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Playroom upgrade: A wall-mount 'barn door' makes more room for fun
With spring fast approaching and the kids at school, there's no better time to upgrade the playroom.

5 residential design trends in hardwood
Hardwood may be one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet architects, designers and homeowners are always finding fresh ways to use it in the modern home. What's the appeal? Flexibility and variety, for starters.

Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements
(BPT) - If you're planning to make some home improvements this year, you're probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates and tax credits.

Trend alert: Wood planks warm up ceilings and walls
For centuries, hardwood planks have been the ultimate material for residential floors. Combining exceptional durability with unrivalled good looks, oak, walnut, cherry or other solid-wood floorboards add value and beauty to any home they grace.

The many moods of modern design
With roots dating back to the 1920's and 1930's, modern interior design encompasses a wide variety of aesthetics and moods. From an urban industrial loft to a sleek beach house, the versatility of modern design can morph to match a variety of environments.

3 ways to turn discarded wood into beautiful home decor
The saying, "what's old is new again" has been around for years, but most recently represents a popular trend in interior design - upcycling old items with a new purpose. Everyone from high-end designers to DIYers are enjoying and incorporating this trend into their everyday life.

5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter
The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you'll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less.

4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle
Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities - a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

3 tips to protect your home this winter
Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home's gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand 175 years ago, knows this all too well.

5 holiday entertaining tips for space and budget conscious hosts
The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but with the average size of an apartment in the US 8% smaller than 10 years ago, many lack a comfortable space of their own to host a party. The good news is this: you don't need ample budget or space to entertain.

New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017
From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.

3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Move over, marble and granite. There’s a new, old stone that’s coming back into vogue. After first coming into use 5,000 years ago, soapstone is once again becoming a “go-to” material for kitchen and bath designs, indoor and outdoor living spaces and more for three primary reasons: aesthetics, function and versatility.