Name That Tile: Homeowners Guide to Identifying Shower Tile

Our 2019 tile guide is a quick and easy chart to help identify drain types. The options of tile choices can become overwhelming and not knowing the proper names can make a homeowners search much more difficult. Our guide provides a quick introduction to the various kinds of tile types.

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Pebble Rock Tile


Subway Tile

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Craftman Squares


Moroccan Fish Scales

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Moroccan Cross

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Chaine Homme

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Glass Tile Mosaic

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4 Simple Ways To Add Value To Your Home

It’s still early enough in the year to spruce up your home with these easy steps which will add value + a personal touch to your home. 

1. Tame your Pantry

The thought of organizing your pantry can seem like a daunting task but it’s much easier than you think. It will not only lessen your time when searching for items but it’ll also give your pantry an uplift it’s needed. First grouping all like items together will cut down your search time. Second getting rid of the old, and in with the new! Get rid of all the cardboard boxes and transfer snacks into clear labeled containers. This prevents food from becoming stale and ants having a feast. These two steps alone effortlessly will value to not only your kitchen but your home as well.

2. Living Room aka The Family Room

Does your living room bring value to your home? My living room was lacking the home feel. The first step towards my transformation was simply adding a gallery wall. The wall can contain your favorite art work or a collection of your favorite family photos. Acquiring a new look, can be as simple as rearranging the furniture or replacing the throw pillows.

3. Spruce Up Your Bathroom

Bathroom remodels can become expensive quickly. Also having your bathroom in construction zone with a full house, is not an ideal situation (personally for me). There are a couple quick and cheap changes that can add value your bathroom, not only for your guests but for yourself. Re-freshen the room with new cabinet hardware. The style options are endless with not only a large variety of designs but finishes as well that will set the theme. Next, don’t be afraid to add some shine to your shower. Replace that old shower drain with a Designer Drains cover. They contain over 60 designs while also offering custom options.

Designer Drains – Shower Drain Cover                                                     Designer Drains – Cabinet Hardware

4. Upgrade Your Bedroom

Finally the best room of the house. The bedroom is my personal oasis, so I went a step further and perfected my oasis. I began by adding a full-sized mirror. This will help give your bedroom space a larger, brighter, and personalized feel. A second quick inexpensive change can be as simple as adding a floor rug. Purchasing a good area rug will add decor and value to the room.

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10 Affordable & Adorable Ways to Say I Love You

The Season of Love is Upon Us

Here are 10 gift ideas to swoon your significant other this Valentine’s Day. Gifts ranging from $8 to $60, both for women and men. These gifts are not only affordable but unique as well. Guaranteed to have your loved one surprised this Valentine’s Day.

1. Date Night Bucket List

We have all been in a situation where we are out of date night ideas. This affordable artsy kit will provide ideas for when you are all out of options or maybe can’t come to a decision. It will give an element of surprise for your date night plans. The birch wood sticks include date night ideas. The kit also includes a bucket list pencil, to date the sticks when you’ve shared this experience.

Uncommongoods – $18

2. What I Love About You Fill-In Gift Book

This adorable hardcover book has fill-in-the-blank lines that creates a personalized experience for your loved one. It contains 112 pages to describe your affection, thoughts, and special memories.

Barnes & Noble – $9.95

3. Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

These Heart shaped photo collages are available at Minted. The seller gives you the option of having your photo art framed or unframed. It is a customized piece of art work containing 30 of your favorite photos and memories.

Minted – Starts at $29

4. Retractable Charging Cord – Heart To Heart

Keep your loved one charged with this retractable charging cord. Yes, that’s correct a retractable charging cord hidden within this adorable heart keychain.

Bando – $30

5. Designer Drains Heart Shower Drain Cover

Shower your loved one with hearts this Valentine’s Day. These shower drain replacement are sure to wow your loved one with this one of a kind heart design. They can be made in any size needed to replace your current shower drain cover. They are also available in various finishes like Polished, Brushed, Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Matte Black.

Designer Drains – 4″ Round

6. Boarding Pass NYC™ Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag

What better way to keep complimenting your loved one with a “Hey Handsome” toiletry bag. J. Crew has released a waterproof and spill proof bag available in three different colors.

J. Crew – $59

7. OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

For all those coffee lovers, OXO has released a simplified cold brewer. It’s simple to use and steeps your coffee for 12-24 hours. Brew delicious hot or cold coffee.

Williams Sonoma – $49.95

8. Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain

Have your Sriracha handy always with this adorable & affordable keychain. Your loved one with never have to go without their favorite hot sauce again. The key ring makes it easy to bring along where ever you may go.

Urban Outfitters – $8

9. Jack Black – The Jack of All Trades

The Jack of All Trades is a five piece set that helps with any mans grooming routine. It’s perfect for the following skin types: normal, oily, combination, and dry.

Sephora – $49

10. Tiny Arcade – Licensed Retro Games

This tiny arcade contains Dig Dug, Frogger, Galaga, Galaxian, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders. No need to quarters or waiting in line to play. This tiny arcade is accessible anywhere you go. The game is in full color and contains the game sounds. Give your loved one the arcade experience anywhere you go.

ThinkGeek – $19.99

Holiday Decoration Tips

‘Tis the season to sparkle!

The best time of the year personally for me are the holidays. I love getting together with my family and friends, all while enjoying delicious food. I host Christmas at my home every year, so I really get into the holiday spirit. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, out come all the holiday decorations. I try to have a different theme each year, I listed below a couple of items to spruce up your home for this season. These decorations are sure to impress your guests and be the talk of your holiday party.

Holiday Whimsical Snowman Cotton Throw Pillow

These festive throw pillows are a great way to add holiday spirit in your living room or any room in your home. Not only will they provide comfort but they are rather great holiday decorating pieces.

WayFair – $35.99 (Currently on Sale!)

Red Snow Berry Garland

What other way to have your mantel stand out than with a Red Snow Berry Garland. This holiday decoration measures 6 ft. in length and contains frosted accents.

