Home Decorating – HomeownersInsurance.org http://www.homeownersinsurance.org Homeowners Insurance Tips and News Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:01:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 44 Posts About Trendy but Thrifty Budget-Savvy Decorating Tips http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/44-posts-about-trendy-but-thrifty-budget-savvy-decorating-tips/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/44-posts-about-trendy-but-thrifty-budget-savvy-decorating-tips/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 02:50:04 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=1120

The present economy, as 2010 draws to a close, has forced many people to seek less expensive ways to maintain their lifestyles. Following realistic budgets and taking advantage of bargains have become essential skills. People who enjoy decorating their homes, or providing those services to others, have had to acquire the knack for finding trendy, yet thrifty and budget-savvy ways to decorate and accessorize rooms, or complete more extensive remodeling or renovations. This article presents a list of 44 blogs comprised of articles, tips, and other resources dedicated to helping the budget-savvy homeowner or interior designer to decorate in trendy, yet thrifty fashion.

  1. Love Where You Live
    Susan is a field editor for such well-known publications as Better Homes & Gardens, Remodel, and Renovation Style. In this blog, she provides numerous thrifty tips about how to restore or renovate furniture and accessories, and remodel rooms, accompanied by high quality photos.
  2. A Stroll Thru Life
    This blog’s author, now retired, enjoys spending her time decorating, sewing, and crafting. She offers decorating ideas to create the look the discriminating homeowner wants, as she says, “on a very tiny budget with just a few changes.” She also provides clear, detailed photos.
  3. A Beach Cottage
    For those who enjoy beach cottage-style decorating, Sarah’s blog provides tips for a look that is a combination of “coastal, cottage, and country.” She encourages readers to just “wing it and not worry about perfection” while taking advantage of renovating old furniture, incorporating vintage items, or scooping up things that just “wash up on the beach” to add to the décor.
  4. Colour Me Happy
    Maria Killam is an interior designer and color expert. She concentrates on helping clients save money by “creating warm, comfortable, and inspired spaces” using the correct color paint and accessories in strategically designed focal points in the home.
  5. Little Red House
    Mary enjoys decorating and sharing her tips, accompanied by beautiful photography. She frequents thrift stores and incorporates her finds into her home décor.
  6. Frugal with a Flourish
    Jess is a self-proclaimed “bargain hunter.” Her goal in this blog is to share decorating tips about “creating a fantastic space for as little cash as possible.”
  7. Strictly Simple Style
    Karen Evans endeavors to redecorate her home “without breaking the bank.” She shares her experiences in this blog to help other people accomplish the same task in their own homes.
  8. Copy Cat Chic
    Reichel B. confesses she loves decorating and finding good deals. In this blog, she offers her tips to others for doing both.
  9. Young House Love
    John and Sherry Petersik are a young couple with an older house. They share their budget-conscious house remodeling and redecorating adventures in this blog to help other “do it yourself” homeowners.
  10. Centsational Girl
    Kate is a self-proclaimed “bargain hunter, design lover, and incurable DIYer.” She uses her blog to share her tips on repurposing items she finds at thrift stores and flea markets, and decorate rooms “diamond style on a dime.”
  11. Our Suburban Cottage
    Bargain hunter and “design nerd” AnNicole believes people can have “chic on a shoestring.” She uses this blog to share her decorating and renovation tips.
  12. Thrifty Décor Chick
    Sarah is into “cheap” decorating through her thrift store treasures. She shares her tips about how to decorate tastefully without spending a lot of money.
  13. The Inspired Room
    Design consultant Melissa combines realistic ideas for decorating with simple homemaking for inspirational “authentic” living. In this blog, she shares her decorating tips for using natural materials and repurposing other items.
  14. The Shabby Nest
    Wendy, who is both a designer and a mother, strives to turn houses into beautiful homes, “without breaking the bank.” In this blog, she offers her tips for using natural items and frugal make-overs.
  15. Shanty 2 Chic
    Sisters Ashley and Whitney recently moved their respective families into new homes. Their need to decorate on tight budgets prompted them to start a blog to share their adventure of transforming “shanty” items into chic décor.
  16. Reinvented
    Kimm started her blog about budget-savvy home décor ideas for “real people with real stuff and real budgets.” She shares her decorating tips about reusing and “upcycling” frugal finds into functional, pleasing treasures.
  17. Finding Fabulous
    Stay at home mom (SAHM) Jane believes in decorating for less by finding fabulous treasures to “revamp, repurpose, or renew.” She shares her simple design tips in this blog and hosts “Frugalicious Friday” for folks to share links to their own “fabulous finds.”
  18. Musings from a French Cottage
    The blog’s author loves simplicity, particularly in the form of vintage and French designs. She shares her creative decorating tips in this blog for remodeling and decorating in French, vintage style.
  19. The Polished Pebble
    Kelley Motsch takes simple, vintage items and transforms them into trendy new home décor items. She shares her tips in this blog about how to rethink and reuse “junk” and turn it into treasures.
