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Jamie B.

Jamie B.

Jamie Birdwell-Branson is a professional writer whose work has appeared on nationally-recognized sites, including Elle Decor, Zillow, BobVila.com, InStyle and others. She has been a Puls staff writer since 2018. When she's not writing for Puls she is either setting up Google alerts for flights to Europe, antiquing, or attempting to fix things in her 1940s Colonial-style house.

Recent Posts:

How to Take Care of Hardwood Floors

This blog post is part of our home maintenance for first time homeowners series. Read the previous post on how to get rid of household mold for more helpful information!

5 Reasons a TV Mount is Better than a TV Stand

Joey Tribbiani once asked on Friends, “You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?” It’s true—ever since the television set made its debut in the living rooms of the mid-20th century, it’s changed the way we design our homes. 

Power Washing Prices: What You Can Expect to Pay

The inside of your home isn’t the only thing that needs sprucing—every few years, you should power wash your home to eliminate the buildup of dirt, grime, and algae. 

The Best New Refrigerators of 2019 and 2020

If it’s been awhile since you’ve purchased a new refrigerator, or if you’ve never had a need to buy one before, know this: refrigerators have gotten seriously cool. 

If Your Washing Machine is Overflowing, Here’s What to Do

Laundry is typically a pretty boring task—that is, until your washing machine overflows. As a homeowner or a renter, there’s really nothing worse to deal with than a flood in your home. 

How to Install a Chandelier: Brighten Your Space With Our Handy Guide

Changing out a light fixture like a chandelier is one of the easiest ways to upgrade a space, and updating the lighting can create an entirely new ambiance and aesthetic in a room. However, homeowners—especially newbies to home renovations—can understandably get intimidated by anything to do with electricity. 

5 Plumbing Tips All New Homeowners Should Learn

This blog post is part of our home maintenance for first time homeowners series. Stay tuned for more! 

Gutter Cleaning Near Me: How to Find the Best Company

As summer winds down, homeowners have to start preparing for the busy maintenance season ahead. With autumn approaching, that means raking piles of leaves, preparing to winterize your garden, and the most arduous task of all: cleaning the gutters.

Top Five Reasons Why Your Dryer Isn’t Working

It’s hard to imagine what life used to look like without the convenience of appliances until one of yours breaks down and temporarily throws your routine for a loop. When the dryer breaks down it can be especially frustrating, as it’s easily one of the most-used appliances in our whole arsenal. If your dryer has suddenly stopped working, there could be a variety of explanations—from user error to a full-on mechanical meltdown. Has your dryer got you stumped? Read on for the top five reasons why your dryer isn’t working as well as step-by-step directions on how to fix the problem.

Recessed Lighting Installation Cost: What's a Fair Price?

If you’ve ever seen a renovation television show in the last five years, you know that recessed lighting has been a big trend in kitchen and bathroom design. Recessed lighting—or downlights as they are also known—are lights that are installed right in the ceiling (in other words, they don’t hang down). 

How to Find a Good Handyman You Can Trust

Despite what you may hope, watching repeated episodes of “Property Brothers” doesn’t exactly make you an expert in home repair or renovation. For those of us who are not the handiest or DIY savvy, it’s a necessity to hire someone to tackle projects like changing light fixtures, painting the walls, or installing an appliance. 

Give Your Bathroom a Fresh Look With Tile Stickers

Is your current bathroom tile not exactly what you would consider for your dream bathroom? Whether it’s permanently stuck in the 80s with a frosted tile shower door—or the floor and shower tile are a particularly repugnant shade of green and yellow, you’re likely looking at a hefty cost to remove and replace it.

Make Entertaining at Home a Breeze With Amazon Alexa

It used to be that all you needed for a good get together was plenty of food, some cold ones, and maybe a good playlist or two. Now, with smart home features like Amazon Alexa, smart lighting, and access to almost any song in the world through Amazon Prime music, entertaining at home has been brought to a new level. 

The 6 Kitchen Design Trends We're Drooling Over

From the space-age linoleum countertops in the 1950s to the avocado appliances of the 1970s to the granite islands and the dark cabinets of the early 2000s, kitchen design trends have gone through it all. Now, with pops of color, funky open shelving, creative layouts, and vintage, exposed lighting, kitchens have never looked better. 

TV Mounting Kit: Do You Need it and Where to Get It?

Mounting your television is a great way to avoid the expense of an entertainment system (and not to mention, a way to save a whole bunch of space in your living area). And although it would be nice to just hammer a couple of nails in on the wall and hang your flat screen television like a large picture, it unfortunately doesn’t work that way—or if it does, it won’t be too long before the television comes crashing down onto the floor.

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