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March 23, 2018

Let the Light in: These Sun-Filled Homes Will Have You Cheering for Spring

Natural light has a cheery effect that can transform a space. Check out these sun-filled houses and be inspired to fill your home with light this spring.
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March 22, 2018

Hottest Mid-Century Modern Trends for Your Home

If you’ve watched Mad Men, you’ve seen examples in one of the hottest trends in furniture right now — mid-century modern. The style can decorate a variety of homes, and homeowners have embraced it.

Originally, mid-century modern furniture was produced after World War II until 1965. A revival began in the late 1980s when Cara Greenberg coined the term in her book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. She was the first person to capture the term as a style, and shortly afterward, mid-century modern was embraced by architects, interior designers, and furniture manufacturers. The trend has grown and as Greenberg wrote in her book, “mid-century modern [...]

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March 21, 2018

Spring Patio Projects: Start Planning Your Plants Now

You may currently be staring out the window, seeing snow on the ground and reading an extra-low temperature on your thermometer. It’s the middle of winter, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring patio projects — even in the midst of the big chill. To make that task a little bit easier, we’ve put together a guide to help you plant and cultivate your patio garden.

When to Plant

Waking up to frost on the ground may lead you to believe that it’s way too early to start planning, but that’s not true. The frost is actually a great indicator of when to start your spring planning.

Many green thumbs wait for the last frost as [...]

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March 16, 2018

Diagnosing and Cleaning up Water Damage in Your Home

Water problems in your home can happen quickly and just as quickly get out of hand. It can be a little scary to walk into your kitchen and see a flood spreading rapidly toward your ankles. But these three tips will help you quickly assess what went wrong, how bad it is, and how to start fixing it immediately.

“A few weeks ago, I noticed a little puddle on the floor by the dishwasher, which isn’t currently working. So my roommate and I assumed it was from tidying the kitchen; we mopped it up and moved on with our lives. I came back to the kitchen 30 minutes later and found a puddle that had engulfed the dishwasher, fridge, half the kitchen floor, and was making [...]

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March 15, 2018

The Top Ten Fire Hazards in Your House and How to Fix Them

There are a million ways to die, but did you know that two of the top ten ways are from home washing machines and dryers? Between 2010 through 2014, US municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines. There were 13 civilian deaths, 440 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage from those fires.

The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires (one-third of all fires) involving clothes dryers was the homeowner’s failure to clean lint from the vents or machine. The other top hazards on our list:

Fire Hazard: Cooking

The top home fire hazard in America and much of [...]

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March 14, 2018

Add a Little Whimsy to Your Home With These DIY St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Get a little playful and bring the luck of the Irish into your home this St. Patrick's Day with DIY crafts that are both fun and classy, from
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March 14, 2018

8 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home for Spring

Whether you're getting your home ready to sell or you just want to tackle some basic spring cleaning, these tips will energize your home for warmer weather.
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March 13, 2018

Termite Swarms Will Cause Homeowners Problems This Spring

Rough, warmer weather and rain have triggered underground termites to begin emerging more than a month early. Although termites don’t take a day off – ever – feeding year round, they swarm in the spring, looking for new feeding grounds. Experts say the destructive pests are already on the move and looking for places to start new colonies. In the southern US, swarms have been reported in Florida and exterminators expect the activity will move north over the next few months as spring weather arrives. Spring “swarmers,” as they’re referred to by pest experts, are triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall. As soon as moist, warmer days arrive, [...]

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March 12, 2018

The Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and you know what that means… Wear green or else get pinched!

St. Patrick’s Day is an annual celebration in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Every year, Irish or not, people all around the world celebrate the nation of Ireland and its people. It’s a day to have fun, drink and wear a lot of green! Grap your bagpipes and piper’s plaid as you check out these cities that honor St. Patrick’s Day in style!

Boston, Massachusetts

Got Celtic roots? Do you love folklore and traditions surrounding ancient Ireland like the leprechaun? If so, Boston is the place to enjoy all things Irish!  [...]

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March 9, 2018

20 Home Improvements That Can Increase Home Value

Many home improvements add value to your home, and that is not as hard to realize as they may seem. Instead of hiring a designer to make your home more modern, try to find inspiration and ideas yourself. Home magazines, remodeling TV shows, books, and websites have an overload of wonderful DIY ideas you can implement into your style.

Instead of taking on some major and time-consuming projects, try tackling some of these simpler ones. With a little effort, goodwill, and some help from family and friends, the value of your home will increase significantly, and you can confidently put it on the market.

1. Add Insulation

Proper insulation is one of the most important things [...]

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March 9, 2018

Daylight Savings: Here’s How You Can Use More Sun To Be More Productive

Take advantage of the longer days that daylight saving promises with this guide to being more productive as springtime approaches, from
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March 7, 2018

Skip the Travel Costs – Here’s How to Turn Your Home Into a Cabin Retreat

Find and pamper your inner rustic with simple tips to make any home a bit more woodsy. Learn how to skip travel and turn your home into a cabin retreat.

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