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Nine Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

With a new season upon us, homeowners are looking for ways to spruce up their homes without spending a fortune. Bathrooms are a great place to start since they are one of the most used rooms in the house, by you as well as your guests. Here are some great budget-friendly ideas to give your […]

Valentine's Day gift ideas for your special someone

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Red roses, chocolate, champagne and heart-shaped candies can only mean one thing –Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day can be one of the most romantic holidays for couples in love. Oddly enough, however, it can also be one of the most stressful holidays for couples. Why? They want to show their love – but they don’t know how, or they are afraid of disappointing their better half.

Here are some fun and stress-free ideas to surprise your loved one and show them how much you care for them on Valentine’s Day (and every day of the year, for that matter).

 

The Why I Love You Jar Valentine's Day giftThe “Why I Love You” Jar

We all love to hear why we’re loved. Here’s an easy DIY way to remind your partner about all the things that make them special to you. All you have to do is write down each thing you love about them on separate small pieces of colored paper and put them in a clear jar marked “Why I love you.” It’s a sure way to bring a smile to their face and a great way to remind them why you love them.

 

 

Picnic at home with your special someone for Valentine's DayRomantic Picnic at Home

Dining out at busy restaurants on Valentine’s Day can drain all the romance out of your date night. There are crowds, long wait times and you can’t get a reservation anywhere. Why not keep the romance at home and plan a romantic picnic dinner with all of your favorite foods and drinks? Make the room cozy and warm with a quilted blanket on the floor and a few safely-placed lit candles. You can even bring some fun into the night by making s’mores over some of your candles.

 

Fill envelopes with things that will make your partner happy during times of stress“Open When” Envelopes

Not only is this a great gift idea but one of the most thoughtful. We’ve all had days when all we want is to hear words of kindness, encouragement, praise or to just know that we’re loved and appreciated. Writing personalized notes that are tailored to your partner’s personality for different times and situations is a heartfelt way to show them how much you love them and that you’ll always be there for them. Some examples of when a good time to open them might be: after a fight, when you’re feeling down, when you miss me…and you can include photos, inspiring quotes or poems, inside jokes you only share together, etc.

 

Fill a bag with your partner's favorite things for Valentine's DayA Bag of Your Partner’s “Favorite Things”

This could be the easiest yet most fun way to surprise your Valentine. The ideas and possibilities are endless. Fill the bag with all of their favorite things – and even some surprises, like tickets to a concert or sporting event!

 

 

 

A year of pre-planned date nights for Valentine's Day gift 12 Months of Pre-Planned  Date Nights

Setting aside one special date night every month is a fun way to plan your special time together. Think about seasonal outings for each month that are tailored around your interests together, and let the fun begin! There are many creative ways that you can present these to your partner – in a jar, on a ring of cards,  in a basket with envelopes, in a three-ring binder – the possibilities are endless!
We hope these DIY gift ideas have inspired you to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one!

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2014 Top Home Improvement Trends by Industry Experts

Today’s homeowners are feeling confident about home remodeling after bouncing back from the recent recession by diving into a fresh set of design ideas that are trending in 2014. Industry experts weigh in on their predictions for the latest interior design and home remodeling trends. A 2013 Hanley Wood survey revealed that remodeling sales are […]

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Money-Saving DIY Landscaping Tips

Think of landscaping as the ultimate accessory for your home. The perfect balance of trees, shrubs and flowers can enhance your street appeal and welcome your friends and family to a showcase of beauty. Most often, however, this makeover comes with a hefty price tag. Traditionally, homeowners may expect to pay anywhere from 5% to […]

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Pet-Friending Your Home

If you think it is time for a new pet, consider whether your home is up for the challenge. After all, pets cause damage; especially if you don’t prepare beforehand. Thankfully, making your home pet-friendly doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style for practicality. There are several ways to protect your home from the potential perils of pet ownership while maintaining an impressive aesthetic. Here are a few home improvement projects that will allow you to exercise your creativity and do-it-yourself enthusiasm.

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Guest Post: Does your paint cause tears of joy?

The gallery customer picked up the jewelry box, turning it in her hands. “So, you’ll inlay any Lapis Lazuli initials in the oak?” “Well”, I said, ”I’ll paint it in faux Lapis.” She had bit of a distant look on her face. “So the price is for faux Lapis?” –running her fingers over the design […]

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DIY Jobs That EVERY-ONE Should Be Able To Do

If you’re new to Doing It Yourself the thought of tackling power tools, timber or plumbing can be a little daunting. Indeed, I have heard people actually say that: “it’s not possible to bleed your own radiators, you have to get a professional in to do anything like that.” I think I bled my first radiator when I was about ten and I still don’t have a certificate. Perhaps DIY’s more about common sense.

Kitchen Fitting

How to: Fit Your Own Kitchen

Fitted kitchens cost a small fortune, and with good reason. Fitting a kitchen from scratch is a lot of work, and requires careful measuring, cutting, and planning. Most people don’t have the time or the tools required to fit their own kitchen, however, if you are a DIY enthusiast, there are a lot of jobs that you can do yourself which can greatly reduce the cost of remodelling your kitchen.

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Handyman in Training: 5 Steps Towards a Handy Future

Ever wanted to fix a doorknob or patch a hole without having to hire expensive help? You’re not alone. Many people don’t want to take the chance of striking out on their own. It’s understandable, given a loyalty to a trusty handyman or fear of risking further expenses and personal safety. However, in today’s economy especially, learning a new skill is always a smart idea. How can you minimize your risks? Use our checklist to get ready. Learn how to find your handy spirit with these 5 simple steps:

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Five Unique Ways to Fix Up Your Picture Frames

Nobody likes a bare wall. Whether it’s a pop of color paint or a display of funky mirrors, we love to liven up our homes with all types of unique décor. And sure, incorporating our favorite framed photos of our best friends and family gatherings is a necessity, but sometime your walls need a little […]