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Monday, April 1, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

All Aboard Matey... Shiplap is the DIY Project of the Year!

Shiplap is filling homes across the country. I recently saw a home that updated an office with shiplap. Adorable and affordable! Love that! AND LOVE Chip and Joanna Gaines for bringing this neutral wall covering to our attention. Shiplap can give you a beautiful feature wall without having to choose an accent color you may not be too crazy about in a few months. If done wisely, it doesn't have to be expensive either. Here is what you will need to create your own shiplap without breaking the bank.

What You'll Need:

nail gun and nails
table saw
compound miter saw
stud finder
underlayment plywood
construction adhesive
1/8 inch tile spacers
spackling paste
250 grit sandpaper
paint (with primer included)

NTS: (Note to Self) Did you know that Lowe's and Home Depot will cut your plywood into planks if you don't have the tools at home?

Step 1: Prep Your Planks

Measure the wall you plan to shiplap and make sure you get enough plywood to cover the wall. 6 inch planks ...

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Monday, April 1, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

What Your Carpet is Hiding From You

How many carpeted rooms in your home appear clean at a glance? Even if you think they all LOOK clean, those carpets may not be very sanitary. Spring is here! Which means if you have snow, it has likely started to melt- exposing dirt and soon-to-be pollen that can now be easily tracked into your house. Carpets trap dust and odors and can attract mold when they absorb moisture. So often, we forget what our carpet could be hiding because it just doesn't look dirty. You want to make your carpet last as long as possible, and the only way to ensure that is by keeping your carpets cleaned and sanitized. Here are some steps to take to keep that carpet in the best shape possible, and as clean as ever.

1. Vacuum Weekly

Make a habit of vacuuming once a week, even twice a week in high traffic areas. While it is easy to rush through vacuuming, try taking it slowly to ensure your vacuum is pulling up as much dirt and dust as possible.

Costco is a Home Owners Paradise!

Curb Appeal.. ...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Smoking Kills!

Smoking cigarettes once was a symbol of sophistication and style. Classic black and white films featured glamorous movie stars in a dreamy haze of smoke, making one think it was mysterious and sexy. Who remembers how hot the Marlboro Man was??? Who wouldn’t want to smoke? However, now we know the health risks involved, and in spite of the dangers, many people still choose to light up.  

Smoking Kills your home’s resale value as well. You can have the same house as the one across the street; they do not smoke, your home is a smoker’s home. Your value is automatically 30% less. Yes, you heard me right---30% less. It is a permanent stink. So, while smoking is undoubtedly bad for your health, it is incredibly detrimental to your home’s health as well.

If you Google how to get the smell of smoke out of your home you could be on the computer for hours with remedies that range from rebu ...

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Sunday, March 24, 2019   /   by Jody Lee

What color do I paint this room???????

Using Paint and lighting to Enhance the Size of a Room big or small
Paint colors can drastically affect the feeling of a room. It can make it enjoyable to be in, or leave you feeling uncomfortable. It can alter the perception of the room's shape and size and add to, or take away from, the atmosphere you're trying to portray in your space. The paint you use in your house can make or break its aesthetics.
Darker Colors:

Adds coziness to a room.

Used to make a large room feel smaller.

Advances the color in the room.

This year’s colors are blues, greys, green, and clay. These dark colors, on the other hand, tend to absorb light, making a room look smaller and create a warm cozy feel.
Light Colors:

Used to make small rooms feel bigger.

Recedes the color in a room.

Light colors help a space feel more light and airy.

For an optimum effect, select soft tones of off-white, blue and even coral the 2019 color of the year, and always remember t ...

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Sunday, March 24, 2019   /   by Jody Lee

Keeping it Clean and selling it fast!

We all have that friend whose home seems to be spotless, no matter the time of day. You could swing by for a morning coffee or stop over for dinner, and it always looks like someone just cleaned. Can you imagine if your house could be like that? Well, it can! Tidy homes are created out of habit. Here are 5 habits of people with tidy homes, so that you too can have a house that looks like a magazine feature all the time. If your selling your home these habits will make your life 10X’s better and easier, no more stressing when you get a last-minute call that a buyer wants to see your home!
1. Having A Schedule
Letting clutter accumulate is the easiest way to get a messy home. If you are waiting until the mess is unbearable, you’re going to be overwhelmed by it every time. By creating a cleaning schedule, you can manage the cleaning of your home instead of avoiding it. Create tasks for each day, like a day for dusting and a day for vacuuming, so y ...

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