2018 Home Design Trends: Wallpaper, High Gloss Lacquer, and More

Finding a home requires trade-offs, whether in the house or neighborhood. And though it’s not easy to change your neighborhood, you can certainly change the way your home looks and feels. To help homeowners and renters make their house a home, the Trulia Design Panel, an expert group of interior designers, home stagers and organizers from across the nation, is here to share their home décor advice and insights.

Ahead of 2018, the Trulia Design Panel gave their predictions for 2018’s big design trends. What’s in, what’s out, and why?

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House of the Year: A Treehouse Tower With Water Views

We showcase a unique home each week, but only one can win the top prize! Readers picked this waterside retreat as their favorite of 2017.

Leave it to a celebrity architect to live in a home that was just voted our 2017 House of the Year.

Each week, we take you inside a unique space — from a shipping container converted into a tiny home to a magical treehouse that happened by accident. And at the end of each quarter, we ask you to vote on your favorite.

Tens of thousands of you weighed in throughout the year, voting this wooded, waterside home your favorite of those featured on Porchlight. Even with its August debut, it quickly earned nearly 2,500 votes.

When we first wrote about the five-story home among the treetops, it belonged to Jason McLennan, a designer and environmentalist based on Bainbridge Island, just outside Seattle, WA.

You loved McLennan’s 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom sanctuary with reclaimed wood, accents from a salvaged ship, and lush, green surroundings.

The house was built in 1978 by another architect, who salvaged four, immense wooden posts to anchor the living space. The builders rescued other touches from an old ship, in a nod to the local maritime industry.

A 12-foot-long antique leaded glass window anchors the kitchen, while adjacent doors open up to a patio that offers views of Puget Sound.

Every floor of the five-story home has vistas of passing ships. It’s part treehouse, part ship, some might say.

The home stands in stark contrast to last year’s winning home, a 16,000-square-foot palace with a private ski bridge in Big Sky, MT. That 6-bedroom, 9-bathroom home boasted a full gym and movie theater.

This year’s stunner sold over the summer for $875,000. Read more about the home in our original post here.

Photos by Erik Hecht. Set decoration provided by Lily Karsten. Plants provided by Bainbridge Botanicals.


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Available Now: 2- and 3-Bedroom Apartments for Under $2,000

Whether you live with roommates, a growing family, or an impressive trophy collection, affordable, multi-bedroom rentals can be hard to find. But spacious homes and reasonable rates don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Check out these two- and three-bedroom apartments under $2,000 a month, which prove that living in a popular city doesn’t have to mean squeezing into a 200-square-foot studio.

Article source: https://www.trulia.com/blog/2-3-bedroom-apartments-for-under-2k-available-now/

Trulia’s Most Popular Stories of 2017

The chance to look back while looking ahead is one of the best things about year’s end. As we reflect on the content Trulia users enjoyed most, we see home buyers’ passions and pain points come to life. We’re glad to see people reading—and sharing—advice on everything from finding a healthy neighborhood to saving for a house in just one year. And it looks like the eye-catching stories of a pirate island cottage and a Texas mansion that took 25 years brought some glimmers to your eyes. If you missed these stories the first time around, now is the time to dig in, enjoy, and share with others in your community.

Thanks for giving us the chance to learn what matters most—and what we can do to support and inspire you in 2018.

Article source: https://www.trulia.com/blog/trulias-most-popular-stories-of-2017/

The $100 Bathroom Makeover

A boring bathroom is wasted opportunity. But you can turn the smallest room in your home into a place you love with these 12 easy but effective bathroom updates under $100. Some require some DIY chops, but others are just a matter of shopping wisely. They’ll help take your bathroom from mundane to marvelous, no matter your budget.


1. Install an in-shower shelf.

Keep toiletries handy in a stylish way by installing a corner shelf. Look for one with adjustable shelves or baskets, like this functional multi-caddy. Go for a corner shelf that stays in place with a tension rod so you can skip the installation tools and someday take it with you to your next home.

