The drop zone: tame the mess at your front door

People are drawn to modern houses because the clean, uncluttered look can be very calming. Achieving this does not mean putting the kids up for adoption, consigning your spouse to the garage or hiring a full time housekeeper. The solution is to plan a convenient and easy for place for your belongings. One of the biggest clutter magnets is the front door. This is where the debris of everyday life—the mail, backpacks, [read more]

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Q: How can I tell what design trends are worth following?

A: Let’s face it, most trend spotting is just smoke-and-mirrors: “gold” faucets, wallpaper and the color Marsala are all predicted to be hot in 2015. That’s fine if you want to update a powder room (but please skip the gold faucets). For those that have serious remodeling in mind, or want to build a new house, there is a fact-based resource for making decisions that will increase the resale value of your [read more]

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