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Gift Guide for the New Homeowner

Friends! Are you a last minute shopper like most of us around here? Do you have a friend or relative in your life that just bought a new home? The last thing your new homeowner friend needs is another bottle of champagne or bouquet a flowers. Honestly, they probably don't even know where their glasses or a vase are! We've compiled a group of gifts that we are loving right now and that are perfect to give to a new homeowner in this season of giving. Some of them are even from local businesses which is perfect for people new to Lexington!

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Blue is the Hue

This spring feels like a fresh start, doesn't it?! Especially after the heavy dose of winter we had this year! Once the days get longer and the temperature rises it is always nice to refresh things around your house. Once you have handled all your spring cleaning, you can do so many things to refresh your home for spring. Updating your decor is one simple way to refresh your home. Yes, I did just use the word simple. It can be something as little as swapping in a new set of pillows or adding fresh flowers to a vase. If you're considering refreshing your home, you should consider the new 'it' hue. Blue. Any color of the shade goes, but one that seems to be trending more that others is the color navy.  Navy is a versatile, neutral color that  one can easily incorporate into their decor! You can mix and match so many prints and other colors with this neutral.


Preparing Your Floors For the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and in no time, friends and family will be descending upon your home for yummy meals and holiday cheer. Get your floors ready for the increase in foot traffic with these quick fixes:

1. Save your floor cleaning for last.

There's a reason why people say "cleaning from top to bottom". Save the mopping, vacuuming, and sweeping for last, that way your floors are nice and clean before people start showing up.

2. Get creative with your coverings.

Place a festive door mat or carpet runner at the front door to absorb slush and snow. You'll be able to keep your freshly cleaned floors clean, as well as prevent slips or falls.


5 Biggest Decorating Mistakes

The hottest interior designers at HGTV have compiled a list of the biggest decorating mistakes found in American homes today. Here are their top 5. Have you fallen victim to any of these décor faux pas?

#5 -- Ignoring Windows

Besides paint, window treatments are the easiest and least expensive way to change the look of a room. A good rule of thumb is to hang curtains two inches above the frame of the window. If you have high ceilings, hang them all the way up to the ceiling to make the room seem bigger. For a quick and simple look, add a small, linen Roman shade to block light and add an extra element to the space.

Biggest Decorating Mistakes...

Rubber Mats and Lost Dogs

Whenever I find interesting information and websites, I like to pass them along to anyone who will listen!

Have you ever heard of Houzz? It’s a website where people can get inspired by posting photos of various decorating, architecture, finishes for the home. I spend countless hours a week looking for new and interesting home ideas.  If you like Pinterest, you’ll love Houzz!

Wayfair is another site that I have recently started searching after seeing an ad on HGTV.  It features home furnishings at...

Choosing the Correct Paint Sheen

  Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your Kentucky home a fresh new look. But buying paint goes beyond just picking out a color. You also need to look at the sheen of the paint and make sure you’re using the correct type for what you want to paint. Below is our guide to the different types of paint and what sheen would work best in the different areas of your home. Most paints fall into one of four sheen categories; flat, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Manufacturers may choose descriptive names such as matte or eggshell, so avoid surprises by checking actual...

Decorating with Emerald Green

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year has recently been announced and the hottest hue this year is Emerald Green. According to their website, “the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious”. Photo: Pantone Incorporating this sophisticated hue into your home décor is easier than you think. Use splashes of this color in various rooms to perk up your current color scheme. Retailer JCPenny has announced that they will be introducing a line of Pantone bedding and bath products into their home décor...

Bang for your buck renovations

Construction was just completed on the enlargement of the University of Kentucky’s locker room in Rupp Arena.  Plans included adding larger lockers, a training room, showers, bathrooms, hydrotherapy improvements, a team lounge, offices for coaches, and a team meeting room. The renovated locker room also features flooring from the 2012 NCAA championship game, in which UK won, and a 2012 championship banner hanging from the ceiling. You can take a tour of the newly renovated room here. While you may not...

A New Trend in Kitchen Appliances?

Look around today's most popular kitchens and you'll see a plethora of granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Head to any local home improvement store and you'll find rows upon rows of these finishes. But some experts and designers say that the stainless steel era is coming to an end.

Signifiying a possible shift in kitchen appliance culture, Whirlpool has introduced a new line of appliances called the "White Ice Collection". Defined by silver accents, sleek lines, and streamlined controls, the new collection's refrigerator, range, dishwasher, and microwave signal an attempt to...

Staging to Sell

When placing your Bluegrass home up for sale, you want your home to look it's best. You want to stay competitive with other houses for sale in your area, making potential buyers see the value in your home above any other. One way you can stay a step ahead of your competitors is by staging your home to sell quickly. Below are some tips from Kristie Barnett, an Interior Decorator and Design Blogger at, on the proper way to stage your home.

1. Staging your home involves selling a lifestyle, but not neccessarily your own. It keeps potential buyers in mind and creates an ambiance that allows for them to see themselves in your home. It's different from decorating, which involves your personal style and interior design. In home staging, you're striving for a look that is...

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