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cathy@cbislandhomes.com WHAT DO YOU CALL IT? Depending on where you live (or where you were raised) our topic this month goes by many names: veranda, lanai, porch, patio, balcony, terrace and deck, just to name a few. This extension to...

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TO CLEAN OR NOT TO CLEAN!

People say there are two things certain in life, death and taxes. I'd like to add to this rather daunting list.....cleaning. Unless you never clean, hoard everything and plan to star in a reality TV show, there is no getting around it, you ar...

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Let’s Roll

Spring is soon upon us and it's time to freshen things up a bit. When you want the biggest impact for the least amount of money, painting wins every time! Painting, like most projects, can be made easier by having the proper tools. The variou...

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MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE PT. 2

As promised, this is Part II of the yearly house inspection list, addressing the interior of your home. INTERIOR LOOK for loose hinges and doorknobs. CHECK the floor for popped nails, loose boards, loose tiles and springy or squeaky s...

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MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE

January 1st is the official "restart" date. Aw, those infamous resolutions! We're bypassing all those and going straight to the nitty gritty of our home's yearly inspection. As our reference I have used the THIS OLD HOUSE YEARLY INSPECTION CH...

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O CHRISTMAS TREE

Our Christmas trees are so personal to us that they are almost sacrosanct! The family memories of each ornament are part of the charm of the season, so let's not mess with tradition! Why not add another tree or more if you have the space ...

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HOMEWORK

It seems more and more companies are allowing or even encouraging employees to work from home. If your personality leans towards being with others to excel, this may not be for you, but if you benefit from a quiet, undisturbed space to get yo...

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DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?

No other element can create the desired mood in your home like lighting. A major player in the accessories category, lighting addresses the functionality of each room. Firstly, decide what the function (or functions) is and determine your ...

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The Balancing Act Part II

In our discussion about accessories we tried to decide the balance between too much stuff and not enough stuff sitting around. Again your personality determines "feast or famine." If you have no available flat surface in your home, perhaps yo...

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It’s a Balancing Act

Too much stuff sitting around? Not enough stuff sitting around? Where is the balance? Clearly it is personal preference when it comes to accessories. They are the icing and sprinkles on our cake. Lets say the cake represents all the basic furni...

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