A Pinterest-Inspired Affair: Vistancia’s Tour of Homes

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      Tour a collection of more than 20 new home models at the Vistancia Tour of Homes event, Saturday, November 15th from 11 AM to 4 PM. The new home tour event features Pinterest-inspired home decorating ideas and festive tours of the community’s distinctive builders and 13 custom homesites, all located in the master planned community of Vistancia, just fifteen minutes West of the I17 in Northwest Peoria.


Cabinet Solutions USA Offers Deals To The Valley Since 2009

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Just as flowers can arise from ashes, in the midst of the economic recession, a business can develop and flurry.


10 Reasons Why Your Sofa May Be the Most Important Furnishing You Own

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10 Reasons Why Your Sofa May Be the Most Important Furnishing You Own:

It’s something that you utilize everyday. You come home and ‘plop’ right down on it. Your pets rest on it waiting for you to return home. Your entire room is centered on its existence. Your sofa is quite beloved; the infrastructure of the room.

 1.Your sofa is an investment: It’s the furnishing on which you and family will spend a lot of time, so you want it to endure the test of time, and you want it to reflect your style. There’s no arguing that.


10 DIY Home Cleaners

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The start of fall means more outdoor activities and more people in your home, which inevitably leaves more dirt and stains to clean up. Many people turn to cleaners packed with chemicals, but it’s easy to make your own safe and natural cleaners for every type of surface in your home from wicker furniture to your favorite furry friend. Hometalk, a top online home and garden Web site, gave AFM their top 10 DIY natural home cleaners that are useful year round.

  1. Salt Water for Wicker Furniture-Salt water isn’t just for getting rid of a sore throat! The solution’s abrasive texture effectively and quickly removes even the most stubborn and hard-to-reach dirt. Plus the sodium in salt water kills and prevents mold from growing. And it does this without destroying your furniture.
  2. Vinegar and Newspaper for Streak-Free Windows-Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the sunshine through your windows, but streaks and scratches can obstruct your view. Simply combine half cup of water, half cup of vinegar and four drops of dish soap into a spray bottle and wipe with a newspaper. Enjoy the view!
  3. Club Soda for Windows-If you don’t have vinegar in your pantry, you can also grab a bottle of club soda to clean windows. All you need to do is attach a spray nozzle to the bottle and start cleaning.
  4. Baking Soda for Pets and Shoes-It doesn’t matter how hard we scrub the house; if we can smell our puppy’s dirty paws and shoe odor, there’s no reason to clean. For a fresh-smelling pup, massage a small amount of baking soda into his or her fur between baths. And sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes to alleviate the smell.
  5. Allergy-Friendly Laundry Detergent-From days spent at the park to messy ice cream parlor trips, this season seems to require a few extra loads of laundry a week. Because we can’t control the cost of running your washers, save on detergent. Create your own version with Borax, super washing soda and Ivory bar soap. It will cost about three dollars for 40 loads.
  6. Lemon for Sink Stains-One of your favorite flavors to squeeze in ice water is also perfect to clean the faucet and garbage disposal. Not only does the acid break down the mineral deposits and watermarks but also the lemon’s smell is an added delight.
  7. Cream of Tartar for Stain Fighting-Bleach is not only expensive, but it’s also extremely potent. Mix a teaspoon of cream of tartar with water or vinegar to pre soak white clothing before throwing it in the washer.
  8. Essential Oils for Dust Mite Repellent-While we love the smell of soothing essential oils, dust mites cannot stand the aroma. To create this dust mite repellant, put a few drops of your favorite oil, whether it’s peppermint, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus or clove, in a spray bottle of water. Then mist your bed area, let it air dry and prepare for a sound sleep.
  9. Hydrogen Peroxide-The natural disinfectant comes to the rescue when it comes to cleaning surfaces that come in contact with food such as wooden cutting boards.Unlike store-bought cleaners, hydrogen peroxide reaches the smallest crevices even a brush can’t reach.
  10. Rubbing Alcohol-For a good portion of the day, we’re focused on computer, cell phone or TV.And chances are there’s stubborn dust on the screens of those devices.But if you mix rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle of water, your productivity will surely increase (or decrease!), depending on what you’re using your device for.

Photo Credit: 22 Cleaning Recipes Using Baking Soda via Rethink Simple


5 Tips to Spruce Up Your Backyard

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While Arizona summers are more a time for swimming in your pool than barbecuing in your backyard, the fall is a great time to have friends over for drinks and to roast some s’mores. Before you send out the invites, though, you may need to spruce up your backyard first. Here are some tips from Nancy Duffy of Imagine Backyard Living, a custom backyard and pool designer located in Scottsdale, for Arizonans looking to spruce up their home.

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1.      Add a pop of color. Drop the dusty desert colors making your backyard look drab, and brighten up your space instead with a burst of color. “Orange is the new brown,”Duffy says. She recommends mixing together vibrant oranges and lime greens. Make sure not to lose your personal style, though. If you prefer a beach feel for your backyard, then go for dark and light blues. Whatever you do, stay far away from dull colors that make your decor look old or used. “However you landscape back there, I think it makes you feel good when you walk back and see all that color,”Duffy says.

2.      Choose pieces that will stand out. Your backyard is no longer a place for boring portable fire pits, but for statement fireplaces that reach up to 12-feet high and gas logs that look more realistic. “Pizza kitchens are really big right now,”Duffy says. She suggests a two-foot to three-foot high fire pit to add some contrast to your yard. What with beautiful Arizona weather practically year round, people are using their backyards more often than before. “They want to bring the outside in,”Duffy says. “So a lot of your colors and stuff kind of go with your flow of what you’ve got going on inside too.”


3.      Invest in chic and durable decor. Throw out the paper plates and cups, and set your table with fancy wine glasses and utensils. More and more manufacturers are making wine glasses that look like glass, but can withstand being outdoors and going through the dishwasher. “When you drink out of them, you don’t get the feel that you’re drinking out of plastic that you do some of the cheaper ones,”Duffy says. Entertain your guests with new glasses and plates that have fun prints and patterns on them as well. Another tip Duffy recommends is investing in a high-grade fabric for your umbrella that will make the color last longer in the hot Arizona sun.

4.      Rearrange your space. If your backyard is on the smaller side, one easy way to make your space look bigger is with the right-sized patio furniture. Avoid buying oversized furniture that will make your space look cramped. “Cushions are always good on a smaller frame, where the cushion still gives you that look of big nice and comfy,”Duffy says. Make sure you have no-mold cushions that will let you get 10 years of full sun with no fading. Don’t feel the need to fill every space either, but treat your backyard like you would the rest of your home to create a nice flow. “You don’t want too many different things going on where the eye can’t focus,”Duffy says.

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5.      Give life with plants and flowers. To make your backyard look more like a tropical getaway, add palm trees and ferns that will endure the summer without losing their leaves. For those who like the traditional desert look, decorate your plants with fun, colorful pots. If you’re not sure what the best plants are to grow in the desert, Duffy suggests enlisting the help of an expert. “One resource that is so awesome is the Desert Botanical Garden,”she says. “They have classes that teach you what grows well year-round.”You can also hire a designer to come out to your yard and let you know what would grow well there, or how to achieve your preferred theme. 


Give your backyard the attention it deserves, and add new life with the help of these tips!

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