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Cool Kitchen Backsplashes to Whet Your Appetite

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The basic function of kitchen backsplashes is to prevent water, food and other types of liquids and solids from damaging the wall behind your kitchen counters. However, backsplashes can be both functional and stylish. There’s a dizzying array of styles to choose from, but we’re skipping the most popular backsplashes (since you’ve probably seen them anyway) so we can highlight some of the coolest options.

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Hottest Bathroom Trends for 2019

Trendir Magazine

As the year is coming to an end it is time to begin taking a look at the hottest and latest trends for 2019. Keeping that in mind, we wanted to begin taking a look at the hottest bathroom trends for 2019. While the bathroom might not seem like such a “special area” it sure is one of the most used spaces of the home right next to the kitchen. With that being said, here are the hottest bathroom trends for 2019.

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A Guide to Renting Out Your Holiday Property Abroad

Kitchen and Residential Design

In recent years, it has become exponentially more accessible to make a buck or two off renting out your living space. As more and more people have considered hosting or visiting a home, numerous more platforms have surfaced to aid each party in this endeavor. But what about when the property you wish to rent out is overseas? Do you still have the same abilities you would in your home country?

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Just Draw it Up

Life of an Architect

There is a request that I receive a few times a week that I thought I would finally talk about in an effort to shed some light on a fairly taboo subject. Those requests typically start off something like this: “I have already designed my house but since I am not an architect, I don’t know how to create the technical drawings I would need to give to a contractor.

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Reveals What’s Trending

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) tracks yearly trends through its Best in American Living award winners and its Design Trends Roundtable. Alexandra Isham, Program Manager for Design at the NAHB, let Freshome in on some of the trends the organization has observed. The lines are blurring between commercial and residential applications.

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What to Expect During Your New Home Walkthrough

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Home inspections are usually part of the process when you’re buying an existing home. If you’re building your home, however, your builder will coordinate any necessary inspections with the city, then schedule a walkthrough with you. The walkthrough is a vital part of the building process, so it helps to come prepared. As you tour your new home with your builder, you’ll get the 411 on all the features while making sure everything’s up to par.

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What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Traditional bathroom designs are taking a back seat to a more spa-like, clean and minimal look, according to the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA). The organization queried hundreds of designers, remodelers, architects, manufacturers and dealers to discover the trends in bathroom styles, sinks and tubs, cabinets, lighting, flooring, colors and other elements.

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National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals Key Design Trends in U.S. Kitchens

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Want to know the trendiest styles, colors, materials, finishes, appliances and lighting fixtures in U.S. kitchens? Sure, you do! The National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) queried hundreds of designers, remodelers, architects, manufacturers and dealers to discover the most dominant preferences and the biggest kitchen design trends. Freshome asked trend spotter Elle H-Millard, Certified Kitchen Designer and Industry Relations Manager at the NKBA, for photos and insights regarding the key U.S.

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50 Powder Room Ideas That Transform Your Small Half Bath From Ordinary To Extraordinary

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

The powder room, also known as a small guest bath or half bath, is usually located near a home or apartment’s entrance and consists of a toilet and sink. Most half bath spaces are small and basic, but they don’t have to be. If you entertain often, your guests will most likely use your half bath. What does the room say about you? It’s time to transform your half bath from ordinary to extraordinary with our powder room ideas and tips that will make your guests’ visit a swoo

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6 Ideas for Using Kitchen Backsplash Contrast

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Kitchen backsplashes are a natural place to add some individual style. From the different color options to the wide variety of materials, there are many possibilities for a unique and fun backsplash. And one of the easiest ways to add some personal style into the kitchen is to think kitchen backsplash contrast. Using contrast in a kitchen backsplash, for starters, helps the often-overshadowed area behind the stove or counter space pop.

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35 Small Wine Cellars and Wine Room Ideas You Can Recreate

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

If you look forward to wine o’clock every evening, why not turn a spot in your home into a stunning wine room or wine cellar? You don’t need a large wine cave or hundreds of thousands of dollars to build one. All you need is a small area like a closet, pantry or corner to create your very own small wine cellar. Here’s how to emulate the most chic wine cellars out there.

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20 of the Coolest Outdoor Fireplaces

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

A fireplace usually conjures up images of sitting on the hearth indoors, sipping a warm drink. However, thanks to modern ingenuity, outdoor fireplaces are just as popular as their indoor counterparts. Now on those cooler nights, you don’t have to leave your patio to enjoy a traditional fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces tend to be constructed from three main materials: stone, brick and plaster.