  20. Applestone Cottage
    Cindy and her husband Dan live in a little stone cottage surrounded my apple trees, hence the blog name. Dan builds and Cindy decorates “on a shoestring budget,” and she shares their adventures of transforming their little cottage into a home.
  21. All Things Heart and Home
    Robin advocates “decorating on a dime” and “re-purposing beautiful junk.” She shares her decorating tips in this blog.
  22. Cozy Little House
    Brenda Kula looks for simple and frugal ways to make a home cozy. In this blog, she shares how she accomplishes that.
  23. Mary’s Meanderings
    Mary Ellen and her family moved to an old house that required some old-fashioned “elbow grease” and creative thinking. In this blog, she shares her practical decorating ideas for working with what you have available.
  24. One Simple Country Girl
    Virginia country girl Donna loves decorating in a prim/country style. She offers simple, inexpensive decorating tips in her blog.
  25. Coastal Charm
    Linda lives on the coast of Alabama and is an avowed bargain shopper at thrift stores and garage sales. She has a “passion for decorating” and uses her blog to share her tips.
  26. White Flower Farmhouse
    Megan blogs about refurbished and handcrafted items, as well as how to transform this old farmhouse on a budget. The blog includes beautiful photos of the process.
  27. Frugal Farmhouse Design
    Lori confesses to be a “lover of tag sales and flea markets,” and enjoys searching through estate sales, farmhouses, and barns for treasures. She shares her decorating tips based on her philosophy, “things do not need to be expensive to be stylish.”
  28. Between Naps on the Porch
    Susan believes if something is beautiful and adds value to someone’s life, it is time to share it. She uses her blog, therefore, to share her decorating and renovating tips and photos based on “antiquing” and “thrifting” finds.
  29. Dear Daisy Cottage
    Kim is a freelance writer with article published in numerous home décor magazines. In her blog, she shares her love of decorating with thrifty finds of “all things vintage” to help folks on limited budgets.
  30. Magnolia Street Style
    The blog’s author knows how to find treasures among antiques, and at flea markets, yard sales, and vintage shops. She shares her decorating and redecorating tips with such finds.
  31. Karla’s Cottage
    Karla Nathan is a successful published writer, with articles in numerous home décor magazines. In her blog, she shares from her experiences of finding treasures at garage sales, thrift shops, and auctions, and turning them into home décor treasures.
  32. Miss Gracie’s House
    Rene is a stay at home mom (SAHM) living in a century old farmhouse with her family. While they continue the renovation process, Rene shares this blog about how she turns vintage and worn out items into new home décor treasures.
  33. Edie Marie’s Attic
    Sherry loves interior design and bargain shopping, and wants to share her decorating tips with folks who appreciate a look that is “casual elegant, shabby chic, or flea market chic.” She started this blog to do so, coinciding with a craft booth she once had, named after her favorite aunt.
  34. Notes from a Cottage Industry
    An avid “yard saler” into “thrifting,” Tracy Buxton specializes in painting and repurposing old vintage furniture.  She shares her decorating tips, combined with beautiful photos, in this blog.
  35. At Home in the Country
    Jill “loves the thrill of the hunt” at garage sales and thrift stores. In this blog, she shares how she turns these items into cozy home accents in their country home in Hickory Hollow.
  36. The Elegant Thrifter
    Stan’s motto is “always thrifty, always fabulous,” and he uses this blog to demonstrate his point. Stan is also a published author of a book about decorating with treasures found at thrift stores and flea markets.
  37. The Vintage Nest
    Lynn pursues the perfect vintage treasures at yard and estate sales, auctions, flea markets, and antique shops. She shares in her blog how she turns these “special treasures” into home décor beauties.
  38. The Thrifty Trendsetter
    Kara is young mother and her husband has returned to school, so finances are limited. As she continues the adventure of learning to do more with less, and be creative and stylish in the process, she shares her decorating and remodeling tips in this blog.
  39. The DIY Show Off
    Roeshel is a wife and mom who understands budgets and “do it yourself” (DIY) projects. She uses her blog to share her tips about how to creatively repurpose items to design and decorate any home.
  40. Décor Made Simple
    Dianna and her husband Greg enjoy “rescuing” and recycling old, discarded furniture, and transforming it into home décor pieces. The couple also frequents yard sales, flea markets, and antique stores for “junk” to transform. They share their “hunting” and decorating tips in this blog.
  41. Room Remix
    PK has a degree and passion for decorating and interior design. She started this blog so she could help others with tips and creative ideas for people to stay within their budgets.
  42. Crafty Nest
    Monica is a self-proclaimed “crafter and nester” who understands small budgets. In her blog, she shares decorating tips about how to upcycle shabby and unwanted items into stylish and trendy home décor.
  43. Funky Junk Interiors
    Donna, who goes by the moniker “Funky Junk Donna,” invents “new junk from old junk.” She combines wit, expertise, and photos in this blog as she shares from her expertise and experience about room renovations and making unique furniture from repurposed “junk” treasures.
  44. Restyled Home
    Linda is a home decorator and stager in Canada. In her blog, she encourages people to have fun restyling their homes with vintage pieces from antique shops, flea markets, and thrift shops.

