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The Best 4th of July Party Ideas

r June 13, 2014 | B DIY Projects, Seasonal Trends

Whether you’re having a blowout 4th of July party, or just want to make this year’s family gathering more special, we’ve rounded up the best snacks and decor for the occasion. Read on for lots and lots of 4th of July party ideas. Patriotic Ice Cubes Make simple drinks fun and fruity with raspberry and blueberry ice cubes. Via mom.me. DIY Old Fashioned Flag Bunting This classic flag bunting makes us think of breezy front porches, barbershop quartets wearing straw hats and 4th of July celebrations of yore. Via HMH Designs. Fun Fourth Photo Backdrop Make giant tassels with tissue paper and mylar and drape across an empty wall for an instant photo spot. Via Fab. Red, White and Blue Dipped…

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14 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Summer Sun

r April 28, 2014 | B Energy Saving, Seasonal Trends

The season of backyard parties, climbing temperatures and outdoor fun is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 14 ways to get your home prepped for summer with polished outdoor spaces, cleaning tips and fresh decor ideas. 1. Give Your Patio Something Special Turn your patio into a place for family, friends and summer memories. Something unique like this clam shell centerpiece will make it warm and inviting. 2. Create the Perfect Backyard Eating Area. Whether you’re a kid or grown-up, it’s fun to dine al fresco. Keep supplies on hand to take the party outside whenever you like. We love the new Oh Joy! collection of disposable plates and party supplies now at Target. 3. Keep the Patio Comfortable with Sun…

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Save Your Summer with Coolaroo Outdoor Shades

What Is Coolaroo? Coolaroo shades are known worldwide for keeping patios cool and comfortable without blocking the breeze. The Australian based company developed it’s high tech sun-blocking fabrics out of necessity. The sun-drenched country needed protection from light and heat. How Coolaroo Outdoor Shades Work Coolaroo fabric is made with a combination of monofilament and polymer tape yarns that are patterned in a unique weave. The revolutionary design blocks heat and UV rays while allowing cooling breezes to pass through easily. These materials have been shown to make indoor and outdoor spaces up to 32% cooler. Long Lasting Protection Coolaroo fabric is made from durable exterior grade materials that were designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the outback….

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5 Ways To Welcome Spring into Your Home

r March 20, 2014 | B Home Decor, Seasonal Trends

It’s Bloomin’ Spring! Welcome in the first day of the season with these beautifully fresh spring decor ideas. 1. Freshen Up a Wall with White Platters Winter white, be gone! For spring, mix white with neutrals and bright green to keep the look lively. Another variation: Use vintage floral china and create a wall bouquet! Via The Inspired Room. 2. Be a Nest Fairy Did you know that yarn is the perfect nesting material for birds? Ask your favorite knit-a-holic for 4-8 inch yarn scraps and fill up a bird feeder. Keep an eye out for feathered friends weaving colorful nests. Via Fiber Farm. 3. A Surprisingly Simple Centerpiece How easy is this? Throw some artificial eggs in a vase, and…

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5 Surprising Ways Your Home is Losing Energy

r March 5, 2014 | B Energy Saving, Seasonal Trends

Did you know that your home is losing energy right now? Even the tiniest air leaks can add up to big unwanted temperature changes in your home. Find out where leaks are happening, and how to seal them up. Top 5 Air Leaks in the Home and How to Stop Them: 1. Unsealed Windows and Doors Take a huge step towards a more energy efficiency by caulking around cracks in window and door frames. Check for cracks by moistening your hand with water and running it around drafty areas. An air leak will feel like air blowing through a straw on your hand. Use a clear paintable caulk on the interior window frame so you can cover it up later if…

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How to Stop Window Drafts with Insulating Window Shades

Got old windows that are letting icy drafts into your home? Windows can be a huge contributor to heat loss and energy inefficiency at home. Learn how to insulate windows from cold with this brand new insulating shade. New! Ultra Insulating Window Shades Give your windows ultimate insulation with our Triple Cell Shades. These shades will help you save energy and stay comfortable year-round. With the added insulation, you’ll see savings on heating bills in the winter and air conditioning bills in the summer. Triple Layer Insulation The hexagonal cells create air pockets that greatly reduce heat transfer between your home and the outside climate. The more cells you have – the more insulation your get. Customers choose triple cell shades…

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5 Tricks To Reduce Holiday Stress With Your Home Decor

r December 9, 2013 | B Home Decor, Seasonal Trends

  Put down the holiday to-do list for a few minutes and recharge. Here are a few easy changes to make at home to reduce holiday stress. 1. Banish Harsh Lighting – Embrace your circadian rhythm and let light flow naturally throughout the day. Glare making you squint during the day? Adjust blinds or sheer shades to gently filter the light. When you need artificial light in the evening keep it gentle. Several strategically placed lamps are much easier on the eyes than overhead lighting. Lighting a candle or turning on the Christmas tree will give you soft light and is sure to be a mood boost as well. 2. Reconnect with Nature – Experts say that most people use…

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10 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for The Holidays

r November 5, 2013 | B Seasonal Trends

Ready to ring in the holiday season at home? Here are 10 holiday decorating ideas, ways to prep for holiday guests, and organizing solutions that will make this time of year SO much easier. 1. Perfect the Guest Bedroom Eclectic Bedroom by Los Angeles Photographers Erika Bierman Photography Guest bedrooms can become a dumping ground, so first thing’s first – clear out all the extra junk and stow it somewhere else. Under the bed is a great hiding place. Guests won’t be looking there and will appreciate the room to move around. Think about potential overnight annoyances. Is there a streetlight right outside the window? Hang some blackout shades. Is there a draft? Leave an extra blanket at the foot…

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5 Tips to Get Back to School Ready

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It’s back to school season soon and pretty hard to believe that the summer has gone by so quickly! It can sometimes be a little overwhelming to go from vacation mode back to the daily grind, so we’ve gathered a few tips to make the transition more organized and a little more fun! 1. De-clutter Before you even think about going back to school shopping, take a look at what you have first. Whether you’re shopping for your kids or are a kid going back to college like myself, be sure to get rid of things you don’t need and won’t wear. There’s no point in keeping clothes that take up space and only add to the overwhelming pile of…

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10 Tips For The Perfect Summer Porch

Eclectic Porch by Dallas Media and Bloggers Sarah Greenman

The sun is up and shining – it’s summertime and many of us are in need of ways to beautify our porch. As an outdoor area, porches sometimes get neglected, so we’ve gathered 10 budget-friendly tips on ways to make your summer porch the place to perch. 1. The Magic Garden – Grow Potted Plants! Potted plants are a wonderful way to add vibrant color and life to your patio. Flowers will fill the air with sweet aromas and you can plant herbs to have them handy by the kitchen! Herbs love the heat so summer’s the ideal season for planting your basil, parsley and thyme. But greenery isn’t the only way to add color – you can decorate your…

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