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Redecorating on a Dime? Work With What You've Got

Published: June 30, 2014

The price of redecorating can be out-of-this-world, but it doesn’t need to be. With creativity, DIY perseverance, and craftiness, you can decorate on a dime...or very close to it. How do you do it? Easy - just use the suggestions below. As you might guess, it’s all about working with what you’ve got.

Find out what you have to work with: Get reacquainted with your own possessions. What do you want to do with the old stuff in your new space-to-be? Keep? Relocate to another room? Store? The inventory process spurs creativity and stimulates planning, and helps you to decide what’s missing and what you will need to invest in.

Repurpose: Determine how you can repurpose items you already have to create what you want. Maybe you’d like a new entertainment center. But wait; you have a nice old sideboard, so you can remove drawers to create space underneath, add a lick of paint, and ...there’s your entertainment center. Cost: paint and some manual labor.

Swap items room-to-room: Just rearranging furniture can change a room’s look dramatically. From furniture, to what you have on the walls, to decor items, re-arrange or swap things between rooms.

Slipcover: Maybe you have a couch or some slipper chairs you’d like to change up. Check online for slipcovers. These days, it’s not about your grandmother’s slipcovers; there are some attractive and affordable options available now, and they can totally transform your space.

Relax and Relish: Relax and relish your new space. You deserve it.

Protect Your Child from Hazards in the Kitchen

Published: July 25, 2014

If you have toddlers, it's hard to imagine a more dangerous area of your home than the kitchen. Knives, stovetops, and potential toxins all pose hazards to your kids, who can and will want to touch.

This Month's Smile: Medical Miscommunication'

Published: July 20, 2014

They say laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes that comes from innocent medical miscommunication. Take, for instance, the elderly woman whose allergies were printed on her medical wristband. Later that day, the woman's son called and complained that his mother had been labelled "bananas."

What Factors Make a Great Location Great?

Published: July 15, 2014

What constitutes a "good location," and why are some areas particularly attractive to buyers and/or investors?

Picanha (Brazilian Tri-tip Barbecue)

Picanha (Brazilian Tri-tip Barbecue)

Serves 4 - 6
  • 1 tri-tip roast, about 3-4 pounds
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup coarse or rock salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil