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Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

August 30, 2014

Easy Updates to Increase Your Home’s Value & Save You Time (Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and […]

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Smart Kids’ Rooms that Grow with Time

August 28, 2014

(Family Features) Costs for furnishing and decorating a child’s room can mount quickly, but with careful planning and a few smart purchases, the decisions you make for that nursery or toddler’s room can create a functional and clutter-free space that grows with your child well into the teen years. From convertible furniture to neutral walls, […]

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DIY Ideas for Every Room

July 31, 2014

Simple steps to update and organize (Family Features) From simple storage solutions that freshen up messy rooms to projects that enliven a space, do-it-yourself options are a popular choice among many homeowners. Try out some of these ideas to make every room in your home feel new again, without having to empty your pocketbook or […]

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How To Achieve a Rustic Country Look In Your Bedroom

May 18, 2014
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  Whether you live in a picturesque countryside cottage or a chic townhouse in the city, you can enjoy a rustic and rural feel by decorating your bedroom in a country style. A country inspired bedroom can have a cozy, inviting look that makes rustic bedrooms a welcoming sight at the end of a long […]

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Guest Post: 4 Tips for Home Remodeling for the Spring

May 11, 2014
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Spring isn’t all about cleaning. For some homeowners, it’s a time to start a fresh, new design project that makes the home more functional, more attractive–or both! I will introduce you to a few helpful springtime remodeling tips. Whether your budget is large or small, and no matter how new your home is, there’s a […]

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Tips For Making Your Apartment Feel Like Home

May 1, 2014
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As a renter, it’s typical to feel as though your current apartment is more of a temporary space and less of a long-term home. Especially in a major metropolitan area where spaces can feel cramped or uncomfortable, and buildings tend to be dated.That being said, there is no reason why you can’t add your own […]

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Rental Decorating – Living Room Tour

April 24, 2014
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You asked for it so here it is! This is a tour of my apartment living room and how I’ve decorated with the restrictions apartments put on you.

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5 Ways to Slash Your Energy Bill

April 20, 2014
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If every homeowner in America replaced one ordinary light bulb with an energy-smart bulb, the nation would save about $600 million in energy costs a year, ENERGY STAR reports. Of course, you’d see some of those savings in your power bill. If you’re a homeowner who’d like to lower your home’s energy consumption, consider making […]

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Umba Subscription Box Review

April 8, 2014
Umba Calendar

I love finding unique items to decorate my apartment with. When you have limited real estate for display items, but a palette so bland you have to spice it up, finding those perfect items to showcase your style are the Holy Grail of decor. Sometimes I make my own decor items, sometimes I scour antique […]

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Welcome Spring With These Top 5 Interior Design Trends

March 29, 2014
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Spring is finally here! After the long, bitter winter we had in the U.S., blooming flowers and chirping birds are more than welcome. Mother Nature is at its most beautiful during this time of year, so why not beautify your home as well? Use the colors, sights and smells of the season as inspiration to […]

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Add Some Fresh Color to Kitchen Cabinets

March 22, 2014
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Many homeowners dream of giving their kitchens a full-scale remodel. Though such a project can give a kitchen an entirely new look, that look does not come cheap. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2013 “Cost vs. Value Report,” homeowners can expect to spend more than $53,000 on a major kitchen remodel and recoup just below 70 […]

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Budget-friendly outdoor renovation ideas

March 16, 2014
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Homeowners are increasingly extending their living spaces outside the walls of their homes. Expansive and intricate stonework patios and decked-out outdoor kitchens are the kind of additions many homeowners dream of. Those with unlimited budgets can enjoy just about any look they desire, but many homeowners may not have the money to go all the […]

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My Favorite Things February 2014

March 7, 2014
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Restoring Second Hand Furniture

March 4, 2014
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Men and women furnish their homes and apartments in various ways. For some, home furnishings are an extension of their personalities, while others prioritize budget over style when furnishing their domiciles. Secondhand furniture has long been used to furnish homes and apartments. While young people working with tight budgets and living in their first apartments […]

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Go Green in the Kitchen

February 24, 2014
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Adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle is a great way to protect the planet for future generations. As the “go green” movement continues to grow in popularity, men and women are realizing more and more ways to reduce their carbon footprints. While some might still associate making green strides with carpooling and changing light bulbs, those are […]

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Coffee Cups to Make Your Morning Brighter

February 4, 2014
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My sister got me this awesome coffee mug for Christmas. It has made my mornings a bit more fun. I have also decided I need more coffee mugs. Here are some coffee mugs to make your morning better! Camera Lens Mug from Think Geek  Mad Hatter mug! Perfect for hot tea. Who doesn’t love owls? […]

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Gentlemen, Listen Up: 5 Tips for Keeping Your New Place Both Classy and Masculine

January 14, 2014
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With those first few professional paychecks accumulating in your bank, you can actually afford to decorate your apartment with more than just Scarface movie posters and empty bottle homages to alcohol. There’s no rush to settle down, and no need to consult your partner with every crazy design idea that runs through your mind. This […]

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Top 10 Reader Favorites of 2013

