Patio Decor Ideas: Dining Al Fresco Inspiration from the Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2014 | Make A Comment

As we get ready for the 2014 Patio Style Challenge, we thought we’d share some of our favorite patio decor ideas from past editions.

When you’re ready to get your outdoor space into tip top shape, we can help! Read on for plenty of great ideas and patio trends to watch.

Patio Decor Ideas: String lights, bold color mixed with a pastel, and a few graphic patterns

Easy and elegant aren’t two words often used together, but in this flawless outdoor entertaining space, Brittany of brittanyMakes shows us that elegant actually can be easy. All you need to achieve this look is a few key elements: string lights, bold color mixed with a pastel, and a few graphic patterns.

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10 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted by: on March 28th, 2014 | Make A Comment

10 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

Sometimes a few simple steps can make a major difference in sprucing up your home for spring. Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room is an expert at offering simple ideas to make your home cleaner and more comfortable, so we asked her to share with us a few of her spring cleaning tips.

Here are her practical, and sometimes unexpected ways to make spring cleaning simple and effective– so you can start enjoying the season and your sparkling clean home.  

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10 Cleaning Tips for New Parents

Posted by: on March 26th, 2014 | 10 Comments

10 Cleaning Tips for New Parents

Bringing home a new baby is a special time for parents. It’s full of love, joy, and excitement… not to mention sleep deprivation, a whole new category of messes, and a burgeoning need to defend against germs.

Kaley Diaz knows all about this. Not only is she a mommy and a children’s photographer, she also writes about all things baby on her blog Kaley Ann, and as a contributor to the parenting blog Modern Parents, Messy Kids.

Here are her top cleaning tips for new parents– with a few tips on how older siblings can help out and feel involved, too. She starts, though, with a great gift idea for the new parents.

 

Gift Idea for New Parents: Make a "New Baby Cleaning Kit"

Cleaning Tip No. 1

Make a “New Baby Cleaning Kit”

Sure, sweet onesies and ruffly dresses are fun to buy, but why not give parents what they really need to have a baby? A new baby cleaning kit will be the most appreciated and used gifts that the new parents receive. (And if you are an expecting parent, go ahead and make yourself one – you won’t regret it!) Our second baby was born a few months ago and this is the gift that I wish I had received, so now I make them for all my new parent friends.

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Inspired: Patio Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

Posted by: on March 26th, 2014 | Make A Comment

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Since warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to get your patio ready for outdoor living and entertaining. After spending the cooler months cooped up inside, it’s a nice reprieve for many to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Backyard entertaining will be in full swing before we know it, so you’ll want to have your patio prepared for guests and spending sunny days lounging. We have some patio ideas that will make your backyard ready for outdoor entertaining.

 

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The first step to creating an outdoor oasis is selecting a patio set that’s right for your needs. Start by looking for a dining table. You can even add chairs to create a lounge area if you have enough space. The Brown Jordan Greystone dining table and patio chairs is one of our favorites and will last you long throughout this season and the next. This patio furniture looks so good you might consider bringing it indoors! Think classic design mixed with luxurious comfort.

Since you’ll most likely get a lot of use out a of a good patio set, plan ahead for cooler summer nights by adding a fire pit. Not only does it make a great centerpiece for lounge chairs, but it also encourages relaxation and conversation. The UniFlame bronze fire pit is a stylish option that comes with lava rocks and variable flame settings. But if you’re looking to enhance this look even more, add luster to your fire pit by switching out the lava rocks for glass FireCrystals.

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Inspired: 4 Patio Layout Ideas

Posted by: on March 21st, 2014 | Make A Comment

Inspired: 4 Patio Layout Ideas

Whether you call it a layout, blueprint, design, or even feng shui, we hear a lot of advice about the “flow” of a room. From the size, the lighting, the objective of the space – Are you watching TV? Relaxing around an outdoor firepit? Dining with friends? – the same details and principles of design that dictate your indoor space, apply to outdoor spaces, as well. Here are four easy patio layout ideas that make your outdoor space comfortable and functional.

Casual Chat

Get the group together or pull a chair away to flip through your favorite magazine. The Lynnfield Chat Set is great for a group dynamic. Create symmetry by placing two chairs opposite each other or round everybody up in a circle. The choice is yours!

