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Jan 12

New Year's Resolutions for Your Home: Do's and Don'ts For Your Home's Value

Posted by into DIY, Gainesville, Organization

Happy New Year! It’s time for a fresh start, a clean slate. Many make resolutions to drink less, eat right and workout. But have you ever thought about resolutions you shouldn’t make? With housing prices on the rise, now is the time invest in your home to capitalize on its value. Here are five home improvement resolutions to stay away from and the solution that will help you make the most of your investment.

1. Landscaping without Forward-Thinking

Are you planning on a major landscaping redo? Curb appeal is everything, even if you don’t plan on selling in the near future. Don’t plant trees too close to the driveway. It will create havoc later by not only cracking pavement with the root system, but creating a rise on certain sections making an unsightly mess. It may also increase your homeowners policy.

Look forward 15 years and plant accordingly. Plan on placing trees and shrubbery far enough way from the foundation, driveway, sidewalks and walkways to the front door leaving plenty of room for future growth. It saves money on future landscaping, fixing pavement, and prevents homeowners insurance from increasing.

2. Choosing A Wild & Crazy Exterior Color

Are you considering painting the exterior of your home brown, green, red or that lovely shade of lavender? Be aware, be very aware.

Be aware of your surroundings and select a color that is common and will blend well with the other style and color of homes in your neighborhood. For example, there is a home in a newer neighborhood near my home with lovely neutral colored homes surrounding it throughout the subdivision. However, this particular home is fire engine red. While it’s nice to be different, consider your surroundings so you don’t look out of place.

3. Lackluster Front Door Appearance & Hardware

Does your front door or entryway leave a lot to be desired? Is the hardware rusty or the lock a bit challenging? A potential buyer doesn’t want to walk up to a home and be met with challenges before they even walk through the door. If a realtor has to finagle a lock or traverse a rugged front walkway, a buyer will wonder what else hasn’t been properly cared for on the inside of the home.

Create an inviting entryway with a clean walkway free of leaves and other yard debris. Adding a potted plant or a wreath is also a nice touch. Be sure hardware is clean, rust-free and in proper working condition.

4. Choosing Wild & Crazy Interior Colors

Do the colors in your home appeal to a select few due to a loud color palette or unique taste? How about the trim throughout your home? Is it clean and neutral or eccentric?

If you’re planning on selling, embrace neutral tones. Only 10% of people can see beyond what they see as they walk through a property. Anything taste-specific is difficult for buyers to overlook when selecting a home. Taste-specific decor can include wallpaper, family pictures, foliage (faux or real), wall art etc. Creating a home full of clean, neutral colored walls and trim will sell a home faster.

5. “Updating” the Fireplace

Is your old, dated, brick fireplace not the focal point you’d like it to be? Resist painting the exposed brick as it may reduce the value and appeal of your home.

To bring new life to your fireplace, simply update the mantle and leave the beautiful exposed brick. Replace the outdated mantle with a clean, sleek looking, custom stained mantle and keep the exposed natural brick creating a warm, eye-catching centerpiece.

May 26

Simplifying Stains: Your Easy Guide to Stain Removal

Posted by into DIY

Every day most of us have a stain situation that needs a solution whether on laundry or outdoors on the driveway. For most, my Resolve stick (looks like deodorant) works wonders on just about everything. However, there are those times that a Resolve stain stick just can’t cut it. See how to remove stains from just about anything.

Ink – To prevent the stain from spreading, create a “dam” around it with petroleum jelly. Then apply isopropyl alcohol with an eyedropper or a clean toothbrush. Dab with a cotton ball and mineral spirits to remove any residue. Let dry and then rinse with a dish-soap solution.

Chocolate – If laundry presoak fails, dab 1 tsp. ammonia in 1 c. water. Rinse and wash (Don’t use on wool or silk)

Red Wine – Cover the stain with salt to absorb excess; wait 10 minutes and brush off. Put garment in cold water; gently rub out the spot.

Coffee – Stretch the fabric over a bowl and carefully pour boiling water through the stain from about a foot above. If the coffee had milk in it, follow with an oil solvent, like Carbona Stain Wizard Prewash. If it contained sugar, follow with a pretreatment product, like Resolve or Shout and let sit for 30 minutes before washing.

