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Contain the Clutter: Mudroom Organization

Thursday, 18 October 2012 09:44
Mudrooms are an entryway intended as an area to remove and store footwear, outerwear, and wet clothing before entering the main house, as well as providing storage space.  A messy mudroom can make for a frantic beginning to a day just to find the shoes, or matching pair of gloves needed to get out the door. Here are some helpful tips and inspire your space.   Contain the clutter. A simple trick to help organize is using baskets or bins. This is a great and inexpensive way to help organize all those loose mittens and hats that are lying in… Read more...

Can You DIY?

Friday, 21 September 2012 08:53
Leah Hansen is a West Michigan mom who has flipped homes in the past and is currently working on another one. Amidst a busy schedule, especially at the beginning of the school year, Leah and her husband tackle every square inch of a house to make it a home. Get her advice for home renovation and tackling do it yourself projects yourself! What home renovation or DIY projects have you done in your home?We've renovated nearly every square inch of several homes. We're currently tackling a new one, you can follow the details at www.ourcozycape.com. Why did you decide to… Read more...

Better Safe than Sorry

Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:07
Be proactive in fire prevention methods in your home and office and make sure your family and employees are fluent in the art of putting out fires. There are five types of fire extinguishers designed to best administer to fires in different rooms of a building. The most typical of fire extinguishers are labeled A for combustibles like wood; B for liquids, oils, and diesel fuels; and C for electrical fires. Knowing and using the correct equipment to douse a fire is more now than ever because of new materials finding their way into different spaces. "The whole industry has… Read more...

An Office Space that Works for You

Monday, 23 July 2012 12:40
With limited space and limited budgets, offices have to get creative with their use of furniture and work surfaces while maintaining an area conducive to creativity and work flow. When purchasing new structures or furniture for the office, first ask, how can this space work smarter and look better? How can you best support your workers. Workers have more freedom over when and where they do their work than ever before. If employees have the choice to perform their work away from the office, the value of the workplace (i.e. real estate) becomes critical. While companies reduce real estate costs… Read more...

Make Your Office Firesafe

Friday, 13 July 2012 15:23
Is your office up to code? Don Fehsenfeld, fire sergeant and inspector from the Grand Rapids Township Fire Department, visited offices in Cascade today on the look for potential hazards. Fehsenfeld said this summer has seen an unusual amount of residential fires. As a result, he suggests a thorough sweep of any home or office space, especially ones with several electronics. "You do not want to coil wires," Fehsenfeld says. "People want to make it look tidy, but coiled wires or cords tightly wrapped in a clump heat up like a toaster and can catch fire." One of the most… Read more...
Vintage furniture can be upcycled/recycled from many parts and pieces. There are many people out there doing just that so stand out from the crowd. Going the extra mile and spending a little more time paying attention to detail is a way you can do so. The cabinet pictured to the right is an example of a piece of custom-made furniture. It was inspired by an antique French cabinet. The back of the cabinet is a vintage bead board door, the top and bottom trim is old house casing. The turnings running down the sides are vintage stairway spindles, and… Read more...

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Friday, 15 June 2012 12:06
Although every strange bump from the night is not the result of a bed bug bite, Rose Pest Solutions' board certified entomologist Mark VanderWerp assures that the pest is back and here to stay. But before you go flipping mattresses, learn how to detect bed bugs to determine if you have a problem. At home: Check in the sheets (including under fitted sheets and mattress pads), under the box spring, behind the headboard, and any other porous surfaces in the bedroom or around furniture where people typically sleep (like dad's living room recliner). Mark says the presence of bed bugs… Read more...

Set the Stage (to Sell)

Friday, 01 June 2012 14:50
Don't get discouraged by the housing market. Set your home apart from the rest for sale by staging to sell. Diane Griffin is the owner of Griffin Properties in Grand Rapids, and she says a home staged right won't last long on the market. Getting a house ready to sell can be as easy as swapping out pictures and clearing off the counter tops, but Diane has a few more tricks up her sleeve. Follow these tips for staging, and selling, your home. Remove clutter. "That's a no brainer," Diane says. Clean up items that are placed on the tops… Read more...
What have you been pinning? For interior designer CJ Zondervan, Pinterest boards serve as jumping off points for her customers' ideas and ultimately designs that she implements in homes all over West Michigan. CJ has a long history in the industry, and she has seen the changes social media and online selling have brought to the world of design, and she's keeping up. "Design is so current, it's so about trends, it's so about all of these different things that you could easily go from now until eternity and never repeat yourself. Pinterest has so many aspects of that. It's… Read more...

Refresh Your Surroundings

Saturday, 05 May 2012 11:19
Ever walk into a room in your house and think, "This rooms needs to be refreshed!"? Some areas of your home probably look just fine, but it seems all of us have a room that has wilted and needs to be refreshed.   You don’t have to break the bank to refresh your home. The first step is to decide if any part of the room needs to be organized.  Let’s start with a living room–remotes are always laying around, DVDs are jammed underneath the entertainment cabinet, magazines are in a pile on the floor or on the coffee table.… Read more...