5 Trends for Luxury Home Kitchens


Kitchen Islands

Islands have long been a staple in all different styles of kitchens, but in 2018 you’ll see islands used in different ways than before. Kitchens are increasingly becoming a gathering space and one island is not enough for many homes these days. Kitchens are featuring double or even triple islands. The additional islands have a variety of uses, including preparation, serving, and even in place of a traditional kitchen table.

Authentic Wood Looks

Wood flooring in the kitchen never goes out of style, but this year authentic edge woods are all the rage for countertops as well. These countertops add an elegant, yet rustic accent that feels warm and comfortable. A wood slab brings the outdoors into your kitchen and reclaimed woods tell a story and adds history to your home.

Larger Windows and Fewer Cabinets

In 2018, if you have to choose between more storage space and more natural light, choose more natural light and install larger windows! Natural lighting can add warmth and comfort to the kitchen, not to mention increased visibility. Natural light is great and the larger windows create a bigger space with more style.

The Fitted Kitchen

Another way of creating space in kitchens that has become popular is the fitted concealed kitchen trend. Walk into the kitchen and see no appliances, they’re neatly hidden away behind custom fitted cabinets and metallic screens. The walls and space under the island feature retractable metallic hooks that are there when you need them and hidden when you do not. All these accents create a chic, modern, spacious feeling where all your needs are taken care of.

Open Shelving

Sometimes people think of the open shelving concept as cluttered, but when done correctly this concept actually makes organization much easier. With open shelving, it is easier to come up with a system because everything is in plain view. This allows you to find items quickly and group items together easily. Not only that but it adds to the open, spacious style that is so popular right now. Make sure to leave space between objects, and have fun with an accent color on the wall behind the open shelves for a curated look that is all your own.

5 Tips to make your bathroom space grow

Bathrooms are the hardest rooms to decorate and often end up feeling much tighter in space than they actually are. A bathroom is meant to be spacious or at least give the impression that you can move around freely in it. Most people will spend a lot of time in the bathroom doing their hair, makeup, or other hygienic routines. Don’t make one of the most used rooms in the house feel like a small and cluttered space. Take a look at five tips that will help you create an open and spacious feeling in your bathroom whether it’s big or small.


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There is only one rule that you should have in mind when thinking about what mirror you should put in the bathroom. The bigger the better. Mirrors can make a room feel like it has twice the space and adds more light to the room in the process. Make sure that you don’t use mirrors side by side though as it will have an opposite effect and make the room feel once again crammed.

Natural Light

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The more light you have come into the bathroom the greater visual effect it will have on the space. Just as I have mentioned above semi-gloss paint and big mirrors will attract a lot of light in the room. If you decide to want to go further with the natural light or feel that it’s not enough to your liking a solatube-skylight should do the trick.

Towel racks

Most people have towel racks attached to a wall near the shower. This rack is taking up wall space and creates a mood that feels cluttered. Instead, try moving those racks and attaching them to the bathroom door. For those that have a smaller space to work with this is especially helpful because it opens up wall space, condenses it, and visually makes the room feel wider.


Research shows that bathrooms are usually small and dark. Paint can go a long way in a bathroom if you tend to stay with lighter colors. If you choose a unified lighter color throughout, it will visually expand the height of the room and at the same time mask the transitions and planes intersecting. As an extra tip when painting, if you use semi-gloss paint it will reflect the light coming in.


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Finally, it is time to add your personal touch to the room. The only advice that can be given here is to try and keep things simple. The last thing you want is to add too much stuff and be back to where you started with a cramped bathroom feeling. Preferably, to keep with creating an illusion of a spacious bathroom try and keep things white if possible.

Home Decor Trends to Look Out For in 2018


Millennial pink has dominated color schemes for the past couple of years, but now a new color is taking its place – lavender. Looking for a new style for your home? Try some of these home decor trends that will dominate in 2018



Don’t worry millennial pink isn’t going anywhere – but for those who are looking for a new color, lavender is their best choice. These colors are similar in that they help bring out soft tones with accents that are deeper.


