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John F. O'Hara
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Remodeling Spending to Surpass Pre-Recession Level

February 18, 2016 1:51 am

Home improvement spending will increase as 2016 moves forward, up to 7.6 percent before the year’s out, suggests the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), recently released by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

“2016 is looking to be a stronger year for home renovation activity compared to 2015 thanks to the continued recovery in the owner-occupied housing market,” says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center. “In most markets across the country, rising house prices are bringing more homes to the market and increasing sales, which is a large driver of home improvement activity.”

The LIRA projects that by the third quarter of 2016, the level of annual spending in nominal terms will surpass the previous peak set in 2006.

“The remodeling market has steadily improved in recent years with homeowners incorporating larger, more discretionary projects into their home improvement priorities,” adds Abbe Will, a research analyst in the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center.

Source: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

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Redecorating Your Home? Go Nordic!

February 18, 2016 1:51 am

(BPT)—Nordic-inspired interiors are having a moment. Echoing traditional Scandinavian design, the Nordic theme can lend a sense of balance and beauty to your home—and you can achieve the look without spending designer dollars.

To embrace the Nordic trend:

Start with a Clean Slate – When building the foundation of Nordic design, it’s important to select the right hue of white for the walls. Take a cue from colors inspired by natural, fine-textured stone. Alabster, for example, is a natural, flattering white suited especially for bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens.

Turn on the Light – Long, dark winters in Nordic countries foster a desire for natural light. Take advantage of the daylight you do have—and create an ethereal effect—with sheer window treatments. Incorporate transparent, shiny and reflective elements, like paper lanterns or copper pendant lighting, to maximize “lightness” when the sun goes down.

Mix in Natural Tones – Nordic design favors natural, live-well tones. To achieve this look and feel, use earthy, natural materials, such as Carrera marble, in the kitchen or bathroom. Add birch or maple cabinets and furniture to help balance stone grays and blush petal pinks of the natural elements.

Sharpen the Details – Complex shapes, angles and patterns in vibrant colors are also present in Nordic décor. Hang boxy frames or multilevel, open shelving units for symmetry, and include a strategically-placed, whimsical element, like zebra-striped pillows, multicolored candleholders, or red counter stools.

Source: Sherwin-Williams

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