7 Tips for Making Your Home Instagram-Friendly

Our Instagram feeds are rich in inspiring photos of beautiful and cosy homes that give you a quick glimpse of their owners refined tastes. With such an abundance of inspiration, you cannot but wish to give your own home a makeover and join the vibrant Instagram community. In just a few easy steps, you can give the Instagram-inspired look to your home and start inspiring others. 1.      Think minimalism Instagram has no room for clutter, so get ready for artful minimalist designs. To make your photos Instagram-worthy, you need to free them of visual clutter, which means removing all the unnecessary items both out of the frame and your home. Just a few carefully arranged pieces in the background and an appealing focal point will create a stunning visual effect. Minimalism exudes effortless … [Read more...]

Home for the Holidays

Each year we spend Christmas at home.  Family visits and with three kids we really enjoy a relaxed time the comes from being home for the holidays. This is our second Christmas in our new home and it has undergone more changes in the last few months.  We finally said good-bye to the last of the outdated, late 90's burgundy and gold-brown walls that permeated the house and hello to a spruced up and lighter palette of blues and greens and grays. Our house is really beginning to feel like our home. Day one of decorating. We needed new things to go with the new paint colors throughout the house. We quickly realized how lucky we are that Garnet Hill sent us new stockings for this Christmas from their Hable Christmas Stocking collection.  They match perfectly with the new paint … [Read more...]

Our Next Home Improvement Project

Welcome to my house! That's it back in May 2014 before we bought it and did some major home improvements to it. Today, it looks like this and that's only the outside.  Inside well, watch this video to get the full story. Honestly, our bank helped us out a lot with getting the big items done.  From a new HVAC system to mold remediation we had our hands full even before we moved in. We all have home improvement projects we would like or need to do. Whether you’re looking to get that new gourmet kitchen with white marble counters, recessed lighting and a new cooktop, or create a backyard oasis with a firepit or even add an addition, with a home equity line of credit, you can start your “someday” project today.  Hear our story:    Our Girls Barely Usable … [Read more...]

Give Your Home a HomeSelfe

*Disclosure: TMC was compensated for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Source: HomeSelfe Our house. It's a very fine house. I'm paraphrasing a song, but it is true. After many years of searching we found a house to make a home that works well for our family.  We want to keep it working well and efficiently too.  That meant putting in a new heating and air system, make that TWO, into the home before we moved into it. It's energy-efficient and saves us money all year-long. After we moved in we found other ways our home needed upgrades to be more energy-friendly while saving us some cash each month.  Hello, new dishwasher, washer and dryer. Source:HomeSelfe We aren't done either. HomeSelfe (pronounced ‘Home Selfie’) is an app that helps you save $$$ with a free evaluation on … [Read more...]

A Little Love

The House Filled with Love & Rainbows by #TheAG I feel like the song lyrics, "with a little love we can work it out." have been a chant in my head for the last six months.  Mainly when it comes to our house.  We knew the road to bringing our new home back to her former glory was going to be a long one.  Five months of highs and lows of buying and fixing up a short sale (hello, mold remediation and demo!) were exciting and at times highly frustrating.  It all worked out in the end and we moved in after almost two straight 24/7 months of making repairs. We unpacked and settled in.  We hit the six week mark last Thursday, woke up and found the basement to be in ankle-deep water. And the snow? It came down. As we frantically dried documents all around our house, getting them crisp … [Read more...]