Do You Really Need Renters Insurance?

As a renter, you put a lot of work into creating a space where you feel comfortable. Whether you rent a home or apartment, where you live should make you feel at ease. If you haven’t purchased renters insurance, however, your home and property may not be protected. Why should you consider renters insurance? You might not think you need anything other than car insurance until you buy your first home, but that’s not always the case. In the event of a catastrophe, your landlord will rebuild the building itself. They will not, however, pay to replace everything you own inside the building. That’s where renters insurance comes in. Let’s take a closer look at how a renters policy can help you when you need it.
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A renters insurance policy can protect every item you keep in your rental. Image: Etelamaki Architecture

Renters insurance protects your possessions

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Do You Really Need Renters Insurance?

As a renter, you put a lot of work into creating a space where you feel comfortable. Whether you rent a home or apartment, where you live should make you feel at ease. If you haven’t purchased renters insurance, however, your home and property may not be protected. Why should you consider renters insurance? You might not think you need anything other than car insurance until you buy your first home, but that’s not always the case. In the event of a catastrophe, your landlord will rebuild the building itself. They will not, however, pay to replace everything you own inside the building. That’s where renters insurance comes in. Let’s take a closer look at how a renters policy can help you when you need it.
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A renters insurance policy can protect every item you keep in your rental. Image: Etelamaki Architecture

Renters insurance protects your possessions

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The Most Important Items for Any Kitchen

What room in your home could you absolutely not live without? With the exception of perhaps the bathroom, no room matters more to your family’s comfort at home than the kitchen. This room is often the heart of the home. And even if you don’t love cooking, your kitchen is still a room you’ll use a regular basis to grab coffee, a quick snack or a throw-together meal. Whether you’re an expert chef or a have never stood over a stovetop, a well-stocked kitchen can make your life at home a little easier and more pleasant. We polled our team at Freshome to figure out which items we all agree are needed for a functional kitchen. Here are our kitchen must-haves.
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A quality refrigerator is the cornerstone of a functioning kitchen. Image: Haven Design & Construction

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Landscaping for Fire Safety

Certain parts of the country used to have a fairly predictable fire season, but the times are changing. California, for example, now has to be on fire alert throughout the entire year. That means there’s no time like the present to prepare your house for a fire. And that doesn’t just mean buying homeowners or renters insurance. There are some fire safety steps you can take to make your home or apartment less likely to burn in a fire. By implementing these three landscaping fire safety tips, you can better protect yourself, your family, your belongings and your property from a wildfire.
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Move combustible patio furniture at least 30 feet from your house. Image: Thom Filicia

Create defensible spaces

One of the top fire safety steps every homeowner and renter should take is creating defensible space. This is essentially clearing space around the walls of your abode. If you’re a
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How to Keep Pets Away from Holiday Decor & Other Hazards

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  The holidays are a time to gather with your family members, and that includes those with fur and four legs. This is a sweet season to enjoy with everyone you love – including your pets. But it’s also a particularly risky time of year for our animal friends. To ensure that everyone has a holly, jolly, vet-visit free season, it’s important to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal safety risks. This isn’t rocket science, but it does require a little forethought. Thinking through the potential hazards for your pet now, before the season really picks up, can make it easy to avoid disasters and expensive vet bills (the last thing you need after gift shopping). Here are a few tips
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Freshome’s Tips on How to Entertain at Home

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You’ve got the cake and champagne. But what else do you need to entertain at home? Image: Danenberg Design

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Whether you’ve lived in your house for years or are just moving into your first apartment, planning to entertain at home can be a big undertaking. You want your house or apartment to look its best and your guests to feel comfortable. You can cook and clean and still be left feeling like your space isn’t ready. But don’t panic! We’ve got you covered. Our Freshome team has a very wide range of experience when it comes to entertaining at home. We all love home design and enjoy freshening up our spaces for guests, but we also know that breaking our backs to get
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Hosting Thanksgiving: Top Picks from Our Freshome Team

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  The holiday hullabaloo has begun. If you’re the one hosting Thanksgiving this year, you might be feeling a small tinge of stress about your upcoming entertaining. Of course, there’s the fairly daunting task of getting such a large-scale meal to table. But that’s not your only concern. You want every single friend and family member who walks through your door to feel simultaneously welcomed and wowed. It sounds like a lot, but don’t sweat. We tapped our entire team of writers at Freshome to give you some ideas to make this year your most memorable Thanksgiving ever. Our team of home design experts has rounded up a manageable list of must-haves for hosting Thanksgiving. Grab these items and you’ll be well on your
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10 Hostess Gift Ideas Under $25

