How to Mix and Match Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware (32 photos)

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Designing a kitchen isn’t as simple as following a recipe. There’s always a surprising number of decisions to make, and choosing the right knobs and pulls for cabinets is often something that catches people off guard. The options for style, size and finish are just so abundant, and many kitchens need…

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My Houzz: Inviting Whites and Pastels in a Chicago Condo (14 photos)

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Is It Time to Build a Real Estate Team?

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By Matt Clements Building a team, in my opinion, is a must. Think about it: Your clients expect it. In order to be a top agent today, it’s critical for your clients to know that you have power, reach, and resources behind you. You need a buyers agent, maybe even two or three. This power will always be looked at …

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This Weekend: Cozy Up Your Porch and Follow Burning Man From Home (7 photos)

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As we reach the tail end of summer, the busyness of back-to-school is turning schedules upside down, but the weather still feels distinctly summery. Handle the transition by taking care of a few getting-ready-for-fall tasks (like cozying up the porch) and then savor a last hurrah at the beach or lake….

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32 Camping Essentials For an Outdoorsy Labor Day Weekend

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Calling all nature lovers: Labor Day is Monday, September 3, so get ready for all your camping adventures with these outdoorsy picks. From sunscreen to outdoor dinnerware to LED lanterns, we’ve got you covered with our favorite products to celebrate the end-of-the-summer holiday.


Hydro Flask 10-Ounce Wine Tumbler

Meow Meow Tweet Insect Repellent

Reformation Gaucho Tie Hat

See more on Dwell.com: 32 Camping Essentials For an Outdoorsy Labor Day Weekend by Dwell

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See How 2 Families Make Life Work Under 1 Roof (6 photos)

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Sisters Cathy Surianello and Debbie Scofield spend a lot of time together, which means their husbands and kids spend a lot of time together. So after years of joint vacations, holidays and weekends, the two families thought that living in separate houses was a bit inefficient. “All of a sudden

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Space-Saving Pegboard Boosts a Kitchen’s Storage and Style (6 photos)

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A Backyard Eucalyptus Becomes the Muse For This Melbourne Home Renovation

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When architect Fiona Dunin was tasked with simplifying and modernizing a Melbourne home, she looked to the backyard for inspiration.

Double-glazed Viridian ThermoTech glass was used for the sliding doors and windows.

“The original house had not been touched in decades,” Fiona Dunin, the director of FMD Architects, remarks as she describes the renovation of a one-story midcentury property she completed last year in Melbourne. 

Before she and her team reached its doorstep in the eastern suburbs of the city, the owner had lived in a maze of dark ad-hoc extensions, in which Dunin says did nothing to enhance the quality of the home’s surroundings. 

Dunin and her team repurposed recycled brick to match the original material on the exterior of the home. Brick was also used to build privacy walls that would still bring in light and air.

Dunin and her team repurposed recycled brick to match the original material on the exterior of the home. Brick was also used to build privacy walls that would still bring in light and air. 

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“The main objective was to create living spaces with a strong connection to the landscape, and access to extensive natural light,” she continues. “The footprint had to be reduced to having no superfluous spaces.” 

Dunin and the owner settled on a straightforward L-shaped layout enclosing two bedrooms and two bathrooms—just enough space to live comfortably alone, and with occasional guests. 

Dunin wanted to carry the theme of the eucalyptus throughout the property, including in the entryway, which has a light resembling branches.

Dunin wanted to carry the theme of the eucalyptus throughout the property, including in the entryway, which has a light resembling branches. 

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But the simplicity is in the bigger picture, and not in its layered finishes. The running details of brick and wood are what give this house its character, and connect it to its history and views. 

One of the home's two bedrooms looks out on to the oversized deck.

One of the home’s two bedrooms looks out on to the oversized deck. 

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See the full story on Dwell.com: A Backyard Eucalyptus Becomes the Muse For This Home Remodel
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Virtual Staging Transforms Cold, Vacant Spaces Into Warm, Welcoming Homes

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By Brian Balduf, VHT Studios

Technology and the convenience it offers to buyers and sellers has changed real estate forever. The days of starting a home search inside the office or car of a real estate professional and touring five or six houses are long gone. Now, interested buyers expect to “shop” for their new home whenever they want on whichever device they desire and they often spend hours clicking through listings online before ever scheduling a visit. As a result, savvy real estate professionals are using many new tools to help their listings gain an advantage and sell faster.