Grass – Grass stains on clothes can be removed with an old toothbrush and plain white toothpaste; just make sure you use a paste variety and not a gel. Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste onto the stain, then dip the toothbrush in clean water and use it to scrub away the stain.

Blood – To remove spots of blood from clothing, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Soak the stain with the peroxide, use your fingernail or the blade of a butter knife to help loosen and scrape away the blood, then rinse it away with more hydrogen peroxide.

Another method for removing blood from clothing is to wet the stained area of the fabric with water, sprinkle it with plain old table salt, rub one half of the stain against the other to work in the salt and loosen the stain, then immediately launder the garment as usual.

Lipstick – To remove lipstick from dark fabrics, grab a piece of white bread and remove the crust. Wad up the soft center and rub it gently on the stain until it picks up all of the lipstick. Sweep away any leftover crumbs with a clean, soft-bristled brush.

Food Grease Spots – Sprinkle the spot with cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch to soak up the grease for a few minutes, and then brush it away. The grease spot will lift right out.

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Tips for concrete surfaces

One of my biggest pet peeves is an oil stained driveway. I feel it’s the first impression of what’s to come in my home and like it to be clean looking. Yes, yes, I know we’re talking about a driveway here but I have a very type “A” personality. Last month I had a cable provider at my home (I won’t name any names) and needless to say, in the 30 minutes their vehicle was in my driveway, there was one small area of oil and two very large soon-to-be stains. I was in a pinch for time and threw kitty litter on it to absorb it thinking I’d have to come home and pressure wash. However, since I caught it right after the fact, it completely came out. Relief, who has time to pressure wash anyway?

If you already have a grease or oil stain that has been there a while, dissolve 3-4 ounces of TSP or TSP phosphate-free detergent in 1 gallon of hot water. Pour on the stained area and let sit for 20 minutes and scrub with stiff brush working from outside to the center of the stain and rinse thoroughly.

If you have a concrete surface that hasn’t been sealed, wash it as needed to prevent stains with TSP available at hardware stores. For a rust stain, use a solution of one part citric acid crystals and six parts water and fuller’s earth to make a paste. Apply it to the area of rust, let dry, and scrape off and the rust stains should be gone.

Do you have a cleaning tip you’ve discovered and would like to share? Please post it in the comments below.

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Consumer Reports, How to Clean Practically Anything
Good Housekeeping, March 2013
Real Simple, August 2014

May 18

DIY Bathroom Décor Tips

Posted by into

Bathroom decoration can be a challenge for most of us, especially if we own an old place that hasn’t seen much attention over the years, but we can really make a difference if we put our minds to the task. The following tips will give you more information you can count on to make it happen without a hitch, starting with the first task you can deal with:

Shower curtain

There is a real difference between the looks of a designer shower curtain and the usual, basic white ones we often buy when we need something that gets the job done. If you want to achieve that same look for less money than usual, then you can pick a plain curtain and add the embellishments yourself, such as using ribbons, fabric glue and paint if you feel like it. You can even use the same type of technique to deal with bath towels as well.

Create your own towel bars

Using reclaimed materials around the bathroom is one great way to create a budget-friendly, yet great-looking bathroom solution. This will work especially well when you want to repurpose a number of items for bathroom use. Wood towel bars can be easily repurposed for this, using packing palettes and repurposing them for your needs to create a good, rustic look before you decide to let go of these items.

Creating art with found objects

Everyday objects can be appropriated around your bathroom if you can look at them through different eyes. You can make use of them in new ways, creating artistic solutions you may not have been able to see before. Before you move on to furniture clearance, waste clearance and the like, you would do well to double check the items you have available and see what you can do with them.

Create shelves with DIY solutions

Display shelving doesn’t really need to be all that expensive; in fact you can make all of this with a few easy craft store crates and a bit of paint to deal with things. Stacking the cabinets will allow you more storage space you can use, especially if the colors on the shelves can double as wall art. You would be surprised at the amount of options you can use when you’ve been through a junk disposal around your old home or you managed to find some second hand items.

Dressing the ceiling

If you want to make a new look for your bathroom, then you can change the ceiling into something far more interesting than it was before. Stenciling the ceiling will create an exciting new look for your surfaces without too much work involved in the process. Considering this is one of the most often ignored surfaces around your bathroom, you would do well to spruce things up a bit. This is one especially useful approach after a house clearance of your previous home, as you will have a chance to work on making your home look great.

