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April 25, 2019

How To Wallpaper Using the ‘Paste the Wall’ Method

I’ll be honest here and admit that I’m not a big fan of accent walls. To be fair, I used to be, but over time, I’ve grown to go by the philosophy: Go big or go home. Why do an accent when you can do a whole room? Why paint one wall black when you could paint all four? The same could be said for wallpaper, but I’m about to break my own rule. In fact, we just completed a wallpaper accent wall in our sleeping loft. Here she is (and we absolutely love it!):

Let me explain. While a whole wallpapered room would be a dramatic visual impact, I think that small nooks and unique architectural details (such as the pitched ceiling in our loft), can lend to a cozy and intimate feel [...]

 
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April 25, 2019

Former USC Associate Athletic Director Lists Long Beach Home Following Her Indictment in College Admissions Scandal

Former USC Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel lists Long Beach, CA home for just under $2 million in the wake of a college admissions scandal.
 
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April 24, 2019

Why You Should Incorporate More Technology In Your Home

Fifteen years ago, it wasn’t common to see keyless entries, home surveillance, surround sound, or apps that controlled appliances. Today, however, “smart homes” are becoming more common. In fact, homeowners can now lock their front door, set the temperature, turn on the oven, and watch a live-stream of their home…all from their cell phones. These smart homes as they are called are designed to integrate technology to make things more accessible and easy for the homeowner. If you think smart homes might be a little too “Jetsons,” you might be surprised to learn that experts are predicting the global automation market will be worth a staggering $121 billion [...]

 
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April 24, 2019

Lifestyle Series: Wall To Wall Trends That Are In

Learn about the latest trends in home décor and transform the look of your living room, bathrooms, kitchen, and bedrooms. Top lifestyle trends for 2019.
 
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April 23, 2019

Singer and Actor Perry Como’s Former Home on Long Island Is Back on the Market

The former home of your great-grandma's favorite crooner, Perry Como, is now on the market on Long Island, NY for just under $3million. Take the tour now.
 
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April 22, 2019

Local Market Update: San Francisco Bay Area Reaches a Tipping Point

What happens when too much of a good thing becomes something bad? If you are a buyer or a seller in the San Francisco Bay area, you are experiencing the price of super success. For buyers, these markets are the most expensive in the nation. A recent California Association of Realtors study found that fewer than one in five Bay Area residents can afford to buy a home where they live.

Sellers have enjoyed extraordinary conditions. In Oakland, prices have risen 132 percent since 2011. Low inventories pushed prices to record levels last year, and listings were selling in 20 days by the end of the summer. Bidding was so competitive that San Francisco sales prices were 15 percent [...]

 
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April 22, 2019

Paying for Sanity – Why Hiring Someone to Help You Organize Your Home Might be a Great Idea

Professional home organizers have one main goal: to make our lives function better by organizing the spaces in our home. Learn more now.
 
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April 19, 2019

5 Things to Do When Moving Into a New Home

Moving into a new home comes with a list of a million things to do… but before you overwhelm yourself with the abundance of boxes to unpack, take a step back and create a game plan with the five things you need to prioritize once you get into your new home.

Tip #1: Paint

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to add your own personal touch to your home. Before I begin unpacking my decor, painting is my number one priority, as it’s easier without furniture or decor to maneuver around. If you are renting, ask your landlord permission to paint, even if it’s only an accent wall. The rentals we have lived in have been painted in bright vibrant colors, so [...]

 
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April 19, 2019

5 Spring Cleaning & Home Improvement Projects You’re Likely Forgetting

Completing a spring cleaning checklist gets your house in order before the rush of warm-weather activities. All homes have a short list of must-complete projects that can make your home a little more comfortable, but sometimes important tasks don’t make the list. These six projects are forgotten more often than not, but you’d be leaving money on the table if you left them out.

1. Clean Behind Your Appliances

The dark spaces behind your refrigerator, freezer, washer, and dryer can get neglected for years, but they’re just as important as any other nook in your home. All large appliances provide a safe haven for dust, pests, and hidden leaks, and you can’t be sure your kitchen [...]

 
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April 18, 2019

How to Refresh a Patio on a Budget

Now that spring has sprung, many homeowners are taking advantage of the warmer weather with some outdoor projects. If you own a patio or deck, you may be preparing it for parties and other fun, outdoor gatherings.

The truth with an outdoor space refresh is that it can be very costly. This is especially true if you are looking to remodel or repair some damage. However, if your home already has an outdoor patio, there are some cost-effective ways that you can “make it new.” Here are a few tips on how to refresh a patio without breaking the bank.

Clean Up Your Space

One of the easiest ways to refresh a patio or “make it new” is to thoroughly clean it. It’s easy for a patio [...]

 
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April 18, 2019

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren List Former Home in Beverly Hills

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have listed their former home in Beverly Hills, CA. Put in an offer for this Spanish-styled home today, and live like a real celebrity!
 
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April 17, 2019

Bower Power Makes Chores Fun with Little Tikes

Most parents want their kids to grow up to be self-sufficient, helpful and responsible. I’ve yet to hear a mom say “Well, I hope when Sammy is 42, he lives up to two percent of his potential!” But, teaching kids to do chores is sometimes a daunting, overwhelming and, well…HUGE task. It’s a task that takes patience, consistency and so much creativity…..but I’m here to help! Using Little Tikes toys, I’m sharing tips for teaching kids to help around the house, and how us parents can help cultivate an attitude of JOY when it comes to chores.

 

TIP #1 – MAKE A CHORE LIST

One of the best tips for your kids, regardless of age, is to make a list. A [...]

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