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Can You Plan Home Improvements In Quarantine?

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Can You Plan Home Improvements In Quarantine?

Observing quarantine conditions means that we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home than usual lately. So it’s only natural that we begin to think about how we’d like to improve our homes, making them more suited to our lifestyles or individual tastes. In fact, planning a home improvement project is a brilliant way to pass the time in lock down. The work you plan can be quite simple, but sometimes small things make a big difference:

Declutter Your Space:

One of the simplest but most impactful things to do is to use the time in quarantine to have a major declutter. Being inside for a long time can make us feel cooped up, so creating more space by streamlining our possessions is a great remedy. Tackle those black holes of clutter like the basement, the loft, the cupboard under the stairs, and your closet. You can even look into techniques like the KonMari method if you want to find a new way to organize your belongings. Similarly, the current situation has made a lot of us think more about nature and how we can live more sustainable lifestyles – so if you want to look into becoming more minimalist, now might be a great time for it.

Tackle Essential Maintenance:

We all want our homes looking and performing at their best for when we are allowed to welcome friends and family round again. So the current downtime is a great chance to make sure all of those home maintenance jobs are in order. Simple things such as servicing your air conditioning system, repainting decking and patio furniture, power washing the exterior of your home and your drive, and adding some colorful planters are all simple things which can both improve the appearance of your home and stop small issues from turning into larger, costlier ones further down the line. It can be hard to find the time for these jobs when you’re going to work and have social commitments, so tick them off your to-do list now.

Switch Up The Layout:

If the layout of your home no longer suits your lifestyle, then it’s an ideal time to think about switching it up. Sometimes you can make a big difference just by repurposing items of furniture that you already have or moving them around your home. Or you could even repaint and replace handles to give an item a whole new look. In this way, you can often find better uses of your existing space, especially if combined with a declutter.

You may find that you need a more drastic change, one which involves handing over to construction staff to remove internal walls or add an extension. The project may have to wait until lock down conditions ease, but it’s definitely a good time to start sourcing quotes for the cost of the work and mapping out what you could do – home improvement boards on Pinterest are always great to get inspired and see what might be possible.

Use your extra time at home to remodel, declutter, and repair as you see fit!

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Can Interior Style Ever Be Practical? Let’s Find Out!

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Can Interior Style Ever Be Practical? Let’s Find Out!

If you’re an avid fashionista, you’ll know the conundrum of balancing style and practicality all too well. Should you wear a midi dress or baby blue jeans with pockets? Looking good is often achieved by making practical sacrifices. The home is in the same boat. A cool, sleek, black leather corner sofa isn’t very comfortable in the summer or winter. It’s either too hot and sticky or cold and rigid. That leaves it impractical for half the year. ‘Just cover it with a throw’ you might say. Well, that would defeat the purpose of the leather sofa, which is to be seen. It’s a style statement and it would stop being so if you ‘modified’ it. So, the question that begs for a clear answer is, can style ever be practical in the home?

Display versus the dresser:

One of the greatest traditional and modern style statements for any home is the display cabinet. It’s used to display photographs, your expensive china, artistic crystal fruit bowls, trophies of sporting achievement and academic awards. The display cabinet is housed in fine glass doors, so the light in the room entering inside is not impeded in any way. As you can imagine, you’re not going to be placing your everyday household items in such a decor piece. This renders it, practically useless. However, there is a similar alternative; the dresser cabinet.

The dresser cabinet is not like the dresser in your bedroom. It’s not built to just waist-height, indeed it is a large wooden and glass cabinet. The dresser cabinet is used to store your dinner plates, spoons, knives and forks. However, it can also be used to store books, acting as a mini-library. If you get a three-column cabinet, it will be far more dexterous to your needs. Store your tea set, with tray, kettle and cups in the same port. Small plants or flowers may also be placed on the shelves. Fitting a wine rack in the lower levels would be a superb vintage stylistic choice.

Classic Americana:

Some say that America doesn’t really have its own decor style. They’re wrong because the classic America or ‘colonial’ style, is very much still alive. The Patriot window style from Advanced Window Products is a clear example of how chic and debonair window frames can be. It’s a slider style that fits into a strong large square frame. The sliding window adds a double depth layer so you have privacy but practical means of opening the window.

