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Ellen's Blog Furniture Trends & Design Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home

5 Tips for Smarter Furniture Buying

I’ve learned that the hard way over years of home improvement and interior design projects that it’s easy to make costly furniture-buying mistakes! Here are a few things I’ve learned …

Eco-Friendly Ellen's Blog General

Making Sustainable Choices

• Just because you CAN take a 20-minute shower doesn’t mean you SHOULD, when one person in five across the world has no access to safe drinking water. • Just …

Ellen's Blog Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home Remodeling

4 Tips for Avoiding Remodeling Headaches and Mistakes

Some of my neighbors installed a new type of insulation a few years ago, and their contractor assured them that he knew what he was doing.  Unfortunately, he didn’t:  He …

Ellen's Blog Home Decor Ideas & Quick Tips Parties Practical Tips For the Home Recycling

Host a Décor Swap to Revitalize Your Home

I keep hearing about people who do “purse swap” or “jewelry swap” parties, and it’s got me thinking: Why not have a home décor swapping party? We all have accessories …

Ellen's Blog General Home Decor Ideas & Quick Tips

10 Things You Can Buy Local to Complete Your Decor

In virtually every city, there are artisans doing incredible work that will make your home’s décor truly special.  After looking in the usual retail spots and not finding anything that …

Ellen's Blog Home Life Ideas & Quick Tips Organization Parties Practical Tips For the Home

10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Party Ready

If you’re a person who breaks out in a cold sweat just thinking about hosting a party, take heart. There are lots of easy time- and effort-saving ideas that will …

Curb Appeal Ellen's Blog Ideas & Quick Tips Landscaping & Gardening Practical Tips For the Home

Gardening in the Winter Months

Ensuring that your plants survive the winter not only saves you the cost of replacing them come spring, but also it often gives you a healthier, more mature-looking garden. I’ve …