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    April 16, 2015
    Shelf Styling 101

    The bookshelves in my home are a mess. Well, no. Not a mess. Just…crowded. I have a weakness for used books and trinkets and things, and I like to have them all displayed. While I like looking at all my stuff, it certainly doesn’t look put together. That’s why I was excited to find this post by Mindy at Finding Silver Linings. Check it out for tips on how to style a shelf like a pro:

    -Choose a color scheme, and stick to it. Keeping the colors somewhat limited, you create a sense of unity in the overall look.  Objects that don’t necessarily “go together” will look right if they fall into the chosen color family.

    -Layer shorter things in front of taller things. This creates a sense of depth. Vary heights of objects.

    These are especially useful as staging tips for anyone trying to sell a home!

    Photo Credit: Shira Gal 

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    April 15, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Tupperware Organization Solution

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    April 8, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Rustic Brick Bathroom Walls

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    April 6, 2015
    Maintenance Tasks To Complete When You Move In To A New Home

    So, you just bought a new house. Once you’ve made the offer, closed the deal, packed up, and moved in, your work is done….right? Well, not really. There are a few maintenance tasks that everyone moving into a new home should complete. It will make your house safer, cleaner, and just more comfortable over all. Check out this post by Courtney Craig at House Logic for tips:

    -Change the locks

    -Check for plumbing leaks- even if your inspector already did this, you should double check.

    -Steam clean the carpets

    -Wipe out and sanitize all cabinets and surfaces

    -Call in a pest removal service- to get rid of bugs and rodents

    Photo Credit: Cambodia 4 Kids 

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    April 1, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Chalkboard Wall

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    March 31, 2015
    Home Building Regrets

    Building your own home is the ultimate way to have it completely customized to your wants and needs. When buying or building a home, most people have a list of their requirements. How else will you know what to look for or add? But, sometimes you don’t know what you need until it’s, well, not there. If you’re shelling out the kind of money you need to build a new home, don’t be afraid to splurge on the things that you know you’ll want. Why spend that kind of money if it’s not perfect? Check out this post by Erin at How To Nest For Less for things she wishes she had included when building her home:

    -More windows- the more natural light, the better.

    -More outlets in the basement. More outlets everywhere- in today’s digital age, you simply cannot have too many outlets.

    -Extra cabinets on empty walls in kitchen- it’s difficult to add cabinets later.

    Photo Credit: Allen McGregor 

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    March 27, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Creating More Space In Your Closet

    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

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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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