The 2021 Parade of Homes will be in-person and virtual this year: Here’s what you need to know [photos] | Home & Garden

Home inventory in Lancaster County is at a premium these days, but that wasn’t the case 30 years ago.

A sluggish economy stalled home sales in 1991, and local builders had a glut of inventory on their hands.

“A lot of the builders had housing stock to sell and we were trying to think of ways to do it,” recalls Earl Hess, retired president of Hess Home Builders, who was serving as vice president of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County that year.

In search of a way to jump-start the industry, they launched the county’s first-ever Parade of Homes, an open house tour of 50 homes representing some 31 builders. Entries ranged from a two-bedroom in Grandview Chase priced at $76,900 to a four-bedroom colonial in Millpond with a $493,500 price tag.

“The internet was almost nonexistent. What better way for publicity and to try to drum up

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One year of coronavirus sees surge in home renovations

In normal times, new trends in home design and home decorating bubble up simply because it’s time for something different. A few years of bold color and homeowners start painting things gray. After enough minimalism, a hunger for plaids and florals comes roaring back.

But this time last year, a cultural experiment began that changed our relationships with houses and condos and apartments around the world.

Suddenly, constantly, we were inside them.

So much of public life – work, school, exercise, shopping, dining and (virtually) socializing – began happening entirely within the walls of home, at least for those able to do so.

Architects and interior designers say that after 12 months of varying degrees of lockdown, people are discovering what does and doesn’t work in their homes, and becoming more confident about acting on it. They’re realizing how familiar spaces can serve them better.

“Out of frustration comes

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5 Color Trends That Will Dominate This Year, According to Top Designers

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out and the promise of a not-so-distant future where life is normal again, now seems like the perfect time to bring your place out of the dark ages of decor and into the bright and beautiful light of 2021.

To help with your spring makeover, we got the scoop from the folks at home improvement site Fixr. They surveyed 68 of the nation’s top influencers and designers about the year’s top color trends, and we’re sure these exciting new palettes and design schemes will help inspire your next interior styling session.

1. Earth tones replace cool grays


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Grays and greige have long been our go-to color choices, but this year we’re leaving those cool tones behind for warmer earth ones.

“This trend is directly linked to the amount of time people have been spending at home,” says Sarabeth Asaff South, home

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