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How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not

Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think Full Story
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Jeff Berezny
Such a relevant topic and thread and am glad to see it reinvigorated a year after the article first posted. I would highly recommend checking out a new app that just launched last week called Trov ( . It is a free app on iPhone that automatically collects and tracks the value of the things you own. One of the best parts about it is, that it is almost entirely automatic, so collecting information about your stuff is super easy and painless. Plus, it has a 'send to insurance' functionality built right in!

You can download it free on the app store here:
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You want to print out inventories and make sure any program can export to a CSV file. Software goes obsolete in 10 years or less. Pictures are vital for art. We had an oriental rug that lost its brightness and clarity of color in a flood and the insurance company didn't want to give us anything for it. They had no way of knowing that the before looked like.

While overall categories might be useful, it's easiest to work room by room.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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jarlarse - thanks for posting pictures.. I have French doors in my living rooms - we are redoing the room with white molding. I may do the doors in black as your doors look fabulous black with white molding!
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I did a search through living room photos, choosing "rustic" style and there were some black (or dark green) doors with wood. Here's an example. This black looks like it has a brown undertone or is perhaps just a very dark brown, at least to me.

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Decorating Is Going to the Dogs

Proclaim your affection for your furry best friend with dog-themed decorating gestures, grand or small Full Story
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Hugh Janus
I love the insanity of plunking the HUGE greyhound sculpture in the middle of the coffee table.
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Paint Your Bookcases to Transform Your Room

Give your shelves some color for a whole new look. Here are 10 examples, from subtle to bold, and some styling tips to try Full Story
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Katy Jordan
I'm an avid reader, with a bookshelf in the basement, in the living room, and in the upstairs hallway (as well as having an actual library). My shelves are pretty packed with books, but it is a little bit of an assault to the eyes to have just rows and rows of books. I scatter other objects throughout - on the low hallway shelves that hold the kids' books, I have my old The Rescuers lunch box from grade school, a little box of jacks, a couple stuffed animals, etc. I'm not a big knick-knack person, but I do like breaking up the uniformity of my books with other things like a vase of flowers or a lantern or a framed picture.

That being said, judgy judgy... In your own home, do whatever makes you happy. Just because I like something doesn't mean I think other people's preferences are wrong. We have become so black and white, with an us-against-them mentality. It's DECOR, for pete's sake, not a plan for peace in the Middle East.
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I pulled the medium blue from my Ballards rug for the back of my built-in bookcases/secret door. The walls are 2 tones of gray and the trim is white.
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Guest Picks: Handy Finds for Painting Projects of All Kinds

Make over rooms and furniture more easily and with better results with the right paint and gear Full Story
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A top quality brush (Purdy, Wooster) will allow you to get a straight line; you do need a "steady" hand, but the brushes are key. Also, not putting too much paint on the brush is critical. In my opinion Frog Tape is the best - no paint gets under tape.. again, not having too much paint on the brush when painting over the tape is the key to success. I haven't used the brush cover, but routinely wrap stretch tite around the brush to save it for the next day. It works very well. Take the author's advice and buy top quality products -brushes, rollers, paint. It makes a big difference.
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"Kovered" is a product I love! It is a large zippered bag to store wet paint brushes, rollers and trays and keeps everything wet for days. So convenient. I have gone back 5-6 days later to finish painting and it works, I got mine at Sherwin Williams.
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How to Grow 10 Favorite Fruit Trees at Home

Taste test this summer, then plant a mini orchard in fall or winter to enjoy fresh-off-the-tree fruit next year Full Story
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My husbands old Golden Retriever adored the rotten pears off the ground under their tree. I can remember watching him chomp the mushy fruit, absolutely grinning while angry yellow jackets buzzed all around his head. That dog must have had the worst gas, later in the day!!
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We have a peach tree in our back yard which gives fruit once every few years. We've enjoyed only one delicious and abundant harvest in the 9 years we've lived here because of the squirrels. The squirrels are a thorn in my side and we've tried everything to keep them away. They strip the fruit before it's even ripe. Pardon the rant. Stupid squirrels.
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