Don’t Hide (from) The Garage – Consider A Conversion

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When a family is growing and needs to expand their space, it’s common to go for the attic or the basement. Well, I have a different idea: convert the garage. I’ve seen a lot of families over the years remodel their garage, as they weren’t even using it for car storage to begin with. The only garage space being used … Read More

Couples Remodeling: It takes two to make remodeling go right

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Editor’s note: The Dallas Bridal Show is Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29 at Dallas Market Hall. Our weekly columnist, remodeling expert Stephan Sardone chimes in with considerations about life after the altar. This weekend is the Dallas Bridal Show and over the years we’ve seen happy couples, newlyweds included, suffer through the remodeling process and we just want to help. … Read More

Finding the Best Spots for Built-Ins

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The most essential part of any home is available storage — and a lot of it. It’s not always easy to create or expand a closet, nor is it convenient to take up extra space with protruding storage, such as trunks, dressers or other conspicuous units. The best way to utilize your negative space and make it functional is by … Read More

Time is right for mudroom makeover

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There’s nothing I love more than a small space made functional and fashionable. A lot of the time, small rooms are neglected or given up on, when they could be used for attractive storage, kitchen pantry convenience or even a mudroom. I’d like to focus on that last one: the mudroom. Not every house has a mudroom, but sometimes there … Read More

Getting Creative With Carpet Installation

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Hardwood floors may be the most popular choice for flooring, but I know that I’m still among many who love getting creative with carpet. That being said, I know there are best and worst places to put carpet, some of which I’d like to discuss. Carpet serves a functional and fashionable purpose for many rooms. Not only can it function … Read More

Cluttered Closet Design Causes Clog

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One of my biggest pet peeves is an overly cluttered hall closet. By “hall closet,” I mean your entryway closet or any spare closet spaces throughout the home. Much like our own personal closets, these tiny, spare spaces tend to become black holes, gathering places for extra items — many of which are unrelated to each other. The vacuum may … Read More

A Column About Interior Columns

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I’d like to focus on an element of the home that often goes unnoticed. This feature does a lot for the home and adds convenience for those who live in it. I’m talking about columns. These structures can function as both interior and exterior, but I’ll pay more attention to interior this time around. Interior columns not only give the … Read More

How to feel the warmth at home

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Finally, the weather is getting below 70 degrees. Here in Texas, we tend to skip the snow and jump right into the ice and brisk winds, so it’s about time to prepare for the winter weather nearly upon us. Window treatment is important, and that includes the curtains and window itself. To keep the heat inside the house, it helps … Read More

Reclaimed Wood Is A Trend Toward Good

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A very common trend right now is rustic-chic. You know, that natural, woodsy look weaved in with modern conveniences. I know I’ve mentioned Millennials’ tendencies to lean toward these natural materials, but it’s not just the younger age groups; I’m noticing it more and more throughout all generations. Reclaimed wood is proving to be a useful, practical and chic design … Read More

The quirky and convenient kitchen

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The holidays are upon us. Who all is coming to visit? And just how full will your kitchen be? I’ve been thinking over ways to make the kitchen an easier place to be during this hectic time, and most of my ideas were basic. So, then I changed gears and thought, “What are some fun, quirky but practical ways to … Read More