How to Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space for Summer

(ARA) – Memorial Day and Labor Day are traditionally viewed as the unofficial beginning and end of summer. Between holidays, life shifts outdoors as many homeowners make the most of the season. To enjoy as much time outside as possible, homeowners are increasingly taking advantage of their decks and patios to create true outdoor living spaces. Now more than ever, homeowners view their outdoor living areas as extensions of the home rather than as separate, rarely-used spaces. As the outdoor living trend continues to grow, homeowners are expanding the look and feel of their home’s interior, including the design, furnishings

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Look inside your bathroom

Your bathroom is probably your first stop in the morning and your last stop at night before bed. For as much time as we spend in the bathroom, many of us don’t spend the time decorating or personalizing it – unless it’s with clutter. Whether you have a lot or a little to spend on brightening your bathroom, these tips will help you kiss boring bathrooms goodbye! .Go simple. Use soft, subtle colors that are calming. Bold colors may be a shock to your system in the morning. .Clear off your countertop. Only display what is needed with minimal decoration.

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Renting Versus Buying: A Guide to Help You Decide

(ARA) – Buying a home is one of the most important decisions a person can make. After years of living with parents, with college classmates in dorms, or alone in an apartment, the time may come that buying a house or condominium will improve one’s financial stability and sense of personal security. “There are advantages and disadvantages to both purchasing a home for a primary residence and renting temporary living quarters,“ says Peter Palko, adjunct instructor at Brown Mackie College — Findlay. “I recommend that buyers take a broader, more flexible approach to buying property by maintaining alignment with their

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How to Choose the Perfect Bouquet for Mother’s Day

(ARA) – Whether it’s your grandmother, mother, wife or friend, flowers continue to remain one of the most popular gifts to give on Mother’s Day. Make this her most memorable Mother’s Day yet by giving her something that reflects her unique personality and style. From contemporary to casual, Laura Milder, ProFlowers designer and floral expert, offers tips on how to make sure your bouquet selection will be the perfect fit for the personality and style of that special mom in your life.   Modern mom – She’s hipper than you, always has the latest editions of “Vogue” and “Vanity Fair,”

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How to Green-Up Your Home’s Value

(ARA) – Want a good way to help protect the value of your home? Remember these two words: green matters. Not green paint, mind you, but green space. It’s an umbrella term for the trees, lawn, shrubs and other plantings that can affect not only the salability of your home, but your utility bills as well. Which is why Project EverGreen, a national non-profit organization, is leading the charge to educate consumers about the many values of green space — especially as it affects their pocketbooks. According to Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen, “research shows that improving the

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Update Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important parts of interior decorating, yet it’s often overlooked. If your home doesn’t have a lot of natural light, you should think about installing recessed lighting or new sconces. You want your visitors and potential buyers to see your beautiful home in the best of light! Contact me today for all of your real estate and home improvement needs!

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