Proper Lawn Watering

Did you know that a lush green lawn does more than improve your curb appeal?  It can also help save energy costs.  The moisture from a healthy lawn can do more to cool a house than an air conditioner.  The trick is to calculate when and how much to water. Grass should be watered deeply…

A Gracious Entry

Sometimes a house like feels like a home and you can’t pinpoint why.  Maybe its the path that leads you from the street to the house, or the front porch welcoming you to the front door.  An entry makes a strong first impression.  Whether you are designing your dream home or shopping for an existing…

Dishwasher Love

While certainly not a necessity, once you’ve had a dishwasher, it is hard to live without one.  Not only does it save your hands from the damaging effects of hot, soapy water, it does a better job than hand washing can.  Dishwashers get the water up to temperatures of 140 degree which kills bacteria and…

Ready to Show!

So, you’ve decided to sell your home and you are ready to start showing it off.  Your agent has told you that you need to clean and declutter, but what does that mean?  One person’s decor is another person’s clutter.  How can you appeal to the most people possible?  Should you pack up everything other…

Quick Fixes with Big Returns

Thinking about selling your home but feel like there is too much to do?  Wanting to make the most money you can from a sell without putting much money into home improvement projects?  Here are a few inexpensive things you can do that will add value to your home and help you sell faster. Prune…

Decluttering vs. Minimalism

I recently read an article on another blog about living out of a duffel bag and a backpack for a month to see what it would be like.  The author learned that although doable for himself as an individual, it would be nearly impossible for a family as the items required for family life do…

De-cluttering 101

  One of the most effective ways to make your home feel larger, newer, and cleaner is to remove excess items.  Often we collect things over time and don’t realize how much we have until there is no more room for anything new.  Here are some tips to get started on your journey to a…

Not So Lucky Clover

I remember as a little girl running through the back lawn barefoot. I stopped and paid special attention when I reached the clover, the danger zone. Although it felt soft and glorious under my feet, bee stings on my toes did not. My father was a beekeeper so we had more than the average amount…

Hot Weather Help for Your Flower Garden

If a sudden heat wave leaves you feeling weak and tired, think about how your poor flowers feel! They have to acclimate just like you do.  Here are some small steps you can take to help them flourish this summer. Deadheading. Remove spent blooms to prevent plants from producing seeds.  This way they can put…

Keep Costs Down as the Temp Goes up

As summer brings higher temperatures, it can also bring higher energy costs.  Follow these simple tips to prevent that from happening. Acclimate to the rising temperature outside by raising the temperature inside.  Try to set the thermostat to 78* in the summer, which may feel cool compared to the heat outside. Try to keep the…