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Inspiring Book Nooks Welcome Young Readers

Encourage a lifelong love of reading with inviting and cozy places where kids can burrow into books Full Story
     Comment   September 4, 2014
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jomearaak
I love reading nooks, we are big fans of reading in this house and always find a way to carve out a little space for the kids with some private place to get lost in a book, luckily we have a closet under the stairway of our new home that we are currently using.
September 1, 2014 at 11:53AM     
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ZG Renderings
The built in reading nooks are amazing! It is always a great idea to take an alcove, corner, or niche in a home and turn it into a built in reading nook.
September 2, 2014 at 3:21PM     
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dejongdreamhouse
We put a book nook in our son's room. It's on of his favorite spots! http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2012/07/ds-book-nook.html
September 3, 2014 at 5:29AM     
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khernandezla
We just finished our son's reading nook yesterday (see photos) and are working on our daughter's today.
September 3, 2014 at 6:33AM     
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Cool Color Palettes: Enviable Green and Blue Spaces

Freshen up tired interiors with dewy to inky hues that harmonize even as they help each other stand out Full Story
     Comment   August 25, 2014
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Katy Jordan
My home office is mainly white and a soft pink, but I have an apple green settee and a pop of that green here and there. My main level is a dark slate sort of blue, but the apple green shows up there too in accents. Love it; it's a little bit of surprise but a warm enough color that it doesn't fight the warm tones of my blue.
August 25, 2014 at 10:09AM     
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Christina
Stacy Miles...may I ask to what your comment is directed?
September 3, 2014 at 8:09PM   
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nkapteyn
Saw the bedroom in person! My girls and I loved it. I even took a picture! Love the aqua and lime together - it's relaxing without being too mellow.
September 7, 2014 at 7:43PM   
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10 Recipes for Shabby Chic Style

Rustic furniture, floral fabrics, sparkling chandeliers. Here are 10 easy ways to bring the romantic cottage look into your home Full Story
     Comment   August 25, 2014
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Katy Jordan
I like most of these examples (but I'm with the leather chair haters lol), except the bedroom with the TV projector over the bed. It's not even the projector that bothered me, it was just all of it together. For me, shabby chic is always warm and welcoming, despite the liberal use of white. That bedroom just wasn't. LOVE the mirror in the dining room, even though I don't like the chairs. As to that aqua hallway.... It may not be someone's definition of shabby chic, but it's the one photo I lingered over longest with a smile on my face. I love the simplicity of it and the fact that the walls aren't devoid of color but not overwhelming, while the curtain gets to add some drama without being obnoxious. Terrific!
August 25, 2014 at 9:55AM     
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Leslie Brooks
My mom and I just had a discussion about shabby chic. We love it in other peoples houses. We just can't make it look good. If I tried to do it, it would look like a bad thrift store.
August 30, 2014 at 6:29PM   
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bigredkate
I have always made my own slipcovers so that I can take them off - we have golden retrievers so washing the slipcovers is a regular job. I have never had a problem keeping them in place. It might be because I use a good heavy upholstery fabric.
September 1, 2014 at 11:52PM   
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Considering Renting to Vacationers? Read This First

More people are redesigning their homes for the short-term-rental boom. Here are 3 examples — and what to consider before joining in Full Story
     Comment   August 18, 2014
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Norma Sassone
We have used AirBnB as renters in places as far flung as Vermont, Hawaii, San Diego, and Budapest, Hungary and it is awesome! It gives us an opportunity to travel to places we otherwise would not be able to afford - so it becomes a boon to the economy of those places by encouraging more visitors. One thing not mentioned here, is that AirBnB, and I imagine other rental websites, give ratings to the renters. If you have trashed, were noisy or otherwise left in disarray even one place you have stayed in, new landlords are not going to rent to you ever again. You have to leave the place in good shape. If you go on AirBnB and read reviews of renters, you'll see that 99% of them a very positive. As for loud parties and parking etc etc, these things can just as easily happen with long term renters or even home owners - and then you are stuck with them living next to you for years! Also, the street space directly in front of your house is not your property - so If someone parks there, you'll just need to live with it! Yikes! Look at this great place in budapest for $76 a night: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/797897
August 17, 2014 at 9:37AM     
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Kristin Conley
Great article! I have 2 vacations rentals on my property and have a lot to say on the subject... But I must say to anyone considering setting one up, make sure you have a good house keeper lined up... And make sure that the cost of cleaning and laundry dosen't outweigh the profit margin.
August 17, 2014 at 10:46AM     
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25palmtrees
Full time to manage a rental? Nonsense!

