Creating Farmhouse Chic at Home

If there's one thing we've learned from Chip and Joanna Gaines, it's that Farmhouse Chic is IN for 2017, and it's popularity isn't fading. If you're loving the style, but not looking for a complete overhaul of your home, we've got a few ideas for you. Here's how you can embrace the feeling of Farmhouse Chic while keeping (most of) your current decor. Rustic Finishes Weathered finishes work double duty. While adding to the Farmhouse look, the finishes make your space appear more comfortable and approachable to guests. Functional Furniture and Elements The Farmhouse look is inspired by the efficient way of living required on working farms. Pieces serve a purpose, from a deep and durable farmho

Stay On Trend With Tile

Tile trends come and go. If you've spent any time at all watching HGTV, you've no doubt heard about subway tile, tile backsplashes, and more. Today, we're sharing with you some of the most popular trends in tile for bathrooms, kitchens, and more. Wood-Look You may be surprised to hear that wood-look tile is the biggest seller in tile - at the moment. Newer technology has given it a more authentic look, and it holds up to damage better than real hardwood. Wood is a great neutral - it goes with everything and helps bring the style of your home together. Metal Tile with metal looks and finishes are growing in popularity each year. There's a wide variety of colors and shades and finishes range f

4 Surprisingly Dirty Spots In Your Home

Germs can live - and thrive- in some unexpected places in the home. You may not think the 4 spots below are inviting homes for bacteria, but they are. Don't worry - we also tell you how to handle them. Your Kitchen Sink You may think that with all the soap and water your kitchen sink sees, it can't possibly be one of the worst spots in the house. However, soaking dirty dishes in the sink creates a breeding ground for bacteria, including things like salmonella and E. coli. Make sure you take extra steps to disinfect. It's recommended that you wash your sink with a bleach and water solution at least once each day, letting the solution flow into the drain. Don't forget to wash your hands after!

Kid-Friendly Bathroom Ideas

Splish splash, it's time for a bath! Or at least a bathroom kids can use comfortably. Whether your children have a bathroom all to themselves or they're sharing it with mom and dad, you'll want to make some of the changes we suggest below to keep the area clean, safe, and kid-friendly. Give Them A Boost If your children need to stand on their toes to reach the sink, grab a towel, or pump the soap dispenser, you'll need a step stool to keep them (and your fixtures and belongings) safe. Step stools like this one keep your design fresh and fold away when not in use. Tiny Tiles Smaller feet aren't used to slowing down. Smaller ceramic tiles with lots of grout lines (or even anti-slip tile) can k

What You Need To Know About Choosing Carpet

Choosing carpet, whether you're building custom or updating a home, can be intimidating. Not only is it a huge financial investment, but replacing it is difficult enough that you want to be able to live with your choice for a LONG time. The two biggest points, other than price, to consider are Fiber and Style. FIBER The fiber you choose will affect durability, resilience, and maintenance. About 99% of all carpets in the US are made from synthetic materials: nylon, polypropylene (olefin), acrylic, polyester, wool, or cotton. Strong and soft at the same time, nylon is the most popular choice, especially if you want your carpet to last 10 years or more. Polyester is also resilient and soft, but

Bold Wall Choices That Don't Involve A Can of Paint

If you're wanting a new look without the pain of paint buckets, rollers, and stray drips, we've collected a few fantastic ideas for you here. From wallpaper to fabric, you can make a big change and still avoid the paint store. Wallpaper This isn't your grandmother's wallpaper. In fact, wallpaper is making a huge comeback with modern prints and bold choices. And don't panic about scraping and steaming, either. Manufacturers understand your pain, and new adhesive techniques make the hard work a thing of the past. Decoupage From pages of books to maps to photos, decoupaging your walls is becoming one of the next big things in wall decor. This technique gives the room a focal point as well as in

Your March Garden

Welcome to March...a season of indecisiveness in San Antonio! The weather can't seem to decide whether it's going to be unseasonably warm or unseasonably cold! There's still a small risk of frosts in March, so you'll want to transplant with caution, In fact, it may be more beneficial to transplant into large pots that you can move inside in case the weather freezes up. Regardless, when the weather is nice, you'll want to take advantage of it and get outside to sow some seeds! So, what should you plant in March? Vegetables: Beans, Beets, Black-eyed Peas, Corn, Cucumber, Pumpkin and Summer Squash. Herbs: Chives, Lavender, Oregano, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme Annuals: Cypress Vine, Gourds, Marigolds,

March Home Maintenance

When it comes to your home, waiting to fix problems when they pop up can lead to a lot of stress and financial strain. We've put together a list of monthly tasks that will keep you on top of home maintenance and cleaning so you can avoid frustration! All Over Check fire extinguishers Change or clean air filters Check under sinks for drips and leaks Do a rodent check around your home, under the patio or deck, and in the attic. Spring is prime time for breeding and rodents can do a lot of damage! Clean baseboards and tops of doorways Kitchen Clean the drain and garbage disposal. Dust tops of cabinets Clean the top of the refrigerator Clean out the refrigerator and freezer Sweep and mop under a

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