Home design ideas: Bringing pops of color into a family room

Before selling their Cambridge home, Rachel Dunham’s clients did some serious purging. Little did they realize that their next home, a new Colonial in Newton Lower Falls, would boast an entire wall of built-ins. “They read Marie Kondo’s book and got rid of everything,” says the Arlington-based designer. While they didn’t want to re-clutter, leaving it bare wasn’t an option. To round out the family-friendly decor, Dunham curated a mix of items from big-box stores and boutiques. She hit up a Facebook community page called Everything Is Free to find books to use for massing. “A lady who was cleaning out her mother-in-law’s place filled up my trunk with them,” Dunham says. “I just took off jackets and created arrangements by color.”

1. Dunham layered an Afghan rug from Gregorian Oriental Rugs in Newton Lower Falls on top of a wool broadloom carpet. “We needed to ground the room with

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The 25 Best Interior Designers in Los AngelesBuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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A Los Angeles home is more than just a home, especially for those involved in the entertainment business. From intimate dinner parties to blowout bashes, a gorgeous and glamorous residence serves as an all-important hub for both business and pleasure. With this in mind, it follows that the interior designers in this star-studded city are often as famous as their celebrity clients. These elite aficionados know how to create a luxurious environment where deals can be sealed and influencers can make their mark. They can easily adapt to the wide range of architecture styles boasted by L.A., making it a unique, distinguished, and highly individualized region.

If you’re wondering who this all-star cast consists of, we’ve got you covered. From Malibu to Hollywood Hills and beyond, here are the 25 hottest interior designers in Los Angeles right now. Listed in random order, these

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How to Make Your Home a Calming Oasis, According to a Designer

If you haven’t noticed, home improvement projects are having a moment right now—especially the DIY variety. And it makes sense. Not only are most of us home a lot more than usual, but, with a lot of extra time on our hands, we’re also demanding more of our spaces. Our homes need to be functional, pleasing to the eye, and a calming place where we can hide from the chaos of the world.

But what if you don’t exactly know how to go about transforming your home into a calming oasis? That’s when it helps to have some interior decor inspiration—and a talented designer on speed dial.

We caught up with interior designer Kate Marker about an amazing renovation project she completed in Union Pier, MI. From floor to vaulted ceiling, the cottage is impeccably furnished. But what makes this home really special is the sense of calm that

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10 Home Exterior Fails You Should Know About

When she’s not roasting terrible suburban homes on her blog McMansionHell, Kate Wagner studies architectural acoustics as a graduate student in the joint acoustics program at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory. She’s worked extensively as a sound engineer, with expertise in recording engineering, product development, and research.

Thinking about redoing the exterior of your home after a bit of HGTV fever? While it’s unrealistic to expect architect-level work from people like your Aunt Sue, who wants to paint everything contractor gray in a fit of Fixer Upper passion, there are some common exterior mishaps that can easily be avoided. In fact, relatively simple exterior changes can breathe new life into a house, though it’s a fine line between CPR and suffocation. In the words of architect Mies van der Rohe: “God is in the details,” but, then again, so is the devil.

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Home design ideas and DIY Project

Games room ideas – They can be challenging, tense, emotional, but one thing for sure, they are more than fantastic – even funtastic. You can invite your friends to play some games together with you, or you can even play them by yourself to blow off steam. The fun will remain there. And funtastic games need funtastic game room ideas.

Yes. The room in which you play the games also plays a very crucial role. You want a super cozy room for blowing off steam, don’t you? Therefore, you need to refurbish your room and turn it into a safe haven for gamers.

The problem is what kind of game room that suits your style very well? Check these 15 funtastic game room ideas to take your me-time to the next level.

  1. Small Game Room Ideas

Small Game Room Ideas

A tiny and cramped room can be such a dead

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How to Decorate a Living Room That Has Cathedral Ceilings | Home Guides

Vaulted ceilings create a dramatic look.

Vaulted ceilings create a dramatic look.

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Vaulted or cathedral ceilings in a living room can create a dramatic and spacious look. It can be a challenge, however, to match furniture, accessories, lighting and decor to such a space in a way that allows you to emphasize your high ceilings. Consider everything from your color scheme to the size of your furniture in making decorating choices that will help you make the most of this unique design feature.

Color

Use wall color to enhance or detract from the nature of your cathedral ceilings. You can open up the space and make the ceilings look taller by painting your walls a dark color and the ceiling a lighter contrasting color. You can also reverse the technique to create a more intimate living room environment by painting your ceiling a dark color and the walls a lighter hue.

Furniture

Use overstuffed,

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Exterior Home Pictures Design Software

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New photo-based landscape design software. Design your landscape using a photo of your home and property. Design a garden, plant trees and shrubs, add a new yard, and more. This new landscaping… more

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50 AMC Calendar Wizard by Alchemy Mindworks - AMC Calendar Wizard builds personalized,

AMC Calendar Wizard builds personalized, printable calendars.

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How to Design & Install an Exterior Landscape Lighting System | Home Guides

Create spectacular effects with landscape lighting.

Create spectacular effects with landscape lighting.

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Low-voltage landscape lighting brings your yard alive after dark. Designing and installing exterior landscape lighting requires planning and creativity. As a general rule of thumb, fewer lights are better. Highlighting some landscape features, providing safety and creating ambiance are just a few reasons exterior landscape lighting systems are a great idea for any homeowner. Most lights come in kits with easy to install instructions and design plans if you need a little inspiration.

Design

Draw a diagram of your property and determine where you want to place exterior landscape lights. Visit your yard in the dark with a flashlight and shine the light on different landscape features to see how they look lit up. Choose a few focal landscape features such as a tree, fountain, entranceway or pathway that you may want to highlight. Also, consider areas where safety may be

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Free Home Design Software Download

Here is a list of free home design software and online home designer services that able to improve your ability to create beautiful, efficient home designs or floor plan that reflect the restraints of your budget while adding your personal touches into every design.

Beside that, these free home design tools make it fun to plan and actually envision changes to your home’s design. And you can do it all without having to move a single piece of furniture!

Free Home Design software List that assist you design your idea house design:

sweet home 3d - free home design software

Sweet Home 3D is an open source interior design application that allow you draw the walls of your home upon the image of an existing plan, change the color or the texture of each room, and drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories (windows, doors, living room, kitchen).

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Home | Hoskins Interior Design

At Hoskins Interior Design, we are your partners in designing one that could only belong to you. Good listening helps us clarify your vision both aesthetically and functionally. We take the time to discover what you truly desire for your space, as well as how you live, your project goals, and your design challenges. Whether you are building a new home, or remodeling or refreshing the home you live in, our goal is to help you create welcoming and beautiful interiors that celebrate your life and family.

Our firm places an emphasis on designing beautiful spaces that will stand the test of time. Our Interior Design Process is geared toward making it an enjoyable experience for you, prioritizing where and how to best use your budget while ensuring you get the home you are envisioning. We approach design pragmatically, protecting the investment in your home by avoiding costly mistakes and

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