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    January 12, 2015
    Upcycling Idea: Ladder Shelf

    I absolutely love the whole “shabby chic” design trend. I think it just makes the home look cozy and lived in. But, my favorite décor style is bohemian! Flowy fabrics, rich colors, plants living in the house, mismatched throw pillows and rugs- it’s the absolute epitome of maximalism! Which I am all about. That’s why I love this project by Donna at Funky Junk. It incorporates the best of both worlds, while also upcycling an old piece. Check out her stepladder shelf tutorial here:

    -Select boards for shelves, wall supports, and something to connect the ladder to the wall.

    -Lean the full ladder against the wall at the desired angle. Attach ladder to the wall with top brackets. 

    -Mark how long you desire the boards to be, then cut to size.

    -Paint or stain boards if desired

    -Attach supports to wall, add boards.

    Photo Credit: My Latest Obesession 


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    January 6, 2015
    Don’t (Over)Do It! Home Improvements That Will Cost You

    First of all, if you are doing home improvements just because they make you happy and you want them, go right ahead. Living in your home and don’t plan to ever move? Install a water slide from your top floor to your swimming pool. Drill holes all over the walls. Cut out trap doors between rooms. Paint every room a different neon color. Spend millions on intricate landscaping and fountains. If you have the money, go crazy! But, if you are doing home improvements simply to add value to your home…some of those options might not pay off. Ok, all of them are terrible ideas. Most of the time, bigger (more expensive) is not always better. For the home improvements that will actually cost you in the long run, check out this post by Lindsey Schroeder at House Hunt:

    -Swimming pools-  Experts across the real estate industry agree that pools almost never add to a home’s value, and sometimes they actually decrease home prices.

    -Go with minor improvements over upscale remodels every time- It’s always a good idea to remodel a room that hasn’t seen attention in decades-add some new carpet and fresh paint. Research suggests, however, that you’ll lose big on additions and high-end remodels.

    -Don’t overdo the landscaping- A minor amount of landscaping is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value, especially if it adds a touch of much-needed curb appeal.

    Photo Credit: Prayitno 


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    December 31, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Gem Mirror In Bathroom

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    December 24, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Snowflake Door

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    December 22, 2014
    Cool DIY Ideas For Your Home

    I’m always on the lookout for easy home upgrades that I can do- that don’t take more than five minutes. I love the idea of having a totally personalized, put together house, but I usually lack the skills to make all my DIY ideas a reality. I don’t know much about electricity, wiring, carpentry, plumbing, or even painting (I’d rather call a professional for those services) – but I’m all for throwing a little glitter on a dollar store item to make it look like a million bucks! That’s why I love this Buzzfeed article by Peggy Wang- it’s packed full of ideas that will make your home stand out, without having much technical knowledge on repairs:

    -Paint your old vinyl or linoleum floors

    -Make your own curtain tie backs

    -Hide television wires in a shower curtain rod

    -Add a large picture frame around your flatscreen TV- or add frames around light switch covers

    -Cover an air vent with a doormat

    Photo Credit: Curb Alert Blog 


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    December 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Take Apart A Pallet Fast
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2cyuo7

    This is awesome! You can make so many great DIY projects with pallets.


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    December 17, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Bright Room, Beautiful Skylights

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    December 12, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Solar Panel
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2ccou6

    Really great idea!


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    December 9, 2014
    Saving Money By Winterizing Your Home

    Well, winter is officially here. And last winter, I had an electricity bill that was DOUBLE my monthly average– which is completely unacceptable. But, before those dreaded winter electricity bills come rolling in, you can prevent them! There are plenty of ways to lock down your home, get it ready for the cold, and save big. Check out this post by Teresa Mears at Yahoo Homes for home improvements that will keep you warm and toasty:

    -Caulk around windows and doors, seal up all holes

    -Put rugs down on non-carpeted floors

    -Cover holes around electric outlets

    -Add insulation in attic, crawl space, and basement

    -Put a blanket around the water heater

    Photo Credit: Bill Smith 03303 


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    December 1, 2014
    Say No To Frozen Pipes

    Winter is here, and temperatures are dropping fast. I live in the South, where even one flake of snow is enough to cancel school, and temps are already under 20 degrees every night. I’m sure most of you live in even colder places. When temps get below freezing, it’s extremely important to protect your pipes from freezing and damage. There are quite a few ways to get this done. Check out this post by Emily Burns Morgan at Bobvila.com for tips on winterizing your plumbing:

    -Never turn off the heat when leaving home for winter. Instead, set it to 55 degrees F.

    -To make sure your pipes are well-insulated, close crawl space vents and stuff insulation over the openings.

    -If your bathroom pipes run along an outside exterior wall, try keeping the vanity door(s) open to allow heat inside.

    Photo Credit: Scott Akerman 


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