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Mar 5

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Outdoor spring cleaning checklist

So much attention is paid to indoor spring cleaning, but what about the outside? Our home’s exterior and outdoor spaces need just as much TLC from enduring the long, harsh winter. Use our handy Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist to get you started, so you can relax and enjoy the rest of the season without a second thought.

Jan 29

Ask an Expert: Bathroom Renovation Trends

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Bathroom Renovation Trends

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With so many design ideas out there, transforming your master bath into a luxurious and relaxing retreat can actually be a little stressful. To help make the process easier and provide a little inspiration, we talked to Atlanta-based interior designer Mark Williams, of Mark Williams Design Associates, about making the right choices in designing the bathroom of your dreams.

Jan 20

How to Care for Your Bed Linens

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Caring for bed linens

If you’ve ever watched Dr. Oz or leafed through a health and fitness magazine, you probably know just how important the quality of your sleep is to your overall health and happiness. Studies also show that creating a pleasing and soothing sleep environment is not merely a luxury, but essential to getting a good night’s sleep.

Jan 9

Video: How to Fold Hospital Corners

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Though it’s a daily task some of us may dread (or even avoid altogether), making the bed each morning gives us a space that’s all the more inviting come bedtime. In fact, some research suggests that making your bed every day can actually result in a better night’s sleep – it seems those tidier surroundings contribute to an inner peace. Plus, sliding under crisp, smooth sheets just feels so much nicer than rooting around a jumbled pile of linens trying to find the right covers.

Jan 8

Video: How to Stuff a Duvet

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Luxury hotels and interior designers alike have long considered duvet covers an ideal way to dress beds – and we have to agree. Not only does a duvet cover protect your down comforter and help it to last for years, it also gives you greater decorating flexibility. Simply swap out your existing cover for a fresh one when the seasons change or whenever the mood strikes. Even better, duvet covers tend to be an easy-care option. Since they have no batting or fill, they can usually be machine-washed at home and won’t take up much storage space in your linen closet.

Jan 6

Video: How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

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Probably no laundry task is more frustrating than attempting to fold a fitted sheet. Those elasticized edges and the puffy corners they create make it seemingly impossible to achieve a nice, flat fold. If we’re being honest, many of us just give up, wadding the sheet into a misshapen ball, shoving it into the back of the linen closet, and hoping the resulting wrinkles aren’t too bad.

Nov 7

Inside Look at a Kitchen Renovation

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It all started with a pool. After Karen Mooney, VP of Creative for Ballard Designs, and her husband Joe, who entertain often, installed a pool in their backyard two years ago, they quickly realized they needed easier access to it. “We had no way to get to the pool except to go through our master bedroom and bathroom,” she says. “Needless to say, it was a little uncomfortable for our guests.”