Kirkland’s – $26.24 (Currently on Sale!)

Personalized Holiday Icons Crewel Stockings

Take it a step further and decorate your home with personalized stockings. I purchased a set for my family and we love them! It adds a cozy touch above our fireplace.

Pottery Barn – $29.50 (Currently on Sale!)

Holiday Sink Stoppers

These decorative sink stoppers bring the Holiday season to your very own kitchen. These sink stoppers put a twist on your regular sink stopper and can be used to impress your guests.

Designer Drains – $29.99 (Currently on Sale!)

Magnolia Berry Candle Centerpiece with Ribbon

A table is not complete without a centerpiece. Wow your guests when it’s time for dinner. Centerpieces are perfect to really bring the Christmas decor together.

Kirkland’s – $37.49 (Currently on Sale!)

White Mini Berry Wreaths, Set of 2

Is it holiday season without a wreath? I love these because normally they are hung on doors but these were made for dining room chairs. I would personalize it some more and add a small sign with my guest’s name, sort of a place holder.

Kirkland’s – $14.99 (Currently on Sale!)

Snowy Tree Cloche Place card Holder, Set of 4

Every detail matters, which makes these so useful. These tiny xmas trees are coated in snow and in a tiny bottle. It reminds me of a “message in a bottle.” They contain a small clip at the top to hold place cards. Also your guests won’t be confused on where to sit once they come across this snowy place card holder.

Potterybarn – $12.97 (Currently on Sale!)

Ceramic Santa Napkin Ring, Set of 4

Santa will be sitting at the dinner table this holiday season, with these adorable decorative Santa napkin ring sets. They contain a flat base which helps them sit on display for your guests.

Pottery Barn – $13.50 (Currently on Sale!)

Holiday Icon Cocktail Stirrers, Set of 4

These holiday stirrers can be laid out for your guests to enjoy with their coffee or hot cocoa. They include a set of 4 including a candy cane, Christmas tree, snowman, and the man of the hour: Santa.

Pottery Barn – $16.50

Santa’s Boot Wine Stopper

Santa’s boots aren’t only used for delivering gifts but also stopping your wine. Don’t let your wine go to waste during your holiday parties with these neat stoppers.

Pottery Barn – $9.50 (Currently on Sale!)

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Spooky Home Decor Tips

“If you’ve got it, haunt it.”

Are you searching for ways to make your home Halloween ready? Look no further! Make your Halloween party memorable with quirky decor. These are this years top Halloween decor choices to spruce up your home for October.

1. Boo Y’all Pumpkin

This hand painted ceramic 7″ Appetizer plate brings the Halloween spirit into full effect. It can be used as a candy dish and has a cute message: Boo Y’all!

Purchase: Boo Y’all Pumpkin 7″ Appetizer Plate for $10.27

2. Boo Ghosts Halloween Doormat

What better to greet your guests than with this ghoulish doormat. Boo!

Purchase: Boo Ghosts Halloween Doormat for $11.18

3. Marble Jack O’Latern Tealight Holder

Jack has gotten a marble makeover, this tealight is a perfect combination of Halloween and home decor.

Purchase: Marble Jack O’ Lantern Tealight Holder for $6.74

4. Designer Drains Halloween Sink Stopper

Bring your kitchen sink to life with this Halloween themed kitchen sink stopper. A scary good treat.

Purchase: Designer Drains Halloween Sink Stopper for $49.99

5. Skeleton Hands Halloween Serving Bowl

What a way to grab your guests attention than with this skeleton hands serving bowl.

Purchase: Skeleton Hands Halloween Serving Bowl for $54.98

6. Resin Purple LED Globe

This spooky LED globe is definitely an attention grabber.

Purchase: Resin Purple LED Globe for $24.99


Top Shower Niche Trends

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Tile. The amount of colors, patterns, textures to choose from are endless. I knew I wanted to steer away from picking an traditional all white subway tile. I began to think how will I ever narrow down my choice to just one tile, when I had multiple favorites (A whole list, to be exact). Ding, Ding, Ding! Shower Niches, how did it not occur to me from the beginning. I would not only be able to pick one of my favorite tiles for the shower itself but the Shower Niche could contain a whole different pattern, style, or color.

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Two-Tone Shower Niches

As I began to dive deep into my research of shower niches, I came across various tile combinations. I found these two tone shower niches, which have a very clean minimalist look. Who knew modern tile paired with a herringbone marble would be such a great pair.


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Colored Tile Shower Niche

The room to customize the shower into your dream shower is even broader when accent tiles. Accent tiles can be used to give your shower that great “WOW” factor. The colors pop against the overall shower tiles. The hexagon shaped accent tile paired with the stainless steel trim, there are no rules when it comes to remodeling your shower.

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Monochrome Shower Niche

Lastly, my absolute favorite style were these monochrome beauties. Black tile can be used in so various ways, simply as a border or a custom layout within the niche itself. You cannot go wrong with timeless black and white, what a luxurious and modern feel. Let your creativity flow when deciding on colors and types of tiles. There is no wrong combination, so don’t be afraid! Customize your shower to your liking and make it your own personal oasis that you enjoy.

No More Fugly Shower Drains!

Typical shower drain covers can be as boring as plain white toast with butter. If you are planning to remodel or are in the middle of having your dream bathroom built, this is a MUST READ.

2018 Bathroom Remodel Costs | Average Cost Estimates – HomeAdvisor

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What is the Average Cost of a Bathroom Remodel?

The average bathroom remodel costs $9,799. Most homeowners spend between $5,931 and $14,192. You can spend as little as $3,500 to $7,000 updating the essentials in a small or medium-sized bathroom. On a large or master bath, you could spend up to or beyond $13,000.

