America’s Best City to Live in Is … Seriously? Again?!

iStock/RoschetzkyIstockPhoto Dewy-eyed dreamers have been drawn to the idea of the “perfect city” for decades. But with an overwhelming number of choices, where in the world is the absolute best place to live in America? According to a recent report by U.S. News & World Report, Austin is No. 1. Again. This Texas capital has nabbed the grand […] Continue reading →

Old Wood Can Cost More Than New Lumber. People Want It Anyway.

Cecilie Rohwedder for The Wall Street Journal In an orange dumpster one recent Sunday morning, between old bricks and trash bags, Heather Olsen struck gold: rustic wood beams that once held the floor of a 100-year-old house. This wasn’t the first weekend Ms. Olsen spent wading through construction waste hunting for old wood. A nurse, […] Continue reading →

The Home Feature Millennials Love Most: You’ll Never Guess What It Is

iStock/Anchiy What would you guess is the most important feature millennials look for when buying or renting a home? A fabulous kitchen? Smart home technology? Lots of storage space? Wrong, wrong, and wrong again. According to recent research from the National Association of Landscape Professionals, a nice-sized lawn is the No. 1 priority among millennials, even […] Continue reading →

7 Adorable Tiny Homes That Prove You Can Live Large With Less

Realtor.com Tiny-home living has transitioned from an architectural novelty to a mainstream lifestyle for more and more folks. And while these ultrapopular, ultralittle abodes can’t cure all societal ills, they are environmentally friendly, relatively low-cost, and the aesthetic antidote to overblown McMansions. A recent poll conducted by the National Association of Home Builders found that […] Continue reading →

The Ultimate Home Field Advantage

Jason Henry for The Wall Street Journal As a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Mark Melancon doesn’t spend much time in the outfield. On a recent Sunday, he made an exception. The stands at San Francisco’s Oracle Park were empty, the hot dog carts were closed and the jumbotron was dark. But Mr. Melancon […] Continue reading →

Dining-Room Decor Fails So Bad They’ll Give You Indigestion

instagram/humblednfavoredrealtor; instagram/pleasehatethesethings; instagram/davidolsonrealestate The dining room is the place where we come together to break bread, celebrate special occasions, and make delicious memories … at least, most of the time. Sometimes, however, our design efforts can misfire, turning them into indigestion-inducing nightmares. So whether you’re looking for a short list of ways you shouldn’t festoon […] Continue reading →