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Friday April 18, 2014

Bob Dylan said it well: Times, they are a-changin! My mom was an English-Lit teacher, and whenever I had a question, her standard answer was, "Look it up." She was referring to the dictionary or our family set of encyclopedias.

As a mom of two, my standard answer has become, "Let's Google it." We are living in a fantastic age where we are given a never-ending wealth of information right at our fingertips.

In the past, I put together a hub of online decorating resources to help you find the good, and possibly great, decorating information that you need. And as I discover new online decorating resources, I continue to add them to the hub and to the individual articles that it links to.

However, I'll admit that when it comes to decorating, my iPhone is quickly replacing my computer. I always have my phone with me, so whether I am comparing prices inside my home improvement store or calculating measurements of that showroom sofa, I can keep up with everything inside my phone.

There are plenty of free home decorating apps along with ton of money-saving home shopping apps that I use constantly, so I thought I would share them with you. Most of the apps are available for both iPhones or Android users. Hope you can find these useful, too!

More Decorating Inspiration Online
Free Decorating Style Quizzes
Free Online Decorating Tools
Tips for Hiring a Decorator Online

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Surviving & Thriving in DIY Season

Tuesday April 15, 2014

As spring fever takes hold of us, so does a huge urge to DIY. I'll be the first to cheer you on as you plan your home improvement shopping list and get going, and I'll be right alongside you in the Home Depot line. However, I also want to urge you to play it safe.

Unfortunately, spring and summer DIY accidents are common. To help you out, we've got tips on how to DIY safely, as well as how to hire a pro before you get in over your head.

DIY Safety Tips

More DIY Advice
When to Skip the DIY
What to Know Before Hiring a Pro
Top 10 Home Improvement Mistakes

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Going Coastal

Thursday April 10, 2014

Hello, all! I'm writing this blog from the beach, and the sun and surf constantly remind me why I love decorating in a coastal style. My own home is filled with found beach objects and maps of the seashore retreats we've visited through the years.

If you've never been a fan of coastal style, you may not be aware that there are various ways to decorate using this style. Whether you prefer an east coast or west coast look, or something more exotic, there's a coastal look for you!

In the articles below, learn more about decorating coastal style or have fun discovering your decorating style and exploring other decorating styles for your home.

Coastal Decorating & Decor Ideas

More Coastal Inspiration
Beach Style on a Budget
Classy Ways to Use Beach Decor
Traditional, Coastal Style Living Room
Mediterranean Color Scheme

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Decorating with Flowers for Springtime & Beyond

Monday April 7, 2014

After the seemingly never-ending winter season, I'm enjoying the warm, blossoming spring very much this year. Almost every plant in my yard is budded out and covered with blooms.

If you enjoy flowers and florals, especially in your decor, two new books can help you incorporate flowers into your home year around.

Holly Becker, author and founder of the design blog Decor8, has put together a gorgeous new book titled Decorate with Flowers. This colorful book, published by Chronicle Books, is full of practical know-how and inspiration for decorating the home with florals. Becker celebrates a range of decorating styles within these pages, and the book is full of creative, DIY flower projects.

A new book from paper-flower artist and wedding stylist Livia Cetti (who has even decorated the White House with her floral creations) appropriately titled The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers shows how to make more than two dozen of Cetti's most popular flowers. Published by Abrams, the book provides clear, step-by-step instructions and color photos for each project, making it easy for you to recreate these gorgeous designs for your own home or party.

Discover more highly recommended budget decorating books.

More Floral Inspiration
Tips for Decorating with Florals
DIY Flower Decor
Floral Home Decor Ideas

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