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50 Posts About Bedroom Decor for Your Home http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-posts-about-bedroom-decor-for-your-home/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-posts-about-bedroom-decor-for-your-home/#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2010 01:39:12 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=988

Your bedroom is your own personal domain. For a teenager it can be where they spend most of their time at home. Your room is something you should feel comfortable in. Picking the bedroom can be a very tough decision. Some may choose a more French country design where others want a more classical look. Take a look at some of the options you can do to decorate your room on any budget. There are tips to update your room without much cost to you. Find all sorts of decorations at antique stores or thrift stores. There are many ways to do this and these articles will help you find them.

  1. Inspirational Ideas: Take a look at these great bedroom ideas and tips to get you started on your new bedroom.
  2. Rental Decorating Ideas: When you are renting you may be limited on your options for decorating. Here are a few ideas to do your room in what you want without damaging your rental.
  3. Romantic Bedroom: Get tips here on how to create the romantic warm bedroom you long for.
  4. Kids Themes: If you are wanting to redecorate your child’s room this is the site for you. Get all sorts of ideas for themes for any child’s room.
  5. Bedroom Decorating Ideas: What do you want your bedroom to say? Get ideas here on how to use your imagination and come up with great ideas.
  6. Romantic Bedrooms on a Budget: Get tips on how you can get that romantic bedroom you want on a tight budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the room you want.
  7. Beautiful Rooms: Take a look at some beautiful rooms you can recreate in your own home. The problem is picking your favorite room to go with.
  8. Your Romantic Bedroom: If you are a romantic at heart and want your room to match, try this design. Learn how to get this picturesque bedroom in your home.
  9. Bedrooms on a Budget: Take a look at these designs that you can have in your own room. You can have a great looking bedroom and still do it on a budget.
  10. Bedroom Makeover: If your bedroom is not the space you want it to be you can do a makeover. No matter what budget you are on you can have a great bedroom.
  11. Create a Romantic Room: Get details on how to create the romantic room you have always wanted. See pictures of ideas that you may want to try.
  12. Bedroom Ideas: Take a look at some of these great ideas to add to your bedroom. If you are looking to update or remodel, try these tips.
  13. 8 Unconventional Looks: If you are wanting to think outside the box try these furniture sets. They are perfect for those who can’t decide what they want or those that just want to be a little different.
  14. Something Different: Whether you are needing to remodel or just want a new look, try some of these pictures to help you decide. You can choose to have a theme or just be completely different.
  15. Small Bedroom Ideas: When dealing with a small space there are things you can do to decorate without over doing it. Try some of these tips when you are decorating your bedroom.
  16. Bedroom Pictures: If you want to see a few ideas of what your room could look like, stop here. Take a little time to go over these pictures and see which look is your favorite.
  17. Modern Bedroom: Take a look at this beautiful modern design for the master bedroom. If you are wanting to leave the conventional styles, then try this great look.
  18. Modern Eclectic Bedrooms: These modern designs are great for those who want to take a step out of the conventional box of designs. Try these in your next bedroom makeover.
  19. Modern Kids: When redoing your child’s room consider these modern designs. This is great for any child if you are looking for a more unconventional type of room.
  20. Brown and Blue: This color combo has become very popular for bedrooms. Take a look at these great ideas for using these two colors together.
  21. A Room that will Last: Here are a few tips on decorating your little girl’s room that will last with her through her time at home. Get ideas on how to pick the right colors and other items that can go for a long time.
