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7 Home Improvement Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Greeting cards, romantic dates, flowers, and chocolates are the gold standard for Valentine’s Day. But this year, why not go bigger? The best Valentine’s Day gifts are those that can be enjoyed for years.

“DIY or home improvement projects create lasting memories reflective of a special bond between people,” says Cristina DePina, founder and principal designer of Cristina DePina Interior Design, in Worcester, MA. “It’s less about the actual item, and more about the intention and memory behind it.”

This Valentine’s Day, express your love to your favorite person by taking on a home improvement project. The time you dedicate to this DIY gift is sure to impress your loved one and beautify the space you share together. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Plant a rose garden

Pink rosebush

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Sure, a bouquet of a dozen roses is beautiful, but it’s not

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U.S. Luxury Market Has Strong End of 2020, Especially in Suburban and Second-Home Areas

The largest and most heavily populated cities across the U.S. continued their fall from grace at the tail end of 2020 as well-heeled home buyers directed their attention from metropolises to suburban living, according to Monday’s luxury market report from realtor.com.

The online property portal tracks the top 5% most expensive residential listings in 95 counties for its luxury index, and it was suburbs and secondary luxury markets that had the most prosperous fourth quarter in 2020.

Those increases are being underpinned by the seemingly insatiable appetite for more square footage, more privacy and more green space—amenities that are scarce in city centers.

Indicators point to a generally healthy high-end real estate market in the U.S., though some markets are outpacing others.

Of the 95 tracked locales, 83 saw price growth in the fourth quarter and luxury homes were selling in an average of 120 days, 15 days faster

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