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    August 20, 2015
    Home Improvement Projects You Can Do This Weekend

    Changing the way your space looks doesn’t need to take a ton of money, or even a lot of time. Sometimes, just rearranging your furniture, opening the windows, and adding a fresh coat of paint are all that your home needs to look dramatically better. If you plan on staging your home for sale, or just need a quick way to update your look, check out these ideas by Laura at The Turquoise Home:

    -Board and batten, add wainscoting or other architectural details

    -Frame the bathroom mirrors

    -Paint, paint, paint! It is the easiest, cheapest way to customize a room or furniture

    -Change out the light fixtures

    -Changes the shades/curtains

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    August 14, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Decor Idea- Air Plant Terrariums

    These are irresistibly cute and easy to take care of!

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    August 13, 2015
    Apartment Alterations

    One of the biggest plus sides of owning your home is that you can do whatever you want with it. Paint the ceiling. Don’t like a wall? Knock it down! Drill holes, add windows, tile the bathroom- whatever you can imagine (and afford), you can do. With renting, it’s considered a luxury if they let you paint your walls (as long as you paint it back when you move out). For me, not having my space personalized is a huge downer. I like my rooms to be a reflection of who I am, and with renting it’s often hard to do that. Well, not anymore! There are plenty of renter-friendly projects you can do to renovate your area. Check out this post by Justina Blakeney at Ebay for ideas:

    -Use tension rods to hang curtains, towels, and other fabrics.

    -Install temporary wallpaper! Yes, it exists!

    -Try an outdoor rug in your kitchen if you dislike the flooring

    Photo Credit: Maureen Didde 

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    August 12, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Simple and Clean

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    August 6, 2015
    Staging Ideas For The Lazy Seller

    In this market, sellers can afford to be a little lazy. It’s highly competitive out there for buyers, and if your house looks somewhat liveable and is decently priced, you will most likely sell it. But, if you want to get the full value of your home, you will have to do a little work. Just a little! The bare minimum of getting your home ready to show isn’t hard to do. Check out these super simple staging tips by Jessica Schweppe at the Zurple blog:

    -Focus on decluttering- If you do no staging whatsoever, decluttering will still make a huge impact on how inviting your home is.

    -Remove personal items, knick knacks, and distractions

    -Make sure each room has a defined purpose- get rid of the nursery/office and the dining room/gym.

    That’s it! Your home can be ready to show in a day!

    Photo Credit: Laura D’Alessandro 

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    August 5, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Perfect Studio Apartment

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    July 31, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Minimalism 101

    I definitely consider myself to be more of a “maximalist,” but if you like sleek, simple, and modern looks that are devoid of clutter- minimalism is for you!

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    July 29, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Pallet Shoe Organizer

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    July 24, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Style With Curtains

    Curtains are a great way to make a big statement inexpensively.

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    July 23, 2015
    Creating A Dazzling Entryway

    If you’re trying to sell your home, nothing is more important than a good first impression. You can create that in a listing by having professional photos taken of your clean, clutter-free home. In person, though, it’s a little different. For a showing, the first thing that a buyer sees will be your entry way. Check out these tips by Justina Blakeney at Ebay for creating a memorable entrance:

    -Decorate the foyer- use ceramic plates, baskets, or anything that will brighten up the space.

    -The little things matter- small details like doorknobs, plates, and hinges will not go unnoticed

    -Reflect- mirrors make small entryways look bigger

    -Bring in some plants to add color and life

    Photo Credit: Emily May 

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