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    May 15, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Entryway Ideas
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxzwplu

    The first thing you see when you enter a house is what’s just behind the door. Make a good first impression with these tips!


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    May 8, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Making A Bedroom Look Larger
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2nn6lo

    These are great decorating tips, and will also help if you are trying to stage your home for sale!


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    March 20, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: “Cottage Style” Modern Decor
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2jx3n1

    I LOVE the birch tree wallpaper!


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    March 10, 2015
    Moving Into A New Kitchen

    The kitchen is one of the first places most people unpack when moving. And it should be! You don’t necessarily need a TV in the living room to function, but eating dinner is crucial. But, hold up! You might want to just have take-out for the first few nights. Being happy in your new kitchen is key, but it’s easier to make the changes you want before everything is unpacked. This list by Cambria Bold at TheKitchn.com has some sound advice for what to do once you’re moved in:

    -If you want to paint, paint now.

    -Deep clean the cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator, or hire a professional to do it.

    -Check that all appliances and outlets work

    -Measure cabinets and drawers for organizers

    -Plan out where everything will really go.

    Photo Credit: Suzy Spence 


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    March 6, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Masculine Bedroom Spaces
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2it8b6

    I feel like most decor I talk about on this blog is heavily sided towards the feminine side (probably because I’m a lady :p ). However, there are some truly stunning and masculine decorating ideas out there! Whether you’re decorating a dorm room, an apartment, or the bedroom of your home, you’re sure to find inspiration with this video!


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    February 20, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Quirky Furniture For The Creative Soul
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2hlf9c

    I especially love the drawers under the stairs and the suitcase shelves!


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    February 2, 2015
    Home Buying Anxieties- What Not To Worry About

    Buying a home can be an extremely stressful experience. You’re deciding where you’re going to be living, permanently (or at least for the next 5-10 years), trying to find the absolute perfect home, and making the biggest purchase of your life. I can see why many buyers are so anxious! However, many common fears are misplaced. It’s easy to get hung up on little details and not look at the big picture. For features that you shouldn’t dwell on when buying a home, check out this post by Todd Ferris at Ferris Property Group:

    -Paint color- Inside and out. Is easily and cheaply changed!

    -Furniture- It will be leaving with the sellers.

    -Window treatments and Light fixtures- are easily swapped out.

    -Fencing- Instead of fencing, pay attention to other details of the yard such as size and slope.

    Photo Credit: Bark Bud 


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    January 23, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Valentine’s Decor
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2fky13

    These are so cute! Perfect for a teen’s room, or a holiday party.


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    January 19, 2015
    Temporary Decorating For Renters

    You may save lots of money in the short term by renting instead of buying, and that’s great if it fits your lifestyle needs. However, one of the biggest downsides to renting is the lack of customization it allows. Sure, you can put out a few candles and -maybe- hang up a picture or two, but you can’t make any real changes to your space. Again, if you are minimalist type person, this may be totally fine with you. However, when I lived in a dorm and an apartment, I felt absolutely stifled. My space has to represent me! It has to be beautiful, creative, inspiring, and refreshing. Plain, off-white walls, fluorescent lights, and linoleum floors just don’t do it for me. That’s why I love this post by Dabney Frake at Apartment Therapy. It has a list of temporary, removable décor products that renters can use:

    -Double sided carpet tape- for temporary flooring

    -Wallpaper lining- apply it before putting up wallpaper, and it makes it strip right off when you need it to. Great solution for when you want to make regular wallpaper temporary.

    -Peel and stick tile sheets

    -Window film- for privacy, decoration, or both!

    -Command wall hooks- hang art and photos and leave no trace (or holes)

    Photo Credit: Sherrie Thai 


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    January 8, 2015
    Winter Got You Feeling Gloomy? Start With Your Home

    I absolutely hate winter. Last night, it got down to 4 degrees F, and I live in the South! I mean, how are people supposed to live like this? I hate the cold, I hate the gloom, I hate how dead everything looks. But, the one nice thing about the cold is that it makes you grateful for a roof over your head and a heater. In fact, the easiest way to getting rid of the winter blahs is by making your home as cozy as possible. Having a warm, comfortable home will beat back winter depression, and will also be a nice draw to buyers if you are trying to sell. For tips on making your home a warm haven, check out this post by Joy M at Stagetecture:

    -Let in more natural light. Keep windows clean and clear, and opt for sheer fabrics.

    -Use candles for warmth and cozy atmosphere

    -Add soft and cozy furnishings- add cushions and throws to sofas and beds. Use neutral colors for a calming look, or bright colors for a vibrant look.

    Photo Credit: The Little Hermitage Tumblr 


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