13 Decor Items Grown Adults Should Never Have in Their Homes

Millennials call it "adulting"—those triumphant/scary moments in life when we discover that we've actually got our acts together, that we're grown-ups tackling grown-up things. In grown-up ways!There are a few common milestones of adulting: Have steady employment. Pay your bills. Know how to cook for yourself. Contribute to a 401(k).If you've checked all of those things off your list, you might be feeling pretty good about your status as a responsible member of human society. Read more [...]

The Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers in 2018 Include Some Shockers

Think San Francisco or New York City would be the most challenging place to buy your first home? Nope—first-time home buyers will struggle far more in Denver. Really.This surprising finding comes from LendingTree's just-released list of the best and worst cities for first-time home buyers. LendingTree researchers ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities not only by the price of homes, but also by other criteria such as the average down payment, the percentage of buyers who have Read more [...]

Will It Become Harder to Afford a Home? Experts Say Yes

Despite a red-hot real estate market, most aspiring buyers can still afford to buy a home—if they can find one. But it may not be that way for much longer.Households bringing in at least $68,000 a year, the national median, could afford about 59.6% of all newly constructed and existing (previously lived in) homes sold in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders report. But that doesn't take into account the most expensive coastal markets Read more [...]

Types of Kitchen Countertops: Which One’s Best for You?

There are many types of kitchen countertops, and each has its particular pros and cons, including the price. Since this surface can have such a big impact on how a kitchen looks, you might be wondering: What's the best kitchen countertop for your home?That depends, of course, on your sense of style and your cooking proclivities. So whether you're looking to renovate your kitchen or are shopping for homes and wondering whether you'll love or hate the counters you see , here's Read more [...]

How to Declutter Your Home Without Throwing Out All Your Stuff

Clutter. The mere mention of the word makes many of us gasp in horror. These days, the overarching mantra is that we should all learn how to declutter, simplify, go all Marie Kondo on our homes until they're bare, minimalist to the extreme. We must toss out everything.But what about those of us who actually like our clutter—or at least the things that make up that disarray—and actually cringe at the thought of sacrificing most of our worldly possessions?The good news Read more [...]

How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home That You Won’t Regret

Choosing paint colors for your home can be a paralyzing decision. There are hundreds of hues to wade through, and if you choose wrong, it could ruin your home's ambiance and be expensive and/or time-consuming to fix. That's a whole lot of pressure!All that said, choose you must. (Apologies for the Yoda speak.) And don't worry, selecting the right colors is definitely a task you can handle. One way is with the help of an interior designer or color professional, but you Read more [...]

All-White Kitchens on the Way Out? 7 Design Ideas to Make Yours Look Timeless

A debate has been raging in the design world: Is the trendy, all-white kitchen a stark and soulless space that's a nightmare to keep clean, or is it a stylish, sleek look with timeless appeal?Countless design forecasts (including our own!) have sounded the death knell for the ubiquitous all-white kitchen for some time now. Designers and homeowners—once seduced by the monochromatic space's airy brightness and sleek lines—now generally crave some color, contrast, and warmth."Predominantly Read more [...]

7 Small Home Flaws That Can Be Big Deals for Buyers

After living in the same home for a while, it's amazing what you can get used to. A creaky floorboard, for instance. A chipped tile that you've been meaning to replace but haven't gotten around to. A doorknob that needs a little coaxing to turn. No big deal, right?Well, these small flaws can be huge deal breakers when you decide to sell your home.“Prospective buyers are going to add all the ‘flaws’ they find to the price of the property, and that’s when they start trying Read more [...]

What Is a Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar—and Does Either Belong in Your Home?

What is a wet bar and what is a dry bar? Both are designed to make entertaining at home easy by providing an area to prepare beverages for guests, but the big difference is a wet bar has a sink so glasses can be more easily rinsed.The difference between a wet bar and dry bar may seem like a simple concept, but there's more to it than plain old plumbing. Here's what homeowners will want to know when they consider having these features in their house.What is a wet bar, and why Read more [...]

7 Things Interior Designers Really Wish You Wouldn’t Buy (You’ve Got at Least One)

One of the most satisfying parts of buying a home is filling it with brand-new furniture. But before you plunk down your credit card on that red leather couch or Eames-knockoff coffee table, listen up: Interior designers would like to sit you down and share some items they really, really wish you wouldn't get.Why? Because these professionals see, client after client, home after home, what works and what doesn't. And, rather than silently cringe at seeing yet another horribly Read more [...]