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How to Stage Your Home to Sell

If you are thinking about listing your home for sale and moving to Dallas or Atlanta, now is the right time to start getting your home staged properly. Staging is much more than just cleaning and decluttering your space. It emphasizes the beauty of your home and shows it in the best light, giving potential buyers a great first impression of the space they could call their own. We had experts in the field share their tips with us on how to stage your home to sell.


6 Easy DIY Projects To Give Your Laundry Room Some Love During Quarantine

Laundry rooms are notoriously cheerless spaces, but with all the extra laundry you’re doing in this era of COVID-19? Chances are you’re spending more time in the laundry room than ever before.

We wanted to help you make your laundry room a brighter and better space, so we called in a few expert designers. Here are six easy projects you can tackle during quarantine to transform your laundry room.


Spring Home Design Trends to Use Year Round

Whether you’re renting, building a new home, or just looking to refresh for the spring, your home should be a haven. “It’s all in the details,” says Lanna Ali-Hassan, owner of Beyond the Box Interiors. “The little things kind of bring the whole room together and make it personal to you. The goal is to walk into your home and feel comfortable, happy, and at ease.”


How Your Home Affects Your Health

The expression “home is where the heart is” relates to your deep emotional connection to your home and loved ones but one should also keep in mind that your surroundings can affect your physical and mental health. The average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors with a majority of that being in their own homes so it is imperative to educate yourself on the ways your home may be affecting your health.

The colors you choose to decorate your home can play a major role in your mental state as specific color palettes have been known to impact your mood. Blues and greens promote tranquility while reds and yellows are stimulating. Painting your bedroom in a calming blue can promote sleep which in turn affects your overall well-being as your mind recuperates and relaxes while you are resting. Dark rooms without a lot of natural light are perfect areas for brighter tones such as yellow or even shades of white as they will reflect more light and open up the space essentially lifting your mood.


Scandinavian Kitchen

12 Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchens for Your Inspiration

Scandinavian inspired kitchens are rooted in minimalistic design, but that doesn’t mean they look boring! Here the decorating expert behind Beyond the Box Interiors shows how neutral kitchen features can make a sizable impact. Two-toned cabinets with white on the top and lightly stained on the bottom add a massive helping of visual interest. Note the backsplash that piles on a soft layer of subtle, yet impactful color. Another excellent design trick to steal is using wall art to introduce vibrant colors. Here two prints with robust sherbet-like hues enlivens things.


Women in Business: 9 Women Owned Businesses to Watch on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day focused on supporting and promoting women’s equality.

You can learn more about the day by visiting the International Women’s Day site.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to shed some light on just a few of the amazing local women business owners who are actively contributing to Frederick’s community and economy in meaningful and exciting ways.


5 Design Ideas From Instagram That’ll Take Your Foyer From Drab to Fab

There’s truth in this cliche: You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And the initial impression of your home happens in the entryway.

Yes, the foyer—that oft-overlooked area designed as a simple stopover to whisk guests into your more important rooms. But don’t neglect your entryway! Use it to create a welcoming vibe right from the jump, and make your visitors say, “wow.”

How, pray tell? We looked to Instagram, as we do each week, to pull inspiration from the most-liked decor posts, this time with a focus on the foyer. Here are five entryway ideas that are guaranteed to make a lasting impression—along with items you can buy right now to steal the look.


Forget the Groundhog! Spring Has Sprung in the Bedroom With Instagram’s Hottest Decor Trends

After the most wonderful time of the year comes plain old winter—and boy, is it long. All the gloomy weather (minus the presents and festive cookies of December) is enough to make anyone feel blue. So it comes as no surprise that designers everywhere seem to be flocking toward one definitive idea in this week’s trending bedroom decor: a call for an early spring.

Like we do every week, we’ve scoured Instagram for the most popular posts to inspire you—and what we found is the trending decor right now brings spring into your tired bedroom digs.

So let Punxsutawney Phil say whatever he wants this weekend! We’re starting spring early with these five top looks.


The 6 Commandments of Styling a Coffee Table, According to Home Stagers

Even in the best of times, your coffee table can be the scene of the home decor crime. We’re talking cluttered piles of magazines, a Jenga-like stack of remote controls, and a bowl of peanuts that may have been taking up precious real estate for one too many days. An easy way to remedy this? Take a cue from professional home stagers, who probably know how to style a coffee table better than anyone. Even if you’re not putting your home on the market anytime soon, we promise these six tips will help you never have a blah coffee table again.


