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    February 1, 2016
    DIY Decorating For Free

    When you’re moving out on your own, the last thing you think about is home décor. You have money saved for deposits, bills, rent, and furniture, but nothing else! You may think it’s not a necessity, but living in a home devoid of any personality can be boring and draining. And let’s face it- canvas wall art, big mirrors, and throw rugs can get expensive. That’s why I love this post by Dawn at Christian Personal Finance. Here are some creative ways to decorate your home for FREE!:

    Use Old Wallpaper On Book Shelves By Expat State Of Mind

    Upcycle Old Maps By Dishfunctional Designs

    Recycle Bottles Into Vases By Apartment Therapy

    DIY Pinecone Wreath By Do It Yourself Divas

    Photo Credit: Expat State of Mind 


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    January 22, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Design Tips For Open Floor Plans
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x35ezo2

    Homes with open floor plans are trending now, and for good reason! I love the bright, open spaces they create. If you have an open plan in your home, check out these tips for styling a living room.


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    January 8, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Cute DIY Idea: Photo Frame
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3dx7po

    What an adorable way to display photographs!


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    January 5, 2016
    Do You Have A Happy Home?

    Your home is your sanctuary, and I believe that you should surround your sanctuary with things that make you happy: people you love, beloved pets, furnishings that you like, and possessions that you take pride in. Are you happy in your home? Check out this post by Jennifer Hunter at Apartment Therapy for a list of things that happy people have in their homes:

    -A mess- throw a party, do a craft, cook a meal- worry about the mess later

    -A hobby

    -A hand-me-down with lots of memories attached

    -A plant

    -An almost-used-up luxury

    Photo Credit: Jinkazamah 


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    December 31, 2015
    Happy New Year!

    Photo from Bridal Musings


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    December 30, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Book Wall

    Photo from Redfin


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    December 25, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Tree Light Show
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cxhfq

    This is so fun and original!


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    December 18, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Christmas Decor
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmj013

    This flower arrangement is sure to attract plenty of attention! I love the lights that are included.


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    December 17, 2015
    Renter Woes….And What To Do About Them

    I can honestly be happy anywhere, but I prefer to live in a house. Yes, it can be more financially challenging (but you do build equity), but there are just certain perks when it comes to owning over renting. You tend to have more space, a yard you can relax in, more privacy, and more customization options. To me, the absolute worst thing about apartment was the lack of privacy. You have to deal with maintenance staff, landlords, pest control, and who-even-knows-else having keys to your place and being able to barge in whenever they please. Not to mention, neighbors who share your walls. It works for some people, it’s just not for me. If you’re renting an apartment, and you’re trying to rid yourself of these common problems, never fear! Just check out this post by Trulia at PopSugar Home:

    -Quirky landlord: Is your landlord invasive? Rude? Talkative? Try to charm the heck out of them. Pay your rent early, always smile, and chat it up. Hopefully, this will reduce any “quirky” interactions.

    -Decorating limitations- many places now let you paint your apartment, as long as you paint it back before you move out. Temporary wallpaper and switching light fixtures also works wonders.

    -Bad neighbors- Try a friendly knock-and-talk first. Only call your landlord or police as an absolute last resort if they continue the behavior.

    Photo Credit: Patrick Fitzgerald 


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    November 27, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Fall Table Decor Ideas
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2nfrnm

    Very simple, and very elegant!


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