Tour My Spring Decor Refresh

It’s always so refreshing to take down all of the holiday decor clutter and start with fresh decor. This year, my christmas tree was so dead that I had to take it down the day after Christmas and decided to pack up all of the holiday decorations along with it. It was nice to take the time to neatly put away everything (and even label the boxes!).

Since it’s still winter in Minnesota, I felt like I couldn’t come out with full-fledge spring decor. I stuck to more of a minimalist look grounded in white with a few hints of spring.

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10 Secrets for First Time Home Buyers

I bought my house at the ripe old age of 22, and 6 years later consider myself quite the expert on all things home related. I ended up in a very strange situation of being able to buy a home built and owned for over 50 years by a family friend. My parents almost bought the house back when I was in highschool because they loved it so much, and the original owner ended up passing away and selling the house to someone else. 6 years later, I was in the market for my first home, and it ended up being for sale again! It all feels like a lot of fate, but I absolutely adore my house and yard. And of course, it is the inspiration for Style & the Suburbs after all!

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Knowing what seemed important to me when I was first looking for a house and realizing what is really important to me now that I own it, I feel like there are a lot of secrets or advice that first time buyers don’t think about. Here are my top tips for first time buyers to end up in a home they love now and years from now:

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Garage Door Refresh

As I was doing my yearly cleaning of the siding on my house, I noticed that my garage door was starting to look really dingy, even after I cleaned it, and I knew it was time for a refresh!

After cleaning, I wiped it down with a liquid sanding solution and let that dry, and then refreshed with white paint. It took 2 heavy coats of paint to get even coverage across the texture of the garage door, and I made a lot of effort to do a neat job around the seals on the edges, so it ended up being a much bigger project than I had anticipated!

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Fall Decor Refresh

This last week, I decided that I had enough of summer and was ready to update my decor to fall. Starbucks did launch the Pumpkin Spice Latte this week, so clearly I am not alone in my feelings.

I went with a “greener” fall look this season, adding in more faux greenery instead of the traditional branches and orange leaves. Since most of my decor is neutral to begin with, I just added in a few pumpkins and a cozy plaid throw. As we approach halloween and thanksgiving, I’ll layer in a few more pieces, but for now I love the subtle fall look.

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Yearly Home Maintenance Schedule by Season

Owning a home is practically a full time job in itself. I often joke that I work harder on the weekends than I do during the work week just working on my house. But, a little maintenance every week can help save you from a costly problem down the road. I’ve compiled a list of must-do activities, by season to help you stay up to date on basic home maintenance.

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Ikea Hack: Stone Topped End Tables

I’ve written before about my Ikea hack end tables, but I thought it was worth updating the post! I’ve had these cheapie end tables for years and wanted to refresh them without a big investment. I thought maybe I could find some type of hardwood flooring that I could cover over the tops and went to look at my local home improvement store.

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