• Yard & Garden

    Real Simple Secrets for Selecting Outdoor Statuary

    (ARA) – You’re not alone if you find that the piece of garden statuary that looked so elegant at the garden center just doesn’t seem to fit your garden back home. A common mistake gardeners make when buying a piece of garden statuary is one of size and quantity, according to Peter C. Cilio, creative director of fine garden accessories for Campania International. “Purchasers tend to choose pieces that are just too small for their space or they overload their garden with too many pieces,” he says. “In garden statuary the guiding principle usually is that less is more.” Here are some simple guidelines that will help you choose the…

  • Summer,  Yard & Garden

    Five Simple Summer Spruce Ups for Outdoors

    (ARA) – Summer is finally here and you plan to spend every spare minute wearing a permanent indentation in the cushion of the patio chaise. But before you kick back and enjoy the lazy days of summer, you know you need to do something to spruce up the outside of your home. First decide how much time and money you want to invest. Some outdoor improvements offer big bang for not much buck; others may cost more but can still be accomplished with a relatively modest investment of time. Here are five simple summer spruce ups that can add up to greater outdoor enjoyment without emptying your wallet. 1. Get…

  • Home Improvement,  Staging

    How to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    (ARA) – Does your home have curb appeal? Better make sure the answer is “YES” before you put it on the market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), it just may make the difference between selling your property quickly, or having it linger on the market for months. Just a few short years ago, when mortgage rates were low and the economy was booming, homes were selling almost as quickly as they hit the market. NAR statistics show it is now taking an average of four weeks to sell a home. If it’s taking longer than that in your case, there may be a good reason. Perhaps your…

  • Staging

    Look inside your closet

    Your closet doesn’t have to be dreaded. Here are some tips for organizing it: .Take everything out of the closet, and decide what you will wear again. Donate everything else. .Divide your clothes into seasons. Only keep things that you can wear now hanging in front. Put formal wear together. .Divide your shoes into seasons, and pack the ones you’re not wearing. Throw out old shoeboxes, and invest in a two-tier rack. .Choose metal shelves, rods, wooden shelves, drawers and/or plastic bins to organize your closet. .Buy a special hanger for belts, ties and scarves. .Fold everything that can be put into drawers and on shelves. .Hang blazers, shirts and…