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Magazine De-Cluttering Tip!

If you have a lot of magazines or newspapers you’ve been saving for one or two articles, this solution is for you: For under $20, get a nice 3-ring binder and some plastic sleeves, tear out the articles you want … Continue reading

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“Live” Plant Tip

If you have a room with limited sunlight, but still want to have the look of something “live”, try these preserved topiaries – they are natural boxwood plants, and will last for years and years with no maintenance at all! … Continue reading

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First Steps in the Kitchen

When planning your Kitchen, the first step is allocating work areas: when you first walk in, there should be a place to SET DOWN and STORE groceries (pantry, fridge), then an area for PREP work (lots of counter space, kitchen … Continue reading

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Pillow Tip

Decorative Pillows are a great way to bring a pop of color to a room. But make sure to use the right scale: if you have a sofa over 7′-8′ long, you can get larger pillows at 22″ square, and … Continue reading

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Snowy Day Tip

Stuck home on a snowy day? Why not make it productive? Grab some coffee and take on a small home project: clean out some kitchen cabinets, your linen/broom closet or purge some extra clothes to bring to your favorite charity … Continue reading

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Rug Tip

When buying rugs for high-traffic areas like the foyer, in front of the sink in the Kitchen and especially in the Bathroom with your bath mats, always buy TWO! That way when one is in the laundry or being cleaned, … Continue reading

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Countertop Clarification

The choices we have in countertops have increased dramatically since the days of the ubiquitous Formica kitchen. Durability and ease of maintenance are top questions we must ask ourselves, but at the end of the day, it has to look … Continue reading

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The Mudroom

I really really love this idea: a functional entrance and exit to your house, not the grand one in the front, but maybe a smaller one on the side or in back. A less formal foyer, if you will. Easily … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Rug?

Here’s a good one that will take a lot of guesswork out of your next purchase. Rugs and carpet are made from a variety of materials, and not all of them may be right for you. Here are some of … Continue reading

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Design, Sans Color

OK, most of the time, I’m all about color. The more saturated, the better. Many times, the root of one of my designs is a color that the client likes, and we can take that in a bunch of different … Continue reading

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