They’re also more energy-efficient as windows are within a thicker frame which does a better job at trapping heat. These types of windows are largely bought in bulk because you need the exterior windows to all match. They have a replacement payment, no payment, and no interest scheme for 24 months and $1,200 off the whole cost if you’re buying 10 or more. The vinyl windows they fit last up to 40 years, so it’s really a long-term investment that should be given serious thought.

Not-so-humble shoe rack:

Do you open your pantry door to fetch your shoes? Some people are of the opinion that hiding your shoes away is polite to guests and that a home that has an open-air for shoes is less hygienic. Both of these views are true but in the end, when deciding on a style, they are subjective. It’s not practical to hide your shoes away because whenever you’re in a rush, you will find your shoes buried under other shoes, coats, and god knows what else. Explore the different possibilities of stylish shoe racks. This humble piece of furniture can be given a truly contemporary feel, and you’ll want to display your shoes more than ever. A pyramid show rack would go well in a geometric art-deco home. A closet shoe rack would be brilliant for a more modern home with sleek lines and smart storage spaces.

Light your mood:

Mood lighting has suddenly jumped in the number of searches made in Google. Purple and pink are often touted as relaxing shades that any home would do well to have. However, you need a table lamp which can be changed to whatever kind of color you want. That’s where something like the Teckin LED table really makes a subtle yet awesome impact. With just a touch of your finger, it can light to the color you want, stopping on the shade you want during its rainbow display.

Use the tips above to add a touch of practical style to your place!

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Selling Your Space: Services You Need To Find A Buyer Faster

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Selling Your Space: Services You Need To Find A Buyer Faster

There is much money to be made in the real estate industry. Buying from developers and selling to budding homeowners, when done with acute timing, can rake in a multi-million profit. However, this is one of those trades that sounds easier said than done. While it’s a lucrative business for the flipper, people will always be wary about where to spend their hard-earned cash on. Thus, you have to make your property as attractive as possible. How do you close that sale and make millions in a jiffy? Here are some services you can use:

It’s all about the angles:

Showcasing all of the best features of your property requires expertise. Make sure to hire both a professional photographer and an expert photo-editing company so that the ending photos look exquisite.

To make sure all of the shots present spick and span angles, clean the property from top to bottom a day before. Remove all clutter from the floor to clearly show open walking spaces. Rearrange furniture so that all rooms seem larger. Every wide shot should include at least half of the room or two adjacent walls and a clear view of the floor to ceiling. Let as much light in by turning on lights and opening windows. Accessorize flat elevated areas like dining tables and nightstands for added dimension.

Spruce up your space:

Once you get inquiries and viewing requests, it’s time to let them see the stylish side of the house. Within the industry, this is called “home staging” or remodeling a real estate property to look its best before being sold. It requires renovating the room without installing permanent or personal furnishings. For this, you might need a professional interior designer or an expert carpenter to do the job for you.

Create a theme for your home and find pieces and colors that adhere to the theme. This includes repainting the house and renovating significant and noticeable furnishings such as lighting fixtures, flooring, kitchen kits, bed components, bathroom vanities, and the like.

De-personalize the space. Remove rugs or carpets from your floor and keep all storage spaces bare.

Get your ears on the ground:

Sometimes, an expert set of eyes and ears is what you need to sell your home quicker. Make sure to scrutinize your potential agent’s background. As you take them around the property for sale, ask about their training, their license or certification, and how many years of experience they have had in selling homes. Ask about the last property they sold – how quick they did it and to whom they sold it to. Request a marketing plan and a comparable market analysis of your property to determine how best to sell it.

Don’t be afraid to assess multiple agents. This is so you can either test their listing prices or compare their proposed commissions.

Get more mileage with social media:

In this day and age, your potential client will probably see your property off social media. Thus, leverage your digital platforms.

If you’re clueless about the best practices, you can ask a seasoned social media manager for help. They can set up your own Facebook page, blog, or even a whole website and build a marketing strategy to drive organic traffic to these sites. Shoot a video tour and post it on YouTube or share it through every possible channel.

You can also join online marketplaces, niche groups, and online real estate listings to give your property more mileage.

Don’t work hard by doing all of this yourself; work smart and know the right kind of help you need. Do these things correctly, and you’re on your way to making money off of your property!

