Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home

April 14, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Why live on the bubble when you can experience life inside it? It's an appropriate question to ponder while gazing at the forest from inside this unusual dome home in upstate New York. Made to maximize views while maintaining partial privacy, this geodesic bubble tent is equal parts glamping destination and fishbowl. It's the perfect place to observe nature without fully immersing yourself in it. Copyright 2018 Leon Cato Photography. Tucked away on a farm in Woodridge, New York, the dome is s[…]

9 Tips for Preparing a Fabulous Flower Bed

April 10, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Have you ever ended up with a bed of dead flowers, mountains of mulch and a whopping garden center receipt? Let's do something about that, shall we? Get your gardening groove back with these nine tips. 1. Start with a clean slate There are two kinds of flower beds: those that have been well-prepared and those that are covered in weeds. Give your unplanted bed the once-over. Does it get enough sunlight? Does water tend to collect there? Have you removed all weeds, roots and rocks so your plant[…]

Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower

April 10, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury - something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But an avid gardener, runner or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower for your own home. Lucky for you, outdoor showers are an accessible feature for just about anyone. It all depends on how simple or complex you want your shower to be. A simple outdoor shower with cold water costs approximately $1,000 or less. An outdoo[…]

9 Homes With Dreamy Spots for April Showers

April 8, 2019 Real Estate Tips
A good spring shower leaves the earth feeling refreshed and renewed - which is not unlike a good shower in your own home. A well-designed and polished bathroom can invigorate you in the morning or relax you before bed. These 10 bathrooms in for-sale homes across the country give us that feeling of rejuvenation - and make us just the tiniest bit envious. Spa-like in the city For sale: $1.3 million This Tudor revival in Washington, D.C., is equal parts modern and traditional - and its sleek yet[…]

Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

April 4, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Many homes come with kitchens that are less than ideal. The lighting can be terrible, the appliances old, the floors grimy … and counter space? Well, that’s a nice idea. Get the most out of the kitchen space you do have with these tips. Make room You can create extra space, even when it seems impossible. Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and colanders help increase your workspace. Burner covers for your stove and a large cutting board or tray can create extra counter space when you&#[…]

Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Sh…

April 4, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn't have to lead to passive-aggressive notes and arguments. Whether you live with your sibling, your bestie or your significant other, try these tips for making smart use of those shared spaces. Closets What matters most when sharing closet space is equality. No, you don't need to make a line with tape on your closet floor (please don't). But you should stick to your de[…]

With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-All, Ga…

February 19, 2019 Real Estate Tips
This project will help you organize your garage and become the MVP of DIY projects. With all your sporting gear in the same place, you’ll always be prepared when someone yells, "Where’s my basketball?” (Or volleyball, hockey stick, tennis racket, etc.) See how it’s done, then follow the step-by-step instructions to build one of your own. 1. Find a bookcase Choose a bookcase with at least three wide shelves so you can store gear in a variety of sizes. 2. Add locking whe[…]

From Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family…

January 31, 2019 Real Estate Tips
There's a century of history woven into the floors of a contemporary home east of Seattle: golden planks, shiny blondes and the occasional knotted gray. It's just how Amanda Gatlin wanted it - even if she didn’t expect it would involve recycling an entire Mississippi barn, with pieces dating back to when Woodrow Wilson was president. "It was my great-grandfather and grandfather and a bunch of people in the community who helped build it," said Gatlin, referring to the barn 2,300 miles aw[…]

This Philadelphia Farmhouse Is a Historic Stunner

January 30, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Take a stone farmhouse from 1810, mix it with the best furnishings you can find at flea markets in Paris, and the result is this exquisitely renovated Colonial home outside Philadelphia. A walk-in fireplace graces the living room, while the formal dining room boasts French doors that open onto a screened porch. For a cozier ambiance, the library of this 4-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot home features a fireplace and picture-window views. A beautifully upholstered floating wall was installed in one[…]

1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab

January 29, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Steven Favreau is the type to go big - and go home. When he set out to put down roots near his hometown of Boston, Favreau fell in love with an old country estate in quaint Chelsea, Vermont. It was the perfect place for this interior designer to escape from the hubbub of big city life after working with celebrity clients and more. "It was a quintessential Vermont house in a quintessential Vermont town," said Favreau, about spotting the house in 2012. "I hopped on a plane and bought it the nex[…]