2016 was a great year for interior design. So many trends were influenced by new innovations and technology; beautiful colors took new form; unique silhouettes filled every room of the home; and textures and fabrics breathed life into otherwise traditional furnishings. But it’s a new year, and time for new looks. Here’s a peek at three current trends that will have the interior design world buzzing in 2017. Va-va velvet For years, the design industry has been buzzing about texture, and how plush or sinuous fabrics flip a…

By Barry Bridges  In years past, an apartment-hunter might have been able to find a place with little more than the first and last month’s rent and a handshake. But today, the conditions for signing a lease might include anything from a criminal background check to a pet interview. Times have changed, and the changes go beyond the vetting process. A prime example is renters insurance, which has gone from something that your insurance agent might recommend to a lease…

Once dubbed the ‘City of Neighborhoods’ for its more than 100 identified districts, Baltimore, MD is a true East Coast gem. Though often recognized for its iconic rowhouses and rich industrial history, this city is further defined by a unique mix of Southern hospitality, urban charm and coastal flavor. Whether you’re thinking about capitalizing on the buyers’ market, or just planning a visit, you won’t be disappointed. Between its vibrant waterfront, local arts scene and irresistible seafood, Baltimore truly lives…

Although traditionally spring and fall are the prime seasons for selling a home, circumstances sometimes require homeowners to put their property on the market during the winter. The good news is that, given access to mobile apps and so much information online, selling in mid-winter may not be so tough. The supply of homes for sale (your competition) is light, and buyers are still looking. If you have to list your home during the winter, you’ll get a pass on landscaping and…

In the same year renting becomes more affordable and the homeownership rate bounces back from historical lows, the country’s housing market superstar will be — drumroll, please — Nashville! Music City has moved beyond its country roots to become a fast-growing economy with employment by the healthcare industry and big corporate names including Nissan, Randstad and Kroger — plus the popular chain of diners, Shoney’s. Home appreciation is expected to rocket in Nashville this year by 4.3 percent, while incomes recently…

From an array of spectacular homes, a favorite has emerged: a 16,000-square-foot mansion in Big Sky, MT that boasts a four-story spiral staircase of stone and metal. Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. We look back quarterly at the homes we’ve shared over the past few months, and readers cast their votes for the best House of the Week from each month. Then we pit the winners from every…

The same day the firemen walked out of the old Barrington firehouse in Rhode Island for the last time, a contractor arrived to turn the 1931 building into a home. The new owners, artists and Brooklyn transplants Jason Reed and Jean Blackburn, bought the property from the town of Barrington. They wanted a space where they could live and work on their art without disturbing neighbors. The three-story structure is built like a fortress, in part because fire trucks used to park where…

The 74th annual Golden Globes ceremony is January 8th, so we looked at 10 prior winners – some of whom are nominees again this year – to see what their real estate game looks like. A few of these past winners have packed up their awards and sold their homes, while others have snagged new residences. Check out the homes of these past winners as you wait for this year’s Golden Globes winners to be announced. Julia Roberts Three-time Golden Globe winner Julia Roberts has nothing…

For a child, a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It’s a room to do schoolwork, listen to music, play games, sprawl on the floor, rough-house, read, build models, daydream, visit with friends, and keep innumerable possessions. You’ll need to plan carefully to create a space that serves all those functions, yet is comfortable and inviting – and has enough staying power to require only minimal redecorating and repainting every few years. Consult the experts The ultimate experts on…

As her father prepares to ascend to the presidency, Ivanka Trump has found new quarters for her family close to the White House. She, husband Jared Kushner, and their three children will be living at least part-time in this 1923 colonial home in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood, where the Obamas will also be living. The home sold in December for $5.5 million, but The Washington Post said it’s unclear whether Trump and Kushner bought it or will be renting. Either way, the…