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Are You Still Living With Pop-Corn Ceilings and Enjoying Them Less?

blue Kitchen CeilingIf you read the title, looked up at the ceilings in your home and found yourself with not so happy thoughts, I sympathize with you. Yes, my home is an older home and still have these awful popcorn ceiling(s). In fact, everyday I look up in disgust. The issue of removing the popcorn is two-fold. So, if you are shaking your head in agreement with me, I feel your deep, annoying feelings experienced every time you look up. 1. This is an extensive, expensive  project and proposition.  2.  These ceilings are dirt catchers and hard to dust. 3. If the ceiling was popcorned prior to 1970, it may contain asbestos. This process would mean you would have to remove the popcorn with a lot of safety factors in place. If it contains asbestos, that can be challenging, expensive and dangerous if not removed carefully and a certain way. I would definitely have an expert check out your popcorn ceiling, if you’re not sure when it was put in.

LET THE FUN BEGIN …….

 

You lose popcorn all over the floor, in the air as you take your feather duster to the chore. Oh, how I relate to you if you have popcorn ceilings. And, not only that, you have to wear safety glasses and definitely don’t breathe (joking) or try to talk while doing this chore. I feel like I’m suiting up for some special project, other than dusting my ceilings.

first impressionI really cannot stand popcorn ceilings for so many reasons. How do you feel about popcorn ceilings, whether you have them now or had them in the past? If you dealt with them, there are many reasons why you want to get rid of them or at least disguise them in some way. So, I knew it would be a messy job to get rid of the popcorn on the ceiling from an older home, not to mention the expense. They are in every room of my home.

I decided to paint the ceiling. So, when the decision was made to paint the kitchen, I was determined to not ruin the paint job by leaving the ceiling with this horrid popcorn effect. I knew I wasn’t going to scrape it away (that would take an eternity), but decided to put some color on it. It worked wonders! This was a great way to put a decorating touch to the ceiling, or hiding anything you felt you didn’t readily want to be noticed. I haven’t looked up to see who actually invented this horrid idea for popcorn ceilings, but I am confident is was to hide defects, etc. on the ceiling. Popcorn ceilings will quell the loud noises by absorbing some of the sound. Aha, there is something good about it.

What have I done? Well, look at the picture of the ceiling included in this post, and you will see I’ve painted it. Yes, that is probably the easiest way to disguise the ceiling, rather than have it taken off (can be quite expensive), and replaced with a ceiling with a decorative pattern or a smooth painted ceiling that looks so good. What do you think? This is exactly what I will do, eventually with all the ceilings in my home. I especially am thinking about whoever was the first to enjoy this space probably enjoyed the ceilings, but for me and my family, we can truly say “Absolutely Not”.  What’s your thoughts about popcorn ceiling? Am I the only one not enjoying this decorative touch? I want to know who joins me in this opinion. If you like popcorn ceilings, would put it in your home or are already enjoying the beady look on your ceilings, please let me know….why! I’m very interested in how these ceilings are appealing. I think I must have missed something about this design.

We are looking forward to hearing from you. Your opinion is important.

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Hello and How Are You? I’ve Got a (short) Story To Tell

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Hi to All,

This is an open letter to you today. Some of you know me and know about Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting. Why am I taking the time to say “hello” again? Well, I began to realize that each blog I write, I am hopefully meeting new people. As the Internet goes, we are all pretty much strangers to some degree. So, I will start out with a “hi”, and “thank you” for taking the time to check out our blog.

Now, I must confess we aren’t new. We haven’t just decided to stop by and chat. No, we’ve been here for quite awhile and have become acquainted with some of you on a person-person basis, and others through our blog and DIY service.

Thank you for caring, sharing and reading our blogs as often as possible. Please share them with others. Thank you so much!

 

Rita

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Fall Home Improvement Tips and Scams to Watch Out For

Reprinted by: Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting

It’s officially fall, which means now is the time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead.

By Boston BBB (Star Patcher)Updated October 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Fall Home Improvement Tips and Scams to Watch Out For

It’s officially fall, which means now is the time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. This time of year, many popular home improvement services range from heating to roofing contractors, but it’s important to do your research on a business to avoid falling victim to a scam.

BBB warns homeowners to be aware of common fall home improvement scams that may be circulating in your neighborhood.

