When we wake up and rub our eyes in the morning, the first thing we do is head for the mirror to start our day. The last thing we do before bed is wash away the day in front of the mirror. Like lighting, mirrors are one of the most important elements in a bathroom scene. Because they are so integral to the bathroom’s ambiance and play an important role in our everyday life, why settle for something standard? Here…

Perched on a ridge above Steamboat Springs, this home offers panoramic mountain views — including of “the mountain,” known to outsiders as Steamboat Ski Resort. It’s just a few minutes to the slopes, but what’s really cool about this location, according to listing agent Chris Paoli of The Paoli Group, is that “you can hike into the national forest and go forever.” Forest land is a five-minute walk from the front door. Without ever getting into a car, you can…

“I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house,” Zsa Zsa Gabor famously said. The actress with the long eyelashes and the honied Hungarian accent died this week, but her spirit lives in irreverent quotes – and homes like this mid-century modern in Palm Springs. The $969,000 listing says Gabor lived here, but it’s not clear whether the home was her own purchase (or rental), or booty from one of her seven divorces. What is clear is that…

They say home is where the heart is, and for many people the heart of a home is the kitchen. Whether you’re in the market for a new house or need some design inspiration for a renovation, here are 10 homes that have some seriously amazing kitchens. With professional appliances, ample counter space, and designs spanning from rustic to contemporary, these kitchens show off a range of possibility (pun intended). Tampa, FL 6447 Renwick Cir, Tampa, FL 33647 For sale: $785,000 Located…

When planning a residential move, it’s important to have an accurate idea of the final moving costs so you can set a realistic moving budget. Estimating your moving costs, however, is not as simple as it seems at first. The movers will provide you with an estimate based on the total weight of your shipment and the actual distance to your new home. But plenty of other factors can also affect the final price and make your relocation significantly more expensive than anticipated.…

Chinese buyers are an undeniable growing force in American real estate, racking up over $300 billion in sales between 2010 and 2015. Some are just looking to invest their money, but many are families drawn to the United States for a variety of reasons, including excellent schools and universities, lower cost of living (compared to Beijing and Hong Kong), and business opportunities in booming tech cities like San Francisco and Seattle. But buying property in the U.S. as a foreign national…

Zillow Digs announced the top home design trends for 2017, along with the three soon-to-be forgotten fads from 2016. Results were based on a survey of leading interior design experts and trending photos on Zillow Digs. So what will be 2017’s hottest trends? Check out the full list below! Trend: Velvet Courtesy of Isola Homes. A hot fashion trend right now, velvet is expected to make a big splash in interior design next year. Look for velvet fabrics and textures…

Don’t let a silly houseplant add even more stress to your holiday routine. From now through January, poinsettia, amaryllis, and holiday cacti only ask for three things: the right drainage, sunlight, and moisture. After the holidays you can either throw them out with the tree and buy new plants next year, or you can follow these tips to get even bigger blooms next time around. What holiday houseplants want – for the holidays Drainage: First, take the containers out of their cellophane wrappers,…

Getting started now on organizing for 2017 will help you to ease the holiday crunch and paint an attainable path into the new year. Here are five steps you can take to get started. Donate now The holidays are upon us, and the accumulation of new decorations and gifts are sure to put a squeeze on our living space. Now is the time to donate older items that you haven’t used in a while. A tidy, streamlined home is a…

On December 14, 2016, the Fed raised a key overnight bank-to-bank lending rate by .25 percent. Even though this is a short-term rate, it also impacts longer-term home loan rates. Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages rose about .5 percent between the election and this Fed meeting – causing monthly payments on a $300,000 loan to rise $85 per month and payments on a $600,000 loan to rise $172 per month. The Fed cited inflationary concerns, and rising inflation causes rising mortgage…