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July 19, 2017

Decor Advice for Commitment-Phobes

“Permanent” decor can be intimidating. We’ve all been there—that first “designer” sofa you invest in gets a large stain, or the bedroom set you had to have ends up being made of plywood and falls apart after a year. So, you’re not alone if you consider yourself a “decor commitment-phobe.” Some aspects of interior design can help alleviate this fear—you can find easy, short-term design commitments to make those longer-term decisions easier to make. Furniture and accessories don’t fall into one single category. Here’s a breakdown of how to think about those decor commitments.

Long term: Window treatments

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July 19, 2017

How to Use Apps to Get to Know Your New Neighborhood

Find out how smartphone apps are helping home buyers get acquainted with their new neighborhoods. Here are some of the best apps available right now.
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July 14, 2017

How a Smart Thermostat Could Help You Lower Your Home Insurance Premium

Ready to transform your ordinary home into a stellar one? Invest in smart home technology – you’ll be glad you did. Today, many home insurance discounts and premium reductions are available to homebuyers who implement smart home devices. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

The Benefits of Home Automation

With smart home technology at your disposal, you can enjoy a variety of benefits, including…

Unparalleled Control

Smart home technology makes it easy to control your home’s temperature, turn off home lights and much more—all from your smartphone or tablet, anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Improved Safety

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July 14, 2017

Easy Summer Morning Smoothies You Won’t Be Able to Resist

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with fun smoothie recipes. Check out these delicious and nutritious recipes from some of our favorite bloggers.
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July 13, 2017

Benefits of Grading Your New Orleans Home’s Lawn

Are you dealing with a soggy lawn and not sure what to do? It’s hard to enjoy your outdoor space if your yard feels like you’re walking across a soaked sponge. But don’t worry. You can correct the problem with proper grading and compacting.

What Are Grading and Compacting?

Grading is a method of “reshaping” your lawn so the soil slopes, allowing water to run off instead of saturating the ground around your home. This is of great importance to NOLA residents, who live in a low-lying area that receives a high amount of rainfall each year. When done correctly, grading will divert rainwater away from your home’s foundation and toward an approved [...]

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July 12, 2017

6 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Security Before Summer Vacation

Want to reduce your chances of being a victim of crime while you're away on summer vacation? Here are six ways to upgrade your home security.
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July 11, 2017

Are You a Hoarder, or Just a Chronic Clutterer?

When Louise and her adult son Jack decided to move to be closer to Jack’s job, they decided to sell their house and move into a small apartment to save money. A smaller space meant less stuff. Downsizing wouldn’t have been a problem before Louise’s cluttering became an issue.

“My husband died seven years ago and I just fell apart,” she said. “I couldn’t let go of anything that reminded me of him.” Like millions of homeowners, Louise and Jack failed to confront their clutter until it came time to move. They couldn’t show the home they were selling until they addressed the clutter.

Two rooms of her home were piled to [...]

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July 5, 2017

The Designers Have Spoken, Here Are the Top Color Trends for Summer 2017

The ballot is in, designers' top color choices for summer 2017 have been selected. Read on to find out which color trends made the cut for this season.

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