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Recent Episodes

Remodeling & Home Improvement Countdown

5 DIY Tasks Home Inspectors Want You to STOP Doing

Oct. 28, 2022

The pandemic ushered in a DIY craze, as homeowners armed with YouTube tutorials and power searches on Google went to work on their homes in high numbers. But they may have taken on more than what they should have in an effor…

Real Estate Trends & Musings

Home Sellers Are Liars!

Oct. 7, 2022

Episode 29: Ninety-four percent of homeowners admit to not disclosing property defects when selling their home. Home buyers then move in and uncover shoddy repairs and cover-ups. The percentage is alarmingly high, and partic…

Home Design Trends & Tips Remodeling & Home Improvement

Designing Versailles: The Biggest House in America

Sept. 8, 2022

The interior designer behind the Siegels’ famous home, "Versailles," joins the Housing Muse to talk about designing the largest single-family home in the U.S. The home, belonging to socialite Jackie Siegel and billionaire Da…

Guest: Kim Coombs
Home Design Trends & Tips

6 Ways to Channel Barbiecore Home Design

Aug. 26, 2022

Find out about the latest craze in home design: Barbiecore. The iconic doll is inspiring real-life Barbie Dreamhouses that can be used to transform any home. In this episode, hear how Barbie’s home is inspiring interior desi…

Choosing the Perfect Flooring

July 28, 2022

Heidi Steele, founder of Surface Resources, joins the Housing Muse Podcast to provide insights into the latest flooring trends, and tips on how to pick the best flooring with style, safety and sustainability in mind.

Guest: Heidi Steele

Recent Blog Posts

How to Choose the Best Flooring for Your Home

From checkered tiles to trendy hardwoods, find inspiration in selecting the best flooring for your home with style, sustainability and safety in mind.

Which Paint Color Wears It Best?

Choosing the perfect paint color for a space isn’t easy. We breakdown some of the favorites to help you narrow your choices.

5 Home Design Trends Making a Comeback

Feeling deja vu with some of the latest fads? Check out some of the trends that are making a big return in home design.

About the Host

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Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Podcaster / Blogger / Journalist

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the real estate and home design industry for more than 15 years. She is the creator and host of the Housing Muse Podcast. She is also the creator of the Styled, Staged & Sold blog (the No. 1 home staging blog in the country voted by Feedspot for the last four years and counting). You also can hear her weekly on the syndicated radio show and podcast, Real Estate Today, with her segment "Hot or Not?" in home design. She has contributed to dozens of publications over the years, including BobVila.com, Homes.com, HouseLogic.com, PEOPLE, Chicago Tribune, REALTOR, and more.

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