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Rent Rising? Roommate Musts.

Rent keeps rising, and with that comes a financial burden some can’t bear. Although buying a new home might not be on your mind, having a roommate in your newly purchased home or in your rented space is looking like a must have to get through this rise in price.

Remove upper cabinet doors to give a narrow kitchen a sense of openness. Then set off the revealed shelves with a decorative treatment. To do so, remove cabinet doors and fill in holes with wood filler. Sand until smooth, and paint or stain as desired. Apply your desired treatment to the inside after priming the interior walls.:

Shared spaces are hard to conquer, especially when you have been living on your own! Here are a few tips to help you get through the transition. Imagine cutting your belongings in half. All this storage space you have had before is now going to be shared. Be willing to split the space.

Decor Inspiration Ideas: Living Room | nousDECOR.com:

Be ready to mix styles. Each roommate comes with their own items and their own tastes. Each shared space should have a happy balance of each person. Be open to change and incorporating their items with yours.

Give your bedroom a tasteful dose of glam with a slightly shimmery wallpaper and clean neutral colors.:

Define personal spaces. When sharing a living space, it’s important to have your own individual space that you can escape to. Make this space feel like home to you.

5 tips for updating your bathroom with the Crate and Barrel Gift Registry on 100 Layer Cake:

Bathrooms can be the hardest to share! If you are sharing a bathroom make sure you have enough room. Double sinks is a major win when it comes to sharing a bathroom.

vintage modern twist on tile / sfgirlbybay:

Go ahead and sit down with your new roommate and set up a plan. Work out a weekly/monthly cleaning schedule. Talk about what your daily routines are and find out theirs as well. The more you communicate, the better this transition will work out for both of you!

1.via bhg  2. via nousdecor  3. via bhg 4. via 100layercake 5. via sfgirlbybay

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It’s time to winterize!

Winter’s can be hard on a home and hard on the budget during the holiday season. It’s important to do a quick winterizing before things start adding up and damages get out of control!

A Winter Home Nestled in The Snow:

Here is a great checklist we found at backtoherroots:

Get ready for the cold snap with this checklist! Get your house in property in tip-top shape before the snow shows up.:

It’s important to keep your home prepped and ready for each season! We hope this great find helps you keep your home in order this winter.


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Bathroom Updates That Matter

Bathrooms can be one of the most expensive updates in a home and we understand why! Between demo, tile, and fixtures it can add up quick and that’s not all you might need to do.

Here are a few updates that we think make the most different and should be a the top of your to do list:

Unusual subway tile arrangement in bathroom with round mirror and pendant lights.: Unusual subway tile arrangement in bathroom with round mirror and pendant lights.

Take out the standard mirror and put in a new one! Pick one that’s the right size for your vanity or even two next to each other would work!

Master Bathroom Reveal - Parent's Edition - The Lilypad Cottage: Master Bathroom Reveal - Parent's Edition - The Lilypad Cottage

Update the fixtures and the lighting. Light can make a huge difference in the way a bathroom feels. Natural light is best, but if it’s not an option really invest in lighting that makes the bathroom feel light and airy.

Wall color is Sherwin Williams "Sea Salt".  Beautiful space. Studio McGee: Wall color is Sherwin Williams "Sea Salt".  Beautiful space. Studio McGee

Fresh paint and tile can change the entire look of a bathroom. Although tile may be the most expensive purchase for your bathroom, you can find gorgeous options for a discounted price. Take a look at all the options before you purchase!

A gold light fixture and a linen Roman shade hang above a white soaking tub.: A gold light fixture and a linen Roman shade hang above a white soaking tub.

Another pricey purchase but totally worth it is to ditch the standard tub. Buying a stand a lone tub makes a bathroom feel luxurious! Again, do your research and shop around because you might be surprised at what kind of deal you can get on a gorgeous tub.

What bathroom updates matter the most to you? Leave a comment below.


