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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.

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Here Are 5 Phones That Even You Can’t Break

Let’s just admit something openly right here: Our cell phones are among our most prized possessions. Our phones help us keep track of our day-to-day activities, redirect us when we’re lost in a new city, and let us spy on our former high school BFF who is now heavily involved in a multilevel marketing company. So, when you drop your phone on the ground and it shatters the glass (making it a finger hazard) or it accidentally falls into a pool of water from the back pocket of your jeans, it can be a devastating blow.

The Best 90-Degree Swivel TV Mounts on the Market

Mounting your television gives you additional space in the living room, keeps electronic equipment out of the reach of kids and pets, and, best of all, makes your living area look sleek and modern. If you plan on mounting your flat screen television, there are a few different types of mounting systems to choose from, such as a fixed mount, tilt mount, swivel mount, mantel mount, and even a ceiling mount. 

If Your Washing Machine is Not Rinsing Soap Out, Do This

The washer and dryer are two of the most valuable appliances we have in our homes. They save us time, valuable quarters, and give us so much convenience—that is, until they unexpectedly stop working the way they’re supposed to. 

The Best IKEA Hacks to Help You Better Utilize Your Space

Everyone loves IKEA for their affordable, simplistic and stylish designs, and of course, for their famous Swedish meatballs (just us?). But the easy hackability of IKEA furniture is yet another reason why furniture lovers and DIYers of all ages and life stages love the Swedish furniture maker. 

How to Install Blinds: A Step-by-Step Guide

Blinds on the window provide you with privacy, and they can also give you cooler temperatures inside. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, most types of window treatments will keep your home cooler and lead to a lowered energy bill, depending on the type of covering as well as the season. 

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). 

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