Hiding the clutter using a sink skirt

If you have a lot of junk laying around your bathroom and you want to keep it, instead of dealing with junk removal, then you will need to find a way to keep it hidden. A sink skirt will get this done; hiding both the plumbing and what you need to hide. You can do this with a number of solutions, such as using a good fabric with a pattern, suzani, damask or ikat for example to create a visually stunning solution.

More house maintenance tips, find London House Clearance Ltd.

Apr 28

May 2015 Alachua County Community Events

Posted by into

With Alachua County schools and extra curricular activities coming to a close within the next five weeks (I’m not counting down the days or anything) many have a lot more time to enjoy some of the events around town. If you’ve never had a chance to visit the retired horse farm in Alachua, add it to your to do list for one Saturday morning. It’s a beautiful, private farm that provides lifelong care for elderly horses that have been neglected, abused or abandoned and seized by law enforcement agencies, SPCAs and other frontline rescue organizations. Mill Creek’s “retirees” enjoy their lives in spacious, tree-lined pastures – where they can roam freely with other horses, live in peace and die with dignity. I often take my kids to the farm and they enjoy the long walk, fresh air and feeding these beautiful horses. At the end of the month be sure not to miss the Memorial Day Ceremony at Forest Meadows Cemetery.

May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Mill Creek Retirement Home for Horses
Feed and pet the horses
11 – 3 pm

May 2nd
2nd Annual Juleps and Jockeys
Sweetwater Branch Inn
4 – 8 pm

May 3rd
Archaeology Works: Pottery!
Florida Museum of Natural History
2 – 4:00 pm

May 2nd
An Evening at the Derby
Gainesville Country Club
4:30 pm

May 7th
ET York Work Of Hearts Events
Best Western Gateway Grand
Reception 5:30-6 pm
Dinner @ 6 pm

May 8th
Gainesville Orchestra: GO to the Circus
UF Phillips Center
7:30 pm

May 8th
Hats, Hearts & Hangbags
Hilton UF Conference Center
10 am

May 9th
Stop Children’s Cancer Fantasy Event
Santa Fe River Ranch
5:30 – 11 pm

May 10th
Mother’s Day

May 10th
Taste of Gainesville
5:30 – 9 pm

May 15th
No One Runs Alone 5K
Westside Park
4 – 8 pm

May 16th
Blueberry Festival benefitting
Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department
8 am – 4 pm

May 16th
2nd Annual May Day Glow Run
Tioga Town Center
2 -11 pm
Race begins at 8 pm

May 16th
Inventivity Bash: An Evening of Gatronomy Wonderment!
Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall
6:30 -12:00 am

May 25th
Memorial Day Ceremony
Forest Meadows Cemetery (East)
11 am

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Apr 1

April 2015 Alachua County Community Events

Posted by into Gainesville

April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Union Street Downtown Farmers Market
4 pm – 7 pm

April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Cymplify: Open Mic Night
7 pm – 9 pm

April 3rd
Cymplify: First Friday Food Truck Rally
5 pm – 9 pm

April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
UF Astronomy Public Night Observatory
8:30 pm – 10 pm

April 4th
Haile Farmers Market
8:30 am – 12 pm

April 4th
Swamp Dash
Windy Hill Farms: Alachua

April 5th

April 9th
“Lauren’s Kids” Walk-in my Shoes
8 am – 4 pm

April 9th
JBF of Gainesville Consignment Sale
Alachua County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building
6 pm – 7:30 pm

April 11th
Tioga Car Show
10 am – 3 pm

April 18th
Hogtown Craft Beer Festival
Tioga Town Center
1 pm – 5 pm

April 18th, 19th, 26th
Mary Poppins
Santa Fe Performing Arts Center
2 pm – 4 pm

April 22nd
Earth Day

April 26th
Bosshardt Blitz
12 pm – 4:30 pm

April 28th
Taste of Gainesville Kick-off Party
Swamp Head Brewery
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

April 30th
Gator Stompin’
9:00 pm

Photo Credit: Good Life Community Magazine

Feb 3

Get your home ready for guests

Posted by into Organization

Come a family event and you are bound to have a few family and friends fly in to celebrate the season with you. Unless you have a large manor, chances are that you will short on space to fit everyone. While your guests will try to be as accommodating as they can be, you want to make sure that they don’t feel like an imposition or afterthought when they are over at your place. At the same time, if your home is normally cluttered, they might have to put up in cramped guestrooms, storage spaces and home offices, they can’t help but feel that way.

