5 Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space

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5 Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space

As the weather warms up, we yearn to cast off the shackles of winter hibernation and once again feel the joys of outdoor liberation. That begs the question: Is your outdoor space ready to live up to your warm-weather dreams? If not, now is the time to wake up your outdoor space and make it a place you will love to live. Read on to discover five ideas to get you on track for outdoor greatness!

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5 Things Professionals Consider When Designing a Room

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5 Things Professionals Consider When Designing a Room

Been thinking about updating a room in your home? Maybe you got a recent financial windfall, or your child has moved out and you want to start redeeming your empty nest rewards? You may decide to turn to a professional for assistance. But if hiring a pro isn’t in your budget or you prefer to DIY it, then this blog is for you. Read on and you’ll learn five deceptively simple, yet important things pros know that you can use to make your project a success.

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Trending Colors for 2019

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Trending Colors for 2019

With spring right around the corner, a lot of us are thinking home improvement projects. Painting a room or two (or three or four, if you’re like me) is great way to bring a fresh look to your space. Unfortunately, many people don’t get further than thinking—not because of the actual painting but because they fall victim to color paralysis. Do you suffer from CP? I can help. No prescription, and no long list of disturbing and, let’s admit it, sometimes oddly hilarious side effects. Read on to discover five of the most popular color choices for 2019 to help you move from paralysis to painting.

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5 Steps to A Quick and Affordable Bathroom Makeover!

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5 Steps to A Quick and Affordable Bathroom Makeover!

Do you ever walk into your bathroom and wish it felt more luxurious? Or maybe the guest bath you’ve been meaning to update somehow lingers the bottom of your home’s “to-do list”? Well, with the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to stop your bathroom procrastination. You know, redesign or get off the pot! Here are some easy and affordable ideas guaranteed to take the blah out of your bathroom and make it feel new again.

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Here Come the Holidays! A Checklist for Hosting Holiday Guests

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Here Come the Holidays! A Checklist for Hosting Holiday Guests

Every year around this time, I post a blog like this one. Why? Because I’ve been caught in that position of having a houseful of people arriving in 24 hours and realizing I have 72 hours of work to do! If you’ve been there before, you know the following sequence: dread, denial, anger, apathy, wine, acceptance. But follow the tips below to be well prepared to put the “happy” back in your holiday season!

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Distressed Furniture Finishing Made Easy!

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Distressed Furniture Finishing Made Easy!

Have you seen an interesting piece of furniture or maybe a big frame or mirror you would like for your home but it’s not in great shape or looks outdated? If you also like the distressed look that’s so popular now, then read on to learn how to transform those items into proud members of your household. The distressed look converts imperfections—chips, dents, and dings —into charm and character. Poof! Like magic. Well, like magic with some good old fashioned elbow grease.

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4 W'S to Help You Choose New Flooring

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4 W'S to Help You Choose New Flooring

Considering new flooring before the holidays? Unsure of which home flooring to choose? I’m here to help. Flooring will make a big impact on the look and feel of your home, so in this blog we’ll cover the very important questions to consider before you make this very big, very expensive choice.

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5 More Tips to Help You Put Your House in Order

#1 Our worst nightmare, grout cleaning, made easy

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Use toothpaste and an old toothbrush to easily clean and brighten grout. Use only the white paste as the colored gel may stain your grout. Just squeeze the paste along your grout lines, let stand a few minutes and then scrub with an old toothbrush. Be sure and wipe with a clean, damp cloth as you go otherwise you’ll have a dried-on toothpaste mess to clean up. Not fun!

Extra Tip: If you have an old battery-powered toothbrush around, it will help speed up the process. Probably worth the $5 investment to pick one up for this purpose. Mark it well and store with other cleaning supplies so no one accidentally gets a nasty surprise!

#2 Nixing the shower stress

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If you are like me and are fairly blind without your glasses or contacts, this tip is for you. Have you ever put a heaping handful of conditioner on your hair thinking it was shampoo? Well no more! Simply take a rubber band and place it around the shampoo bottle. Problem solved. No more squinting in the shower and sometimes guessing wrong!

#3 Dawn gets it done

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Did you know that you can use Dawn Dish Soap to clear a greasy clog from your kitchen drain? Well, you can. Simply pour ½ cup down your clogged drain, let stand for about a half an hour, and then flush the drain with very hot water for a good five to ten minutes.

Extra Tip: If you make it a habit to do this to your drain once a month or so, you can most likely avoid the clog all together!

#4 The masterful microwave cleaner

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Cleaning the inside of your microwave is the worst! But this trick makes the task much easier and you won’t have the smell of a commercial cleaner on your food after cleaning. Simply take a damp, folded hand towel and place inside the microwave, run microwave on high for a minute and the steam that comes from the damp towel will loosen the grime inside. Be sure when you remove the towel you use an oven mitt or tongs. It will be hot, hot, hot! Wipe clean with paper towels and you are good to go!

#5 Tennis balls aren’t just for fetch

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Here’s an easy trick to help remove scuff marks off your floor. Take a tennis ball and carefully cut an X in it with a utility knife. Insert a broom or mop handle into the X and rub the tennis ball on scuff marks to help remove them. You can also use this to remove dried paint or food drips from your floor, but you may need to dampen those areas and let stand for a minute before you scrub.

And that completes my 10 favorite household tips! Even if you only discovered one you didn’t know before, hopefully it will help you save time, money, and energy. With the busiest time of the year coming up that could be one of the best gifts you get!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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5 Tips to Help You Put Your House in Order

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5 Tips to Help You Put Your House in Order

Working on your fall house cleaning and organizing? Everyone has their favorite tips to keep their house in order. In these next two blogs, I’ll share 10 of my favorites—everything from cleaning grout (yuck!) to organizing that junk drawer we love to hate but can’t seem to live without!

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The Pumpkin Blog

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The Pumpkin Blog

Hello everyone and happy fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!  Yes, we have hit that time of year where you may begin to feel the pressure of all the approaching holidays being thrust upon you once again.  Well today, I’m giving you a lighthearted approach to what can become the foundation of your fall décor that, once done, can last you right up until your Christmas decorating.

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