Category Archives: House

Love Where You Work


The Artisan office is one where a person can read, sit, think and be creative. It is the room with soft, neutral colors with dark accent pieces that presents itself in a clear and clean manner, which lends to its provision of mental clarity. A room such as this is simplistic in appearance and allows for relaxation. Offices that take this appearance are welcoming to clients as well.

No matter how an office is used—whether for creation, meeting with clients or drafting briefs–furniture or accent pieces that encourage a tranquil atmosphere provide a place of quiet and focus. Coinciding with the need for storage in an office where books, paperclips, file folders, pens, printer paper and other office supplies, need for storage accent pieces not only lend to the professional appeal of the office, but also provide places to store items.

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College Living – Keeping it Clean

College dorms and apartments can become a nightmare if you don’t keep on top of it. If you’ve ever been to a dorm or college apartment a few months after school has started, you’ll know what I mean. Cleaning their living space is the last thing on most student’s minds.

But, as in real life, it’s one of those things that must be done unless you can stand living in filth. If you like having a semi-sanitary, orderly and passably clean space, there are a few things that you can do so that you can still enjoy time with your friends and focusing on your studies.

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Skills for Surviving Homeownership

Our old neighborhood is gaining some new residents as some of the houses are turned over to much younger neighbors. The great thing about having young, new homeowners is that they are all gungho about revamping their homes and surroundings. Unfortunately, this stately old tree was a casualty of new owners and new home insurance requirements.

If you’re a new homeowner, here’s a few more tips you may not have been aware of:

Beyond paying bills and feeling proud of your new status, there are other responsibilities for first-time homeowners. You’ll want to get to know your neighbors – not only do they make decent friends but they can be good look-out sources while you are on vacation. You’ll want to catalog all of your belongings – yep, I said all – for insurance purposes in case of fire, flood or burglary. See what I mean by good tips? If you are new to the home-owning club, here are five skills we know you’ll need:

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The Hand Washing Police and the Lysol Fiend

At our house, never try to come out of the bathroom without washing your hands. We have our own hand washing police!

Yep, my youngest daughter has taken it upon herself to call you out if you happen to run out of the bathroom and she didn’t hear the the water running for at least a couple of choruses of the Happy Birthday song. I suppose it’s what you can expect when you grow up with a dad who is borderline obsessive about cleaning and disinfecting. Yep, their dad does most of the major cleaning around the house. I do what I call ‘maintenance’ otherwise known as just enough cleaning to keep things from being messy and downright unsanitary.

My area of expertise is to make sure they eat right and exercise. Their dad is the one who makes sure they’re not living in filth or ingesting/inhaling anything that could sabotage all my healthy living efforts. We call him the Lysol fiend!

If you’re a germ, don’t go near him if you don’t want to get zapped with the Lysol spray.

We make fun of him, but deep down, we also know he’s the reason the house is relatively sanitary and probably the reason that we don’t get sick as often as some people we know. With spring ready to burst upon us (as soon as winter’s last hurrah gets on with it already), spring cleaning and throwing open the windows are just around the corner.


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