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Tips for a Bug-Free Home, Inside & Outside

June 21, 2017

Each region, as well as each season, in the U.S. comes with its own unique traits, from the weather to the kinds of insects that come slinking out from under rocks and out of trees to make their way to your unsuspecting home. No season seems to bring as much strife as the summer. With […]

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How does a water filtration system in your home work?

June 1, 2017

What happens when you filter the water in your home? Getting access to clean water that is healthy to drink can sometimes seem like a complicated issue. You worry about the quality of water which comes straight from the tap, but you are also aware of the environmental issues associated with buying bottled water. So, […]

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Why subdivide your backyard?

May 31, 2017

Subdividing your property – what you need to think about There can be several reasons why you would want to subdivide your property. The most important thing you need to realise about any subdivision is that it's a complicated process and it can take a considerable amount of time to complete. There are many procedures […]

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3 Tips to Stop Mosquitoes from Ruining Summer Fun

May 30, 2017

(Family Features) Summer is here and warm weather beckons people into backyards across the country. Unfortunately, unwelcome guests like pesky mosquitoes often want to join the festivities. Not only can mosquitoes be a biting nuisance, but they can also cause allergic reactions in some people and pets. Certain species can spread dangerous illnesses such as […]

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Maxim Lighting Fixtures Add Shine and Sparkle to a History of Sturdy Engineering

May 26, 2017

Despite our dependence on light, a design element often ignored is the light fixture. There are instances where the most notable component of the fixture is the light switch; that and when the light bulb burns out. Doesn’t this seem a tad strange when lighting is something people use daily? It’s high time that interior […]

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Stylish Storage for Renters

May 17, 2017

(Family Features) Just because you rent or live in small quarters doesn’t mean you can’t have ample storage space. It means you just have to be a bit more creative in figuring out where to put things, even when it seems hopeless to get a handle on organization and clutter under control.  The first rule […]

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Is tap water safe for my children to drink?

May 3, 2017

What is the best drinking water for my children? As parents, nothing is more important to us that the health and safety of our children. Not only do we want our kids to consume enough water to keep them healthy, we want to make sure the water we give them is the best quality.  For […]

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My taps are hard to turn. Do they need to be replaced?

April 28, 2017

Are you struggling to get the taps to turn at the kitchen or bathroom sink? It's not the end of the world, in a plumbing sense, but is quite a nuisance. When you get tired of fighting with the taps, it's easy to just give up and think about replacing the fixtures. Is that necessary? […]

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Choosing one-piece toilets or two-piece toilets for your bathroom

April 26, 2017

Looking for ideas to buy a new toilet for your home? Buying new items for your household needs a lot of consideration, mostly because what you buy is going to last in your home for a long time. So buying a toilet is also a matter that should be given more thought than we usually […]

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Why Choose Wall Cladding? A Look at Design Options

April 24, 2017

Making your choices for exterior wall cladding or siding is usually determined by factors like insulation, durability or cost. But you shouldn't forget the simple aesthetic and design benefits that come with various kinds of cladding either. If you’re interested in many a visual statement with your home siding, click this link to find out […]

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Spice Up Spring Cleaning

April 17, 2017
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(Family Features) While you're making this year's spring cleaning chore list, remember that a true deep clean means decluttering your kitchen from inside the cabinets out. "The idea of spring cleaning is especially relevant to the spice rack," said Mark Garcia, chef at McCormick Kitchens. "Many people keep the same herbs and spices in their […]

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Add Life to Outdoor Spaces

April 11, 2017

(Family Features) Once the structural elements and hardscape features of your outdoor living space are in place, it’s time to turn attention to the details that really bring the area to life. Vibrant textiles like cushions, pillows and rugs can all soften the look of a space while adding colorful charm, but another effective place […]

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Tips for a Vintage Kitchen Remodel

March 9, 2017

(Family Features) When you renovate an older home, the goal is not always to replace old with new. In fact, some renovations are all about preserving the past with a design that reflects and pays respect to the yesteryear features that make your home unique. Whether you’re planning a renovation for a 60-year-old home, or […]

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Make Spring Cleaning a Cinch

March 8, 2017

(Family Features) Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization, but it’s hard to appreciate all the invigorating aspects of spring when your home still bears months of winter dust and dirt. Tackle your living space room-by-room for a spring clean that will leave you and your home refreshed and ready for a new season. […]

