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10 Patio Upgrades for a Spectacular Property This Summer

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If you’re embarrassed to be seen on your dingy patio, you’re not alone.

Unlike the carpet in your living room or the paint on your walls, patios are often a neglected extension of the home. A common misconception is that it costs a pretty penny to update it, but that’s simply not true. The key is making smart, low-cost improvements to create a space you’re proud to entertain in.

In this article, 10 patio upgrades are revealed that will enhance your property and provide you with a new outdoor retreat.

The Value of Home Gardens

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No one goes to the grocery store to relax after a long day at work, but you have to eat, right? But what if there’s another way to get food that doesn’t involve long checkout lines or arguments with your kids over sugary cereals?

Clean eating is a hot trend, and the current debate over GMO foods can be enough to scare anyone into growing their own produce. But besides Read more

Southern Living Idea House

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We recently had an opportunity to visit the Southern Living Idea House in Bluffton, SC.  The house was approximately 30 minutes from Savannah, GA and 30 minutes from Hilton Head, SC.  This is beautiful part of the United States and one that is growing with more and more homes under construction.  Yet no so many that a peaceful environment is still very prevalent.  The home had an elegantly easy feel to it with front porches and back verandas with access to a lake.   Read more

Maintenance Tip: Inspect attic air vents

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Air vents are usually in the attics on the side walls. These air vents keep air circulating in the attic which can help cool the attic in the summer and provide a drying out mechanism in the winter. It is import these vents are not blocked by any debris and it can be important to ensure screens are intact with the air vents to prevent rodents and insects from Read more

Using Rugs to Add Flare to a Room

Decorating can be fun and challenging depending on your skill and confidence.  One great way to create a new look in a room or throughout your home is to use rugs.  Rugs can add a feeling of comfort, a splash of bright color, or a way to cover up a flaw in your floor.  Using rugs to add flare in the room can be as simple as placing a uniquely designed or brightly colored rug right Read more

Dividing Your Outdoor Areas

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When looking at your backyard and the design of it, it is nice to take a look at the flow and what you want to do with your backyard.  This will help you establish a way to make your backyard functional, beautiful and engaging.

Understand your Backyard Dimensions

Understanding your backyard dimensions is important to establishing your plan.  The size of your backyard and the type of environment is key to developing your backyard strategy.   Read more

Outdoor Pathways

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Pathways are areas that help create a functional method of getting from different locations of your yard or around your home.  Pathways create a sense of direction for guests arriving at your home.  They also provide access to areas that might be harder to reach without pathways.

Getting to your front door requires some sort of walkway.  Whether you have steps or driveway accessibility, a pathway creates an inviting situation encouraging guests to visit.  Pathways are also great for delivery folks giving them an easy way to get to your front door to deliver whatever gift or package has arrived.  Read more

5 Handy Ways to Add Glam in Your Living Room

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Guest Blogger: Jerry SmithDressing up a living room and adding some glamour can lead to an involved process yet there are simple ways to glam up a room. When it comes to the living room, every aspect of spacing, furnishing and decorative efforts do well by being more emphatic and coherent to produce the best ambiance of the home. A living room is the place that portrays the spirit of your home and Read more

The Color Red is Taking our Hearts Away

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not celebrate red in our homes.   Like any other color accent added to a room or home, red brings this bold statement and in some cases the fun and intense personality of the homeowner.  Red also represents strength, passion and love.   Read more

Keeping the Energy Alive with In Home Fitness Spaces

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This time of year gets us focused on so many goals and processes.  We look at a fresh year as a way to commit to our health.  Reviewing our eating habits, reviewing our activity level and overall goals, basically losing a few pounds from the holiday indulgence.  After all, bathing suit season is just around the corner.

One area of the home that we assess is our workout area and what is available to us to get ourselves headed for a healthier course. Read more

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