Heating Contractors:

Before doing business with a heating contractor, find out what model system you own and its maintenance history. Make sure to check that the contractor’s licensing and insurance meets your state’s requirements. Don’t forget to ask family members and friends for recommendations and check out reliable heating contractors at bbb.org. Be cautious of any heating contractors that solicit work door-to-door or claim they’re offering a special deal for working nearby, this is always a red flag.

Roofing Contractors:

A roofing project requires a skilled and qualified contractor, so it’s important to thoroughly research roofing contractors. Be sure to get at least three estimates for the job and don’t feel pressured to hire the contractor with the lowest offer; the lowest offer will not always be the best. When getting an estimate, make sure the roofer does a thorough inspection rather than a quick estimate from the ground. Be sure to ask for proof of insurance, any required licenses and necessary permits. Be wary of any roofing contractors that solicit work door-to-door or offer low prices because they have left over materials from a previous job, this is a red flag.

Oil Contractors:

Oil is a necessity for many homeowners, making it important to find a reliable oil supplier that can both service your equipment and provide quality oil. Ask friends, family, and neighbors you trust to recommend affordable oil suppliers they may use. Contact multiple oil businesses to find the best offer and service plan for your needs. Be sure to research financing programs through oil suppliers, as there are multiple ways to pay for your service and oil. Understand the details of each program before signing any contracts. Finally, be cautious of any supplier that goes door-to-door offering very low prices for oil as pricing is determined by crude oil prices.

Chimney Contractors:

If you often cozy up by your fireplace or wood stove, it’s important to have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually to ensure safety. A reputable chimney sweep will be able to clean and detect any dangerous problems within the chimney. Be sure to request multiple estimates from different chimney sweeps to compare the cost of the job that is needed. Check the credentials and find out if the contractor is certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and can provide proof. Ignore chimney sweeping businesses that solicit by phone or door-to-door and claim they were just “in the neighborhood.” These scammers promise an extremely low price for a chimney cleaning, but once they start working they will “discover” an urgent repair. Scammers will take your money and leave the job unfinished or worse than it was before.

 

As with any home improvement service, it’s important to do your research before hiring a contractor. Many scammers claim to be legitimate contractors, but aren’t the roofing or heating contractor they claim to be. Although the scammers are out there, there are still many reputable home improvement contractors that will get the job done on time and within budget. To find a reliable contractor you can trust, check out the BBB Accredited Business Directory today.

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Do You Think You Are Who You Are and Know Everything About Yourself?

 

 

 

This is an idea of how your space could look. You can do this for yourself!

 

 

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Think small or big changes. I’m sure there’s so much you’d like to do, especially since we are in the Fall season and according to protocol, colors must change. That even goes for the colors of our clothing as well as home. For some, they even change their hair color, nail colors, etc. :)  It’s a good thing and fun to experience changes. This way, you and I get to learn more and more about ourselves. Do you think because you are you that you know everything about you? Not so! There’s so much you and I are constantly learning everyday ourselves. I just learn that I want to build pieces of furniture (can you believe that). Well, something new, and I am so excited to try my hand at it. Remember when you were small how great you felt when you tried something new or different and was complimented. Even if you weren’t applauded for what you created, but at least for trying was the biggest thing….ever.

Thanks for allowing me to express and share some of life’s great moments of discovery with you. This is also what I still get excited about. When I can help client’s discover a plan of action for their space they didn’t think they liked. But, when shown to them, they have this world win of discovery. I love it!

I know you have dreams about how your space will/could look. Wait, please allow me to share something quickly. Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting offers consultations for interior decorating, and we will assist you online. We assist our would-be clients in helping them cement a plan of action for their DIY proposed project.

I wanna meet you. :)

 

 

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Yes, She’s on Food Stamps and No, You Shouldn’t Judge Her For It

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BY  | POSTED 3 MONTHS AGO (This is a repost)

 

 

“Must be nice to have the government pay for your food,” a man muttered under his breath to a woman bagging the eggs, milk, and bread she’d just gotten at Aldi. The woman to whom his comments were directed, walked out to her car, her cheeks flaming, her stomach churning, its meager contents threatening to make a reappearance. The not-so-nice voice that resides in her head sneered at her, saying, “You can’t even buy food for your kids. You’re such a loser.” She wrenched open the broken door of the beat-up, old van and the voice continued, “You can’t even afford a car that isn’t falling apart!”

She set the bag of groceries on the floor, got in, put her head down on the steering wheel and lost it. Hot tears streaked a path down her cheeks like lava steadily flowing from a volcano. That’s the thing about keeping your emotions in check, tamping them down, pretending they don’t exist – at some point, much like that volcano, they burst forth at the slightest provocation.

