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Creating A Beautiful Home and Garden

When I purchased a home a few years ago, I had no idea what kind of workload I would be faced with. In addition to trying to figure out how to keep the place clean, I was also left with the challenge of tidying up the yard and keeping things trimmed. It was a little overwhelming, but I knew that I could do it with a little hard work and dedication. I started reading a lot of books and blogs about creating gorgeous things for your home and yard, and it was a great creative outlet. This blog is all about exciting, fun ways to make your home and yard even more beautiful.

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Three Reasons To Install Custom Cabinets

There are quite a lot of potential cabinet solutions for any residential project. There are cheaper modular systems that you can pick up over the counter at home improvement stores as well as custom craftsman systems that are meticulously built and designed by cabinetmakers. Obviously, the cost of these different products can vary substantially. Of course, most people start out by determining their budget and then deciding what their options are.

Possible Reasons Your Air Conditioner Has A Burning Odor

It's unsettling when you notice a burning odor coming from your air conditioner. You might smell a smoky odor, burning rubber, or burning plastic. While the odor might not be serious, in some cases, it can signal problems that need quick attention to prevent a fire. Here's a look at a few possible reasons why your AC has a burning odor. The Filter Might Be Clogged If you forgot all about cleaning or changing the air filter, then it might be so clogged up that airflow is restricted through the inside of the HVAC system.

What Should Be In Your Home Work Station?

If you plan to set up a business in your home. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to set up a good work station. If this will be your space of productivity, you want a space that puts you in the right frame of mind to be professional. It should be just as comfortable and well-equipped as a traditional office. Perhaps even more so, because you're in control of it.

3 Signs That It's Time For Metal Roof Maintenance

A metal roof can last a life time with minimal maintenance, but it does sometimes require a minor repair. Knowing what to watch for is key to catching small problems early before they develop into something more troublesome. The following are three signs of maintenance issues that any metal roof owner should check for annually. #1: Rust or discoloration A metal roof should not rust, but occasionally a problem with discoloration occurs.

Creating A Classic Gothic-Inspired Entrance For Your Home

A Gothic-inspired doorway can add vintage charm and style to the entrance of your home. With the right touches, you can create a stunning new look for your home while showing off a bit of your personality. Use the following ideas to create your own Gothic look. Stained Glass Sidelights Adding sidelights to your door can create the look of a grand entrance. Work with a contractor to create the space for sidelights if you don't already have them, and choose a stained glass design to add to the Gothic look.

Why Hiring A Cleaning Services Company Is Ideal For Homeowners

Is your home in need of a thorough cleaning? If so, you may have been procrastinating due to the task seeming to be overwhelming. When homeowners procrastinate about cleaning, it can result in more clutter and filth. Perhaps you have not gotten around to performing a thorough cleaning due to having a busy lifestyle. Having a cluttered or unclean home can cause multiple issues. It may contribute to stress. You may also isolate yourself or refuse to have friends and family visit.

Why It Is So Important To Not Overfeed Your Aquarium

You may believe that your fish will be thrilled when you give them more food. But too much food can actually be harmful to fish and pollute your fish tank. Too much food can lead to fish stress and can cause an excess accumulation of nutrients.  Fish Don't Need That Much Food Fish search for food all day and always appear hungry. However, your fish should only be fed what they can eat for 2 minutes.

Mold Growing Behind Your Fridge? Check Your Kitchen

Mold can grow inside a refrigerator if it has a moisture problem. But if you find mold growing behind your refrigerator, you may have a broken or damaged plumbing pipe beneath the flooring or behind the wall. Follow the tips below to locate the source of the mold behind your refrigerator. Inspect the Floor for Bubbled, Lifted, and Wet Tile The first thing you want to do is rule out the refrigerator as the reason behind the mold.

3 Reasons To Buy A Commercial Cutter

Even though you might have seen a lot of nice commercial cutters, you may have never really thought about buying one. However, a commercial lawn mower can be a good purchase. These are a few reasons why you may want to consider buying one of these mowers: 1. Get Your Lawn Cut More Quickly Even though you might enjoy the perks of a beautiful lawn, you might not like to spend a ton of time on yard work.

How to Clean Your Home's Siding & Spruce Up its Exterior This Spring

Spring can be a good time to tackle many of your home's exterior cleaning projects, such as cleaning your home's siding. Whether your home has vinyl or aluminum siding, it is important to clean it regularly and take care of it so it can look good and last as long as possible. Here are some tips to help you remove some of the most common residues that can end up on your home's exterior siding.

Pregnant? 4 Things To Look For In An Office Chair

Are you expecting a child? Will you be working at an office during your pregnancy, and are you looking for an office chair that will allow you maximum comfort as your body grows and changes to accommodate your soon-to-be-born baby? If so, here are 4 things to look for in an office chair when you hit the office furniture store. 1. Lumbar Support Pregnancy can wreak havoc on your back; it's thought that between 50 percent and 80 percent of pregnant women experience back pain during the course of their pregnancies, often in the lumbar regions, or lower backs.

