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Nathan Boyd

While bombing around on his bike, Nathan dreams up cool interior design article ideas for Homestratosphere.com.  He loves penning the perfect introduction or clever description of a particular design.  When not writing about design, he cycles, reads crime novels, barbecues (ribs are his specialty), entertains friends and hangs out with his beautiful wife and amazing kids.

Nextdoor App: This is Why I Deleted It After 1 Month (There Are Better Online Options for Neighborhoods)

In May 2022, we moved.  Within a week we received a DIY-looking printout in our mailbox that appeared to be created by a neighbor inviting us to join the neighborhood group on the NextDoor App.  I had never heard of the app but thought it couldn’t hurt to join a neighborhood group online for updates …

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How to Pick the Perfect Beverage Fridge for Your Home

We own two beverage fridges. They’re fantastic. Not sure how we got on without our first one. Recently, we acquired I second one by virtue of moving into a house with it built-in. Both are fully stocked. One is dedicated to non-alcoholic drinks. The other is reserved for wine and beer. Having two such fridges, …

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How to Pick Hardware for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing hardware for your kitchen cabinets is not as easy a task as one might think. The hardware in your kitchen references any knobs or pulls you have on your kitchen cabinets and drawers throughout. How you want your kitchen to appear in style and functionality is at the core of your decision-making. Depending on …

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Where Should You Put a Beverage Fridge? Are They Worth It?

Recently, we moved houses.  We went from one fridge with one beverage fridge to three full-size fridges, two beverage fridges and a regular mini-fridge.  We’re swimming in fridges now. In our old place, we bought a stand-alone beverage fridge. We needed it badly to free up space in our one and only main fridge. The …

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Should You Put a Sink on Your Kitchen Island? We’ve Had Islands With and Without a Sink: This is What I Suggest

Two houses ago we had a spectacular galley kitchen with one long, massive kitchen island with a sink. 3 weeks ago we moved into a new house with a large kitchen island with no sink. I now know firsthand the pros and cons of having a kitchen island with a sink.   My preferred kitchen island …

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35 Things To Know Before Hiring “You Move Me” Moving Company (We Just Used Them… This is Our Timeline of Events)

I was not paid nor did I receive any compensation or discount for this write-up on the You Move Me moving company. I like to write about products and services I find useful.  This is one such example.  I’m just another regular customer of this moving company.   We just moved houses (May 21, 2022).  Talk …

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16 Things to Know Before Buying the CRAFTSMAN V20 Battery-Powered Lawn Mower

This is not my first battery-powered lawn mower. Two years ago almost to the day I bought the BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 battery-powered lawnmower.  I still have it but we just moved to a new house that has a larger lawn. The BLACK+DECKER is really a weed wacker that doubles as a lawn mower. It did the …

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How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash (12 Considerations)

Have you checked recently just how many different kitchen backsplash options are out there?  Choice is great and all, and I’d take too much choice over not enough, but at some point it becomes overwhelming. We just bought a new house. The kitchen is spectacular but we want to put our personal flavor into the …

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5 Rules for Picking a Desk for a Home Office (+14 of Our Favorites for Every Space and Purpose)

Somehow, over the years, we’ve managed to acquire and set up three desks in our home.  That’s not including my office outside of our home.  We have a huge desk, mid-sized desk and a small desk.  All offer pros and cons. Choosing a desk is an important decision.  There’s an aesthetic element to consider as …

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8 Ways to Speed up Garlic Growth for a Faster Harvest

Until recently, I had only associated garlic with the chasing away of vampires and the terrible taste it leaves in your mouth. However, since taking over the management of Grandpappy’s veggie plot, I have been hearing a lot of extremely good things about garlic worth sharing with you. For instance, did you know these fascinating …

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How to Plant and Grow Onions in Pots (Step-by-Step)

Onions are a cool season crop, growing from fall through winter. This means that the plants should be planted in pots at least by the middle of fall. Plants grown from seeds will need to be cultivated earlier, so that they can develop before being planted. Onions growing in pots need to be watered regularly, …

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How to propagate strawberry plants from cuttings (step-by-step instructions)

Strawberry plants are easy to propagate from cuttings. You can use either softwood or hardwood cuttings. The only difference between the two is that softwood cuttings will root faster than hardwood cuttings, but are more likely to die if the roots don’t have enough time to develop before being planted into soil. Here’s how to …

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10 Foods You Can Grow from Kitchen Scraps (Step-by-Step Instructions)

Almost every delicacy prepared must include spices and herbs as the basis for cooking. The high cost of obtaining natural herbs and spices makes it more favorable for people to plant instead of constantly buying them from stores. For instance, did you know that you can grow and quickly harvest various herbs and spices in …

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How to Grow Lettuce from Seeds (Everything You Need to Know)

Planting lettuce seeds is a simple process that requires planting a few of the tiny seeds frequently. You plant a row or a little patch every one to two weeks during the springtime or autumn. This allows you to always have lettuce to reap throughout the favorable periods. Lettuce has a special place in our …

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12 Common Problems Growing Garlic (and How to Fix Them)

Garlic is rarely planted by new gardeners because planting bulbs is often seen as more complicated than planting seeds.  Once you learn how to plant garlic, however, it can even easier than planting seeds.  Garlic is one of the best plants to learn about planting with bulbs and slips.  In addition to producing edible bulbs …

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How to prevent bugs from killing your strawberry plants (all options)

There are so many ways to ensure that we harvest beautiful strawberries that insects haven’t eaten, beginning with companion plants. Other preventative measures include covering our strawberry rows using floating row covers during the warm months. We can spray our plants with a DIY solution created with water and garlic or chili pepper(among others.) Prevent …

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10 Secrets for Growing More Flavorful Onions

Growing onions is a simple process because they actually thrive in cool weather. Onions are typically sown in the early part of the springtime and harvested in the late part of the summer. When it comes to growing onions, whether you begin with seeds, sets, or seedlings, there are a few best practices that may make …

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How to properly transplant houseplants outside (Plus 6 costly mistakes to avoid)

So you’ve successfully reared the baby seedlings that you’ve grown indoors since germination and you’re ready to transplant them into the garden. Or you went the easier route and got some potted plants from the garden center and you’re ready to put those into the ground. Learn how to transplant your plants and make sure …

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3-Bedroom Stately European House Plan (The Bartlett)

Specifications: Sq. ft.: 3,322 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3.5 Home Plan The Bartlett Plan# W-1372 3322Total Sq. Ft. 3Bedrooms 3.5Bathrooms 1Stories View Plan Floor Plan Home Plan The Bartlett Plan# W-1372 3322Total Sq. Ft. 3Bedrooms 3.5Bathrooms 1Stories View Plan   About This thoughtful European design is angled with stone, arches, and decorative cupolas. The foyer opens to a …

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