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6 Top Home Décor Trends for 2021

Home Décor trends for this year are geared towards picture-perfect and Instagram-worthy shots that can be pegged and replicated into your own home space. Nevertheless, timeless pieces are still a design staple; likewise, a few furniture pieces from the retro era are making a comeback. Naturally, sustainability and minimalist elements are still a strong contender …

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Types of Wall Coverings – How to Re-Create Wallpapers

There are three types of historic wall coverings. Replica papers copy the originals in all aspects, using historically accurate color, ink, paper, and even the original manufacturing technique. But this types of wall coverings are costly, especially if the original was painted or block printed by hand — often more than $300 per 36-square-foot roll. Instead, …

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Substituting Inferior Products

Substituting Inferior Products Some remodelers sell homeowners one product and install another. When they write the contract, they “forget” to specify the exact brand and model. They may even refuse to put that information in, citing changing model numbers or some other excuse. Then they can get away with installing something that’s less expensive, substandard, …

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A Deal Too Good to Be True

A Deal Too Good to Be True One afternoon, a contractor stopped by a woman’s home in Topeka, Kansas, and told her he had noticed cracks in her driveway. He offered to apply a fresh coat of asphalt at a good price, since he had some material left over from another job in the neighborhood. …

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Secrets of Ordering Door Hardware

Hardware makes a house work. Without it, everything falls apart; drawers, doors, and windows won’t open or close; and visitors must rely on their fists instead of door knockers to announce their presence. But door hardware is much more than utilitarian — it’s ornate, whimsical, decorative, or quietly elegant, depending upon how much creativity is …

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