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Aging Gracefully: Timeless Design for a Classic Home

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Trends may come and go, but taste is forever. When designing your own home, it’s tempting to take an “everything but the kitchen sink” attitude. There are so many exciting features and fun trends to inspire your build! But before getting whisked away on the trend train, you need to remember that today’s trend is tomorrow’s dated.

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These Are The Biggest 2019 Interior Design Trends, According To The Pros

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Believe it or not, the new year is right around the corner and with it will come some eye-catching new design trends. With that in mind, we went straight to the source and asked some top interior designers to share what styles they think will capture our interest in the coming year. Keep reading to learn their picks for the biggest 2019 interior design trends, as well as some tips on how to incorporate these looks in your own home.

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You’ll Flip For These 14 Easy, Inspiring Ways to Include Storage in Your Décor

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Looking for more ways to incorporate storage into your décor? Keep scrolling for some inspiration. Image: PLATEMARK DESIGN Storage doesn’t have to be synonymous with shoving your belongings in a closet, pulling the doors closed, and hoping no one ever looks inside. In reality, it can serve a dual purpose. In addition to keeping your belongings safe and organized, it can actually become an important — and even essential — component of your aesthetic.

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3 DIY Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions for Your Spring Clean

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Get your home sparkling this spring, with eco-friendly cleaners. Image: Marlowe Hues Color & Design Spring cleaning is supposed to refresh your home. It’s a little counterintuitive, then, that traditional cleaning methods lean on harsh, often toxic chemicals to do the job. Your home may look better after using these products, but, in actuality, you’ve only swapped germs and grime for possible dangers to your family and the environment.

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Here Are 4 Tips to Help You Infuse Personality Into Every Room

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Every room needs a dose of personality. Image: Steele Street Studios Usually, when we talk about design choices, we come at them from the perspective of how to make the rooms in your home appeal to the masses. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that, at the end of the day, your home really only needs to appeal to you. It should feel distinctly yours.

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Design 101: 5 Home Decorating Problems and How to Fix Them

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

No home is perfect, no matter how big or new it is. You may find issues with the layout, or storage or lighting. It can be a bigger challenge when you rent, since you usually can’t do much about the space you’re living in. But luckily, many home decorating problems have easy fixes you can tackle in just a few hours or a weekend. Here are five of the most common home decorating problems and how you can easily fix them. 1.

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5 Creative Ways to Get Bold Colors into Your Space

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Bold colors make a delightful addition to just about any space. They add an eye-grabbing element that just pulls you in. They also work well in a variety of styles, from the children’s room to artistic or boho spaces for adults. An accent color in a single piece can also work well in modern and minimalist spaces to provide a subtle pop of color. Take a look below for some creative ways to work bold color into your home.

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6 Tips to Get an Updated Color Scheme Without Painting

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

If you want to get a fresh look in your home for 2019, then you might want to try updating to a new color scheme. Playing with your room’s color is a great way to breathe some new life into the space. But you may be picturing major changes, like having to completely repaint the room or get all-new furniture. There are actually several different ways to update the color scheme in your home that don’t require a major overhaul.

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Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces to Keep You Warm and Toasty in the Fall

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Just because the temperatures are cooler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being outdoors. While you may not be able to use that outdoor shower for a while, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are a great way to enjoy the beauty of this season. They make it easy to enjoy the perfect balance between the sweltering heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter.

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Our 20 Favorite Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

One area of the home to come the furthest in terms of design over the years is the outdoor living space. These were once just spaces to place a patio furniture set and maybe a grill. But these days, people are including televisions, entire kitchens (including the kitchen sink) and dining areas fit for a restaurant. Many outdoor living spaces have fire pits that are works of art, and sometimes even full fireplaces.

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Get Your Home Ready to Sell with These Easy Updates

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

A beautiful color scheme makes any home a buyer’s favorite. Image: Wayfair When getting your home ready to sell on a busy market, it may not make sense to take on big home improvement projects. Once you’re confident that your home does not need any major repairs that will stop a buyer’s home inspection, you can focus on easy updates to make your home more appealing.

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Selling Your Home? These Real Estate Photo Tips Will Help Your Home Look Its Best

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

When you’re selling your home , taking good photos is crucial. After all, your photos will serve as potential buyers’ first impression of the property. It’s what will make their decision on whether to come see your home or to pass it over for another option. With that in mind, we’re leaving you some of our best real estate photo tips.

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5 of the Best Tips for Decorating a Home Office

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Decorating a home office can feel overwhelming. These tips will help you get started. Image: Blackbox Design Studios So you have a home office. Congratulations! Plenty of people long for a dedicated space in their homes where they can focus and tackle their to-dos. That being said, the idea of a home office and the reality of having one can be very different.

