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    March 27, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Creating More Space In Your Closet
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox5cnra

    Here are some great storage and organization tips that will give you the most closet space you can get!


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    March 26, 2015
    Getting The Most Out Of A Small Space

    Having a small living space does not mean that you need to be cramped and cluttered. There are plenty of ways to make it work. The key is organization, elimination, and tasteful (minimal) décor. For tips on getting the most out of your small space, be it a kitchen, office, bedroom, or even living room, check out this post by Bao at Releve Design:

    -Don’t supersize. Reenergize- try rearranging furniture to update your look

    -Be negative- Instead of trying to fit everything into a room, try removing items and storing them out of sight. Actively design your negative space. Breathing room allows the eye to rest.

    -Light it up- bring in some good lamps and light up the area. Floor lamps are ideal because they don’t need a stand.

    -Reflect on your space- mirrors always help a small space seem larger

    -Disarm- get chairs, couches, etc. without arms.

    Photo Credit: Karl Frankowski 


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    March 25, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cool Basement Den

    Photo Credit: Vic


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    March 16, 2015
    Making Your Shak Feel Cozy

    March is here, and it’s almost officially Spring. You know what that means- rain, rain, and even more rain. It has poured almost every day for the last 2 weeks where I live (though the days it has not rained have been gorgeous!). In this gloomy weather, it’s important that your home is dry, warm, and cozy. Check out this post by Adrienne Breaux at Apartment Therapy for ways to make your home cozier during the rainy weather:

    -Choose a comfy shaped seat- opt for extra curves, rounded shapes, and thick cushions.

    -Place points of comfort in many, unexpected areas.

    -Cocoon your bed with curtains or canopy

    -Don’t forget the bathroom! Add textiles where they make sense- use fluffy towels, and a thick bath rug.

    -Use comforting materials found in nature

    Photo Credit: Daviddje 


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    March 9, 2015
    How to Start Decorating Your First Home

    If you’re like most people, you probably want your home to look well put-together. If you’re like me, you want that, but have no idea where to start. My favorite design style is “bohemian,” but it’s hard to pull that off without having your home look cluttered and mismatched. For beginner decorating tips that you can match to any personal style, check out this post by Liz Lynch at Who What Wear:

    -Begin with paint- decide on a color scheme for the room, or pick a nice neutral color

    -Choose classic pieces for furniture, rather than something trendy that will feel outdated in a few years

    -Lay down some rugs- they add personality and texture to a room

    -Splurge on lighting that you love

    -Add textiles

    -Put up some inexpensive/DIY wall art

    Photo Credit: Maegan Tintari 


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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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