Archive for August, 2011

IKEA Bedroom Designs

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

When a young person makes the transition from teenager to adulthood, it’s great if their bedroom can transition along with them.  This is especially important for college students who stay at home and don’t live on campus.  An updated décor will help them create a new adult identity.  During the remodel process, years of childhood and adolescent clutter can be cleared out and a dedicated space for studying can be created.

Many young people like the clean lines and simplicity of IKEA furniture.  You can browse through the IKEA catalog online, then visit the IKEA website for interactive tools that will help you become your own interior designer.

For some great ideas on how IKEA furniture and accessories can be used to remodel a young man’s room, see this YouTube video.

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Making Over a Small Kitchen

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

small kitchen makeover

You can make big changes in a small kitchen without tearing down any walls. Inexpensive modification like redoing cabinet doors and adding colorful touches like a tile backsplash will add character and create eye-catching focal points. In the photo above, the wall behind the range has been lined with small decorative tiles that are available in easy-to-install mesh sheets. Frosted doors on the cabinets contribute to a modern, streamlined look.

See more ideas for enhancing a small kitchen on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

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The End of the Foreclosure Era?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Since 2006, more than 6.5 million American families have faced home foreclosure and hundreds of thousands more are currently on the brink. According to Equifax, the global financial information company, there are signs that the era of foreclosure is coming to an end:

• There has been a steady decline in delinquent mortgages over 90 days (down 18% from a year ago).
• New foreclosures are down 29% from a year ago.
• June was the ninth straight month with decreased foreclosure activity on a year-over-year basis.

These are hopeful signs that the foreclosure era is drawing to a close. However, any new economic disaster that returns the U.S. to double-digit unemployment could drive up the foreclosure rate again.

Read more about the signs that the foreclosure era is ending on the Equifax Real Estate blog.

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Retro Bargello Pillows from Jonathan Adler

Sunday, August 07th, 2011

Fashion designers have been channeling the 1970s this season, and now home décor designer Jonathan Adler is bringing a 70s retro touch to the living room. His handcrafted Bargello needlepoint pillows feature psychedelic designs in rainbow hues as well as earth tones. Each pillow features a feather/down insert, hidden zipper and soft velvet backing. They range in price from $120 to $175. A bit pricey for a pillows, but they’ll be the focal point of any room.

See more pillow designs on the Jonathan Adler website.

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