High Contrast Palettes

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Having trouble picking out a bold color? Try pairing it with less intense color like white to mellow it out. Saturated colors with a white contrast is going to be big in 2018.


Tone on Tone

A unique and interesting look that has been around, but is expected to take off in the new year is tone on tone. Make sure its a color you really like or it may be a bit overwhelming. If purple is not your color, try and more subtle tone.  


Moody Palettes

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It’s ok to go for moodier color palettes, black walls are actually going to be big in 2018. While black walls may be a hard concept for some people to grasp, with the right accents it can really make a room pop.


Olive Green

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For those who are uncertain about these new 2018 trends, here is a more traditional color palette that actually pulls inspiration from the 1970s.


Where to Get Your Pies and Other Beach City Thanksgiving Treats


Scratch pies for Thanksgiving

Manhattan Bread & Bagel will be busy roasting pumpkins, more than 1,200 pounds of organic roasted pumpkins, for its made-from-scratch pies. They will be hand-peeling 600 pounds of organic Granny Smith apples and making fresh apple pies and cran-apple pie. Pecan and pumpkin cheesecake varieties are also available. Sale starts on Monday, Nov. 20, and pies are available through Thanksgiving Day. More than 800 handcrafted pies are made for the week. Stop by 1812 N. Sepulveda Blvd., or call (310) 545-7553 to reserve a pie. The bakery closes at noon on Thanksgiving day.

True Food Kitchen’s squash pies available

True Food Kitchen is again offering its whole vegan, gluten-free squash pies at all its location for Thanksgiving. Made with butternut squash, the pie blends spices like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, with a hint of brandy, maple and coconut, surrounded by vegan graham cracker crust and topped with vegan coconut-milk whipped cream. Pies are $22 and available for pre-order through Nov. 19, with in-store pick up on Nov. 21 and 22. For more information, visit truefoodkitchen.com.

BaleenKitchen serves up the turkey

BaleenKitchen, located at 260 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach, will offer a special Thanksgiving menu featuring lobster bisque, slow-roasted organic turkey, all-spice pumpkin pie, and more. The dinner starts at $59 per person. For more information, call (310) 372-1202, or visit http://bit.ly/1uvPDmC.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Fleming’s

Fleming’s in El Segundo will be serving up a mixed herb roast turkey breast dinner with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving. The dinner starts with a choice of a Fleming’s salad or lobster bisque, followed by turkey, along with cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce and homemade sage and brioche bread stuffing. Sides include roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow, green beans with back, onion and almond or Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Dessert is a choice of carrot cake or pumpkin cheesecake. The three-course menu is $50.

Primo Italia dinner

Primo Italia in Torrance offers a pre-order turkey dinner featuring a 10-pound Mary’s whole roasted turkey, stuffing, roasted vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce. The dinner is $175. Doors open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for pickup. Delivery is available. For more information, call (310) 378-4288, or email events@eatprimo.com.

Chef Nael Taki’s buffet feast

HT Grill, located at 1701 S. Catalina Ave. in Redondo Beach, is offering Chef Nael Taki’s Thanksgiving buffet feast, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The menu includes roasted turkey, roasted porchetta, pepper crusted prime rib and peel n’ eat shrimp. Price is $54 for adults and $18 for children. For more information, visit htgrill.com.

Buca di Beppo serves traditional Thanksgiving feast

Buca di Beppo, located at 1670 S. Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach, offers traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The meal, for a serving of three or five people, features turkey, gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. They also offer catering from Nov. 15 to 23, a Thanksgiving feast to go that serves 10 or 20. To order, call (877) 955-2822, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, visit bucadibeppo.com, or call (310) 540-3246.

Shade Hotels offers Thanksgiving dinner

Shade Hotel’s Sea Level in Redondo Beach and zinc@Shade in Manhattan Beach is offering a three-course dinner beginning at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Guests can enjoy the prix-fixe holiday menu including roasted butternut squash soup, spice-roasted turkey breast, black truffle turkey gravy and sticky toffee cake. Adults are $55 and children under 10 are $25. Reservations can be made by calling (310) 921-8950, or (310) 469-3466.

