Den Space Decorated!

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My downstairs den space has been the one that has taken me the longest to get together.  I had “stuff” piled in the corner for at least a year and then earlier this year my dad and I completed the built in Billy bookcases that I had wanted to install in there, making a cozy corner space instead of nothing.  This is a long and large room, with plenty of room for a couple of separate seating areas … [Read more...]


My Termite Protection Plan: Update & {Giveaway}

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about trying to decide what sort of termite protection plan I would go with. After being in this house for 2 years now, I knew I needed to address that and not wait for something bad to happen.  So, I began doing research and called 4 companies for bids on their plans.  It was an informative time of finding out the particulars of how all of this works.  It seems that years … [Read more...]


Building a Retaining Wall

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I so remember driving up to my house 2 and 1/2 years ago when we first looked at it.  The yard, with its sad and pitiful lack of landscape and the little front stoop that had no curb appeal at all was the first thing I took in.  It was a pathetic first impression, but I knew once I got the house that I could improve upon that curb appeal.  I could see it in my head.   I knew my house needed a … [Read more...]


Outdoor Lantern Solar Lighting

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One of the things I wanted to accomplish after getting my front yard landscaped was adding landscape lights.  And wow, have these changed over the years.  You can still put in those landscape lights that have buried lines and plug them into an electrical outlet, but solar lights have also improved over the years.  I remember a few years ago I tried solar lights and they were not very bright.  I … [Read more...]


Termite and Pest Control Protection

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One of the things that we all have to deal with as homeowners is termite and pest control protection.  I’ve taken the chance before and didn’t get termite plans in place at my previous house from years ago, but that’s not the wise thing to do.  So, now I’m shopping for a termite protection plan for this house.  So, today, I’m going to talk about that process and what it looks like.  Trying to … [Read more...]


Organization in the Garage

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If there is one area of my house that is still a disaster, it would be my garage.  Definitely not a space I’m proud of yet. So, I’ll start this one with a disclaimer. This is not going to be a pretty post.  But, it’s a practical one.  Getting organized in the basement was one of our topic choices with Lowes this month, so I opted to get some organization going in my garage, which is technically … [Read more...]


How My Garden Grows

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It’s been so rewarding to see all the blooms in my new garden explode with color in the last few weeks.  Luckily, we are getting quite a bit of rain this year so that helps even though I have an irrigation system in too.  Maybe my water bill will go down soon. My front yard really has completely changed and all those beautiful plants are filling out too.  Growing a garden is an ongoing process and … [Read more...]


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