The Most Commonly Replaced Furniture in the Average Home

With frequent use comes the increased risk of damage and deterioration to your furniture. Learn when to replace your most commonly used pieces of furniture. Our choices in furniture are what truly make a house a home. But despite how much we love certain pieces of our homes, the time often comes when they need to be replaced. Keep an eye out for damage on these commonly replaced furniture pieces in your home. Couches Your living room couch sees frequent use, which can accelerate the aging process and leave you needing a new sofa sooner than you expect. Couches that continuously squeak …

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Peaceful elegance describes this bathroom in a multi-million dollar home in The Grove in College Grove, TN. Designed by Summer Ignagni at Let It Be Design Company, the house was built by Hatcliff Construction. This home is for sale by Susan Gregory of Parks Realty. www.homesaroundnashvilletn.com.

Bathroom Trends for 2019

Most bath experts agree that homeowners want to create a peaceful, spa-like atmosphere in their master bathrooms. “Bathrooms have gone from a simple more utilitarian look to a place where homeowners can express their personal style through the use of color, pattern, texture, and art to create a space that has much more visual interest than in the past,” says Beth Duer of Markraft Cabinetry. Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors says many homeowners have become comfortable with the idea of not having a tub, but instead are opting for a larger shower with more features. “For those keeping a …

Paint/Color Trends for 2019

While gray remains popular as an interior paint color with some homeowners, others are shifting to greige, according to area designers. At the same time, designers report they are moving on from greige to shades of white and off-white. Samantha Lewis of the Hoover Paint store reports, “White and greiges are trending as well as white and off-whites as the popularity of the ‘farm house style’ continues to dominate in this area.” According to Kristie Banett of The Decorologist the trend in neutrals has indeed shifted toward white and off-white, as well as barely-there light grays and greiges. “These lighter neutrals …

5 Hacks For Moving Across Town

Moving across town can be stressful. Once you have decided that you’re going to move, you have to make necessary adjustments with your schedule in order to accommodate the moving process. This is especially true if you’re moving with the entire family or with kids. Fortunately, there are strategies which can help you move across town without ever losing your mind. Here are some tips for a move across the city: Start as soon as possible. As mentioned, you’ll have a long list of to-dos once you decide to move. For starters, you need to research the cost of living …

Bold and Beautiful Alliums for Every Garden

By Melinda Meyers Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorful spring and summer blooms—this year, and for years to come. Just like their relatives, onions and chives, ornamental alliums are easy to grow and trouble free. Pests, diseases, and even deer don’t bother them. Most types are reliably perennial and winter hardy in zones three to eight. Alliums prefer well-drained soil and full sun, though they will also grow in partial shade. You can choose flowers …

Organizing Hacks

(Family Features) Getting organized and making the most of your home’s storage space can be a daunting task. To help keep clutter at bay and streamline organization throughout the house, consider these tips for revamping your closets and designated storage areas from the experts at ClosetMaid. Find closet systems and other organization hacks at ClosetMaid.com. Watch video to see how to get organized! SOURCE: ClosetMaid

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance

(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down. Research, smart shopping and even some home upgrades can make a noticeable difference in your insurance premiums. Explore the cost-savings potential with these tips from the experts at CertainTeed, a leading manufacturer of exterior and interior building products: Shop for the best rates. It’s easy to be complacent when you’ve used the same insurance company for years, but if getting the best rate is your objective, it’s …

Invite The Outdoors In

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home. According to a survey commissioned by the Velux Group, a gap is growing between the time Americans spend outdoors and the time they’d like to spend in nature. In the United States, 63% of survey participants said they average one hour or less a week in nature, but 88% agreed they would like to spend more time. In …

Battle Weeds, Leaves and Shrubbery with Tech

(Family Features) The same type of technology used in some of the United States Navy’s most powerful ships also powers handheld lawn equipment. A lineup of string trimmers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers from Cub Cadet use an innovative technology to power the units called CORE (Conductor-Optimized Rotary Energy). The sophisticated motor technology generates power equal to gas engines and maximizes pound-for-pound power efficiency, compared to its 25 cubic centimeter gas-powered engines. The technology also features a unique Power-Lok system. This standalone drive unit offers lightweight, high-performance string trimmer, blower and hedge trimmer attachments. It saves storage space and money …