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.  

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.  

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.  

May 5, 2016

Written by:

Robyne Curry

If you’ve already bought the flowers and made brunch reservations to fete Mom this Mother’s Day, congratulations and well done! For everybody else, don’t despair. We’ve got 10 really cool ideas that’ll show your love and make Mom feel like the queen of her castle all year long.

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.

Fall has arrived! And while these beautiful days may have you lulled into believing that we’re still clinging to Summer, these chilly mornings will wake you right up and remind you that it’s time to get your home ready for cooler, wetter weather.

We all know how important curb appeal is, but what about the rest of the yard? Now is the perfect time to spruce up all of your home's outdoor spaces. With a few easy ideas, you’ll be ready to enjoy the summer in your beautiful yard!

I love giving gifts. And I love making the package as special as the gift itself - something about the anticipation of the receiver when seeing a beautifully presented package. Call me old fashioned, but I think presentation matters.

When we think about Valentine’s Day gifts, we usually think of dinner, roses, chocolates, and stuffed animals. As much as we love a good meal or pretty flowers, there are other gifts that have a much more lasting effect.

Nov 6, 2014

Now that your house is ready for Fall and Winter (good job!) you may have some free time on your hands. And just because the Fall weather has set in, you don’t need to keep yourself and your family trapped indoors. 

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