COLORING IN THE LINES

BY LISA JONES
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You've found your perfect home.  The location is ideal for many reasons.  Close to family, a 20-minute commute to the office which isn't that bad considering the rise in gas prices, and you are close to shopping which is your favorite past-time!  The price could have been better, but you truly got a great bargain so complaining will do you no good, and besides, no one is gonna listen anyway.  The only thing left to do is start packing to prepare for your grand adventure.

If only it were that easy!  In most stories there is often a 'but' somewhere just waiting to jump out and yell, surprise!  If 'caption this' was an option it would most certainly be UGH!  

Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting adventures.  It's a blank canvas for new beginnings, crafty ideas, and a heaping pile of DIY projects that are brewing in your mind.  As you begin to visualize your space, both inside and outside of your home, there will be many ideas.  Some will allow you to add just the right amount of appeal, however, they might not be too friendly for the budget you have set aside.  Other ideas look nice but you aren't quite sold on what you are seeing.  Trust me, if you have to look at it more than 5 times to convince yourself this is the one, you won't be happy with the end result.  So, back to the drawing board you go in hopes of finding the perfect solution that will not only be easy on the eyes, but allow you to remain inside the boundaries of your budget, and a project that is well within the possibilities of doing it yourself.  

TIP:  Google is your friend.  Search for ideas on what you envision for your space and take notes.  You are bound to find what you want and the moment you see it you will know without a shadow of a doubt.  Use the idea as your backdrop of inspiration and make it come to life.  
 

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