Homeowners have many options when they remodel a bathroom and the total cost depends on style and budget. Bathroom remodels provide some of the highest resale returns as a home improvement project. However, it is not by any means cheap, and it can take a long time to complete. Therefore it is essential to gather and plan your bathroom remodeling ideas ahead of time for the room and then find the right remodeling contractor for the job. Asking questions, setting realistic expectations, cost estimates and budgeting from the start can mean the difference between finding a contractor you trust and enjoy working with versus a long and trying few weeks.

Find more information below on the costs of common accessories included in a bathroom remodel, along with design ideas and considerations concerning hiring a remodeling bathroom contractor. You want to get the best bathroom possible for your dime, so make sure you are armed with plenty of knowledge before you start calling.

Estimating Bathroom Remodel Costs

Determining your budget could be tricky when planning your renovation. A large factor in determining cost will be the size of your bathroom, ranging from small to medium or master bathroom size. The fixtures you will need to fit in your bathroom will range in price depending on their size. The list of fixtures involved in remodeling a bathroom can include elements like faucets and fixtures, floor plan changes (like converting a half bath to full bath), new showers or baths, new flooring, countertops, cabinets and lighting. This long list of comes with a lot of different prices and options to compare before choosing what to buy for your bath remodel.

Here is a chart with some of the many options involved in a bathroom remodel, including the least expensive (small) to most expensive (master) costs for each:

Option Low Range Mid Range High Range
Install bathtub $400 – $1,500 $2,600 – $4,100 $6,000 – $8,000
Install cabinets $1,200 – $3,500 $4,700 – $7,000 $8,000 – $13,000
Install countertops $900 – $2,000 $2,800 – $4,100 $5,000 – $6,500
Install flooring $800 – $2,000 $2,500 – $3,600 $5,000 – $7,000
Install lighting fixture $120 – $900 $1,100 – $1,700 $2,500 – $4,000
Install shower $450 – $2,000 $3,000 – $4,800 $6,000 – $10,000
Install sink $190 – $900 $1,400 – $2,300 $3,500 – $6,500
Install toilet $130 – $250 $340 – $480 $550 – $780

Remember: you don’t have to include all of these items in your bathroom remodel, unless you’re building a whole new bathroom from scratch. You always have the option to add some pieces–sink, toilet and lighting fixtures–after you’ve done the bigger projects to spread out costs. Also consider that some of these projects–bathtub installation/remodel, shower installation or cabinet installation–have smaller, cheaper alternatives. For example, you can refinish cabinets to make them look brand new and flow with the new bathroom for less money. There is also the option of replacing faucets and other plumbing fixtures, which costs less than replacing bathtubs and showers.

For those who want a similar style from room to room, it’s worth considering the cost of kitchen cabinets ahead of time. If you plan to have your kitchen remodeled after you tackle the bathroom, consider the cost of your bathroom cabinets and fixtures on a larger scale. This will give you a more detailed estimate of your kitchen remodel cost.

Small Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Small bathrooms are often less expensive to remodel than larger bathrooms because they have less square footage. This means fewer materials involved to make them look brand new, and their cost will be on the low range of the chart above since you need less of them or their smaller sizes to fit in the bathroom. The cost of labor will also be lower because the time spent to remodel a small bathroom won’t be as long as a large bathroom, unless the professionals run into snags with the electricity or plumbing. However, there is still a lot of heavy lifting, planning and general time involved in the process. Here are some cost factors you might deal with in the midst of a small bathroom remodel:

  • Changing the layout: If you decide to increase the square footage of the small bathroom, it will increase the total cost of the remodel. This means changing the electrical wiring in the walls, adding more flooring, and possibly more plumbing. All of this will increase materials and labor cost.
  • Fixtures and appliances: If you replace any of your current fixtures and appliances in the bathroom–countertops, bathtub, toilet, sink, etc.–this will increase the cost because the professionals will need to remove the originals and install the new ones. You can save on this cost by refinishing some of the appliances or buying the materials yourself.
  • Plumbing and electrical: Any issues with your plumbing or electricity during the renovation will add onto the cost of the remodel. You might have them checked by separate professionals ahead of time just in case. However, there could be issues that occur during the renovation that can’t be planned for.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and Inspiration

Why do you want to remodel the bathroom? Is it to modernize the functionality of your current bathroom? To update the style and color? Who is this bathroom for: female, male, adult or kid? Ask yourself if the bathroom design style should be classic or contemporary, mid-century modern or Bohemian chic. How will it flow with the rest of the house based on the style you choose?

Does your bathroom fit your lifestyle? Maybe you live a fast-paced lifestyle where you never have time for more than a quick shower in the morning. Perhaps you like a long, leisurely, relaxing soak in a jacuzzi tub at night. Either way, how you plan to design the bathroom reflects both your aesthetic taste and lifestyle, and all of this impacts your costs and price range for accessories.

Approach your contractor with many examples of your remodel ideas, including pictures from home decor magazines, links to bathroom design ideas on the web and paint chips from the hardware store. The more information a contractor has ahead of time, the more your bath remodel ideas will turn out exactly how you want it.

Here are some remodeled bathroom examples that might help you define how to remodel your bathroom:

Modern Bathrooms

modern bathroom remodel by Planet Home Remodeling Corp. in Berkeley, CA
by Planet Home Remodeling Corp., a Bathroom Remodeler in Berkeley, CA. The average cost of a bathroom remodel in Berkeley is approximately $14,000 to $18,000.

modern bathroom with shutters in Dallas, TX
by Luxury for the Home, a Bathroom Remodeler in Dallas, TX. The average cost to remodel a bathroom in Dallas is approximately $7,300 to $10,000.

Small Bathroom Remodel

traditional bathroom in Brooklyn, NY
by Beyond Designs and Remodeling, Inc., a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Brooklyn, NY. For most homeowners in Brooklyn, the average cost for a bathroom remodel is approximately $9,800 to $13,000.

Traditional Bathroom Remodel

traditional bathroom in Milwaukee, WI
by Luxury for the Home, a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Milwaukee, WI. The average reported cost of a bathroom remodel in Milwaukee is $9,000 to $12,000.