Fat tears continued to fall, leaving slight black mascara stains on her pants as she did that gasping/hiccuping/snotting thing, her face contorted with every ounce of pain she felt. She swiped at her drippy nose with the back of her hand, pulled it together, put on a happy face, and drove home to her kids.

I remember reading a friend’s Facebook status a while ago wherein he complained that a woman had paid for her groceries with food stamps then proceeded to walk out of Walmart and get into a Cadillac. He had no problem judging this woman to be a scam artist based on his “vast knowledge” of her. Clearly, if she drove away in a Cadillac, the only logical conclusion is that she’s scamming the system. Or maybe, just maybe she –

  1. Was borrowing her sister’s car because she doesn’t actually own a vehicle.
  2. Owns that Cadillac and lives in it too because her house was foreclosed on.
  3. Saved up and bought the Cadillac a couple years ago before her husband died leaving her with no source of income.
  4. Has a child dying of cancer and medical bills most of us can’t even fathom and needs the food stamps to feed her other children right now.
  5. Bought the car long before her husband walked out on her and has since thought about selling her car to pay for food, but then she wouldn’t have transportation to and from her job that barely pays the rent.
  6. Can hardly make ends meet herself yet has taken in her drug-addicted sister’s kids to help raise them in a more stable environment.
  7. Any number of other scenarios that aren’t nefarious.

This isn’t about food stamps specifically. It’s about judging others. Why are people so darn quick to judge? WHY? Why do people think they have enough information that they can determine the whole picture? Who appointed random strangers the judge, jury, and executioner of all mankind?

Maybe the man in Aldi would’ve kept his words to himself if he knew that the woman’s 18-year marriage had ended and she was struggling, working two jobs, to take care of her kids by herself. Maybe if he knew that she received less than an third of the child support she was originally granted. Maybe if he knew she had over $10,000 in medical bills. Maybe if he knew she’d spent the morning at the courthouse trying to buy some time before her house is foreclosed on so that she could get a loan modification. Maybe if he knew this was her third attempt at going through the modification process because the first time it was denied because the bank wrote down her phone number incorrectly and apparently no one there knows how to use mail or email. After going through the whole tedious process a second time, it was denied because there was one typo on the employment verification letter and instead of simply asking her to correct and resubmit it, they denied her request altogether. Maybe if he knew she was missing work to go to court and was sick to her stomach because when she doesn’t get paid for a couple hours, it makes a big difference. Maybe if he knew she was told it would take 5 minutes this morning, yet she fed the meter 2 hours’ worth of quarters “just in case.” Still, when she returned to her car, she found a parking ticket attached to the windshield because the meter had expired 5 minutes earlier. Maybe if he knew that when she got back to work, a coworker asked her, “What did you get your daughter for her birthday?” and she had to choke back tears, bite her lip until she tasted the metallic tang of blood, and cheerfully lie, “Oh I haven’t really had time to shop yet.” Maybe if he knew that her checking account had a negative balance because it’s a week later than she usually gets paid and still no check from her one job, yet her automatic payments have gone through.

Then again, maybe it wouldn’t have made the slightest difference to him. Maybe he was having a bad day himself. Maybe his own problems were weighing so heavily on his mind that he couldn’t see beyond them. Maybe he was sinking in his own spiral of despair, questioning the existence of a God who doesn’t seem to care. Maybe he was thinking, Why bother? What’s the point? Or maybe he was just a close-minded jerk. Who knows? But that’s my point. Who actually knows what’s going on with the people around us? To think we have a clue based on a teeny, tiny glimpse into someone’s life is ludicrous. We don’t. So stop judging. Take a minute and realize that the person you’re judging as rude, incompetent, stupid, annoying, ignorant might just be having a really crappy day. Know that you can’t possibly know enough about this stranger to make an informed decision about their motivations and even if you could, it’s still not your place to judge him. Period.

That is all. Carry on.

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7 Design-Savvy Ways to Organize Your Home Color

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BY  | POSTED 1 WEEK AGO
I felt the need to repost this article with its pictures and great colors. Enjoy the information. We love colors, working with colors and introducing the use of color into the home and surrounding environment of our clients. Rita -
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What Would You Say If We Offered to Help You?

