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Debbie Olson
North Woods Realty, Inc
Phone: 707-218-8055

340 Highway 101 North
Crescent City, CA 95531
Email: northwoodsrealty@gmail.com
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Using Real Linen in Your Home

I absolutely love great fabrics. And when it comes to fabrics for the home there’s nothing like genuine, pure, linen.

 

So when Karolis with Magic Linen reached out to ask if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. I had to check out the site immediately– and was surprised that I had never visited before. (My quest for linen products in the past might be described as obsessive, compulsive, shopping behavior.)

This family business, based in Lithuania, has a gorgeous selection of towels, aprons, and bedding. I immediately agreed to review some products.

The kitchen towel and apron I received both are of good quality linen and well-constructed. At first, I wasn’t convinced the apron was going to work—folded up it I couldn’t quite imagine how it would fit. But it turned out to be easy to slip on and roomy enough that it will last through the third trimester of my pregnancy. At the same time, it drapes well enough that it isn’t bulky—and my seven-year-old daughter enjoys snatching it when she gets a chance.

One thing I like about linen is the incredible durability of this natural fabric. Unlike cotton, good quality linen will hold up for decades—even centuries. In a world where waste is a major environmental concern it’s great to be able to invest in quality products that will actually last.

 

If you aren’t familiar with linen, it’s good to know that it tends to shrink over time. Most linen also becomes softer over time. It makes for great kitchen towel since the linen is lightweight and dries quickly. During warm months linen bedding is nice—especially if you live in an area with high humidity. (I always used linen bedding during the summer months when we lived in

Taiwan.)

Have you tried pure linen products in your home? I’d love to hear about your favorite pieces! Comment below.

 

 

 

 

      
 
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5 Creative and Cost-Effective Ways to Decorate Your First Apartment

Moving into your own apartment for the first time can be exciting, yet challenging.

Decorating Your Apartment

(A big “thank you” to our friends at Bouclair’s Blog for sponsoring this post!)

If you’ve been living in a sprawling home with your parents, a much smaller space, tiny patio, and the lack of garage storage space will likely require a lot of adjustment.

However, it is still possible to have room for your personal belongings without living in a cluttered filled home—you just need to implement the right strategies.

There are several things you can do to maximize your space inside your apartment and even on your tiny patio.

Below are some suggestions on how to make your first apartment feel like home. You can also check out design tips and trick from stylists at Bouclair’s blog for more insights and ideas.

Take Your Time

You might feel tempted to furnish and decorate your first apartment all at once. There is no need to rush. You will be better off taking your time and planning before jumping in and rushing out to immediately buy everything. Talk to family and friends to see if they have furniture they aren’t using and can help you out in your new home. Even if what is offered to you is not something you would choose to buy, you can use it until you have the money to buy something you like better.

The role planning plays when working in a small space with a small budget cannot be overstated. The axiom measure twice, cut once reminds us to be careful at first in order to avoid extra work later. You’ll avoid costly mistakes when you start slowly and plan carefully.

Even though you might want to be able to design your apartment with brand new furniture, if you have budgetary constraints, consider painting hand-me-down furniture or yard sale finds. Also, check out used furniture available at estate sales and consignment stores. Even when buying used make sure anything you purchase will last. It is better to spend a little more money for a quality item than spend less money now but have to replace it in the near future.

 

Keep It Simple

The phrase “less is more” applies to many things including how you furnish your apartment. Too much or oversized furniture in a small space can be overwhelming. If you look at design blogs you will see that many design experts create attractive rooms might with only a few pieces of furniture. Carefully select a few accessories like art, plants, rugs, and window treatments to make your apartment feel more like home.

 

Find Creative Storage Options

Storage is often a problem in small apartments. Storage beds used to be like the unstylish orthopedic shoe of the design world. Thankfully, today you can find modern attractive storage beds in various colors and designs. A storage bed turns the usually wasted space under your bed into drawers and can be used in lieu of a dresser if your bedroom is too small.

Shop for Bargains

Keep your eyes open for online sales. You can sign up for email updates so that online stores will let you know about upcoming sales. Some online retailers like Wayfair, Amazon, and Overstock generally have good prices and often have sales. Make sure you do compare prices to make sure you are getting the best deal.

And here’s an advanced bargain hunting tip: some online sites will offer you an additional discount if you add something to your cart but don’t complete your purchase. You can try various sites to see if that will work by creating and account and providing your email address.

 

Decorating your first apartment should be fun and exciting opportunity to display your own personal style. We’d love to hear about your challenges and successes! Comment below.

      
 
 

Home D├ęcor Strategies to Help You Make Great Design Choices

Great Design Choices

(A big thanks to our friends at Taylor Morrison for sponsoring this post!)

Making interior design decisions can be intimidating for the average homeowner. After all, you want something that looks great and fits in with the season’s best trends, but you also want a home design that will look equally great next year. While trends often change, some smart strategies will help you make choices that will stand the test of time. In this post, we’ll focus on how you can make intelligent home décor decisions in three important areas of your home.

Your Kitchen

Cupboards are one of the most expensive—and critical—components in your kitchen. You can stretch your interior design dollars by taking a cue from gorgeous residences like Sol Y Mar in Rancho Palos Verdes, shown above. You’ll notice that the home’s kitchen features contrasting light and dark cabinetry.

Most homeowners opt for a single color scheme, but if you take a look at high-end homes (check for a “Parade of Homes” event in your local area) you are likely to find some design elements with sharp contrasts. These seemingly risky design choices are exactly what can make the difference between an average home and amazing home design that will stun your friends.

To make your own design decisions study as many beautiful homes as you can. Before long you will be able to choose two shades that perfectly complement each other and your family’s tastes. You can also make use of a color palette to help you choose the shades.

Great design also has a practical component. When renovating the entire kitchen, try to add more drawers. Deep drawers are great, and they can be easily added practically everywhere. Consider other storage challenges you currently face and see if you can incorporate some great solutions into your new kitchen design.

Your Living Room

When designing your living room, it is important to make sure it’s an inviting space where family and friends will enjoy spending quality time.

While you may want to opt for a clean look, make sure the overall effect of your living room décor scheme is inviting. Warm paint colors, comfortable furniture, and interesting wall art will help make the space attractive and relaxing. You can also add magazines, books, and attractive editions of favorite board games. Most importantly, keep your family’s taste and style in mind to make sure it’s not only beautiful but also decorated in a way that will make it a center for family entertainment.

Your Bathrooms

Bathrooms are a great place to make a huge impact in your home. If you have space, consider adding a vanity, open shelving, or a larger bathroom mirror that will create a great focal point. This can make a huge difference if the bathroom is small since the mirror makes everything seem larger. To make the space seem even larger, paint the walls white or a light neutral shade. This is especially effective if you have a good source of outdoor light through windows. If you have a dark bathroom, consider whether a new light fixture would transform the space.

Also, take a critical look to see if new finishes would improve the overall feel of the room or make it easier to clean. Deep cleaning with products like Bon Ami and Bar Keeper’s Friend can help you determine whether you actually need to replace counters, flooring, and fixtures. You may discover that simply replacing the sealant around sinks and bathtubs will give your bathroom a fresh new appearance. (This will also help prevent dangerous mold from developing when water seeps into walls and floorboards.)

Are you facing a design challenge? Experienced a recent success? We’d love to hear from you! Comment  below.

      
 
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