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Make Your Home Calm, Safe & Soothing with Simple Updates

February 23, 2017
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Your home should put you at ease, soothe you after a long day, recharge your creativity, and wash away any tension you picked up throughout the day. Give yourself some room to breathe and organize your home in a way that puts you as ease. Infuse a Sense of Calm Every room has potential. Don't […]

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Why Budget-Friendly Homebuilders Are Going with Concrete

January 26, 2017
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Log homes, cape cods, colonial style homes… The kind of homes one could build literally falls under a never-ending list. While beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, the aesthetic outlook of a home is not the only feature a home owner should be focusing on. With the financial health of economies and the […]

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Is barrier control or baiting better for pest control?

January 11, 2017
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If you are having a problem with pests in your home you may be wondering whether it's best to employ barrier control or baiting to resolve it. The answer to that question is not completely straightforward. The method of control that is chosen is often dictated by the details of the individual situation. If you […]

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Top Articles of 2016

December 20, 2016
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These are the top articles from this blog for 2016 10. Pizza Rolls – Kid Friendly Recipe 9. Jamba Juice Orange Dream Machine Taste Alike Healthier Recipe 8. Rental Decorating – Home Office 7. Chili's Cinnamon Apples 6. Cooking with Campbell's – Stove Top Chicken Casserole 5. Rental Decorating Tips on a Budget 4. Rental […]

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6 Often Overlooked Aspects of a Kitchen Remodeling Budget

December 15, 2016
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Before you can begin planning out your brand-new kitchen, it's very important that you come up with a realistic budget. Of course, you can't do that unless you understand all of the expenses which go into that budget. It's easy to include aspects such as contractor fees, time, and materials, but there are many other […]

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How to Know When Your Home Lighting Needs Updating

November 23, 2016
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While old, flickering, decaying lighting is a staple of haunted house design, it’s not what you want in your beautiful, contemporary home. Whether you’re preparing for your year-end decluttering or you’re just in the mood for an update, be sure to take a look at your lighting. While some light fixtures will last for decades, […]

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Cleaning Schedules for Busy or Working Moms

September 8, 2016
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If you are like me, cleaning is not your favorite thing to do. In fact, it's not something I really want to do ever. But it has to be done. So in an effort to try to make things a bit easier on my, I created this cleaning schedule. Anyone can use it, but it […]

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Mellanni Bed Sheets Review

June 21, 2016
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I have had the WORST time finding sheets that Ryan and I agree on. I want satin. He wants fleecy microfiber. So we settled on trying to find some super soft cotton sheets that breath when it's hot (like now) and fit our super thick mattress. Mellanni contacted me and asked if I wanted to […]

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How to create a luxurious bedroom

June 16, 2015
How to create a luxurious bedroom  As a place to relax, unwind and escape life’s stresses and strains, your bedroom should represent the ultimate in luxury. Don’t worry if your boudoir doesn’t yet fit the bill. The following simple changes should help you to transform this space into a haven of indulgence and comfort. Select the best possible bedding Given that we spend a third of our lives asleep, there’s no room for second best when it comes to bedding. To complete your room to perfection, you’ll need the perfect duvets, pillows and sheets. If you’re not sure which versions to go for, it’s worth doing some research online. For example, specialist providers like Julian Charles offer advice on the most suitable pillow and duvet fillings according to your preferred sleeping position and whether or not you have any allergies. For a cosy, sumptuous sleeping experience, natural fillings like feather and down could be ideal. On the other hand, if you’d prefer more support or you want lightweight bedding that can be washed regularly, synthetic materials such as hollowfibre or microfiber may be better. Meanwhile, when it comes to your sheets, it’s hard to beat Egyptian cotton. Take your time when choosing your bedding and make sure you select top-quality versions that will help to make your sleeping experiences extra special. Control light levels with blackout curtains Another top bedroom design tip is to select window dressings that give you complete control over light levels. Whether you fancy sleeping in on a summer morning or you need a nap during the day, blackout curtains can come in handy. These accessories allow you to block out any light from outside, meaning you can carry on snoozing regardless of how sunny it is. These curtains can also help you to keep your boudoir cool during the summer and warm in winter. Clear the clutter It’s impossible to relax if you’re surrounded by clutter, so effective storage is a must. By making sure you have enough closet, cupboard and drawer space, you should be able to keep your room tidy at all times. If you’re a little short on square footage, look for imaginative solutions. For example, select beds that offer plenty of storage underneath and take advantage of full-height closets and shelves. Add those all-important finishing touches Once you’ve sorted these bedroom basics, it’s time to think about those all-important finishing touches that can help to set this space apart. Some scented candles or reed diffusers can give your boudoir an alluring aroma, and the addition of stylish cushions and throws should give this room an added sense of opulence. Attractive artwork can also make a welcome addition to these areas. By following design tips like these, you should be able to create a luxurious bedroom that you can be proud of.

