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Interior Design: Remodels With The Best Resale Value

Wondering what remodel projects will be your best investment? Here’s what the experts are saying.

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1.  Cost vs Value Report from Remodeling magazine  Click here to look up their informative report on popular remodeling projects by state.

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2.”3 Recession Home Remodeling Trends Likely to Stick Around” by U.S. News.    I find it interesting that the number one trend listed is a mother in law suite as part of a new addition or basement remodel because I’ve noticed more extended  families moving in together to make ends meet or as a way to keep parents out of a retirement home.   Of course the suite could also be used for grown children who are without jobs or for a nanny’s quarters.  And while you’re on their site, check out their “5 Best and Worst Home Remodeling Projects” which rates attic bedrooms as one of the top choices!

When I’m asked as an interior designer about creating a separate suite, I recommend placing one where there’s an outside entrance when possible so guests or live-ins can come and go as they please like a walk out/walk up basement, house addition or as a separate building on the property such as a cottage or first floor carriage house for aging in place.

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For more great information on remodeling, don’t miss Living Large this Sunday at 10AM CST on News Radio 98.1FM and 980AM KMBZ (also streams live on kmbz.com) as I interview former HGTV host and interior designer Michael Payne as he talks about trends along with other experts, plus hear from ex Kansas City Chiefs player and hall of famer, Nick Lowery.  And if you can’t tune in Sunday, catch the podcast on www.livinglargeshow.com next week.


And if you want great tips and ideas for bathroom design, don’t miss the DIY host of I Hate My Bath, Jeff Devlin on Living Large with Karen Mills this Saturday at 10:30AM on Kansas City’s new KMBZ Business channel on 1660AM.

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Interior Design: Luxurious Showers & Bathtubs

If you’re looking for  inspiration for your master bathroom, check out these fabulous showers and tubs that are the star attraction of the their space!

Karen Mills' blogAnd showers continue to become more of a focal point, I can foresee the walls disappearing even more.


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Tub design by Tetsuya Nakamura


Karen Mills blogFor more insights about what’s new in luxurious bathrooms, don’t miss Living Large this Sunday at 10AM CST on News Radio KMBZ on 98.1FM or 980AM or streaming live on kmbz.com as I talk with the DIY Network host of I Hate My Bath, Jeff Devlin, along with other bathroom experts including Don Silvers, Nick McIntyre and Debbie Hartzler.

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Plus if you’re wanting to makeover your bedroom, then tune into Living Large with Karen Mills this Saturday at 10:30AM CST on Kansas City’s classical station Radio Bach as I interview interior designer and former HGTV cohost Kelly Edwards about beautiful bedrooms.  And become a fan of Living Large on Facebook now by clicking the link at the top of our blog!


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Interior Design: Secret to Selecting Outdoor Furnishings

Are you in search of the perfect outdoor furnishings for your room, but seem to get stuck when it comes to making selections?   The key to success lies in


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Dream Home outdoor room at Merchandise Mart









creating a plan before you shop, one that includes a furniture floorplan, interior design style/theme and color scheme.  If you don’t have the time or know how to create a plan yourself, hire an interior designer for a couple of hours to put together a plan so  you can avoid costly mistakes.   Our design firm provides this service (Designer in a Box) to homeowners across the U.S. and they love it because it equips them to shop with confidence.

Once your plan is complete, either hire your interior designer/interior decorator to create your outdoor space or implement it yourself.   If you’re purchasing furniture yourself, select furniture in durable materials such as teak or cedar wood, cast aluminum metal (won’t rust easily) or weather resistant wicker that’s durable and built to last.  Look for cushions in solid fabrics that can be easily paired with patterned pillows and cushioning that’s comfortable to sit in for long periods.

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For more great ideas on creating an outdoor room and lifestyle, don’t miss my interview with the DIY Network host of I Hate My Bath, Jeff Devlin, who talks about outdoor bathrooms and outdoor design style on Living Large this Sunday at 10AM CST on News Radio 981.FM or 980AM KMBZ (streams live on kmbz.com).

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Or if you’re looking for ways to easily makeover your indoor living space using existing furnishings, tune in to hear my interview with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition interior designer John Littlefield on Living Large with Karen Mills this Saturday at 10:30AM CST on Kansas City’s classical station, Radio Bach on 96.5HD2 or 1660AM. (streams live on radiobach.com)

To listen to our past shows, just click on our podcast link at the top of our blog.  We would love to hear from so you, so please post your comments, questions and feedback here!