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    Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    STARTER HOME BASICS ...How to own a home

    What comes to mind when you picture your ideal home? A pool? Tennis courts? So many rooms that people FaceTime from opposite ends of the house instead of meeting in the middle? That all sounds great?but before you can live like Beyoncé, you have to start somewhere. We sat down with Trenton Hoggard, a CENTURY 21 agent at Wright-Pace Real Estate in Jonesboro, AR, to get the inside scoop on buying and owning a starter home.


    TIRED OF RENTING?


    Ah, renting. Landlords, roommates, the neighbors who seem to either loudly argue or purposely park in your driveway?it can get old pretty quickly. Here’s the good news, the difference between renting and buying a home may seem huge?especially when you factor things like student loans into the picture?but in reality, the costs are more similar than you would think. Having student debt is “not going to be a deal breaker” when it comes to buying a house, says Hoggard. In fact, Hoggard adds that the ...

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    Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Home Decor Projects for The Cold Weather!

    Sometimes it’s hard to see the upside of harsh winter weather, especially when snow storms leave you stuck inside. However, you can take advantage of a snow day by using the opportunity to improve your home decor. Here are some simple DIY projects for when you’re snowed in. Ask your children to help out (safely) for family fun time that may add a bit of luxury to your living space.


    Decorative LampshadeAdd some pizzazz to a lampshade by gluing an inlaid paper cutout on its inner surface. Use a blade to cut a design from paper (either freehand or from a template), making sure to place a rubber mat down first to protect the surface underneath. With a mixture of 50% glue and 50% water, decoupage the paper cutout inside of the lampshade. Once it’s dry, turn the lamp on and admire the glowing design!


    Fabric Wall ArtIf you have some bold print fabric, use it to create art that pops. All you’ll need to buy are wooden frames of varying sizes and a hot glue gun. ...

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    Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    7 Eco-Friendly Updates for Your Home

    Sorry Kermit, it CAN be easy being green. There are dozens of ways that you can live a greener lifestyle at home. These changes may decrease your carbon footprint and they may even decrease your energy bill!


    Here are seven eco-friendly updates for your home.


    Adjust your temperature accordingly: Turn down your heat and air conditioning when you aren’t home. Close your blinds or curtains to keep cool air from coming in during the winter and hot air and sunlight from coming in during the summer. You may also choose to purchase a programmable thermostat and eco-friendly curtains. Although these updates will cost money, they are likely to decrease your energy use and, as a result, your energy bill!


    Unplug electronics: Take some cues from the scandalous Olivia Pope and, “Shut it down.” Plug electronics that don’t have to be turned on during the day into a power extension and turn them all off quickly and easily when you leave the house. Turn off all ele ...

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    Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    7 Creative and Quick Dining Room Updates

    With so many dining rooms being converted into part of the living room or kitchen these days, dining room design has kind of fallen by the wayside. But if you’re one of the lucky homeowners to have hung on to a formal dining space, you’ve got an opportunity to make some amazing modern updates. Here are 7 affordable ways to breathe new life into an old dining room:


    #1 Perk things up with paint.Are your dining room walls still the same color they were when you moved into your house 10 years ago? If so, there’s a good chance the color’s a little past its prime. In fact, it may also be doing an injustice to your furniture and the updates you’ve made in adjoining rooms as well. Refresh the walls with a paint shade that makes you feel comfortable and cozy. The room will reflect that feeling.


    #2 Modernize the lighting.Are outdated chandeliers and lamps gathering dust in your dining room? Consider sending them packing and installing some recessed lightin ...

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    Monday, February 8, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    What to Do With the Extra Room in Your House

    What would you do if you had an extra room in your house? Get creative because the possibilities are limitless.





    Home Gym: Do you love to start your mornings with a good workout, but hate dragging yourself to a crowded gym? If you have some workout machines at home, transform your spare room into a gym. Even if you just buy some weights, a yoga mat, and other inexpensive equipment, you can turn your unused room into something useful.






    Playroom: If you’re tired of tripping over your kids’ toys in your nice, fancy living room, turn that extra room into their own space. Paint the walls with chalkboard paint so they can write on the walls, store all of their toys in the room, and allow them to play. They’ll love a space of their own, and you’ll love not having a mess all over the house.






    Contemplation Room: Ever just need some time alone with your thoughts? If you find yourself wanting to escape the craziness of the day an ...

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