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Sherry Benedict, owner of Lynn Marketing, moved her business home twelve years ago. She wanted to be home with her kids, but still keep up with the evolving world of marketing. In the beginning, Sherry's "office" was a desktop computer in the living room–also used by the family. When she teamed up with her husband, owner of Lynn Consulting Group, they knew they needed a place dedicated to work. For moms and business owners alike, a home office is the solution to getting the kids on and off the bus while maintaining a career. With technology's blessing, business is mobile,… Read more...

What's Hiding Inside Your Kitchen Cupboards?

Friday, 10 February 2012 16:03
If you open your kitchen cupboards to a mess of baking materials, spilled cereal, measuring cups and, wait, what is that...? It's time to organize! Use these tips to get your cupboards in top shape. You'll save time in the kitchen, and you'll purge your cooking area of all things expired. First step: Empty your cupboards completely, clean the shelves, then start to organize items into groups on your counters/kitchen table. Keep food and cooking utensils separate. Keep food in cupboards closest to the refrigerator, and cooking materials in cupboards closest to the stove. This instantly divides your kitchen into… Read more...

What Are Your Backsplashes Saying?

Friday, 03 February 2012 10:12
Caked with bacon grease and the colors you chose ten years ago, your backsplashes are pleading with you, "Update us!" While this is not an excuse for you to sweep your messy walls under the rug, per se, it will give your kitchen a facelift and brighten your day too. Get started with planning. You will need: Tiles of your choosing A backer boardMesh TapeFiller CompoundScrewsScrewdriverSandpaperA pencilMeasuring TapeCaulkGrout Rubber Float Directions:Decide where you want to install your new backsplash, take measurements (length and height), then start with a clean wall. Whether that means a soapy sponge and a little elbow… Read more...
You know the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" Well now your guests won't judge your favorite, albeit hideously floral, couch either. All they'll see is a crisp slip cover, made by you. Follow these simple, do it yourself steps to make a slip cover and take a well-deserved seat. Your guests will too. Fabric First thing's first, pick out your fabric. Pay attention to the hues in the room where the chair will sit. PIck something that draws out the color of your walls and doesn't clash with other existing furniture. You can find inexpensive fabric at… Read more...

Combat Clutter with Baskets

Friday, 20 January 2012 16:11
A house of clutter fosters a mind of stress. Accessorize your home in style while organizing odds and ends. Using baskets of varying sizes, materials and color can accentuate your home's style while hiding away unappealing messes. Small baskets are perfect for holding trinkets and various desk accessories. Paperclips, pens, sticky notes, and business cards nestled into matching small baskets make any confused desk more orderly. As an added bonus, an organized desks helps to foster a more productive you. Carry this idea into your medicine cabinet. Group like-cosmetics together into small or medium baskets. Keep make up for everyday… Read more...

The Color Of…Your Walls

Thursday, 12 January 2012 13:51
Picking paint colors is, by far, the most fun part of the painting process. Once you’ve picked the color, it’s all drop cloths and rollers until the job is finished—but that doesn’t mean picking a color is easy. It’s a commitment of time, money, and wall space. How do you pick the right paint color? First things first, grab a color wheel or look at one on the Internet. The color wheel will help you decipher which colors look good together. Of course, the color family that you choose to explore is all about your personal taste. If you like… Read more...

Feng Shui Your Bathroom

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:08
Make your bathroom a sanctuary, after all, it is where we begin and end every day. De-clutter and fang shui your space, and you will find it to be a more restful and inviting room of the house. De-ClutterAccording to Kristine Lewis of Get Organized, clutter robs your rooms of chi, or energy. In the bathroom, this creates unwanted stress and discomfort while preparing for the day or for bed. Things to de-clutter include your bathroom's waste basket, empty product bottles, unnecessary accessories like extra soap dishes and cloudy bathroom mirrors. Let the engery flow when you clear your unnecessary… Read more...

Make Any Room Elegant with Satin

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:32
Satin fabric is usually made from silk, and its sheen and softness has made it a favorite for designers. There are four different forms in which it is available including: Duchess Satin–a stiff satin that only shines on one sideSatin Jacquard–fabric is woven with loose patternsSlipper Satin–used exclusively for slippersDelustered Satin–fabric has less shine Satin is used in the home for pillowcases, sofa covers, dining room chairs and cushion covers. The specialized fabric gives these items a royal look and feel and enhances the elegancy of the room. Satin pillowcases are considered more healthy for hair than cotton pillowcases. Cotton… Read more...

More Than Just Furniture

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:56
As a West Michigan resident, you have doubtlessly heard of this area’s furniture heritage. It may not be the most glamorous claim to fame, but West Michigan is serious when it comes to making furniture. Herman Miller is a West Michigan name that is known the world over. Most popular for their Eames chair, Herman Miller is a trendsetter when it comes to both the design and functionality of furniture. Beyond their groundbreaking sense of form and design, Herman Miller has taken the lead in researching how those elements affect mood and productivity. Whether it is in the classroom, the… Read more...

Making Your House a Home

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:53
Whether you hang your hat in a studio apartment or a four-bedroom Cape Cod, every space needs some special touches to make it feel lived-in and loved. And if you’re like most people, you can’t afford a professional decorator or the entirety of the Pottery Barn catalogue to make over your space. But that’s okay! There are plenty of inexpensive ways to add some charm to your house and make it a home. Sheets are an excellent raw material for decorating, and there are plenty of white sales going on after the holidays! In lieu of a bed skirt, you… Read more...
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