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Changing the Odds: Creating a Disaster Survival Kit

Nobody ever hopes for an emergency, but everybody should prepare for one. The best thing you can do to prepare your family is to put together a preparedness plan and create a disaster survival kit. Keep the kit in an easy to carry duffel bag, and make sure items in it are kept from expiring. The Red Cross offers many of these items online, or you find them from a retailer near you. 

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10 Apps to Change Your Homeownership

As a homeowner, life is so busy that it’s easy to lose track of the little things. Especially when it comes down to minutia like changing smoke alarm batteries, room measurements, and insurance item catalogues. For all of these things, and more, these apps can make your homeownership experience so much better:

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Tricking the Eye: Accent Walls & How to Use Them

Choosing the Right Wall and Color

Can you remember the last time you re-decorated your bedroom? Does the idea of doing a full-room remodel exhaust you? Accent walls, one wall painted a different color than the others, are a great way to revive a languishing room, liven up the space and even change the apparent size of the room. If you have a room that’s an unusual shape, or one that’s particularly small, you may feel that you can’t use strong or bright colors, but by using an accent wall and careful consideration, you can effectively use colors that would overpower a room when used on all four walls.

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The Visual Temperature of Your Room – And How to Change It

Every room has a “visual temperature,” and figuring out yours can give you some insight into what colors and textures to choose for the room. Visual temperature doesn’t mean the actual physical temperature of the room: visual temperature is the effect that the room’s natural lighting and color palette have on the viewer’s perception of the room. A room can be cool, warm, or even both! Confused? Don’t worry, it’s simpler than you might think.

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How to Decorate a Small Bedroom to Make it Appear Larger

Sure, a small bedroom can be cozy — but it can also can be somewhat of a challenge to decorate. Here are some ways to make it appear larger:

Save Space

Think about the headboard. It will help if it’s completely against the wall, with no gaps in between; you could also have a “floating” headboard that’s attached to the wall. It also helps to “build” around the headboard, whether it’s having built-ins, curtains, or something else. If your room is particularly small, consider painting a mock headboard on the wall to give the appearance of that giant headboard that you just can’t fit. If painting isn’t your thing, no worries — there are a variety of headboard wall decals out there, and putting them on is as easy as placing a sticker.

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Home Design Trends Expected to Dominate in 2017

2017 is under-way, and there are some trends that have ushered themselves into the new year and promised to stay. If you’re curious about contemporary home design trends, look no further! If you want to visually update your house and improve its value, there are a large array of things you can do, ranging from low-budget to high-budget projects.

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