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Low-Calorie Recipe Alternatives Perfect For This Holiday Season

Mash potatoes, stuffing, yams, ham, turkey, and don’t forget the apple, pumpkin, olallieberry, and pecan pie! Just the mere reading of these foods make us salivate. We stuff ourselves until we hate ourselves, we pile our plate up with food, appetizers, drinks and desserts. This is the time of the year where our healthy food habits go right out the window! Not only are we overeating, but we are overeating high-calorie food.

To ease the guilt this year (and the those holiday pounds) here are a few low-calorie recipes you can create for a delicious and nutrious Thanksgiving feast. 


Salads and Starters


California Spinach Salad


For a delicious and nutrient defense salad, try this spinach salad. You can add any additional favorites of your liking to this mix. 


8 cups fresh spinach leaves

2 avocados

3 handfuls of alfalfa sprouts

2 bell peppers

For the dressing:

1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

1 medium lime, juiced

1/4 cup chopped chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce (about 1/3 of a medium pepper)

1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Pepper, to taste

What to do:

  1. Pile on the desired amount of spinach leaves in a salad bowl or plate.
  2. Slice up the avocado and the bell pepper, and add to salad.
  3. Sprinkle a handful of alfalfa sprouts on top.
  4. Make dressing. There are two ways to do this: If you have a small food processor or blender, throw all of the ingredients in it and pulse until well-combined. If doing things by hand, chop all ingredients very finely and stir until well-combined.
  5. Drizzle over the salad and toss to combine.


“Vegan” Creamed Corn

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For those who may be lactose intolerant or the vegans in your family, this is the perfect spin on a classic Thanksgiving favorite.

7 Ingredients

2 cups frozen corn kernels

1 can (15 ounces) coconut milk

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon chopped scallions


  1. Combine corn and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until coconut milk has evaporated a bit and thickened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture has reached the desired consistency, mix in parsley, red pepper flakes, and scallions.


Quinoa and Sweet Potato-Stuffed Mushrooms


Try adding a new dish to this year’s Thanksgiving feast that both vegetarians and meat eaters will love!


4 sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling



3 cups greens (spinach or kale work well)

2 cups cooked quinoa

6 portobello mushroom caps, wiped clean


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes with oil and salt and pepper to taste on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping halfway through, until pieces are golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Just before the sweet potatoes are done cooking, remove sheet from oven and add spinach on top. Place back in oven for the last 2 to 3 minutes. Once spinach has wilted, remove pan from oven and cool until veggies are cool enough to handle. Lower oven to 400 degrees.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix quinoa, sweet potatoes, and greens. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Brush both sides of mushrooms with olive oil, and place gills up on the baking sheet. Spoon quinoa and sweet potato mixture into caps, mounding slightly in the center. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 15 to 25 minutes, or until mushrooms are cooked through.


Quinoa Apple Cake


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Made with whole quinoa, this hearty cake is both naturally sweet and filling.



1 cup quinoa

8 tablespoons salted butter, melted

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup raisins

2 apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

1 teaspoon ginger (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine quinoa with 2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Dip a pastry brush in melted butter and use it to grease inside of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  4. Put remaining melted butter in a large bowl, and mix with brown sugar and raisins until evenly distributed. Add apples and cooked quinoa, and stir to combine.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger and nutmeg, if using. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to evenly combine.
  6. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and top of cake is golden brown.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting to help cake maintain its shape.


Room makeovers are easy, affordable when you use what you have


That’s Rita Wood’s specialty. The Temecula-based interior redecorator opts to use items and furniture clients already have, making it easier on their nerves and pocketbooks. The magic is in the way she puts the pieces back together.

“The idea of making the most of what you have was pioneered in the late 1990s,” said Wood, also known as the Room Arranger. “However, it is still current and in the headlines.”

The concept is easy: Quick makeovers, usually in one day without the cost of having to buy new stuff, and certainly an option for those on a budget.

Wood tours a client’s home taking a mental inventory of what he/she has and likes or doesn’t like. Living room and family room do-overs typically top the list.

