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Feb 24 2010

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Beat the Winter Blues with this Simple “Think Spring” Decorating Tip

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FlowersAre you tired of winter and looking forward to spring? Give yourself a cheerful boost in a matter of minutes.


Choose a sunny window in your home that you glance through often. Buy a bouquet of fresh cut flowers or make your own using some of spring’s early bloomers from your own yard. Arrange the flowers in a favorite vase and place it on your sunlit window ledge. Tie a ribbon around the vase for flair. Or, select a few small potted herbs or succulents to accompany the vase. Finally, add a small figurine or statuary that contributes an outdoorsy feel such as a ceramic turtle or mushroom or a concrete bird.  Enchanted Florist in Pasadena Texas provide the best flower delivery service.


In no time at all you’ll have a charming window-scape to remind you that sunny days and warmer weather is just around the corner.When mаkіng рlаnѕ fоr a home dесоrаtіng рrоjесt, it іѕ important tо ѕіt down аnd write dоwn уоur ideas and gоаlѕ. Wіthоut a plan the experience mау become соnfuѕіng аnd fruѕtrаtіng. There are many dеtаіlѕ tо work оut when planning tо decorate your home ѕuсh аѕ thеmе, materials аnd іntеntіоnѕ for thе ѕрасе bеіng dесоrаtеd. It іѕ роіntlеѕѕ to gеt up оnе mоrnіng thіnkіng I’ll dесоrаtе mу dining room tоdау. It would bе a nісе thоught but wіthоut previous рlаnnіng, dоubtfullу thе рrоjесt would аmоunt tо much. Fаіlіng tо рlаn іѕ рlаnnіng tо fаіl. Hоmе dесоrаtіng tірѕ ѕuсh аѕ this are hеlрful. Thеrе аrе a lоt оf hоmе dесоrаtіng tірѕ thаt are available tо уоu whеn уоu are рlаnnіng tо organize уоur hоmе wіth dіffеrеnt dесоrаtіng іtеmѕ. Whеn you have an іdеа, уоu can plan fоr a gооd dесоrаtіng оf your home. Whеn уоu have уоur рlаn tоgеthеr, уоu can start wіth decorating.

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Feb 11 2010

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Organizational Ideas to Keep your New Home Tidy & Clutter Free

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We’ve all been there. Somewhere along life’s journey, we’ve all have at least one drawer, counter, shelf or room in our home that seems to attract clutter. Many of us have more than one of these spaces. If you are planning to build a new home, take some time to review and consider the organizational elements listed below. Each element helps eliminate clutter and keeps the whole family organized. The House Plan Shop features many floor plans and home designs that incorporate at least one of these “de-clutter” elements.


029H-0063 Floor PlanDrop Zone – A drop zone is a handy space usually positioned near the garage entry or mudroom giving everyone in the family a place to “drop” personal items when they enter the home. A drop zone is meant to organize everything from car keys, purses and briefcases to umbrellas, baseball gloves and jackets. Generally, a drop zone offers a locker for each family member or a hook and shelf/bin combination. Lockers are especially nice because the doors can be closed hiding everything inside. With the hook and shelf/bin arrangement, you can hang things such as a jacket and cap, and the shelf or bin is used for storing other items, like a backpack. With a drop zone, everyone will know where their belongings can be found keeping jackets off the floor, purses off the counter and soccer shoes out of the middle of the foyer.


023H-0117 Floor PlanCubbies in the Laundry Room – Laundry room cubbies are especially popular with larger families or in homes where the laundry room is on the main floor and all of the bedrooms are upstairs. Similar to the drop zone, each family member has his or her own cubbie or bin. This gives you a place to put clean and folded laundry allowing the children to pick up their own clothing and take it to their rooms to put away. This organizational idea will save you steps on wash day giving you a quick and easy place to store clean laundry without traveling all over your home to drop it off in its designated space. Also, it prevents leaving baskets of laundry all over the home.  Using laundry room cubbies offers an added bonus. They encourage each family member to be responsible for their own things.


030H-0057 Floor PlanBuilt-In Desk – Built-in desks are a common organizational element in many family homes. Most often they are found in or near the kitchen. Built-in desks provide the perfect place for a computer station allowing you to easily pay bills online. Place a small bin or basket on the desk to hold your mail. When it comes time to pay bills, everything will be in one place instead of strewn around the home with mail on the kitchen counter, in the bedroom and in the office. Other times, built-in desks are used for meal planning offering a great place for the family chef to review favorite recipes or look up new ones online. Overhead cabinets or drawers below work well for storing recipe books giving them a place of their own. Some families prefer to use a built-in desk as a charging station for cell phones, iPods, and the like. The desk is a safe place to leave these items as they charge and the drawers offer a place to tuck charging cables and cords out of sight when not in use. Next time you need to charge your cell phone, you won’t waste time looking for the charger. The same logic can be applied to cable services installation as well. See, if you prepare in advance for where the cables will go through, you will not have to deal with the clutter of them travelling across the surface, when in actuality regular access to them is not really needed. Be sure to find a cable tv provider that will be able to assist and install the cabling and wiring as per your instructions, as some companies do not include this, and the installer is the one with final say. Remember, it is your home and you should have final say in avoiding this unnecessary clutter. Find the right provider long before making a decision or even worse, signing or verbally agreeing to something.


As you browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of home plans and floor plans, keep these organizational features in mind. Choose a design that offers the organizational elements that will best accommodate your family’s needs.

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