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  The easiest way to keep your home in great shape and save yourself a lot of work and expense later is with regular upkeep. Small problems can be fixed before they become a major repair requiring hiring a contractor or worse as an emergency situation as result of water or fire caused by deferred maintenance. Every season I supply you with a reminder of the maintenance that may need to be done, things that need to be checked and…

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When I revamped my office I knew I wanted to come up with a replacement for my old cork bulletin boards.  I needed something flexible enough to hang notes, pictures, lists and inspirational sayings and that they could be changed out and moved around easily. I didn't want anything that used push pins because the pins poke holes and tiny holes in anything drives me crazy. For the board in this tutorial I used a ready made frame but the…

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There is something interesting and appealing about the look of wine crates. They bring images of the French countryside and beautiful vineyards of Tuscany. Can’t you just see yourself sitting and sipping a glass of wine overlooking winding country roads, gentle rolling hills lush with greenery and row upon row of grapes lovingly tended to? There is history and tradition and it is comforting in this hurry and rush to get everything quickly that there are still things in this…

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The Five Deadly Staging Sins – sellers and real estate pros ~ this is for you! OK, that is a bit dramatic but not knowing what you need to do can cost time, money and stress when selling your home. It is equally important to know what you shouldn't do when preparing your home for sale. Most people have misconceptions about staging a home to sell, so today I wanted to bust some myths and set the record straight for…

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It is so much fun to look at all the beautiful kitchens on Pinterest and I could spend all day browsing my favorite design blogs. As a dedicated DIY’er I am always looking for great ideas I can copy or a new idea to add to the dream boards I create for each room of the house. Many times the looks I love are just not practical for my life, as I found out with an unfortunate pedestal sink install…

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This week’s DIY is one that I wanted to share with you because I think everyone needs to make a conscious choice to put in a little effort ~ or not ~ and take the initiative to become aware of the danger in the products we are using and the foods we are consuming. This is not how we should have to clean our houses! This has been close to my heart for many, many years, long before the words…

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“Texture and interesting pieces are not always enough - seek out balance when decorating shelves by moving your pieces around until you are happy with not only the look but the feel!” I love this picture and when I posted it at Pinterest I never imagined it would garner so much attention. It has been re-pinned over 1,000 times already. I believe that one of the hardest decorating tasks a homeowner faces is to taking their loved possessions and arrange…

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Let's first clarify a false notion that pets are bad Feng Shui. Pets in general are not bad for the Feng Shui energy of your home. What is bad Feng Shui is people who are not mindful about their pets, their behavior and the role they play in the Feng Shui energy of their home. All living beings in a space are affected by and create Feng Shui energy. Movement and sound can be beneficial or have a negative impact…

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Many of us live in homes with builder grade finishes and if you are like me you probably had planned to upgrade as soon as you had time. Then life got busy and those plans got pushed off. Now you have decided it is time to make some upgrades. Maybe you’re selling your home and paying to upgrade is not in the picture but you realize that making some needed visual changes will help your home sell faster and for…

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Inspiracionline I know there are a lot of guys out there saying “hide your television ~ why would you want to do that?”. Think about it, would you place a large black rectangle on the wall for artwork? When the television is off that is exactly what happens. I love this DIY that keeps the seaside theme going with shutters that look like they were swept in from the sea. Lifestyles have changed and as the size of televisions increased…

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