“The client is with me every step of the way,” Wood said. “I let them know what I’m doing and why I’m doing it because I want to inform and inspire them,” she said.

Sometimes the inspiration is to change the position of a piece of furniture, re-hang art work or redisplay bookcases.

“Can people do this themselves?” Wood said. “Maybe, but people usually put things in a spot and then leave it there for 30 years. We all have different talents. Don’t come to my house and expect a gourmet meal. I don’t cook, but I can set a lovely table.”

Kelly Barnson of Temecula felt boxed in when she tried to relax in her family room.

“I just had too much stuff and no idea how to rearrange it. I just felt stuck whenever I went in there,” Barnson said.

A neighbor suggested she give Wood a call.

“Rita came out, went in and just used things I have,” she said. “And it opened up the room and gave it a whole new fresh look. The space feels larger, airier and roomier.”

One of Wood’s favorite expressions is, “That can be banished.”

Couldn’t Barnson have moved a chair here and angled couch there herself?

“I couldn’t,” she said. “You live with your stuff and sometimes it takes someone with that eye to repurpose and give items new life.”

Wood discussed her ideas with Barnson before getting the nod to proceed. She then took pieces from different rooms and moved them around before settling on a new look three hours later.

“I love the idea of repurposing things,” Barnson said. “I got a new look and saved a lot of money.”

Wood also stages homes using client pieces for those wanting to sell.

“It’s the same basic concept, but with the additional focus on de-personalizing,” she said. “The only thing I don’t do is stage empty houses because I don’t have a warehouse of furniture.”


If you’re looking for a fresh look for a room or rooms in your home, consider searching through your garage or spare room. You never know what you might find.

“You can get a new look in a matter of hours without buying anything. Who doesn’t like that?” said Barbara Greene, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based interior designer who also is an interior arranger/redesigner and an education affiliate with the Association of Design Education.

“I can’t tell you how many times I hear people tell me after I’ve helped them, oh, gosh, I never would have thought of that,” she said. “Some people just need a second pair of eyes.”

Homeowners can get a head start on their own with these tips from Greene:

1. Start by emptying the room and thinking of it as a blank canvas.

2. Reposition furniture starting with a couch or sofa, then accent pieces.

3. Draw from other rooms and use pieces in a different way. That decorative pitcher on your dining room buffet may have outlived its welcome there but could look brand-new in the kitchen with some flowers in it. Or turn an old dining table into a desk for the office.

4. Rearranging has the added benefit of helping eliminate clutter. Don’t feel the need to bring every item back into a room. If it doesn’t bring you joy, let it go.

5. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to move a couch that’s been in the same place for years. Even changing the room’s traffic pattern may give it a new look.

6. Think of a room as a composition, Greene said. “When a painter paints the bowl of fruit, he never puts an apple in one corner, a banana in another or grapes somewhere else. You want pieces to play nicely together. Once you do furniture, move on to artwork and accessories.”

7. Lives change all the time for various reasons. Don’t be afraid to rearrange again.

This article originally appeared on dailybreeze.com

5 Only-in-Los Angeles Things to Do this Fall


Fall is a favorite amongst most people – the leaves turn a beautiful orange and red color, we get to decorate for Fall, and layered clothing. Sadly, here in Southern California, we don’t get to experience much of this fall fun like the rest of the country, but there are a few activities in which can only be done here in Los Angeles.


1. Theme Park’s During Halloween

Next to Orlando, the Los Angeles/Orange County area has some of the most world-famous amusement parks and each have their own Halloween themed scarefest. From Disney’s Mickey’s Halloween Party to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, the amount of events for thrill seekers are endless. Don’t forget to check out the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor in Long Beach, Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, and Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat.  


2. Oktoberfest

Outside of Germany, the LA area has tons of Oktoberfest celebrations filled with Bavarian food and German beer. While many Oktoberfests are already underway, you can still check out Alpine Village in Torrance for one of the oldest and largest festivals. Here you will think you’re in Munich with German sausage, Oom Pah Pah bands, costumes and Warsteiner beer.