  22. Funky Tips: Get help from one blogger on how to fix your teens room with their “funky” ideas.
  23. White Luxury Bedrooms: Take a look at this modern house plan and the ideas they put inside. Check out the bedrooms and other pictures here.
  24. Decorating Colors: Pick out your colors and try them out here. See how they will look in your space and see if you like them as much as you thought.
  25. Choosing the Right Color: Choosing the right color for the master bedroom is not always easy. Get tips on picking the right color here.
  26. Interior Decorating: See pictures, get tips and ideas on how to make your home your own. Learn how to decorate it and love what you do.
  27. Teen Rooms: Take a look at these great ideas for your teens room. Try one of these ideas and see how it is accomplished here.
  28. Kid’s Room Ideas: If you are looking for a new look for you child’s room try these great ideas. Get tips on how easy it is to update your child’s room.
  29. Ideas and Pictures: Get great ideas and suggestions for what you can put in your child’s room to match their personality. See what ideas you can come up with.
  30. Princess Theme: If your little princess wants her room done in that theme try getting ideas here. There are some great photos and tips on getting the perfect princess theme room.
  31. Bedroom décor: If you are looking for ideas on your bedroom décor try some of these. Take a look at these great photos to do to your room.
  32. Black and White: These two colors have always gone together well. Try putting them in your room with a splash of color to contrast.
  33. Purple Bedroom: If purple is your favorite color you will love this bedroom. Take a look at the way purple was used in this room and see if you don’t fall in love.
  34. Bedroom Themes: What theme are you going for in your room? Take a look at these photos on themes you can choose to decorate your bedroom.
  35. Pretty in Pink: If you have a girlie girl then this is perfect for them. Check out some of these great pink rooms.
  36. Theme Ideas: There is no reason an adult can not have a theme in their rooms just like a child does. Get ideas here on what you can put in your room that will fit your personality.
  37. Children’s Themes: Check out these awesome options for the theme in your child’s room. These are great and give them plenty to choose from. See which one fits your child.
  38. Harley Kid: If you are a Harley family, these child sets will fit right in. Check out the great selection of Harley Davidson room themes you can pick for your little rider.
  39. How to Create a Theme: Here you can discover how you can make a theme in your child’s room that will grow with your child. This way you are not constantly changing out their rooms as they get older.
  40. Color Scheme: Try using this tool to help you pick out a color scheme for your next bedroom makeover.
  41. Kids Bedroom Themes: Children typically like to do their room in thing they are excited about. Get a few ideas here on how to bring that theme into their bedroom.
  42. Children’s Murals: See what kind of things you can paint on their walls to bring new life to an old room.
  43. Cool Teens: Here are a few great ideas on how to do your teens room where they feel great about it. There are some great photos and ideas here to help you.
  44. Master Bedroom Themes: What do you want in your master bedroom? If you are thinking of applying a theme get ideas here.
  45. Vintage Country: Get tips on how to bring the country into your bedroom. See pictures and ideas on how to make your bedroom the one you want.
  46. Safari Theme: Learn how to create the perfect safari themed bedroom for your home. If you love the animals and jungle scenes this is great for you.
  47. Your Style: What is your style? Find out here how to zone in on that and pick the best bedroom decorating ideas for you.
  48. Master Bedroom Trends: See the latest trends in master bedroom decorating here. Take a look at these photos and see what you would like to add to your own room.
  49. Tropical Ideas: Discover a few tropical accessories you can add to your home to bring that tropical feel in.
  50. Bedroom Wall décor: Get ideas here on how to fix up your bedroom walls. You can do little things along the way to make the room feel new and fresh.