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Doesn’t it feel like summer was just here? And yet somehow, the holiday season is already kicking into high gear. Don’t ask us how we got here, but it’s time to prep for one of the most fun, busy times of the year. With so much going on during the weeks ahead, stress is inevitable. On top of all the other gifts you have to buy this time of year, it’s easy to forget to bring a little something when you’re invited to a holiday party. But a small token of appreciation can go a long way. We’ve got you covered with 10 hostess gift ideas under $25. Consider it our holiday gift to you.
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Fall Lawn Maintenance: Benefits of Core Aeration

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If you want your lawn to look its best, core aeration is key. Image: Quinlan Terry Architects

Everyone needs a break, including your yard. After a summer of use, it might be a little tired and worn down. But you don’t want to compromise it. You love your lush, green expanse and you know that it offers a wide range of benefits to your home. So what can you do to give it some space and help it breathe to look its best? The answer is simple: core aeration. This is a lawn care process that pulls small plugs up from your lawn and leaves them on top. Over time, those plugs break down and filter back into your turf. Core aeration is an important part of your lawn care regimen and fall is the best time to do it. Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t skip this
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Warm & Welcoming: 10 Guest Bedroom Essentials

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These 10 guest bedroom essentials will help you make an ideal retreat for your visitors. Image: 2id Interiors

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  When decorating your home, the guest bedroom is often an afterthought. After all, why put your favorite pieces in the room you’ll visit the least? Leaving room in your guest room also gives anyone who stays with you the opportunity to spread out and get comfortable in the space. This doesn’t mean the room should feel spartan, though. There are a few guest bedroom essentials that can help make the space feel welcoming and ensure your guests are comfortable. We’ve put together a handy list of 10 guest bedroom essentials. Add these items to the room to create an ideal retreat for any visitor.

Fall Head Over Heels for These 16 Headboards

Your bedroom is probably the room in your home that your guests see the least. That doesn’t mean it should be ignored, though. You spend a good part of your day in your bedroom, and you want to be able to wow the occasional guest who walks through. Fortunately, a single addition to your room can completely transform it. It’s time to start shopping headboards. Adding an interesting headboard creates a focal point in your bedroom. A noteworthy headboard backing your bed is a multifunctional piece. It’s an interesting piece of furniture, it essentially doubles as art and it sets the tone for your room’s design. And your options for headboards are pretty much endless. Here are just a handful of ideas to get you started.

Geometric headboards

If you want to add a layer of visual interest to your bedroom, look no further than a geometric headboard. Different patterns,
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Past the Pumpkin: 5 Ways to Decorate with Produce This Fall

One of the best things about the fall season is gathering with loved ones as the weather cools. You share stories, glasses of wine and mugs of cider. It’s a cozy time of camaraderie. At least, that’s the idea. If you’re the one hosting, fall get-togethers can be a little stressful. The daunting task of decorating for the holidays is just around the corner. Are you supposed to double your work (and storage needs) by having a full lineup of fall decor, too? Fortunately, you can decorate with produce to get the right look and make cleanup simpler. People have used pumpkins to give their homes an autumnal aesthetic for decades. But you might be ready to switch it up. To help, we’ve gathered five different ways to decorate with produce this fall. Bonus: you can toss it all into a recipe, your compost or the trash when you’re done.
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4 Reasons to Add Shibori and Indigo to Your Decor

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Indigo – especially when used in shibori patterns – can transform a space. Image: Andrew Flesher

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Indigo. It’s a color that’s been making a splash for centuries, yet it still feels decidedly fresh and modern. Whether you’re looking for a deeply saturated hue to anchor a room or a vibrant pop to lend visual interest, indigo delivers. It’s also known as blue gold, and it has a history as rich as its hue. Whether you want to use indigo as a baseline neutral or in an eye-catching shibori textile, it can help you take any room to the next level. Here are four reasons why you should incorporate indigo in your next room design.
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12 Covered Outdoor Living Areas to Maximize Patio Usage During Cooler Months

