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Thanks for stopping by Dee's Key, a source for homeowners, sellers, renters, buyers, DIY'ers, house-hunters, my friends, my customers, friends of my friends, friends of my customers . . . Did I leave anyone out? Here, you’ll find information about real estate, staging, and home design—plus tips, quotes, links, photos, and a dash of stuff that …

Front Doors

Doorways, portals and passageways Doors and doorways have been symbolic across cultures for as long as history has been recorded. A door is both an entrance and an exit, so it has been associated with portals and passageways on many levels. On a metaphorical level, a door can become an entrance to nearly anything. Doors …

Painting with Words and Colors for 2017

I couldn't stop the right-side (write-side) of my brain. While helping a client choose interior paint colors, I found inspiration and... I turned a color forecast into poetry! We are all citizens of the world now A mural painted with global consciousness In earthy mustards, ocean blues, corals and mud Trying to choose new paint colors to update …

Healthy home hack: houseplants

  There's an infinite amount of information online about living better, nutrition, exercise…that it can be overwhelming trying to constantly adopt a newer, healthier lifestyle. I'll keep it simple and edit it all down to one word: houseplants. Houseplants... clean the air in your home, which can be more polluted than the air outdoors. like Aloe, …

Deliberate before you renovate

 Happy Feng shui Friday! Being a homeowner means you can renovate your home so that it's unique, comfortable, and a reflection of your style. But, you also want to add value to your home. So, remember: deliberate before you renovate. 4 renovations that may decrease the value of your home: Eliminating a bedroom Renovating the garage into living …

Grill’n clean

Spring  Summer cleaning tip As summer comes to an end, you may want to give your barbecue grill a good cleaning. Make sure grill is off/cooled and gas is disconnected before you start. Remove and soak the grates in warm soapy water for 10+ minutes, then rinse. Use a cleaner designed for barbecue grills (found at local …

Homebuyer Do’s and Don’ts

So, you've finally found the home of your dreams. Congratulations! Now the fun begins. (And you thought house-hunting was the fun part?) Okay, so you were pre-approved, and have probably submitted stacks of documents to your lender as part of your loan application.  Your information is being processed and hopefully approved by the underwriter. All you have to …

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