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Add House Plants to Brighten Your Home http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/add-house-plants-to-brighten-your-home/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/add-house-plants-to-brighten-your-home/#respond Fri, 21 May 2010 14:05:52 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=479 If you’re looking for a way to add some life to your home with a relatively minimal amount of effort, you should consider adding some plants. Plants add color to a room in a way that few other decorative items do. They also help maintain an overall feeling of comfort and welcoming for your guests. While they won’t do miraculous things like lower your homeowners insurance, they can really add to the calm and comfort of your home.

Green Plants

Flowers are great, but they need to be repotted. If you want plants with less maintenance, you should consider one of a variety of greenery plants. Here are some of the most common types of plants you might consider adding to your house:

  • Aloe Vera. This is a favorite for many homeowners. It’s prickly and green, and its juice has soothing properties.
  • Spider Plant. This is a spiky green plant. It needs bright light, but avoid direct exposure to the sun.
  • Ficus Plant. This one is a dark green leafy plant. A ficus needs plenty of sunlight.
  • Bamboo. This is a larger plant with shoots and leaves. It needs direct sunlight, and plenty of water to grow.
  • Jade. Jade is actually a shrub that has thick branches and oval leaves. It stores water in its stems, roots and leaves. It needs bright sunlight, and you only need to water it about once a week.

Flowering Plants

If you want to add colors besides green to your home, consider some of these flowering plants:

  • Chrysanthemum. This is a beautiful, common shrub that needs plenty of sunshine.
  • Amaryllis. This plant with star-shaped flowers originated in Africa. You should avoid letting these ones sit in direct sunlight while they’re flowering.
  • Venus Fly Trap. Thse are always an excellent conversation piece.
  • Mauna Loa. The peace Lilly features a single white flower. It needs shade and plenty of water.

Your local greenhouse can give you some ideas about what kinds of flowers and plants might grow best in your climate, as well.

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Top 50 Home Improvement Blogs http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-50-home-improvement-blogs/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/top-50-home-improvement-blogs/#comments Mon, 17 May 2010 15:50:05 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=469

Your home in a majority of cases is the biggest purchase of your life.  Once you own your home you want to learn to properly maintain it and also start to add improvements.  Did you know that improving the Kitchen and Bathroom in your home will bring you the biggest return on investment?  There are many things you can do to improve your homes value.  Just to name a few you can update your bathrooms, kitchen, add and addition or improve the landscaping on your lot.  All of these things can improve not only the quality of your life but the value of your home.

