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3 Ways to Prepare Your Home Before You Travel

You are planning a major trip — perhaps a special event related to your job or for that vacation you have finally earned after years of hard work. You may be a little nervous due to the excitement of the travel and because you will be leaving your home unattended. Here are some easy and important steps you should take to keep your mind at rest during your travel. Keep Your Network in the Loop Image via Flickr by Traveloscopy If family and friends live near you, then let them know when you’ll be departing and returning. Ask this group to keep an eye on your home and to take in your mail, newspapers, or packages so these items don’t pile up and draw unwanted attention to your absence. Ask this group to call or text you if they see something suspicious and to call the police directly if something…

4 Things to Look for When Buying a Home

Purchasing a home represents the single largest financial decision many of us will ever make. It’s probably also where you’ll hang your hat for many years to come. But before even eyeing all that mortgage paperwork, you have to find a house you deem fit for such a long-term financial commitment. Here are four things to look for when buying your first (or next) home. Make Sure It’s Level Image via Flickr by ryanbjorkquist The foundation of any home can serve as both its strongest and weakest point. To make matters worse, it takes a keen eye to spot the difference between one that was laid well and one that clearly wasn’t. Look for any cracks longer than a foot long found emanating from the base of the outside walls. A cracked, not-quite-level foundation can be the source of costly home repairs later down the road. Research the Neighborhood Your…

Cute Accessories Every Home Office Needs

Thanks to the internet, more of us than ever are able to have jobs where we work from home. Whether you run a business, do Youtube, blog, write or freelance in any other capacity, a home office to work from is essential. A space that you’re happy with will make you feel inspired and more productive, and so it’s important to put a bit of thought into your working environment. Here are some of the cute accessories you can get to spruce up your home office. Comfy Desk Chair When you spend a lot of time sat at your desk to work, a good desk is absolutely crucial. You need something that properly supports your back and feels comfortable to sit in too. Rather than just order something online, it can be helpful to go into different shops and physically sit in a variety of models. Work out what you…

Redecorating your home on a shoestring budget

You feel like it’s time for a change. You’re ready to transform your space… but your budget is limited. Is it worth the effort and cost to freshen things up? Your living space can not only reflect but have a significant impact on your health, emotional state and general sense of wellbeing. Psychology Today writes on the importance of seeking out and cultivating healthy spaces that are uniquely suited to who you are as a person. While a major geographic relocation may not be in your future, you do have control over your immediate living space – especially with our low-cost redecorating tips. Add some colour – or subtract it While there’s absolutely a science of colour, the more important thing is to find a way to have your space reflect your best self, whether that’s chaotically creative or soothing minimalist. But don’t despair if a full interior repainting is…

How to Choose a Piece of Statement Furniture When Revamping Your Home

Pieces of statement furniture can really inject some personality into your living space. And even though many interior designers will tell you to play it safe with your furniture and add quirky touches with your accessories, sometimes it’s worth taking the risk. A statement piece can really help you to set the overall tone of the room, creating a breath-taking impact that will wow your guests. Here are some top tips when choosing this statement piece: Make Sure It Works with the Rest of Your Furnishings Even though statement pieces are meant to make a statement (believe it or not!), it’s important that they fit in with the rest of your furnishings too. For example, Carl Hansen chairs from companies like Skandium will complement a range of minimalistic, contemporary interiors, helping you to tie together your individual features wonderfully. It’s important that the piece you choose doesn’t look too staged…

Finding the perfect homewares online

Did you just buy a home and now need to outfit it from top to bottom? Are you tired of clutter and feel like you need a different way to store things? Could you be using hand-me-downs from friends and family? Are you a closet interior designer who wants to remake things in your own style? If any of these sound like your situation, it is time to get shopping for new homewares! Homewares are great to shop for because there are various items for all the rooms of the house, and there are many styles from which to choose. In other words, you can go a little wild with your shopping ideas, and spend a little or a lot. In this day and age, finding what you want is as close as the click of a mouse. You can definitely try the brick-and-mortar places, but you should spend some…

How to create a minimalist home

Minimalism emerged as an artistic movement in the 1950s and made its way into American homes in the early 60s. It has its roots in ancient Japanese traditions that have themselves grown popular in recent years, and it was also influenced by Dutch artists of the early 20th century. A minimalist home is a place that immediately makes a statement. It’s clean, sleek, and perfect for modern living. How can you create a space like this for yourself, and can a minimalist space also feel like home? Why choose minimalism? A minimalist home is ideal if you’re out a lot and don’t have the time to do a lot of cleaning, because it’s really easy to look after. With a place for everything and everything in its place, it also means that you’ll be able to find whatever you want quickly, with no fuss. Although most people creating minimalist homes…

Flying The Nest: Moving To Your New Home With Security

There comes a time in every young person’s life, where moving from home into your own place will become a priority. It doesn’t matter if your home is beautiful, with everything you need; you’ll still get the desire to be independent eventually. But, taking this step to becoming an adult can be a scary one! So, to help you out, this post will go through some tips that you should always think about when moving to a new home. Ideally, your family will be able to help you out with this as well. But, you’ll also have to do research for yourself. Of course, when it comes to buying or renting a property, you’ll need some money first. When you first move in, this will be the most apparent. In most cases, you’ll be required to put down a deposit before you can move in. You can assume that the…

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