Accentuate Home Styling and Consulting- OB Sitting PrettyHello, we are Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting. Recently, we were having a conversation about decorating with some friends. We made a discovery that many people like to personally work on their home decorating projects… themselves. They asked me about consulting for some additional ideas. This is a no brainer for us, as I come across many people who enjoy the process. Interested in knowing more, please contact us at http://accentuatehomestyling.com and fill out the comment section to let us know that you would like to talk.

Our consulting services will build a plan with your input that will be fun, fabulous and fresh. You will have a fantastic time implementing it. We are always thinking how to think outside the box. Why should your interior space look like your neighbors or friends? Step outside and explore. Let’s work together and come up with ideas that galvanize a grand idea for your interior space. We’re ready, are you? And, we’ll make it easy for you to implement. Reach us at: http://accentuatehomestyling.com

 

 

 

 

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What We Think About You…. The Truth Be Told!

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First things first. In our title, we posted ‘what we think about you….the truth be told’. That being said (twice now) means that  you are someone very important. Even though we haven’t met personally, I really believe that every person holds value. So, therefore, what we think about you is beyond the basic words, but for this blog, we will start out letting you know we care about you very much as a human being, and I think as a society it’s important for people to know that.

Okay, I trust you. So, I’ll tell you that my big secret is that I’ve decided to become a builder. No, not homes, boats or high rise buildings. It’s about  building ideas, it’s about us building an insurmountable trust in one another. That is creating fun, excitement about your decorating abilities and ideas that would take you outside of your comfort box and challenge you to do something different with your interior space. That’s what we’ll do; help you formulate those ideas as unique to you and those living in the household. Too often, we decorate and then when its completed…it’s not about you or others living under that roof. It is someone’s else’s idea that you saw in a magazine, on television or in a store display.

 

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As a business focusing on something as close to you as your home, we want to be certain to assist you in exploring all your decorating possibilities. Lifestyle and choices are so important and we all are unique. We all love items for the home that we see in other’s home, the store, but really is that you? It’s perfectly fine to buy from the store, seek ideas from others or the magazines, but what is it that makes you and your family unique, what is it that doesn’t display itself in a way that it works in your home? We want to assist you in whatever way you feel you need assistance without actually doing your project for you. We know if you’ve decided to decorate there is a part of you that would love to be involved in putting it all together from start to finish. We wish to assist you in thinking outside of the box.  You may be thinking you are not the ‘think outside of the box’ type. That is fine and is the reason we are writing this blog. You do not want to waste your time or money, and we are here to help you as you go along. We have great information to share with you once we establish your interest.

 

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Think about how a little child thinks about approaching a new project or idea. They examine it for awhile, then they may try, but then they ask for help in figuring the best way to approach their task. Thinking outside the comfort box is important, otherwise a person may not grow and feel challenged to learn more about their likes, dislikes and personal creativity. You get to bring this array of ideas, lifestyle and colors to fruition and into your personal space whenever you are ready. We will assist you as much as you wish. We want your project to be enjoyable and successful. And, you don’t have to leave your home or feel inconvenienced by our presence. All that happens initially is we meet online to say hello, and you can talk about your love of home and decorating with us.

 

 

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Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting is a great company with vivid imagination and likes to think outside the box with decorating choices and offerings.  It is a fact that  people using an interior decorator/designer usually has to have a sizeable budget. So, that does leave out a group that would like this experience, but cannot afford it. I’ve often thought about this, and at one point in my life, I wanted to work with an interior decorator (before I became one). You know what, there wasn’t a way to afford such a service for me. Times aren’t much better today with the economy as it is, and there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t enjoy every aspect of your home and the use of this service offered by us. I must explain, though in all honesty that information is definitely worth it, as long as it places your ideas and fusion of our ideas into something that seems so right to you. Again, our first meeting with be through a normal email contact (deccorqueen@gmail.com ).  Once we meet through email, we can decide how we will communicate from there-forward. This service is for those seeking decorating advice, assistance and plan to do-it-themselves. We will respond directly to you so please leave us your information in the email. We would love to meet you Ms./Mr. Homeowner as a DIY prospect.  Again, reach us at deccorqueen@gmail.com or through our website http://accentutehomestyling.com . Take the tour and in the comment section, please provide us thoughts if you desire about our service offered). Give us your opinion about this blog. We are interested. We will definitely communicate with you. We will answer you email, but for the sake of separation, please use email given to talk to us about consulting with you. By this point, we will have met through the use of email (and maybe telephone).

