We’re Blushing! ‘Romance’ Is the New Color of the Year We’d Actually Use at Home

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

Move over, Millennial Pink! One of the hottest shades for the upcoming year is your much more laid-back cousin, Romance. Paint company HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams just announced that the color—which is described as “a soft blush tone with a slight apricot influence”—has been chosen as its 2020 Color of the Year.

Lately, it seems that an increasing number of design-adjacent companies have taken the opportunity to promote an official color of the year. And while the field might be saturated, we actually feel that HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’ choice stands out—but not in the ways that you’d think. It’s not bold, but it acts as a wonderful base for other pops of color in your home.

“It is a great backdrop to jewel tones and gold accents that are being brought in with accessories and artwork,” says Ashley Banbury, senior color designer at HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, who is involved in predicting the shades that will be trending for the upcoming year.

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Romance, a shade of blush pink and apricot, is HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Year.

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

How to use Romance in your home

Although Romance is technically a neutral shade (albeit more colorful than, say, eggshell white) it’s not the easiest color to work with. Like many pastel shades, this pinky-beige can read very feminine and may seem better suited to a young child’s bedroom. However, Banbury assures us that Romance can be used in a variety of ways.

“It’s a great all-over wall color, and an amazing backdrop to your personal artwork and accessories,” she says. However, if an all-pink room makes you blush, try using it more sparingly, on the inside of a built-in bookshelf or on a door.

Feeling inspired yet? Let’s take an even closer look at the ways this trendy color can be used in specific rooms in your home.

Freshen up your dining room

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Color palette for the dining room

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

Pink and green is a classic color combination, but choose the wrong shades, and your place could end up looking like a preppy nightmare. Instead, try blush pink on the walls and a deep jade green on your dining room chairs. The contrast with the dreamy wall color will add a level of sophistication that’ll please you—and anyone who ends up coming over for a dinner party.


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Calming shades of blue and beige lend tranquility to a bedroom.

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

Because of its calming properties, blue is one of the best colors for a bedroom. Romance complements any number of blue hues, from Finian Blue—a shade that Banbury says is reminiscent of the perfect blue sky—to Blue Endeavor, our new favorite version of navy blue. Try a crisp blue paint color on the walls or a cozy dark blue duvet. Then, bring in shades of blush pink with side tables, pillows, and throw blankets.

Home office/guest bedroom

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Home office color palette

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

A home office should inspire you to be creative, so why not go for a bold color on the walls? Mint feels appropriately fresh and can be paired with warmer pink tones (see the bedding and desk chair above).

“Mint to Be is a beautiful shade of blue that is vibrant but also allows you to unwind and relax,” Banbury says. This creative color combination can be balanced out with natural accessories, like a leather ottoman, a rattan pendant light, a wooden desk, and plenty of indoor plants.

Add sophistication to your kitchen

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Try a chic navy blue like Blue Endeavor on your kitchen cabinets.

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

We love the idea of pairing blush pink Romance with a navy blue. A great way to bring this one-two punch into your kitchen? Try navy blue on the cabinets and soft pink on your dishware, towels, or other cooking accessories and appliances, like this posh pink stand mixer (Williams Sonoma, $429.95).

The color used on the cabinets above is Blue Endeavor, one of the new colors in HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’ Simply Blissful 2020 Color Collection.

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These Are America’s Most—and Least—Expensive Neighborhoods for Renters

These Are America's Most—and Least—Expensive Neighborhoods For Renters


Move over, San Francisco: The most expensive rental markets in the nation are in New York City.

The City That Never Sleeps boasted 28 of the 50 most expensive ZIP codes in the nation for renters, according to a recent RENTCafé report. The rental listing site looked at ZIP codes in more than 130 big rental markets in July to come up with its list. Only buildings with 50 or more rental units and markets with at least 200 total rentals were included.

Members of the 99% may want to sit down for what’s coming next: Tenants in the nation’s priciest ZIP—10282, the Battery Park neighborhood in Manhattan, which abuts ultratrendy Tribeca—paid an average $6,211 a month in rent.

Those sky-high price tags are due to the luxury rental towers lining the waterfront, offering just about every amenity imaginable.

