Archive for the 'Trends' Category

12 top remodeling trends for 2011 – from CBS MoneyWatch.com

New year, new list of remodeling projects to start around the house. At least that’s what remodelers and contractors are hoping. So, what remodeling projects are on top of everyone’s list? The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) conducted an exclusive poll of their top builders and developers for us and found that while [...]

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Economy wins, environment loses? Survey finds consumers now would rather make their homes prettier than energy-efficient

A new national survey released today finds Americans once again prefer aesthetic home improvements – a refinished kitchen or bathroom – over money-saving improvements, such as energy-efficient windows or a high-efficiency furnace.   The survey, the fifth annual Energy Pulse survey conducted by Shelton Group, found that consumers are reverting to their old priorities as the [...]

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5 dumbest renovation fads

A remodeling trend may look good on paper, but it may not make your home more livable – or more valuable. These five alternatives from Money Magazine will. By Duo Dickinson, Money Magazine contributing writer Combining the kitchen, dining room, living room and den may seem like a good idea, but doing so overloads your [...]

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High-style kitchens, really weird staging

Perhaps the 348,000 visitors to the recent Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, a showcase of new domestic furnishings, are way more arty than me. I say this because the wacky way this new kitchen is displayed, with green food-looking stuff strewn all over, does not appeal to me at all. Rather, I have a [...]

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Trend Alert! Wallpaper’s coming back

I’ve read it, heard it and seen it too many times lately to ignore this new reality: Wallpaper is making a comeback. Here you see Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper used in a bathroom at a decorator showcase house in San Francisco. Locally, the Wallpaper Bin in Northridge and other shops have been waiting for [...]

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And now, a word about color trends

I heard some great advice about getting hip with color trends, and I’ll share that in a moment. But first, you have to get current. As David A. Keeps reported in this newspaper’s Home section, here’s the deal: "Orange and red aren’t quite dead, but the trendiest hues — purple, green, silver, even pale magenta [...]

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