Eclectic Bathroom Remodel

eclectic bathroom in Aurora, CO
by Luxe Interiors, a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Denver, CO. The average cost of a remodeled bathroom in Denver ranges from $5,500 to $8,000.

Contemporary Bathroom Remodel

contemporary bathroom remodel design from Ideas and Solutions in New York
by Ideas and Solutions, a New York Bathroom Remodeling Contractor. And the average cost of a bathroom remodel in New York City is roughly $9,500 to $13,000.

Custom-Built or Store-Bought Accessories?

Once you have ideas for your renovation planned out, the next step is to find accessories for your remodeled bathroom in your price range. If your idea for the bathroom doesn’t fit exactly within a type of style like modern or contemporary, you may need to hire a professional craftsman to custom build accessories like the vanity, countertop or mirror frame. These specialized contractors will have different prices for their work depending on the material you want the accessories made from and how they calculate their prices: by the hour, job or otherwise.

However, if you want to stay close within your budget, there is the option to buy accessories like sinks, toilets, countertop materials, cabinets and different lighting options at home improvement stores. They have a variety of options when it comes to items like bath lighting, toilets, sinks, vanities and cabinetry because they come straight from different manufacturers. Of course, you might leave the selection to your general contractor if you’re uncertain about buying what fits best within your budget and design. Contractors often also have wider access to bath remodel accessories because of their personal relationships with manufacturers. This also means they could buy them for better prices than at a home improvement store.

Remodeling Project Price & Schedule Agreement

An experienced contractor should be able to give you a written schedule and list of the construction tasks they are going to perform and what their deadlines are for the completion of each task. This helps prevent disagreements along the way and gives you clear expectations about how long the project should take to complete when remodeling a bathroom.

A bathroom remodel is often a lengthy project, and thus a contractor may ask for money in advance of the work being started and after completion of specific milestones along the way. Make sure that the payment schedule and total amount is agreed upon and put in writing before the start of the project. Then at the end of the project, the contractor will be able to give you an itemized list of everything included in the remodel and how much it costs in total.

Remodeling Contractor’s Work

A bathroom remodel involves various areas of expertise: construction, plumbing, electrical and lighting. Talk to your bathroom remodel contractor at the start of the project about how they deal with mistakes, damage and repairs that may arise. Make sure the work will be backed up by an expressed warranty or guarantee. You want to get the value of a new bathroom for the amount of money you are paying the remodeling contractor. What you don’t want is the additional cost of repairs and maintenance for mistakes made in the initial remodel.

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Bathroom Designs Idea – Can I Design My Own Bathroom?

Bathroom Designs Ideas – Can I Design My Own Bathroom?

Designing a bathroom is not rocket science and can be done by any person without the aid of an interior designer. All that is needed is a little bit of creativity and a bit of research on the trends prevalent in the market. It will also make your bathroom stand out as it will be your own creation and novelty is always valued the most in all the parameters of life. There are tons of ideas and inspirations in the market that can help in giving shape to the interior of a bathroom.

Let’s check out the top bathroom design ideas that you can implement in your bathroom easily!

  1. Built-in Storage Compartments


One should keep their focus on utilizing the limited space in a bathroom by making cabinets from ceiling to floor. This will render the bathroom a lot of practicality and the modern touch. One can store all the bathroom related supplies in the cabinets, making it a great idea for bathrooms in an apartment where storage is mostly limited. You can find all the materials you might need to do this on websites just like Tradefix Direct!

  1. Go Bonkers with the color scheme


Sometimes, out of the box colors areall that is required to make a space more lively. Painting an interior of a bathroom with gleaming colors can create a unique style statement. For instance, brushing up the walls of the bathroom in a dark green color with white marble will undoubtedly appeal to the eyes for a long time to come.

Also consider some bathroom cladding from a store such as Perfect Panelling. We’ve used their range of wall panels to completely revamp our bathroom decor. They look amazing!

  1. Glass interiors


The inclusion of glass in the bathroom area will make even a small bathroom look roomy and spacious. One can add glass partitions instead of concrete ones that will make your bathroom look chic and ultra-modern.

  1. Ditch the superfluous


It should be taken care that the bathroom only contains the minimal necessities and all the unnecessary items should be removed to give it a neat and tasteful look. The size of thefixtures should be accordingly chosen as per the size of the bathroom.

  1. Open shelves


Instead of going for closed shelves, opt for open compartments with attractive accessories to go with the décor of the bathroom. It will also allow some much-needed openness in a tiny bathroom.

  1. Fixtures and decorations


The minute little details and trimmingsin a bathroom with small decorations and accessories will go a long way in prettying up a bathroom space. Even little things like bath curtains and towels should be chosen carefully as they can make all the difference in a bathroom’s interior.

  1. Flooring


The interior design of a bathroom is not complete without an amazingflooring to go with it. Ceramic or glass tiles are the best choices for bathrooms as they look very contemporary.

  1. Jacuzzi and sauna


These luxury fixtures can be installed even in a small bathroom as they can now be found in smaller sizes but offer the same level of fun. It is an excellent addition toa bathroom and will cater to those who want a five-star hotel experience at home.

Hence, many ideas and themes can elevate the interiors of your bathroom to another level altogether!

Author’s Bio :

Akshay works as an Interior Designer with Lalco Interiors and he is in love with his job. Thinking up interesting home décor ideas and helping clients implement them is what makes him tick. You can catch up with Akshay and his team and indulge in one of their beautiful home décor pieces for your home at Lalco Interior – Home Furniture Pune.

Shower Drain Covers – Add Bling to Custom Showers

Shower drain covers can be fugly.

Yes, I typed fugly.

Custom showers deserve awesome shower drains, for those who are interested in or have trough drain shower.

Something that speaks to the style of the homeowner.

But where do you find these drain covers?

And will they fit every type of shower drain?

Standard Shower Drain Covers Are Boring

Typical shower drain covers can be as boring as plain white toast with butter.

Here’s an example,

Plain Drain Cover

And when you install a custom shower it deserves a special touch of style.

