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    March 4, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Rustic Lanterns+Modern Staircase=Perfection

    Photo from Home Adore


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    March 3, 2015
    Ready for a New Dishwasher?

    If you’re remodeling your kitchen, either for home value or just personal taste, chances are that you’ll totally want to revamp the appliances. Personally, I’m not a huge snob in this area- if a machine cleans my dishes for me and gets the job done, I’m satisfied. However, for those of you looking to sell your home, having new and updated appliances gives your home a different kind of shiny, futuristic allure. If you’re in the market, check out this post by Janet Hall at Remodelista for some great tips on how to pick the best dishwasher:

    -Figure out your kitchen’s size constraints

    -What are your cleaning habits? What features do you need in a washer?

    -What interior features do you need?

    -Is quietness essential?

    -How do you want it to look?

    -What is your budget?

    Photo Credit: Goedeker’s 


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    February 23, 2015
    Adding More Counter Space

    No matter how big and luxurious your kitchen is, you can never have enough counter space. We actually have quite a bit of counter space in our kitchen- but more is obviously better. It’s easy for them to be quickly filled with dishes, mail, groceries, medicine- basically, they accumulate a bunch of stuff that doesn’t already have a set space. For solutions to your counter top woes, check out this awesome post by Regina Yunghans at The Kitchn.com to add more room:

    -Get a large cutting board that fits over the sink

    -Invest in appliance storage to keep them from cluttering counters

    -Add fold down and pull out surfaces

    -Attach things to walls- there are plenty of wall-mounted appliances that will save you tons of counter space.

    Photo Credit: Granite Charlotte Counters 


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    February 18, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Sliding Screen To Bathroom

    Photo from Dwell


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    February 13, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Amazing Folding Furniture!
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2e7vn2

    This doesn’t even look real- it looks like some kind of optical illusion to me! What a great idea for small spaces.


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    February 10, 2015
    Building an In Home Bar

    While it may not pay off if you are selling your home, an in-home bar is a lot of fun. If you entertain a lot, and have friends that like having a drink and hanging out at your house, a bar might be the perfect project for you. They’re great for sports buffs, TV and movie nights, and other get-togethers. If you are interested in creating your own home bar, check out this post by Gordon at Milligan’s Gander Hill Farm for a full tutorial. The post has an extremely detailed, photo-centric tutorial, so I don’t think that pasting any of it here will do it justice. Be sure to check it out.

    Photo Credit: Matt Scott 


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    February 2, 2015
    Saggy Sofa? How To Update It!

    I feel like everyone has it: the 10+ year old, beige, microfiber sofa. It has stains of indeterminate origin, maybe some kind of sticky black mark (gum??), and saggy, deflated-looking cushions. If you don’t have one, you know someone who does. If it IS your couch, never fear! Making them like-new again is actually fairly easy. Instead of spending hundreds on a new sofa, you can simply perk yours up for less than $30. Check out this tutorial by Tonya at Love Of Family And Home if your sofa is looking slouchy:

    -The first thing I did for this makeover was wash all of our couch cushion & throw pillow covers! Let me just tell you, I had NO IDEA how filthy those things were until I washed them!  It was unbelievable!   

    - I bought a 10lb box of Poly-Fil at our local Walmart store for $20.00 and used it to add more stuffing to the back cushions and throw pillows. I just unzipped the cushions & stuffed! Easy peasy!! 

    -As far as the seat cushions go, I perked them up a bit using some Poly-Fil Quilt Batting ($9).

    Photo Credit: kishisaka 


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    January 30, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Secret Doors Galore!
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2g74sp

    Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted secret passages and hidden doors in my house. I kind of still do!


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    January 27, 2015
    Closet Organization Ideas

    Over the past few years, I have worked very hard to change myself for the better. I don’t want to say that I used to be a hoarder- but I was extremely messy, and I just had too much stuff. Maybe “lazy” is a closer word. I’m still not a neat freak, but I work every day to clean and get rid of things I don’t need. My house just looks lived-in now, instead of like a tornado went through it. However, one area still escapes my cleaning and tends to accumulate all my crap- the closet. That’s why I love this post by Leonora Epstein at Buzzfeed! It has several creative and inspiring ways to organize your closet and get your home in tip-top shape:

    -Make the most of dead space with mini storage bins and hooks.

    -If you have metal shelving, a few hooks creates a hanging space for accessories.

    -Use old CD racks for shoe storage.

    Photo Credit: Rubbermaid Products Flickr 


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    January 23, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: IKEA Struggles
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2fkvp3

    If you’ve ever been to IKEA for a new home project, you know how it is.


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