  As a place to relax, unwind and escape life’s stresses and strains, your bedroom should represent the ultimate in luxury. Don’t worry if your boudoir doesn’t yet fit the bill. The following simple changes should help you to transform this space into a haven of indulgence and comfort. Select the best possible bedding Given […]

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Simple ways to make your house a home

April 1, 2015
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Getting the keys to a new property can be a great feeling. The only trouble is, it can take weeks, months or even longer before your house starts to feel like a home – and until it does, it might be impossible to really relax in the place. Luckily, help is at hand. By following […]

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What’s Your Kitchen Style?

February 5, 2015

With so many styles of kitchens and cabinets, it can sometimes be hard to decide on a favorite. You may see kitchens in each style and agree that they are all beautiful in their own way. But which is the style you would choose for your own home? Aside from the look of each style, […]

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Luxurious Laundry Room Transformations

January 29, 2015

(Family Features) When decorating a home, there are endless possibilities to make each room a chic oasis. The laundry room can be upgraded to exude personality and design flair so it becomes a more enjoyable place to spend time in. From the color palette or patterns on the walls to the floors under foot and […]

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Simple Tips Keep Clutter at Bay

January 20, 2015

(Family Features) If yours is like the average American household, you have amassed a collection of unorganized stuff, tucked away in piles or behind closed doors to deal with “later.” Establishing good organization habits and creating proper storage areas can transform that chaos now and set the stage for less mess in the future. Following […]

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Simple Tips for Easy Kitchen Clean Up

January 15, 2015

(Family Features) From rushed morning breakfasts to hurried dinners, the kitchen is often the busiest room in the home. But with all of this activity comes a world of messes. For busy moms, cleaning up spills and splatters can be a job in itself, especially when kids are involved. From installing kitchen features that make […]

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Create a Clutter-Free Crafting Zone

January 13, 2015

(Family Features) When creative inspiration strikes, you need to seize the moment and create. But if supplies are strewn from one end of the house to the other and clutter reigns, you may battle a real cramp in creativity. Even for the most free-thinking minds, a little organization can go a long way to let […]

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Control the Clutter with Drop Zones

January 6, 2015

(Family Features) After returning home from a long day at work, a weekend soccer tournament or an all-day shopping excursion, it’s natural to want to drop everything and relax. However, literally dropping everything can cause a tremendous amount of clutter in the home, leading to stress, misplaced items and wasted time. To eliminate the clutter […]

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December 30, 2014
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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 – Chili’s Cinnamon Apples recipe #9 Movie Review – The Lego […]

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The Various Reasons Behind Home Remodeling

November 7, 2014

Have you ever considered remodeling your house but you are hesitant to do so? If you are still confused, then you must be enlightened with the right reasons to reconstruct a house. Before contacting your trusted home remodeling contractor, take a quick review on these listed rationales for undergoing home remodeling. For Eco- Friendly Purposes […]

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Fashionably Eco-Friendly: Ready, Set, Go Green!

September 21, 2014
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Here’s a secret: despite common belief, eco-friendly home decor doesn’t have to be ugly. Many people believe that to be green means to be simply functionable, not at all fashionable. These are lies! In fact, as an earth-friendly mindset becomes more mainstream, green home design follows closely behind with chic and modern options available for […]

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Paint Free Ways to Brighten Your Home

September 6, 2014
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Autumn is a beautiful time of year marked by pleasant temperatures and colorful fall foliage. But as vibrant as nature can be in the weeks after summer has ended, homeowners know that the shortened days of autumn mean less light inside their homes, which can become dreary even in the weeks before the arrival of […]

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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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