  1. Apartment therapy Home improvement blog which teaches you how to maximize your apartment one room at a time. This blog has a cool Home tours section which allows you to get ideas for your apartment.
  2. Jetson Green Learn how to improve and make your home green. You will not only increase the value of your house but you will also save cost on energy every month.
  3. Lets blog construction Construction and home improvement blog.
  4. Young house love Follow along with a young married couple as they fix up an older house. Extensive how to videos and a excellent before and after photo section.
  5. I can fix up my house Just as the name implies you can learn how to do your own home improvements.  This blog covers all the major categories and also has some more advanced carpentry lessons.
  6. Cottage Magpie Angela the blogs founder teaches you how to setup a quaint and beautiful house in the Cottage style. A huge benefit is Angela teaches you how to do this all on a small budget.
  7. House blogs Excellent blog of home improvement blogs. There are many different projects to look at and follow progress of.
  8. Happy home and family This blog covers everything from cleaning, to Feng Shui to wall coverings.  Interesting home improvement blog with a ladies touch.
  9. The Home Masons Home build and improvement blog by the company HomeMasons. With active building and remodeling going on you can learn new things from the team.  This blog also provides a form to ask Mason a DIY or remodeling question.
  10. Calfinder Remodeling blog Lets face it sometimes we do need a contractor.  If you feel your home improvement is above your comfort level then Calfinder can find you a local contractor for your project.
  11. Do it yourself  guides and blog A whole series of do it yourself guides. Blog is updated frequently and covers various topics such as recycling, plumbing and whatever else needs to be improved.
  12. Maries home improvement blog One lady showing the world how to take control of and complete home improvement projects.
  13. Learn to remodel your dinning room Learn about different designs and furniture for your dinning room.  Get an idea if you want a plain design or a complex one.
  14. Learn to remodel your attic The attic is one area in most homes that can be improved.  Check out some of these unique concepts, furniture and designs.
  15. Learn to remodel your basement The basement is often a cold drab area why not turn it into a place where family and friend can hang out together.
  16. Chic Tip Blog We all want to add some class and even some flash to our homes check out the newest home improvement and design trends.
  17. Are home improvements tax deductible? Many of your home improvements will not only increase your homes value but are also tax deductible.
  18. What are the benefits of hardwood flooring? Learn why hardwood flooring can add value to your home.
  19. Granite counter tops blog Granite countertops can add value and beauty to your kitchen and home. Learn about pricing, installation and care.
  20. Kitchen cabinets blog.  New kitchen cabinets can add color and freshness to your kitchen.  Find out more about different designs, pricing and installation
  21. Danny Lipford Home Improvement Veteran Danny has assembled a whole team of DIY experts. You can watch videos, TV spots, even listen to there radio shows and learn about home improvement.
  22. Home Décor Blog Follow along as one couple completely update and remodels the whole house.  The blog also has some great technical posts.
  23. 1 800 Anytime Blog. Company blog which offers home improvement tips about Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Air Conditioning
  24. The Build Direct Blog. If you want to learn about wood flooring, tile or decking this is a great blog to check out.
  25. Renovating in Australia Join Bill and his wife as they go through a second house renovation. This blog contains a full list of categories about home improvement.
  26. Luxury Housing Trends If you are going to do home improvements then there should be at least one room you go all out on and pamper yourself with. Learn about all the newest luxury gadgets and trends.
  27. Fixr Blog Unique website and blog not only can you learn about home improvement you can also post a project you want done and get estimates from contractors.
  28. Direct buy blog and articles Blog of the well know home improvement and furnishings club.  There are some good DIY tips and you can also see if you can save some money on your next home upgrade or repair.
  29. The Building Brows Seven children and building a house with no debt. Very heartwarming and informational blog about a family doing all the home improvements themselves.
  30. Construction 411 Blog . Home Improvement blog which educates provides a cost value chart and a free pricing tool. These tools give you a realistic idea of what your project should cost if you have to approach a contactor.
  31. Bathroom remodeling blog Learn to turn your bathroom into a calm relaxing sanctuary.  Look and size of the bathrooms are very important to the overall value of your house.
  32. Learn the right way to build your deck Learn what you should know before you hire a deck contractor.
  33. Charles and Hudson home improvement blog A leading home improvement blog and website. Some of the interesting categories include tools and green building.
  34. Learn how to design a nursery for your new baby. Build a special palce for your new addition to the family.
  35. Do it yourself  woodworking  blog This blog covers most of the home improvement areas but the real gem is different  woodworking sections.
  36. Tips to keep your kitchen remodel cost low. The kitchen is the heart of the home learn how to upgrade on a budget.
  37. How to improve your lawn and add value to your home. Your lawn sets one of the first impressions for visitors and potential buyers. Learn how to properly take care of it.
  38. Moonworks home improvement General home improvement blog, which also has some great information about energy efficiency.
  39. Green Life smart life blog Why not go green with your home improvement.  You can not only help the environment you can also save money.
  40. Reliable remodeler blog Some jobs are just to big to tackle alone, that is when you need some one you can trust to help you remodel.
  41. Energy savings tax benefits.  Did you know you can upgrade your appliances and furnace and get a tax credit?
  42. Solar energy house Should solar energy be part of your home improvements? Many experts say yes, learn more.
  43. Increase your curb appeal. Curb appeal is a factor in the initial impression of friends, family and potential buyers
  44. Winshome Home improvement blog Winshome is an all around home improvement blog. The lessons are simple and straightforward.
  45. Home4family blog With over fifteen years in the home improvement business Home4family is a blog you should check out before you invest in any DIY projects.
  46. Fresh home blog The most up to date and fashionable furniture, interior design and architecture
  47. Addicted2decorating blog Do you find yourself thinking about changing the color of your paint often? How about wanting to revamp the whole house?  If you are into decorating this is a must see blog.
  48. Home construction and improvement Very detailed home improvement blog by a civil and structural engineer. This blog covers the technical aspects of home improvement as well it has some great sections and post about the tools you will need to complete your improvements.
  49. The Woodworkers blog With simple tools you can build sheds, patios, and decks each of these will increase both the value and pleasure of the house.
  50. How to pain the exterior of your home like a pro The Tailored Paint team take us through a three step process to make sure we get it right..
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Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/spruce-up-your-curb-appeal/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/spruce-up-your-curb-appeal/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2010 14:10:52 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=284 Curb appeal is more than just having a house that looks great from the road. Curb appeal can help with that come inside and enjoy a spot of tea feeling. After a hard day at work, having a home that invites you in is the first step to de-stressing. Besides, you want something that you are proud to put homeowners insurance on.