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Holiday Decorating for Busy People

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

You love the holidays, but let’s face it: you have neither the time, nor the desire to actually decorate your home for the holiday season. At the same time, you don’t want to be mistaken for Ebenezer Scrooge. Is there a middle ground? Yep. Here are some holiday decorating tips for busy people. Use everyday items A homemade Christmas tree in Sydney, AU.

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8 New Construction Money Mistakes That Could Cost You

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Building your own home is an exercise in careful budgeting. Each and every dollar needs to be accounted for, or your build could get away from you. Still, even if you’re careful with your budget, you might be making mistakes that cost you in the end. Maxing out your money might be less about choosing cheaper tile and more about managing your build with the future in mind.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Using Mirrors as a Design Element

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We all know that mirrors can make a room appear larger – and that’s a neat trick – but mirrors are more than just one-trick ponies. They can also be used as a design element to help complete whatever look you’re trying to achieve. A mirror can provide either contrast or balance when used correctly. It can also unify a space or serve as the focal point.

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20 Creative Ways to Use Natural Textures in a Home

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

If you love the outdoors, it’s understandable to want to incorporate nature into your living space. When it comes to bringing natural textures into the home, you can go as drastic or as simple as you want. If you’re looking for bold statements and design elements that make you feel like you’re practically outside, take a look at these creative ideas for surrounding yourself in nature.

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5 Affordable Ways to Make your Home Feel More Luxurious

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Let us show you how to add affordable luxury into your home. Image: Polo MA Inc. Interior Design Creating a luxury retreat in your own home may seem like an expensive and overwhelming task. Opulent furniture and upscale décor come to mind when we think of the term “luxury,” but, it doesn’t have to be that way. By simply making a few small changes, you can make your home feel luxurious without spending an arm and a leg.

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2018 Design Trend Recap: The Year’s Most Daring Home Design Trends

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

It may be hard to believe, but it’s almost 2019. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to pause and look back at the last year at Freshome. We explored a lot in 2018. But what really made its mark? Which daring trends reshaped our homes – and maybe even our lives? Which have enough staying power to survive into 2019 and beyond?

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Freshome Holiday Gift Guide: Smart Home Gift Ideas For The Tech Lover

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

An automated home that you can run from your smartphone or voice-activated hub is no longer a thing of the future. Here are some unique tech accessories and smart home gift ideas for the tech lover in your life. 1. Google Home Mini (2-Pack) Powered by Google Assistant to answer your questions, each Google Mini can also play music, control appliances, find a lost smartphone or broadcast messages to other rooms.

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Clever Ways to Hide an Ugly HVAC Unit

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Find ways to blend your air conditioner into your home’s exterior design. Image: New Eco Landscapes Don’t let an unsightly HVAC unit or pool pump ruin your home’s outdoor aesthetic. There are plenty of great materials and ideas available to help your air conditioner blend in with the rest of your home. While we like to think design first, your HVAC system needs to be clear of leaves and debris and placed far enough away from any obstructions that could compromise airflow and e

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4 Ideas for a Traditional Christmas Room Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Christmas is a unique time. You can deck out your home in the most traditional of ways and never have it go out of style. That’s because our cultural ideal of Christmas is one from a traditional era. It’s the scenes set in our favorite holiday songs and stories: lush evergreen decorations, festive ribbon and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. A traditional Christmas truly is timeless year after year.

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Get Ready for your Close-up With 2018’s Best Bathroom Vanities

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Bathroom design—and bathroom vanities—have come a long way in recent years, particularly, as a result of the increased furnishing options available to the public, as well as the many available avenues for customizing a look to suit individual homeowners’ styles. The previous norm was that spec homes, or newly built homes, were fitted with a standard look, size and style of bathroom furnishings.

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Fourth of July Party Decor Ideas to Help You Let Freedom Ring

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Be free from worry with these easy Fourth of July party decor ideas. Image: Flower Garden Girl We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate freedom and enjoy the liberties given to us by our democratic society. The only problem is that if you’re the one hosting your Independence Day shindig, you probably don’t feel independent from stress.

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Creating a Home Gym That Makes You Want to Exercise

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Nothing beats being able to exercise at your convenience – and in the comfort and privacy of your own home. No driving in traffic, showering with strangers, wondering if the exercise equipment has been disinfected recently or being too hot or too cold. Even if you’re not an exercise buff, designing your own gym allows you to create the type of space that is conducive to working out.