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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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