Getting your security deposit back from your landlord after you move may feel like an impossible feat, but it isn’t. Remember that your security deposit is essentially your money, so not all hope is lost when it’s time to move out. “It’s the landlord’s obligation to return [the deposit] at the end of the lease,” says Abbie Philpott with move-out company Pleased to Clean You. Here’s some expert advice for making sure your security deposit money goes back into your wallet…

Let the ornate details, sweeping archways, stained glass windows, decorative fireplaces and well-kept grounds of these Victorian stunners whisk you away into a more elegant era. Some were built during the Victorian period, roughly from 1837 to 1901, while others were more recently constructed, but pay loving tribute to the style. Either way, these charming homes will set the scene for your romantic daydreams. Bainbridge Island, WA 4407 Blakely Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA For sale: $1.499 million This three-story Victorian was built in…

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many single folks swipe left and right searching for the “one” love of their life. Looking for the right match is not much different in real estate: trying to find the perfect home, in a prime location, that checks all the boxes on your wish list. Given the ups and downs of a home search and the love affair many buyers have with potential matches, many real estate agents feel their job becomes part therapist and part matchmaker.…

Creating special notes and cards is simple with these DIY hacks. Local craft stores are fully stocked with inspiration. Gather mix-and-match washi tape, metallic letter stickers, and alphabet stamps, and get ready to let your creative juices flow. Taking an afternoon to craft is a great way to spend time with the kids or unwind solo. Pencil eraser stamp card Materials: Notecard and envelope Stamp pad Metallic letter stickers No. 2 pencil Use an eraser to create an abstract pattern on all…

Creating special notes and cards is simple with these DIY hacks. Local craft stores are fully stocked with inspiration. Gather mix-and-match washi tape, metallic letter stickers, and alphabet stamps, and get ready to let your creative juices flow. Taking an afternoon to craft is a great way to spend time with the kids or unwind solo. Pencil eraser stamp card Materials: Notecard and envelope Stamp pad Metallic letter stickers No. 2 pencil Use an eraser to create an abstract pattern on all…

Everything about this home says “Provençal farmhouse” – from the repeating stone archways to the rustic wood-beamed ceilings and gracious courtyards. The home was built in 2002 in Hidden Hills, CA, an area best known for its Kardashian denizens, but the residence’s European roots are unmistakable. Its design sprang from a trip the owner took to southern France and northern Italy. “It’s a very California take on a found stone structure that you could absolutely stumble across in that area,” said Gary…

Photo: ShutterStock With three new movies hitting theaters this spring, Hollywood super-couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been busier than usual – and that’s not counting moving out of the home they just sold for $6.9 million in the celebrity-rich Palisades Riviera. They lived for 12 years in this colorful, comfortable home, which is filled with light from French doors and oversized skylights. Hawn’s sunny disposition shines through in the country kitchen, which is vibrant in red, cream and blue…

Editor’s note:  Love is in the air. Why not part with tradition and observe Valentine’s Day in a way that also involves your home?  After all, home is where the heart is. Sure, you could make reservations. But maybe the ultimate in romance is a candlelit evening at home. And those long-stemmed red roses have their appeal, but what about buying your sweetheart (or yourself!) a rose bush that will provide endless blooms? And if you’re celebrating solo, there’s no…

An iconic American estate just came on the market in the Hamptons, and the opportunity to snoop through the listing photos is so rich that you almost expect Big Edie and Little Edie Beale — the reclusive subjects of the cult ’70s documentary “Grey Gardens,” named for this very estate — to step out and offer a tour. The Edies would be thrilled at how beautifully their environs have been maintained — or really, vastly improved. Grey Gardens was in squalid disrepair…

Editor’s note:  Love is in the air. Why not part with tradition and observe Valentine’s Day in a way that also involves your home?  After all, home is where the heart is. Sure, you could make reservations. But maybe the ultimate in romance is a candlelit evening at home. And those long-stemmed red roses have their appeal, but what about buying your sweetheart (or yourself!) a rose bush that will provide endless blooms? And if you’re celebrating solo, there’s no…