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Kitchen Design Updates That Don’t Break The Bank

by guest author Shawna Feeley

My favorite space in almost any house is the kitchen.  When it is well-designed, it provides an arena to cook, create, commune and to just hang out.  Kids do their homework and families connect in this functional and well used space. Therefore, it imperative that you love this special room in your home and it makes you happy.  If, this is not the case, here are some kitchen updates that will bring a smile to your face without creating a hole in your wallet.

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Update Your Welcome

by guest author Shawna Feeley

As the adage goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is something I learned from either a dandruff commercial or my Nana Ruth, (both, I think), but the message is sound.  Take a good look at your front door and see if you are maximizing your ability to wow and welcome your guests.  With new door paint, plants, container gardens, doormats, house numbers, wreaths and door knockers, there are many ways to spruce up your curb appeal.

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Which type of paint – and painting services – do you need?

painting services offered by HomeSquarePainting a home isn’t as easy as choosing a color.

There are cracks to fill, wood rot to repair and old stucco to smooth before the roller even sees a drop of paint. Without a perfectly-primed surface, your brand-new paint color runs the risk of looking old, raggedy and bumpy before it even sees the lights of day. Not to mention, selecting the wrong finish can highlight any imperfections left behind, resulting in your brand-new paint finish looking tired and worn before your friends, neighbors and guests even get to see it.

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Wallpapering the stairs? Blank canvas alert!

wallpaper on stairway risersBy guest author Shawna Feeley

Wallpapering the stair risers is a great way to add a pop of color and interest to an otherwise predictable space. You can also add paint to the steps, railings or the balusters and Newell post if you want to have some serious fun.  Your staircase is a blank canvas just waiting for a little TLC.  Depending on the paper you chose, you can take your stairs from boring to fun or bland to stylish in just one weekend. Warning: you can lose an afternoon collecting ideas on Pinterest!   Here are a few of my favorites.

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Wanna Hang Out? Yes Please!

hanging sofa on house porchBy guest author Shawna Feeley

I bought a hanging chair with a stand last year in the hopes of recreating a moment from an amazing Costa Rican vacation house.  The stand was very cumbersome and swinging from the stand did not have the appeal I was hoping for.  I decided this spring that it had to be hung properly, from my porch ceiling, and that, my friend, has made all the difference.  The waterfall sounds more soothing and the moss is a bit greener in my neck of the woods.  Hanging swings, sofas, beds and lounge chairs are a great way to add a vacation feel to your home. Here are some of my favorite pins.

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