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Link love: Tips for 'fake cleaning' your house in a hurry, early spring maintenance checklist, and more

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‘Fake Clean’ Your House in a Hurry
DIY Life
Yes, the context for this tips article is Super Bowl, but the advice is timeless. This article from Francesca Clarke encourages homeowners to focus their cleaning time on the parts of their house where they’ll get the most impact for the energy they expel.

Interior design: Nicole Hollis
Dwell
“To call interior designer Nicole Hollis’s portfolio ‘eclectic’ is an understatement. On one page you’ll find a modern man-cave with a colorful LED-lit staircase and on the next, a rustic kitchen outfitted with copper pots and wicker baskets. Each project has its own merits, but Hollis’s greatest strength as a designer lies in her chameleonlike ability to channel her clients’ desires.”

18 ways to make a small space look larger
Houzz.com
“Lots of people live in a small home, a small room, or just a small space. Others want to live in an intimate way versus dealing with the maintenance and cleaning of a large square footage space. Small is beautiful, easy, and practical, too. No matter what your reason for living in a small space, you’ll undoubtedly have to make some compromises in your decorating, get really organized, and make some adjustments to your lifestyle in order to live efficiently. With color, strategic furniture buying, space planning and interesting lighting, your place will feel wonderfully YOU with all the space you need. See if some of our tips will work for you.”

10 Architecturally Wondrous Staircases
Curbly
“A friend forwarded me one of those emails her husband got at work. It was full of photos of amazing staircases plus some strange magic eye type puzzles. Being the visual person that I am, I became completely fixated on the staircases and even went so far as to search for more and more visually indulging photos of creative staircases. I couldn’t get enough. Who thinks of these designs?”

Early Spring Maintenance Checklist
Charles & Hudson
“We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but it’s time to think spring! Even if you’re not quite out of the winter weather woods, we’ve got a short list of tasks you can tackle to get your home–both inside and out–ready for warmer months.”