7 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Room More

Hanging out in a backyard haven is a wonderful way to savor warm weather. But what about those less-than-pleasant aspects of outdoor time, like bugs, rain and blazing-hot sun? Here are 10 tips to help make the time you spend in your outdoor rooms more comfortable. 1. Define what you really want from your outdoor … Read more

10 Top New Outdoor Spaces That Win With Containers

Lush urban lounge

Gardens, decks, patios and balconies – no matter their size – always have room for a potted plant. The following 10 outdoor spaces, pulled from the most popular photos uploaded to Wisma Home since Jan. 1, show the multitude of ways potted plants and containers can enliven any outdoor space – and may even inspire … Read more

9 Reasons to Plant a Great Tree

Cool the neighborhood

What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than by planting a tree in your garden or on a neighborhood street? Trees help mitigate heat-island effects by providing shade for streets and parking areas, add to the value of a property, provide habitat, cool the air and absorb carbon dioxide. Of course, they also provide beauty … Read more

Stressed Out? Try Hitting the Woodshop

Could it be that we’re in a renaissance of working with our hands? I mean really working with our hands? You know, with heavy tools that leave calluses, on projects that at the end of the day, week or month give you something that can’t be emailed or uploaded, but that can be used for … Read more

10 Sunroom Decorating Ideas That’ll Brighten Your Space

A solarium already benefits from natural lighting (score!), so focus your energies on finding the perfect furniture and accessories. Then re-envision the whole first floor with even more great design ideas for your living room and family room. 1. Entertaining Hub 2. Seasonal Touches 3. Cozy Hearth 4. She Shed 5. Repurposed Furniture 6. Rustic … Read more

8 Delightfully Casual Common Spaces

We’re well into summer in the Northern Hempisphere, and our homes are likely hosting more guests for playdates, sleepovers and family visits. It’s got me thinking: How do we create social spaces at home that are impeccably styled yet reflect the dressed-down needs of the season? Let’s take a look at a few inspiring spaces … Read more

14 Bedrooms That Grow With Kids

This eclectic beauty has a few anchors

The thing about babies is that they grow up. Really fast. One minute they are nestled down in their cribs staring up at the birdie mobile, and the next minute they’re hanging Metallica posters over their beds. One minute they are playing princess; the next minute, it’s spin the bottle. Which, of course, means that … Read more

11 Elements of the Perfect Sunroom

Greenery

Sunrooms support leisurely living and increase square footage – often with lower construction costs than a fully finished room. If you’re thinking about someday adding a sunroom or turning an existing space into a sunny retreat, here are some features to consider. And if you’re not, maybe these photos will change your mind. 1. Decorations … Read more

6 Tips to Combine a Crafts and Homework Room

Create distinct workspaces

The dilemma: Your kids could really benefit from a quiet, productive space for doing homework, but you also want an inspiring craft space. Can’t decide if you should devote your spare room to your kids or yourself? Consider a third option: combining the two. Since both are part-time activities, they can easily share a space … Read more