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Spring Cleaning Tips: 10 Tricks for a Clean, Fresh Home

Posted by: on March 20th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Spring Cleaning Tips: 10 Tricks for a Clean, Fresh Home

We all could use a few tips or tricks for keeping the house clean. We asked Sarah, author of Thrifty Decor Chick, some of her cleaning secrets. She offered up some spring cleaning tips that cover everything from the microwave and pet hair to de-gunking your iron and deodorizing plastic food containers.

 

This time of year has me wanting to open all the windows, organize everything and clean every surface until it glistens. I love the fresh feeling spring brings! Today I’m sharing a few of the ways I bring it into our home. 

Spring Cleaning Tips: DIY jewelry cleaner

Spring Cleaning Tip No. 1

DIY jewelry cleaner

I started using this DIY jewelry cleaner a couple years ago and it works incredibly well. The best part is you can make it with items you probably have on hand in your kitchen.

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Color Schemes: A Yellow-Teal Inspired Palette

Posted by: on March 19th, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Yellow is a color of many meanings, and with a lot of variation comes a lot of different choices, and it’s prominent in many lovely color schemes. If you’re not sure how to select a yellow that’s right for you, find an object in the room that you love. It can a beloved accent pillow, your favorite piece of artwork or even some fresh flowers. Use this object as a reference point to help you figure out where to begin decorating the space. Yellow is a versatile color, but only if it compliments your room in the right shade.

If your home features warm tones in wood floors or furniture, look for a tint with a bit of blue-green in it. Glidden’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great example of a bold, distinctive yellow that has just a hint of green. Softer yellows, such as Behr’s Honey Locustwork well as dominant colors against dark wood finishes, too.

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Cleaning Tips: Clean Smarter, Not Harder this Spring!

Posted by: on March 18th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Cleaning Tips: Clean Smarter, Not Harder this Spring!

We have discovered there are some people who would prefer to get their spring cleaning done as quickly and easily as possible. This seems to be the case for most people we’ve talked to. 

It turns out that Dana White is among those who’d rather get the job done with as little fuss and elbow grease as possible. Our first clue was the name of her blog: A Slob Comes Clean. We asked her for her spring cleaning tips, knowing they would have particular resonance with those among us who don’t necessarily cherish their time spent cleaning.

If you’d rather start enjoying your freshly cleaned house as quickly as possible, these spring cleaning tips are for you.

The sun shining through my windows in the spring makes me suddenly see things that need to be cleaned. Even though I successfully ignore those grimy places all winter, Spring Cleaning Fever takes over and I just can’t ignore them any longer. If you’re catching the fever too, use these cleaning tips and tricks to help you clean smarter, not harder!

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10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted by: on March 14th, 2014 | 8 Comments

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning is more than merely cleaning every nook and cranny inside your house. It’s also about making you home ready to invite friends over, fire up the grill, and have some warm weather fun.

That’s certainly the way Anna Moseley thinks about it. She’s the creative mind behind Ask Anna, where she answers your questions about cleaning and organizing. We asked her for her top ten spring cleaning tips. She focused on outdoor spring cleaning tips, with advice on how to clean the garage floor, the barbecue grill and more.

 

This year I wanted to take a slightly different approach to spring cleaning and get the outside of the house looking spiffy for our friends and family get-togethers. The first thing you notice when you drive up to someones house is the outside. Is the garage door dirty, are the windows cloudy, are there cobwebs hanging in the eves? Not for long, because today I’m going to show you how to clean all those and more so that your house will make a great impression on all your guests!

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10 Cleaning Ideas for Parents of Young Kids

Posted by: on March 13th, 2014 | Make A Comment
10 Cleaning Ideas for Parents of Young Kids

 

Children are a joy. But they come with their own set of cleaning challenges– wall smudges, toys that are in the mouth as much as the hands, that sort of thing. 

Cassity Kmetzsch writes the popular DIY blog Remodelaholic with her husband. She is also a mother of two little ones. We asked her to share some of her cleaning ideas. She came up with terrific cleaning tips that focus on a typical kid’s room. She also offers some ideas on cleaning tasks that will get the kids happily involved in helping with the spring cleaning.  

 

As a mother of two small girls, my house is not always perfectly clean, but it is important to me to teach my children how to clean. So, during this year’s spring cleaning, I am asking my girls to help me get some good cleaning done in their rooms… and who knows, maybe they will catch on and help with the rest of the house!

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