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Hello, Kate here! Since 2009 I’ve been writing about home improvement and great interior design. Find the most popular articles below including favorite resources, decorating series, and my articles for Better Homes and Gardens. If you’d like to suggest a topic, feel free to email me via the Contact form.


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kitchen trends

black and white photo display

kitchen countertop options

10 Kitchen Trends Here to Stay

Stylish Ways to Display Black + White Photos

Kitchen Countertop Options: Pros + Cons

mod desert

brass kitchen

mod farmhouse style

Modern Desert Style

Brass Kitchen Hardware

Mod Farmhouse Style


wood bathroom

styling trad

Best Home Improvements for Resale

Wood Bathroom Countertops

Styling Traditional Wood Furniture

ceiling fans

baby grand

framed botanicals

Modern Ceiling Fans

Baby Grand Pianos

Framed Botanicals

counter height

kids room design

console table styling

Counter vs. Bar Height

Kids’ Room Design Ideas

Console Table Styling

porcelain wood tile

laminate countertops

design around tv

Hardwood versus Lookalike Porcelain Tile

5 Reasons to Choose Laminate Countertops

9 Ways to Design Around a Television

five ways image

mismatch nightstands

Five Ways to Update a Bathroom

 Five More Ways to Update a Bathroom

How to Mismatch Nightstands

leather sofa


mixing wood tones

Decorating Around a Leather Sofa

Disappearing & Hidden Microwaves

Mixing Wood Tones



small space home offices

Ten Things to Hang Above the Bed

Analysis of a Well Styled Bookcase

Small Space Home Offices

outdoor shower

tropical 2

contemp fireplace

Outdoor Shower Ideas

A Touch of Tropical

Contemporary Fireplaces


block print

sofa pillows

Freestanding Bathtubs

Block Print Inspiration

Sofa Pillow Styling


curb appeal

fab foyer

Pattern to Palette

8 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

Formula for a Fabulous Foyer

wood kitchen cabinets

dine in libraries

eat in kitchens

Popular Again: Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Dine In Libraries

Eat In Kitchens

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fabric stack

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home decor sites

25+ Fabulous Online Fabric Sources

Sources for Cabinet + Furniture Hardware

Favorite Home Decor Stores + Boutiques

three on chair


etsy shops

Where to Buy Affordable Decorative Toss Pillows

Sources for Affordable Rugs

Etsy Favorite Shops + Treasuries


sink vanities

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Pendants Under $150

Single Sink Vanities with Tops

   Online Wallpaper Sources



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complementary color

analogous color

Decorating with Monochromatic Color

Decorating with Complementary Color

  Decorating with Analogous Color

dec with green



Decorating with Green

Decorating with Blue

Decorating with Orange




Decorating with Purple

Decorating with Yellow

Decorating with Red


dec with black


Decorating with White

Decorating with Black

Decorating with Coral




Solutions for Renters: Kitchens

Solutions for Renters: Bedrooms

Solutions for Renters: Bathrooms




Textile Spotlight: Kilim

Textile Spotlight: Paisley

Textile Spotlight: Tartan


krd fabrics


Textile Spotlight: Shibori

KRD Spring Fabrics

Textile Spotlight: Velvet

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copper trend



Copper Finishes

Marble + Marbleized

Mod Macramé


animal art


Flamingo Fancy

Animal Artwork

2014 Design Trends



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modernize dining room


oak cabinets

How to Modernize Your Dining Room

Inspiring Contemporary Banquettes

Decorating with Oak Cabinets

colors with blue

console table style

built ins

Colors that Go with Blue

Console Table Style

Accessorizing Built Ins

dec with brown

marble bathroom

dec with blue

Decorating with Brown

Marble in the Bathroom

Paint Colors for Rooms Trimmed in Wood

dining room rug

dress windows[10]

bring the beach

Dining Room Rug Rules

10 Stylish Ways to Dress Your Windows

Bringing the Beach Home

covered porches



Outdoor Room Series: Covered Porches & Patios

Outdoor Room Series: Sunroom Style

Outdoor Room Series: Patios + Balconies

converted sheds hang above flat screen

Outdoor Room Series: Sheds + Cabanas

Ten Things to Hang Above the Bed

Decorating Around a Flat Screen Television

summer mantel

reading chairs

brighten bed

Styling a Summer Mantel

Spaces for Reading Chairs

Brighten Your Bed

colorful girls rooms

boys rooms

kid friendly study spaces

Colorful Girl’s Rooms

Colors for Boy’s Rooms

Kid Friendly Study Spaces

tan sofa

designing around tv

wood stairs

Decorating with a Tan Sofa

Designing Around a TV

Dressing Wood Stairs

adding texture

rustic touches

warm tones

8 Ways to Add Texture to Your Home

Rustic Touches

Decorating with Warm Tones

patterned kitchen backsplashes

modernize dining

kitchen stools

Patterned Kitchen Backsplashes

How to Modernize Your Dining Room

Kitchen Stools: Seven Different Styles

trad and modern

brightly painted pieces

kitchen islands

When Traditional meets Modern

Bold + Bright Pieces

Painted Kitchen Islands

choosing kitchen hardware

curb appeal

diy terrariums

Choosing Kitchen Hardware

10 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

DIY Terrariums


wood countertops

small space storage

Slipcover Style

Warm Wood Countertops

Small Space Storage Solutions

built in benches

open shelving


Spaces for Built In Benches

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Multitasking Mudrooms

small space home office

maximize kitchen storage

brown sofa

Small Space Home Offices

Maximize Kitchen Storage

Decorating with a Brown Sofa

small stuff



Organize the Small Stuff

Decorating with Maps

Creative Ways to Display Jewelry


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elegant easter

festive fourth

all american

Elegant Easter Decor

A Festive Fourth

All American Decor

festive fall porches

painted pumpkins

halloween haunts

Festive Fall Porches

Painted Pumpkins

Halloween Haunts

fall leaves

autumn centerpieces

autumn table settings

10 Simple Ways to Decorate with Fall Leaves

All Natural Autumn Centerpieces

Inviting Autumn Tablescapes

thanksgiving centerpieces

merry mantel


Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Merry Mantels

O Tannenbaum

simple christmas

seasonal staircases

outdoor holidays

Simple Christmas Touches

Staircases at Christmas

Outdoor Holiday Displays