Making your home feel light and bright: some tips

Whatever a person’s taste, “I think almost everybody wants to maximize the light in their living space,” said HGTV host Genevieve Gorder.

Loosening up: Homes now casual and repurposed

Repurposed rooms, recycled materials and an increasingly relaxed decorating style characterize the end of a decade that began as a party on a grand scale.

Decorating with personal photos

When we decorate our homes, we express ourselves through the furniture we buy and the colors we select. But perhaps no element of decorating says more about us than the personal photographs we display.

The ultimate cooking space: The experts weigh in

Clutter, distractions, poor workflow — sometimes a kitchen’s layout can hinder the cooking process more than it helps. Decorating can create similar pitfalls. “We get too caught up in color palettes and soft fabrics, and we over-think it,” said Genevieve Gorder, co-host and judge of HGTV’s Design Star.

Can’t decide how to redecorate? Join the crowd

But for many folks, who are more self-critical than self-confident, the journey to the ideal wall color or room style is fraught with angst. What if you choose wrong and visitors to your home snicker? What if you spend all that money and don’t get it right?

Open flow: Plan well before knocking down a wall

If your home was built within the last decade, odds are it was designed with an open plan. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the family room, and few walls separate the living and dining areas.

Right at Home: Decor comes with a British vibe

Goodbye, Paris. Hello, London! While the French capital’s been dear to home decorators for several years, we’re seeing the look of London more and more in the newest furnishings and accessories.

Used building materials a hit among home improvers

Koehl, a master gardener from Waller, Texas, bought secondhand windows and doors to construct the building that houses his roses and vegetables. Using old materials saved him money, and added interest to the structure.

New Years resolutions for the home

Whether it’s clearing out clutter, catching up on small repairs, bringing fresh style to a favorite room or organizing closets, many of us have home on the brain as the new year begins.

Be prepared when putting an addition on your home

Ask William Carter about expanding your home and he’s going to be blunt: It will be expensive. It will be messy. And it will take time.