Robin Sylvester's Blog

Posted on 11/21/2021
Rental-Approved DIY Decorating
Many renters feel stifled by their inability to make interior design decisions about the property. Painting the walls, installing shelves or changing out light fixtures are all things most property managers don’t allow. However, there are still lots of things you can do to decorate your walls when renting without risking noticeable damage. Here are three DIY decoration...
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Posted on 11/14/2021
Turning Your Entertainment Center Into an Automated Wonderland
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels The vast majority of homeowners have put some time and effort into setting up their entertainment centers. Whether it's movies, TV or video games, we all have our priorities. No matter what enjoy, automation can be a great way to get more from every experience at home. Of course, this means that...
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Posted on 11/07/2021
The Basics of Designing a Wheelchair Accessible Shower
Photo by Marcus Aurelius via Pexels Approximately 61 million adult Americans have some form of a disability, according to the CDC. That figure equals one out of every four of our community members. Add the fact that the U.S. Census indicates the country is headed for a “gray tsunami” with upwards of 73 million people entering retirement age....
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Posted on 10/31/2021
How to Create Your Own Plastic Bottle Planters
People who want to live a sustainable lifestyle at home often begin by minimizing the amount of plastic that they purchase and use. For the plastic products in the home, there are many ways to recycle or even upcycle it to prevent it from going into a landfill. One creative way to reuse old plastic materials is to...
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Posted on 10/24/2021
Cottagecore Home Style Basics
Cottagecore style has grown in popularity recently and is all over social media. The design style includes everything from home decor to fashion. Similar to shabby chic and farmhouse styles, cottagecore celebrates the comfort and charm of country life no matter where you live. If you’re interested in learning more about this fun and popular trend, here are...
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Posted on 10/17/2021
Save Money With These Smart Home Appliances
Image by Angelo Esslinger from Pixabay When we think of smart home appliances, it can be easy to think of virtual assistants like Alexa or Siri. But the truth is that smart home technology is integrated into nearly every appliance you can think of. Some of these gadgets are created primarily for convenience (e.g., starting your coffee maker...
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Posted on 10/10/2021
Land Contract Vs. a Mortgage
Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay With a mortgage, a buyer is applying for financing to purchase the property in its entirety. They're relying on their credit and assets for approval before assuming responsibility of the full property. In a land contract, you're cutting out the need for a formal lender and relying on the seller to approve or...
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Posted on 10/03/2021
Best Practices for Virtual Home Showings
Photo by Tumis via Pixabay Virtual meetings and video conferencing have become the norm as we adapt to social distancing guidelines and staying well. And while these times will eventually pass, and we will return to a time of normalcy, we're all going to need to continue to adapt and get creative in the meantime. In the real...
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Posted on 09/26/2021
Simplify Your Small Move With These Tips
Not every move requires professional movers. Sometimes, you can accomplish smaller moves on your own with a single car or the help of some friends. Small moves might include to and from an apartment in the same building or moving only to a specific room like an office or workshop. Regardless of the size of the move, there...
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Posted on 09/19/2021
How a Smart Thermostat Can Increase Your Comfort & Reduce Energy Costs
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Your smart thermostat is designed to save you money without your having to think about it. Of course, that doesn't mean that you don't have any say over how it works and how much money you save. We'll look at tips you can use to keep your energy bills as low as...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
3 Features to Make Your Home More Efficient
Photo by Hasan Albari from Pexels Thinking about automating your new home? Here are some of the most innovative new smart home features to consider incorporating in your residential design. 1. Color-Tuned Lighting Apps exist for both computers and smart phones to warm up color tones toward the evening hours, helping signal to the brain that it’s time...
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