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Make Your Neighbors Jealous with These 4 Tips to Improve Curb Appeal

By Nick Matteo | Nov 24, 2016

How can you make your home stand out? Why is curb appeal so hard to get right? Put simply, this elusive phenomenon is about far more than your house. True curb appeal comes from the way your home’s design interacts with and balances its natural surroundings–whether that’s a bright, busy street or a shady wooded …

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Backyard BBQ Entertaining That Won’t Leave You Flustered

By Nick Matteo | Nov 09, 2016

Skip the sweat and the stress. It’s hot; you’re sweating; you know you’ll smell like beef franks for at least a week. The music isn’t loud enough, but your guests are milling hungrily around, snatching up whatever choice piece of meat happens to be done next, like so many hungry seagulls with a bucket of …

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Bring Your Loved Ones Home with a Senior-Friendly Home Addition

By Nick Matteo | Nov 04, 2016

Aging at home presents new challenges. Learn more about how to make your home senior-friendly. Aging at home can present new challenges for seniors. In the past, many homes were not designed with seniors in mind, which can make even daily chores taxing and difficult. But everyone should have the choice to stay at home. …

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Organizing Your Home Life Made Simple

By Nick Matteo | Oct 31, 2016

Less mess = less stress! Depending on your generation, you’ve either heard or said something to the effect of, “It looks like Hurricane Katrina came through here!” And if you’ve clicked on this link, chances are you really are curious about organizing your home life…not just the obvious things (dirty dishes, messy living rooms) but …

Hiring a Custom Home Architect: Pros vs. Cons

By Nick Matteo | Oct 27, 2016

Custom home architects can make or break the vision of your home, so choosing the right one is vital to the project. Your home is the most important structure in your life. It’s where you go to relax, entertain, eat, rest and recharge. Your home is supposed to be the constant in your life. When …

Simple Backyard Entertaining: 5 Keys To The Perfect Fall Party

By Nick Matteo | Oct 10, 2016

Throw the party of the year this fall! There’s no question about it: sweater weather means that it’s time for a harvest party! Time to break out the cider (and cider donuts, because hibernation is real). Check out these awesome tips to make simple backyard entertaining perfect for the fall. Ways to Make Simple Backyard …

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Creating A Meditation Space; Ideas To Jumpstart Change And Relieve Stress

By Nick Matteo | Oct 04, 2016

Have it your way. Here’s a sweeping generality for you: life can be hard, sometimes. We all cope in different ways. Some people do sports to blow off steam; some people use video games to distract themselves; some people would rather drown the difficulty in a nice chilled glass of Chardonnay. Science shows that one …

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The Fall Household Cleaning Checklist You’ve Been Looking For

By Nick Matteo | Sep 30, 2016

Eradicate the winter dust bunnies before they even have time to move in. Have you ever seen the t-shirt that says: “There are three kinds of people: those who can count, and those who can’t”? Well, since we can count, here are two different kinds of people. #1. The people who saw this blog title …

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The Top 6 Timeless Decorating Ideas For 2016

By Nick Matteo | Sep 26, 2016

Because timeless decorating isn’t black and white. Let’s do a word association test. If I say ‘shag carpets and lava lamps’, what words pop into your head? ‘Flower power’? ‘Tie dye’? ‘The 70’s’? Those trendy items were just that–trendy items that are now looked down upon as border-line revolting (especially the shag carpet in yucky …

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Amazing Home Life Hacks for Your DIY Smart Home

By Nick Matteo | Sep 23, 2016

It’s not a regular home; it’s a cool home. There are two kinds of people in this world: people who can scroll through their feed without watching or impulsively clicking on all the life hack videos they see, and people who can’t resist. If you’re the second kind of person, and you spend a good …