One way to do that is with a designer drain like this one,

Designer Drain Cover

That drain cover is for a curbed Wedi shower we installed. It’s super easy to pop out and replace.

These custom shower drains are available for a variety of systems like Oatey, Sioux Chief, Schluter, Wedi, and more.

Plus they’re available in chrome, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze as well as circle and square shapes.

Our video shares why you might like these custom shower drain covers

What’s Next

Designer Drains is the company from California that makes these awesome drain covers.

We have some of their drains available in our online store.

Also, if you’re remodeling a bathroom check out Bathroom Repair Tutor

Our step-by-step videos and forum will make your project a lot easier.

Thanks for reading, watching and adding your comments.


Jeff Patterson


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#TileTuesday – January 1, 2018 – JD Tile

Jon Donmoyer of JD Tile :

“If you are going to upgrade to a nice tile shower why not upgrade the drain grate. Make it a feature vs a boring grate. A high quality installation is only complete with a grate of the same quality.”

(717) 821-5009

Jon, used our decorative shower drain replacements for the kerdi schluter shower drain system. Both of the drains are made of stainless steel for a lifetimes use and then polished to a brilliant finish for a luxurious final touch.

The 5 Home Improvements With The Best ROI in 2018

ROI in 2018

These are a few home improvements that will give you the biggest bang for your buck in 2018. Image: My House Design Build Team

Every homeowner wants to get the biggest impact possible out of their home improvements. Whether you’re looking to make a move in the near future or are planning on staying put for years to come, it’s comforting to know that your investment of time and money is worth the effort, that the work you’re doing will add value to your home. Don’t forget that it’s not just the inside that needs re-doing, but also your home exteriors. If you aren’t too sure what you want doing to the outside of the house then you could take a look at someone like M&M Home Exteriors who can sort out the outside of your house for you.

With that in mind, we decided to take the issue to the experts. We asked the leading minds in real estate to tell us which home improvement projects are set to have the best return on investment (ROI) in 2018. Read on below to see what they had to say and to learn where in your home your sweat equity will ultimately have the biggest impact.

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Expect smart home technologies to start popping up everywhere. Image: Honeywell Home

1. Smart home technologies

“According to the most recent Luxury Portfolio Global Luxury Real Estate Report, 76% of buyers agree: Having a ‘smart home’ is very important to me. In particular, safety is a top concern. Of those surveyed, 39% are looking for a convenient, centralized network that securely controls smart-home and internet connections; aka the ability to operate a home security system through a mobile device.” — Stephanie Anton, EVP of Luxury Portfolio International

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outdoor living space

Let an outdoor living space draw in buyers. Image: Creative Environments

2. Outdoor living space

“According to a recent survey, 51% of home buyers find outdoor living space the most attractive quality when searching for their perfect home, more so than open floor plans and curb appeal. As such, outdoor spaces are becoming an ideal investment, not only for current homeowners’ enjoyment, but also for sellers looking to bring added value to a home for future sale.” — Joe Raboine, National Design & Training Specialist for Belgard in Atlanta

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Energy-efficient kitchens

Energy-efficient options are set to be a smart investment. Image: Energy Efficient Homes

3. Maximizing energy efficiency

“Making energy-efficient upgrades will give you more bang for your buck in 2018. When thinking of energy efficiency, people often go straight to solar panels. However, smaller changes like upgrading your HVAC, water heater, or windows can also cut energy costs — resulting in an accumulation of savings over time. You can even make improvements as simple as adding solar-powered lighting to your front yard, which will help increase overall savings.” — Sacha Ferrandi, Founder of Source Capital Funding, Inc. and Texas Hard Money .


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modernized bathrooms

As always, modernized bathrooms make a big difference. Image: Robson Homes

4. Modernized bathrooms

Modern bathroom trends are staying the same in 2018 as in 2017. Clean lines with rustic touches. Adding grays into the color scheme is also very popular right now and most consider this the greatest non-offensive tone to go choose from. (Beige is out.) Be careful, though, buyers like a very light gray. Some darker grays can come across as purple in certain lights.” — Sotereas (Teris) Pantazes, CEO & Founder of EFynch in Baltimore

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fresh finishes

Sometimes fresh finishes are all that’s needed. Image: Designtheory Inc.

5. Refreshed finishes

“Not all renovations have to be huge. I like to suggest that homeowners update their finishes before they go to sell because it’s not always easy for buyers to visualize the potential of a space. If a space is really run down and a buyer thinks that he will have to redo everything, it’s easy to either over or underestimate the cost to achieve what it could look like. Older finishes also eliminate a big chunk of the buyers out there who just aren’t willing to do the work.” — Ori Goldman, CEO of Loftey in New York City

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ROI in 2018

These are the projects to keep in mind when ROI matters most. Image: David Morello Garden Enterprises Inc.

Home improvements can be a bit of a gamble. On the one hand, while you’re living in the space, it’s only natural to want to create a space you’ll enjoy. On the other, if you intend to sell, you also want to make changes that appeal to buyers. That’s why we asked the pros to help you weigh the risks. They can also get pretty expensive, so we recommend checking out home improvement financing, to help fund your home improvements. They told us which home improvements will probably have the best ROI in 2018, so you can make sure to get the most bang for your buck. If you would like help with your home improvements or need additional advice click here and take the first step to a new improved home for yourself and your family.

What do you think of these home improvements? If you were a buyer, would they sway your opinion on whether or not to buy the home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Source: The 5 Home Improvements With The Best ROI in 2018

Hospitality Giants 2017 – Interior Design


If the latest data is any indication, the 75 firms that make up Interior Design’s list of Giants in the hospitality sector are busier than ever. We know this because, when business is good, a beautiful chain reaction of numbers happens.

