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Four Ways To Avoid Bad Curb Appeal

Aug. 17, 2014
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The exterior of your home is a direct reflection of you as an individual and as a property owner. Clearly a well-kept home with a maintained lawn shows that you value your property and your neighborhood as a whole. Yet, although your friends love that quirky, artistic side of you, it isn’t necessarily a trait you want displayed too flamboyantly on the exterior of your home. By taking too much artistic license with your curb appeal (or ignoring it all together), you may end up not only devaluing your own property, but the value of your neighbor’s homes as well. Sloppy or garish properties are not exclusive to older dwellings or up-and-coming communities – bad habits are on display in new developments too.


Choosing The Right Pet For You And Your Home

Aug. 13, 2014
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Most of us would agree that bringing a new pet into your home enriches your life in many ways. If you are seriously considering adding a new member to your household, the first step is to become familiar with the specific needs of different types of pets to find one that will fit your lifestyle. Each pet is different when it comes to cost, care, housing, and demands on your time; so arm yourself with information first. That way, once you are ready to make the final selection, you will be able to make an informed decision that will lead to a long, happy relationship for both you and your pet.


Repurposing Your Formal Dining Room

Jul. 22, 2014
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By Max Mervis Many of us have fond memories of holidays spent gathered around a decked out table in the formal dining room. More recently, in many of my client’s households the dining room is used significantly less than it was in years past, if at all. I attribute this to today’s changing social trends that… Read more


Creating An Outdoor Living Room

Jul. 11, 2014
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Ever dreamed of adding more square footage to your home, but didn’t want to hassle with the mess, time and expense involved? As summer is now in full force, it’s time to forget those plastic lounge chairs in your backyard and take advantage of the space you have by creating an outdoor room. From an attached porch to just a shady landscaped area in your own backyard, an outdoor room can be created just about anywhere with some simple alterations and additions. The following are just a few ideas to help you start creating an open-air living room that will add comfort and value to your home year-round.


Making Your Home Eco-Friendly, Inside And Out

Jul. 1, 2014
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As California faces another year of severe drought with no end in sight, most of us are doing all we can to control our consumption of that vital resource, water. Yet aside from just limiting the amount of water used within the home, from appliances to light bulbs, all of our choices affect water consumption, energy costs and, most importantly, the environment. While as a society we are becoming more green-conscious, making your home more energy efficient doesn’t only help our planet – it can also make your home more desirable (and sell faster), when putting it on the market. There are plenty of ways you can make your home more eco-friendly, and the following are just a few ways to get you started.


Creating The Perfect White Room

Jun. 23, 2014
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Take a look in the dictionary and you’ll find that the synonym for white is colorless. Some people would even say white is boring or lacking in creativity. I think not! There is nothing more beautiful than a pristine white room, and painting your walls white is one of the most underestimated ideas in home design. Far from being colorless, the many hues found within white paint can help you create a space that is cool, minimalist and modern to one that is warm, romantic and inviting. But make no mistake – despite what some might think, pulling off a white room is not a simple task by any means.


Pros And Cons Of Holding An Open House

Jun. 3, 2014
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The time has come to sell your house. Now begins the process of cleaning, sorting, primping and staging to create a picture-perfect environment for your prospective buyers. Along with taking advantage of the other marketing tools your real estate agent has in his arsenal, at some point you may have considered the age-old tradition of holding an open house.


The Art of Decorative Wall Panels

May. 22, 2014
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Perhaps you’ve walked into an historic home and immediately sensed depth and subtle elegance surrounding you, but couldn’t put your finger on exactly what it was. Or maybe it was last summer in Paris where the hotel suite evoked timeless sophistication, yet it’s only a few years old? If that’s the case, I’ll let you in on a not-so-little secret: what you have been sensing probably isn’t just the furnishings that fill the room, but merely lengths of simple, wooden moldings tacked together on the walls, impersonating as elaborate paneling.


Creating A Balcony That Beckons

Apr. 30, 2014
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A balcony can be a tranquil refuge after a long day at the office, as long as it isn’t furnished with simply a forgotten chair and a dead plant or two. If you’re a new high-rise dweller or are considering selling your ‘home in the clouds’, remember that even the most meager outdoor space has the potential not only to add value, but also create additional living space. From ultra modern to unfettered fun, here are a few ways to make your outdoor space all your own, or create an outdoor sanctuary that will entice potential buyers.


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