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Less Is More

It is said that living with less gives you more when it comes to life. I realized in our latest move that going through everything we owned, the less we packed, the less we had to carry with us! It is always said that those who move often tend to have less in general. I can imagine that since I wouldn’t want to pack and repack items that aren’t worth my time.

what an interesting layout for a kitchen - no upper cabinets to clutter up the view -sh

I am curious to see if living less would suit you? Do you think you could get rid of most of your items and be happy with the bare minimum?

Russian architecture firm INT2 decked out this apartment in a clean but not exactly minimalist aesthetic.

There’d be less time cleaning, that’s for sure! If you have less clutter you waste less time shifting that clutter around.

A gorgeous, white and simple workspace

Some people would even say that having less makes you less stressed. You learn to live with what you have and then you aren’t wasting your time or money on useless things.

Grey cabinets, marble counter tops, French doors, and a sweet Sub-Zero refrigerator.

If that were the case, getting rid of all the things I have would free up so much of my time and money, I could actually put more money into the actual home I am buying instead of the things inside it.

Don’t let consumption consume you. | 15 Minimalist Hacks To Maximize Your Life

Where would you put your time and money?


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Prepping for the Winter

This is really important if you are selling a home, renting out property, or even for your own house. Prepping for winter can save you money as well as make a difference to a buyer! What can you do to help keep out those winter blues?

1. Replace Air Filters:

Get rid of the old and bring in the new! It helps refresh the house as well as make it not work so hard to keep it warm. This is a big money saver for you and some great information you can pass on to home buyers who love to save some money.

Such clean details… perfect! even the return air vent is good looking

2. Check Your Thermostats:

If the thermostat is only, you can guarantee you are loosing some money there. Also make sure it’s running properly! Thermostats that allow you to control the temperature by time settings can also be a great budget friendly option. While you aren’t home or while you are sleeping, lower the temperature so you aren’t wasting any heat! If you are selling a property set it a lower temperature and let Realtors know they need to turn it up in advanced to showing a home!

Gallery Wall...I like the idea of mixing pieces so it's not all pictures! I want to paint all the frames in the staircase just one or two colors!!!!

3. Clear Away Those Vents:

Make sure there is nothing blocking the vents and clean them out!! The more room they have to breath, the better heat circulation you are going to get.

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4. Insulate Exposed Pipes:

Check your basement, make sure there aren’t any pipes that are exposed. A frozen pipe can do some serious damage as well as be a huge cost in the long wrong. Insulated pipes are a cheap fix that can really save you later!

Insulate your pipes.  Insulating your pipes can have a huge economic benefit for your household—not to mention being a major energy-saver. Pablo at Treehugger estimates insulating his pipes saves him $10 per year in water heating costs—less than the cost to install the installation. It’s not the flashiest DIY project, but keeping your pipes covered provides a huge bang for your environmental buck.

5. Outdoor Faucets and sprinklers:

Be sure to drain them before you turn them off! Take of the hoses and add a thermal cover for the winter.

Gravel around the foundation for drainage, plant shrubs along to help soak up water. Like the idea of the large rock to prevent erosion from the water spicket. Maybe a few cool pots or barrels with plants too? I like :)

6. Check for any leaks or cracks that might need to be sealed off:

Winter can bring a lot of wet heavy mess as well as serious cold winds. Those tiny cracks can make a difference if they are letting in cold air and a small leak can become a major one if not taken care of properly.

I'm obsessed with wide-board wood floors.  So warm and welcoming - perfect for an entry way

7. Lighting:

It gets dark earlier and it’s important that things are well lit so you can see! Check to make sure your house has great interior lights throughout and stock up on those light bulbs!

Interior Design Ideas - Home Bunch - An Interior Design & Luxury Homes Blog

8. Check in periodically:

If you have a home for sale or rental that’s empty, check in periodically to make sure everything is running smoothly and there’s no fixes necessary!