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…

Kick off 2017 in a brand new apartment building equipped with the hippest amenities. Living in a spanking new building brings many perks, including getting to break in all the fun communal spaces and take advantage of move-in incentives, which are popular for attracting new renters. For a new take on starting the year fresh, here’s a look at what some of the newest buildings across the country have to offer. Seattle, WA 1900 1st Ave, Seattle, WA For rent: $2,982/month This 2-bedroom offers panoramic…

For some home buyers, the closing day for a real estate purchase is as formal and complicated as the transaction itself. For others, it’s just a blip on the radar. Either way, there are some important things to keep in mind as you make your way to homeownership. Your mortgage rate could expire Mortgage interest rates can fluctuate daily, and the rate your bank quoted isn’t good forever. Instead, a bank will “lock-in” your interest rate for 45, 60 or any…

The girl on the train has finally blown the whistle on her country estate. Emily Blunt and her actor hubby, John Krasinski, fetched $2.4 million on the property — a big step down from the $4.25-million price tag they hung on it a year ago. Set on the 5-acre site of the historic Ojai Foothills Hotel, the colonial home spans more than 4,000 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. It also boasts 4 fireplaces and a private guest wing. High ceilings,…

When it comes to completing projects around the house, it’s no secret that some of us have a harder time than others. Maybe you can’t tell your ratchet from your monkey wrench – or perhaps you’ve got an expert grasp on when to choose a C-clamp instead of a pipe clamp. Now’s your chance to see how you measure up. Note: There is a widget embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s widget. Ready to tackle…

Every December we ask Americans which celebrities they would most like to have as their neighbor, and which ones they wouldn’t dare share a fence with. Most desirable neighbors for 2017 The Obama family is the top choice for a celebrity neighbor in 2017, earning 14 percent of the votes. The family garnered strong votes among both male and female voters, and across generations. The Obamas are rumored to be renting an 8,200-square-foot home in Kalorama, a neighborhood within Washington, D.C.…

Rumor has it that Laguna Beach is where Hollywood came to play in the early 1920s, and it’s easy to see why when you look at this breathtaking coastal home. The 4-bedroom, 3,545-square-foot home looks and feels like you’ve been transported to another world – a nautical one. The original owners were actress America Chedister and her husband, filmmaker Edward H. Griffith, whose brother directed “The Birth of a Nation.” The couple enjoyed long careers in film, but their love…

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…