One of the hottest tools deployed by real estate professionals is virtual staging, especially when used to market vacant condominium units.
Let’s face it, an empty condo unit, whether it’s a studio or penthouse, can lack the “curb appeal” that motivates buyers to take the time to make a visit. Empty rooms appear as boxy walls of white (or even worse, depending on the previous owners’/tenants’ tastes and color palette).

If many condos are for-sale in the same building, those big boxes with beige carpet and white walls appear disappointingly similar and fail to present their possibilities as a home. Virtual staging can help a vacant condo stand out from the rest and inject a new look into the listing photography, which brings that condo to life.

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Not to worry – you don’t have to put on silly helmets or special goggles to do it.

Virtual staging in real estate refers to the virtual photographic tools available to real estate professionals, in partnership with their professional photographer, to showcase a home and its potential. Virtual staging is the most common tool in the virtual real estate drawer and is playing a major role in the marketplace by appealing to prospective buyers or tenants.

Through virtual staging, a professional photographer captures photographs of vacant or lived-in homes and virtually changes a condo’s décor and furniture to make a great first impression to buyers or renters searching for their next home.

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In many cases, you really don’t want to show a house as it is decorated by the current owner/tenant, since buyers may not be interested in seeing the current owner’s stuff. Sellers should be reminded that their listing needs to help the next homeowner envision their own unique future lifestyle in that condo or apartment.

Take a fresh look at those empty rooms where the next owner will spend most of his/her time. Ask how you can appeal to that future owner/tenant by presenting the different possibilities of styling and furnishing various rooms. Various virtual staging tools such as virtual redecorate, virtual furnish, virtual repaint, and virtual declutter provide endless ways to showcase homes.

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These virtual tools give owners the chance to showcase the multiple functions of a spare bedroom by using virtual redecorate as an inexpensive virtual makeover to convert it to an office, arts and crafts room or nursery.

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Want to appeal to a fitness fanatic? You can virtually redecorate a second bedroom as a workout space. Virtual redecorating strips all furnishings from a photograph and drops in new furniture, wall color and décor to help you attract the next homeowner by showcasing the potential of the room in different styles or even different functions.
No two homeowners have the same taste, so appeal to the broadest audience possible by offering many different styles of the same living room, such as rustic, modern, shabby chic, traditional and beyond.

Sometimes, the virtual tools solve real estate professionals’ biggest headaches.

Did the current owner move out quickly, taking all her furniture and leaving behind a unit that appears cold and unwelcoming? Virtual staging can fill a vacant room with furnishings without the expense or inconvenience of having to rent or move in tables, chairs, couches or beds. The savings in time and budget are significant when compared to traditional staging costs.

Did the seller forget to clear the clutter before a photo-shoot? Virtual declutter can magically eliminate all of the current owner’s/tenant’s personal effects and knick-knacks from surfaces to present a clean, wide-open look.

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Or does the dark red wall make the living room appear smaller? It can be virtually repainted a calming gray or white, making the room look more spacious and inviting.

During showings, to remind buyers of the virtually staged photographs they first saw online, real estate professionals can place the virtually staged photographs on an easel, or offer as a handout so buyers can actually see the potential of a room, rather than imagine it on their own.

Another tool that is rising in popularity is interactive floorplans. Some people just can’t look at a floorplan and “see” the flow of a condo. Interactive floorplans include photos from each room, to effectively help a buyer visualize how she’d live in her new home, or how he’d quickly move from his exercise room to the shower and make it to work on time.

Young singles and married couples now make-up the largest population of buyers and are accustomed to being wowed by the content they read and watch. Their expectations are no less when it comes to being dazzled by the potential of the next property they’re thinking of buying. Smart real estate pros will sell listings faster and grow their businesses stronger, by appealing to the needs and expectations of this young market and by helping them envision the full realm of possibilities.

Brian BaldufABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brian Balduf, CEO, chairman and co-founder of VHT Studios, has built the Rosemont, Ill.-based firm into the nation’s largest real estate photography and image management services company. Since he co-founded the company in 1998, VHT Studios has helped more than 200,000 real estate professionals sell more than $200 billion in properties through its nationwide network of hundreds of photographers and image specialists. Delivering to real estate professionals their most powerful selling tools – high quality photography and video – Balduf has worked to ensure their properties get seen more, sell faster and at the highest price. For more information, visit VHT.com, The VHT Studios Blog or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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Where to Store Your Ironing Board (7 photos)

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Whatever your ironing style — whether you like to press every piece of clothing right down to your socks or you have a more relaxed approach to wrinkle reduction — chances are you own an ironing board. But where should you store this essential but bulky item? Here are some inspired solutions.

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