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5 Positive Things to Do When Stuck in Traffic
Sitting in traffic can be a major mood drain. When it happens at the start of the day, it can leave you feeling grouchy for hours. Below are a handful of things to keep you happy while staring at the bumper in front of you. Dig into an audio book. This...
Why Home Inspections Are a Must
Buying a house is one of the best decisions you may ever make, and it’s always a thrill to go through the process. But there are ups and downs on the road to homeownership and sometimes things can get a bit overwhelming. The house you want to buy might seem...
SUMMER CAMP: 4TH OF JULY ROCKETS We borrowed this idea from Moms Craft Space and I’m so excited to be sharing another fun kid’s craft idea. 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays (along with Halloween and Christmas), I have outlined a portion of the article...
While it can be exciting to hunt down that perfect sofa, with so many options online and in-store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And considering the fact that couches are not an inexpensive item, it’s important to make sure your decision is well thought out. The following factors should be...
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Summer weather brings backyard suppers to mind; picnic favorites, savory barbecues, chicken roasting on a spit. But it calls out for company, and entertaining can be difficult at best when you’re dealing with a small backyard. Cheer up if you’re dealing with a mini-backyard. Here are some practical tips for...
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If you’re revamping your interior design scheme, you may be considering a new color palette. Should you go with earthy hues? Vibrant jewel tones? Cool blues and grays? Below are five ways to pick a color scheme that will work for you. Choose from what you have. If you’re not revamping...
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Do you love fine dining but don’t quite have the budget? Or perhaps you’re looking to jazz up date night or create a fun evening for friends. Below are five ways to turn your dining room into a restaurant. Clear clutter. To start off on the right foot, clear clutter from...
Modern Bathroom Interior
A long soak in a bubble-filled tub can feel like heaven after a hard day at work—and soaking in a bath that feels like a spa can elevate that happy relaxation. Here’s how you can elevate your home’s bath experience: Add some greenery. Place a pot of minty eucalyptus on the...
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The weather’s better in a neighboring state. It would be nice to be closer to the grandkids. Those are a lot of stairs to walk up. Whatever the reason, the idea of selling is beginning to have some appeal—but you might not be quite ready to start packing or see...
Couple buying new apartment
A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch. An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have. However, when shopping for our dream home, it’s essential to steer the dream a little bit more toward reality. No home will have every single...
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Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an upgrade wonder how much the planned project will increase the value of their home. Surprisingly, design experts say, sometimes not as much as the...
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For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep and what to toss can be a difficult, and sometimes painful, decision. The editors at after55.com offer 10 good tips for making the move without...
July 1, 2018

4 Tips for Buying a New Sofa

While it can be exciting to hunt down that perfect sofa, with so many options online and in-store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And considering the […]
June 9, 2018
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5 Ways to Pick the Perfect Color Scheme

If you’re revamping your interior design scheme, you may be considering a new color palette. Should you go with earthy hues? Vibrant jewel tones? Cool blues […]
May 26, 2018
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Transforming Your Bath Into a Spa

A long soak in a bubble-filled tub can feel like heaven after a hard day at work—and soaking in a bath that feels like a spa […]
May 15, 2018
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Which Remodeling Projects Will Add the Most Value to Your Home?

Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an […]
April 17, 2018
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Maintaining the Beauty of Your Natural Stone Fireplace

In your home or in your vacation cabin, a handsome stone hearth is often the gathering place for comfy family evenings. But accumulations of dirt, soot […]
April 11, 2018
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Which Remodeling Projects Will Add the Most Value to Your Home?

Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an […]
April 7, 2018
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How Roof Materials Impact the Look and Feel of Your Home

Choosing roof materials is like a great hairdo because your roof plays a big role in the overall style and quality of your home. If you […]