Sunday, January 14, 2018

How To Make Laundry Day A Whole Lot Easier

Happy New Year 2018!  To my readers, I wish you health and happiness for the year ahead and success in everything you do.

Since a new year is upon us and we want to make a fresh start,  tackling the laundry is one of those areas where organizing is the key to making our daily lives easier and more productive.  Follow these steps below to stay ahead of the game and make your laundry day easier.

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  1. Pre-treat stains right away.  Keep a stain removal pen on hand to quickly treat coffee, tea, and other beverage stains.
  2. Don't overload your washing machine.  We all tend to do this but stuffing the washer only creates wrinkles and prevents a thorough clean.   According to most manufacturers, you should leave a gap between the top of the drum and your laundry. 
  3. Remove clean laundry immediately after being washed to prevent creases.
  4. Use a mesh laundry bag for delicates and undergarments to keep them from straying.  The mesh bag can then be tossed straight into the dryer. 
  5. Inspect pockets for coins, candy, pens, and tissue before starting your laundry.  This step will save you a lot of time later on when you notice tissue residue on all your clean clothes!
  6. Give each family member their own designated hamper with separate sections (whites/dark/light) to make sorting a breeze. 
  7. Before putting your laundry into the dryer make sure to untangle items that get twisted and place items uniformly in the dryer.  Try not to overload the dryer as this will cause uneven drying which will lead to double work for you. 
  8.  To alleviate the need for ironing, before the dryer cycle comes to an end, take items that are slightly damp and hang them.  This will avert wrinkles.
  9.  Lastly, to really make your laundry day a whole lot easier, upgrade your appliances if your budget allows.  An energy-efficient washer and dryer will pay for itself in no time, as they can do the work in half the time.   This will leave you with more time to spend with your family/friends, reading or doing something fun.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Easy Home Improvement Ideas

Home improvement should not feel like a burden.  DIY projects should be affordable, fast and practical with a big impact.  These 5 home improvement ideas below do just that.

  1. Frame your bathroom mirror with crown moulding. Buy crown moulding from the hardware store pre-cut to your measurements, spray paint it and glue to mirror. See full instructions at DIY Network.
  2. Paint an accent wall a bright and bold color.  This is a tried and true home improvement idea that designer's use to showcase a featured wall.  See below.
  3. Upgrade your coat closet by replacing the inside shelf with coat hooks.  The hooks will give your closet a clean and organized look.  
  4. Change out your bathroom shower head for a water saving, modern shower head.  They are so many styles to choose from that will instantly improve the look of your bath.
  5. Update your light switches, dimmers and outlets. Switch out old outdated plastic light switches with contemporary switches.  This change will give your home a fresh new look for a minimum amount of money and effort. Check out the Adorne Collection at Lowe's for an array of switches and outlets.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

How to Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Have you ever walked into someone's home and it has a luxury feel to it even though it may be small?  Well, there is a secret to why some houses look expensive and it has to do with how it has been thoughtfully decorated.

Choosing the right kind of furniture, art, accessories and upgrading your existing fixtures will yield that outcome.

This is how to make your home look expensive:

Upgrade Your Light Fixtures

Switch out your outdated light fixtures for a more contemporary look.


Decorate your walls with large scale art.  Nothing says expensive more than artwork.  Shop thrift stores and estate sales for large scale art, just replace chipped and worn out frames with new ones.

Improve Hardware and Doors

Improving the quality of hardware for​ example, your kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs, will make a world of difference.  Also consider upgrading your front door and interior doors.

Sculptured Art

Place a sculptured piece of art on a console table by the entryway. A sculptured art is a statement piece and will give your home a touch of luxury.

Elevate Your Accessories

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Elevate your accessories with a faux fur throw, good quality window treatments, an antique collection of plates and a heirloom styled vase.

Thanks for reading and have a happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

3 Simple Ways To Style A Nightstand

The nightstand or bedside table is an essential item in keeping our bedrooms organized, but it often gets overlooked as a place to be styled.  A well-styled nightstand will definitely make your bedroom look more pleasing and have a more finished look.

There are several ways to style a nightstand, it all depends on your personal taste and style of decor.  See below:

            This style is glamourus with fresh flowers, a
            designer candle, matches, and a jewelry dish.



                      Styled simply with task lighting


                  Styled organically with an eco-friendly
                  houseplants and personal curiosities.  
                                        Source: Google

Do you have a favorite style?  Leave a comment below.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Create A Beautiful Guestroom Retreat in Your Home

As your guestroom will be getting a lot of use through the summer months, why not transform it into a beautiful retreat that your guests can appreciate. 

A guestroom should feel relaxing, welcoming and comfortable as you want your guests to feel "at home".   Even if you don't have a dedicated space for a guest room you can create one simply by turning a den or office into a cozy guestroom.

Creating Your Retreat

To create your retreat start with the bed.  Always have fresh bed linens that have been ironed, lots of pillows and extra bedding.  Put a throw or summer blanket on the foot of the bed in case your guests get chilly at night.

Place a tray on the nightstand with magazines and books, writing essentials, a tissue box and fresh flowers. Have a carafe of water available if space allows.

Make sure the closet is well stocked with hangers and hooks so they have a place to put their belongings.

Guest Bathroom
Clean the guest bathroom and replace towels with clean cotton towels and washcloths.  Gather guest toiletries together (toothbrushes, pretty soaps, shampoo, and lotions) and place in a basket for their convenience. Lastly, light a candle for aromatherapy.