The next priciest area was NYC’s 10013 ZIP, which includes hip Tribeca, Lower Manhattan, and Chinatown. The average monthly rent in this area that’s seen a lot of new construction in recent years is $5,327. That was followed by Manhattan’s tony Upper West Side ZIP of 10023, where average rents are $5,053.

Not surprisingly, the priciest areas of the other coast made the list. The Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westwood Village, 90024, and West Hollywood and Beverly Grove, 90048, rounded out the top five. These ZIP codes sit just off of Beverly Hills. Apartments in them went for an average $4,944 and $4,896 respectively.

San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood, 94105, on the bay came in sixth, with an average rent of $4,858. The rest of the top 10 were in Manhattan: the lower portion of the Upper East Side’s 10065, at $4,777; the Lower East Side’s 10002, at $4,666; the top of the Upper West Side’s 10025, at $4,646; and the Upper East Side’s 10028, at $4,642.

What are the most affordable rental markets?

On the other end of the spectrum are the most affordable places for renters. And guess what? Not a single one is in New York or California.

Heads up, bargain hunters: Four of the 10 cheapest neighborhoods were in Wichita, KS, where two-bedroom, single-family house rentals abound. The rest were also in the lower-priced Midwest or South.

Wichita’s Stanley/Aley, Delano, and McCormick neighborhoods, included in 67213, boasted the most inexpensive rents at just $423 a month. It was followed by 38106 in southern Memphis, at $471. The rest of the top five were in Wichita in the Linwood and Mead neighborhoods in 67211, at $472 a month; the Hilltop, East Mt. Vernon, and Grandview Heights neighborhoods in 67218, at $491 a month; and the Sherwood Glen, El Pueblo, and Benjamin Hills neighborhoods in 67204, at $500 a month.

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Bless! Converted Church From 1873 Is This Week’s Most Popular Home


Praise be! A Pennsylvania church converted into a cozy home sent clicks soaring toward the heavens this week. The former house of worship from the late 1800s wound up as this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

From the heavy wood double doors to the original stained glass and church bell, the property has held onto certain features of its ecclesiastical past, while being effortlessly transformed into a bright, airy family house.

Apart from this divine cathedral conversion, you also clicked on a brand-new castle in Illinois decorated in a pristine Scandinavian aesthetic, designer Betsey Johnson‘s $2 million hot-pink beach mobile home, and a Spanish Colonial Revival in the O.C. with a crow’s nest rooftop deck to take in water and city views. Plus there’s an appearance by former Packer wide receiver Randall Cobb, who’s selling his home in Green Bay, WI, after parting ways with the team last year.

No helmet required—but we ask you to tackle the complete list of this week’s most popular homes by scrolling down…

10. 16810 Springfield Rd, Pekin, IL

Price: $995,000

Why it’s here: This is a castle decorated in Scandinavian style, built in 2018. This large five-bedroom residence has over 5,000 square feet of airy living space. Highlights include white-oak hardwood floors, a grand white-oak staircase, 57 black casement-style windows, third-floor media room, and a walk-out on the lower level. The 12-acre lot offers rolling prairie views from almost every vantage point.

Castle in Perkin IL
Pekin, IL



9. 12F New Freedom Rd, Berlin, NJ

Price: $1,750,000

Why it’s here: This sprawling 37-acre estate is known as “Valley House” and overlooks Timber Lake and the Pine Valley Golf Course. It’s rumored to have been the home of Al Capone and his crew at one time. Built in 1920, the main house includes a studio, exercise room, vault room, game room, and an antique bar with views of the lake. There’s also a separate 2,400-square-foot guesthouse, heated pool and hot tub with cabana bar, European courtyards, seven-car garage, and tennis court.

Overhead view of country estate in Berlin, NJ
Berlin, NJ



8. 10675 Cavallo Rdg, Eden Prairie, MN

Price: $6,500,000

Why it’s here: Love the slopes? Built in 2013, this lavish European estate in the Minneapolis suburbs comes with its very own ski hill and tow rope. It sits on a 4.7-acre lot on the riverbank and offers Minnesota River Valley views from nearly every room. Over-the-top amenities include a glass-enclosed sport court and fitness room, home theater, billiard-room, and woodshop.

