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5 Places to Purge

Monday, 17 February 2014 08:18
Spring is just around the corner. (No. Really. It is!) With spring comes spring cleaning, and with spring cleaning—for most of us—comes procrastination or any number of headaches. Here are five places to purge, to help you spring into spring! Read more...

Sink In

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 02:59
The look on her face said it all: Bathroom renovations are anything but relaxing. Yet with a little patience—and a lot of revamped surfaces—you could have the bathroom oasis of your dreams. Read more...

Simple Updates for Wood Paneling

Monday, 16 December 2013 14:12
Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who purchased a home that already had a finished basement. What a time and money saver! But wait … What's that on the walls? Could it be? Wood paneling? No offense, 1963, but we're well into the new millennium—and wall decor is trending more toward, well, not wood paneling. If you can relate to this scenario, here are some DIY tips from View Along the Way blogger Kelly Marzka for covering up or decorating around paneling. Paint it. Choose a bright, but neutral paint color and cover those panels right up. Remember that… Read more...

Home Staging Tip: Add a Splash of Color

Friday, 15 November 2013 05:55
To add interest to the look and feel of a room, add a splash of color. The most inexpensive way to add color to your space is by adding pillows and candles. Start with a large neutral item to spring board from. For example, a sofa upholstered in a soft hue of gray will pop with bright yellow pattern pillows. Add bright orange and yellow candles arranged within a tray on a cocktail table in front of the sofa. Vary the height of the candles from small, medium, and large and keep the number odd—three to five. Odd numbers provide… Read more...

How to Create a Themed Room

Friday, 25 October 2013 03:11
Want to create a space with a cohesive theme? Many times, rooms are overdone with too many accessories and explosions of color. Keeping is simple will tastefully illustrate the theme of the room.  For example; “the cottage theme room” can be pulled together by choosing three main colors, like pale yellow, light blue, and white. Repeat the established colors in the space three to five times. More than five splashes of color will create confusion and chaos to the eye. The colors can be introduced through window treatments, pictures, pillows, rugs, or accessories. When choosing accessories for “the cottage theme,”… Read more...

Space Planning: Basement Edition

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 08:03
How to brighten up your basement? West Michigan blogger and entertainer extraordinare Rebecca Lemon has a few suggestions up her sleeve that will make any previously drab space feel fresh!  Using light, bright colors with plenty of lighting to help keep the space feeling open, Rebecca suggested. "If there aren't a lot of windows, create more light by using a few mirrors." Now that you've infused light, trick the eye (and the occasional guest) by making the space feel bigger than it actually is. Most basements feature open floor plans, but don't be intimidated. Space planning is the most efficient… Read more...

Closet Crazy

Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:07
Closets could be caves full of clutter. Unused items pile up year after year, taking up valuable space for new items you just bought. Your closet should be easy to navigate when you start your day. Allard Design offers some welcome tips to help you and inspire your closets. The first step: Get rid of unused or unwanted clothing that occupies precious space. A tip I read recently is something we could all do. It takes time, but is worth the effort. Take all the clothing you have on hangers, and turn the hangers away from you. Give yourself a… Read more...

Landscaping Made Easy

Monday, 29 July 2013 06:19
If you want to enjoy your outdoor space with minimal work, you’re not alone. The number one landscaping trend this year is rooted in low-maintenance, high-hardiness plants. But maintaining a beautiful, albeit undemanding, property takes initial planning. That’s where professionals Kim Blanchard of Knapp Valley Gardens, Dan Monsma of Monsma Landscape & Maintenance, and Kathy Warner of Harder & Warner Landscaping and Garden Center come in.   Begin by prioritizing your landscape based on what areas of the yard are most important to you. For most people, curb appeal is at the top of the list. “The three magic words are… Read more...

Tip: Inexpensive Home Design

Monday, 08 July 2013 07:42
To change the look and feel of a room, add a splash of color. The most inexpensive way to add color to your space is through pillows and candles. Start with a large neutral item to springboard from—a sofa upholstered in a soft gray hue will pop with bright yellow patterned pillows, for example. Add bright orange and yellow candles arranged on a tray, and place it on a cocktail table in front of the sofa. Vary the height and size of the candles—small, medium, and large—and use an odd number, perhaps three or five. Odd numbers provide interest and… Read more...

The Forgotten Fifth Plane: Ceilings!

Monday, 17 June 2013 12:23
The Sistine Chapel, The Louvre Museum, and the Vatican are all places that come to mind when we think about beautiful ceilings, but this "forgotten fifth plane" is often neglected in our own homes. Why? It's a blank slate, so to speak, with very little obstruction. There are endless possibilities for this area of your home. Many people neglect their ceilings, because they don't know what their options are. You could start by simply painting it. Painting the ceiling the same color as your walls can make the space feel larger. If you want to define the space with color,… Read more...

 

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