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Friday, June 01, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

4 Gardening Tips for the Lazy Landscaper

4 Gardening Tips for the Lazy Landscaper


Keeping up with landscaping can take a lot of time and energy. Between weekly mowing, picking weeds, and tending to all of the plants it can be a lot of work for those who are busy. Check out these easy gardening tips for those who simply don’t have a lot of extra time for a jungle inspired garden.


1. Plant a Xeriscape


If you live near a metro area surrounded by a natural flush of trees, or if you simply like the look of plants but don’t want the hassle of watering them, consider planting a xeriscape. This kind of landscaping is composed of plants that require little to no irrigation and are easy to take care of. Plants that do well in a xeriscape include lavender, ornamental grasses, and coneflowers. If you don’t live in a drought prone region, consider planting those native plants that already do well in your area. Native plants will need less attention as they are used to the conditions of your area and gr ...

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  home maintenance, decorating, landscaping

Friday, June 01, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

5 Budgeting Tips For Homebuying

5 Budgeting Tips For Homebuying
Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest financial transactions you make, and preparing your budget beforehand makes the home buying process much less stressful. The following tips and expert insight can help you get your budget in order before you make the big transaction.
1. Organize Your Finances
You may know how much you have in your checking and savings accounts, but do you know how much you spend on household expenses each month? Or how much high-interest and credit card debt you have? It’s important to get a clear idea of where your money goes in order to figure out what you can afford and what your home buying timeline looks like. Personal finance experts at OnStride suggest breaking down your finances into the following categories:

Level 1: Basic Budgeting: Basic financial needs, like rent, groceries and gas.
Level 2: Emergency Funds: In case of an accident or other costly event.
Level 3: Passive Preparation: 401 ...

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  first time buyers, home buyers, first time home buyers, budgeting

Monday, May 07, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

5 Ways to Perfect Your Pool

With summer on its way, we are taking a look at what’s trending in high-end pool design. From large fire pits to unique water features, these innovative pools — designed by California Pools & Landscape — exude true luxury.



Bring the Fire — While fire has always been an important element of a backyard space, fire pits now often merge with pool design. An abundance of fire makes this well-lit pool perfect for night swimming.



Goodbye to Blue — Historically pools have been blue, and while most are continuing this tradition, some homeowners are getting creative. Gray, navy or even black bottom pools bring a more dramatic look to any backyard. 




 Blending In — Whether it’s using huge rocks or lush greenery, pools are increasingly blending into the natural aesthetic of their location.




Infinity Pools — While infinity pools are not a new addition to luxury pool design, they ...

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  home maintenance

Friday, April 27, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

Pick a Pattern: 6 New Looks for Spring

No matter the time of year, finding methods to refresh your home starts with the five senses. To deliver new ways of satisfying sight and touch, HBF Textiles’ new Spring 2018 collection brings together six new handcrafted fabrics that reflect energy through playful themes and thoughtful composition. 
Designed by Mary Jo Miller, vice president of design and creative director, the collection was inspired by an affection for liveliness and dynamic, sensory fabrics.
“I believe the quality of a tactile experience is essential. The materials used throughout the Spring Collection are thoughtful, warm, fuzzy, bold, and rich,” explains Miller. “Each fabric is a one-of-a-kind design with its own unique story and rich color palette.”
With 52 colorways and 6 new fabrics, the Spring Collection seeks to push beyond the expected by remaining unique and versatile.
Color Code 
A simple design that conveys multiple colorations against a continuous b ...

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  home ideas, home upgrades, house upgrades, decorating

Monday, April 09, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

The Ultimate Getaway for Film Buffs

From New York City and Los Angeles to Paris and Tokyo, this one-of-a-kind trip takes travelers to iconic film locations around the world.

   


Priced at $256,211, this three-month-long adventure includes travel costs to 20 of the world’s most famous film locations throughout five continents and 10 countries. The high-end getaway for two is offered by VeryFirstTo.comand managed in partnership with luxury travel company, Unmissable.
Private guided tours allow travelers to relive scenes from classic films; enjoy Breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York, march the rugged landscape of Glencoe in Scotland as seen in Braveheart, fall in love at the romantic Trevi Fountain as seen in La Dolce Vita, and experience the magic of the Wudang Monastery as seen in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Whether interested in romance, action or fantasy films, this trip is perfectly catered for lovers of all genres. Even an amateur film buff will be familiar with this outstanding r ...

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