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How to have a pet-friendly, beautiful home

Pet friendly Classic Living Homes
Is it possible to have a beautiful home that looks as clean and inviting as the day you first saw it if you’re also a pet owner? The answer may surprise you. Yes, you can.  Sharing your home with cats or dogs (or both) doesn’t mean you have to say good-bye to intact furniture, clean carpets, or a less-than-beautiful home. In fact, decorating and designing a home with your pets in mind not only helps keep your house looking its best, it also makes Fido and his feline friends feel happy at home, too.  Don’t let your pets dampen the beauty of your special home. Here are some pet-friendly home design ideas that may inspire you.  Choose the right flooring. Dog owners will especially want to look at durable flooring like ceramic tile that’s easy to clean. If you’re looking at hardwood floor options, choose a stronger wood like mahogany or oak, and steer clear of softer wood like...
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Tips for a stress-free, enjoyable move

Moving Day Tips
Congratulations! You’ve found the perfect home and it’s time to prepare for the big move. So, how soon should you get packing? As soon as possible. The last thing you want to do is move in haste. The key to a stress-free move is to not procrastinate. The sooner you can start the process, the better.  Don’t let the daunting task of moving keep you from putting the big move in motion. To help ease the process, we’ve put together a list to make not just the packing – but the move itself – a lot easier.  Take it room by room. Start with the rooms you use the least. While that may seem pretty obvious, avoid breezing through the packing. Go slow, and keep all relevant items together, using different colored tissues and wrapping paper to know what types of items are packed.  For example, candleholders in green tissue and porcelain figurines in yellow paper. And avoid using newspa...
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Tips on designing the perfect home office

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With more Americans working from home than ever before, home offices are becoming a very important room in the house. And whether your daily commute involves a drive or not, it’s always a good idea to make your home office a haven for inspiration and a reflection of your personal style. In fact, getting a chance to design your own office space may be one of the greatest benefits to working at home. It’s also a lot of fun to design, because the more you make it your own, the more you’ll love it – and that may mean you’ll love your job more, too.  Below are some design ideas to get you started creating a home work space that will make you stop looking at the clock until quitting time and start looking forward to the day ahead.  Think color and sophistication  This year’s design trend is all about bold, dark colors. Consider painting a wall in your home office a very dark sha...
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Decorating and entertaining ideas for simple, elegant holiday parties

Holiday decorating
Halloween. Thanksgiving. The December holiday season.  This time of the year brings so many opportunities to open your home to friends and family for celebrations, from large gatherings for the big holidays to intimate, relaxed get togethers. While the reasons to celebrate and the holiday may change, the goal remains the same: to have fun -- and create some lovely memories along the way.  This year, we’ve put together ways to give this season’s soirees a touch of easy sophistication while also keeping with the tradition of the holidays.     Halloween Parties  It may not seem like it thanks to pint sized trick-or-treaters, but Halloween is a fantastic holiday for grownups, too.  We love this article in Elle Décor for a Halloween-themed dinner party that plays on Halloween classic characters like ghosts and spiders but with a sophisticated twist. The table set...
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