Goodwill Amazing WTF Find

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Goodwill Amazing WTF Find

Hello! One of my clients absolutely loves old school VHS movies and we end up frequenting one Goodwill or another weekly. From clothing to decor for my apartment, I usually end up finding a little something for myself or my boyfriend during these shopping trips, too. Thrifting is like a modern day treasure hunt and, I think I hit the mother load this past week, if I do say so myself. Lol, check it out:

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While my friend browsed her preferred movie section, I perused through the records and ended up walking towards the wall art. I didn’t really plan on looking through it because I still have quite a few pictures that still need hung up in my apartment. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I just happened to see Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers franchise and said “Wait… what?”

Upon taking a closer look, I happened to see that the poster of Austin Powers In Goldmember was signed by Mike Myers, Seth Green, and Verne Troyer offering his “best wishes”. It was in that moment that I realized I had hit the jackpot. Goldmember just so happens to be my personal and my family’s favorite Austin Powers movie and I just knew everyone would be as excited about it as I was…

AND THEY WERE!!!

For four dollars, I purchased the most randomly wonderful come up I’ve ever had in my life. The entire time I was thinking “wtf?” to myself because no one in their right mind would be giving something so fantastic away. But, hey, one man’s trash and whatever.

I, for one, am THRILLED with this Goodwill find and it is definitely the best thing I’ve come across yet. You would have to pry this poster out of my cold dead hands so, although I can’t comprehend dropping something like this off at the local Goodwill, I am so glad someone did! 😀

Do you have any celebrity autographs? What has been your favorite “wtf” thrifting find? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Lil Red’s Art Gallery: Accent Wall Edition

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Lil Red’s Art Gallery: Accent Wall Edition

Hi! Ever since moving into my apartment this past year, I have wanted to do something with the wall alongside my staircase. I pictured a wonderful accent wall with artwork of all different shapes and sizes and decided to go for it… Several months later! Haha, when I first moved in, I bought tons of framed art pieces from Goodwill and a few other locations and they have since been laying in a pile underneath my staircase.

Whomp whomp.

But, thanks to a new record player in my apartment from my boyfriend (which all of you will see later), the under the stairs space needed cleared and it was about damn time to get some of those pictures hung. So, Johnny and I went to Walmart, purchased some Command strips, and I spent some of an afternoon off creating the following:

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I am so pleased with how my art wall is starting to take form and there is still much work to be done because those aren’t all of the pictures that I have. However, I am not so pleased with the holding power of the Command strips because the embroidered peacock beneath my “Welcome” sign fell within one hour of hanging it.

And, to make matters worse, simply tapping my Welcome sign when trying to rehang the embroidery made that one fall, too! I was able to get that picture rehung but, sadly, the Command strips were already so worn out on the embroidery that I had to put it back in its nook under the stairs with a broken frame, no less.

Despite how happy I am with the outcome so far, I don’t think I would use the Command strips again to hang the rest of my pictures. I am also pretty nervous for the ones on the wall to fall and cause even more damage! We’ll see how the remaining pieces fair and if they can hold on for longer than a day but, I think I’ll be using the old fashioned way of a hammer and nails in the future. BOOOO.

Do you have an accent wall in your home? What is it like? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Cost Effective Home Styling In New Jersey

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Cost Effective Home Styling In New Jersey

Drooling over some gorgeous Insta home photos but wondering whether you can afford the cost? Are you curious about cost-effective home styling? Well, no problem! You don’t have to max out your credit cards to recreate some of these beautiful and inviting spaces. You can still create a lovely and inviting home without compromising on the style factor, even on a shoestring budget.

This post will share with you some top hacks of how you can stretch your decorative dollar and turn your home into a designer space:

Achieve a minimal look:

With a limited budget, you have to be specific about what is necessary and what you don’t need in your space.

Rather than jamming your space with shelves full of books, ornaments, and portraits, think of investing in small quality pieces that are both stylish and timeless in design. Create a minimal look with a few classic items that will give your space a unique personality rather than a cluttered mess.

Take a look at this painting – simple enough to bring a unique quirky look to a minimal space:

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Minimal effort, maximum style!

Create a little scene in each room:

If your rooms are very neutral with whites and greys, it’s a good opportunity to spice things up. Add one dramatic and bold feature which can capture all attention in the room. It can be a painting, a pillow, or a carving.

You can also focus on creating vignettes and shelves to avoid styling the entire room. Create a little vignette scene by having a sideboard and a mirror in your room, a reading nook, or even a small display shelf.

Focusing on a small space is quite cheaper than thinking of revamping the entire house. You also have the freedom of making changes easily when you need to re-style in the future.