 

We are professional, and our main objective is to hear your ideas for your home and perhaps offer you additional decorating thoughts about what you could possibly do in a specific room or area within your home. Before we get to that part though, we would like to meet you to talk to you. Before you even make the decision to use us, we offer you an opportunity to check us out. At that point, we will let you know what happens. We want to be sure you’re serious, and we want you to know we are serious. Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting is a serious company very interested in our clients and would-be clients. We care about what you want, and how you receive the information. You are Important to Us. Your home decorating issues are Important to Us. Let’s get to know one another. Start with emailing us to say hello and if you’re interested in hearing from us, we will respond back to you. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

I am sincerely asking anyone related to interior decorating/design and seeking clients to not reply to this post in any of the places it’s posted. We are asking for your sincere truthfulness. You wouldn’t want anyone (in our line of work) to waste your time. Thank you decorators, designers, etc. 

 

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I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO…..EATING WELL

• In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, a variety of foods labeled Gluten Free are displayed in Frederick, Md., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Starting this week, "gluten free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

This is a great way to introduce gluten free foods that are being regulated and manufacturers.

AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File• In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, a variety of foods labeled Gluten Free are displayed in Frederick, Md., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Starting this week, “gluten free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term “gluten free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

Read more: http://www.cantonrep.com/article/20140805/Lifestyle/140809699#ixzz3Au0xSR00

As probably most of us, I have scaled down a little on the high fat foods I love to eat. Every slice of a rich, gooey piece of cake or pie is right up my alley. Do I still eat that type of food like I did when I was much younger? No, is my answer, and even if I were younger then I am, I wouldn’t indulge in that type of food anymore. Now, I will confess that I still do the cakes and pies that are beautiful to look at and even better to eat, but only now and then.

 

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House Sitting: Live the High Life

New Form of House Sitting: Live-in Home Stagers Enjoy Fantasy Lifestyle

By DAN CHAPMAN
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
                                     

BRANT SANDERLIN | ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION CRAIG CRAFT works from home on his laptop in Atlanta. Through a program called Show Homes of Atlanta, Craft and his roommate live in a $1.6 million mansion for a fraction of the cost of rent.

 

Craig Craft only sleeps on the left side of his queen-sized bed so as not to unduly muss it up. Most of the toiletries in the bathroom are unopened, high-end hotel samples. The closet hangers are perfectly spaced and angled just-so. An orange-mandarin scent tickles the nostrils.

Each morning, at 7:30, Craft remakes the bed and places a mirrored tray with two crystal glasses and a Brandy decanter atop a faux mink blanket. He wipes clean bathroom counters and vacuums away carpet footprints.

Craft, a fastidious 43-year-old with a penchant for the high life, resides in Potemkin perfection inside a $1.7 million home. The house is for sale. But Craft is in no hurry to move out because he doesn’t own it. He just “manages” it.

Craft is part of a unique cadre of house sitters called on by real estate agents to help sell upscale yet slow-moving houses. The home-managing business boomed during the Great Recession as homes sat on the market for months, if not years. It slowed during the recovery but shows signs of again picking up, which doesn’t bode well for the residential market.

Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting brings this story to you as a look at how realtors make the homes for sale to represent a clean, but lived in atmosphere. It makes the potential buyers feel very comfortable as they peruse the home. This form of selling the home offers a way to imagine the home with a lived-in look, allowing the prospective buyers to get that true feeling of how it would be living there. The other reason I could see would be to safeguard the home from vandals as it awaits its new owners. I know when my husband was selling real estate, it was important that the house be kept fresh and clean while trying to find that perfect buyer. The home will stay in tip-top shape and not become a dusty mess while it sits vacant until someone purchases it. It’s great to see the home as it’s lived in, rather than empty, and permits the prospective buyer(s) to garner ideas of decorating, the use of color in the space, and how to get the most out of each room and the space afforded. The home will have a warmth it may not have if no one was occupying the home for a time. People will buy when they can feel the comfort of the home, and it signifies that the people there seem to enjoy the space. They then can imagine themselves in that same space with their personal items and colors that create a ‘Welcome Home’ feeling.

Accentuate Home Styling and Consulting offers consulting services to homeowners and realtors in staging the home. We collaborate with the owners, realtors and any designated person to make the house a welcome addition to the prospective buyers through the use of colors,  placement of furniture and added elements to make the home stand out as a desired piece of property for that perfect buyer to come along and purchase the home.