Homes With Pools Are Selling at a Premium

Since the pandemic began, buyers have looked at pools as a mode of entertainment while sheltering at home, according to a new survey.

Since the pandemic began, buyers have looked at pools as a mode of entertainment while sheltering at home, according to a new survey.

Vaccines May Not Convince Adult Children to Move Out

There were 26.6 million adults living with a parent as the COVID-19 pandemic raged in July, and that number may not change significantly even as the country opens up more.

There were 26.6 million adults living with a parent as the COVID-19 pandemic raged in July, and that number may not change significantly even as the country opens up more.

‘I’ve Never Seen a Market This Hot’

Home prices are rising quickly, bidding wars are common, and housing shortages abound: It’s not easy to be a home buyer this spring.

Home prices are rising quickly, bidding wars are common, and housing shortages abound: It’s not easy to be a home buyer this spring.

New-home Sales Reach 15-year High

However, builders are facing financial challenges because of rapidly rising lumber prices, which have more than doubled in a year.

However, builders are facing financial challenges because of rapidly rising lumber prices, which have more than doubled in a year.

Bring an Inspector to Showings?

Some buyers are requesting a “walk-and-talk” inspection during a property tour in order to make a contingency-free offer.

Some buyers are requesting a “walk-and-talk” inspection during a property tour in order to make a contingency-free offer.

Sunday Afternoon Channeled Retro Gaming for Liquid+Agency’s New Identity

Most ad agencies believe no other organization could rebrand their shop but them. They know their people, their backstory and what makes their clients tick better than any other agency. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if you had to trust your shop’s entire brand to some other shop? Could you do it?…
Most ad agencies believe no other organization could rebrand their shop but them. They know their people, their backstory and what makes their clients tick better than any other agency. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if you had to trust your shop’s entire brand to some other shop? Could you do it?…

Facebook, UNICEF Share Findings on Effectiveness of Campaigns Against Vaccine Hesitancy

Facebook marked World Immunization Week (April 24 through 30) by detailing the results of its efforts with UNICEF to combat vaccine hesitancy. Public policy research manager, Data for Good Kadeem Khan and public policy manager, Data for Good Laura McGorman said in a Newsroom post that the World Health Organization found in 2019 that vaccine…
Facebook marked World Immunization Week (April 24 through 30) by detailing the results of its efforts with UNICEF to combat vaccine hesitancy. Public policy research manager, Data for Good Kadeem Khan and public policy manager, Data for Good Laura McGorman said in a Newsroom post that the World Health Organization found in 2019 that vaccine…

Why Pepsi’s Back to Making Blue Soda 20 Years After the First Batch

One of the lesser-noticed features of the never-ending cola wars is the practice of introducing odd-favored offshoots. This is how we got Cherry Coke (1985), Vanilla Coke (2002) and Black Cherry Vanilla Coke (2006.) Sometimes, though less frequently, the odd flavors give rise to odd colors, too. Crystal Pepsi–a clear version of regular Pepsi–hit the…
One of the lesser-noticed features of the never-ending cola wars is the practice of introducing odd-favored offshoots. This is how we got Cherry Coke (1985), Vanilla Coke (2002) and Black Cherry Vanilla Coke (2006.) Sometimes, though less frequently, the odd flavors give rise to odd colors, too. Crystal Pepsi–a clear version of regular Pepsi–hit the…

‘Home Town’ Season Finale Unveils a New Color We’ll Bet You’ve Never Heard Of

On the Season 5 finale of “Home Town,” Erin and Ben Napier create the perfect “grandma house,” using a paint color with a spooky story.

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“Home Town” stars Erin and Ben Napier have just aired their Season 5 finale, and the house they renovate shows off their signature Southern style like no other before.

In the episode “Grand Style,” Erin and Ben meet with Cindy Marek, who knows she’ll need a big house for her visiting kids and grandkids. She ends up buying a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house for $300,000 that has plenty of space—it just doesn’t have much personality.

Erin and Ben need to give this house a massive makeover, but only have $100,000 for renovations. In the end, though, the Napiers only spend $75,000 of their reno budget, and the house has Southern charm in spades. Here’s how they freshen up this home’s interior, which might inspire you to try a few new upgrades (and paint colors!) in your own home, too.

‘Haint blue’ can help keep spirits away

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This porch is a great place to hang out.

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When Marek first sees the house she ends up buying, she gushes over the front porch. So, of course Erin and Ben want to give it some serious Southern charm.

They add a porch swing and, to finish it off, paint the ceiling a color we’d wager that many people haven’t heard of before, unless they’re from the South. It’s called “haint blue”—a variation on the word “haunt” that’s believed to keep away spirits.

“You’ve got to have a haint-blue ceiling,” Ben says. “If you live in a grand Southern home, it’s sort of required.”

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This blue ceiling adds a classy touch of color.

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In addition to keeping ghosts away, haint blue adds a subtle splash of color to this porch in a surprising place that you might not even notice, unless you look up.

The right wallpaper pattern can feel fresh and fun

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This space needed a pop of color.

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It seems wallpaper has come full circle!

At the beginning of the renovation, Erin knows that Marek will want some wallpaper in her home’s entryway; she just isn’t a fan of the peach wallpaper currently in the space. So, she asks Marek’s nephew Adam to design a custom wallpaper with adorable little trees.

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This custom vinyl wallpaper adds color to the room.

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“It’s really going from a very formal and stuffy space to feeling playful and whimsical and colorful,” Erin says. “And I think it’ll make her smile every time she walks in the door.”

While wallpaper can feel old and formal, a unique design and a bright color can keep it feeling youthful. As it turns out, this wallpaper is mature enough for Marek, but it will also be youthful enough to impress her grandkids, too.

Tongue-and-groove paneling adds character

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This paneling adds lots of character.

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This old house comes with tongue-and-groove paneling in the dining room—and Marek loves it! However, the wood tone clashes with the darker wood flooring, so Erin decides to paint the walls blue.

When the paint is finished, Erin is impressed with the vibe in the dining room. The paneling gives this room lots of personality, while paint on a basic wall might have looked too plain or formal.

“It’s a really nice contrast—of formal and kind of rustic,” she says.

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Painting this paneling blue gives the dining room a sophisticated look.

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A copper hood vent can be aged to look amazing

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This hood vent is perfectly aged.

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In the kitchen, Erin wants to make a statement with a copper hood vent.

So, she orders a custom copper piece, aged perfectly to give the kitchen a classic feel.

“Copper is such a cool metal,” Erin says, adding that “different wools or chemicals or substances change the color and the texture of the metal.”

While it only takes heat and some dish soap to age this copper, the look really elevates the style of this kitchen. The aged copper has a dark, earthy color that Erin and Marek love.

“It looks like woodworking, but it’s metal,” Erin points out.

Add windows to let in more light and a nice view

This kitchen was dark and closed-off.

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While the aged hood vent looks great, Erin and Ben know that even the best kitchen upgrades can’t compare to the beauty of nature. While this kitchen starts off awkward and closed-off, Erin and Ben decide to open up the layout and add some large windows to the back wall, giving the kitchen a perfect view of the backyard.

“So now, Cee Cee can sit in her kitchen, and keep an eye on them grandkids,” Ben says.

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Adding windows makes a big difference.

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