A backyard haven: Moving the indoors outdoors.

garden shed

  For most of us, a garden is just something that sits there behind our house.   It’s a bonus more than anything else, somewhere to sit outside when it’s hot, and a place for the children to play.   What interests me about this mindset is that you have plenty of space behind your house that’s not being fully utilized.   Think about it, there are loads of things you can do to create a more practical garden for your home – something that complements the main building. To do this, you need to make the most out of

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Dread the home improvement mess? Here are some ideal products and protective materials.

Home improvement projects.

  Home improvement work is generally very messy by nature. Therefore, being prepared with the correct equipment will make your cleanup much faster and easier.   Knowing the right products and protective materials to purchase for the home improvement job will protect the various surfaces in the area where all of the work will be taking place.   Do some research in advance to find out what types of protective materials are used by professionals when they are doing the same sort of job. Here are some of the various products that are available on the market that can help

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Tips to refresh and optimize your space with smart and fashionable furnishings.

Luxurious updates for your dining room.

  The interior of your home might be looking a bit shabby.   You may be experiencing a major change in your circumstances such as a move, downsizing or remodeling and renovations. You may not have not done anything to change your home’s appearance in a very long time and have become tired of the same old furniture that you have for the past decade – and shows its age.   To update and refresh your look to suit the new circumstances, or even just to welcome the spring with a fresh look, seek out furniture that is functional, an

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Host the best holiday dinner for your out of town guests.

Host a holiday dinner party for out of town guests.

  No matter how social you are — or how big your friend and family list is —  dinner parties can be quite stressful. For starters, you have lots of people crammed into your personal space. Home is usually the place you can go to decompress when you’re overwhelmed. When there are lots of people over, that’s no longer the case. Then, there’s the stress of being the “host with the most” and putting on a memorable event everyone will enjoy. Here is our list of things to consider and plan for to successfully host the best holiday dinner for your

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5 often forgotten aspects of your home to update.

5 often forgotten aspects of your home to update

  When you hear the words “home renovation” mentioned, the first thing that most likely comes to your mind is a complete overhaul of your kitchen with new counters and cabinets. You may also think of open layouts, new windows, improved patios and landscaping and updated flooring. While the following five often forgotten aspects of your home to update may not occur as frequently as these others are, they remain vital parts of your home to focus on when doing an update or getting ready to sell.   Bathroom faucets.   While you may have been eager to change out your

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Set out the welcome mat: Create a gorgeous room for short or long term guests.

Create a gorgeous room for short or long term guests.

  It’s not every day that guests come to stay the night, and so most of us go the extra mile to make sure their stay is comfortable. After all, the company’s a treat and it’s nice to be able to spoil your visitors! Give the place an extra deep clean, making your home all the more refreshing and welcoming. While you’re at it, create a gorgeous room for short or long term guests.   Depending on the length of your guest’s stay, how far should you go? How can you keep up that high level of presentation for anything

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Have property but no home? 4 unique but affordable options for building your own home.

Unique but affordable options for building your own home.

  Maybe you’ve inherited some undeveloped pasture land, or invested in some remote acreage.   You’ve probably thought about building your own home there. There are going to permits, utilities, and other red tape to work out, but the idea of living where and how you want may seem much better than living in a dull neighborhood or development.   Here are some unique but affordable options for building your own home.   Cozy up in a tiny home.   Tiny homes are smaller structures designed for both economy of space and efficiency. Think of 120-square foot living areas with

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Teen told she violated her high school’s dress code because she is ‘busty’ — seeking legal action.

Teen told she violated her high school's dress code because she is 'busty' — seeking legal action.

  Student Kelsey Anderson was reportedly asked to leave class after her teacher accused her of breaking the school’s dress code.   The 17-year-old was wearing a long-sleeve shirt and jeans at the time, and was reportedly told she was “busty” and “plus size.”   The teen’s mom, Melissa Barber, alleged that school officials defended the teacher during a meeting. Barber shared the experience in a now-viral Facebook post.   Now, Anderson and Barber are seeking legal action against the high school.   Student Kelsey Anderson from Joplin, Missouri, claims that she was body-shamed by her high school teacher, and is now taking

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