Most every household has at least one pet – whether it be a dog, cat, or even a guinea pig. I would venture to say that most of us treat them just like family. And just like we would baby-proof our home for our children, we should pet-proof our home for our furry family members 🙂
October is National Kitchen and Bath Month. Now is the perfect time to think about those changes you’ve been wanting to make – especially since selling a home for most is not an option right now.
DO Determine your budget FIRST.
It’s pointless to get started on a project without knowing how much you can, or are willing, to spend. Your budget will help determine your ultimate choices on everything from the interior designer, to contractor, to the finishes in your new space.
DON’T Think you need to stick with the first bid you receive.
Try to get a least 2 or 3 bids so you know you’re getting a fair price.
DO Hire an Interior Designer.
We’re a little biased on this one 🙂 But our ultimate job is to coordinate everything for you – this includes all of the finishes for your Kitchen or Bath, as well as overseeing the work being performed. And we also take the pressure off of you 🙂
DON’T Go “high end” on everything necessarily.
There are ways to cut costs on certain elements, such as using manufactured stone instead of granite, that will give you an awesome look without breaking the bank.
Great tips from Oprah.com on becoming YOUR own designer!
DO Find furniture pieces that do “double duty”.
Yes, we live in the desert. And yes, we expect it to be hot in the summer. But, is it just me, or has this summer been more brutal than usual?!?
Here are some inexpensive ways to beat the heat!
A misting system is a perfect way to make your patio bearable during the Phoenix summer. This easy do-it-yourself kit is only $25.99 from Amazon.
Nothing says cold like a refreshing glass of Sangria. This beautiful 7-piece set is only $38.95.
I’m amazed that you can find a stylish fan for under $50. This one from Lowe’s comes in at only $44.97!Can’t get much colder than ice! I love the clean, simple lines of this ice bucket from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
And finally, if you can’t beat it – join it! Or at least you can pretend it’s winter with this firepit.
DO Utilize a closet for office storage.
Build shelving (or purchase ready-made pieces from an organization store) to accommodate your bulky office equipment such as printers, fax machines, etc. This will free up much needed work space on your desk.
DON’T Neglect your Kitchen Pantry.
Inventory the entire contents and categorize them (boxes, paper goods, pasta, etc.). Throw away anything old, give away anything your family won’t use. Purchase plastic containers and place like item in them. Use turn tables for cans and bottles.
DO Tackle the garage.
The garage is always the last place we feel the need to organize. Large plastic bins will be your best friend – these are much more durable than boxes for items such as holiday décor. Trash or donate anything you haven’t used in some time. Install built-in or modular storage if you can. Remember – make the most of the vertical wall space and overhead space with shelving!
DON’T Forget about the main living area.
These well-used rooms tend to collect the most clutter. Use decorative baskets to store items such as papers, magazines, and remotes so you can keep flat surfaces clean and clear. Purchase furniture that does “double duty” such as using a storage ottoman for your coffee table. If you tend to collect a lot of photo frames, try making a wall collage instead of cluttering-up your tables.
Summertime has definitely arrived – marked by 110 degree weather here in Phoenix! Time for some fun in the sun…
You always need something wonderful to decorate your table! Butterflies equal summer in my opinion 🙂How beautiful will these tea light holders look on your patio for the next dinner party or BBQ?
Nothing says summer quite like a bowl of refreshing watermelon…these candles from Pier 1 for less than $20, however, will never spoil!
For those of you who have a contemporary flair, check out this awesome garden lantern (only $42 each) for the backyard: