As the mercury plummets and snow drifts pile up in your yard, many people turn to a hot tub to weather the winter. If you’re considering joining them and buying a tub of your own, be aware – purchasing a hot tub should not be taken lightly.
A faulty or improperly installed tub can lead to serious headaches for homeowners – flooded basements, frozen pipes, cracked pavement. But not to fear! We’ve broken down all the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a hot tub, along with some tips to get you started on your search.Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Hot Tub
Before you walk into your first hot tub dealer, there are a few [...]
You probably have a love-hate relationship with your home’s imperfections. On one hand, the dings in the hardwood remind you of the many memories you’ve made in each room. On the other hand, the sight of your living room wall makes you cringe. Flaws like these give a house character and a lived-in look that makes it feel like home. However, you still want to show it off proudly when you welcome friends and neighbors over. Here’s how to hide eyesores and work around your home’s original charm.Embrace Distressed Furniture and Textured Decor
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“Fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose” – this is one of the simplest, most known inspirational quotes you will ever come across. Depending on each one of us, the dreams may be about a meaningful career, a beautiful family or making an important discovery. But sometimes we only dream about creating the perfect bedroom, to be our sanctuary, our hideaway, our citadel. As you spend about a third of our lives in the bedroom, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with letting your imagination go wild and trying to make the vision come true.
Still, creating the bedroom of your dreams may be a difficult task. There are so many choices nowadays, so many [...]
With the holidays coming, don’t forget to decorate the outside of your home as well as the inside. Give the outside the warm holiday feeling from the curb to the door and then go on inside and sit by the crackling fire that’s in the fireplace. Sprucing up outside and decorating too can lengthen the holiday feeling even after the season as the decorations linger.
via Southern LivingFrom the curb
Before you start the decorating process, step outside and look around. Are their papers and trash stuck in the bushes? Does your grass need to be mowed if you live somewhere warm? Do sidewalks need to [...]
Thanksgiving leftovers were just a preview of the holiday food madness that will keep your kitchen bursting at the seams for the rest of the year. The first week or two of December is optimal time to deep clean the kitchen. Streamline the food storage triage that is the fridge, pantry and drawers in your kitchen to waste less food and find tools faster.
Photo by Pinemar, Inc – Search kitchen picturesHousekeeping Tips for the Fridge
To begin, empty the entire fridge and freezer then, toss expired packages and suspicious leftovers. Next, clean shelves and drawers with soapy hot water, wipe containers [...]
In this season of festive decor, it is hard not to be inspired by local crafts, visits to museums and winter markets. For those who take it to heart, the holidays can be a great time to start, or build, an art collection.What is an Art Collection?
An art collection is a gathering of works of art by a private individual or a public institution. Paintings, sculptures, printmaking, drawing, decorative arts, photography, and installations are examples of the many faces of art.
In Philadelphia, one of the best examples of an art collection is at the Barnes Foundation. The Barnes is home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of impressionist, [...]
You come in after a long day of stringing Christmas lights, kick off your boots, and warm your toes in by the dancing fireplace. You curl up in front of the flames on a cold, blistery evening and read a good book. You warm your hands in front of the fire after a snowball fight.
A fireplace is the perfect addition to any winter, but for some homeowners, installing a wood- or gas-burning fireplace is too expensive and invasive. Luckily, electric fireplaces allow you to enjoy all the warmth and comfort of a regular fireplace, with none of the installation costs, maintenance, or hassle. Here’s what you need to know before you invest in an electric fireplace.A Different Type [...]