                                Source:  Southern Living Magazine

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Monday, June 19, 2017

5 Outdoor Entertaining Ideas from Pinterest

Summer is all about outdoor entertaining.  Why stay inside when you can take advantage of the beautiful weather and dine under the stars.  

Pinterest has you covered with lots of outdoor entertaining ideas whether you are planning a birthday party, July 4th party or anniversary party.  See below:

                                            An elegant table set with fresh blooms

                                               Trees wrapped with twinkle lights      

Pretty canopy with cottage style pillows 

                                               Tribal decor with lots of green plants


Mismatched dining chairs and an opulent chandelier

Source:  Pinterest

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How To Style A Bar Cart For Summer Entertaining

Summer entertaining just got a whole lot easier thanks to the amazing and popular bar cart.

A bar cart serves a dual purpose- it is not only functional but decorative as well.  To use as a decorative piece leave it in the dining room or living room to display your favorite glassware or vintage wares.

You can purchase bar carts from Target, and they are available in a wide assortment from wood to brass with plenty of styles to choose from.  Prices range from $50.00-$200.00.

Now you will need to gather a few things before you get your bar cart styled:
  • clear glass bottles with toppers
  • decanters
  • glassware (highball and wine glasses)
  • fresh citrus
  • coasters
  • ice bucket and thongs
  • bar tools
  • napkins
                      How To Style Your Bar Cart

Create zones within your bar cart by using trays.  Trays help to organize each area and make it look more pleasing to your guests.  Set a color scheme by color coordinating your decanters/glassware and group together.  Add appetizers, a water station, and
dress up your cart with unique essentials such as fancy napkins, straws and custom coasters.  Lastly, add fresh flowers.

Décor Tip:

Don't overcrowd when styling your cart, keep things simple.

Do you have a unique tip for styling a bar cart?  Please share your comments below.  Thanks!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Organizing Your Garden Shed Is Easier Than You Think

     "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow".
                                                            Audrey Hepburn

Gardening time is here and its the perfect time to organize your gardening or potting shed.

The gardening shed is such a workhorse for all seasons but especially the summer season.  A storage facility for gardening tools, potting soil, clay pots, fertilizer, etc., it is often the last place to be organized.  Keeping the potting shed clean and organized will make gardening a whole lot easier, trust me!

Below are a few practical ideas to easily organize your garden shed:
  • Install a work surface that houses tools and supplies for potting your plants.  
  • Use pegboards on wall to organize shelves and hooks.
  • Mount a small storage compartment to the door of the shed for small tools such as a pruner or hand shovel.
  • Place bins and pails on shelves for storing fertilizer.
  • Keep watering cans, gloves and gardening gear neatly organized on shelves, placing the most used items on the bottom.
  • Store bulbs in hanging planters until you're ready to plant them.
Your garden shed will be a lot more functional after being organized and in turn, it will make gardening more pleasurable.

                           Organized Potting Sheds

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                                 Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Coastal Inspired Rooms - So Perfect For The Summer Season

Thinking of  relaxing by the beach this summer but can't get there? How about decorating your abode for the summer season that mimics the airy, breezy and clean coastal style.

Coastal rooms are usually light and bright with ocean hues, and accessorized with natural materials, crisp linens and seaside Décor.

Take a look at these coastal inspired rooms below:

                                Source:  House Beautiful

           Relax and unwind in this oceanic bedroom.

Source:. Pinterest

  A modern coastal vibe befits this living room

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           A bright and light kitchen with seaside decor
                                and nautical stripes

       "Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach"
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How To Create A More Healthy Home Environment

As we all try to live a healthier lifestyle, our homes should reflect the same.  A healthy home nourishes your well-being and is comfortable, bright, free of toxins, harmonious and welcoming.

To create a healthy home environment start by removing toxins from the air by adding plants. Houseplants help to purify the air by removing unwanted toxins. Next, reduce the amount of chemical exposure found in one's home by selecting organic bedding, towels and upholstered furniture free of flame retardants.

Make your bedroom feel like a sanctuary with a high quality mattress, and a hypoallergenic duvet cover and pillows.

Set a soothing tone by placing candles in jars all around your home; whether flameless or real, the goal is to make it feel welcoming.

Change out your old desk for an ergonomic standing desk, this will improve your overall physical well-being.

Lastly, create harmony in the home by sitting at the table for meals, particularly a round table.  A round table will make everyone feel included and conversations will flow much better.

                                                              Source:  Pinterest

Creating a healthy home is within reach.  I hope you found these tips to be helpful.  Please share your comments below.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

How To Get Your Porch or Patio Ready for Summer

The porch or patio area usually gets neglected over the winter season so it's a good idea to spruce things up and get it ready for summer.

Porch Clean Up Step by Step:
  1. Sweep porch floors and in between floorboards thoroughly.
  2. Rinse walls, ceiling and floors with a hose, then using a bristle brush and warm soapy water scrub stains, and rinse again.
  3. Clean light fixtures  by removing and vacuuming debris, then use a window cleaner for a spotless shine.
  4. Re-stain wood if needed.
  5. Wipe metal umbrella stand with plain soap and water, then scrub, vacuum and wipe outdoor fabric umbrella. (for mold and mildew use diluted bleach).
Tip: Spot test first before using any cleaner just to make sure it won't damage your furniture.  Oxiclean is a great alternative to bleach.  For wicker furniture clean with a soft, dry toothbrush.

Now your porch or patio is ready for summer!

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Have a wonderful Memorial weekend.

How To Make Laundry Day A Whole Lot Easier

Happy New Year 2018!  To my readers, I wish you health and happiness for the year ahead and success in everything you do. Since a new ye...