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3. Dia de los Muertos

Here in Los Angeles, we embrace Mexican heritage by celebrating Dia de los Muertos, the colorful ancient tradition that honors the loved ones that have passed with decorating altars using sugar skulls and marigolds. From November 1-2 in downtown Los Angeles, Olvera St. holds an exhibit with entertainment, food, and drinks. HARD Day of the Dead music festival featured past headliners like Calvin Harris, Zedd, and Diplo.


4. Hiking

While the rest of the country is cooling down, the Southern California sun is shining just as bright as it did in the summer. Joshua Tree is a treasure in late fall and even offers two free entrance days on November 11 and 12, Veterans Day weekend.


5. TV Tapings

The Television industry ends its summer hiatus and studios are back to work. This is the best time of the year to attend a live taping of some of your favorite shows. Check out 1iota.com for tickets to Television’s hottest shows.

5 Quick Things to Do to Make Your Home Feel More Like Fall

We’ve spoken often about how important it is to use your home as a way to welcome and celebrate the seasons; surrounding yourself with decorative markers of the annual calendar will make you feel more connected to nature and in the end, make you enjoy your time at home a bit more. If you haven’t done anything for your home yet, you might employ one of these five quick things you could to this weekend to make your home feel more like fall by Monday.

1. Gourd time

You really can’t get any easier than this. This weekend, head to the supermarket, the farmer’s market or get really ambitious and find a pumpkin patch — the point is to grab a variety of gourds that catch your eye. The trick for maximum impact in your home? Cluster all your new-found gourds and pumpkins in one powerful, easily noticeable spot. Much like a bouquet of flowers, place it in a spot that you’ll first see when you stumble out of your bedroom in the morning or walk through the door after work. Want something different and more eye-catching? Consider a gourd DIY: DIY Idea: A Gourd Planter

2. Fall for rich flower hues

Speaking of flowers, instead of sticking to your favorite bloom, choose flowers or dried plants that will instantly make you think of fall with their deep, jewel-toned colors. Or go for dried flower and plant arrangements. As with the gourds, don’t sprinkle a few around the home; concentrate a richly fall-colored bouquet in a spot that will catch your eye and make you smile.

Florist Secrets: How To Process Fall Flowers Like a Pro

3. Bring out the soft, cozy things

Even if cooler fall temperatures haven’t hit your home ‘hood yet, the appearance of thick blanket throws and knit textures will give the illusion that fall is here and in residence in your home. Not into draping blankets you don’t need over chairs and sofas for effect? Consider stacking them on side benches, rolling them in baskets and more.

20 Cozy Blankets for Fall: 10 to Buy & 10 to DIY

4. Do one quick DIY fall decor project for a favorite spot in the home

You don’t have to spend all weekend DIYing, but putting a personal touch on something to hang or display in your home will go a long way to making your home feel like fall. Wreathes are always a good fall reminder.

Bring on the Fall: 5 Seasonal DIY Projects

5. The smell is in the air

While there’s no good way to replicate the real smell of fall that slowly makes its way in on the breeze each year, you can aid the feel of fall in your home by grabbing up favorite smells that remind you of fall. Rather than just run out and grab the first pumpkin spiced latte scented candle you can find, consider instead your childhood and the smells that meant fall for you. Apple picking? A certain type of tree? Think back on a special scent that has fall connotations for you, even if it’s not a “typical” fall scent.

Fall Scents: DIY Air Fresheners

This article originally appeared on ApartmentTherapy.com

Homeowners Reveal the Worst Purchases They Made After Moving In


During the frenzied excitement that accompanies moving into a new home, you might end up filling it with a few purchases you’ll quickly regret. A couch you loved at the store might look absolutely ginormous in your living room, for instance. Or, those drapes that seemed like they match your carpet to a T might turn out to be way off once they arrive at your door.

Alas, such buyer’s regret has happened to all of us. But to help you avoid these mistakes, heed these worst home purchases that homeowners admit to and hear how they came to pass.

A patio set on a porch where no one sits

A patio deserves a pair of wrought-iron chairs and a little table at which to linger and enjoy a cocktail with one’s spouse. Right? Christina Vercelletto of Babylon, NY, planned it exactly this way.