Eden Prairie, MN home overhead
Eden Prairie, MN



7. 206 N First St, Jeannette, PA

Price: $30,000

Why it’s here: Ten bedrooms for less than the price of a car! There’s a big catch, though. This huge, three-level property is in need of major renovation. The old mansion has lovely details, like the huge front porch, two kitchens, a chapel, and a large stairwell, but its condition is dire. The property does offer the opportunity of housing a business on the lower floor, or it could be converted into a multifamily dwelling.

home in jeanette pa
Jeannette, PA



6. 935 N. Broadway St, De Pere, WI

Price: $1,190,000

Why it’s here: Built in 1858 on the Fox River, this seven-bedroom home includes 10-foot ceilings, five fireplaces, maple hardwood floors, and exposed stone millwork. Outdoors, the nearly 2-acre lot has an in-ground pool, outdoor living area, and 200 feet of river frontage.

De Pere, WI home on the Fox River exterior
De Pere, WI



5. 232 Paradise Cove Rd, Malibu, CA

Price: $1,950,000

Why it’s here: This isn’t your average mobile home. This hot-pink beaut is situated on Paradise Cove, along one of the most sought-after stretches of beach in the world. Belonging to the legendary fashion icon Betsey Johnson, the beach boho dream is awash in audacious color and has several entertaining areas, like a pergola-covered outdoor living area, as well as a backyard with outdoor soaking tub.

Paradise Cover mobile home owned by Betsey Johnson
Malibu, CA



4. 1707 E. Bay Ave, Newport Beach, CA

Price: $8,750,000

Why it’s here: Built in 1928, this dramatic Spanish Colonial Revival bay-front villa was designed by the celebrated California architect Wallace Neff. The five-bedroom, four-story home was completely restored in 2003. It’s the tallest structure on the Balboa Peninsula, with spectacular views of Newport Harbor and Fashion Island from the “crow’s nest” rooftop deck. The property also includes a pier and slips for two boats.

Newport Beach, CA home exterior photo
Newport Beach, CA



3. 761 W. Eads Pkwy, Lawrenceburg, IN

Price: $499,000

Why it’s here: This historic four-bedroom home was built in 1835 and now needs a renovation. Highlights of the 19-acre property include seven fireplaces, hardwood floors, as well as original elements like the lights, doorknobs, and slide locks.

historic home in lawrenceburg in overhead photo
Lawrenceburg, IN



2. 618 Marble Rock Cir, Green Bay, WI

Price: $649,900

Why it’s here: This home of over 4,300-square-feet is being sold by Packers wideout Randall Cobb, who was released by the team after the 2018 season. Highlights of the prairie-ranch house built in 2013 include the hand-hewn hardwood floors, wine cellar, theater room, fireplace, and a mud room with lockers. Cobb’s already caught an offer—the home is already pending sale after just three weeks on the market.

Randall Cobb house for sale in Green Bay WI
Green Bay, WI



1. 3172 Route 212, Springfield Township, PA 

Price: $325,000

Why it’s here: Holy moly! This charming church from 1873 still has its original bell, double doors, and stained-glass windows. It’s been converted into a modern two-bedroom, 2.5-bath home, complete with a finished walk-out basement, which could be used as an office space.

The open floor plan is whimsical yet functional, and takes advantage of the structure’s high ceilings and altar. The 2,800 square feet of interior space can be reformatted to adapt to almost any owner or lifestyle.

Cathedral turned house in Springfield Township, PA
Springfield Township, PA


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Huge $33M Virginia Property With Golf Course Is Most Expensive New Listing


An enormous property in Amherst, VA, spanning almost 1,000 acres and including a Sam Snead–designed golf course is this week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®. The price? A steep $33 million.

“It’s really a magnificent property,” says listing agent Theo Adamstein with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s got a wonderful history.” 

Originally a land grant by King George II in the 1730s, a log cabin and the manor house were built for the original owners and are still in use today. The property also boasts ties to Thomas Jefferson, who is said to have ridden his horse between Monticello and this property, known as Poplar Grove.

The property was sold to a farmer in 1945, and remained unchanged until the completion of the golf course, which opened in 2004. The current owners have had the property since 2010. The 942 acres are a mix of open land, forests, the 230-acre golf course, and the manor house, which was built in 1773.

