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Below is a article by Victoria Keichinger with great home projects to enhance your home for under $300
What can you afford that will make a big impression? There are plenty of ways to upgrade your home design with a small budget.
Family is coming into town and you’re thinking, what have I done with this place? Will they notice that you’ve changed the furniture layout in the living room? Or that you updated to LED light bulbs? What can you afford that will make a big impression? There are plenty of ways to upgrade your home design with a small budget. For less than $300, you can have a plank wall, a brick fire pit and more.
This door style is a classic trend and looks much more expensive than it usually is. Your guests will notice this practical upgrade, and it will improve the style and design of any space. Replace a bedroom or bathroom door with a barn door of any style for less than $300. If you have more room in your budget, you can replace bifold closet doors with bypass barn doors.
A plank wall can instantly create a designer look in your home. It is a much-desired trend with two important barriers: real wood is heavy and expensive. Innovation in wood materials has changed the game, however. Laminate wood planks and shiplap can keep your cost between $200 and $300. You have as many options as with real wood, from color to grain, and the materials are easier to install.
This seemingly minor detail can make a room feel more complete and polished. It breaks the “standard” appearance of walls and ceilings. You can have crown molding in every room of your house for less than $300 if you put the work in yourself. Intimidated by the idea of getting all those edges, right? Materials like polystyrene and polyurethane are easier to work with than solid wood and cost as little as $1/sq. ft.
Guests won’t notice this detail at first, but they are certain to be impressed when you offer them a glass of water from your filtered tap. Clean tap water is harder to come by with every year. This investment goes beyond improving appearances and will benefit you every day. The best under-sink models range in cost from $75-$450.
Fire Pit Area
You can keep your costs extremely low with this feature by purchasing a pre-fab fire pit for $30-$100. However, for around $150-$300, you can build a gorgeous brick fire pit. Keep in mind that any old brick won’t do for the interior portion of your pit. Fire bricks should be used on the inside, as they are designed to withstand heat.
Fresh paint is a classic way to switch up or improve your design. You have the option of creating new accent walls, brightening or darkening a space and harmonizing color schemes with your furniture and decor. With time, patience and trusty painter’s tape, you can paint the interior of your home for $200-$300.
It’s surprising how much you can accomplish with such a small budget. Rather than buy a new couch table or plate set, consider these noticeable home improvements. They’ll take less time and money and will have your guests thinking you’ve been hard at work.
by VICTORIA KEICHINGER
Guest post by Lauren White
15 Delicious Appetizer Ideas for Thanksgiving
There is nothing quite like Thanksgiving. It is a holiday that delights the senses and like most holidays, home plays a central role in a day we share each year to celebrate and make memories with loved ones. Food may be the last thing on your mind after binging on Halloween candy for the past week, but we are heading into the holiday season so put down that chocolate bar down and prepare yourself for Turkey Day with these fifteen appetizer ideas.
Nut Glazed Brie
Sweet Potato Rounds
Goat Cheese Cranberry Kisses
Baked Brie with Cranberry Chutney
Apples on Horseback
Mushroom, Butternut Squash, and Gruyere Tart
Antipasto Sausage Skewers
Feta Fig Tartlets
Pumpkin Spice Dip
Sweet Potato Squares with Garlic Mayo
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Crostini
What is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? Oh and by the way if you or anyone you know is looking to buy that perfect holiday home send them my way. I’m never to busy for your referrals.
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Here is a fun article to get your home ready for the holidays bywith Coldwell Tomlinson Banker
Prep your home for the holidays and cooler weather with this list of home to dos that you’ll be especially thankful for.
This month, we’re especially thankful for home. Home is where the family comes together, where we’re protected from the elements, and where love abounds. Your home’s November Honey-Do list will make sure your home is ready for the holidays, prepared for colder weather and loved inside and out.
1. Winterize your home – For most of the country, November is the time when we can no longer deny that the colder weather has settled in. Now is the time to winterize summer tools and appliances like air conditioner units, grills and lawn mowers. Bring garden hoses indoors and check your windows and doors for drafts.
2. Make a Turkey Game Plan – No coach would head to a big game without a game plan up his sleeve. Likewise, no chef should hit the kitchen without thinking through the menu and timeline first. Determine what menu items you can make ahead, decide what responsibilities you can delegate, and take an inventory of your pantry and china cabinet. Oh, and now’s the time to clean that oven, too.
3. Polish the Silver and Dust off the China – Thanksgiving is a special meal, which deserves the best of your entertaining arsenal. Because we don’t often use our special dishes year round, it’s smart to give them a good deep clean and polish before setting the table on Turkey Day.
4. Give your living room a refresh – With the holidays ahead, your living room is sure to get plenty of use. Give the space a refresh by changing out the window treatments for a new look.
5. Use some pest control – Rodents and other pests are opportunistic and seek warmer environments when the temperatures drop. Be sure that they don’t call your house their home by implementing these 5 surefire tricks to pest control.
6. Clear out the gutters – Avoid drainage problems and damage to your home’s foundation by clearing out the gutters before snow and ice wreaks havoc. Here is an easy how-to guide to cleaning rain gutters on your home.