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1.Hirsch Bedner Associates
3.Wilson Associates
4.Rockwell Group
5.Bilkey Llinas Design
8.Rebel Design+Group
10.YANG & Associates Group
11.Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate)
12.Pierre-Yves Rochon
13.The Gettys Group
14.ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman
17.Daroff Design + DDI Architects
18.Wimberly Interiors
19.FRCH Design Worldwide
21.DiLeonardo International
22.EDG Design
23.HFS Concepts 4
24.Aria Group Architects
26.Looney and Associates
27.Simeone Deary Design Group
30.BLVD International
31.Dawson Design Associates
32.Design Development Company
33.Flick Mars
34.HBG Design
35.Shea, Inc.
36.Parker-Torres Design
37.SOSH Architects
38.RDH Interests
39.C2 Limited
40.Hatch Design Group
41.Bar Napkin Productions
42.Studio 11 Design
44.designONE studio
45.J/brice Design International
46.Cleo Design
47.Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates
49.BraytonHughes Design Studios
50.DAS Architects
51.Kay Lang + Associates
52.CHIL Interior Design
53.J. Banks Design
54.K2M Design
55.CORE architecture + design
56.Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio
57.Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates
58.C+TC Design Studio
61.Judd brown Designs
62.Deniece Duscheone
63.HVS Design
64.R.D. Jones & Associates
65.Architecture, Incorporated
66.Group One Partners
67.Cuningham Group Architecture
68.Rodrigo Vargas Design
69.Thomas Hamilton & Associates
70.Gray Design Group
71.DLR Group
73.P3 Design Collective
74.Areen Hospitality
75.Architectural Design Consultants


The hospitality Giants worked on more than 5,100 total jobs in the past reporting period. (A number that’s climbed steadily from 1,950 since 2009, when we started checking in on this group.) In so doing, the Giants completed 235 million square feet of space, a 22 percent jump from the previous report and by far the highest total ever. As a result, the firms hired a total of 640 full-time designers to employ 8,600. Those hires brought in the green, too—average fees per staffer leaped to $164,000 from $149,000.

Based on that data, it makes sense that fees would rise. That’s part of the chain reaction, too. And total fees from hospitality design did come in at $684 million, a blip of a rise from the previous $681 million but still short of the high of $700 million from the 2014 report. It’s difficult to call such a robust total a “shortfall.” Based on the work and staff numbers, however, shouldn’t that number be higher?

This speaks to the biggest business challenge that all our Giants, not just the hospitality group, face year in and year out: Getting clients to pay what the work is worth. Or as one staffer from SOSH Architects put it, the name of the game for clients is “smaller budgets, tighter timelines.” That shouldn’t detract, however, from what was overall a set of healthy numbers. The hospitality Giants drew 36 percent of their overall fees from hospitality work. For the 10 firms with the most growth, fees rose by an average of 7 percent.

Fees by project type 2017

(*in millions of dollars)
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Type Salary
Hospitality 684.2
Corporate 537.1
Healthcare 180.7
Government 93.4
Retail 90.5
Transportation 81.4
Educational 75.5
Cultural 72.6
Residential 52.1
Other 57.3

Fees by project type 2018 forecast

(*in millions of dollars)
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Type Salary
Hospitality 739.8
Corporate 539.9
Healthcare 185.9
Government 95.1
Retail 97.1
Transportation 82.9
Educational 79.8
Cultural 75
Residential 57.1
Other 60.1
Market Sector

Hotels remain the biggest segment of the business, 57 percent, with the luxury category being the strongest. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are next with 13 percent of the business, followed by resorts with 9 percent. The hospitality Giants expect these segments to remain growth areas while also listing gaming as a particular hot spot. Another sexy buzzword is boutique. Consumers want the boutique experience in everything from hotels to gyms, and design firms are happy to oblige.

Business in furniture and fixtures looks healthy, too. Total installations of F&F and construction products rose 7 percent to $20 billion. If 7 percent sounds light, think of it another way: That’s an extra $1.2 billion. Next time? The hospitality Giants hope for $23 billion.

Fees by hospitality project type 2017

(*in millions of dollars)
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Hotels (luxury)Hotels (boutique)Hotels (mid/economy)RestaurantsResortsCountry ClubsBars / Lounges / Night…GamingCondos / TimesharesCruise ShipsSpasOther$0$50$100$150$200

Type Salary
Hotels (luxury) 166.5
Hotels (boutique) 124
Hotels (mid/economy) 102.4
Restaurants 90.7
Resorts 64.4
Country Clubs 27.4
Bars / Lounges / Night Clubs 26.2
Gaming 20.9
Condos / Timeshares 13.3
Cruise Ships 10.9
Spas 9.3
Other 28.1

Fees by hospitality project type 2018 forecast

(*in millions of dollars)
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Hotels (luxury)Hotels (boutique)Hotels (mid/economy)RestaurantsResortsCountry ClubsBars / Lounges / Night…GamingCondos / TimesharesCruise ShipsSpasOther$0$50$100$150$200

Type Salary
Hotels (luxury) 191.4
Hotels (boutique) 117.7
Hotels (mid/economy) 117.4
Restaurants 109.2
Resorts 67.7
Country Clubs 25.4
Bars / Lounges / Night Clubs 28.6
Gaming 33.7
Condos / Timeshares 11.5
Cruise Ships 1.3
Spas 8.7
Other 27.1
Hospitality project types worked on last year
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Type $ formatted
New Construction 0.43 43%
Renovation 0.51 51%
Refresh previous projects 0.06 6%
Hospitality project locations last year
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Type $ formatted
Domestic Projects 0.78 78%
Overseas Projects 0.22 22%
Top U.S. firms with most foreign hospitality projects
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Type Salary
Pierre-Yves Rochon 0.9
Hirsch Bedner Associates 0.85
Bilkey Llinas Design 0.85
Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate) 0.85
Rebel Design+Group 0.65
Wimberly Interiors 0.6
DiLeonardo International 0.6
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates 0.57
HKS 0.55
AECOM 0.55

The U.S. continues to trend upward as the place where work happens. On the average, 78 percent of each firm’s work was U.S.-based—compare that to 64 percent reported in 2013. Of the 75 hospitality Giants, 93 percent see their highest growth potential in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast and in the South.

