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Thursday, October 6, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Fall Décor Trends 2022

In Florida, the transition from summer to fall is a gradual one. The temperatures begin to cool down in October, and by November they're generally comfortable for spending time outdoors. Although we won't have colorful falling leaves like other places, we can still have fun decorating for it!

Let's look at some Fall décor trends that are taking place in 2022:


Transition your home into cozier colors like warm reds, oranges and browns. Choosing colors on the warmer side of the color palette will make your space seem cozier even if your A/C is still running. Green, traditionally a summer color, can fit your fall theme if you lean into a deep forest hue. Plus, it goes great with tones of brown and orange. You can easily incorporate these by switching out throw pillows, blankets, candles or maybe a rug. If you want to make a bigger change, you can always repaint an accent wall or two.
Another great way to add pops of orange to your home is with flowers or other ...

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Thursday, July 14, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Rules To Follow When Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering: a word that oftentimes is thought to be time consuming, stressful, and sometimes even unsuccessful, but it's something that needs to be done from time to time. We tend to hold onto more and more items that we think we need, and before we know it, our home is overwhelmed with clutter. Sorting through all your belongings can be very helpful if you're thinking about moving. Why pack up and move extra stuff that you don't even use? It's a great time to get rid of it!

Here are 7 rules to help declutter your space:

Everything Must Fit In Its Container 
Think about your home as a bunch of containers. This could be a closet, drawer, shelf, or a room. The thing about containers is the items within it should fit comfortably inside. For example, let's say you have a drawer in your dresser dedicated to workout clothes. The drawer is your container and the clothes are its items. When it starts getting to the point where the drawer won't close, it means you might have t ...

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Thursday, July 7, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

July Checklist for Your Home

July has just begun. This means we are entering the peak of summer and officially halfway through 2022! It's the perfect time to make sure your home is prepared for the hot summer days and ready for summer activities.

Here is a mid-year checklist for your home:

Check safety devices 
It's important to have working carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to make sure your home is safe. Test these devices monthly and replace their batteries if needed. If your device is older than 10 years, then it should be entirely replaced to ensure a safe home. Don’t forget to check expiration dates on fire extinguishers and replace them if expired. 

Look at windows 
July is a great time to set aside time to deep clean your windows around the home. Clean them inside and out and don’t forget to check for holes in the screens to protect your home from unwanted bugs and mosquitoes that may sneak in. Use a screen patching kit to repair any damage found. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Best House Plants For Beginners

I got my first house plant a year ago. It added color and brightness to my small, dark bedroom. Back then I was hesitant to add “water plant” to my daily to-do list. What if I forgot? What if I watered it too much, or too little? Or what if I gave it too little sun and it was too late? I didn't want to subject an innocent plant to my unskillful hands that definitely had no gardening skills.

When I realized that not all houseplants require constant attention or a meticulous watering schedule, it was easy to decide which plant to add to my home. Some just aren’t picky when it comes to watering and sun, and there are so many benefits to owning one! Adding greenery to a home adds color and breaks up traditional décor. They can clean up your air, relieve stress and even rid your space of toxins.

Here are 5 of the best houseplants for beginners:


My personal favorite is the Pothos plant. You won’t have to worry about forgetting to water ; ...

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Thursday, June 16, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Best Ways to Make a Small Room Look Spacious

Having a small space can be frustrating, especially when it’s your living room or bedroom. We all love a big airy room to relax in. But you don't have to start a full home renovation just to open up a room. There are more affordable and less invasive ways to make a room look bigger. From the furniture you buy to the colors you use, you can easily achieve a spacious room without having to break down a wall.

Whether you’re trying to sell your home or simply want to refresh an old space, here are some tips to trick guests into thinking a room is bigger than it actually is:

First off, move your furniture away from walkways. When obstacles sit in the natural path of a room, it cuts off the flow of the space. Spaces appear smaller when guests have to maneuver around the furniture. Moving furniture away from these paths will instantly help. 

Changing your furniture can have the biggest effect on the perceived size of your space. Your furniture must ...

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