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Posted on 05/22/2022
How to Grow an Areca Palm as a Houseplant
Areca palms are a common sight in outdoor spaces but also make great houseplants. They're easy to care for and can grow in your home in practically any climate as long as they get the proper care. Here are the basics of growing areca palms indoors: Lighting Needs One of the areca palm's most popular characteristics is its...
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Posted on 05/15/2022
How to Add Blue to Your Home's Exterior
The color blue has exploded in popularity among homeowners and exterior designers. Many are choosing to repaint their homes in a wide variety of blue paint colors from pastel to darker dramatic hues. However, there are ways you can join in on the blue paint excitement without repainting your entire house. Here we’ll go over some simple ways...
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Posted on 05/08/2022
3 Signs Your Home Needs New Insulation
People who harbor a sneaking suspicion they're paying too much in heating and cooling expenses are often on to something. Under-insulated attics alone can reportedly increase utility bills by as much as 25 percent. If you identify any of the following telltale signs, consider new insulation. 1: Home Experiences Temperature Shifts Imagine sitting by an open window as...
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Posted on 05/06/2022
1135 Elizabeth Street 202, Denver, CO 80206 is now new to the market!
A beautiful Congress Park condominium that will give you that minimal maintenance living you are looking for. This is a highly desirable location has great walkability as the property has close proximity to the Denver Botanic Gardens, Boutique Shops, multiple Restaurants, Congress Park, Cheeseman Park, City Park, Museum of Natural History, Denver Zoo, and City Park Golf Course this is an ideal location. This is the best of both worlds with prime location for city living in a quiet updated unit. The home has the open floor plan that allows for that individual creativity. The kitchen has granite counter tops and stainless-steel appliances....
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Posted on 05/01/2022
Home Gardens: How to Create a Carnivorous Plant Terrarium
Sure, terrariums are vast and fascinating. But if you’re looking to kick it up a notch, try starting one for carnivorous plants. The easiest way to keep them happy is by building a terrarium all their own. Within that space, they can enjoy the perfect amount of light, humidity and tasty insects. Here’s what to do. Select Your...
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Posted on 04/24/2022
DIY Guide: How to Press Flowers
Unfortunately, flowers don’t last forever. However, you can still enjoy their color and beauty long after their time by preserving the blooms. Pressing flowers is a longstanding technique for drying and preserving flowers and can make a great starting point for a unique art piece. Here are some expert tips for pressing flowers you can enjoy as art...
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Posted on 04/17/2022
DIY: How to Build a Decorative Barn Door
This may sound counterintuitive, but some of the most eye-catching barn-style accent doors rank among the easiest DIY home improvement projects. And a few insider tips might help push the project along. For example, people who do not work in the construction trades rarely realize that many 10-inch wide boards run closer to 9.25 inches. That insider tip...
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Posted on 04/10/2022
Coastal design: How to get a relaxed beach vibe on a budget
The coastal vibe is light and airy with plenty of relaxing elements throughout the home. However, overdoing the theme and decor can put a large dent in your budget and leave your home feeling "overdone." Here are a few ways to incorporate a brilliant, relaxed coastal theme while staying within budget: Invest in a natural rug Natural fibers...
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Posted on 04/03/2022
What veterans should know about homeowners insurance requirements
While VA loans come with numerous benefits, they share many of the same requirements as conventional loans. For veterans seeking a VA loan to purchase a home, it's often required to purchase a homeowners insurance policy. Here is the basic info about homeowners insurance requirements: Is homeowners insurance required for a VA loan? Just like most conventional mortgages,...
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Posted on 03/27/2022
Best practices for placing furniture in your home
The choices you make in placing furniture in your home are key to the overall success of your design. Sometimes, arranging furniture can be an intimidating task, especially when working with a large, empty space. However, by following a few simple strategies, you can create aesthetically pleasing and comfortable designs in any room. Find your focal point A...
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Posted on 03/20/2022
How to Build a Custom Workbench
A workbench offers a handy way to store your tools in your garage or shed, as well as a place to work on tasks or hobbies. You don’t have to head to the store to buy a workbench for your home. Instead, put your woodworking skills to the test by building your own workbench. The following tips provide...
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Posted on 03/13/2022
Tableware Trends to Upgrade Your Dining Experience
Whether you’re having family dinner or hosting a larger gathering, a stylish dining table is key. No matter what interior design style you like or use in your dining room now, there are ways you can add new trends to refresh the look of your dining setup. Here are some of the top trends in tableware and flatware...
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