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Implement Celebrity Interior Design Trends at Home

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Implement Celebrity Interior Design Trends at Home

 

Who says your home can't look like Reese Witherspoon's? Or even George Clooney's? Let's dive into celebrity interior design trends that you can integrate into your home without having a celebrity salary to dedicate to your home's design.
 
Wallpaper Is All the Rage 
After years of using paint as the basis of the main design trends for interior walls, celebrities are now starting to incorporate wallpaper. Wallpaper is an easy way to make a big design change, even in small amounts. Celebrities are wallpapering just their ceilings and nothing else and even putting felt carpet on the ceiling instead of the floor.
 
Bringing the Outdoors In
Not everyone can live in nature, but that doesn't mean you can't bring accent pieces of nature into your home for an added design element. Easy ways to incorporate the outdoors into your home include bringing in tree stumps or shells. If you don't have the celebrity budget to build a custom coffee table, you can embrace this trend by bringing the things you love outside inside, whether they are branches, rocks, pinecones or plants, and using them as accent pieces for your home's design.
 
Mix Metals
Another hot design trend in the celebrity world is the mixing of metals. Don't confine what you use in your home or even rooms to simply one metal — change things up by incorporating both gold and silver into your home. Brass, stainless, gold, chrome and oil-rubbed bronzes can be mixed and matched throughout your home — for the maximum effect, mix warm metals like gold or brass with cool metals like silver.
 
Local Art Decor
Support your local artists by exploring the galleries in your city or town and finding unique and striking art to purchase for your home. By buying art locally, you can decorate your home and support your local community, like many celebrities do. Don't be afraid to think big and add pieces that will make big statements in your home.
 
Glamming Powder Rooms
Many celebrity designers think the powder room should be the most design-crazy room in the home. This is a great space that can be wild with art, texture and color. When people visit your home for dinner or a social gathering, this decor can be an automatic icebreaker and conversation starter. The small space is ideal for experimenting with different design trends and ideas that you may want to execute in other rooms in your home. Don't be afraid to let your personality and personal style shine through in your powder room. It is a great starting point when you are completely redesigning your home.

Walmart or Target: It Makes a Difference in Home Value

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Walmart or Target: It Makes a Difference in Home Value

 

Do you live near a Target? Then you probably have seen your home appreciate in value at a far greater rate than those who live near a Walmart, although you have higher property taxes. This is according to a study conducted by RealtyTrac, a provider of housing data.

RealtyTrac found that homeowners who lived near a Target and sold their homes in 2015 realized an average 27 percent increase in price since home purchase, for an average price gain of $65,569. Those who lived near a Walmart saw only a 16 percent appreciation and an average price gain of just $24,900. Across all ZIP codes, the average nationwide appreciation is 22 percent, according to RealtyTrac.

Home Values Are Affected
The correlations hold true for home values, and the difference is enormous. Homes near a Target are worth on average $307,286, while those near a Walmart are worth on average $178,249. The nationwide average is $215,921. 

At least the Walmart neighbors get a big break in property taxes, paying only an average of $3,146. Those near Target pay $7,001, much higher than the national average of $4,283.

The study did not address what living near a Nordstrom does to one's home value.

For its analysis, RealtyTrac looked at home values and property taxes for 17.7 million homes and condos in 1,946 ZIP codes with at least one Walmart but no Target stores, and 6.5 million homes and condos in 706 ZIP codes with at least one Target but no Walmart stores.

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