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Posted on 05/22/2022
4 Keys to designing French gardens
To add classic elegance to your home’s exterior, consider taking inspiration from French gardens. French garden design has a legacy of precise, formal and beautiful landscaping, making it the perfect style for homeowners wanting to dress up their outdoor space. While a French garden can be more maintenance than other garden styles due to the emphasis on clean...
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Posted on 05/15/2022
Dog-friendly landscaping ideas
If you have a dog at home, dog-friendly backyard landscaping ideas might be just what you need to inspire your backyard upgrade. Are you concerned about your pet’s safety around plants? Do you want to protect the condition of your garden? Or, do you just want to make your dog feel more comfortable playing in the yard? Regardless...
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Posted on 05/08/2022
Siding Materials: Which Is Best for Your Tiny House?
When designing a custom tiny home, you will need to select your building materials. One key decision is what to use for siding. There are different options for siding and cladding suitable for tiny homes. Here are some of the best options when choosing materials for the exterior of your tiny home: Real Wood Siding Wood siding made...
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Posted on 05/01/2022
How to Sell Your Home in a Seller's Market
It's easier to sell your home in a seller's market, but that doesn't mean the home will sell itself. Selling your home requires strategy and planning, and in a seller's market there are specific things you can do to get the best offers. Here are some tips for selling in a seller's market: Clean & Stage A hot...
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Posted on 04/24/2022
Try These Organization Tips for a Better Laundry Day
Laundry is a never-ending cycle, but there are ways to make it less of a hassle. A great way to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your laundry day is to organize your laundry room. But where do you start? Here are some tips for ways to add order to the chaos of your laundry room. Drying Bars...
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Posted on 04/17/2022
How to keep your pets entertained while you work from home
Pet owners who work from home have lived with the conundrum of what to do with their pets during the day. Some have established large and lavish “apartment areas,” consisting of a large crated area filled with toys, bedding and other pet supplies; while others allow their pets to roam and sit beside them during their work hours....
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Posted on 04/10/2022
DIY Decor Tips for Your Home Office
The home office has become one of the most important rooms in any house. Whether you have always been a remote worker or you are new to the idea of working from home, you are going to want to carve out a space that allows you to feel both productive and relaxed. As you set up your home...
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Posted on 04/03/2022
How to Improve Your Home's Value With These Plumbing Projects
It's easy to forget about your plumbing as you are planning your home improvement and maintenance schedule. With pipes tucked away behind your walls and generally functioning as they should be, they are often overlooked. However, it's important to consider home improvement projects that will protect and enhance your plumbing, as this will ensure that everything is always...
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Posted on 03/27/2022
DIY Best Practices: Expert Tips to Help With Any Project
Whether you are dabbling into your first DIY home decor project or you are an experienced crafter, you may find that you make a few mistakes or hit a few roadblocks along the way. Fortunately, there are many seasoned experts out there who can give you advice and guidance as you work through any project. These DIY tips...
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Posted on 03/20/2022
3 Key Elements to Shabby Chic Design
Shabby chic is a style of interior design that celebrates a mix of elegance and comfort. While many other “cozy” interior design styles err on the casual side, shabby chic stands out with sophisticated and luxurious elements—with a vintage twist. If you’re looking for a new style to incorporate into your personal decor, we’ll go over some easy...
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Posted on 03/13/2022
Tips for Safely Enjoying Your Fireplace
A functional fireplace is an extremely sought-after feature in any home. Regardless of the climate, a fireplace can provide a special coziness and warmth for everyone to enjoy. However, it's important to practice fireplace safety habits and keep up with maintenance. Here are some basic tips for safely enjoying your fireplace at home: Minimize Soot Buildup Chimney sweeping...
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Posted on 03/06/2022
Interior design basics: Symmetrical & asymmetrical balance
Symmetrical balance is a crucial part of interior design. The arrangement of furnishings and decorative pieces in a space can have a profound effect on the overall aesthetic, regardless of the style of the room. To help you achieve a symmetrical or asymmetrical balance in your home decorating, here is a simple guide to the basics: Symmetrical balance...
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