Category Archives: Home Tips and Tricks





Tips, tricks, hacks– those are my middle names. If there’s a way to do it easier, faster or cheaper I will find it and then I’ll share it with you.

In this section, we’ll go over some common decorating tips and home improvement hacks to help you live your homey lives to the fullest.

You also might find a few odds and ends posts in this section since if I don’t know which category to put a post in it will end up in here.

4 Kickstarters That Could Help Save the Planet

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In his recent June 18th encyclical letter Laudato Si, Pope Francis called for “decisive action” to stop environmental degradation and global warming. Taking his name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of ecology, the Pope explained that protecting the planet was a moral and ethical imperative that supersedes political and economic concerns.  He also called for replacing fossil fuel ... Read More »

Protecting Your Investment: Securing Your Home While on Vacation

Don’t let the stress of packing for a long weekend away or a highly anticipated family vacation cloud your mind when it comes to keeping your home safe and maintained while you’re gone. Leave your worries on the doorstep and take the proper precautions when it comes to securing your property. This includes everything from making sure your windows are ... Read More »

How to Pick the Perfect Flooring For Your Home

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Choosing the right flooring for your home is a complex process, as numerous factors must be considered. It’s rare to want the same flooring in every room of your home, since what works in one room won’t necessarily do well in another. Rather than feeling overwhelmed at the thought of “flooring” your entire house, check out a few rock star ... Read More »

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Beautiful Open Shelving

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Do you hate the way your kitchen looks? Do you feel it needs a makeover? Most people don’t realize that the cabinetry – the cornerstone of any kitchen – can be replaced or repurposed pretty easily. It does require some time, effort and patience, of course, but it’s a project that you can certainly do yourself. If you would like ... Read More »

How to Clean Your Vacuum

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I always thought my mom was crazy for cleaning her vacuum. After all, it seems counterproductive to clean your cleaning supplies. But two years into owning my apartment by vacuum stopped working…and sure enough it’s because I didn’t realize I had to do more than just empty the bag once in a while. When was the last time you cleaned ... Read More »

Tips for Painting Your Living Room Like a Pro

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Painting is one of the simplest ways to instantly transform and change the ambiance of a room. Professional interior designers know that paint is their number one decorating tool, and they use a variety of colors and shades to create the perfect feel in a room. Whether you want to paint your walls or furniture, or just touch-up certain accessories, ... Read More »

10 Creative Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

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Your fast-growing jewelry collection has finally spilled over into neighboring boxes and drawers, leaving a cluttered mess in its wake. Not only does it look unsightly, but the scattered pieces of jewelry also lead to an inevitable panicked sensation as you’re running out the door and can’t seem to find what you need. It’s easy to slip off your jewelry ... Read More »

Homeowner’s Guide for When the Power Goes Out

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It’s hard to believe widespread electricity hasn’t even been around for 100 years. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1930s that most families finally got their city and suburban houses lit up. Fast forward to 2014, and it’s impossible to imagine what life would be like without the prospect of electricity — well, for the most part. After Hurricane Sandy ... Read More »

3 Tips to Prepare Your Home’s Exterior For Fall and Winter

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With beautiful fall colors and cooler temperatures in our midst, it can be easy to get caught up in the beauty of the coming holiday seasons and forget about some of the essentials around your home.  As a homeowner, you may not have thought about how all of this lively and bustling beauty could wreak havoc on your home. Not ... Read More »

From Drab to Fab: Easy Updates For The Garage

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When someone says , “home improvement,” you probably think of replacing the cabinets in your kitchen, or the carpet in the bedrooms. However, very few people think about investing in improvements for their garage. In fact, the garage may be the most frequently overlooked room in the home, even though it functions as a home for your most expensive item, ... Read More »

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