Home Tips

Little Changes That Make Great Impact


Have Fun with Fabric

Use windows as a spot for pattern and color in a kitchen where neutrals reign.

Cozy Up Outfit your banquette or breakfast nook with an ensemble of pillows. These pretty additions will decorate the eating space when it’s not in use and provide extra layer of comfort when gathered around the table.

Have a Seat Bar-stools come in all shapes, colors, and styles. Take a step away from something typical and invest in seating that makes a statement for you.

Inside Paint Job Paint the insides of your cabinets for an update that will give your kitchen decorating mileage without much cost.

All Lit Up Adequate lighting is a must for the functional aspect of a kitchen, but fortunately, this important element can also be highly decorative. With so many styles available, you can make a truly unique statement with light fixtures.

No-Fail Living Room Arranging Tricks

Face the View

If your living room doesn’t have a fireplace, orient seating so it takes advantage of whatever view your room has to offer, whether it’s a TV or a bank of windows. Create your own focal point by hanging a large piece of art on a wall or create a vignette of favorite objects on a console or bookshelf.

Arrange for Conversation

For face-to-face chats, place seating no more than 8 feet apart. In a large living room, use furniture to create comfortable islands. Face two sofas in the center of a room, and place a group chairs and side tables at one end to create a separate conversation area.

Set Up Traffic Patterns

Allow 30 inches between pieces in places where you need to be able to walk around furniture and 14 to 18 inches between a coffee table and sofa, so drinks are within reaching distance.

Think About Lighting Install in-floor electrical outlets to service floating furniture arrangements.

By: Janice Monastra

Cheap Home Remedies:

Want to know some fun, inexpensive Do It Yourself fixes? Use some of these tips.

Use these great ideas to maintain, protect, and improve the value of your home. Our website is a go-to site for you to find tips to pass along to your friends and family. Want to offer some fun, inexpensive DIY fixes? Voilà!

Treatment for a scratched wood floor.

For minor scratches, crayons will do the trick. Pick a color that matches the flooring, and color in the scratched area. Be sure to stay in the lines; then buff to a shine. A matching permanent

marker can camouflage deeper, ugly scratches. Another method: Grind the meat of a walnut or pecan into the scratch. The nut oil will provide a shine that blends with a polyurethane or water-based surface finish.

Pennywise way to unclog a drain.

or a balky drain, try dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the sink followed by a cup of white vinegar. After about 15 minutes, you can clear the ain with boiling water. Do not attempt this trick immediately after using a commercial drain opener like Drano or Liquid-Plumr.

You’ve stripped a screw. Now what do you do?

Using a hacksaw, cut into the top of the screw to create a new groove for the screwdriver.

Clean up your walls . . . with toothpaste.

Patch small holes using a putty knife or butter knife to smooth non-gel toothpaste into the hole. Sand the spot to smooth the surface. To erase crayon marks from walls, grab toothpaste (again, non-gel) and a scrub brush; then, just wipe until the marks are gone.

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By REALTOR Magazine