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Erika Riggs writes on a wide variety of real estate topics, from the all-popular celebrity real estate, to mortgages and home improvement, for the Zillow Blog and other Zillow partners.

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    Before & After: Cluttered Office Goes Chic

    A dark and cluttered office goes bright and organized.

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    Room of the Week: Fresh, Modern Kids’ Room

    This bedroom is a “fun, fresh, energized and kid-friendly space” — and also one that will work for years to come.

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    Out-of-the-Box Fire Pit Ideas

    Today’s fire pits are more stylish than ever. The new fire pits — including gas-powered versions — add serious drama when it’s time for s’mores.

  4. An all-white palette directs the focus to the scenery outside.

    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 10: Before & After

    The two remaining “American Dream Builders” contestants were each given a beachfront home that suffered from significant wear and tear. See some tips for replicating their designs.

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    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 9: Before & After

    The four remaining contestants renovated a classic Victorian home.

  6. A paneled wall is a great backdrop to a simple bed.

    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 8: Before & After

    Minimal married industrial in this episode of “American Dream Builders.”

  7. The simple furnishings let the details of this room shine.

    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 7: Before & After

    This week the designers tackled just one house: an outdated colonial.

  8. Blue pops against the white molding on the walls.

    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 6: Before & After

    The designers injected some modernity into two Craftsman homes this week on “American Dream Builders.”

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    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 5: Designing for Small Spaces

    See how each team found creative ways to decorate for very small spaces in the latest episode of “American Dream Builders.”

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    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 4: Before & After

    Each team was tasked with renovating nearly 100-year-old cabins, both of which were showing their years.

  11. Dann's Spanish-style living room is still modern.

    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 3: Before & After

    This week, the designers made Spanish-style homes feel modern without losing any of their original charm.

  12. The designers created a completely new function for the space.

    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 2: Before & After

    The two teams tackled small, dark living spaces and unused yard space, and came up with mid-century modern designs that can be useful in any home.

  13. Fun accents make this room suitable for kids.

    ‘American Dream Builders’ Episode 1: Before & After

    On the first episode of NBC’s new home renovation reality show, American Dream Builders, the designers faced their first project, which were Tudor-style homes in desperate need of smarter space and rooms with more light. Here’s a look at how two designers tackled problem areas on the show and how you can incorporate the designs in your home.

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    House of the Week: Alabama Lighthouse

    Constructing a lighthouse was always a dream for this homeowner.

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    House of the Week: Pyramid House in Connecticut

    Set designers worked with an architect to create this dramatic Connecticut home.