Did you know that March 2nd is National Old Stuff Day? We didn’t either, but what better way to observe this holiday than by spring cleaning, decluttering, and donating gently use items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. After all, your old stuff could be someone’s new treasure! Spring Cleaning After a long winter of keeping your shutters and windows closed, spring is the perfect season to open those doors, air out the house and start cleaning. Let’s face it, no one really likes to clean but it needs to be done, and if it’s done right it won’t be such a chore. Dusting off the blinds, ceiling fans, lamps, picture frames, and tables can be done in one fell swoop with a microfiber cloth or Swiffer Duster. Don’t forget to get the corners of the ceiling and windows! Take your area rugs outside and beat them before laundering or vacuuming them. Save time and money by purchasing an all-purpose multi-surface cleaner to wipe down tables, countertops, and faucets. If you’re interested in saving more money, consider making your own cleaners with ingredients you may already have at home, such as white vinegar and baking soda. The Art of…
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Even the prettiest of homes can start feeling dull after a few years, and sometimes repainting your home is just the makeover it needs. It works well whether you are thinking about selling your house or are in need of freshening up your space. Selling Your House The safest bet when selling your house is to paint your walls in neutral tones, such as ivory or beige. Neutral colors can give buyers a blank canvas to work with should they wish to repaint the walls. Facelift Even if you are not selling your home, ivory and beige tones can be used to brighten up your space. You can add colorful pillows and linens to complement the walls, or use a colorful trim as an accent color to your space. Keep It Light If you prefer a subtle look there are a range of colors that can be used. Pastel colors such as lavenders, pinks, baby blues, and butter yellows can impart a calm feeling and make the house look airy and spacious. For some added dimension, paint the trim a shade darker than the walls. Color Riot Some people prefer to keep it calm and toned down but if you…
Super Bowl is around the corner and fans are getting ready for friends and family to come over to root for their favorite team. As important as it is to have the right snacks and right television, you need to ensure your home is ready for the big event. Preparing for the Super Bowl doesn’t have to be stressful and in fact, the preparation can be fun for you and your home. Here are some tips to get your home ready for all the touchdowns. Provide the Right Refreshments Super Bowl parties have the usual finger foods and drink selection staples so consider whipping up something more than just nachos and wings. Tap into your creativity and make some fun appetizers and snacks for your guests to enjoy. Display the food and drinks on different plates and trays for easy access. Don’t Forget About the Other Rooms Although most of your guests will be comfortably seated in front of the television, there will be guests who prefer to hang out in the kitchen or in other areas of your home. Set up entertaining spaces outside and inside for guests to lounge, or consider supplying music or a separate television and…
Whether your home is big or small, your home is filled with missed storage opportunities. Feeling more organized and getting rid of clutter around the home will inspire not only a fresh but organized and inspired life in 2017. If your home is spacious and organized, your sanity will be as well. Utilize all the spaces around your home and be refreshed. Discover the 8 prime places you might be overlooking. Some of these might amaze you. 1. The Laundry Room: hang shelves above the washer and dryer to capture missed space. Here you can incorporate baskets with labels or apothecary jars to hold detergent, softener, socks and any other items. Having an organized room will make laundry day that much better. 2. The Kitchen: When storing your bulky pots and pans, organize them in a file (stacked on the side) vs. keeping them faced up. This will help open up space for other utensils and allow you to see everything. If you have an island in your kitchen, you could turn your basic island into storage central. Hang up a peg board on the back side of your island and allow yourself to hang not only pans but key…
It’s that time of the year, where we have to start prepping our home for dinner parties and guests. Preparing your home for the holidays is actually like prepping your home for sale. Here are some handy tips on some easy effortless ways to get your home ready for this season. We look forward to December as the holiday’s approach. Soon family and friends will be knocking on the front door with wine and happy smiles. As hosts, we want to make our home spotless and welcoming. Decorating the home and tidying up is just some standard ways we prepare our home for guests. Sometimes, we want to consider renovation project to spruce up our home both for guests and add value to our homes. 1. Guest Bathroom Renovation The bathroom is crucial when guests arrive. Since there is usually one designated shared bathroom, this is a great time to consider a bathroom makeover! There is an array of ways to spruce up your bathroom. Start with cleaning out your cabinets and stocking them with fresh towels. Add in holiday scented candles to the counters just to add a fun touch. If you are due for a full renovation, a…
Fall Home Decor Trends
As the season begins to change, now is a great time to incorporate some trends that are warm and inviting to truly capture the feeling of fall. Pick up a few new ideas and decorating trends to get inspired and transform your home for fall!
Mix it up! Make your home warm and inviting by incorporating different textures and elements. Transform your living space by infusing old with the new. Display your interests and hobbies on the shelves and walls to show off your personality.
Artisanal Craft Finds
Handmade pieces add warmth and a sense of individuality to any home. It also brings a rustic element that’s cozy and perfect for fall. Pieces like fur or furniture with unique global patterns make a space feel cool and mix things up.
White and Gold Fall Pumpkins
Add a touch of glitz and glam to your fall centerpieces and decor with gold pumpkins. Put a twist on the traditional pumpkins to add touches of unexpected gold in your home. Easily spray paint any fall home decor pieces you have to achieve this look on a steal.
Get away from the typical warm reds and oranges of fall and try out neutrals and beige tones. Whites and neutrals help to brighten up a living space and make it feel larger. Add warm, cozy knit blankets and neutral colored design pieces.
This neutral colored material adds a certain degree of polished elegance into any area it’s incorporated into. There’s need to break the bank either by redoing your countertops to achieve this look! Simply incorporating a few pieces such as this cutting board tray help to update your home decor for fall. The best part is that marble transitions perfectly into the winter season for a crisp, clean look.
More Americans are choosing to cohabitate with their partners and delay marriage. Between 1990 and 2007, the number of unmarried partners who were living together increased by 88% (CPS, 2007). While the thought of moving in with your boyfriend or girlfriend can be exciting, there are some crucial things to consider before taking the plunge.
Downsizing can be extremely tough. Whether you have already downsized or preparing to do so, there are some key important steps you can take to make the process a smooth transition. Like most people, your home is probably filled with items that you have accumulated over time. Follow these seven steps and I promise it will make the experience a much more positive one.
The Emmy are only a few days away and the anticipation to see who will bring home the gold is high. Just as stunning as the nominated stars are their posh homes, making them certified real estate stars. To take a peak into the inside lives of some of these actors, read below.