December 31, 2013
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This was a great year for Dishwater Dreams and I thank you for coming by as often as you do to check out what is going on in my little world! These are the top 10 reader favorites from the blog this year. #10 – Peppermint Bark Recipe #9 – Chili’s Cinnamon Apples recipe #8 […]

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4 Ways to Zen Your Home

December 21, 2013

Inhale. Why is it that you feel a sense of stress when coming home after practicing yoga? Exhale. Maybe it has something to do with the clutter in the kitchen and the garish track lighting in the living room, neither of which replicate the calm and tranquil ambiance of the yoga studio. Or maybe it […]

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Rental Decorating – Home Office

December 10, 2013
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Lately I have really been missing having some type of home office space. I think I have a space I can use in this apartment in the dining room. Now I just need some inspiration! I love this simple desk and colorful space with comfy chair from marthastweart.com. It’s a very functional space but doesn’t […]

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Create a lighting scheme that works for the kitchen

November 9, 2013
kitchen lighting

When designing a kitchen, homeowners typically give substantial consideration to many elements of their dream design, including cabinet and countertop materials and which brand of appliances they most prefer. But few may consider the lighting for the room as thoroughly. Lighting is an important consideration in any room, but most especially in the kitchen, where […]

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Time Management Tips for Working Moms

October 11, 2013
time management tips for working moms

The responsibility of raising a family while maintaining a career is never easy. Working moms often wish there were more time in the day to spend with their families or get more done at the office. While there’s no way women can add a 25th hour to their days, there are ways to manage your […]

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How to increase storage in tight spaces

October 2, 2013
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Cozy, quaint homes attract many home buyers and renters. Be it a cottage-style house or a studio apartment, smaller living spaces often involve getting creative with storage. People live in a smaller homes for a variety of reasons. Some choose to live in a smaller home so they can be right in the thicks of […]

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How to Update a Dining Table

August 20, 2013
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After I changed the fabric on my dining table chairs, I decided I had to change the entire table because the fabric didn't look right with the color of the wood on the table. This project isn't quite as easy as changing the fabric. It took a lot of time and effort, but was worth […]

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How to Reupholster Chairs

August 13, 2013
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Reupholstering dining chairs is really pretty easy. I have never liked the fabric on my dining chairs. It was this weird golden brown something or other. Here's a lovely dining room before picture. You can see why it needs help. I found this upholstery fabric I loved at Hobby Lobby for 30% off plus I […]

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How to Decorate a Rental Kitchen – Part 2

August 5, 2013
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Back in March I gave you some ideas to decorate a rental kitchen and did a bit of decorating myself. I just wasn't completely satisfied though so I kept on looking for ideas. Find some great placemats and stick them on with non-permanent command tape like this example from Storybrook Woods. Or get a similar […]

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How to Update a Lamp

July 26, 2013
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I had this lamp and it's taller floor lamp twin in my living room, but they were looking a little outdated and worn. I decided to give them a colorful lift. The original lamp shades were a light tan color. I found these black shades at Garden Ridge for $9.99 each. Here is the lamp […]

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Making the Bed – A Conversation of OCD Proportions

July 25, 2013
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When The Daddy was over for dinner the other night, he decided that me trying to make my bed was funny enough to film. Do you think I'm too OCD about making the bed?

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Rental Decorating Tips on a Budget

July 22, 2013
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Rental Decorating – The Living Room Quandry

July 18, 2013
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I have a design dilemma. Indecision. Isn't that really the cause of most design dilemmas? I got this couch, which I love. Different pillows though. The pillows are similar to this color. I have elements I can't do anything about like this fireplace, the color of the walls and carpet, and the shape of the […]

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Rental Decorating – The Living Room

April 17, 2013
pink and blue living room

The kitchen is done and I'm knee deep in working on my bedroom (more on that soon) but the big news is I ordered a couch! I have been looking for a couch for about a month to find something functional and affordable for the space. My living room before we moved anything in: Once […]

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Rental Decorating – The Kitchen

April 12, 2013
Decorating a Rental Kitchen

Here is a reminder of what my apartment kitchen looked like before. There was a lot of white and a lot of beige. With some work, I was able to brighten up the space a little. I had a bunch of ideas listed in Decorating a Rental Kitchen. I am limited by the fact that […]

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Not Shabby Modern Romanticish Decor Style

April 1, 2013
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After hours of looking at pictures on Pinterest and many design blogs, I have decided that there really isn't a decor style that suits me well. I've decided to create a new decor style called Not Shabby Modern Romanticish. The major colors are gray, eggshell, and pastel colors like pink, blue, green, teal, yellow, orange. […]

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Rental Decorating – The Kitchen

March 6, 2013
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Renting your home has its ups and downs. You aren't responsible for maintenance or yardwork, but there are severe limits to making it feel like home. Because I just moved and am going to be decorating a new place, I thought I would start a new series on how to make a rental feel like […]

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10 Exercises That Will Also Clean Your House

March 13, 2012

It is recommended that we all get 30 minutes or more of aerobic exercise daily. If you are anything like me, finding that 30 minutes is like finding Atlantis. Ain't gonna happen. Luckily you can break this 30 minutes up into three 10 minute sessions. Again, still hard to do. So, I have come up […]

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