7. Be ready for snow – Before the first winter storm, it’s a good idea to make sure your snow shovels and/or snow blower are in proper working order. Ready to invest in a snow blower after the brutal winter last year? Here is a buying guide from Home Depot that will help you make an educated purchase.
8. Start tackling the December to do list – The holiday to do list is notoriously the longest of the year. Get a head start by ordering your holiday cards, updating your address book, and making a gift wish list for each of your family members NOW. You can even start stringing twinkle lights on your shrubbery before the deep chill sets in. After all, the most important part of the holidays is taking the time to enjoy our family and friends.
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With vineyards dated back to 1872, the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA is home to 16 vineyards growing nearly 100 acres of grapes growing approximately 20 unique varietals.
The Lewis-Clark Valley Wine alliance is a great resource to learn about the history of wineries in the LC Valley. Click on the link to see what you will find when visiting the wineries of the Lewis-Clark Valley.. http://lewisclarkwine.com/
What an exciting time to be a resident of the valley! More tourism is great for our entire community, including our property values!
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Before you fire up that grill, here is your home’s honey do list for May which will make summer even more enjoyable.
The tulips are blooming and the yard work is piling up, but all you can dream about is Memorial Day barbecues. Before you fire up that grill, here is your home’s honey do list for May which will make summer even more enjoyable.
1. Curb Appeal – Because April showers bring May flowers, it’s time to think about your home’s curb appeal. Does your front door need a refresh? Could your outdoor lighting use an update? Does your mailbox need a makeover? Check out these 7 Major League Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal.
2. Give Mom some Love – Because Home is Where Mom is, consider showing Mom your appreciation this Mother’s Day (May 14th) by giving her one of these unique homemade Mother’s Day gifts. Another welcome gift for every Mom is a helping hand around the house (see #5 on this list)!
3. May is for Mold? – Did those April showers cause water problems in your home? Use this brief guide to mold and moisture to clean up and prevent mold growth in your home.
4. Spring Into Action – Take advantage of the spring weather and get out of the house! See how many items on this list of Free Things to Do Outside the House you can tackle before June.
5. Glass Houses – People who live in glass houses…have a lot of windows to clean! Tackle outdoor windows and doors with a glass cleaner to let plenty of that spring sunlight inside.
6. Inspect for Termites – Termites are more active in the spring and summer months when the air is warm and moist. Check your home for termite damage, paying special attention to anywhere wood meets the ground. Watch this video to learn how you can inspect your home this May.
7. Prep Your Home for Sale – If you’re getting your home ready for sale this spring, there are several items that many home sellers overlook. Do you have a copy of your survey on hand, or have you compiled a list of service providers for a buyer? These 9 often overlooked items when prepping your home for sale can help seal the deal with today’s savvy buyers.
8. Grilling Time – Now you’re ready for that Memorial Day backyard bash. To make sure you never unexpectedly run out of gas in your grill, consider checking out this handy product.
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These Ideas from Hometalk Will Make You Hop With Joy
Easter is right around the corner, which means that we’re getting close to decoration crunch time. If you’d like a shortcut, you can get all your Easter decorating done in one weekend, or even one evening, with these 7 easy Easter decoration DIY’s from Hometalk bloggers.
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Turn plain glass ornaments into spectacularly colorful Easter decorations. Gather up these crafty materials, and have a vase full of stained glass eggs, perfect for your coffee table or tablscape, in just ten minutes. (See how they’re done here)
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Whether your weather is turning to spring or stuck in winter, this gorgeous floral wreath will add fresh color to your home and make passers-by smile. Make sure to use craft store flowers, so that this front door decoration will last all season long. (Here’s how it’s made)
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For a cute and quick decor upgrade, hang a string of dressed up bunnies cut from sheets of crafting moss. Indoors or outdoors, this Easter garland is a great way to spread some green and some charm all at once. (Learn how to do it here)
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Add some sweet and simple decoration to your Easter table, with a rustic burlap table runner laced with bright ribbon accents. Choose whatever color best fits your home’s decor, or go classic Easter, with a pastel palette. (Get a better look here)
Image: Heather and Vanessa/At the Picket Fence
Everyone knows that the best way to decorate for spring is to bring in plants and greenery, but you can take that a step further, with aged flower pots that turn your houseplants into works of art. Give your Easter home a vintage vibe, with this easy terra cotta aging DIY. (Crafting directions here)
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Add a drop of Easter charm to your kitchen with understated bunny-toting hand towels. These functional decorations are a cinch to craft, and they’re perfect for refreshing your kitchen space for spring. Not to mention, they’re super cozy. (See how she did it here)
Image: April/House by Hoff
Turn some extra Easter eggs and a strip of leftover ribbon into an easy centerpiece, perfect for displaying in a large white platter or on a cake stand. To add a little nesting, arrange your eggs on a bed of bits of moss and straw, bunched up burlap, or some festive confetti. (Here’s how to set it up)
For more quick and easy Easter decorating ideas, check out all of the awesome ideas, inspirations, and how-to’s on Hometalk!