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3 DIY Solutions for Easier and More Affordable Laundry

February 8th, 2016 · No Comments

Like most people, laundry probably isn’t your favorite activity. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few DIY solutions to help make your laundry day easier and more enjoyable! Let us know if you use these recipes and how well they work in the comments!

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DIY Scent Booster Recipe

This simple (and inexpensive!) recipe will keep your linens, towels, and clothes smelling divine even after a few weeks in the closet! Use your favorite essential oils to create a natural aroma that the whole family will enjoy!

Incorporate about 2 cups of epsom salts with 15 or so drops from two of your favorite essential oils (orange essential oil and lavender essential oil recommended), then store the mixture in a glass jar. Add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of the laundry scent booster directly to your washing machine tub before you begin the cycle. Source: http://simplyshellie.com/homemade-laundry-scent-booster-recipe

Miracle Laundry Whitening Solution

If you’re stumped by whites that have turned into a frustrating shade of yellow, this is a promising recipe that can help restore them to their original glory! If you have a high efficiency washer that doesn’t allow for easy soaking, you can use a large pan on the stove.

Fill your washing machine with extremely hot water to the point where the article is just barely covered (you want to concentrate the cleaning power as much as possible). Add 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup of powdered dish washer detergent, 1 cup bleach, and 1/2 cup borax. Soak for at least 2 hours or overnight. Then wash like normal. Source: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/09/miracle-laundry-whitening-solution.html

Hacks for Tough Stains

These common household items can help make tough stains disappear!

Rub chalk on grease stains to draw out the grease, then wash as usual. You can make a sugar paste with 2 TBS sugar and 1 TBS warm water, then rub on grass stains and let it sit for 30 minutes to break down the chlorophyl. Rubbing alcohol can also help remove grass stains. Black pepper can help keep your colors bright! Just add about a TBS to a load while you wash! White vinegar can be used instead of traditional fabric softeners to keep your clothes and towels soft and fluffy! Source: http://www.babysavers.com/top-laundry-hacks/

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3 Steps to an Organized, Practical Kitchen

January 25th, 2016 · No Comments

A kitchen is a lot like a closet. Items get pushed back and hidden under one another so that they often go unused and take up valuable storage space, and many times we will hold onto things that we think we may use sometime in the future but we haven’t actually needed in months or years. This stockpiling and disorganization not only makes it more difficult to find what you really need, it can make your entire cooking and dining experience more overwhelming than it should be. Here are three steps that will help you make your kitchen more practical and useful so you can actually enjoy cooking again!

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Step 1: Purge

Are you holding onto old jars of jam that were gifts that no one really wants to eat? Do you suspect that those canned goods are dented? It’s ok to throw away food that your family does not want to eat, or you can donate items that are still in good condition and someone else may like more than you do. It’s good practice to take stock once in a while to make sure that you don’t have any expired items in your refrigerator or pantry, and any spices that are older than 3-4 years probably need replaced as well. But don’t stop there! Look through your cabinets and see if there are any appliances that don’t work any more or dinnerware that is chipped and unusable. You might be surprised by how much space you have once you get rid of things that you don’t need or can’t use any more!

Step 2: Organize

Make sure that the things you use most often in the kitchen are easily reachable. Pans and spatulas should be near the stove, and knives and cutting boards should be close to the sink so you can easily clean your produce before chopping. Appliances that aren’t used everyday can be placed in the top shelves of your cabinets, while plates and glasses should be lower so everyone can easily grab what they need. Sorting pantry shelves into backing goods, canned goods, and dried goods will help you find exactly what you’re looking for without digging through layers of miscellaneous boxes and cans. You’ll be amazed how much less time it takes to prepare a meal when you know exactly where everything is!

Step 3: Replenish

Make a list of uncommon goods that you always forget to add to the grocery list and appliances or dinnerware that you don’t have and would make your life easier. A well stocked kitchen with things like mustard, olive oil, baking powder, and balsamic vinegar will make meal planning easier so that you can spend time with the family cooking healthy meals. And when you have dinnerware to accommodate guests it will make you want to invite people over for dinner parties or cocktails before going out. You may not be able to buy all the appliances you need right away, but if you have a wish list it will be easier to set aside money and get what you need one thing at a time.

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7 Home Trends for 2016

January 4th, 2016 · No Comments

As much as we loved all the styles and designs of 2015, it’s time we look ahead and see what trends are in store for the New Year! Here are 7 trends making waves in the design world. Let us know which ones you like most!

  1. Colored Stainless Steel Appliances
    Black is the new gray when it comes to stainless steel appliances in 2016. With all the amenities that you love, these new models are also more smudge-resistant than their traditional counterparts. The dark color is perfect for a modern or industrial style kitchen.
  2. Mismatched Kitchen Cabinets
    Feel free to have fun picking out new cabinets! Choose two contrasting patterns to break up the monotony and make your kitchen feel more personal and beautiful!
  3. Statement Bathroom Mirrors
    Don’t limit yourself to the bathroom aisles when you’re shopping for upgrades, look for statement mirrors with interesting shapes and frames. They’ll still perform the function you want while also adding style to your bathroom (without additional knick knacks that clutter the space)!
  4. Fireplaces
    More and more we’re seeing homes that create a focal point around the fireplace (both big and small). If you already have one, make sure you clean out the flue and get it into working condition so you can capitalize on this new trend and surround it by cozy furniture that will make friends and family want sit around and chat for a while.
  5. Bringing Outdoor Fabrics Indoors
    Fabric that is designed specifically for outdoor furniture has become so comfortable and so durable that many designers are suggesting it for use indoors! Especially useful for high-traffic areas or families with pets and small children, outdoor chairs and sofas can be the perfect solution for your home!
  6. Sun Rooms
    The Sun Room is making a come back this year! As more families are making an effort to create living spaces that are tech free, a sun room or sunny part of your home converted into a separate gathering space can entice people away from the television.
  7. Accent Walls in the Bedroom
    Choose a bold blue or green color to make an accent wall in your bedroom that will still help you feel like you’re in a personal resort. And if you really feel like going bold, a rustic wood wall or large farm-style accent piece is the way to go!

