A pest is not just a word that’s used to describe an annoyance; in fact, it’s also the term given to a destructive animal that destroys crops, food and even livestock. Whether you have a garden that has become a hot spot for neighborhood pests or you simply want to keep them from entering your home, it’s important to keep in mind several do-it-yourself pest control tips. Spruce Up Your Space One of the most attractive places for a pest is that which is filled with food. Ants love anything sweet, including sugar, so make sure that any spills are cleaned up completely. It’s equally important to keep your food containers and bags sealed properly to avoid a problem. Landscape Designs That Pests Hate If you have weeds in your lawn, remove them to avoid attracting pests. Additionally, pay close attention to the plants and/or flowers that you use in your landscaping as certain types tend to attract pests, while others repel them. For specifics, ask a local gardening professional or a representative from your local home improvement gardening center. The Buzz On Mosquito Control Nobody likes mosquitoes, but they are still a part of life and it’s important to […]
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While open-concept homes seem to be the popular trend in the home construction industry, sometimes decorating for large spaces can be a challenge. The flexibility of a large living-dining-kitchen space can allow you to enjoy more time with your family and entertain with ease, but creating a sense of purpose for each space while still maintaining a flow to the room requires a bit of know-how and creativity. You’ve got the space to do it, and here are a few ideas on how! Defining Purpose The first step in decorating a large open-concept space is to define what you want the space to include. In most homes constructed today this is a large living space with open access to the kitchen, but it can also be a basement or even a single level apartment that will include bedrooms as well. Regardless of the space you’re working with, knowing what kind of living you will be doing in this space is the first step. For most homeowners it will be the challenge of combining a dining room, kitchen, and living room. Defining Space Once you know the purpose of the space, lay it out. For kitchen-dining spaces, be sure that you […]
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When choosing a style of furnishing, color scheme, or fabrics for your new home, or when redecorating a room, plants often do not immediately spring to mind when considering what you need to complete your space. Plants can be, however, an inexpensive and beautiful addition to any room, and there are a great number of options that can complement and even inspire any décor. Choosing Plants Leaf Shape: There is a huge variety of leaf shapes to choose from when considering which plants are right for your room. Broad leaves look great on mantles or as part of larger arrangements, and long leaves can draw the eye up to interesting architectural features. Leaf Texture: From spiky to glossy or fuzzy, you can get really creative when selecting a plant that has a texture that matches your space. A prickly cactus would really accent a room that has a southwestern themed décor, or the fuzzy texture of a dusty miller looks great in an entirely white room or as part of a holiday arrangement. Color: With plants and flowers available in virtually every color imaginable, this is one area where using plants as inspiration for your wall color or accent colors […]
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If you have a room that requires a feminine touch, don’t fret. Decorating a girl’s room is not as intimidating as it may seem. In fact, there are a number of ways that you can turn the bedroom of your little princess into her very own fairytale retreat. Bedding Basics Every little girl wants a beautifully decorated bed, which means colorful bedding is a must. Whether it’s her favorite cartoon character or color choice, the right comforter and matching accent pillows can go a long way in making your little one’s room a truly customized space. Finding A Fantastic Phone Giving your little girl a telephone of her very own is a terrific way to let her enjoy a little extra privacy. Choosing the right phone for a girl’s room is as simple as learning her favorite color and style. If you are decorating the room with a specific color theme, it may be a good idea to choose a phone that matches the decor. If your little one favors a specific cartoon character, look for a phone that depicts that image. Colorful Additions All children love color and when it comes to decorating, nothing achieves the task better than […]
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If you have a room that requires a masculine touch, don’t fret. Decorating a boy’s room is not as intimidating as it may seem. In fact, there are a number of ways that you can turn your little man’s room into a space that he treasures. Bedding Basics Many young boys love sports, which means bedding that features a football, basketball, baseball, hockey or racing design may be a winner when it comes to decorating. If your youngster isn’t exactly a sports fanatic, ask him about his favorite colors and find a way to work them into the bedding theme. If necessary, you can always choose solid colors that work well together and still give your little boy a perfect space. Phone Favorites If your youngster wants a phone in his room, look for something that speaks volumes about his personality. Perhaps a helmet phone, car-shaped phone or even a character phone would be the perfect choice. Whatever it is, make sure that it reflects his own personal taste and is a phone that he will enjoy using. This ‘n That Every little boy loves something, right? Does he love model airplanes or cars? What about trading cards or sports? […]
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When you begin thinking about decorating, usually a man-friendly space is not what springs to mind. The décor of a space popular with men is usually a large screen television and sports paraphernalia, and while this may seem to be the limit of their creativity, there are a lot of other options for creating a space that will appeal to a more masculine taste. Here are a few tips for creating a space in which any man will feel at home! Define A Function The most important element of any space for a man is whether or not it will serve his needs. Whether it’s an office or living room, understanding how they want to use the space, and including all the elements that they’ll need to function in that space, is essential. Choose Warmer And Darker Colors While light, airy colors can give a room a nice appeal, often men are drawn to darker, warmer colors for their own spaces, in particular reds, greens, and blues. All these colors are great choices for paint, and selecting complementary colors for accent pieces will tie the space together. Select Durable Fabrics And Upholsteries Fabric choices for window treatments and furnishings should […]
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