DIY Projects and Home Decor Tips and Tricks

What Is an FHA Remodel Loan? And What's Involved if I Want to Renovate?

What Is an FHA Remodel Loan? And What’s Involved if I Want to Renovate?

By Tara Mastroeni / December 5, 2020
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Sometimes, the perfect home isn’t brand new — it’s a fixer-upper. If you’ve found your new home but it needs some work, look no further than the FHA 203k renovation loan. Also known as the FHA remodel loan, this mortgage…

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Need Some Interior Design Inspo? Try These Resources

Need Some Interior Design Inspo? Try These Resources

By Aly Yale / December 4, 2020
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Whether you’re decorating an entire, brand new house, or you’re just making over an outdated room or two, one thing’s for sure: You’re going to need some inspiration. Fortunately, home design is huge these days, and inspiration can be found…

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The Ultimate Guide to Throwing a Socially-Distanced Holiday Celebration

The Ultimate Guide To Throwing a Socially-Distanced Holiday Celebration

By Tara Mastroeni / December 2, 2020
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The holidays are right around the corner, and while the global pandemic might make it more difficult to celebrate as a group, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do something festive. To that end, below is your guide to a…

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10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Wrap a Gift

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Wrap a Gift

By Aly Yale / November 30, 2020
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Let’s face it: Wrapping paper doesn’t come cheap. And when you throw in the tape, bows, ribbons, tags, and other supplies you need? It gets even more out of hand. Fortunately, store-bought paper isn’t your only option.  In fact, with…

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5 Ideas for What to Do with Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

5 Ideas for What to Do with Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

By Aly Yale / November 27, 2020
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No one likes food to go to waste — especially on Thanksgiving (when we all worked so hard to prep, baste, bake, and cook it.) But what can you do with two pounds of leftover turkey, a full can of…

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5 Tips for Making Your Christmas Tree Last

5 Tips for Making Your Christmas Tree Last

By Aly Yale / November 19, 2020
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This year was a doozy. So putting up your Christmas tree a little early this year? No one would blame you. (In fact, I’m probably doing it myself.)  There’s only one problem: The earlier you put that tree up, the…

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4 Home Upgrades You Won't Get Your Money Back on

4 Home Upgrades You Won’t Get Your Money Back on

By Aly Yale / November 18, 2020
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Lots of renovations will improve your home’s value — as well as what you can profit off the property once you’re ready to sell.  But some others? They’re usually a waste of money, or worse yet, could even hurt your…

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Coronavirus Renovation Diaries: We're Experiencing Pandemic-Related Delays

Coronavirus Renovation Diaries: We’re Experiencing Pandemic-Related Delays

By Tara Mastroeni / November 4, 2020
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Welcome back to the Coronavirus Renovation Diaries. You may have noticed that it’s been a while since my last update where I convinced my building to let me start my renovation despite the virus-related lockdown. However, it probably won’t surprise…

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Man frustrated sitting on the couch

Frustrated with Your House During the Pandemic? Here Are Your Options

By Aly Yale / October 31, 2020
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Let’s face it: Home hits a little different than it did a few months ago.  Before the pandemic, our houses were our havens. We’d arrive home from work each day, ready to sink into that couch, kick our feet back,…

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Large clean master bedroom

10 Ways to Give Your Master Bedroom a Makeover

By Aly Yale / October 30, 2020
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You spend a lot of time in your bedroom. (Hopefully at least eight hours a night, too!)  But when’s the last time you revisited its decor? Does it look the same as the day you moved in? Does it scream…

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