In What Order Do I Remodel My House? In This Order

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Homeownership can be confusing and comes with a lot of expenses. Even after you write that big check for a down payment, you’re still going to feel like you’re bleeding money. New furniture, DIY updates, fixing this and that…it all adds up! It can be overwhelming.

So today we wanted to give you some tips on how to prioritize all of those early expenses. What should you splurge on right from the start? What should you wait on to help you save some cash? We answer all of those questions…and more!

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8 GENIUS Halloween Costumes That We’ll Teach You To Make From Leftover Boxes

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Halloween is just around the corner (18 days to be exact…) and if you just moved in or still have a few moving boxes to unpack, this post is for you! Instead of throwing away those last few boxes, we want to challenge you to up-cycle them into the most amazing Halloween costume that your new, impressionable neighborhood has ever seen!

Yep, forget spending big bucks online or at a costume shop. With a little creativity and some leftover boxes, we are confident you can fashion one of these looks. Check out the tutorials below each image! (Except for Beyonce. There’s only one Beyonce.)

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How to Incorporate Chip and Joanna’s Fixer Upper Style Into YOUR Home!

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How to incorporate Chip And Joanna's Fixer Upper Style into YOUR home!

If you are a Fixer Upper Fan, today’s post is for you! The star couple behind HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, have completely stolen the hearts of America with their ability to transform old, run-down properties into homes that belong on the cover of a magazine.

Not only do Chip & Joanna Gaines create these swoon-worthy spaces, they do it while oozing positivity, happiness, and a great sense of humor. (more…)

Does Paint Go on Sale?

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Painting a room can instantly transform the look, feel, and style of any space. Heck just by adding a fresh coat of paint, you can make an old, grungy room look new again and make your new home reflect your style right from the very start.

Because paint adds an immediate sense of freshness and personal style, we highly recommend all new homeowners paint what they can when they move into their new space. We also recommend painting your space right away if you bought your house or apartment from a smoker (more details on that in this post), but that’s another story. (more…)

How Do I Renovate a Property From Far Away?

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Just recently a friend of ours bought a lake house in the woods of Wisconsin. She kept her house in the Chicagoland area, but was excited to use this second property to relax, entertain, and make new memories on the weekends and throughout the summer.

As much as she wanted to move-in and start enjoying this space immediately, she had some work to do before it was “move-in ready”. To top it off, she works Monday through Friday near her primary residence in Chicago, which kept her from traveling up to Wisconsin and getting these jobs done immediately. She was limited to making this new property her “home away from home” on the weekends, when she would physically travel up to the new property and get to work. (more…)

How to Patch Large Holes in Drywall

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When it comes to decorating rentals, we don’t hold back. That means that every wall is fair game when it comes to shelves, picture ledges, and frames galore. That’s because we are not afraid of creating a few holes in order to make our temporary home a little cozier and comfier. And why are we not afraid? Well, because patching holes really isn’t that hard or time-consuming. (more…)

Our Top 12 Neutral Paint Colors

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Remember when Jerry got new cabinets? Too many decisions can fry your brain! Don’t let that stop you from making the important calls on the design of your home.

When you’re moving into a new home, you probably have a billion paint colors on your mind. There’s just nothing better than sprucing up your new place with a fresh coat of paint, but picking the exact shade you want can be a bit of a doozy, and we’re guessing most people find it overwhelming. Don’t pull a Jerry and let someone else decide – you might end up hating it. Let us help you narrow down your choices to a manageable few.

(If you’re painting so you can move out…)
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Pro Guide to “Frozen Free” Winter Paint Storage

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Frozen is all fun and games until we’re talking about paint. That’s when frozen becomes pretty darn annoying and very expensive. Frozen paint means your expensive stock of paint is forever ruined and you must well…. let it go.

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How Do I Pick The Perfect Front Door Color?

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If you’ve opened up a home decorating magazine in the past year, peeked at Pinterest for more than 72 seconds, or driven anywhere near a  trendy neighborhood… you’ve seen it. Yup, there’s no missing it these days, not a chance. And what is it, you ask?!

Well, “it” is the epidemic we call “the colored front door craze”. There’s no denying it, the colored front door craze is all the rage in the DIY & home decorating world- the more colorful and bold, the better! Painting your front door a bright and bold color is a way to make a statement, create a cheery little piece of property that makes you (& hopefully your neighbors) smile, while also giving your home’s threshold a little extra personality.

But the burning question that comes with this color craze, “What is the perfect front door color for me?” “What type of personality does my home have?!” “Have these DIY rookies officially lost their minds?” We’ll save you the trouble on that last one and answer: Yes, a long time ago. For the first two questions, only you can answer them but we are here to help guide you in the right direction.

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