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  • Smart Lighting: A Beginner’s Guide

    When it comes to smart home tech, the sheer breadth of products and integrations available can get overwhelming fast. An easy way to get started? Smart lighting. Setting up just one smart light bulb makes your home more controllable than before, and because bulbs are small and easy to change, they’re ideal for playing around with in rental apartments as well.

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  • Eleven Contemporary-and Traditional-Style Gas Fireplaces and Fire Pits

      While a “traditional-style” fireplace immediately conjures the image of a wood-burning hearth, it’s far from the only option available to builders and designers. Electric, propane, and natural gas-powered burners have enabled and inspired a new range of design options for in-home fire features. Contemporary fires are characterized by their stone, metal, or reflective glass

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  • CREATING THE PERFECT HOLISTIC HOME

    A wholesome home feels effortlessly complete from the walk up to the walk through. Holistic home design creates a seamless transition throughout the home by referencing exterior characteristics on the inside and vice-versa. Here are four ways to unify concepts from the inside out—creating a space homeowners will never want to leave. 1. Use a complementary color palette. Work

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  • 3 Design “Rules” You Don’t Need To Follow Anymore

    Paint small rooms white. Hang artwork at eye level on your walls. Don’t mix two large-scale patterns in the same space. Use decor of varying heights. When it comes to interior design, there are so many tips and warnings thrown around about furniture and decor that it can end up intimidating to trust your own sense

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  • Here’s 3 Reasons Lots Are Scarce and Likely to Stay That Way

    A National Association of Home Builders guide for builders on midterm election pro-housing candidates is here, and an analysis of the races and the stakes BUILDER contributor Robyn Griggs Lawrence did, working with NAHB policy experts is here. Meanwhile, speaking of intensifying stakes, we’re smack in the middle of 2019 budget time, and for all the noise about the

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  • 3 Clever Ways to Use Cable Rail Indoors

    These days, more and more homeowners are looking to merge the indoors with the outdoors for an open, cohesive ambiance. Large windows and doors can accomplish this look, but using similar design touches inside and outside are another way to merge the two areas. For example, matching the interior railing infill with the outdoors’ can

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