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Is It Okay to Have a Staircase in a Small Space?

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We’re used to seeing grand staircases in hotels and spacious homes. But is it advisable to add a staircase in a small home? While there are homeowners who maximize this part of the house by turning it into a nook, home office, or pantry extension—there are those who are wary about the space that it will take up. Interior designer Wilan Dayrit shares a couple of insights:

6 Flooring Options Worth a Second Look

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When considering flooring, a lot of folks spend tons of time debating whether hardwood or carpet is right for their space (and budget). But there are plenty of other flooring options out there, many of which are surprisingly affordable. Here are six that you might not have thought of.

8 Small (But Impactful) Bathroom Upgrades To Do This Weekend

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Does your bathroom need an upgrade? For not a lot of money, and without outside help, you can dramatically boost your bath’s appearance in a weekend — without the need for a full renovation. Small improvements (as your time and wallet allow) are a manageable alternative to full-scale remodeling, but have a transformative effect that’s refreshing and gratifying. Try one of these 8 small-scale projects yourself…

What NOT To Do: A Pro Reveals the Top 3 Mistakes Homeowners Make When Planning a Project

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Jean Lauer is the brains behind The Sweeten, a super successful “matchmaking” service that pairs NYC homeowners with the professionals who can help them make their home into the place of their dreams. So, in other words, she’s seen it all when it comes to what makes a project go smoothly or, well, not-so-much. Here are her top three things to NOT do when planning your renovation—give them a read to help keep your expectations (and sanity!) in check…

The Modern Kitchen: 5 Countertops to Consider

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Countertops can make or break a kitchen, not only in terms of their use and durability, but in how they look, feel, and mesh with the overall look of the space. Leaving aside the more practical considerations for a moment (head to our Ultimate Guide to Choosing Countertops if you want some quick pros and cons), I’m considering what feels truly modern in a kitchen these days.

Of course, what constitutes a “modern” material is open for (endless) discussion, and I can only give you my personal opinion. Currently, I’m all about a smooth but natural feel and uniformity of colour. That leaves plastic-y solid surfaces, heavily veined marble, and rustic butcher block—as much as I may like them—out of the running. Instead, take a gander at these five options, and share your suggestions in the comments below.

11 Tiny Tricks That Make Life a Tad Better

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Make these small tweaks to your home and daily routine, and life will be easier, less rushed and maybe healthier too.

Life can be busy and downright tough at times, so it’s understandable that we all seek ways to simplify everyday tasks. If you’re nodding your head in agreement because you’re always looking for ways to make your days less full-on and more fulfilling, try these life-enhancing ideas and see if they don’t help you enjoy the simpler pleasures.
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1. Eat at your dinner table. Rather than having a quick bite at your breakfast bar or eating on the run, tweak your schedule to carve out time to prepare a proper meal, set your table and sit down to eat. You can use this time to catch up, laugh and bond with family or housemates, an important ritual we can neglect when life gets busy. If you’re eating alone, it can be an opportunity to slow down and relax. The simple act of sitting down to a home-cooked meal at your dinner table will encourage you to savor the food — and might even help you be a bit healthier too.

How To Guides To Hang Wall Decals & More

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Here you will find in-depth guides, tutorials, and techniques for hanging wall decals and all your favorite RoomMates products!

We try to make it as easy as possible to hang RoomMates wall decals, wallpaper and murals by included step-by-step number instructions and clear visuals on our packaging. Additional resources though are always helpful! We’ve created simple how to guides below for hanging our most popular products. Click on any of our guides below to get started.

How To: Application Guides

How To Apply Wall Decals: Whether you are applying your very first wall decals or just need a refresher, follow our simple six step guide: How To Apply Wall Decals. Remember, wall stickers and wall graphics are just another word for wall decals, so application is the same!