4 Ideas For Backyard Pet Memorials That You Can Visit

When pets pass away, people do not typically use a large cemetery to bury them with other pets. Instead, many opt for burying a beloved pet in their own backyard. Not only can your animal be memorialized at your own home, but there are multiple ways you can set up a special memorial area. By purchasing a variety of home and garden accessories, you create a memorial that honors your animal and gives you a place to visit on a daily basis.

How You Can Maximize Your Home's Air Conditioning Efficiency

When you live in a southern climate or a climate that sees high summer temperatures, your home's air conditioning efficiency is an important part to staying comfortable day and night. If you have already invested in a home air conditioner that struggles to keep your home cool, you can make some small adjustments to increase the unit's efficiency. Here are some simple changes you can make in and around your home to help keep your home as cool as possible.

Do You Need A Water Softener For Your Lawn And Garden?

If you've grown tired of cleaning stubborn hard water stains from the inside of your shower, sinks, and dishwasher, you may be considering the installation of a whole-house water softener to help remove calcium and other scum-causing minerals from your water supply, improving taste and feel. However, switching from hard to soft water for your outdoor irrigation system or garden water supply could potentially impact the growth of your plants. Should you install your water softener in a way that maintains hard water for your outdoor supply?

Want To Save Money While Keeping Your Lawn Plush & Green? Switch From Sprinklers To Underground Lawn Irrigation

If you still water your lawn with sprinklers, then realize that lawn irrigation technology has come a long way in recent years, and you should look into a new system that doesn't waste as much water as your sprinkler system does. Underground lawn irrigation is gaining popularity among homeowners who want to water their lawns as efficiently and affordably as possible. Read on to find out why using sprinklers to water your lawn results in many gallons of wasted water every month and learn all about underground lawn irrigation systems.

Love Your Linen: The 411 On Cleaning And Maintaining Your Linen Drapes

From adding style and privacy to increasing your home's energy efficiency, it is easy to see the importance of installing window treatments. Unfortunately, choosing the best for your home can be overwhelming due to the various options available. While silk, velvet, and cotton drapes are popular options, investing in linen window treatments is a smart choice. With an appealing design and a durability that is 2 to 3 times stronger than cotton, the benefits of linen drapes are easy to see.

How To Easily Clean Your Glass Shower Doors

If you have glass shower doors that surround your bathtub, then you likely clean the doors incessantly. If you do not, then the door becomes an unsightly mess. Cleaning is likely not your favorite job around your home. Thankfully, there are many ways you can make the cleaning process easier. Keep reading to learn how. Use The Right Cleaning Products When you look for a product to clean your shower door, you need to find something that will get rid of the mineral deposits formed on the glass due to your hard water.

5 Considerations When Selecting Draperies For Your Conservatory

If your home has a conservatory, then you have a unique drapery challenge. A conservatory tends to be used somewhat as a greenhouse and also as a sun room, which means that your drapes need to serve many functions and still look great. Before you pick patterns and fabric, it is important that you consider the following five things.  What purpose will the drapes serve?  Some people choose to forgo draperies in the conservatory altogether, making the conservatory into a greenhouse.

Tips To Maintain Your Thermostat To Help Keep Your Home Heated Comfortably In The Winter

When your home's thermostat is not calibrated properly and not working right, it can have an affect on the comfort of your home and the efficiency of your home heating system. Just as you clean and maintain your furnace you should also clean and maintain your thermostat every year. If your thermostat is set at 70 degrees F, but is actually maintaining your home's temperature at 73 degrees F, the extra energy used can increase your energy bill by up to seven percent more.

Looking For Land? These Features Will Help Ensure A Sweet Deal

Buying a piece of land isn't typically as complicated as purchasing property with a home built on it because there are not building codes and insurance policies in question. But there are still a variety of factors that should be considered to help ensure that there aren't any regrets once you've purchased your piece of raw land. Look for the following features during your property hunt: Surveyed Terrain An effective way to make sure that you know exactly what you'll be getting with your land purchase is to focus on land options that have been surveyed by a professional.

3 Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself From the Zika Virus

The media is buzzing right now with coverage of South America's widespread Zika outbreak and the virus's apparent link to a birth defect know as microcephaly. The virus is transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti mosquitos, and as travelers return to the United States from affected countries, it's possible that there will be some regions of the country that experience a localized spread of the illness. Read on to learn three things you can do to help protect yourself and your family from the Zika virus and the mosquitos that carry it.

From Floor To Wall: Which Fabrics Best Compliment Common Flooring Materials

When selecting drapes for a room, you should take into consideration the overall architecture of the room, the feeling you want to achieve, and the furniture that is already in the room. Perhaps the most important aspect of a room to consider when selecting drapery fabric is the flooring. Below are five common types of flooring, and the types of drapery fabric that work well with them.  Tile  Tile flooring generally gives a room an open, airy feeling.