floors.

The fix? Plugging in a space heater. Particularly if you just need to warm up a small area, heaters can help you save energy—and money.

Yet using these appliances isn’t always intuitive, and setting them up incorrectly can be a recipe for disaster. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, portable space heaters cause 1,100 fires every year, injuring and killing dozens of people.

Read more HERE.

10 Drastically Different Design Trends for 2021

Many of us have never felt more desperate for a fresh start and a new beginning. And since it’s not like we’re leaving the house anytime soon, it makes perfect sense that the first place to start anew would be at home. (Plus, decorating and home renovation projects are a pretty good distraction from ever-present existential dread, if we do say so ourselves.)

If you’re looking to do a design overhaul, you’re probably also looking for some inspiration—so we asked real estate and design experts to weigh in on what they anticipate will be the biggest home trends of 2021. It turns out, with all the stress that 2020 brought to our lives, it also influenced some defining changes in the way we decorate, design, and live in our homes.

Read more HERE.

The Open Floor Plan Is Not Dead

Remember when everyone was obsessed with the open floor plan? Over the past decade or so we’ve seen home shoppers with budgets large and small coveting a layout with a seamless flow among the kitchen, dining, and living spaces.

But the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many of us to stay home, made us think very differently about our interiors. With working and schooling from home as the new normal, people are placing a higher premium on floor plans that offer privacy. That’s why, for the past year, homeowners living in an open floor plan have started second-guessing their layout.

But our desire for delineated spaces doesn’t necessarily mean the open floor plan is dead.

Read more HERE.

2021 Kitchen Trends

Homeowners forced by the coronavirus pandemic to hole up in their homes for much of the past year are changing a few things about their homes.

For starters, COVID-19 exposed the flaws of the open floor plans touted on HGTV and other design shows—finding a quiet space to jump on that Zoom meeting with the boss while the kids are remote learning a few feet away can be a logistical nightmare. Fewer homeowners created an open-concept floor plan leading into 2021, according to a recent survey from design and remodeling site Houzz.

Despite the recession and economic hardships, homeowners spent a median $35,000 upgrading their kitchens, the same as last year.

Read more about new kitchen design trends HERE.

Is Your Clutter Worth Money?

Many people kick off the new year decluttering their attic, basement, or garage of stuff they no longer want in their life. Good riddance to it all! Almost. If you’re tossing old toys, rock concert T-shirts, or other items from your past, hang on—you might also be tossing out tons of cash.

A surprising number of items gathering dust in people’s homes have morphed over the decades into collectibles that can be sold on eBay and other sites—sometimes for thousands of dollars. So how do you know what’s truly valuable versus trash?

Read more HERE.

Winter Home Maintenance

The long, dark days of winter are upon us, and with COVID-19 still keeping us closer to home, we’re keenly aware of all the maintenance tasks we’ve put off or let slip through the cracks.

You don’t have to do anything. But if you do, we guarantee you’ll save some money—and maybe even your sanity—down the line. A modicum of maintenance now will prevent astronomical repair costs in the future.

Click HERE for the list of winter home maintenance tasks.

Grow Microgreens All Winter

That verdant, tangled nest atop your avocado toast looks adorable and tastes like springtime itself. But if you think the only way to satisfy your yummy microgreen fix is to hit up the local hipster cafe or via delivery, guess again.

Growing your own tiny shoots at home doesn’t require a green thumb at all. In fact, this gardening project is as fast and easy as it gets. Microgreens need very little space and maintenance, and can be harvested in less than two weeks.

And if you’re trying to start off 2021 on the right foot with a healthier eating plan, microgreens are a nutritional powerhouse.  Read more HERE.

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