There is no reason to embitter the time with friends and family, so before your guests arrive, make sure you clean out your living space and move everything that you will not likely need during their stay into storage. If you don’t have space in your premises, choosing to store your property in self storage is a good way to ensure that your belongings are kept safe while you begin to give a few rooms in your house a makeover to prepare them for the people arriving.

Tips for creating space

Give them storage options

Your guests will probably have a few luggage, more if they have come prepared for a cold weather. So you will need to provide storage room for their belongings. This doesn’t mean that you empty your cash into buying new furniture. You can easily get a cheap deal online or at your local yard sales. It would also be a good idea to check with a storage facility if they are opening abandoned storage units and if there are any furniture for sale.

Increase storage space

Any furniture you choose, for your guest room or otherwise, should try to occupy as little space as possible while fulfilling the purpose you bought it for. So opt for folding beds, folding study tables, coffee tables and book shelves that save on space within the house. You can buy extra furniture for cheap depending on how many guests you are expecting, and then store them in a self storage unit until you need them again.

Add warmth to the room

A plain room with few furniture will not make your guests feel at home, so make sure you add some bath and bed linen, curtains, scented candles, magazines, books and a few art pieces to give the room a nice look.

Clean guestrooms

If your guests are staying for more than one or two days, make sure that you arrange for their rooms to be cleaned regularly, especially the bathroom. Change their sheets and towels once in a while, replenish their bathroom supplies of toilet paper and hand washing liquid and place a room freshener in their room. Add a few flowers to brighten up the décor every few days. They will also need to do their laundry if they are staying for long, so make sure they have access to laundry detergents and the washing machine when they need it.

When your guests leave, move the extra furniture that is in the guestrooms to the self storage room and bring back your former belongings. These storage facilities are available in a variety of sizes and at very affordable rates, so you can use them not only to store your guest furniture but any other thing that you cannot find a place for in your home.

For more helpful tips visit ManAndAVan.com

Feb 12

Decorating with wooden accents

Posted by into Apartments

We’re all getting pretty tired of winter at this point (are we in Florida still?), but there are some parts of the season that we’re not sick of, including decorating with wooden materials. We love the look of wood grain in our home, and we’re quite enamored with the idea of using it in unexpected ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to decorate with this earthy material.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Dish up some natural texture with these Wind and Willow Home bowls. They’re made for holding salad, but we can see them holding all sorts of trinkets!

2. These coat stands are made with three poles with branch-like pieces at the top that connect them. They are part of a collection of wooden furniture designed by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto and use traditional shipbuilding techniques.

3. Make your tea lights look extra special with these tree branch candle holders. They’re handmade and will bring some outdoors into your home.

4. If you really want to invest in a beautiful wooden piece for your home, we suggest a well-made wooden chair with great lines. This one is from a Norwegian magazine.

Clockwise from top left:

1. This wooden hanging light by Iumi Design is so lovely. The laser-cut slats of wood create a cool pattern on the walls, and we love that you get to assemble it yourself (we’re suckers for DIY projects).

2. OK, we obviously have a thing for indoor plants (check out our post on them). This little geometric, hand-painted wooden planter by FlaneursPocket will add some color and whimsy to your space.

3. We swooned when we saw this cluster of pendant lights with purposeful cracks in it. Korean designer Kwon Jae Min made this fixture, and we think it’s a piece of art.

4. This rustic wooden end table will add some camping charm to your space. Doesn’t it make you want to cozy up with a plaid blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa? We’ll be over in five.

Jan 24

Tips for bringing greenery into your space

Posted by into Apartments

One way to make your living space feel more cozy and natural is to add plants in your decorating. They also keep your air clean and actually have been shown to provide several health benefits.

Decorating with them can be easy, but it’s important to know where to start. This list of houseplants by Wit & Whistle is really great because it includes almost all of the easy-to-care-for and happy-inside plants.

