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Quick Changes for a Big Impact

Getting a fresh start in the new year starts in our own homes. Rooms can be revitalized with a minimum of time and, in many cases, improvements don’t have to cost a great deal. This powder room designed by Margaret Skinner is  proof that a few small changes can transform a space. Four top design pros offer some great advice on how to quickly perk up a tired space.

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Rest Easy

In September, as vacations wind down and our work and school schedules become more structured, getting a restful eight hours of sleep is important. But a good night’s slumber isn’t only about a comfortable mattress and high-thread-count sheets. The whole ambiance of a well-designed room is crucial, as this room by Kathleen McGovern shows. She and two other respected designers offer their advice on how to dream big and catch your Z’s with ease.

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Creating Work/Study Spaces at Home

These days, more people are working from home, at least some of the time, and many students are dividing their time between in-person and online classes. Three top designers share their advice on how to make work/study areas clean and functional without surrendering beauty and warmth, an example being this home office designed by Dayna Flory Rasschaert.

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Investment Design – Adding Value to Your Home

A home is often the most important investment we make, but which renovations really add value to your house when it’s time to sell? Designer Marianne Jones, principal of Birmingham-based Marianne Jones LLC, shares her expertise on where to put your money for improvements, as well as some pitfalls to avoid.

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Inviting Outdoor Spaces

After a chilly, rainy spring and being cooped up indoors, most of us are eager to enjoy outdoor spaces. But designing these areas takes as much planning and aesthetic sensibility as creating an interior room. This space designed by Amanda Sinistaj is a prime example. We asked a trio of expert designers how they designed these outdoor spaces in Grosse Pointe, Novi, and Bloomfield Hills, and for advice in how best to take advantage of the natural environment.

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The Big Edit

As another calendar year turns the page, it’s time to start off on a fresh foot. That includes design, where a streamlined simplicity is the goal, such as this space designed by Laura Zender. Careful editing will reduce clutter, and rearranging items can create an invigorated look. A fresh décor can sometimes have the added benefit of clearing our minds. Whether they’re starting from scratch or refreshing a current space, professional designers offer their advice on editing a space.

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Designers’ Go-to Colors

Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or create a neutral background, updating a room’s paint color is a simple way to make an immediate impact. Several top designers share their tried-and-true favorite colors they rely on again and again in their design projects.

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Window Treatments

With spring right around the corner, windows take center stage as our thoughts turn to balmy breezes and the sun-filled days ahead. Top designers share their tips for creating window treatments that frame the view and finish the room beautifully.

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