It's a little chilly in Atlanta today, but not too late to prep your home for the cold weather to come! Check out these important & specific tips on what to do inside & out!
http://bit.ly/9bb9pR Questions? Just ask!OUTSIDE -Check the exterior of your home for problems that should be repaired before winter. Make sure the outside walls of your home are free of debris. Lumber, ladders, or toys stacked against the house can attract spiders, mice, and insects. As colder weather arrives, these pests have incentive to enter the warmth of your house. -If you stock firewood for the winter, something we don't do too much in the south, don't stack it against the house. Besides attracting wood-boring insects and other pests, it can prevent air circulation and trap moisture against the house. This can rot siding or trim. Store firewood 2 feet from the house and elevate it 18 inches above the ground.INSIDE -Hot water tanks have a safety feature called a pressure release valve. If the pressure in the tank gets too great, this valve allows hot water to escape to keep the tank from exploding. Test this valve yearly for proper function. -Cover your water heater with a fiberglass insulation blanket to retain heat, particularly if you have an older water heater that has less-efficient built-in insulation. Do not cover heater controls.Read More! - http://bit.ly/9bb9pR
Granite counter tops in our guest bathroom just are not in the family budget right now. You know how that goes right? Two active kids, one in sports one in band any extra goes to them
first. But what I could afford is some paint, so that is what we did and we are thrilled! http://wp.me/p2iskJ-1S8 details and full revealIt has been almost one year since we did this project and they are holding up excellent.
I repuposed a birdbath this Spring and put three different types of Sedum in it. A few people commented that they wanted to do the same thing but weren't sure how it would fare.....well
here are some updated pics of how mine made it through the summer....I'm quite happy with it....(pls disregard the leaves that have fallen in the flower bed, that's a never ending battle for me unfortunately) The only thing I'm a little disappointed with is the burgundy colored sedum doesn't show much color and I don't know if it's because it doesn't get enough sun? or what the problem is with it?? otherwise, it looks great in my opinion! lol.
For years I wondered how to make the most out of this awkwardly shaped closet under our stairs. After it's recent transformation, I think it is worthy of being called a "Butler's
Pantry"...even if a butler doesn't come with it! I placed a metal rack on one side for extra storage and placed a wine fridge on the bottom. A drop cloth curtain attached using Velcro hides paper towels and napkins. I also made a Hanging Wine Rack using an old cabinet door and attaching metal glass holders underneath. A chalkboard was made out of an old TV tray. Carpet was replaced with peel and stick flooring and the entire space got a fresh coat of paint. Vintage Silver trays displayed on the wall add the perfect finishing touch! #Bestof2012#OrganizedHome
You spend 1/3 of your life with your head on your pillow, but have you ever cleaned it? You probably toss your sheets in the washing machine every week or so, but it's just as important to de-funk your pillows!
A few great tips:
- Toss two pillows in the washing machine at a time. This way, the machine will stay balanced while it spins.
- When you throw your pillows in the dryer, also
add in a couple of tennis balls wrapped in white socks. They'll help to refluff your pillows!
Here are more tips: http://blog.brightnest.com/2012/09/19/pillow...
This couple are empty nesters, he is retired, she will retire from teaching soon. They have a small yard in Massapequa Long Island with a paver patio. They wanted the sound of water so
they could sit outside, see a pond and small waterfall, and watch the fish and other nature around the pond. We proposed a pond and waterfall with a built in Bullfrog spa next to it, so they could have a ground level view of the pond. Now the fish swim right up to the spa as they feed the fish from the warm soothing bubbling water. http://www.deckandpatio.com/DP_Blog/