A new year is upon us, and with 2015 all but in the rear view, it’s time to take a look back at some of our most popular articles. Not surprisingly, our home improvement and inspiration pieces always turned up at the top of the stack, and people always seem to be looking for new, fun ideas to spruce up their home. Well, we’re certainly happy to lend a hand, so we’ve put together this helpful roundup of some of our favorite home inspiration pieces so you can make plans for new digs for the new year.
The living room is the heart of the home making it the perfect place to get started. Our living room guide covers hacks to brighten up your space, making it feel more lively and more spacious without the need to invest in renovation or a furniture refresh. Some of our favorite tricks include making a coffee table out of a stack of old books, and utilizing lighting and a glass table to help make the room feel larger.
If given the choice, a high percentage of folks out there opt for setting up a work area in their home if they had the space. The problem is a lot of us don’t have the space. But that doesn’t mean having a home office should be out of your reach. We help you think outside the box with our guide to maximize your productivity at home.
Setting up an office is a great idea if you have an extra room, but it’s far from the only choice you have. How about setting up your own private gym? What about a home theater? You could create a cozy reading room, or even a meditation center complete with an indoor Zen garden. The sky’s the limit when you think outside the box!
Speaking of boxes, when it comes to single use rooms, nothing is quite as set in stone as a closet. Besides serving as a place for storage or hanging clothes there really isn’t much you can do with one, right? Think again! Our guide explores a wide range of exciting potential from a children’s fort to a sleeping nook, and even a fully stocked bar!
Location of choice for man caves everywhere, the garage is the perfect spot to take advantage of some extra space in your home, and it has a full range of awesome potential. You could turn it into a rec room or a hangout space for your angsty teen. You already know it could be a man cave, but how about a fem den or a she shack? Heck, you could even renovate it into a spare bedroom and rent it out on AirBNB if you’re looking for a little extra income on the side.
If you’re a home owner and you’ve got some space out back, you should definitely put it to good use. It’ll not only make things more pleasant for you, it’ll add some value to your home and impress future buyers should it ever come time to move on. We explore the classics from patios to tree houses and throw in a few wildcards you might not have considered like a nature trail through a garden.
No matter how you’re inspired or what you choose, remember that your home is yours to modify as you see fit. Don’t be afraid to make the space truly yours and don’t be afraid to experiment with fun new ideas like these!