Poplar Grove Golf Club is located between Charlottesville and Lynchburg and was recently renovated. Along with a steady stream of members on the links every day, the course is open to the public, Adamstein notes. 

The course and surrounding land include rolling hills, water features, lakes, and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The most expensive new listing includes a 230-acre golf course.


Improvements keep the course in top shape.


The course is played daily.


The owners embarked on extensive improvements to the course as well as a restoration of the manor house.

Despite the continuing investment in upkeep, the owners, who hold other properties, decided it was time to sell.

For the next owner, options abound. Given that the property is zoned for multiple uses, it could become a resort, winery, event venue, residential or commercial development, or any combination of the above.

Currently, 700-plus acres stand available for development. And all of the infrastructure—electric, gas, and septic systems, roads, street lighting, and golf maintenance facilities and equipment—is in place for the next owner.

The next owner could also choose to keep running Poplar Grove as a golf course. Plans for a new clubhouse are also available.  

The 18-hole golf course was the last that the legendary golfer Snead designed. He died in 2002. 

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How to Throw the Perfect Pumpkin-Carving Party

Nothing says Halloween like carved pumpkins, festive treats and fun costumes. Try these tips for throwing the perfect pumpkin-carving party with all your friends.

1. Create a casual atmosphere

Head out to the backyard, set up a few long folding tables with tablecloths and let the fall atmosphere be your decor. Play some music to get the party started.

2. Assemble a self-serve buffet

Don’t worry about serving a full meal that creates a lot of work for you. Instead, set up a self-serve buffet stocked with enough goodies for the evening, so you can enjoy the party. Think of a few simple savory dishes, add some fun and festive sweets – you’ve got it covered. Include a drink station with a few options in dispensers. Label them, set up a stack of glasses and let your guests enjoy.


3. Set up carving stations

Arrange a simple but structured carving station so your guests can enjoy the main event. Stock a table with an assortment of carving templates for those who want something other than the traditional jack-o’-lantern face. Don’t forget tape – you’ll need to hold the templates in place while you carve.


On other tables, place cute buckets your guests can scoop the pumpkin seeds and pulp into. Then put out smaller containers to hold the carving utensils. Just add some pumpkins and you’ve provided everything your guests will need.

4. Hold a carving contest

What good would pumpkin carving be without a little friendly competition? Have some judges and a variety of prizes on hand for the event. Think outside the box with the awards and go beyond just the “Best Pumpkin.” Think in terms of “Most Creative,” “Most Adventurous,” “Scariest” and so on.

5. Commemorate the evening

All that hard work should be documented! Make sure you gather up the carved masterpieces for a group shot at the end of the evening, and don’t forget to share the party photos with your guests after the fact.


Get out those pumpkins, set the tables and crank up the music for the best pumpkin-carving party around.

Need some more inspiration? Check out our video tutorial for easy ways to make your space spooky in no time.


Originally published October 2016.

Coworking Comes Home: New Apartment Buildings Include Shared Office Space

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For many people, WeWork has become synonymous with coworking, the trend it helped popularize: allowing people to work remotely while sharing a well-designed office space with other digitally connected professionals. But lately WeWork has become synonymous with other things, too: an IPO attempt that crashed and burned, an eccentric and ousted CEO, charges of corporate malfeasance. Yikes! But get past the headline news and you can see that the seismic shift in the relationship between work and the office can’t be stopped. Coworking is here to stay—and housing is evolving to fill that need.

In a bid to lure the kind of young, well-educated, relatively high-earning residents who are most likely to do remote work, developers are increasingly offering coworking space as a residential amenity. They’re integrating conference rooms, lounge areas, and lightning-fast Wi-Fi into their new condo and rental buildings, and even going back to previously built ones to add those amenities.

“The percentage of people that work in the office 40 hours a week is dwindling—and that means they need a network of locations to get their work done,” says Julie Whelan, head of occupier research for commercial real estate firm CBRE. Her company predicts that “flex space,” which includes coworking companies like WeWork and Industrious, could account for as much as 20% of total U.S. office space by 2030.

As Whelan says, today’s workers often need a “third place of work”—in addition to the office and their living space. From 2005 to 2015, the number of U.S. workers who did at least 50% of their work either at home or at some location other than their office grew by 115%, according to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report.

