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Eco-Sustainability: Small Home Changes That Make A Big Impact

Saving the earth may seem like a hopeless situation—best left to lawmakers and politicians, but there is great power in individual choices- many made from the comfort of your home.  Today’s instructor Ashlee Piper is going to teach us changes we can make right away, to make our homes a more eco-friendly place. Ashlee is...

Study Hall: Cheap Old Homes

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: Where does Elizabeth find the houses she posts? What are some of the risks you may incur when buying an old house? What are some of the pros of buying a cheap old house? Which markets did she mention? ANSWERS: Some from her preservation resources and a lot from the community/followers. Lead...

Historic Preservation: Cheap Old Houses

Buying an old home that needs work can be intimidating, especially for those of us who’s only knowledge of fixer uppers comes from Chip and Joanna! But there’s a special set of home buyers that can see all the beauty and potential in older houses. What some view as eyesores, they see as charm—four walls...

Study Hall: Finding, Framing & Hanging Art

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: What are some alternatives to framing? What should you look for when starting out with frames? What height should you hang your art at? What type of canvas did Kent recommend for process art? Kent recommends using these products for keeping art in place. ANSWERS: All art doesn’t need to be framed....

Visual Arts: Finding, Framing & Hanging Art

Choosing the right pieces of art to compliment your space can be one of the most challenging parts of decorating. With so many choices, and the added pressure of framing and hanging- it can get overwhelming- but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re struggling to commit to art for your empty walls, we’ve got...

Study Hall: Contractor 101

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: Josh said to hire a professional when dealing with these 3 things… What is the best way to determine if you’re getting a fair estimate? Should you ever pay upfront? What is the improvement on your house that has the biggest ROI? If you pull a permit and something is screwed up,...

Contractor 101: Are You Getting Ripped Off?

When planning a home renovation, choosing the right contractor is critical. From checking the quality of their work, putting things in writing and agreeing on a timeline- to double checking that the contractor is properly licensed and insured- it’s a lot to keep in mind.  We want our students to approach this process with confidence,...

Study Hall: Living Like A Maximalist

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: What was Daniel’s number one tip for displaying collections? What is his most prized collection? Where did Daniel suggest you find the best treasures. What’s a trick for determining if something is the real deal? ANSWERS: Keep them together. Mid-century modern matte pottery. Anywhere and everywhere and do it often. Do your...

Home Ec: Live Like a Maximalist!

You’ve heard us talk to multiple organizers and minimalists about creating an edited home- well, today is not one of those days! Today we’re giving a voice to the MAX-imalists out there! The free spirits who love to collect, and live in more eclectic homes. Daniel Mathis, is not a minimalist. He is a collector with...

Study Hall: Home Organization

POP QUIZ QUESTIONS: What is Monica’s 3 step process? When you’re looking through items you should ask yourself: do you love it, need it or _____________? What did Monica say every parent should have? Monica sees the most build up/clutter in these two areas of the house. ANSWERS: Simplify, Streamline, Style Do you love it,...