Here are a few additional tips and ideas I’ve picked up over the years:

Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Get creative with how you plant your greenery! This Babylon Light is the perfect example: It’s a plantable light fixture with lots of personality.

2. Fiddle-leaf figs are great indoor plants. They love a sunny window, only need to be watered when their soil is completely dry, and have big, lush leaves to bring some color into your rooms.

3. If you’re looking for something to put on a tabletop or a counter, consider planting succulents and cacti in a wide bowl or a terrarium. These are another type of plant you can pretty much ignore most of the time, since they need very little water. The do like sunlight, so try to put them in a bright place.

4. The folks over at Apartment Therapy put together a really great post on how to garden when you don’t have a garden. There are a lot of patio and balcony ideas for when space is limited.

5. Potted plants look great in groups, and you can add height and visual interest by putting them on a tiered plant stand.

6. These modular succulent planters are visually interesting and can be arranged in several different ways. You can make this with this tutorial on Manda Townsend‘s blog.

7. Another great DIY planter project is this one from Pepper Design Blog. I love the brightly colored hexagons.

8. This grouping from La Maison ‘Anna G looks great on a bench right under the wall. Planting everything in white pots makes your collection look more uniform and put together.

9. If you like the look of a hanging planter from Woollypocket but can’t hang things from your ceiling, this wall planter is a great idea. It’s especially great if you have limited surface and floor space.

Jan 16

Neutrals inspiration

Posted by into Apartments

I find myself preferring neutrals during the winter months, so I thought I’d throw together some decorating inspiration for you.

Here are some cool neutrals:

Top to bottom, left to right:

1. Bild Schœnes // 2. Trendenser // 3. Birch & Lily // 4. Anna Gillar // 5. Pinterest // 6. Crush Cul de Sac // 7. Stylizmo Blog’s Instagram // 8. Mrs. Manuela Hardy // 9. The Little Corner

And if you’d like to warm things up, here’s some additional inspiration:

Top to bottom, left to right:

1. Darling magazine // 2. Martha Stewart home tour // 3. Pinterest // 4. Roses & Rust // 5. White & Grey Memories // 6. Domaine // 7. Domaine // 8. Pinterest // 9. Ballard Designs

Dec 26

Office refreshers

Posted by into Apartments, DIY, Organization

I love my little home office area, but I like to refresh it every once in a while so I don’t get bored and end up sitting in front of the TV (my chiropractor also likes this idea). Here are some DIY projects and products that will add a little flair to your space.

Clockwise from top left:

1. This atlas cork board set from Urban Outfitters is cute and makes you look smart and worldly.

2. A Creative Mint won us over with this great idea: Mark dates on your calendar or planner with colorful washi tape. That way everything is color coded and bright.

3. These maple and brass rulers by Best Made Co. are beautifully well designed. This isn’t a ruler to stick in a drawer — it’s begging to be displayed on your desk.

4. These drawer liners by Hammocks & High Tea are bright and fun. They’re sure to make you smile.

Clockwise from top left:

1. The folks at A Creative Mint have another great idea: Hang some photos and mementos with neon washi tape straight to the wall. Create your own fun, bright gallery!

2. We love the idea of monochromatic pencils in this simple initial mug. We saw the combination over on Annixen‘s blog.

3. Painted embroidery hoops as mini cork boards that pack a punch? We’re already on our way to Michael’s. These are adorable. The Voilet Hours/Project Kid is bringing it.

4. We got all giddy when Eva Black took us on a tour of Lindsay Stetson Tompson’s home studio. Those drawers are our favorite, and you can grab them at IKEA.

Clockwise from top left:

1. OK, so we’ve got a think for cool cork boards. How else are we going to get all of our cool finds up on the wall? For a more typographic approach, try these Pottery Barn Kids Harper corkboard letters.

2. A Beautiful Mess took us on another home tour of Sarah Sherman Samuel’s abode. We thought this super simple but very chic black ribbon inspiration board idea in her studio was great. Don’t you agree?

3. There’s something about fancy desk accessories that just makes us happy — including this great collection of fancy scissors. Want to snag yourself a display-worthy pair? We’re pining for this Hay Shop pair.

4. Fellow Fellow gets crafty with another great way to use all of that washi tape you’ve been hoarding: Make temporary polka dots that look like wallpaper! They’re simple to make and add a lot of pop!