8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise

By Sage Singleton for RISMedia’s Housecall blog. Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time outdoors. Make your own backyard a summer paradise with these eight…

Are You Overimproving for Your Neighborhood?

By Erica Sooter for Zillow We all love those house-flipping shows — we shout our opinions on what the homeowners should update and weep when we see the final reveal. It’s an innate human instinct to want to make things better. And when it comes to selling your own home, it’s often a good instinct to…

Top 5 Easy Houseplants You’ll Grow to Love

by Sharon Lee for Coldwell Banker Add a touch of green to your home. Indoor plants brighten up any room and they can also help purify the air in your home. Here are five low maintenance houseplants and instructions on how to grow and take care of them—no green thumbs required! 1. English Ivy Caring for ivy plants…

Fresh Home Upgrades for Spring

After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start reimagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas—some big, some small—can help breathe new life into your home so that you’re ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the fullest. Air it out. Months…

Trend Alert: Color in the Kitchen

This unexpected pop of color is brought to you by a vivid new trend showing up in many of today’s kitchens. Call it an inevitable pendulum swing away from the preponderance of white we’ve seen in high-end kitchens over the past few years or simply a new way to express your vibrant style in the…