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Get Your Home Organized This School Year

By Laura Gaskill

Seeing old friends, meeting new teachers and saying goodbye to summer (waah!). The beginning of the school year is a flurry of activity and mixed emotions. Make this transition as smooth as possible for kids and yourself by spending some time putting smart systems in place around the house. From gathering lunch-making supplies and keepsake boxes to organizing wardrobes, hanging backpack hooks and more, here are 13 tasks to check off your list for a home that’s ready for the first day (and beyond).

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10 Home Design Trends on the Rise

By Mitchell Parker

What will homeowners be asking for in their homes in the near future? While a crystal ball wouldn’t be realistic, a reliable alternative is to look at what’s catching on now and assume those trends in color, function and style will only proliferate in the coming weeks, months and years. After combing through hundreds of popular photos and pulling from ongoing conversations with design professionals, we came away with 10 design trends we think will be filling up homeowners’ idea books.

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12 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

By Yanic Simard on July 23,2019

A kitchen of any size can feel roomy if you know a few tricks. Sticking to white cabinets and walls is a good start, but there are many other ways to create extra room in your kitchen, or create the illusion of a bigger space than you have, all without sacrificing a sense of personality. Here are 12 of my favorite ways to balance storage, style and long sightlines to get a functional layout with a spacious vibe.

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10 Essentials for a Gracious Guest Room

By Laura Gaskill

Getting ready to host overnight guests? Let’s assume you have a bed (or air mattress) and coverings on all the windows. That’s a great start! This list will help fill in all the little things your guests will want to have on hand for a comfortable night’s sleep. What you won’t find here: season-specific decor, extra charging cords, books and other optional extras that your guests might enjoy but can live without. Instead the focus is on versatile, key pieces to get your guest space up and running so you’re ready for visitors, no matter when they arrive.

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To-Dos: Your June Home Checklist

By Laura Gaskill

Get your house ready for summer with a mix of maintenance musts and breezy room refreshes. Summer officially begins June 21 this year, but why wait until then to get into the summer spirit? Get a jump-start by prepping your home and garden for warm weather, setting up the perfect drip-dry spot for beach towels, reorganizing the kitchen (hello, smoothie bar) and more. These 21 to-dos cover all the bases, so you can enjoy the season to the fullest.

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