7 Expert-Approved Bedroom Staging Tips That’ll Help It Go From 0 To Zen

A bedroom, when staged correctly, can feel like a peaceful retreat. In fact, staging the master bedroom was found to be the second-most important space for buyers according to a March 2019 report by the National Association of Realtors. Of the buyers’ agents surveyed, 42 percent said it was the most important room to stage, just behind the living room (47 percent), and ahead of the kitchen (35 percent).

Ready to get this right? First things first: Hide that ironing board! Then, follow these nine tips from professional stagers, whether you’re prepping for a move or just want a bedroom that will take you from 0 to zen—real quick.


How to Put Impractically Small Kitchen Cabinets to Good Use

Impractically narrow kitchen cabinets—usually located between appliances or at the end of a row of cabinets—can seem like a design after-thought, something used to fill space rather than be useful. But, “narrow cabinets in a kitchen can actually be quite useful,” promises Lanna Ali-Hassan, co-owner of Beyond the Box Interiors, if you learn to use them correctly. Here are five tips to get the most out of these frustratingly small spaces.


7 Tips for Styling Your Entryway, According to Professional Home Stagers

When it comes to your home, it’s helpful to think of your entryway as a preview to a movie.

That’s advice from Erin Powell, design director and principal designer at roOomy, a virtual staging, CGI, and 3D-modeling platform. “You want to create an entryway that gives a glimpse of who you are style-wise but not a full scope look,” she says.

With that in mind, here are seven tips from Powell and other professional stagers to create a functional, aesthetically-pleasing entryway. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or just want an impressive entrance, these tips will help give off that good “welcome home” vibe.


Living Large: Tricks to make a small space appear bigger

“Living rooms that lack floor space can feel larger if you accentuate the vertical planes,” said Lanna Ali-Hassan, co-owner of Beyond the Box Interiors in the Washington, D.C., area. “This can be done with paint treatments, tall bookshelves or even window treatments that are hung well above the trim. Your eye will follow the vertical elements in the room, making the space feel more expansive.”


Office Design Trends for 2019

It used to be that the office was — and had to be — a place for everything. Data entry, executive meetings, recordkeeping, and of course, all of your employees. Now, technology has completely changed the way that businesses look at their workplace.

With many workers able to do their jobs remotely, and most business-centric data stored in the cloud, companies have more freedom. Instead of providing a floor of cubicles, they can use office layout ideas that enable collaboration, knowing that workers can do solitary work at home. Rather than finding large spaces to keep everyone under one roof, they can create more relaxed environments for a small, tightly-knit team.

As a result, modern office design trend towards the creative and idiosyncratic, with businesses much more targeted towards the needs of their own particular workforce. We interviewed several experts, from office designers and builders, to workers who had recently gone through an office revamp. Here are some of the most popular office design and layout ideas we found for 2019.


The Week’s Most Popular Bathroom Decor on Instagram—and How to Steal the Look

Having a beautiful bathroom is a bit like having a personal spa—one you don’t have to share or book in advance (unless you have teenagers, that is). It can be a refuge with wine and bubbles after a long day, or just a place to freshen up before work.

We think bathrooms should be more than just a wasteland of cosmetics and unread magazines. Which is why we so often look for dream-loo decor inspiration wherever we can find it. The best place for that these days? Instagram, hands down.

As part of a new series, we’re uncovering the top trending looks on Instagram each week, room by room. And best of all, we’re telling you how you can manage to recreate these dreamy designs in your home.


Paint Small Rooms These Colors to Make Them Feel Instantly Bigger

We’d all like a bigger bedroom. Everyone under the sun wants a more spacious living area. And who in the world wouldn’t want a more expansive kitchen? But without a sizable nest egg in your savings account, conjuring up extra square footage isn’t usually a viable option. Thankfully, there’s an easy, affordable solution: repainting.


How to Handbook: How to Remodel Your Bathroom

As remodels go, bathrooms are known in the biz for being notoriously difficult and costly. Don’t be fooled—bathroom renovations are no small undertaking. Yet that doesn’t mean they can’t be relatively stress-free, provided you follow our fool-proof how-to guide. Keep reading to discover the exact steps you need to take to remodel your bathroom.


BizInk: Creative Spaces

Lanna Ali-Hassan and Barri Branker, owners of Beyond the Box Interiors, have a motto: “Design for the real world.” The duo does just that by offering design help in interior decor, kitchen and bath design, home staging, holiday and event decorating packages, and e-design services.


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