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Designing a Happy Home

A happy home is paramount for overall well-being, and our decorating decisions can help set the stage for a brighter outlook. A few of the area’s top designers reflect on past projects and share their thoughts on how interior design decisions can positively affect a homeowner’s mood.

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Keep it Together: Storage Solutions

This spring, the focus has been on editing and organizing the many belongings that have accumulated over time, and creating a more stress-free living environment. April’s Design Tip featured Amy Weinstein of AMW Studio as she offered her advice on The Big Edit: What’s Essential Now, and in May we heard from five top designers who shared their organizing tips for every room of the house.

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Get it Together – Organization Tips for the Whole House

Studies have proven that an organized home has many positive impacts on our mental health. Five top designers offer their advice to declutter your home and create serene spaces that are sure to improve productivity and reduce stress levels.

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Get Out! Create a Great Outdoor Space

Making the most of our outdoor spaces is top priority these days. To get you started, five top designers show how they created functional open-air living areas that look great and add comfort and value to their clients’ homes all season long.

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Create a Bathroom Oasis without Breaking the Bank

Renovating a bath is an investment that can make daily life more enjoyable while adding value to your home. Three top designers show how to create a show-stopping space by mixing quality basics with splurge-worthy accents that will look amazing and keep your budget on track. Design by Marianne Jones; Photo by Beth Singer.

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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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