How do you set a mood, define your style and completely change the look and feel of your home? One word: Lighting. Top interior designers recommend thinking of lighting in three ways.

  1. Task lighting, which could include under-cabinet lights, over-sink lights and even porch lights.
  2. Accent lighting such as those lights that illuminate artwork or the lights that sit on your nightstand or end tables.
  3. Ambient lighting or overhead lighting to brighten up a large amount of space.

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In this in between time after the  hot summer months and before the start of “the season” in Florida, we’ve identified four reasons why now might be the best time to remodel in Naples. Read More

We spend the equivalent of almost two years in the bathroom over the course of a lifetime, according to Long considered a refuge from hectic schedules, the bathroom is the only place where privacy is guaranteed and you can be alone for a moment of peace. For such a small room, it has big importance to our state of mind. Lavish and luxurious or zen and simple, a bathroom remodel has the potential to turn this room into a reflection of our personalities and ideals. Think soaking tubs when remodeling your bathroom into a spa-like escape. Read More

 By: Clarissa Cruz

The surprising secret of a kitchen upgrade: Focus on the little innovations, not the major renovations, say Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the husband-and-wife team behind the New York City interior design firm Carrier and Company, which designed this stunning kitchen in Southampton, New York, along with project architect John David Rose and kitchen designer Rick Raffel of E.T. Raffel Cabinets. “Life changes quickly and often unexpectedly,” Miller says. “Better to personalize your home with possessions than capital improvements.” Carrier and Miller have a client list full of boldface names, including fashion designer Jason Wu, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. But some of the tips and tricks the duo has learned in their combined 38 years of experience are as applicable to a cozy apartment as they are to a grand estate. Here are some of their favorite ways to spice up a kitchen, no general contractor required.

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By Suzy Strutner

Just swing open the door…

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By: Julie LaughtonDesigner and General Contractor

Unless you are tearing your home down to the studs, most people who choose to live in their house during construction can survive the process with careful planning. Don’t wait until the job starts to assign your designated living space and get situated within your home. You also have to be prepared to get ahead of the dust before the remodel begins. Here are the ways I help contain the dust and keep my clients’ homes clean. Use these tips and pass them onto your general contractor.


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By, Mitchell Parker, Houzz Editorial Staff

Looking for some great ideas for your home? How about a voice-activated assistant that will give you a weather update while you pour coffee into a preheated mug from a warming drawer? Not your style? No worries — there’s something for everyone in this preview of 2017 design trends. We plowed into Houzz data, sifted through popular photos and articles, and talked to industry leaders for this look at 10 things we think you’ll be seeing more of in the home in 2017.

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