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3 DIY Decorations You Can Leave Up All Winter Long

December 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Changing just a few accessories and decorations to prepare for a new season can help you keep your home fresh and stylish while also motivating you to do less fun activities like dusting the top shelf of the cabinet or washing the windows. However, putting up decorations just to take them down three weeks later is a lot of work. That’s why we’ve round up three DIY projects that you can put up and enjoy for the entire winter season until it’s time to decorate for spring!

1. Pinecone Garland from The Sweetest Occasion

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We love the way this garland looks above the fireplace or doorway! And you can always spray paint the pinecones to match your existing decor. Don’t forget to bake the pinecones first to rid them of any bugs!

2. Birch Wrapped Candle Holders from Liz Marie Blog

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This simple project can dress up your dining table or fireplace mantle. This project is perfect if you have a birch tree nearby!

3. Metallic Fruit Centerpieces from 23Eleven Events

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Even your coffee table can get a touch of winter glamour with these dollar store finds spray painted with metallic colors and brushed with glitter!

What ways do you decorate for winter? Tell us in the comments or connect with us on Facebook and share your ideas! 

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Home Design – Where to Begin

November 16th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Home design is one part functionality and one part art. You need comfortable seats, space to work, and a way to organize all the essential items you use in daily life. You also need a home that artfully reflects your passion and inspiration so that you have a space to call your own.

Before you begin selecting furniture and accessories, think about what you enjoy doing the most in each room. Are movie nights your specialty? Or do you need a quiet room to be productive and creative? Maybe you need a lot of seats for guests because you throw parties every chance you get and invite everyone in the neighborhood. Think about the things you love to do and make this your starting point. That way you can make your passions a priority.

After deciding how you are going to focus your room, you can begin thinking about the styles that you like best and how it will compliment or contrast your personality. Are you drawn to contemporary or traditional rooms? Rustic chic or urban? Minimalist or eclectic? Remember that your style may not fit neatly into one category or another, but narrowing down your options will be helpful when you start trying to decide on furniture and accessories.

Once you have developed a rough idea of what you want for your home, start window shopping. Don’t be afraid to walk into a store and ask questions about which pieces best suit your style and fit the purpose of each room. Find out what your upholstery or textile options are and keep that in mind for the final decision.

Finally, remember that you should love every piece of furniture or knick-knack that you buy for your house. Don’t make it your life’s mission to have everything match perfectly or fit into your original design plan. Buy the things that you like and trust that it will come together because it is all an expression of your personality. First and foremost, your home should make you happy.

 

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7 Design Tips for Effortless Entertaining

October 15th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Opening up your home to friends and extended family can be daunting. Making sure you have all the supplies on hand, the whole home is clean, and ensuring everyone has a comfortable seat is a lot of pressure. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to make entertaining a breeze!

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  1. Start with the living room because this is usually the best area to congregate guests. Before inviting people over, you should focus on seating options, and make sure you have lots of it. Sectional couches are great because they are versatile and they tend to wrap around so everyone is facing each other. You can also keep some large cushions around to use as extra seating if you are entertaining a larger crowd.
  2. When designing you home, make sure it’s set up to promote traffic flow. Entryways should be clear to the best of your ability, because the last thing you would want is a guest to trip or have to squeeze through tight spaces. A clear path makes the space much more welcoming.
  3. If you have hardwood floors, try using an area rug to add comfort to the room. It is not only cozy, but it can tie the room together by giving furniture a place to center around.
  4. Dress up any naked walls. Even if you have furniture sitting close to the walls and outsides of the room, adding artwork or shelving will add personality to you home that you can be proud to show off to guests.
  5. Open up the living room for dialogue by facing the seats toward each other, not the television. While it might make sense to arrange your furniture around the TV most days, making a few adjustments before guests arrive can help people chat with one another instead of staring at a blank TV screen.
  6. A large, square coffee table is a great place to gather around for game nights or even to set out an array of snacks for your guests. It can also be a good idea to set out conversation starters like coffee table books or interesting artwork.
  7. Show your guests that the home is yours. Family photos, flowers and personal trinkets are good to have out. It’s possible to give your home a lived-in look without making it cluttered. You can also make your guests even more comfortable with light music and atmospheric candles. Lighting, sound and scent will leave a lasting impression on guests that make them excited for their next visit!

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Congratulations to our $1,000 Shopping Spree Winner!

September 30th, 2015 · No Comments

We are happy to announce that Carla Farrell is the winner of our $1,000 Shopping Spree! We can’t wait to help you spend your $1,000!

As a family owned local business, its one of our greatest pleasures to be able to offer these types of awards to members in our community and watch them transform their home. Whether it’s a new furniture set, a replacement for their old appliance, or simply an all new look with flooring and accessories for the whole home, we know that you’ll love your home!

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