So why not have a place that straddles living spaces and work spaces?

“I didn’t want to always work at coffee shops and pay a monthly fee to rent a space elsewhere, so it was nice just to have a coworking space right in the building,” says Katie Nguyen, a freelance creative consultant who chose to live in The Sinclair apartments in Chicago in part because it has a designated working space for residents.

Striking a balance between home and office

Younger home buyers tend to be the group most drawn to coworking spaces, so more developers of multifamily buildings are designing these areas specifically to win them over, says real estate agent Russel Volk of Re/Max Elite in Huntingdon Valley, PA, who specializes in new construction.

Example: One new condominium building in Brooklyn, 111 Montgomery, was designed specifically for millennials and others who work remotely. The amenities, exclusively for residents, include a coworking lounge with phone booths, conference areas, and spaces for both quiet and collaborative work. The building is expected to be open for move-in during the first quarter of 2020, with units ranging from $499,900 for a studio and up to $1.2 million for a three-bedroom unit.

Christine Blackburn, a sales team member at LIVWRK and CIM Group, which developed the property, says one buyer previously “used an outside coworking space to purely meet with clients maybe twice a month, and now they can do that within the building.”

The building’s space is thoughtfully designed, she says, pointing to the upscale furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows in the coworking lounge.

“We hit a nice middle ground where it’s cozy and comfortable but also functional,” she says.

A rental building at 33 Bond St. in Brooklyn also offers state-of-the-art coworking spaces that are integrated into the building’s common areas.

Space in 33 Bond in New York City

33 Bond

“We noticed a growing number of our residents are working from home, and we responded to that trend,” says Zoe Elghanayan, vice president and principal at TF Cornerstone. The real estate developer has created similar working spaces, which it dubs HomeWork, in other buildings as well.The coworking space is open 24/7; there’s booth seating as well as communal worktables with built-in power, and a terrace with a solar-powered worktable.

Space in 2 Gold building

Addison G Jones

Trending across America

Although tech-forward big cities are at the forefront of this trend, coworking-enabled buildings are cropping up in other cities as well. In Augusta, GA, Gateway Crossing boasts an internet cafe–style business center with communal worktables, armchairs, and personal desks with individual lighting.

Some buildings are even partnering with established external coworking brands. A new luxury high-rise, Two Light, in downtown Kansas City, MO, includes Spark Coworking on its first floor. The facility has 15,000 square feet of mixed-use workspace, including open tables, private desks, meeting rooms, and lounge areas. Rents range from $1,499 to $6,025.

Jeremiah Haley, an electrical engineer, moved to 200 Squared in Chicago last year largely because of the building’s dedicated work area. He used to work mostly from home, but now sets up in the coworking space almost every day.

“I love the convenience and availability,” he says. “I’m able to focus completely without distraction, in comparison to being in my apartment where I have the television and other distractions.”

Not only have developers begun to include tech-enabled workspaces within common areas in most new properties, many owners are now upgrading or adding these spaces to older buildings as well.

For Nguyen, the freelance creative consultant, her Chicago building’s coworking space has changed her life for the better.

“They have all the essentials: reliable Wi-Fi, access to power from all workspaces, and just overall comfort. No Wi-Fi dropping out, no searching for tables,” she says.

And as a dog owner, she finds it also convenient to be in the same building as her apartment.

“It’s just a matter of hopping back upstairs and letting the dog out, then getting right back to work,” she says.

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This Studio Came From a Feed Store

A California couple decided to move east and preserve this Tyringham, Massachusetts, studio. Decades before that, it was a studio of a different kind.

In the 1920s, a local sculptor converted his backyard silo – originally purchased as a kit from a feed store – into a place where he could perfect his craft.

Large mill windows let in plenty of natural light for him to create. Today, that same light casts an ethereal glow over the second-floor bedroom.

Down the spiral staircase, a wood-burning stove and vintage decor give the first floor charm from a bygone era.

The two-story studio sits just behind Santarella, a dwelling lovingly dubbed the Tyringham Gingerbread House – appropriate, since it looks like it’s from a storybook.

The 450-square foot home has one bedroom and one bathroom, and unique features like Gothic doors and repurposed barnwood.

Today, the couple describes the studio as a sculpture in itself. We think the sculptor would agree.