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    June 24, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Beautiful Entry Way

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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Luxury Bathroom

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    June 15, 2015
    Making Your Coffee Table Look Fabulous

    Honestly, I’d never quite understood the purpose of coffee tables. I don’t like how low they are, I seem to always be banging my leg on them, and I don’t drink much coffee. Plus, I’ve never really known what to put on them. I can style a bookshelf like a pro with books and knick-knacks, but coffee tables leave me completely dumbfounded. That’s why I love this post by Kim at Tidbits and Twine. Here are some of her ideas for making your coffee table a beautiful part of your living room:

    -Try putting things in all four corners. This is great if you prefer a busier look and have lots of decorative elements you want to use.

    -Or, try a contained grouping. Place your decorative items on a serving tray in the center of the table.

    -Keep it sweet and simple. Sometimes, less is more. A simple vase of flowers can work wonders.

    -Group things with varying heights and textures.

    Photo Credit: Constanza 


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    June 12, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Wall Paint Inspiration
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2tqx38

    Good ideas to add color and personality to your home!


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    June 8, 2015
    Furnishing Your First Apartment On A Budget

    Even though things are looking up for college grads, there are still millions of them out there with no job and thousands of dollars in debt. The ones that don’t move back in with their parents have to face stagnant wages and inflated rent prices. That’s why it’s important now, more than ever, to look for ways to save. Once you save for an apartment deposit, you run into the problem of how to afford furnishings, let alone décor that lets you express yourself. Check out this post by Julia Welling at SheFinds for tips on saving big when moving out:

    -Sign up for store rewards cards before making any purchases

    -Hit up local thrift stores. Be patient and you will most likely find something you love that is affordable.

    -Get creative with your space. A curtain + pressure rod = instant (CHEAP) room divider. Especially helpful for studio apartment dwellers.

    Photo Credit: Rob Young 


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    June 5, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Clean Stainless Steel
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2mdqvq

    Give your kitchen and bathroom an extra shine with these tips.


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    June 2, 2015
    Cleaning For Home Sellers

    Imagine you are going to look at a house that you might buy. Now imagine that there are dirty dishes in the sink, piles of laundry everywhere, a visible litterbox, and unmade beds in every room. Of course, it’s normal. It’s lived in. Most people’s houses look like that on a day-to-day basis, unless you have hours to devote to housekeeping every day. But would you buy a home that looked like that owner didn’t even lift a finger to get it guest-ready? No. When you’re selling your home, your home isn’t really yours anymore. Your Realtor will be dropping by regularly, and strangers will be walking through your home, maybe on a daily basis. That’s why you need to step up your cleaning! Check out this post by Becky at Cleanmama for cleaning checklists for home sellers! (They are also printable! How cute!)

    Photo Credit: The Italian Voice 


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    May 29, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Make A Splash In Your Kitchen
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    Check out these backsplash ideas if you are thinking of spicing up your kitchen!


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    May 27, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Walk In Pantry

    Photo from Sand and Sisal


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    May 19, 2015
    Spray Painting Furniture

    I’m more than a little challenged when it comes to painting- walls, furniture, or anything else. I always feel like I miss giant spots, drip it on everything, and just generally make a mess. Me and paint brushes just aren’t friends. That’s why I love spray painting. It’s fast and easy, and you can’t really mess anything up as long as you paint outside. Some types of furniture are much more suited to spray paint than others. If you want to give any pieces in your home a quick spray paint makeover, check out this post by Painted Furniture Ideas. Spray paint is perfect for:

    -Side tables, end tables, night stands.

    -Bar stools, chairs.

    -Coffee tables, small console tables.

    Photo Credit: Jocelyn Durston 


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