“I thought we’d sit out and wave to our neighbors on balmy nights,” she explains. Instead, the set went unused.

“We sat there maybe once, saw no neighbors, and then the bugs starting biting us, so we went in,” she recalls. It sounded like such a nice idea, but in the end, it was impractical and downright uncomfortable.

“There aren’t any lights on our street, so the season for sitting out is very short—it’s just too dark!”

Lesson learned: Check the climate in your new neighborhood. Before purchasing outdoor furniture, search for average temperatures, rainfall, bugs, and other factors that could affect how much time you spend outdoors.

A designer chair where no one sees it

“I searched high and low for an Eames chair to go with my desk in the bedroom,” recalls Nicole Crane, a homeowner and mom of three in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the expensive purchase ended up being a big waste of money.

“No one ever sees it because it’s tucked away in my bedroom, and the kids are constantly climbing all over it and getting it dirty,” she laments. They even nicked the paint on one of the arms. “Next time, I’m going to Ikea.”

Lesson learned: Save showpieces and custom designs for rooms that see more traffic. For example, hang fancy drapes in the living and dining rooms, but use Kohl’s panels for the kids’ rooms.

Storage baskets with no plan how to use them

Karina Burston, a homeowner in Wakefield, RI, bought baskets for her crafting supplies, but they were a total bust.

“They basically held my stuff, but I had so much that it couldn’t be organized properly,” she says. It was, in other words, a basket-filled mess.

Lesson learned: “It’s better to have a plan first—and maybe get professional help for some projects—rather than go it alone,” says Burston.

Julie Coraccio, the organization expert at Reawaken Your Brilliance, also points out that if certain storage tools don’t work in one spot, you can move them to another.

“I bought bins for my home office that didn’t fit, but they were great for my pantry,” she says.

A funky mirror that looked dated all too soon

Martha Rein, a fan of the Arts and Crafts look, purchased a huge mirror hand-painted with colorful birds for her new home in Winsted, CT.

“I loved it years ago, but now I say, ‘what was I thinking’ every time I pass it,” she admits. It’s currently stashed in an upstairs hall.

Lesson learned: Be wary of trendy pieces—and always save receipts.

“You should be able to exchange something if you haven’t marked it up,” notes Coraccio.

A DIY project that never got done

Time can sometimes run out on a purchase, as Gillian Dean discovered. This New York City homeowner’s husband bought an antique sink years ago from a dealer in Pennsylvania for their Harlem brownstone.

“He planned to fix it up and use it in the upstairs bathroom, but it’s still sitting in the basement,” she says. In fact, it’s been sitting there solong, “now we’re divorced.”

Lesson learned: Don’t let DIYs linger. Be sure you know how to finish a project yourself, and don’t begin anything new before the first is completed.

A sofa that doesn’t blend in

A couch is supposed to anchor a room—except when it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Anne Levy, a homeowner in New York City, says the sofa she bought after moving in turned out to be the worst of all worlds.

“It’s too traditional, uncomfortably firm, and it makes the room look fuddy-duddy,” she explains. Levy has lived with this piece for years, but is finally coming around to looking for a replacement.

Lesson learned: Try to thoroughly test-drive every large piece of furniture you’re considering. And check the store’s return policy; a restocking fee might be worth not getting stuck with a huge furnishing you hate for years. You could also try to sell it online as “almost new.”

Just too much, too soon

When Liz Rossetti moved from a small house in Ipswich, MA, to a larger one in nearby Hamilton, the shopping wheel was set in motion.

“In order to fill the bigger space, I made a whole lot of furniture decisions on the fly,” she recalls. The result? A look that wasn’t quite right.

“In some cases, the pieces were fine, but in other rooms, I wish I had waited a while, lived in the space longer, and thought through how things might fit together,” she explains.

Lesson learned: Live in your new home for at least a month or two. You might find the space you thought would be the family room is better served for dining—and the home office you set up is sitting vacant since you seem to like using your laptop at the kitchen counter.

This article originally appeared on Realtor.com