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    April 22, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Upcycle Inspiration
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    Happy Earth Day! Check out this video, and get some inspiration for recycling old junk into awesome home decor!


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    April 18, 2016
    Super Cheap Staging Ideas

    To sell your home, you don’t need to gut it from the inside out. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on costly remodels and expensive new furniture and appliances. If your home is already upgraded, that’s great, and it’ll add additional value to your price. However, most people can stage their home on a shoestring! First, de-clutter your home, and take out all extraneous furniture and personal items. Then, give it a good deep clean. Finally, check out these frugal staging ideas by Tyler Zey at Easy Agent Pro:

    -Leave closets half empty to give the impression of more storage space

    -Pay close attention to the foyer/entrance- add a small bench and vase of flowers

    -Rearrange furniture to maximize space and give better flow through the house

    -Use neutral paint colors on walls, but add color with furniture and decorations

    -Use brighter light bulbs

    -Update all window coverings: curtains, rods, and blinds


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    March 29, 2016
    Spring Cleaning Tips

    5603360538_51f80d4eea_zThis Spring, my home (and my life) has undergone a huge transformation. I’ve made it my mission to declutter every room, and get rid of everything I don’t actually need. Usually, I skip Spring cleaning all together. Not this year. If you are selling your home soon, or you have just caught the cleaning bug, check out these awesome Spring cleaning tips by Tori at the Tori Toth blog:

    -Wipe down the walls- you don’t notice, but they accumulate a ton of dust, grime, and even grease from cooking

    -Wipe down all light fixtures- these are easy to forget about!

    -Freshen up your furniture- clean your throw pillows, couches, chairs, and other pieces that don’t usually get washed.

    -Clean out your appliances- clean your oven, dishwasher, fridge, etc.

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    March 16, 2016
    Wordless Wednesday: Neutral And Wood Interior

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    March 4, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener
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    These are really cute, and the scents and colors are totally customizable!


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    March 3, 2016
    Backsplash Goals

    27a614e87277c65244c9758a7ee229c7If I ever had the money and resources to build my home, one thing I would definitely include would be a high end kitchen. Something I’ve always loved looking at has been interesting tile backsplashes. They are a great way to add color and texture to a kitchen, and I’d love to have one someday! If you are building a home, remodeling your kitchen, or just looking for inspiration, check out this awesome slideshow by Susan Kleinman at the HGTV Design Blog for some gorgeous ideas! Some aren’t even tile- they use other materials like natural stone, glass, or even wood. Check out the full gallery here!

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    February 26, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Invisible Bookshelf Tutorial
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    These are awesome! I love the idea of having floating books on my wall.

     


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    February 23, 2016
    Avoid Cluttered Decor With These Tips

    16224310440_7aeab375e2_zWhen decorating, there is a pretty fine line between too little and too much. I, for one, can’t stand a completely empty house with white walls. While that’s fine for some, I crave color, texture, and eye-catching shapes. However, it is VERY much possible to overdo it. Check out this post by Amber at My List of Lists for decorating mistakes that will make your home look messy and cluttered:

    -Don’t put furniture directly against walls

    -Keep your kitchen pantry clean and organized

    -Fluff pillows in your living room. When they are flat, the entire room looks messier

    -Be picky about picture frames: a few choice ones are nice, too many makes a room look cluttered

    -Organize and decorate your entryway, it’ll set the tone for your whole home.

    Photo Credit: Ron Frazier 


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    February 19, 2016
    Friday Fun Video: Awesome Wall Decor Idea

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    I love this look!


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    February 18, 2016
    Books As Decor

    enhanced-buzz-13152-1369763859-22I am a total book hoarder, and I honestly don’t have space for all of them in my house. Well, I do, but it looks really cluttered. I could buy some more bookshelves, or possibly upgrade to some kind of e-reader, but where’s the fun in that? That’s why I love this article by Peggy Wang at Buzzfeed for ways to use books in your home as décor! Here are some of my favorite ideas:

    -Convert your bedroom door into a bookshelf

    -Line your staircase with shelves

    -Stack them high and use them as an end table

    -Stack them under an end table or coffee table

    Photo Credit: buddingbibliophiles 


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