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  • BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES
    BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES

    Posted: 7/28/2016
    We've gathered a collection of decorators' tips and tricks for giving a small area an illusion of spaciousness.

    Include the ceiling when painting, to draw the eye upwards and make the space feel larger.

    Use light colors on walls and the floor, and different shades of the same color.

    Move furniture away from the wall, even if only a few inches, to make a space feel more open.

    Put less in the room with the use of hidden storage and multi-purpose items.

    Employ the "cantaloupe rule." Decorative accents smaller than a cantaloupe crowd a room, according to Target home style expert Sabrina Soto. In a small space, opt for fewer, larger items.

    Use a striped rug to visually lengthen a room.

    Think roman shades or blinds instead of curtains to make space appear lighter and airier.

    Opt for large paintings and posters rather than a wall of smaller pieces.

    Look for furniture with exposed legs when in the market for items in a small space.

    Don't forget the most classic of all space enhancing tricks - the use of mirrors. Placing a mirror across from a window reflects light and makes a room feel disproportionately larger.

    Declutter as much as you would in large or average size space and then declutter again. It's more important than ever in a cozy room.

    Big things can happen in small spaces!
  • MAKE A MINI MUD ROOM
    Posted: 7/28/2016
    Summer brings a lot of foot traffic in and out of the house. If you've ever wished for a mud room to make coming and going cleaner and more efficient, but haven't had a room to devote to it, check the following tips for creating a mini mud room.

    * Keep in mind that the larger the rug or mat, whether indoors or outdoors, the more dirt it will collect. You may also want to add a shoe scraper, which some swear by for keeping floors cleaner.
    * A crate with a mat inside makes a better boot holder than the standard boot tray. Summer generates dripping rain boots, but this idea obviously works year round.
    * Keep old towels near the entry way for drying wet, dirty dogs before they enter.
    * Hang as many hooks and shelves as you can on the walls in your most frequented entry way. Make the most of every inch of floor space by finding coat racks, bins, stools, benches, book cases and organizers that work the hardest with the smallest footprints. If there isn't enough space for all outdoor needs, switch contents seasonally - now being the time to replace hats, mittens and scarves with swim suits, sunscreen and bug spray. Baskets on surfaces help contain things used most often.
    * Consider a shoe holder on the inside of a coat closet. It may not be beautiful, but works hard holding hats, camera, bug spray, flashlights, sports equipment, etc.
    * Any closet that has extra space above the top shelf is begging for additional shelving, especially since stand alone pieces can be added so easily.
  • CONSENSUS BUILDING FOR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
    Posted: 6/15/2015
    Community Association Board Members and Managers are responsible for carrying out businesses that protect millions of dollars worth of real estate. Daily problems arise that range in magnitude and importance, but all require sound business judgment to resolve. Many times, what is also required is the cooperation or consensus of Association residents comprised of different interests, values and personalities.
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  • Chicago Summer Events 2015
    Posted: 5/30/2015
    We have endured long, blustery icy months of winter and now we can say it was all worth it: Summer in Chicago is magnificent! Other than the obvious fun we all look forward to having on our patios, decks and balconies with friends and family, the city also offers great events to enjoy this season:
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  • Screen Your Tenants
    Posted: 4/15/2015
    When you are looking for new tenants, don't be afraid to be thorough during the screening process. Selecting someone as a tenant for your rental property requires attention and work, but it can save you from future headaches.
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  • Spring DIY Projects
    Posted: 3/31/2015
    Spring always brings a feeling of new beginnings - after the cold months, it's time for spring cleaning and getting ready for warm summer days. Brighten up your home with these easy one-day improvement projects...
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  • Spring Ahead
    Posted: 3/5/2015
    Daylight savings time begins this Sunday morning, March 8th, 2015 at 2 a.m.
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  • Going From Difficult to Reasonable
    Posted: 2/12/2015
    As with any relationship in life, we all hope for harmony but, inevitably, we all will experience our share of "difficult" people. Some may remember their first encounter with that "other kid" at preschool who would always take the toy we were playing with. Others can relate to that later in life, when dealing with a co-worker that is disruptive during meetings with comments and complaints. Truth is, differences are everywhere and will make us see other people as "difficult" at times. But how difficult does it actually have to be?
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  • Happy New Home
    Posted: 1/5/2015
    The housing market might be getting back on track, but the tight credit requirements are still keeping first time buyers away from the dream of purchasing their first home - or were... until now! According to specialists, recent important government policy changes combined with new low down payment programs will make 2015 the perfect time for new buyers to invest in a home.
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  • Stress Free Holiday Celebrations
    Posted: 12/18/2014
    It's the most wonderful time of the year, and it tends to be filled with family, fun celebrations and sometimes it can even include a nice getaway, too. With so much going on during the holidays, people can get overwhelmed when planning for gift shopping, cooking and hosting parties. How about a stress-free holiday season? Yes, it is possible! Keep reading for tips to plan ahead and stay organized.
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  • Avoid Freezing Pipes
    Posted: 11/30/2014
    The winter-like temperatures expected for the next few weeks always bring a risk for frozen pipes and heating problems. Don't forget to take the precautionary measures to stay away those issues:
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  • Cozy Up Your Home for Fall and Winter
    Posted: 10/7/2014
    The days are getting cooler and crisp, the leaves are changing color... its official: Fall is here. Between cozy family events and friend gatherings, there will most likely be a lot going on indoors over the next few months. There is so much to celebrate in this beautiful, season that your home deserves to be dressed up properly for such special occasions. Keep reading to learn how you can cozy up your home for fall and winter:
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  • Keeping Insect Invaders Away
    Posted: 9/20/2014
    The end of summer can be the perfect opportunity to "seal" your home to keep insect invaders away. According to specialists, there is a lot you can do to prevent unwelcome guests such as wasps, spiders and termites.
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  • Proactive Landlords, Happy Tenants
    Posted: 8/11/2014
    When you own a rental property, it takes a lot of work to be successful: You need to be well informed, keep your tenants happy and your investment safe.

    As a landlord, there is a lot you can accomplish with one simple tip: Check with your tenants regularly to know if there are issues that need to be addressed.
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  • Conflict In Board Meetings
    Posted: 7/18/2014
    When healthy dialog turns into personal insults, innuendo, gossip, and disruptive arguments, board meetings can get off message and contentious. Left unabated, the board fractures, no one is satisfied and the community suffers. How can a board deal with a disagreeable board member?
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