Take a cheap white bowl (this one cost $2 at a Goodwill thrift shop) and add interest by filing it with a unique accessory: pink beads. Then don't forget mirrors, big or small, when decorating a living space. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts of Ivy and Vine used a mirrored tray underneath. Beyond the table, the woven basket holding blankets on the hearth used to be hidden behind a chair.
Work with what you’ve got. The beds in both kids’ rooms received an update by DIY blogger Dena Stormer, giving the room a jolt of playful color and pizzaz. The boy who lives here loves fishing and space, so designer Egypt Sherrod, who pitched in with AmericasMart to redo the children’s rooms in this Dwell with Dignity install, gave the room a blue and green color palette and hung fish artwork over the beds.
Karen Cooper, a DIY blogger from Atlanta, used a stencil to create a simple, but elegant vertical design behind this basic headboard without spending a lot of money. The darker shade of the design pops against the light background on the wall without competing with the patterned pillows on the bed.
While trying to complete a quick design, Jo Torrijos, a design blogger at A Simpler Design from Atlanta, revamped an old black bookcase by painting its top, sides and front edging only to save time. She used Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to contrast with the dark paint on the inside of the bookcase. “To 'transform' this into a headboard, I left all my styling bits in place, and simply moved the bed in front of the bookcase,” says Torrijos.
Heather Hogan Roberts, an interior designer, pulled books from the homeowner’s collection and arranged them by color. A pair of blue milk glass urns, from an Atlanta consignment shop for $4, are so pretty that they can be used empty.
A lamp is an offbeat and unexpected feature in a bathroom, but it can really change the feel of the space. A warm light and a pretty decoration to your counter can add pizazz without any expensive structural changes. Add a mirrored tray to spread that warm light even farther. This bathroom was redecorated by designers volunteering for Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit organization.
A stone-topped table doesn’t have to always be a splurge purchase. Atlanta designer Michael Habachy says you can make your own. Take an existing table or purchase a cheap table, then add a remnant (a leftover piece of marble, granite or another type of stone that’s cheaper than a slab) to the top. “It’s a great way to take something inexpensive and make it look super luxe,” he says.
The first time Margaret and Jason attempted to buy a house, they ended up divorcing. Now remarried, they're ready to give home buying another shot. But when they fall in love with a potential first place that comes with a load of problems, the deal may be in jeopardy.
A prison supervisor who shops to relax must decide whether she should cut back on her shopping or change her $168K price point. Monica has just been transferred from Mississippi to Texas for work and is living out of a hotel. She's got all her shoes and handbags in storage and is anxious to find her first place with a large walk in closet, of course. She soon realizes she doesn't want her mortgage to be more than a thousand dollars a month, which drastically lowers her price point. When her realtor miraculously finds a home within her new price range that has nearly everthing on her long must-have list, a friend encouarges her to lowball the offer. Will she risk the perfect house by offering a price so low the seller walks away?
After Kendall, an interior designer, and her husband, Kane, lose a home to a stronger bid, they must figure out their financial sweet spot to make sure they don't lose any more homes with low bids.
Andrea and Mike's lease is up in 8 weeks but they haven't even started their home search! The couple is determined to buy so they put an offer on the second home they see but continue to look in the Dallas area. The third house they see is truly their style with all their must-haves so they put another offer in on this house. While their first offer doesn't work out their second offer looks hopeful until they realize the seller isn't really willing to negotiate. Will they be able to reach common ground before they're kicked to the curb?
Kelly and Phabian have already made 8 offers in their search for a place for their family in Livermore, CA, but are still waiting for a ''yes.'' Just when they think their luck is changing, they get bad news about their dream house. The couple must face big decisions if they are to achieve their goal of home ownership.
Newlyweds Christina and Randald moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family. It's challenging to find what they want under their price ceiling of $300K, so how strict will they be when the deal comes down to whether the sellers fix the water heater?
Keia, a single mom of 7-year old Eduardo, makes an offer on an Annapolis townhome and gives notice at her rental before she hears the offer response. She's shocked when she's forced to walk away from the seller's counter, but is now under the gun to find a new home for herself and child before the month is over. Keia catches real estate fever and makes offers on four houses at the same time. Will Keia find a house to buy or will she have to rent again?
Aaron and his girlfriend, Ashley, will only buy a home in one specific neighborhood in Dallas called Lake Ridge Estates. The problem affordable homes in the area rarely come on the market and when they do are snatched up quickly. When they finally find a home in the neighborhood, someone puts an offer in before them and they lose the house. Their realtor takes them to another home in area and they immediately decide to put in an offer. Unfortunately at the same exact moment a competing offer comes in so the are now in a bidding war. Will they finally win this fight or will their search never end?
Emily and Adam think first about their dog, Butters, when considering their first place in the Dallas area. If it doesn't have a big backyard, forget about it. When they find the perfect place, Adam is determined to get a great deal and adopts a lowball strategy. Will he be a hero negotiator, or will they wind up in the doghouse?
Karolina and Lukas are getting married in 7 months and are desperate to buy their first home before they walk down the aisle. They put in an offer but the seller plays a cat and mouse game over $1,500 and tries to pressure them into making a quick decision. Lukas and Karolina feel very played and reject the seller's counter offer. Will someone blink, or will this home sale die over the last $1,500?
Rachel and Kyle are college sweethearts looking to buy a house in the western suburbs of St. Louis before getting married. They find the perfect place and finally negotiate an affordable price but there's a catch. They must wait until the sellers buy their next house and move in. After months of waiting, they learn the house does not appraise for the contract price so they have to re-open negotiations and risk losing the house. Will all their waiting have been in vain?
A Baltimore couple, Carlton and Taisha, don't have time to waste in finding a new home. Their rent is skyrocketing and they need out before their lease is up. So why do they continue to 'sleep on it' before making an offer? They fall in love with several homes but lose out on them before the next day. Will they ever pull the trigger on an offer? Or will they always be a day late and a nickel short?
Sandi and John are approved for over a half-million dollars and are looking for a perfect house in Dallas. Sandi knows what she wants, and what she doesn't want, and is not going to settle for anything less. When she and John don't see eye-to-eye on the right price for perfection, they get caught in offer limbo. A new-build may just fit the bill, but is it everything Sandi imagined?
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