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Two experts weigh in on how to put your money where it counts.

A high-end kitchen remodel could easily drain your wallet. The nationwide average for a major kitchen remodel — replacing all appliances, installing a sink and faucet, and repainting walls — is $62,158, according to Remodeling magazine. And in cities like New York, those costs edge even higher.

A modest kitchen remodel, in which the cabinets are left in place, is $20,830 on average, and that’s not even accounting for labor delays or electrical issues from outdated wiring, which is common in kitchens.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep costs down without going batty. Here, two renowned interior designers share their tips for renovating a kitchen.

Consider how

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Are you thinking about, or in the process of trying to sell your home? Find out 5 things that make buyers bite and will make a difference in the bottom line.

A Nice Entryway- Impress home buyers right away by inviting them in with a beautiful entrance. Even just putting a fresh coat of paint on the front door freshens it up. If you don't have an entryway, make one by cleverly placing furniture to create one.

Hardwood Floors- Realtors agree that most house buyers are looking for hardwood floors. Out of all the types of flooring, hardwood will last the longest and never go out of style

Fabulous Fixtures-  Only the extremely detail-oriented will stop to inspect the doorknobs, faucets and cabinet knobs. Although real estate agents will

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By: Zillow (Jennifer Lyons) 

Save some room in your budget for expenses after move-in.

By the time you get the keys to your new construction home, you might feel stretched thin in the finance department. From earnest money and design center upgrades, to closing costs and moving expenses, buying a brand-new home is never cheap.

As you take a look at the costs on the horizon, it’s wise to look a little past your closing date. There are a few post-closing costs that are unique to brand-new homes and some that are familiar to all new homeowners.

Set aside a little money for these expenses now, and it’ll be smooth sailing once the “sold” sign is out front.

Appliances

Unless you’ve negotiated a washer and dryer into the price of the home

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Bare shelf space and empty bookcases can seem like a daunting task to try to fill up. Transform bland bookcases and shelves into stunning displays with these decorating tips.


Make it Functional- You can create a shelf display that is appeasing to the eye and functional.  For example, turning an empty shelf into a bar. Take out the shelf divider above and create more room for beautiful glasses, decanters and a drink tray.

Vary Accessory Height-  When gathering pieces to decorate shelves, make sure you have a combination of short, medium and tall objects. Avoid lining up items of the same height and size, this can seem flat and boring. Instead, try mixing different heights and keep the eye traveling.

Create Layers…
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When is comes to designing your kitchen so many people stick to the safe classic white or traditional wood tones. If you want to add a little color into your space take some inspiration from these awesome kitchens and consider one of these saturated shades.

Calming and Comfortable: Neither bright nor pastel, this soft backsplash tile in the kitchen is unusual enough to catch the eye, but subtle enough to live comfortably for years to come.

Happy Hues: In this sunny kitchen, seafoam green cabinets are a soft backdrop to the bright yellow stools. Another way to change up the kitchen without making any long-lasting changes is by bringing in some bright furniture or rugs, which you can get in all different colors and patterns.

Color Pop:

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Super Bowl weekend upon us and football fans could not be more excited. Keep your fans fueled up during the big game with these recipes for mouthwatering dips, sliders and more.

Nacho- Stuffed Potato Skins- Trade in chips for restaurant-style potato skins topped with the good stuff; guac, sour cream, scallions, cheese, bacon and more.

Beer- Glazed Brats Wursts- Grab a lager from the pack to flavor bratwursts. Add dijon mustard and honey, and grill them for a perfect portable treat. Sub a hot dog bun for freshly- grilled baguette.

Grilled Parmesan Pesto Chicken Wings- Your guests may not agree on what what team to root for but they will agree on this healthy version of wings. Give this traditional game- watching snack a twist with some

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By: Jennifer Lyons 

Buying new construction seems simple, right? Just pick out the floor plan you want, choose the perfect lot, and watch it go up. No sellers to deal with, no unexpected repairs that come up during inspection, no drawn-out negotiations. Right?

Not so fast. In any real estate transaction, it’s important to have a professional on your side, even if the process seems straightforward.

“Having your own agent provides a sense of security,” says Seattle-area homeowner Kristy Weaver, who has bought two new construction homes from two different builders. “It gives you some peace of mind, knowing that someone is looking out for your best interest.”

Peace of mind is just one benefit of having an experienced agent along for the ride.

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You don’t need a lot of square footage to fit a bar into your plans. Take a little inspiration from these small bars for space-savvy ideas for incorporating a cocktail station into your home.

Family Friendly- Nestled in the corner of a large kitchen designed for a large family, this small wet bar was planned to serve the needs of the entire clan. It is ready to hold all the fixings for adult beverages, but instead of wine storage they incorporated a fridge space for water, kid’s drinks and beverages.

Shelf Life- Just because space is tight doesn’t mean you have to forgo the bar area. This convenient bar space, tucked into spare shelves beneath a staircase, is a perfect example. Get creative with your space, save a little bit of room on an

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Find inspiration with small designer bathrooms that combine DIY fixes, bold paint colors and pretty decorating details.

Kick Up the Color- As this small space demonstrates, sometimes bold color is all you need to make a big statement. Although this space receives no natural light, the bold kelly green walls give it fresh personality. The ultra-white floor counterbalances the green’s intensity.

Make Built-In Storage Part of the Design- Maximize the storage space in your small bathroom with a custom floor-to-ceiling built-in storing bath-time necessities! 

Give an Illusion with Glass- Glass shower enclosures give the illusion of space in small bathroom by allowing you to see from one end of the room to the other. 

Add Floating

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Now that the kiddos are home for the holiday break, it is time to keep them busy with some holiday projects. Build their anticipation for Christmas day with these fun projects ideas for crafters big or small. 

Make a Plate for Santa- Everyone knows Santa loves cookies! Ensure he’s in top mood when stuffing your stockings by crafting a customized plate to serve Santa’s favorite midnight snack.

Colorful Yarn and Button Trees- Great as a centerpieces, decoration on a mantel or even a gift, these yarn-covered trees will add a colorful pop to any room.

Make a Sweet Tray- Put a new spin on classic holiday candy with a starlight mint serving tray. To create it, lay peppermints side-by-side on a cookie sheet and place the pan in a warm oven

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