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To-Dos: Your June Home Checklist

By Laura Gaskill

Get your house ready for summer with a mix of maintenance musts and breezy room refreshes. Summer officially begins June 21 this year, but why wait until then to get into the summer spirit? Get a jump-start by prepping your home and garden for warm weather, setting up the perfect drip-dry spot for beach towels, reorganizing the kitchen (hello, smoothie bar) and more. These 21 to-dos cover all the bases, so you can enjoy the season to the fullest.

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12 Essential Herbs for Your Edible Garden

By Annie Thornton

Enhance your recipes, eliminate extra trips to the grocery store and cultivate a connection with nature with a few sprigs or leaves from an herb plant you’ve grown yourself. Herbs tie all gardeners together, whether grown in a large landscape or in pots on a windowsill, on their own or interplanted with ornamentals, by experienced or first-time gardeners. Whether herb gardening is a seasonal ritual or your first edible venture, here are 12 herbs we feel no gardener should fare without.

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A Designer’s Top 10 Tips for Increasing Home Value

By Gillian Lazanik

These suggestions for decorating, remodeling and adding storage will help your home stand out on the market. Unless my clients are designing their forever home, they are usually quite concerned with resale value when discussing renovations big and small. A home is often a person’s largest asset, so design upgrades are not only an aesthetic decision but a financial one as well. As my clients have sold their homes over the years, I have found that these 10 design tips have been the most beneficial in helping their houses stand out from the pack.

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Stash It All: Know the 3 Zones of Kitchen Storage

By Steven Randel

Organize storage space around the kitchen’s main activities for easier cooking and flow. “How much storage space do I need?” The trick is to assess what you own and decide how you will store it for convenient access. Carefully consider this challenge because poorly organized spaces often become daily irritations, impeding the pleasure of being at home. Kitchens top the list of rooms in which you need to get your storage right.

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Taking On Your Partner’s Debt

By Jennifer Calonia

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Calonia. Having candid conversations with your partner about debt can feel uncomfortable, especially if you’re newlyweds or planning a marriage and future together. The reality, however, is that money is often the leading cause of anxiety and stress in a marriage.

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