In the News: Smart Living Ideas

Families and experts from across the globe are finding ingenious ways to enhance a home’s functionality and sustainability. Here are some of the most innovative smart living ideas found in recent news stories:

Washington, D.C. — The Concord Monitor reports that one couple transformed their 2,100-square-foot Capitol Hill row house from old and outdated to functional and inspired by using a neutral sisal rug to set the foundation for their new stylish décor. The homeowners, a 29-year-old designer and her husband, paired the rug with cream-colored walls to help create a subtle backdrop for their collection of bold and colorful artwork and furniture.

Crofton, Md. — In a recent Washington Post story, an interior designer helped homeowners Chris and Julie Danielewski minimize the effect of busy, marbled floor tiles in their living and dining rooms without spending thousands on a new floor installation. The expert suggested draping the tile floors with neutral sisal area rugs to connect the two rooms cohesively and to create a more muted appearance.

Washington, D.C. — Jeff Devlin, the host of HGTV’s hit show “I Hate My Bath” recently answered questions from Washington Post readers. Devlin advised a homeowner on how to unify a disjointed attic space by placing two matching dhurrie rugs in the space to help merge the separate rooms while still creating two distinct areas. Devlin said that dhurrie rugs are ideal because they’re affordable, reversible and available in many colors.

Port Aransas, Texas — The Corpus Christi Caller Times reports that Ross and Paula Buhrdorf purchased their beach-view home with the intention of hosting many family gatherings. The pair got design ideas from traveling across the globe and staying in others’ vacation homes as well as reading architecture and design books. The Buhrdorfs chose the home for its open main floor layout and desirable location and then reinvented its interior with beautiful mahogany steps, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and a large kitchen equipped with industrial-grade appliances.

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