Staging your home for resale isn’t enough! Stage your garden and yard too.

Fence trellis.

If you want your property to look good, it’s not enough to stage your home for a profitable sale, you should stage your garden too.   This is one of the great untapped resources of the modern home.   Focus on designing the best garden in the neighborhood. If you do, you will reap the rewards aesthetically and financially.   Redoing the backyard doesn’t have to be a huge job, nor does it have to be an expensive one. Usually, the budget that goes toward household changes is reserved for furniture and decorating the interior of the home. Obviously, this

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Don’t like gardening? How to still enjoy your outdoor space.

Don't like gardening? How to stll enjoy your outdoor space.

  Gardening is one of those things that you either like or you don’t. Certainly, if you can set aside the grumbles about it taking time and effort there are many advantages to it.   At the same time, it is understandable that some people aren’t into it. After all, you take the time to dig, fertilize, plant and tend, and even then the work isn’t over.   Gardens do require regular maintenance, which is what many people find off-putting.   If you remain unconvinced of the positive side of gardening, then there are a few ways to make it

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Taking a mud bath…

Erin modeling in mud at Tamihi Creek yesterday.

  A while back, Erin did a great deal of work with a local photographer as an apprentice and model. One of the photo shoots involved cavorting around in mud – or a proverbial mud bath.   While going through some of the pictures from her photo shoot, we were discussing what it must have been like since it was a rather cloudy, cool day. I worried needlessly though, because she was quick to remind me how much she has always enjoyed playing in the mud. As a matter of fact, one of my best memories is our family camping

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Incredible uses for metal in and around your home and property.

Metal bannister.

When it comes to the varied materials available to us for home building, renovations and remodeling, it can be very difficult to choose. Among others, consider incorporating metal in around your home and property. It immediately modernizes and updates before moving on to any other task.   Here are some examples of different uses for metal in and around your home and property.     Front Gate   There are certain areas of the home that are not essential, but they are certainly recommended. One of these would be the front gate. Now, this isn’t pivotal to the home, but your property will look

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Top gifts for creating the perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s Day oasis (or both).

Dream Patio

We’re all used to the yearly comings and goings of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I, for one, am so excited just to have my husband and kids around to pop in, give me a hug, and say “Happy Mother’s Day”! This design collage contains images of all of the items I would like to purchase and install when setting up our dream deck – the perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s day surprise!   It’s even nicer when Mark picks flowers at his mother’s house and brings them over. I love spending time arranging them in a vase. Erin and

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