Blending rustic charm with modern style is one of those design trends that continues to impress. Here are a few of the key characteristics to design the modern-rustic home of your dreams…Organic TexturesOrganic textures are at the center of homes tha…

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The foundation provides support for your entire house, so keeping it level and in good condition is critical to the protection of the entire structure and the safety of your family. A foundation can become damaged by a variety of problems and natural o…

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Eye-catching yards can increase a home’s curb appeal and boost its value, but gardening and lawn care account for a large chunk of household water consumption. The good news is that, whether you are environmentally conscious or just want to lower your …

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Saving for a down payment can be a challenge. But it’s not impossible.Begin by setting up an automatic savings account. Determine how much you need and start saving today.Next, cut expenses. Take a look at your finances and see what you can live withou…

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A bold, bright color in your home can feel fresh and inviting. However, large color commitments like paint or wallpaper can create a headache if you outgrow the hue six months into it. If you’re itching to add more color to your space, but are nervous about outgrowing the shade, consider one of these easy-to-swap design elements. You can even incorporate new colors seasonally.

Flowers and plants. Bright flowers or plants are the easiest and least expensive way to add a pop of color to your space. If possible, check out a local farmers market for discounted bouquets and planted pots and stock up.

Art. Hang those bright colors on the wall by supporting a local artist. Browse local craft fairs and galleries, or commission someone for a piece created just for you.

Rugs. You can get a great rug for just a few hundred dollars, and they can be a fun way to brighten your space.

Curtains. Brightly colored curtains can help frame your room. Consider a cheery yellow or green.

Pillows. Throw pillows are another easy, low-cost way to toss a vibrant orange or magenta into a space without making a large commitment.

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While there’s no shortage of South-of-the-Border resorts, some lovely hotels offer swim-up suites that are worth checking out for your next getaway. After all, there’s a certain “aah” factor in being able to relax by the pool without having to pack a b…

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Newly built homes typically have a much higher price tag compared to older ones.But don’t discount the financial upsides brand-new houses can offer.Modern plumbing, electrical wiring and HVAC systems will likely last longer and help you save on costly …

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