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Having Curb Appeal Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
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Having Curb Appeal Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

Landscaping is an essential aspect of creating a beautiful and inviting outdoor space. It not only adds value to your home, but it also enhances the overall appearance of your property. However, the misconception that landscaping is a costly and time-consuming task often deters homeowners from taking up this project. But what if I told you that you can have a lush and beautiful landscape without breaking the bank? It’s true! With a little creativity and careful planning, you can achieve an attractive and inviting outdoor space on a dime. In this article, we will discuss easy and affordable ways to get lush and beautiful landscaping on a budget. 1. Start with the Plan The first step in creating a beautiful landscape on a budget is to have a plan. It is essential to have a clear visio...
Don’t Let Home Hunting Get You Down
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Don’t Let Home Hunting Get You Down

Summer is often the perfect time to start looking for that perfect place to call your new home. It is often a task that can feel overwhelming and stressful. Whether you are searching for an apartment or a house, the process can be time-consuming and filled with endless choices. However, with the right approach and a positive mindset, the search for your dream home can be an enjoyable and exciting experience. In this article, we will discuss some easy tips to help you find the perfect place for your lifestyle without the stress. 1. Define Your Needs and Wants The first step in finding the right home is to determine your needs and wants. Take some time to sit down and make a list of the essential features that your ideal home must have, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lo...
Houseplants Make all the Difference
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Houseplants Make all the Difference

First, I must confess I used to call myself a “herbicidal maniac”. A green thumb I did not have, but thankfully I’ve found some beautiful, low-maintenance house plants I can handle. They have made all the difference in the beauty, comfort, and overall good feeling in my home. House plants are an easy (if you choose wisely), inexpensive way to add style, comfort, and surprising health benefits to your home. Let’s explore some reasons house plants are a must for our homes. ADD TEXTURE and INTEREST to your Décor Think about the photos you’ve seen in your favorite style or decorator publications. Most of those photos include a plant or two in each vignette. It may be a small succulent on a bedside table or an indoor tree nestled in a corner. The reason? Plants add interest! There are no...
Creating Your Own Winter Porch Garden
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Creating Your Own Winter Porch Garden

Winter containers have to be the easiest, most beautiful, most convenient, and dare I say most rewarding gardens a busy woman can grow. They overflow with edible goodness and abundance of color, and are like dynamite: big impact, small packaging. If you’re anything like me, that is exactly what you’re looking for this time of year. A Winter porch garden could be exactly what you need. My very first edible porch planter came from me breaking the cardinal rule of Wild Child gardening: I went to the nursery on a whim, without a plan. I came home with more than I had room for, so I stuffed lettuce in my window boxes, chard in the pots where my mums once were, and cilantro everywhere. The result was shocking: a gorgeous Winter porch garden. Now, several years later, I have mastered the a...
The IN Colors of 2024
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The IN Colors of 2024

The Colors of the Year for 2024 are here! Every year, the color experts at Valspar, Pantone, Sherwin-Williams, and Behr select the top colors of the year that are expected to be popular in home design and fashion. This year, we’re seeing a mix of bold, vibrant and warm hues that are sure to bring a touch of color to your living space. Photo: Valspar Valspar’s Renew Blue is a deep, watery blue that evokes feelings of calmness and serenity. Perfect for creating a tranquil ambiance in the home, this hue can be used to create a calming oasis in the bedroom or living room. Paired with white and grey furniture pieces, Renew Blue can create an inviting and modern space. It can also be used as an accent color in other areas of the home, such as the kitchen or bathroom. People can also use thi...
Winter Home Decor Trends
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Winter Home Decor Trends

As we look ahead to Winter 2023, we’re seeing a lot of exciting trends in home decor. Whether you’re looking for something cozy and inviting or a bold statement piece, this season has something to offer for everyone. Here are some of the most popular trends for Winter 2023. Cozy Textures When it comes to winter decor, cozy textures are having their moment. From luxe velvet and velour to chenille and faux fur, these tactile fabrics add warmth and depth to any space. A velvet armchair or a plush velvet rug will create a cozy atmosphere, while faux fur throws and pillows are perfect for snuggling up on the couch. Natural Elements Bringing the outdoors in is always popular, and this season is no exception. Natural elements like wood, stone, and clay are the stars of the show, creating...
The Color Wheel and What it Means for Decorating Your Home
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The Color Wheel and What it Means for Decorating Your Home

The color wheel is one of the most important tools for understanding and using color in design. It is a visual representation of how colors relate to each other and the effects of combining them. It can be used as a guide to choose the perfect colors for your home decor, and is an invaluable tool to help create a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing space. The color wheel is circular and is divided into 12 sections. These sections represent the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow, which can’t be made by mixing other colors. The secondary colors are green, orange, and purple, which are created by mixing two primary colors, while the tertiary colors are made up of a primary color and a secondary color. The color wheel is also divided int...
Exciting Fall Home Trends
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Exciting Fall Home Trends

