Fences & Flowers

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Even though it’s almost February, 2017, I’m still struggling to polish off my New Year’s resolutions for last year. I only had three: attention to health, organization and comfort. I did manage to hit the gym more often than not, and I bought a bunch of new shoes that make my feet deliriously happy. So, two out of three ain’t bad. But organization … well, I’m still working on that one. I successfully cleaned out my closets and reorganized my kitchen cabinets and pantry early in the year, but my home office is still not the tidy, efficient workspace I know it can be. And every weekend, it seems, something more fun exciting urgent keeps popping up instead.  

Scrambling for the perfect holiday fragrance to accompany your awesome décor this year? There’s still time to create your own custom blend! Avoid chemical filled plug-ins and toxic sprays, and be inspired by pine, cinnamon and orange. Your guests will love these ideas and the happy holiday memories will be that much sweeter.

Dec 6, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Seattle saw its first seasonal ‘snow’ this week. Flakes didn’t fall or accumulate everywhere, but temperatures dipped below freezing. Welcome to the season of de-icing.

It doesn’t matter whether you bought that to-die-for bungalow that needed just a little TLC or you opted for a brand-new home in the ‘burbs – sooner or later something in your house is going to burn out, fall apart or start leaking. Maybe all three. At the same time.

Note to self: remember to buy more light bulbs.  

Light bulbs are one of those things I never remember to get when I'm running errands or on my big bimonthly grocery run. At home, bulbs seem to evaporate and disappear, like socks. Before I know it, the entire package is empty. So I head to the store and I stare at the boxes on the shelf. Fluorescent, LED, and incandescent; oh my. Which ones have I been using? Is that what I really want? Will that work in my kitchen can lights? Help! 

With the shifting seasons comes change. The leaves turn red and gold, kids head back to school, and it gets cold and wet. We start tracking in the mud and the needles and find ourselves cleaning our floors more often. And we start noticing an influx of crawling critters in our cozy homes.  

Aug 11, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Living in an apartment isn't always easy. It requires careful and strategic layout planning, streamlining and updating. Fitting everything you need into a smaller space is a challenge, and when you finally succeed in creating a functional (and beautiful) space, it feels like a major victory (and a little more like home). 

Jul 27, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

In the apartment community I live in, I have a neighbor who happily sits outside every few weekends, working on the flowers he planted in the small patch of land adjacent to his window. The landscapers take care of everything on the property, and the grounds are clean and beautiful. But pretty flowers are sparse, so I was happy to see this man take the opportunity to make at least a small part of the property look that much more vibrant.  

I don’t know about you, but after the gray winter we had, I'm craving some color and light. Does spring have you inspired to spruce up your interior? You’re not alone! Here are some easy, and inexpensive ways to bring new life into your home.

There’s so much emphasis on preparing for old man winter, then before you know it the mad rush of spring cleaning arrives. But what if you got a head start and did more than just a deep house cleaning? Just as you shift your home maintenance routines for the colder winter weather, you should consider what to change as the temperature rises.



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