Total estimated cost: $25

bathroom updates updates under $100

2. Frame your mirror.

Replacing a mirror is pricey. Instead, use molding or a lightweight and affordable MDF (medium density fiberboard) baseboard, adhesive, and a little bit of time to give it a classy frame—and to show off your DIY prowess. Check out how these silver frames make an impact at the Madrone apartments in Austin, Texas.

Total estimated cost: $25–$50

3. Save souvenirs for wall art.

Turn mementos from trips—photos, postcards, seashells—into a wall installation. Add a frame or shadow box to your pretty vacation memories and you’ll feel like you’re on a mini getaway every time you step into the loo.

Total estimated cost: $10

4. Make your vanity a focal point.

Your landlord might not approve of you ripping out the old vanity, but with permission, he or she just may appreciate you giving it a makeover. You can give a rundown vanity an instant update with chalk paint, a trendy and simple option.

Total estimated cost: $30

bathroom updates under $100

5. Sub out the shower curtain.

Replace the old vinyl curtain with a clean, crisp woven waffle texture or a design that fits your style, from a burst of blooms in a floral pattern to a classy pattern like the one above in the Park Chelsea community in Washington, D.C. It’s so easy, and as the focal point of your bathroom, a great shower curtain makes all the difference.

Total estimated cost: $40–$50

6. Squeeze in storage.

Improve the look and function of your bathroom by corralling clutter with creative storage. There are plenty of ways to do it.

  • Add a shelf above your toilet or towel rack. You can use a wood or metal shelf, or even this option with both wood and metal for a warm, rustic look.
  • Floating shelves are affordable and available in a variety of lengths and depths. Place a floating shelf above a door frame for discrete, efficient storage. It’s a great place to store things that you want out of your way, but also handy when you need them.
  • Over-the-door hooks can hold more than towels and robes. Hang creative basket storage for a chic place to hide clutter.

Total estimated cost: $40

bathroom updates under $100

7. Make mats do double duty.

You won’t need the landlord’s approval to change out your bathmats, so get ones that make your bathroom look and feel better. Shop for colors and patterns that cheer you up (like this vibrant rug in Bell Glenridge apartments in Sandy Springs, Georgia) and feel super soft underfoot. You can even find memory foam mats for a luxurious step out of the shower.

Total estimated cost: $30–$50

8. Paint!

Before you break out the brushes, make sure to get your landlord’s permission. Once you have the OK, pick light, airy colors, like whites, grays or calming blues, to make the bathroom feel bigger and cleaner.

To save money, just paint an accent wall. Choose a semi-gloss finish for mildew control, and don’t forget the trim. Touching it up can make a huge difference.

Total estimated cost: $75–$100

9. Add texture.

Texture is a design must. Woven baskets, wood trays and stone soap dispensers infuse dimension into your space when you accessorize. Resin and rattan elements, such as a toothbrush holder or wastebasket can help modernize the space.

Total estimated cost: $20–$30

bathroom updates under $100

10. Pop in a plant.

Bathrooms can be starved for sunlight, but a realistic fake plant on a vanity or shelf can add life where nothing will grow. Great bathroom choices include tiny preserved boxwoodsfaux potted grass and succulents—just like the green cuties above in 2900 on First Apartments in Seattle, Washington. Whatever your preference, a plant or two can instantly freshen up your bathroom.

Total estimated cost: $10–$30

11. Use a tiny table.

Small bathrooms in rental units often lack linen closets or space for storing towels and other supplies. But you may have just enough space to add a tiny table or ceramic garden stool near the tub or shower. You’ll have a decorative element that’s also functional.

Total estimated cost: $40–$70

bathroom updates under $100

12. Update your hardware.

Hardware is the jewelry of any room. Twist off your old cabinet and drawer knobs and replace them with new ones in a different finish, such as classic satin nickel or the trendy oil-rubbed brass seen in this Riverbank Rentals apartment in New York City. You can find knobs ranging from $2 to $5 or a value pack with 10 knobs for about $20.

Total estimated cost: $15–$20


Originally published February 15, 2016; updated December 7, 2017. 

Have you updated your bathroom? Share your ideas in the comments!

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