Scott and I always joke that our favorite room in the house is our entryway. Although it’s not your typical ‘room,’ it has been our biggest labor of love! Our home is 130-years-old, and at one point in that history, the stairs in our entryway had been painted brown and red. At another point, they were covered up in maroon carpet (I’m guessing it was the ’70s on that one!). And when we bought the home and started the next chapter, we spent years restoring those stairs! The carpet was ripped up, the treads were smoothed over, sanded and finally painted black and white. They ultimately received several thin coats of floor grade polyurethane to prevent the [...]
At last, spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and most importantly, people are suiting up for an annual deep cleaning. Though the words “spring cleaning” may seem daunting, there are many simple ways to make your cleaning run smoothly and effortlessly – and not immediately be forgotten a week later. From clearing clutter and old files to reorganizing your kitchen and having a functional living room, you can get the most out of your spring cleaning efforts with these tips and checklist!Clear the clutter: the easiest way to alleviate space woes is to calm the chaos. Shred old files you no longer need. Go through old clothes [...]
It’s a cliché, almost: goats will eat anything and everything. While reality may not extend that cliché all the way to the proverbial tin can, goats are hearty eaters and will take care of just about any type of vegetation they get access to. In this way, they are superior to other grazers in that they eat everything they come in contact with.
Goats will eat ivy, blackberry bushes, and they’ll take down kudzu, too. In fact, they’ll eat trees if they have nothing else available to them. Goats are nature’s lawn mowers, and though they may be more discriminating eaters than cliché would dictate, they make great [...]
Flooring is an important part of any home. When looking to purchase a home, you will see varieties of flooring options ranging in cost and quality. It’s a good idea to understand the different types of flooring so you can decide whether to keep the current floor or change to another one. Knowing the ends and outs of the materials below will help you after you purchase your home and throughout the lifespan of your abode. Here is a rundown.1. Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tiles are made of natural materials like clay, sand and water. The elements are molded into a tile shape and baked at a high temperature in a kiln. Ceramic tiles come in both glossy and matte finishes and are [...]
Growing a vegetable garden is a great way to use your outdoor space as well as provide healthy and nutritious food for your family. Vegetable gardens are also a great way to teach children about plants and responsibility in caring for a growing garden. Here are some easy vegetables to grow in your garden this year that will not disappoint!1. Lettuce
If you want close to instant gratification in gardening, consider planting lettuce. This is a great vegetable that is easy to grow and will give you plenty of lettuce for salads and summer recipes. Lettuce grows and can go from seed to table fairly quickly. Consider planting lettuce at different intervals to make sure that you [...]