That said, international work remains big for some of the hospitality Giants, with 16 firms, 11 of them U.S.-based, completing more than half their work outside the U.S. A quarter of firms see growth potential in Mexico, 32 percent like South America and the Caribbean, and 38 percent are looking to Asia.

As a group, the hospitality Giants predict that good business will get better in the coming reporting period: $740 million in fees, 5,200 projects totaling 260 million square feet, and 9,100 employees making it all happen. To be fair, these Giants have been forecasting the $740 to $750 million level for a while now, so here’s hoping this is their moment. That’s a chain reaction we’d like to see continue.

Firms with largest increase in hospitality fees(*in millions of dollars)
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Type Salary
Hirsch Bedner Associates 11.5
Rebel Design+Group 7.7
AvroKO 4.1
BAMO 3.8
ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman 2.8
Pierre-Yves Rochon 2.3
Rockwell Group 1.4
designONE studio 1.2
RDH Interests 1.1
Expected growth segments for next 2 Years
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Type Salary
Hotels (boutique) 0.8
Hotels (luxury) 0.74
Restaurants / Bars / Lounges / Night clubs 0.72
Resorts / Spas / Country Clubs 0.6
Hotels (mid/economy) 0.55
Gaming 0.45
Condo-hotels / Timeshare 0.28
Cruise ships 0.16
Other 0.48
Global growth potential for next 2 years
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#1 US South
68% growth
Written By: Mike Zimmerman
Research By: Wing Leung
Charts Designed By: Darlene Portades
Charts Built By: Joe Zeleny

The annual business survey of Interior Design hospitality Giants ranks the largest design firms by hospitality design fees for the 12-month period from July 2016 through June 2017. Hospitality design fees include those attributed to:

  1. All hospitality interiors work.
  2. All aspects of a firm’s hospitality design practice, from strategic planning and programming to design and project management.
  3. Fees paid to a firm for work performed by employees and independent contractors who are full-time staff equivalent.

Hospitality design fees do not include revenues paid to a firm and remitted to subcontractors that are not considered full-time staff equivalent. For example, certain firms attract work that is subcontracted to a local firm. The originating firm may collect all the fees and retain a management or generation fee, paying the remainder to the performing firm. The amounts paid to the latter are not included in fees of the collecting firm when determining its ranking. Additionally, where applicable, all percentages are based on responding hospitality Giants, not their total number. The data was compiled and analyzed by the Interior Design market research staff, led by Wing Leung, research director.

8 Design Trends To Keep An Eye On In 2018

Antibacterial Materials

Imagine a countertop that helps take care of that salmonella bacteria for you after preparing chicken for dinner. That’s the idea behind several materials presented at the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings (CERSAIE) in Italy back in September.

The new K-Life technology incorporated into Porcelanosa’s Krion solid surface not only is antibacterial but also eliminates chemicals that come into contact with it, as well as purifies the surrounding air.

How does it accomplish this? Through a process called photocatalysis, which uses a semiconductor in the surface to enhance a reaction to light, killing bacteria and breaking up pollutants.

Source – Houzz

Concrete Accents

Concrete has always been a popular material choice, but don’t be surprised to see it in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops, tile, and flooring. Look at Decorative Concrete Solutions, LLC – get more info to find out more about concrete flooring. My clients are expressing a desire to use materials in unusual ways,” says designer and Houzz Contributor Jennifer Ott. “Concrete is as popular as ever, but it’s showing up in unexpected places such as in furniture, decorative accessories and even as concrete-look wallcoverings.”

Designer Yanic Simard agrees. “The humble material and its comforting cool tones mixed with light linen and pearl grays add relaxed air to any space,” he says.

And the concrete look is carrying over into other materials as well. The stoneware tiles shown here (Beton Chic from Ricchetti’s Manifattura del Duca range) mimic the texture of concrete and come in a variety of colors.

Source – Houzz

Matte Black Finishes

Last year, satin brass made its takeover of kitchens. This year, look out for matte black in bathrooms as well as kitchens. Homeowners looking for a statement-making look that’s contemporary and complements a variety of materials and styles are embracing this tough, versatile finish. Companies like Moen, whose matte black finish is shown here, are expanding their products to include more options in the durable finish.

Source – Houzz

Designer Drains

In your bathroom, your drain deserves a little luxury too. These stylish shower drains from Designer Drains make this often-overlooked element a true feature point. These drain covers are like jewelry for your shower, featuring unique patterns that range from contemporary to geometric to ornate. But there’s more to these decorative covers than meets the eye. These eco-friendly shower drains are made from reclaimed .060-inch thick 304 Stainless Steel and their motto, “Assisting the environment, one shower at a time,” holds true. No plastic or PVC is used in manufacturing, which is done in the USA. Coordinate the finish with your faucets and hardware for a unified look in your bathroom. For more information, visit Designer Drains.

Source – Trendir

Light Textured Flooring

“Red-toned woods are fading in popularity, along with tropical exotic species” like Brazilian cherry or walnut, says Armstrong Flooring design manager Sara Babinski.

Instead, flooring trends are moving toward lighter color palettes in domestic American woods such as maple, pine, or hickory, she says.

Why? Light-hued woods—including natural tones and blond and whitewashed woods—brighten interior spaces and hide imperfections more easily, making them a great choice for families and households with pets. For extra credit, choose a distressed or wire-brushed wood, which offers vintage appeal with a less aggressive look than a scraped floor, and choose 5-inch-wide planks, which create a sense of openness and interior space.

If you decide to stick with dark flooring, designers recommend that you pair it with light walls and white trim for contrast.”


Open Floor Plan Kitchens

Every time a bell rings, an interior wall gets knocked down. OK, maybe not that frequently but it seems like the open floor plan has dominated homes in recent years, and not all homeowners love it. And some are going the other way, seeking some sort of delineation of space, such as in the photo shown here. A half wall of cabinetry creates a semi-closed space between the kitchen and living room. Having a licensed air conditioning & plumbing services provider at hand can save you a lot of hassle if something were to break in the future.