Home decorating trends may come and go, but the fall of 2023 promises to bring a few exciting new ideas to the interior design scene. From bold patterns and colors to natural textures, there are plenty of ways to update your home this season. Here are some of the top home decorating trends for fall 2023. 1. Natural Textures Natural textures, such as jute, rattan, and seagrass, are back in a big way for fall 2023. These materials are perfect for creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere in any room. For example, a rattan armchair with a soft cotton cushion can create a warm, rustic look in a living room. Natural textures are also great for adding texture and character to plain walls. A jute wall hanging, for instance, can make an interesting focal point in an entryway or hallway. 2. Bold ...
Prepare Your Soil for Louisiana’s Cool weather Planting Season
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Prepare Your Soil for Louisiana’s Cool weather Planting Season

With fall just around the corner, now is the time to start preparing the soil for planting season in Louisiana. Fall is the best time of the year to get your garden off to a great start, so taking the time to properly prepare your soil will ensure a bountiful harvest. The first step to preparing your soil for Louisiana’s fall planting season is to test the soil’s pH level. Louisiana has a naturally acidic soil, so having a balanced pH level is key for healthy growth. To test the soil’s pH level, you can buy a soil test kit from any garden center or home improvement store. The kit will provide you with instructions on how to properly test the soil. If the soil pH is too low (below 6.5), you’ll want to add lime or wood ash to bring the pH level up. If the pH is too high (above 7.5), you’l...
Gear Up for Summer Gardening in Louisiana
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Gear Up for Summer Gardening in Louisiana

As summer quickly approaches in Louisiana, gardeners must prepare for the extreme heat and humidity that is expected to hit the state this summer. According to news reports, Louisiana is expecting to experience record high temperatures, with some areas of the state expecting to reach temperatures well over 100°F. While this may make it difficult to be outside for extended periods of time, it is still possible to have a successful gardening season in the summer of 2023 with a few helpful tips and tricks. One of the most important aspects of gardening in the hot summer months is to keep your plants well hydrated. This is especially important in Louisiana, where humidity levels tend to be higher than other states. To ensure your plants are getting enough water, be sure to water them deeply...
You’ll Never Forget a Simple Place Setting Ever Again
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You’ll Never Forget a Simple Place Setting Ever Again

Here’s how to always remember a simple place setting. LEFT has four (4) letters in it, so does FORK; so your fork goes on the left side of the plate.RIGHT has five (5) letters in it, so do KNIFE and SPOON; they go on the right side of the plate.In alphabetical order = fork, knife, spoon.The sharp side of the knife faces the plate, so that when one reaches for their spoon they won’t risk cutting themselves by accident.Glasses go to the top right of the plate as most people are right handed. It's that simple!! As seen in Modern Grace Magazine /*! elementor - v3.16.0 - 09-10-2023 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=".svg"]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:...
Get Ready to Garden in Louisiana this Spring
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Get Ready to Garden in Louisiana this Spring

Louisiana is known for its lush and vibrant landscapes, and it is a great place to cultivate flowers, vegetables, and other plants. For those of us living in the state, spring is the perfect time of year to start thinking about gardening and getting ready to start planting. With the right tools and preparation, people in Louisiana can have a beautiful garden that will provide plenty of nutrients and aesthetic value. The spring season offers the perfect temperature for gardening and planting in Louisiana. Throughout the spring months, temperatures range from 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity is generally relatively low. This allows plants to receive the right amount of sunlight and warmth to grow. It is also important to note that the soil in Louisiana is generally humus-rich, which ...
Foodscaping
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Foodscaping

Don’t like the typical rows of garden plants? Well, take heart because foodscaping can save not only your organic food dreams, but also your landscaping. Differing from conventional vegetable gardening, where fruits and vegetables are typically grown in separate, enclosed areas, foodscaping incorporates edible plants as a major element of a pre-existing landscaping space. You can incorporate various kinds of vegetables, fruit trees, berry bushes, edible flowers, and herbs, along with purely ornamental species that already exist in your yard. A motivator behind gardening is the desire to grow, cook, and consume foods that are organic and of high nutritious content. However, many people find it impossible to place or maintain a large traditional garden. That’s why foodscaping is becoming ...
Garden Journal & Planner Tips
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Garden Journal & Planner Tips

With so much extra time on our hands we thought how fun it would be to work on a garden journal or planner. Sounds boring but think again! This provides a fun way of jotting down all of those projects for your gardens that you keep dreaming about. There are so many cute free printouts online that will help you fill up your planner and give you extra ideas to spice up your projects. Two of our favorites are Green in Real Life and Gingham Gardens.* They each provide, step by step, how to create your own garden journal & planner. ** Green in Real Life doesn’t require an email to download and the pages are all provided in different colors! Some of the reasons to keep a garden journal and planner is to not only organize, but also keep track from year to year what works best and what do...
Thrifty Christmas Ideas
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Thrifty Christmas Ideas

Using Rust-oleum Painters Touch 2x Heirloom white (or any color) spray paint and Rust-oleum Transformations Decorative Glaze we created these beautiful frames from an old set of we bought at a thrift store for four dollars. (Using these techniques you can apply it to limitless amount of home DIY projects). Clean surface of frame. Follow directions on can of spray paint. After paint dries, apply glaze liberally, making sure to fill in all creases and cracks. Wait a few minutes and take a cloth, wipe glaze off as much or as little as you want until you reach your desired effect. It’s simple and can be used over most any color! As seen in Modern Grace Magazine