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When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.

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Update Your Bathroom With These Tips

by Alice Howard

Your bathroom is one room of your house that sees a lot of use. Everyone in your family needs to visit the bathroom at least once a day. It's where you shower, groom, and take care of personal business. If your bathroom has looked the same since you moved into your home, it might be time to update it. Making a few minor adjustments can make your bathroom seem brand new. Here are three tips to help you redo your bathroom:

1. Invest in decorative hardware.

Bathroom hardware includes things like towel bars and hangers, toilet paper holders, and shower curtain rods. These are necessary fixtures in your bathroom, and they can be as plain or as ornate as you want. If your bathroom currently sports utilitarian steel hardware, you can easily improve your bathroom's aesthetics by investing in decorative hardware. Decorative bath hardware comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and materials. Black bathroom hardware looks particularly sophisticated, especially when it comes in a matte or semi-gloss finish. Choose bath hardware in a contrasting color to your walls to really make it pop. (You can find more styles and colors at hardware companies such as Hardware Concepts Inc.

2. Change your tile grout and re-caulk your bathtub.

Grout is the substance that holds your tiles together and prevents water from seeping under them. Unfortunately, grout is still somewhat porous, and mold can grow into it and stain it over time. Mold can also grow into the caulking that serves as a barrier around your tub or shower. If your grout and caulk is looking dingy and stained, you can greatly improve your bathroom's looks by replacing it. If you're handy, you can re-grout and re-caulk your bathroom yourself with a few basic tools. If you don't feel comfortable with this DIY task, you can find a contractor to perform the work for you.

3. Improve the ventilation.

Bathrooms are the ideal breeding ground for mold. The constant water vapor from hot showers can coat the ceilings and walls in moisture. If that moisture isn't allowed to dry in a timely manner, mold and mildew can develop. These unwanted fungi can damage your walls and grout. They can even cause lung problems or allergies. Protect your renovated bathroom from mold and mildew by improving the ventilation. Change window screens that have become torn or damaged so you can open the window after you shower. Upgrade or install a bathroom exhaust fan to help wick moisture from the room.

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