Home, Home Improvement

Scandi On A Shoestring: Decorating the Nordic Way

The Scandinavians have a simple way of living; it’s one of the reasons they seem to flourish. I mean, who else can work productively for six hours a day and still maintain the same high standards? The answer is the Swedes and their Nordic neighbors. So, it’s not hard to see why Scandi style is becoming popular in homes across the country. It’s simple, basic, really, but with a touch of elegance and class. Of course, now that a trade war is in progress, imports are at a premium and you may get priced out. Here’s how to avoid The Donald’s crazy business tactics and decorate on a shoestring.

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Ensuring Your Home Office Fits Your Home

We’ve talked before about creating the perfect exterior office, so it seems to make sense to examine the flip side: the interior office! For most people, this will be the first choice when it comes to creating an office in their home— but getting an interior office right is often easier said than done.

An office is a work space, which means it has to — first and foremost — serve an important purpose in your life. However, the office is also a part of your home, thus it needs to have a degree of flexibility to how it can be used and the purposes it is suitable for. You also have to try to balance the practical requirements with your preferred decor trends. Essentially, creating a home office that suits all of these purposes can be incredibly difficult— but here’s what you need to keep in mind to make it work…

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Home, Home Improvement, Maintenance

Crucial Questions To Ask When Renovating Your Kitchen

Kitchen renovations are an exciting time, especially if you love spending time in this area cooking from scratch as we do. However, they can also be complicated, and there are some critical questions that you need to ask yourself before starting. In fact, some of the most crucial questions are listed below, so keep reading to find out what you need to be considered when renovating your kitchen.

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Home Improvement

Easy Ways to Boost Your Property Value


When you’re selling your home, it’s super important to get a good price for it. You’ve also got to make sure you don’t invest too much at this point, or it could compromise your profit. Luckily, there are ways around this and its totally possible to boost your property value without breaking the bank.

Related Post: Styling Your Home For Future Selling

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Cleaning, Home Improvement

Home Maintenance Failures You Should Look Out For

 Springtime is coming. Do you remember last spring? Telling yourself “Alright, we’re gonna do a deep spring clean this year.” or maybe you decided it was time to change the decor? You might have thought to change up your garden or repaint your garage. Did you ever get to it though? I’m going to share some home maintenance failures you should really take a look at.

Related Post: Home Maintenance: Preparing For Spring

A house lives and breathes. When things work smoothly, we feel comfortable and at peace. But when something doesn’t feel right, it can eat at you like an annoying pest. It could be a much-needed renovation or just poor maintenance that’s throwing off your vibe.

Related Post: Pleasant Home: Do You Have One?

We’re gonna take a look at some common things people meant to do to their homes last year, that they can redeem themselves for now.

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Home Improvement

Home Maintenance: Preparing for Spring!

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Spring is just around the corner, although you wouldn’t know it looking out of the window! There are many home maintenance tasks that are best completed in the spring. It is the ideal time to look for potential damage caused by winter storms, fallen leaves, and heavy snow. Tasks done now will prevent further deterioration in minor faults. The last thing you need is a major leak caused by a loose tile!

Grab a notebook and make a list of maintenance tasks that need doing. Then draw up a plan of action! Will you be able to complete the tasks yourself or will you need assistance?

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Backyard Business: Building Your Outside Office

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It is now easier than ever to start your own business. With the rise of the Internet, there’s never been a better time to get out there and start making money. Of course, though, having somewhere to work in peace can be hard. This post is here to help you out. Have you considered an outside office for your business?

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Family, Home Improvement

Getting Your Family Ready For The Move

Moving house can be stressful, and this is especially the case when you have so much to do and even more to think about. You may get to the point where you begin to doubt your decision to move and you may even be concerned about the location as well. The main thing that you have to do when you move house is make sure that your family is ready, and that everyone is on the same page regarding the big day. This is easier said than done, however!

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Health, Home Improvement

Is Your Landlord Keeping You Safe?

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There are many benefits to the renting life.  Upfront costs are substantially less than they would be when buying. Most times, a landlord will ask only for a deposit and a month’s rent in advance. As such, this is a ready-made living situation without years of saving.

Renting also saves on responsibility. You won’t need to worry about maintenance or breakdowns. Your landlord will take care of it. It’s easy to see, then, why more of us are opting to rent long-term. This won’t provide the benefit of owning your own home. But, many would argue it’s worth that price. In most instances, even a lifetime of renting won’t come close to homeownership expenses.

But, this option isn’t all plain sailing, especially when dealing with neglectful landlords. If your landlord doesn’t have your wellbeing in mind, you could find yourself in a constant struggle. This is especially the case when they fail to take health and safety into account. You can even start to feel at risk. Obviously, that isn’t ideal, especially when you have a family to consider.

Are you worried your landlord is neglecting their health and safety duties? Here are some sure warning signs, and what you can do about them.

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Protect Your Home – Whatever The Weather

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Like it or not, the weather has been getting increasingly severe over the past decade or so, with hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, and floods occurring with alarming regularity. Depending on where you are in the country, it’s likely that you will have one or two major issues to contend with, so it’s vital to have thorough plans in place to ensure that you keep your family safe.

One of the biggest considerations you should have is the structural capability of your home – and in today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at a few of your options. Read on to find out how to protect the biggest investment you will ever make from the ever-changing weather conditions.

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