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This Home Office Is the Best Thing I Have Ever Seen

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 25, 2013

Historic Shed, a professional builder in the Tampa area, built this amazing shed as a home office. Let's talk about all of the ways...


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11 Fire features for fun summer nights

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 08, 2013

From DIY fire pit decks to custom stone work, your options are wide open if you're thinking of buying or installing a fire feature. And why wouldn't you want a fire feature? There's...


Four Ways to Keep Pets Safe on July Fourth

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jun 28, 2013

It's so easy to forget the whereabouts of a pet on July 4th. Between manning the grill, watching over the kiddies, and enjoying a copious number of cold brewskies, it is entirely easy,...


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July Fourth Party Decor

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jun 18, 2013

When I think of the Fourth of July, I totally think of arts and crafts, like little wooden boats and cakes involving red, white, and blue frosting topped off with sparklers. I also...


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Flag Day is June 14: Brush Up on Flag Etiquette

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jun 12, 2013

A sometimes forgotten holiday, Flag Day is June 14th. Quite a few folks have probably thought about flying an American flag at their houses, but have never tried it. Where does a person...


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Red, White, and Blue Porch Decor Inspiration

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jun 04, 2013

July 4th is coming, and I have some great patriotic decor ideas for you. Fortunately, red, white, and blue look fantastic together. When you add a vintage patina to red, white, and...


Cleaning the pool is an important home maintenance task because people and animals are mostly disgusting. (Photo: -Oxford-/istockphoto.com)

Is it OK to pee in the pool?

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 27, 2013

Pool season has arrived. Suspicion will soon mount about that child who managed to swim for four hours straight. When grandpa jumps in the pool straight after his five hour drive to...


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Ways to Block Out Your Neighbors

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 20, 2013

I'm all for being a considerate summertime neighbor. Being mindful of how much noise one produces and inviting the neighbors to an occasional barbecue at your place are nice ways to...