Is Wabi-Sabi the Best Way to Decorate a Home?

By Shamontiel L. Vaughn

(Jalyn Edwards contributed to this post.)

When Realtors have shown tenants back-to-back locations, after a while, these places may start to look the same. That is, unless something stands out about one over the others. Maybe it’s the neighborhood, the cabinets, or the texture of the walls or floors. Something about the place has to feel like “home” in order to want to move in.

But once the tenant application is approved, the closing costs are paid and the move-in boxes are ready to be unpacked, now it’s time to spice the place up. Could the earthy, muted interior palette of wabi-sabi be the added touch that a new rental needs?

Read on to find out what it is, its pros and cons, and how to incorporate it into homes.Image


Tips and Tricks to Handle Windowless Bathrooms

By Thomas Cochran

Residents may experience common problems in their windowless bathrooms. The usual challenges include poor lighting, mold, mildew, dampness, smells, peeling paint and bubbling wallpaper. Excess moisture and poor ventilation are the main causes of these issues, the results of which can lead to health issues and costly repairs. Use these tips and tricks to resolve them all.

Lighting for Accuracy

Clothing retailers often end up with returns due to poor lighting in their stores. People simply do not know what they really look like until they step outside and get a better view of their appearance. The reason for this is because of the Color Rendering Index (CRI) of light. CRI measures how well a light bulb or natural light can illuminate the full spectrum of colors. Natural light does a better job of this than artificial lighting, which is why clothes look better (or worse) outside than they do inside the store. 


Are Breakfast Nooks Practical In Today’s Homes?

By Nikki Davidson

In the 1920s, architects invented a new home dining experience: the cozy, casual breakfast nook. They created the informal table setting to maximize space when bungalows were trendy. It didn’t hurt that the feature made it possible for busy homemakers to sit down and dine with their families. 

The intimate spaces have gone in and out of style in the last 100 years. Now, they’re popping back into the spotlight, appearing in everything from interior design magazines to massive celebrity homes. The wooden, pew-like benches of the past have gotten a major upgrade with plush cushions and an overload of throw pillows. 

The timing might be perfect, as breakfast itself is making a comeback. According to a General Mills survey, nearly one in four Americans has eaten more breakfast food since the pandemic began due to extra free time and a desire to eat something that brings them joy. 

Even after social isolation has significantly ceased, could a breakfast nook still be the way to bring more happiness and comfort to the home experience? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of this design choice. 


Accent Walls: Yay or Nay?

By Jasmine Ramirez

Shamontiel L. Vaughn contributed to this report.

The housewarming party is about to start. Guests walk in and see a freshly painted accent wall. The hue has a modern, calming feel. During the rental shopping stage, it was the one place among many that stood out. (After a few walk-throughs, some available rentals may all start looking alike.) But this accent wall left a lasting impression—and the landlord knows it, too.

But what if the wall isn’t there already? How much would it cost for tenants to do this on their own? It’s actually fairly budget friendly. Homeguide guesstimates paint jobs at $1-$3 per square foot, or $350-$850 per room. For one accent wall, that’s less than $200. 

What should tenants do if they want to create an accent wall in a new residence, but the landlord doesn’t like the color? A temporary fix like tempaper (peel-and-stick wallpaper) can resolve this and be a happy medium for both.