Nesting - that most pleasurable business of making a house a home - is rarely as easy as profession decorators make it look. Especially if you have children.
Can kids and nice things peacefully coexist? The answer is: sometimes. Just chose and position them wisely. Here are some tips.
Nevertheless, you can put the pros' winning design strategies to work without enrolling in design school or signing on the dotted line.
Ready for a fresh look without spending too much time or money? Weekend redecorating is easy and inexpensive.
The no-expense option? Rearrange what you already have.
How to Revive A Tired Living Room
It costs nothing to revive a lackluster living room. All you need is a fresh plan to rearrange what you have.
A Better Bedroom By Design Bland bedroom? Try these simple design tips to give it a flare all its own.
Are Your Living Areas Liveable? Here's how to make sure that grand room gets the attention it deserves.
Stone Floors: How to Care for and Clean Them. Stone floor care, cleaning, and safety information.
Linoleum Floors: How to Care for and Clean Them. Linoleum floor tips and wear information.
Laminate Floors: How Care for and Clean Them. Laminate floor tips and information.
Carpet Care, Wear, and Cleaning Tips. How to keep your cozy floor covering clean and in tip-top condition.
Lamp Shade Care and Cleaning Tips. The enlightened way to making your lights - and their covers - shine.
Wood Furniture Care and Cleaning Tips. How to keep your wood furniture looking its best, year after year.
Cleaning Codes for Upholstery Explained. These codes tell you how to clean the fabric. Here's what they stand for.
Easy Window Decor
If you want to create a window statement without the accompanying bill,
these easy tips for deciding upon the right treatment for you and the
room can help.
Making the Most of Decorative Objects Many of the objects inside your home are likely beautiful on their own - and can become more lovely when properly arranged on the wall, mantel, bookshelves or coffee table. Here are a few tips to get you started.
10 Tips for Less-Stress Redecorating Put these designer tips into play and you'll be having fun before you know it.
Design a Party-Friendly Patio The season of outdoor parties is here. Is your backyard or patio party-ready? Find out here.
Better Bathrooms by Design It is the smallest room in the house - and the most challenging to make functional, warm and inviting. Still, it can be done with little more than a nod to functionality and a few bright-colored, inexpensive additions.
Hiring an Interior Designer This interior design primer can help ensure you get the beautiful, cost-effective interior you're seeking - at a fair price with no surprises.
6 Houseplants You Can't Kill Sure, you may have a brown thumb. But there really are plants even you can't kill. Here are six of them.
How To Choose The Container For Houseplants Create A Cozier Kitchen It's a utilitarian room, but it needn't look that way. Try these simple tips for breathing new life into this workhorse of a room.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.