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Bring in some leafy friends:

For a beautiful and lively look, clear your rooms of the unnecessary clutter and fill the space up with flowers and indoor plants. Bringing in flowers to every room is a simple way to breathe life and color into your house. Flowers and plants are also good at lifting up your mood and cleaning your air of pollutants.

Don’t have a green thumb? Then look for the hardy green plants such as peace lily or devils ivy. And, if indoor plants aren’t really your thing, there are some beautiful lifelike faux plants you can get from the stores.

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DIY your own art wall:

Who said you have to pay thousands of dollars to have art on your walls? You can create your own cheap and unique art wall – no talent needed. All you need is to get a few brushes, paint, and a canvas frame. If you have no idea of what to paint, you can start with simple items such as trees, flowers, mountains, and geometric paint art. You can also do word art that has an uplifting message.

Still doubting your artistic skills? Then wrap a beautiful fabric around a piece of rectangular Styrofoam and staple at the top. Or even make a DIY photo frame and create a collage.

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Creative cloth art

Brighten up your room in style:

Light up your home by buying good quality bulbs with low wattage and think of hanging a few pendant lights. Pendant lights, hung over a sculpture, art, or at the dining table draws the eye and adds on the visual effect of the items around. Choose lighting bulbs that are covered with porcelain ceramic or concrete for a more earthy look. These combined with a bright metallic finish at the bottom will bring a warm bright glow to your rooms.

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Redesign your air conditioner:

Heating and air conditioning in New Jersey and many other parts of the country is almost a must-have necessity. However, these air conditioners and heating equipment are not one of the most attractive pieces of equipment to have in your home. They can easily become an eyesore, especially when they get old.

An easy way around them is choosing the right spot for them. Think of placing the equipment above your doorway or your windows. You can also camouflage them by painting them the color of your wall. This way you will prevent them from sticking out and cramping your style.

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Achieving a great look in your home doesn’t have to cost you thousands. Follow these simple ideas to keep your home décor stylish and on trend without causing a dent in your bank account.

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Ready, Set, Spring Clean!

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Ready, Set, Spring Clean!

Hi! Although the winter season in Ohio hasn’t been awful this year, things took a drastic turn into freezing rain and snow and it has me eagerly awaiting the warmer weather. Spring is (somewhat) just around the corner, which means that sunshine, flowers, and oh yeah – spring cleaning is near!

Is cleaning house the best part of the transition from winter to spring? Not by a long shot. But, it sure feels good once you’re all done! So, let’s go over some pro tips to get the process started:

Take Inventory:

Before you start your cleaning, take a look around your cupboards to see what you have and what you need to finish your task. You will totally lose all of the motivation you had to sweep the floors once you realize you would need to run to the store to grab more liquid for your Swiffer. Complete the chores you can do with the cleaning products you have and then set aside some time to restock your supplies as needed.

Take Your Time:

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean a whole day dedicated to scrubbing, dusting, and reorganizing. That’s just too much for anyone. Rather, go from one room or area at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Set aside an hour or two for each project until your whole home is spick and span and don’t forget to play some great tunes to get you grooving. I promise, it will make your deep clean go by so much quicker!

Decluttering Is Key:

In my apartment, there really isn’t much space where I can place all of my crap that I collected throughout the day. So, my kitchen table ends up being covered in paperwork, jewelry, and whatever else I didn’t feel like returning to its proper home. If this sounds familiar to you, then really try and focus on tidying up these spaces and keeping them as such. I know it’s hard but nothing feels better than not having to hunt for something you placed down weeks ago and a kitchen table to actually eat on doesn’t hurt, either. 😉

Decluttering Is STILL Key:

I find that it’s much easier to do chores once all of the unnecessary stuff has been removed. Take a look around your home and evaluate everything there. Is your Christmas decor still up? Maybe it’s time to clear that away to make room for the Easter Bunny. Is your mantle and the knick knacks on it coated in dust? Take the time to remove and clean them individually and see if there are any you could do without or replace with different decor to freshen things up.

Keep Your Cool:

Cleaning sucks but it doesn’t need to be stressful. If you create a game plan and stick to it, your home will be spotless in no time. Delegate tasks if you have any helpers around and don’t take any breaks until the chore is complete. Because, believe me, once you watch just “one episode” of your favorite show, you’ll be posted up on the couch binge watching instantly!

Ready, Set, Spring Clean with the pro tips above!

When do you start your spring cleaning? Which part of your home needs some extra love during your cleaning sesh? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah