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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:

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.

The Biggest Advantages of Professional TV Mounting

Mounting flat screen televisions to the wall has been trendy for about a decade now—and we hope the trend is here to stay. Not only is it space-saving, but it also gives your room a sleek, uncluttered look and enhances your overall viewing experience. 

Ring Camera Installation: How to Tell if it’s Installed Properly

The Ring Video Doorbell is not only a pretty nifty device (especially if you’re like us and you can’t get enough gadgets), but it also makes us feel more safe and secure at home or when we’re away from our home. But like any other piece of equipment or technology that you add to your home, the Ring Video Doorbell can be tricky to install, and if it was done incorrectly then it won’t work—meaning that you won’t be able to properly use it for security (and let’s face it, to see if any neighborhood feral cats come to your door). 

Refrigerator Not Cooling Samsung Repair Options

Your fridge’s primary job is to keep all of your food safe, cold, and available for you to enjoy throughout the day. So, when your Samsung refrigerator suddenly stops cooling and all of the food in your fridge is at risk of spoiling, your first move is to figure out how to fix the problem (well, maybe after you finish off the leftovers and the ice cream before it melts).

Frigidaire Repair Near Me: What Are the Best Options?

Appliances make our lives easy. We no longer have to worry about washing dishes by hand, hanging out the clothes to dry, or heating up the fire to cook a meal—it’s all done and ready for us with the click of a button or a flip of a switch.

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