Updating ranch home pictures

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A feature as seemingly insignificant as the front door can improve a ranch home’s curb appeal; swap out a retro-red door for a modern black or white one.Then cover a bare porch or front steps with a portico that gives presence to a plain entry point.And we love to travel, so occasionally you’ll see a few photos from some of places we’ve visited. Currently it’s decorated for fall, but will get changed in a few weeks.This is my favorite area to decorate because it’s the first thing I see when I come home, and also because it’s the easiest and quickest to change.In the ranch with low ceilings, check that a dropped ceiling isn't hiding an 8-foot-high-or-so ceiling, or visually "lift the roof" with floor-to-ceiling drapery.Invest in natural slate flooring, ceramic tile, hardwood -- or quality vinyl with the look of tile or hardwood -- right through to make a narrow design appear wider.A tall, stately gable or offset, overlapping gables emerging over the front entry draw the eye up rather than across the home’s sprawling length.The typical ranch has a family room neighboring the kitchen.

I like various decorating themes like farmhouse, vintage, mid-century modern, and some traditional.And I love to use items for something other than their intended use.If you’ve never visited my blog, you’ll find projects, tips and tutorials, favorite paint colors, room tours and decorating ideas. The entry is an ever-changing display of seasonal items.Or simply swap shag carpets for low-pile Berber -- or have the thick, snazzy carpeting cleaned, and appreciate that it’s back in style.Lorna Hordos is a home-flipping business owner and freelance writer.

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