We are 3000 miles away and make 70k on our rental house without a bogus rental coming taking 30% off the top.

We hire someone for $200mth plus $75 a booking to let guests in and oversee the cleaners and tell us house is fine after they leave. If a problem, we call in someone to fix it. We pay less than $1000 a year to advertise via Homeaway, airbnb and flipkey to advertise and do the booking ourselves (a few hours a week). We are much pickier than a rental agency: it's our house, not theirs.

Gross revenue? Over 70k. And we've never had a problem guest yet.
August 17, 2014 at 11:05AM     
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hickszwiep
We have a short term rental property in Nashville and have it listed on vrbo.com. We call it Ashwood Guest House ( http://www.vrbo.com/329224 ) and have been renting on a short term basis for about 3 years. We live right next door, so we are able to keep a close eye on it and keep it well maintained. We love this format over long term renting because we can keep the home much better maintained... i.e. we know the batteries have been changed in the smoke alarms, we know if there is a leaky faucet and we keep it very, very clean. Also, the wear and tear on the house is far less because tenants are not moving furniture in and out nor are we having to repaint every year. I have learned a LOT: Be sure and have a signed rental agreement and payment prior to your guests' arrival. Make sure that arrival and departure dates, times and rate information are in this agreement as well as in correspondence with your guest. Provide rental rules, check-in/out procedures and local recommendations in your rental agreement, too. We have a strict maximum occupancy and we insist that the guests respect and appreciate our neighbors and neighborhood. Because we are so proactive in the beginning of the rental process, we have had very few problems. We have decorated in a minimal, yet comfortable fashion so that our guests feel at home when they arrive. We have over 40 5-star reviews so we must be doing something right!
August 17, 2014 at 12:07PM     
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moxielella
I remodelled part of my 150 year old home to accommodate my husband's needs; he had ALS. Since his death last year, I have taken care of a 70 year old friend with a spiraled femur, and have taken a 92 year old woman as a housemate. I am trying to develop a business to care for folks (one at a time) after a medical event that prevents them returning home for a while. It is a unique business model, with no clear cut regulations. (I would welcome any HOUZZers comments/suggestions...) In the meantime, I rent one newly renovated bedroom using three different websites, advertising the home as 90% handicap accessible. It has only been three months, but I am having a wonderful time. Most guests have not needed the accessibility, but my current guest has cerebral palsy, and really appreciates the Stairglide to the second floor bedroom. I do interview people by phone to be sure my home can accommodate their specific needs. All my guests have been respectful and most enjoyable. The insurance aspect is pretty scary, and I have increased the liabilty limits, and will ultimately have to change companies. http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hobble-inn.en-us.html.
August 17, 2014 at 12:40PM     
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15 Ways to Enhance Your Cabinets With Grilles

It looks decorative, but metal mesh on cabinet doors has a practical side too Full Story
     Comment   August 18, 2014
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decorideas44
I just installed this heavy gauge wire mesh in my wall cabinets and love it!
July 28, 2014 at 7:08AM     
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annpossis
Just did this last week... here's a cool old cupboard I got for not much $. It was missing the door panels but glass seemed too fancy for such a rustic piece, so I had two pieces of mesh cut at the hardware store for $2 and voila! I love it, plus you can see the fun yellow paint inside. :)
July 28, 2014 at 5:37PM     
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Alice Anderson
Seconding ch_100 on my love of Houzz and especially Becky articles!!! For mcgilla... this is our answer for the back of an expensive (and pleasing) cabinet for component audio visual pieces. Not metal but an open slat we used to replace the solid back of the cabinet. Had heat issues... have been very pleased with this approach.
July 31, 2014 at 2:46PM     
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15 Fun Organizing Ideas for Fashionistas

Give your clothes, shoes and accessories the home they deserve with these strategies for posh storage and display Full Story
     Comment   August 18, 2014
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Katy Jordan
Jacque Foster, they actually make sweater dividers that are designed for putting sweaters on shelves. They're adjustable width-wise to keep sweaters from toppling. Unfortunately I'm not sure of the height to know if they would fit in drawers, but it might be worth looking into.
August 18, 2014 at 6:58AM   
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9s 1 der !
August 24, 2014 at 10:43AM   
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August 25, 2014 at 6:41AM   
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