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    October 22, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Arbor Over Garage= Curb Appeal!

    Photo from Sterley Construction


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    October 16, 2014
    Fans For the Fall

    Fans are a great, practical accessory to any room. That is, if you know how to utilize them correctly. Large metal/plastic fans usually don’t look great, but a stylish ceiling fan can really pull a room together. However, there are other types of fans besides ceiling fans! Check out this post by Nancy Moeller at the Active Rain blog for some inspiration that you’re sure to be a “fan” of:

    -Smart ceiling fans- These fans are about keeping the temperature and atmosphere in your home at optimum levels using the least amount of energy. 

    -Whole house fans- Older homes that don’t have central air-conditioning can be fitted with a whole house fan.

    -Other options include free-standing box, floor, tower or pedestal fans. You can move these portable fans from room to room throughout the day.

    Photo Credit: Mario Anima 


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    October 15, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Perfectly Pink Paint Palette

    Photo from Amy Howard at Home Blog


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    October 10, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Planning A Kitchen Remodel? Watch This
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox24cysi

    Some great tips if you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen!


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    October 8, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Peaceful Gray Bath

    Photo from Remy Meijers


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    October 2, 2014
    Rust Busting Secrets

    To me, metal furniture looks much more sophisticated than plastic lawn chairs. It’s also more durable, and will last you much longer. My entire life, I’ve had metal lawn furniture, and I’ve always loved the look of it. However, it does have its weak point: rain and rust. Now- one little storm won’t render your outdoor furniture useless- but over time, rust can build up. But even if it does- you don’t need to worry! Just read this tutorial by Lane Cummings at eHow and your patio furniture will be good as new:

    -Spray the metal furniture with vinegar until each piece of metal is sopping wet
    -Wait 15 minutes, then wipe off, and rinse with water- then dry

    -Rub the rest of the rust off with a wire brush

    -Sand off any remaining rust, wipe off

    -Apply primer and rust-resistant paint

    Photo Credit: Delwin Steven Campbell 


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    October 1, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Abandoned Farmhouse

    Photo from Erling Sivertsen


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    September 26, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Abandoned Hotel
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox26n1f1

    Exploring abandoned buildings is dangerous and illegal- so don’t try this at home. However, it’s fun watching other people do it!


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    September 25, 2014
    How To Style Bookcases

    I’m always surprised when I go to someone’s house and I don’t see bookshelves; they’re a great way for adding personality to a room. I probably have too many- but where else am I going to put my books? They’re also great for storing (and showing off) all my knick knacks and collections. But, my shelves always look cluttered and full. That’s why I love this article by Justina Blakeney at Ebay- it has some awesome styling tips for making bookshelves look put together: you can use them for staging your home, or giving your room a makeover:

    -Arrange books by size and color

    -Use objects to add height

    -Face good-looking books outward

    -Use artwork on shelves

    -Add plants

    Photo Credit: magicatwork 


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    September 24, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: How To Transfer A Map Onto A Pallet

    Photo and tutorial from The Idea Room


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