(5) Reasons It Can Be Better To Rent Than Buy A Home

WHEN DOWNSIZING MIGHT NOT BE NECESSARY

A day does not go by where the term “downsizing” is not heard in our industry.    Even if someone is not looking to move from a larger abode to a smaller one in the near future, many are tossing around the idea.  What is refreshing to us is that it’s not just us “older baby boomers” pondering living larger in smaller homes but also some pretty savvy younger groups.

Here’s a novel idea…what if we never “upsized” and therefore didn’t need to “downsize”?  We know just a group who has this figured out.  We are always excited to be asked to help them develop a plan to make their homes the perfect LBD for them!

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POOL PARTY!

CREATE THE CHIC WITHOUT CRUSHING YOUR CASH

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Outdoor spaces are all about being comfortable. Throw in a little “chic” and create the perfect LBD to soak up some sun.  A spot to cool off in the shade is also a necessity to keep us all looking good for years to come!  With pool or without….get ready for summertime!

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Show Me “How Not To Spend” The Money!

HOW TO  WORK WITH A DESIGNER ON A BUDGET

Believe it or not, as designers we want to know what budget you are working with.  PLEASE do not assume that we will not take you as a client unless you have an open wallet.  Nothing could be further from the truth for us.  Everyone  should have a budget…everyone!  We can help you set a budget and keep it.  All you have to do is ask.

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Isn’t Everyday Mother’s Day?

THE DANDELION THEORY

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Oregonlive ran this photo of a little guy finding a Dandelion in the aftermath of one of Haiti’s earthquakes.  He is bursting with joy to give this humble flower to someone.  I want to think it’s his mother, or maybe his Nana.  Whoever is on the other end of this gift is someone very special.  To a child, everyday is Mother’s Day.

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What’s Bugging You This Weekend?

QUICK WAYS TO GET YOUR OUTDOOR AREAS READY TO ROLL!

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We are all hoping that the worst of the nasty weather is over.  Mother Nature has poked her head out a few days with a smile on her face.  We’ve had enough warm, sunny days to notice one thing….our patios are yucky!  May is always a big month for occasions.  Graduations, Mother’s Day and birthdays galore.  Lot’s of guys can’t wait to get out the pressure washers to blow away the winter and set up the most important thing.  The grill.

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One In One Out

A SIMPLE HABIT TO MAINTAIN THE LIFE YOU HAVE CREATED

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You didn’t save the ferns from last summer…did you?  Probably not.  If you did how many times did you sweep up those miserable tiny leaves?  To me, there are two perfect days in a Boston Fern’s life.  The day we proudly admire the porch ready for summer and the day we get to toss them in the trash!  It’s a love/hate relationship but one with a lesson.   It’s the One In One Out theory in reverse.

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Rising To The Occassion

SETTING A HOLIDAY BUFFET LIKE THE PROS

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With a few simple tips, everyone can become a food stylist at holiday time.  Taking a little extra time can ensure the presentation of our special meals is as memorable as the season.  Setting a table is a breeze…we’ve been doing that for ages.  Styling a buffet is not something we do every day.  A pretty set up eluded me until I learned this one simple secret.

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