Source – Houzz

Fish-Scale Pattern Backsplash.

If you’ve grown bored of subway tile but still want something simple and classic, check out a scalloped or fish-scale pattern. The look offers more movement, and a bit more interest, than rectangular tile but is still versatile enough to work with almost any kitchen style. This is why people enjoy using a Stone apron kitchen sink with this style often.

Source – Houzz

Rich Colors In The Kitchen & Living Room

Where to Begin: Using Black and White in the Bathroom

This classic color combination makes for a chic and clean look in any style of bathroom

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Home Stagers Share 5 Tips To Getting A Home Resale Ready

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We asked home stagers to share their best tips for a quick resale. Image: Widell + Boschetti

Home staging can be tricky to wrap your head around. Most of time, it’s about taking your home as-is and making a few, small changes. Yet, somehow, those tiny changes can make a huge difference when it comes to attracting buyers. Sometimes it can even mean the difference between selling your home and having it sit on the market.

If you’re about to put your home on the market, this post is for you. You might have taken a look at something like sell my house fast in San Antonio, but you now realised that there is a lot more to getting your house sold then just simply putting it on the market. We reached out to professional home stagers and asked them to share their favorite tips for getting a home resale ready. Read them over and do your best to implement them in your own home. Once you’re done, we’re sure the impact will be well worth the effort. We understand that selling your home is difficult, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. If you are interested in a smooth selling process, you may want to check out an independent home buyer such as We Buy Houses, in order to avoid the stress of contractors, paperwork and deadlines. When it comes to selling, there isn’t just staging side of things to consider but also the legal part (amongst other things) for example did you know that you can Compare Conveyancing Quotes to make sure you get the best deal when shopping for a solicitor to conduct your sale.

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Staging your exterior is just as important as the interior. Image: Shapiro/Didway

Start at the front door

“Curb appeal is key. It’s the first impression your home gives, so make it welcoming! Invest in some inexpensive, flowering plants. (Boxwoods are great for the job.) If there’s room, you could add a couple of colorful Adirondack chairs to your front porch. If your front door looks old or shows wear, a fresh coat of paint and some new house numbers can also make a big difference,” suggests Jeffrey Weldler, an interior decorating expert at Vänt Wall Panels.

Remember that staging isn’t just for your interiors. When you go to sell your home, also make sure the outside looks its very best. While the front door is certainly important as the initial point of entry, be sure to apply Weldler’s advice to the rest of your exterior, as well. Cut and weed your lawn regularly, add plantings where appropriate, and put out a patio set if possible to help potential buyers envision easy outdoor entertaining.

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Keep personal items to a minimum. Image: Arent & Pyke

Pack up personal items

“I tell my clients to pack up their ‘territory markers’ as soon as possible. These are things like family photos, shoes by the front door, toiletries and refrigerator magnets. They tell you the story of the person who lives there. Instead, you want buyers to think, ‘I have no idea who lives here, but it needs to be me,’ ” says Justin M. Riordan, the founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency.

The goal of staging your home is to appeal to as many buyers as possible. While depersonalization may be a hard pill to swallow it’s essential in helping your home be accessible to individuals with vastly different lifestyles and backgrounds than your own. That said, be sure to leave a few neutral accessories in place. They will keep your home from feeling stark.

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Use furniture to show a room’s function. Image: Andrea Swan – Swan Architecture

Return rooms to their original use

“Arrange rooms the way they’re supposed to be used. I’ve seen a formal dining room turned into a TV room, and that’s fine for some; it may be a turn-off for buyers who don’t intend to use the room in the same way,” advises Ana Cummings, the founder of ANA Interiors Ltd.

Furniture plays an important role in staging your home. Not only will it give buyers a sense of how the room should be used, but it may also give them an idea of scale and help them  envision themselves living in the space. It’s much harder to grasp these same concepts when a room is empty. Your goal as the seller should be to make the buyer’s showing experience as pleasant as possible, so do your best to provide them with a usable framework.

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Designate an area for kid’s belongings. Image: Aries Construction Co. Inc.

Designate areas for kids and pets

“If you have kids, keep a playroom. Keep it organized and make this the designated area for all toys. Before showings, do a loop around the house and move any runaway toys to their assigned space,” recommends Alison Bernstein, the founder and president of Suburban Jungle Realty.

This tip is also about depersonalization. Everyone understands that moving with kids is difficult, but parents and non-parents alike are more likely to respond well to your home if all your kid stuff is contained in one designated area. It will also be much easier to clean up for showings if you know that all the toys should be brought to the same place. In the same vein, pet owners may want to consider following a similar principle with their animals’ accessories.

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Ask a trusted friend for their opinion on your staging. Image: White Orchid Interiors

Get a second opinion

“Have a neutral third party take a critical eye to your home. Living somewhere daily reduces your ability to notice the things that might be a problem for buyers. Dirty walls, scuffs, scrapes, leaks, or even odors might be present, but odds are, you have become accustomed to them over time,” says Marty Basher, home organization expert for Modular Closets.

Hearing less-than-steller reviews of your home can be hard, but remember that it’s for a good cause. If you decide to follow this tip, choose someone you know has your best interest at heart. Then, the hard part: Actually follow their advice. When all is said and done, you’ll be glad you did.

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Follow these staging tips to get your home ready for resale. Image: The Woodlands Home Staging? | Got Staging LLC

Staging your home is an important part of getting it ready for the real estate market. Even if you don’t have enough money to reach out to the pros, we’ve got you covered. We asked real home stagers to share the best tips for getting a home resale ready. Give them a try and you should be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Did you stage your home before resale? Did you hire a pro or go the DIY route? Share your experience with us in the comments.

Source: Home Stagers Share Their 5 Best Tips For Getting A Home Resale Ready