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February 13, 2017

How to Create the Perfect Home Library

Have you always dreamed of having your own home library? Learn how to create the perfect home library with these tips.
 
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January 31, 2017

Ask Anna: The Best Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Happy 2017! I am so excited for this year and I’m especially excited for the new series that I’m going to be sharing with you. For the next few months I’m going to pick a room in the house and share my best cleaning tips, cleaning hacks, etc. to help you clean your house faster and better. Today I’m going to start with the bathrooms, so let’s put on our cleaning gloves and get going! The first thing you need to do is stock up on the best cleaners. I am very picky about what I clean my bathrooms with because my goal is to kill all the germs. Here’s a list of what I use, and recommend:

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, with Bleach Pyoure Hydrogen [...]
 
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January 18, 2017

Seasonal Slump: How to Avoid Home Clutter This January

Learn how to keep your home from becoming overwhelmed with post-holiday clutter. Try these tips for keeping your home organized in the New Year.
 
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January 17, 2017

Cook’s Corner: New Year, New Listings, and More!

When is the best time to list my house in the new year?

Because of the Internet, selling a home is not as seasonal as it once was. For generations, real estate professionals urged their clients to list their homes in the early spring when the weather warmed up. Buyers could visit homes easily and get a good feel for the neighborhood in all of its springtime glory. With today’s virtual tours, though, potential buyers can view the highlights of a listing wherever they and whenever they want to house hunt.

Despite the easy access that the internet offers, there are still some good reasons to list in the spring. Families want to start looking early to find and close on a new home [...]

 
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January 16, 2017

Hobby Homes: Best Home Add-Ons For Gamers

Power Up Your Home with These Gaming Add-Ons

It doesn’t matter if you play games in a living room or an office, there’s always a way to improve your experience. But that doesn’t mean that your love of games needs to be confined to just one room. Whether it’s a more immersive experience you’re looking for or just some sweet gaming décor, check out these home add-ons that will take you to the next level.

Surround Sound

From FIFA to Overwatch, sound matters. Investing in a speaker system isn’t cheap, but if you need to hear every bullet whizzing by your head, surround sound is the way to go. Just don’t skimp on the subwoofer if you really want to feel those [...]

 
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January 16, 2017

“Hygge” and Home Aesthetics: Finding Happiness in Your Home This Winter

Transform your home this winter with hygge: a Danish way of living that adds a sense of cozy and warmth to protect your home against this chill.
 
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January 10, 2017

Top 10 Iconic Window Treatments from Pop Culture

Pop culture seeps into our collective consciousness to inspire actions in our real lives, so it’s no surprise that we latch on to specific imagery from movies, TV shows and even video games that we love. From clothing, to cars, to even home décor, our favorite pop culture guilty pleasures can stick in our minds and even influence our choices.

Providing texture and background in the homes of our favorite characters, window treatments — curtains, shades, shutters, and blinds — are in some cases as recognizable as the protagonists themselves. Window treatments help to make a house a home, but they can also be a dramatic element for a “big reveal” like the rich, draping tapestries [...]

 
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December 30, 2016

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: Preventing Ice Dams and Winter Roofing Damage

Ice dams are a common homeowner’s nightmare in the winter whenever it snows, potentially causing major and costly water damage to your roof and even ceilings. Ice dams occur when snow on the roof melts slightly then refreezes when the runoff reaches the eaves, often in the gutters. When the day warms even slightly, the top layer melts but is unable to drain off properly, resulting in a pool of water up against the base of your roof. The water then often seeps under the roofing material, sometimes as much as 5ft or even 10ft up. Eventually, the water can work its way into your house’s soffits, walls, and even ceilings. When it comes to ice dams, an ounce of prevention is worth far [...]

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