With the kids back in school, your calendar is probably heating up. But just when an evening spent relaxing on the patio is most needed, the cooling temperatures seem to conspire against you. But there is good news! Covered outdoor living areas give you the chance to maximize your patio’s usage even as the seasons change. There are a handful of immediate benefits you reap when you cover your patio. When you protect your outdoor space from the elements, you can leave pillows and throws outside. You also create a sheltered area from which you can enjoy the seasonal rainstorms and the ever-earlier sunsets. And because the area gets less exposure, you can invest in nicer, comfier patio furniture. Whether you prefer a solitary evening to unwind or want to enjoy the versatile space with friends before the busyness of the holidays, your covered patio will deliver. If you want some
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New 2018 Smart Home Technology You Might Want

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  When the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House came out in 1999, every aspect of the house seemed fantastical. Less than 20 years later, though, more and more American families are living in smart houses themselves. We’re using technology to make it easier to turn off the lights or keep our homes at comfortable temperatures. But like all tech, smart home technology is showing no signs of slowing down. Sure, you might have Alexa helping you power down your home at night, but don’t stop there. If you want to keep your home on the cutting edge, we’ve rounded up a handful of 2018’s best smart home technology. Check out the latest ways to make your home smarter.

Home Gym Hack: Add a Yoga Room to Your House

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A yoga room is the perfect home gym solution when you’re tight on space. Image: Home Ingredients

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  It’s the age-old question: What do we have to do to actually get ourselves to work out? Do we get a fitness buddy who hassles us when we skip a day? Do we join the gym that’s closest to home? Or do we avoid the trouble of leaving the home at all and add a workout space to our houses? The last option is ideal. That is, it’s ideal if you’ve got the space and money. Traditional home gyms require an upfront investment in equipment and open space, which a lot of people simply don’t have. Before you give up on the idea of creating a workout
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15 Rooms With Cleverly Hidden TVs

It’s 2018. If you’ve managed to keep televisions out of your home entirely, you deserve a major pat on the back. Most of us have let this all-powerful source of entertainment take over not just one, but multiple rooms in our homes and apartments. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little TV. Gathering friends for a movie or kicking up your feet after a long day to watch your favorite show are some of modern life’s simple pleasures. However, even though we’ve accepted TVs at home, we might not necessarily want to look at them all the time – especially when they’re not on. Don’t let that big black box ruin your room’s design. Get on board with hidden TVs. While your decorating your cleverly hidden TV, learn what TV wall mounts can help you keep them hidden in your rooms. More and more people are looking for creative
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5 of the Best Tips for Decorating a Home Office

Decorating a home office can feel overwhelming. These tips will help you get started. Image: Blackbox Design Studios

So you have a home office. Congratulations! Plenty of people long for a dedicated space in their homes where they can focus and tackle their to-dos. That being said, the idea of a home office and the reality of having one can be very different. Having an office in your house means welcoming work into the sanctuary of your living space. How do you keep your office zen? If you want to create a place where you’ll actually enjoy working that integrates comfortably into the rest of your house or apartment (and life), you need to think about your different options for decorating a home office. You may not think that creating an aesthetic you enjoy in your office needs to be a top work-life priority. But decorating a home office in
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7 of the Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  There’s nothing quite like fresh herbs to turn up the flavor dial on a dish. Adding herbs is a great way to excite your tastebuds without adding those less-than-healthy flavorings for which we so often reach. (We’re looking at you, salt and fat.) But there are a few problems with fresh herbs. First, there’s their price tag at the grocery store. Then, you face the fact that they often spoil before you can use the whole package. Is there a better way to get these delicate leaves into your dinners without busting your budget? Absolutely! All you need to do is a set up a garden with a few of the best herbs to grow indoors. Getting your herb garden started is
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What Will Single-Family Homes Look Like in 10 Years?

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Porch analyzed census data to predict what average single-family homes will look like in 2036. Image: Porch

Picture your dream home. Can you see the floor plan in your mind’s eye? How many bedrooms does it have? How many bathrooms? Is there a big wraparound porch or convenient, state-of-the-art laundry? When you first start renting, getting into the home of your dreams can feel like a distant vision. But as builders and developers become increasingly sensitive to the wants and needs of the modern American homeowner, the way single-family homes are built has started to shift. If your dream home is a palatial beachfront estate, you may still have a long way to go. But if your ideal property is a few bedrooms with some nice amenities, outdoor space and a garage, you’re in luck! Our friends at Porch took a look at census data from recent years. Using all
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