SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Porch.com (http://porch.com), the world's first home improvement network, announced today a new series on their website that celebrates 52 Ways to Love Your Home. The weekly column will appear on the Get Advice section and can be accessed by visiting blog.porch.com.
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Each week, Porch Editor-in-Chief Anne Reagan will pen a post that celebrates a place that Americans spend most of their time and money improving.
"Homes require so much attention, so much maintenance and so much upkeep that sometimes our appreciation for our home can turn to exasperation and annoyance. I decided that each week I'd start a new home habit, an act of daily love for my home. And that's how 52 Ways to Love Your Home began," said Reagan.
In the third edition, Mrs. Reagan researched the ways interior designers can make a significant improvement in one room in a post titled, One Room, One Change.
"A large scale plant with a beautiful pot adds life into a room both figuratively and literally. And for those who are more adventurous paint a wall with a pop of color. Bold or subdued it'll change your mood! Think of the feeling you want to evoke in the room and choose warm like red, oranges, and pinks to fire you up and cool colors like blue, gray, and green to chill you out," said Melinda Brownstone of Brownstone Designs, an upscale interior design firm with a celebrity clientele.
You don't have to break the bank either. While painting your rooms can dramatically brighten your home and refresh your living space, the average cost is around $2,000. New kitchen appliances can improve not only the look but also the utility and energy efficiency of your home. Average cost is around $500 - $1,000 per appliance, $3,000 for a new fridge, oven/range, and dishwasher. Additionally, installing a new front door can change your home's signature look and improve security. It's also the project that has the largest return on investment for the eventual resale of your home.
Hanging that picture that's been leaning against the wall, buying a new duvet cover for your bed or adding a lamp are minor projects that can make a major impact. Search out that one thing that is bothering you in a room and vow to improve your home, one room at a time.
For more on 52 Ways to Love Your Home, visit http://blog.porch.com/category/editors-pick/.
Porch.com is the first and only free home improvement network that connects homeowners and renters with the right home service professionals based on who neighbors have used, project and cost history, and friend and neighbors' endorsements. In addition, Porch helps home professionals get more business, better exposure, and higher revenue with free business profiles and paid marketing & analytics tools. Porch.com can be found online at http://porch.com.
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