5 Insightful Questions to Ask the Neighbors Before You Buy That Home

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It’s tough to get an accurate feel for a neighborhood—especially if you’re new to the area. Sure, you can check crime rates and do online research about schools and local events. But there’s one other very simple thing you can do to uncover a fountain of immediate info: Talk to the neighbors. Because who knows the area better than the Read More

Wooden Wonderland: How-To Accent Your Space With Wood

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Love that glossy wood floor, exposed beam ceiling look? You’re far from alone. Wood is a wonderful, natural way to add earthy elements to your living space. If you’re looking to add even more wood to your interior design scheme, consider a few of the following. Countertops. While real wood countertops may be more difficult Read More

Money That Can Be Better Spent on a Down Payment

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One of the biggest obstacles for first-time homebuyers is saving for a down payment. The first mistake new homebuyers make is believing that they must have 20 percent to put down on a home, when (depending on your credit and the loan terms) you can usually put down much less. The second mistake is believing you’ll never Read More

Tips for Stretching a Small Living Room

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Some people see a small living room as a cozy, intimate space. Others say they simply feel cramped. For those who fall into the latter category, professional decorators offer the following seven tips for making any living area look more spacious: Clear out the clutter. Nothing makes a room look cramped like having too much Read More

5 Interior Design Details for Winter

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Are you interested in adding a little seasonal oomph to your space? Below are a handful of cozy–and inexpensive–winter updates. Cozy blankets galore. Nothing is better than a snuggly blanket on a cool winter evening. Drape heavier blankets over sofas, chairs, reading nooks, and even fold one up by the fireplace for stretching out on Read More

How to Make an Open Floor Plan Work for You

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Once a trend, open floor plans have become a staple of most modern homes. An open floor plan generally means the living room, kitchen, and dining room are combined into a large space or great room. Before taking a hammer to all interior walls, it’s important to know the structure of your home, as well Read More

How-To Upgrade Your Entryway

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They say first impressions matter, and the entryway of your home is the perfect example. Below are some helpful tips for making sure your space wows you–and your guests–every time you enter. Kill clutter. Clutter is a huge no-no in your entryway, as it impacts the entire vibe of your space from the moment you Read More

3 Strange Things to Clean With

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When cleaning your home, look past the vacuum and mop to get the job done right. Below are three strange household items that can be a huge help when cleaning. Mismatched Socks You know those socks that seem to lose their partners in the wash? Put them in a pile and use them for cleaning! Read More

5 Ways to Celebrate the Season of Giving

5 Ways to Celebrate the Season of Giving Giving is the true spirit of the holiday season. However, in addition to gift-giving in the traditional sense, there are other meaningful ways to make a difference in your community and give back to those in need – including the 3.5 million people who experience homelessness each Read More

4 Ways to Keep the Outside Activities Going

4 Ways to Keep the Outside Activities Going If you’re like a lot of people, that first nip in the air sends you running for the couch and the clicker, ready to start a binge-watching bonanza until the spring thaw signifies it’s safe to head outdoors again. But don’t relinquish your outdoor activities yet! The Read More