10 real home renovation nightmaresRenovating a home is stressful enough, even without a shady contractor or a DIY disaster. Check out these cringe-worthy tales – and lessons learned – from House Beautiful's Facebook fans.
1. Language Barrier
"I was a city girl who had moved to the country. When the crew digging the foundation for our addition told me that they hit our septic tank, I had to ask them to explain to me what that was exactly. Yuck!"
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2. Ceiling Setback
"We asked the contractor to redo our popcorn ceiling with a lightly textured finish. Well, the contractor hired a sub contractor, and he applied that texture to every wall, ceiling, and surface in the kitchen! All of it had to be scraped down, sanded, and smoothed out. It set the project back weeks."
3. Bathroom Bust
"My husband was getting out of the military, and my daughter and I moved in to our new home about a month before he did. We got a great deal, but it needed some major remodeling. My dad and I started by tearing out a bathroom closet and soon discovered major termite damage. We ended up gutting it entirely because so much of it was rotten. However, we have a very beautiful bathroom now!"
4. Kitchen Catastrophe
"The kitchen company sent us the wrong-size cabinets — twice! Also, because they had the wrong kitchen measurements, I ended up with a sink the size of an RV! In the mean time, I have been cooking meals in a turkey roaster and washing dishes in the bathtub."
— Kathy Watkins
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5. Winter Woes
"When my son was born six weeks early in January, our furnace blew up and our water pipes froze. Needless to say we have a new house now!"
interior design ideas & decorating tips
Color has the ability to instantly transform the entire personality of a room. It’s the reason designers spend so much time flipping through paint wheels and swatch books. Pinpointing the perfect hue and finding the right combination can be tricky, but when you nail the ideal palette, the results are guaranteed to be dazzling. AD asked some of the top talents in design to share their personal tips for mastering the art of color—from deploying punchy brights to creating golden glows.
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The French have a way with just about everything, but we love their effortless ability to decorate their home. Here are nine tips that will help you beautify your space—just like a Parisian—on a budget.
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With the lines blurring between outdoor and indoor decor, now's the time to get creative with your boundaries. By using your outdoor pieces indoors, you can add unique and unexpected style. Even better, you'll get your money's worth using these items year-round! Keep reading to see and shop a dozen of our favorites.
Although browsing Etsy can be overwhelming, it's a great resource for home decor. After a lot of clicking and a few recommendations, we've come across shops deemed to be our Summer favorites. Among our latest picks include hand-dipped fabrics and custom pieces worthy of a splurge. Shop our finds, and link to your favorite Etsy shops in the comments below!
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Home décor that allows you to feel at ease in your personal space is always important, especially if there isn't much home to décor in the first place. If you live in a metropolitan city like New York, Los Angeles, or London, the trade up for close proximity to breathtaking cultural destinations and the best in nouvelle and traditional ethnic cuisine is often even closer quarters. However, just because the competitive market for affordable housing necessitates certain compromises when it comes to square footage, doesn't mean we have to sacrifice personal style when decorating small spaces. We posed our decorating issue to our favorite interior design guru, founder of Brooklyn based interior design store, Items of Interest, Susie Kurkowski. From paint techniques to lighting fixtures to furniture guidelines, here are Kurkowski's top 10 go-to design tricks for small spaces.
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