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Cleaning tricks: 5 overlooked items in your kitchen that deserve a refresh

You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen.Make sure to include these five kitchen items on the next round of cleaning so you get the sparkling kitchen you deserve.DishwasherWhy would a machine with the main job of cleaning need cleaning itself? Because food... read more
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A guide to affordable home improvement

The holy grail of home improvement is a project that makes a big difference to the appearance or value of the home without breaking the bank. The key is to focus on low-cost, quality items that will give the most bang for your buck. Here are five to consider:New bathroom countertopBathroom remodels still provide some of the best...
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Home safe home: Protect your children with these 5 easy tips

We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in the home caused by burns,...
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Make Your Own Beautiful, Durable Concrete Countertops

Concrete is the ideal material for kitchen and bathroom countertops. As beautiful and striking as marble, quartz and granite, concrete countertops are a fraction of the cost and easier to maintain. Concrete is also a much more attractive and durable alternative to laminate, composites and other lower-end countertop surfaces. Practical and functional, a concrete countertop is truly an...
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Combine graceful forms and slender proportions for mid-century style

Mid-century style celebrates the aesthetic influences of the 20th century, bringing clean lines, slender forms and high function to the interior space. From modernist architectural structures to furnishings that embrace rounded geometries and smooth contours, design elements from this period are rooted in a sense of history, yet seamlessly integrate into the present for a truly enduring, iconic...
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