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How To Hang A Porch Swing

Warm summer evenings are meant for porch swings. Hanging one from a porch or an arbor is a fairly easy weekend project. There’s hardly anything more relaxing on a warm evening than swaying on a porch swing and watching the world go by. Hanging a porch swing is easier than it might seem: It requires only […]

Jump Start Your Dazzling Fall Garden With Just 1 Simple Plant

Imagine the impact of a pot of brightly blooming flowers set on your doorstep. The eye is immediately drawn to the color, skimming over other areas of the porch, perhaps not noticing details like peeling paint or steps in need of a sweep. In the same way, adding just one colorful perennial or a shimmering […]

Ultimate Lounging For All Patios

Many of us aren’t able to change the sizes and layouts of our patios or decks. We’re left to choose furniture and its arrangement, decide what to plant, and select other outdoor elements to make the space our own. Make tiny terraces feel larger and expansive decks more inviting with these tricks for styling your outdoor lounge. […]

10 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal

There’s no need to buy a new house or take on an extensive remodel to get the curb appeal you want. There are many ways to approach your exterior to give it a serious update without a serious overhaul. These are my 10 favorite tips for you to boost your house’s first impression. 1. Stairs. If you update […]

4 Storage Ideas For Your Kitchen Island

A lot of attention goes into selecting the right storage for an island’s main base cabinetry. But don’t forget about the ends of the island. Depending on which way your island faces and how much space you’ve got in relation to the drawers and cabinets you select, you’ve got plenty of options for display and […]

How To Install Under Cabinet Lighting Power

Watch Video Learn how to install your own backsplash! Lighting Steps 1. Go to the main electrical panel and turn off the power to the existing under cabinet lights and outlets. 2. Unscrew the old light fixtures from the underside of the cabinets. 3. Use a jigsaw to cut a hole in the cabinet back […]

10 Basements For The Whole Family

Transform your dreary, unfinished basement into a space everyone can enjoy with these 10 inspiring basement ideas.   Pretty and Playful Transform your unfinished basement into a dream playroom for little girls. Soft blues and pinks are the perfect palette for this innocent and feminine child’s space. A built-in shelving unit with small wicker baskets helps […]

To Stage or Not To Stage

Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging. 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers. 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own. The top rooms to stage […]

Your August Home Checklist

With the transition from summer travels to the beginning of a new school year (and maybe some back-to-work blues), August can feel like a sudden downshift from the fun of vacation. Stretch out these last days of summer by squeezing in a few more home projects, savoring simple pleasures and, when the time comes, cleaning […]

Is Phased Retirement Right for You?

Don’t Want To Retire Yet?…Phased Retirement Might Just Be Your Next Best Thing. One day you’re a full time employee and the next day you’re not. That’s what retirement can feel like but if you’re looking for more of a gradual exit or no exit at all, you might consider phased retirement. American Has a […]