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June 27, 2017

Hardwood Floors 101

Whether you are prepping a house for selling or simply want to upgrade your home, installing new hardwood flooring is a surefire way to improve the look of your home and potentially raise your resale value!

Hardwood flooring has experienced extreme popularity in the last decade or two. It’s safe to say that hardwood floors can be found in most new homes. While the living room area is the most popular area for hardwoods, you can find hardwoods in bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and on staircases. Here is a guide to help decipher the many varieties of hardwoods available!

Real Wood or Laminate?

If budget isn’t a concern, real wood is the best option to increase [...]

 
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June 8, 2017

How to Rock Your Party

As a wedding and event planner, I can safely say that music can make or break your party. Nothing kills a vibe more than an empty dance floor! The same can be said for house parties. Whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a backyard blowout, music plays an integral role in the overall party ambience. Luckily, in the era of technology that we live in, we have music at our fingertips. Here are the easiest ways to DJ a party right in your very own home, combined with dance party tips to make this the best party on the block!

Music Streaming Options

Chromecast Audio: If you’re lucky enough to have a great sound system throughout your house, the easiest way to stream [...]

 
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May 16, 2017

Beat the Heat

The summer heat is almost upon us, and depending on where you live, that can make outdoor living almost unbearable! To get the most out of your home this summer, try these “beat the heat” tricks and tools guaranteed to make this a summer to remember!

Banish bugs!

Maybe it’s too hot to sit outside on your beautiful patio during the day, but the cool evening breeze makes it the perfect gathering spot for neighbors, family, and friends. Until… the dreaded bugs come a crawling (or flying!). Combat the incoming insects with these easy to find bug repellent tools and services:

Citronella candles: You can’t go wrong with citronella candles. [...]
 
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April 27, 2017

Planting Tips – How to Grow Your Best Garden Yet!

I love this time of year because I simply LOVE outdoor living! Grilling, patio sitting, late night outdoor cocktails – it’s the fun and easy days of spring and summer. Live your outdoor life to the fullest with a visually appealing and veggie-producing garden right in your very own backyard!

First things first: talk to the professionals

Every area has its own quirks and specifics as it relates to gardening. Whether it’s a type of soil or weather patterns, talking to your local gardening shop is a must do when planning your garden. Bring pictures of your yard, know which side gets morning or afternoon sun, and ask questions! Some gardening shops provide [...]

 
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April 12, 2017

Warm Weather House Maintenance

Spring is officially in the air and that means summer is right around the corner! I can hardly wait for the late summer nights and outdoor entertaining that’s about to ensue! Enjoy your home to the fullest these next few months by prepping for the warm weather with these easy steps:

1. Service your Air Conditioning Unit

Nothing kills a summer buzz like a busted air conditioning unit. Schedule a seasonal servicing from your HVAC company to make sure everything is in working order before the temperatures rise. It’s usually around $100-$150 to have it checked, and it’s ideal knowing your AC works before the temperatures rise! In the meantime, make sure you are [...]

 
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March 30, 2017

Easy Home Projects to Do Over the Weekend

If you’ve got an open weekend and a hankering for some good old-fashioned DIY, I’ve got a few weekend projects for you! You’ll be able to get your fixer-upper on with some quick and easy projects guaranteed to transform a room or two in just a couple of days!

Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash is one of those great home design pieces that truly has a functional purpose – to protect the wall from accidental splashes of water and grease from dishwashing and cooking. Plus I think we can all agree it really completes a kitchen update. Who doesn’t love crisp white subway tiles or a fun mosaic pattern behind the oven range? A backsplash doesn’t have [...]

 
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March 23, 2017

Container Garden Tips

If you live in a metropolitan area, chances are you don’t have a big green area to plant pretty flowers and vegetables. Have no fear! You can still celebrate the blooms of spring and summer with your very own container garden which works for the tiniest of patios, decks and balconies. Just follow these tips and check out these easy to use products and you’ll be a container garden pro!

Kick your garden up a notch – literally:

This elevated garden bed is going to be your best friend if you don’t have a ton of grass. It has a plastic liner and does require minimal assembly, but no tools needed so I know you can handle it! Another perk of this raised [...]

 
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March 8, 2017

Kitchen Organization Tips

I love getting busy in the kitchen! From easy weeknight meals to prepping for a crowd, the kitchen is my happy place! One thing that doesn’t make me happy is when I can’t find what I’m looking for – or even worse, when I rush to the store to buy a “missing” ingredient but I actually had it the whole time. Not cool. These kitchen organization tools and supplies will make sure you get the most out of your kitchen and cooking experience!

Keep it Spicy

It’s so frustrating to be mid-cooking and frantically searching for the paprika – we’ve all been there! Instead of storing your spices on a shelf where they can easily [...]

 
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February 24, 2017

Must Haves for Your At-Home Coffee Station

I don’t know about you but I most definitely cannot live without my cup of Joe in the morning! And sometimes one in the afternoon too, if I’m being honest. My coffee habit would have me going broke if I bought as many cups of coffee as I drink each day! The solution to my constant caffeine craving? A handy-dandy coffee station in my very own kitchen. Here are a few items sure to make your at-home coffee bar rocks your mornings!

Mugs, Mugs, and More Mugs

I have a mug addiction. I have an entire cabinet full of them, and a steadfast rule: when I purchase a new mug, an old one goes to Goodwill. Otherwise, the mugs would take over! While a lot of my mugs are from [...]

 
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January 23, 2017

How to Spruce up a Room – on the Cheap!

Now that we are officially immersed in the New Year, you may be thinking about freshening up your home! If your Christmas bills have you down but you’re dying for a home decor facelift, here are a few reasonably priced ways to make a room feel brand new!

Paint

Ask any interior designer and they will tell you that the quickest and cheapest way to change a room is to repaint it. A gallon of paint will run you anywhere from $25-$50 depending on the type of paint. Grab a paintbrush, dropcloth and other painting accessories plus a few hours of your time and you’ve changed the look of a room by only $100-ish buckaroos! Here are some paint ideas to make a difference in a tired [...]

 
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December 22, 2016

Prepping Your Home for the Winter Months

Winter can really be a lovely time of year. Cozy sweaters, making fires and a built-in excuse to hang around the house binge watching Netflix? I’m in. But with the change in temperature comes some prep work for any smart homeowner. Be sure to take care of these home preparation tasks for a hassle free winter season:

Heating System Preparation:

First things first, have your heating and air company come out to check the functionality of your heating system. They will clean and service your HVAC system and replace any air filters. It’s basically like an annual physical for your HVAC system; get the yearly check up as preventative maintenance and it will be much less costly in [...]

 
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December 15, 2016

How to Prep for a New Home

They say moving is one of life’s top stressors, and as someone who has recently moved into a new home, I can wholeheartedly agree. Read all about how to make the actual moving process seamless.

Once you’ve purged, packed, and have your closing date confirmed, you may think you’re finished. The unfortunate truth? There’s plenty more to do as you prep for your moving day. Here is a handy dandy list of new-home to-dos!

Clean, Clean Clean

House Cleaning: While some sellers have the house cleaned before moving out as a courtesy to the new homeowners, there’s no guarantee that a) they will actually do that and b) that their cleaners will clean to the extent you want them to. [...]

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