Decorating your Fireplace Mantel

Decorating your fireplace mantel is not difficult, but can stump even the savviest of homeowners. Your fireplace is an architectural focal piece and should be the “wow” when your guests walk into the room. Here are some tips to create a gorgeous fireplace mantel: First things first. Prepare the fireplace. First, remove everything from the mantel and hearth. You want to begin with a clean slate (pun intended). Clean all surfaces including the inside of the fireplace. Take a good…

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Organizing your Home for Resale, aka Tackling the “Stuff Monster”

Let’s face it, life is busy. Even with the best intentions, keeping our homes organized is a challenge for most of us. Time passes quickly, making it easy for clutter to accumulate. Before you know it we can find ourselves with “stuff” in all of our home’s nooks and crannies. Professional organizers tell us that to reduce clutter we should take the extra 2-3 seconds needed to put items where they belong. They also advise to take a few minutes…

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