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Bathrooms are one of the most expensive rooms to renovate in the house—not to mention the inconvenience of not being able to use your shower while contractors are working. Fortunately, there are a few simple upgrades you can do yourself to completely transform your bathroom without breaking the bank.


As the weather gets warmer and you start spending more time outside, your concrete patio or worn out deck may seem like more of an eyesore than it did mid-winter. Whether you’re covering a few cracks or protecting children from falls, these attractive interlocking tiles are the easiest way to give your outdoor space a makeover.


Last week, color management company Pantone Color Institute announced its pick for Color of the Year for 2018. You’ll be seeing Ultra Violet, an intriguing shade of purple, coming soon to the design world. Such an intense color often comes with mixed reviews, so here are big and little ways to bring the color home for those on the fence about 2018’s hue.


Climbing out of the shower on a winter day with a cold bathroom floor may have you asking, “Are heated floors worth the investment?” If you’re considering heated floors in the bathroom, here’s everything you need to know about installation, costs, and benefits.

The bathroom in the modern cottage is all about rest and relaxation. The concept behind cottage design is the creation of a homey space that can serve as a refuge, and the bathroom should also reflect that. Instead of being merely about function, it’s also about simple indulgences. A big bathtub, a clear view and clean, white tile create a restrained but elegant look that feels just right in a modern but cozy home.

Classic white subway tile in a crackle finish was installed in a herringbone pattern for a backsplash. Pieces of soapstone matching the countertop frame it.

Once their children were out of high school, these Chicago-area homeowners knew it was time to redo their well-used kitchen that they felt was stuck in the 1980s. They wanted room for family and friends as well as lots of storage. And they wanted something that reflected their style and their home’s character. Interior designer Joey Leicht responded with an overhaul that combines historic details with an up-to-date kitchen that meets all their needs.