Kick up that entryway
Time to make an entryway that yells out a welcoming feeling. One of the easiest items to do is by replacing old hardware. Replace that drab door handle with something shinny and new.

Take this up a notch and replace the whole door. This is more work, but wait until you see how much a good door can do for your curb appeal. Just take your time with this installation process. You don’t want to spruce up that homeowners insurance with a claim while you are sprucing up your curb appeal.

The last item you can do is install a bit of lighting. This step is often best when joined with symmetry. Installing a new light fixture on both sides of the door will draw the eyes to the door. This helps with that inviting feeling you are looking for.

Add some colorful foliage
Time to get some pots with plants in them. Hanging plants are also worth a good bit of considerations here. Don’t overdo it with the plants that you drown out your entry way though. You want people to feel invited in, not feel like they are walking through a jungle to come drop off your Girl Scout cookies.

You can enhance this feeling a bit by planting some flowers around the front of your home. There are even flowers that will not require you to have a great big green thumb. Pay the neighbor boy to come weed it if you don’t want to do that either. Plants go a long way to making that curb appeal spectacular.

Give your mailman some love
One of the most overlooked items on curb appeal is the mailbox. A pole with a box on it might be functional, but it does nothing to make you happy you have it insured with your homeowners insurance. Time to kick that box up a bit.

Change the post to something decorative. Make sure that the mailbox post accentuates your home and style. If you have a Victorian theme going on with the home, slapping a mailbox post made of tractor tires might now work out so well.

Next up is to tackle the mailbox itself. While there are plenty of choices here, you want something that works well with your overall style. This can be something as simple as spending a bit more on the box than some $20 special. It is impressive how much a nice mailbox can drastically change your curb appeal.

Just a few of these items can go a long way to sprucing up your curb appeal. You just might find that an inviting home is a home you are extremely proud to insure with homeowners insurance. You work hard for that money; your home should welcome you inside with inviting arms!

Photo via Rob Adams

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Spring Cleaning Shortcuts http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/spring-cleaning-shortcuts/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/spring-cleaning-shortcuts/#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2010 19:28:26 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=231 springcleaningIt’s that time of year again. Your house is cluttered, not because you and your family are naturally messy people, but because you’ve been stuck in the house for the past few months enduring a cold and snowy winter. Even if you live in a warmer climate, spring is a great time to spruce up your home a bit.

That’s right, I’m talking about spring cleaning.

Now, to be effective, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. You don’t need to spend all day every day for a week clearing out cobwebs and washing curtains. Instead, you can focus your efforts on some of the items that are most visually noticeable.

Here are a few spring cleaning shortcuts to make your home look sharp:

  • Clean your carpets. Your carpets have just been through a full winter of dirt, mud, muck and body oil. Don’t even get me started on the germs that will build up in a carpet. Rent a Rug Doctor, or better yet have Stanley Steamer come in and make your carpets ready to entertain spring and summer guest.
  • Wax and seal your floors. Yep, that’s right. Get down and get dirty. Use a bristle brush to get out all the crud that’s built up. If your floor isn’t the kind that uses wax, you still need to spend some time down on your hands and knees scrubbing.
  • Clean the doormats. Shake them out. Hit them with a broom, just like they used to do on Leave it to Beaver. Give your doormats the most intense cleaning recommended. They’re your first defense against dirt entering the house.
  • Wash the walls. Not just the walls, but your baseboards, cabinets and your woodwork, too. Give it a yearly bath and you’ll be surprised how good it looks.
  • Vacuum smart. Don’t move all the furniture off the carpet to vacuum. Just slide it over a few inches in each direction. Trust me, it’ll save time and still look great.
  • Make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date. You think I’m kidding, but if you’re about to start entertaining guests for the spring and summer, you want to make sure you’re covered for both damages and liability. Call your homeowners insurance agent, and review your policy to see if there’s anywhere you can shore things up (or if you’ve qualified for a new discount).

Photo via stibbons

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