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    My family and I recently moved into our first house in a suburb of New York City. About 45 seconds after the moving men dropped off our last box, I made a startling discovery: My husband didn't think much of my bold design plans for our living room. I should add: the living room is one we share with a 3-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son. Our conversation about it went something like this:

    Him: "White?! As in, white walls?"

    Me: "White. As in white everything."

    Him: "Yeah, okay. Right." (har, har?)

    Me:  "So, I think the love seat will look good by the window --"

    Him: "You mean the white love seat. The one you bought even though we have a toddler who picks up spaghetti strands with her fingers and makes them talk to each other."

    Me: "It's more of an ivory than a snow white."

    Him: "Well, that'll make all the difference when we're replacing the couch in three months."

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    Is there anything worse than not knowing how to get rid of the bugs you find when you're spring cleaning?! Be it roaches or spiders or even ladybugs, springtime is when they all seem to come out of hiding. This isn't just an annoying discovery, it's super-gross and can be dangerous in terms of keeping your home sanitary. 

    We've rounded up 8 of the most infamous households pests. Some are dangerous, others are gross, and some, you might argue, aren't pests at all! You can always enlist the help of a professional exterminator when it comes to getting rid of household pests. But that can be super-costly. Let us help you with some quick, easy, and cheap ways to banish those bugs once and for all! 

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    Home decorators and ordinary mortals who just love to jazz up their rooms are going bonkers for vintage-looking, slightly distressed wood furniture that has the added bonus of being eco-friendly. The phrase on everyone's lips is "reclaimed wood," which appears in so many luxury furniture catalogs that it has become really difficult to distinguish between this type of lumber and every other wood on Earth.

    So, what exactly is reclaimed wood? And why is it so darn special?

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    The statement pillow is one home decor trend we can’t get enough of! Decorative pillows that sport the most sassy, witty, and hilarious phrases -- yes, please! The only downside about statement pillows is that it’s so hard to choose a favorite!

    If you are looking for ways to make a living space more fun or give a gift your friend is guaranteed to love, a decorative pillow with a funny or inspiring message is the way to go. We’ve rounded up the most honest and funny statement pillows that made us smile -- they seem to have that effect on people.

    Check out five epic statement pillows below, then head over to The Prowl to see the rest!

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    Three kids in one room? It can be done -- and quite successfully too. The secret in this shared space from A Bit of Sunshine is to maximize and utilize all available square footage -- and if that means the crib goes in the closet, then that's exactly what you do! Paint that nook a bright color, add some scallop detail and a few more girlish touches, and you're in business.

    Here's more about how two brothers made way for baby sister below:

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    There is nothing like a man who can handle his tools. And when one of those tools is a vacuum cleaner....(fans self).

    This is one Hot Dads Doing Chores episode I can relate to, because my husband does 95 percent of the vacuuming. I mean, we have one 3-by-5 rug in the entire house because the rest is hardwood, but still...he likes vacuuming and will happily do it when the rug or furniture need it.

    The funniest part of this is how well the video guy vacuums, and what he does while he's doing it. Are you following me?

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    5 Cleaning Types -- Which One Are You?

    posted by Mary Fischer April 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM in Home & Garden
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    While staying at a good friend's house a couple of weeks ago, we were getting ready to turn in for the night, so I went to put my empty wine glass empty glass of water in the sink. I noticed there were a few more dishes in there left over from dinner -- and I wasn't sure what to do about them.

    You see, I'm one of those people who has absolutely no problem leaving dirty dishes piled in the sink until the next morning, but I know not everyone is able to go to bed without tidying up. To be polite, I asked her whether she wanted me to load the dishwasher, and to my delight, she laughed and rolled her eyes.

    It turns out she's just like me and thinks there are more important things in life than having a perfectly clean house.

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    Polka dots aren't just for nurseries and kids' rooms anymore. These days you'll find them scattered throughout the house. Not quite sure how to incorporate polka dots into your home furnishings? Start easy with a few throw pillows!

    Click through for a few more polka dot inspirations below ...

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    I'm not sure I ever thought I'd see the triumphant return of gilded gold, but here it is, back and MUCH better. When done right I think it can add an interesting layer of depth and warmth to any room! 

    See 5 more gilded gold accent inspirations below:

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    What's not to love about Dutch doors? They're so charming and add just the right amount of character. Not to mention they seem pretty functional. Watch (and listen to) the kids play outside without leaving the entire door open. Catch an evening breeze. And who needs baby gates if you've got one of these? That doorway above is pretty darn perfect, and don't even get me started on the windowed transom ... 

    Click through below for 6 more delightful Dutch door finds:

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