First impressions count: How to improve your home’s curb appeal

First impressions count: How to improve your home’s curb appeal

I'm sure you already know the importance of a good first impression – after all, there's a reason why we show up to job interviews in suits instead of sweat pants. It's the same reason why we clean the house before guests come to stay. The interior of your home, however, is not what people will notice first. Curb appeal describes the visual attractiveness of your house when it is seen from the street. Before guests get a peak at the entryway, the living room or the guest room of your home, they will notice your home's front yard and exterior....

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Helpful home tips for when you’re away on vacation

Helpful home tips for when you’re away on vacation

Summer isn't over yet, and I'm sure many of you are still preparing for your family vacation. Before you take off and enjoy a week of relaxation and sightseeing, follow these tips to keep your home safe and ready for your return. 1. Suspend your mail and newspaper Unless you've made a habit of not bringing in the mail everyday, a stuffed mailbox will tell others that you're out of town and might not be back for a while. Put your mail and newspaper services on hold until you get back. 2. Invest in timers Once again, you don't want...

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5 ways to boost energy in the home

5 ways to boost energy in the home

Feeling drained? I bet I'm not the only one who could use a little more energy to get through the day. The good news is that there are many techniques we can use to boost energy, starting with our home's interior setup. With a few changes in the home, you may not even need that afternoon cup of coffee anymore! Here are a few strategies you can try: 1. Design your room to encourage sleep There are people who say they can function just fine on four hours of sleep, but I believe in the power of a good night's...

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What your home says about you

What your home says about you

You may not realize it, but your home says a lot about who you are as a person. So, does your home reflect the true you? When family, friends or neighbors stop by for a visit, here are just a few of the things they might learn about you simply by walking through your home: Interests Do you love to travel? Is music your biggest passion? Share your interests through your home's decorations and accessories. Display as decor the souvenirs you've acquired on your different trips. If your large music collection is stuffed in storage boxes, set up a shelves...

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5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Choosing a decorating style is not something to rush or consider lightly. Every purchase you make while selecting furniture and décor has to reflect the style you choose, and you don’t want to start questioning your decision halfway through the decorating process. Before you start furnishing your home, use our guide to narrow down your unique decorating style and feel confident in your final decision. Your style is Rustic if… You’d rather live outdoors if you could and you tend to choose natural colors and materials over others. The simpler things in life make you the happiest, and you’ve never...

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How to decorate a space with white walls

How to decorate a space with white walls

When it comes to interior design, white walls are often misunderstood. People tend to think of them as dull, when really they can be used to create an elegant or lively space. The key to designing such a space is knowing how to work with your white walls effectively. Whether you’re stuck with white walls as a renter or you’re simply ready to try something new, these three decorating ideas will help you design a space you’ll love. Contrast white walls with bright colors White walls don’t have to be boring if you incorporate bright colors throughout the room. Instead...

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How to clean and care for your chandelier

How to clean and care for your chandelier

Chandeliers can be a stunning addition to your space, but without regular cleaning they can quickly become dull and dirty. When guests come over, you want them to notice the beautiful crystals and elegant design of your chandelier, not that it has collected numerous cobwebs and a lot of dust. Learn how to properly clean your chandelier and allow its beauty to shine. There are many chandelier cleaning products that people can buy, but these special formulas are actually harmful to your chandelier’s frame and can cause your crystals to become cloudy. When cleaning your light fixture, all you need...

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4 tips for designing a home that you will continue to love for years

4 tips for designing a home that you will continue to love for years

Setting up a living space is no easy feat, so it’s better to create a space that you’ll love for a long time as opposed to redecorating frequently. When decorating your home, keep these four tips in mind to create a space that stands the test of time: 1. Seek out quality furniture Everyone wants to save money, but buying low-quality, cheap furniture will actually cost you more money in the long run. Higher-quality products last longer, which means you can enjoy their great style and functionality for years. 2. Don’t overspend on trendy products The trendy accessories that you...

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Spring cleaning challenge: 3 steps for decluttering your space

Spring cleaning challenge: 3 steps for decluttering your space

If you’ve been vigorously cleaning your home this past week, you’re not alone. Many homeowners do an annual spring cleaning to refresh their space and get ready for the new season. While spring cleaning usually involves dusting off all those hard to reach surfaces that one tends to skip over, it’s also about getting organized. Over the years, we tend to collect more and more stuff, but rarely do we throw anything out. Well, now is the perfect time to declutter your space and get rid of the junk that’s been causing you stress. Here’s what to do. 1. Identify...

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Give a room new life with an accent wall

Give a room new life with an accent wall

Is your space starting to look a little blah lately? Do you feel like the room just needs a change? Then you may want to consider painting an accent wall. Accent walls offer an easy and inexpensive way to liven up a dull room and make it pop. All you have to do is choose which wall you want to accent and the right color for your space. Choosing an accent wall The wall you decide to accent will largely be determined by the existing features in a room and how you plan to set up your space. Accent walls...

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