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10 Living Room Design Tips


Use these living room design ideas to make your living room a comfortable, inviting place to gather with family and friends.


San Antonio Design Remodeling1. Set the Mood with Color


The colors you choose for your living room will affect how guests feel in the space. Colors can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are.


A serene scheme of soft blue and white makes this spacious living room feel calm, cool, and collected–a gracious setting for elegant gatherings. A light tan carpet underfoot warms the space and keeps the cool tones in balance. Read more






Beautiful Backsplashes


Adding a new backsplash to your kitchen is a remarkably easy way to transform it. Explore these backsplash trends to help you choose the perfect one for your kitchen.


by Farima Alavi


San Antonio Design RemodelingCeramic Surroundings

Ceramic subway tiles are decorative and durable, making it a great backdrop for a cooking range. Designer Rebekah Zaveloff used a ceramic white tile backsplash to carry through the monochromatic theme in this all-white kitchen. Read more


The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes


These kitchen designers have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here they share the dos and don’ts of kitchen design.


San Antonio Design RemodelingDo: Have one element that’s fun or creative.


Don’t: Be boring.


“The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says. “Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to sing.” Adhering to that principle, he updated an Illinois kitchen in an old barn by keeping the architecture of the horse stalls, adding a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe to the range, and installing a pot rack that resemble a wagon wheel. Read more





Create a Glam Hollywood Bath


These readers traded sweat equity for high-end fixtures and finishes that evoke the silvery glitz of 1930s Tinseltown. Here’s your ticket to transforming your bath without the movie-star price tag


by Gillian Barth, This Old House Magazine


San Antonio Design RemodelingFrank and Janice Go to Hollywood


“If we were going to do this bath, it had to be magnificent.” —Janice and Frank Gingerelli, Bloomfield, New jersey


After 30 years of enduring their master bath’s busy orange-and-fuchsia wallpaper, dingy beige tile, and dim light from one puny window, Janice and Frank Gingerelli wanted the opposite for their remodeled space. They made it bright and airy by installing a new leaded-glass window and exposing the ceiling rafters. Read more






Assessing Needs for a Bath Remodel


Use these worksheets to figure out what you want and what you need


by Kristen Hampshire


San Antonio Design RemodelingWe need more space. That’s one thing most everyone can agree on when evaluating their current bathroom. And if the home is older, there likely is very little elbow room in the ‘ole water closet. “The typical shower in the typical house built 20 years ago was probably a 3×3 foot or 3×3.5 foot size, and it’s just not large enough,” says Ken Perrin, president, Artistic Renovations, Cleveland, Ohio. Read more






Natural Wonder: Master Bathroom Makeover Ideas


San Antonio Design RemodelingDo It in Style


Can more than 2.5 million votes be wrong about what makes a beautiful master bathroom? That’s how many ballots were cast on the DIY Network’s site as part of the annual Blog Cabin contest, which awards one lucky viewer a revamped home — this year, overlooking lush Woodstock, NY (yes, that Woodstock). Good Housekeeping developed three luxe bath looks, and voters picked a favorite. Read more








HGTV Dream Home 2012: Bedroom Planning and Design


Bedroom placement takes into consideration the needs of both the guests and the homeowners.


San Antonio Design RemodelingSleeping Spaces: The Original Concept

When mapping out the sleeping quarters, house planner Jack Thomasson and architect Corey R. Solum considered the second floor as a space dedicated to bedrooms and the master suite. “So you had your typical layering with living space on the first floor and bedrooms upstairs,” says Corey. Read more


5 Home Remodeling Tips


The Home for Life tool integrates design principles that enable aging in place


by Rich Binsacca


San Antonio Design RemodelingThe vast majority of boomers — 84 percent — want to stay in their current house during retirement, but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement, a new survey by AARP finds. The Home for Life, an online virtual home produced by Remodelingmagazine, showcases subtle yet effective universal design principles that enhance convenience, comfort, safety and value while lowering monthly costs and maintenance chores. Here are the top five tips for aging in place in style and with confidence. Read more






Porch and Patio Ideas


Front porches and back patios are our favorite spot to relax in the warmer months. Make an outdoor room your favorite escape, too, with these decorating and design ideas.


San Antonio Design RemodelingA Sunny Spot


The porch of this Northern California farmhouse is occupied by an old bench and edged with Japanese skimmia. ‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangeas bloom in a galvanized tub. Read more






16 Great Patio Ideas


If you’re looking for ideas to spruce up your patio, check out these tips.


by Kelly D. Norris


San Antonio Design RemodelingMake it Soothing with Water


There’s something about water that’s serene and peaceful. Be sure to add it to your patio. Enhance those relaxing moments with a patio-size water garden. Find one with a small recirculating pump so you can enjoy the sound of water trickling over stones or through a bamboo spout. Read more