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    • How to Pack Big Style in a Small Kitchen

      22 January 2020

      If you’re living in an apartment in the city, or even a small house in the ‘burbs, your kitchen is probably not very spacious. With limited storage and counter space, it’s easy to put style aside and only focus on function. 
      But, just because your kitchen is on the small side doesn’t mean you can’t give it character. Here are some tips to spice up the style in your tiny kitchen:

      Add a Pop of Color
      Adding a bright color to your kitchen can be done in many ways. If you have a small island or breakfast bar, consider adding colored stools. Display vibrant bowls and jars on your countertop and put them to use, holding fruit or storing tea bags. Even find a matching teapot to display on your stovetop. Or, you can take another approach with color and paint your cabinets for a more dramatic look. 

      Bring in Patterns and Textures
      From patterned tiles to an eye-catching backsplash, adding a pattern can easily make a small room feel larger than life. Go for a Medditerranian look with a tile backsplash either all across your counter space or only on an accent wall, just behind the sink or stove. Add a stylish rug - or two - to bring some texture into the mix and tie the room together.

      Utilize Functional Decor
      When you’re confined to such a small kitchen, especially since most of the action happens here, anything you choose to add to your countertop should serve a purpose. Utilizing your decor is the best way to ensure you’re not sacrificing style for space. Wooden or marble cutting boards are always useful and can sit on your counter discreetly, while bringing in natural elements. Also, consider using pretty bottles for products that get daily use, such as olive oil or vinaigrette. 

      Don’t Forget the Details
      When styling your kitchen, it’s easy to overlook some obvious aspects. Hardware, for example, can be changed to fit the theme or tone of your kitchen. Whether you’re going for a more modern look or a country style, there are plenty of faucets out there to completely update your sink. Also, adding new knobs and pulls to your kitchen cabinets can make a huge difference to the overall feel of the room. Though these are minor updates, in a small space, every inch counts. 

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    • 5 Exterior Upgrades to Refresh Your Home’s Curb Appeal

      22 January 2020

      Curb appeal is important, whether you’re trying to sell your home or not. Caring for your home inside and out will not only improve the look of your home and potentially boosts its value, it will make you feel good to come home to something beautiful every day. With these touch-ups and makeovers, you can create an exterior look you’re proud to call home. 

      Get a New Mailbox
      Every home needs a mailbox, but more often than not, you’re retrieving your mail from a boring, rusty old box. DIY this upgrade by choosing a complementary color to your house and painting your existing mailbox. Or, buy new! Ranging from $20 to $200, you can purchase a stylish new mailbox - or even have one custom made - to fit the style, architecture and location of your home. A simple paint job or a unique style can do wonders for your curb appeal, especially if you plan to sell your home. 

      Update Your House Numbers
      A much ignored aspect of your front door is your address. A new house number display is a great way to freshen up your home’s curb appeal. Head over to your local arts and crafts store and find beautiful wooden and metal numbers to get you started for a weekend DIY project. Not too crafty? Try a lighted style for a fresh, modern look. 

      Replace Light Fixtures
      Brighten your entry-way and curb appeal by replacing or refreshing your light fixtures. If your porch lights are old and rusty, replace. You can find plenty of styles at your local home improvement store for less than $30. For outdated pieces, such as a ‘70s bronze sconce, simply spray paint it black or white for an easy DIY upgrade.

      Paint the Front Door
      A simple way to boost the curb appeal of your home is by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Whether you’re planning for a simple touch-up to the existing color, or adding a pop of color to your door, this is an easy DIY project that can be done in a weekend. Be sure to consider the style of your home when choosing a color, and even change it seasonally for more appealing and versatile looks. 

      Paint the Porch Ceiling
      Your front door isn’t the only place where paint can make a difference. If you happen to have the kind of covered front porch that features outdoor seating, freshen it up to create a more inviting and comfortable space to enjoy nature. By painting your porch ceiling light blue, you open it up visually as if you’re always under a bright blue sky, while still being protected from the elements.

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    • The Master “Change of Address” Checklist for Your Next Move

      22 January 2020

      Any time you move to a new home, things change. A new neighborhood, new people to meet and a new address. With the stress of a big move and the excitement of starting the next chapter in life, there are important tasks that need to get done, but are inevitably put on the back burner.

      Once your boxes are unpacked and you start to settle in, the next step is to identify any and all places where your address needs to be updated. Trying to figure out every company, account or personal document that needs to be updated can be just as stressful as move-in day. So, instead of digging through your mail and potentially missing a bill, check out this master list of all necessary (and possible) places you may need to update your address.

      Government Agencies:

      • Post Office
      • DMV - License, Vehicle Registration (Plates, if you moved out of state)
      • IRS/Other Tax Agencies
      • Social Security Administration
      • Voter Registration
      Financial Providers:
      • Banks/Credit Card Company
      • Loan Providers
      • Accountants
      • Gas/Electric Company
      • Cable/Internet/Phone Provider
      • Cell Phone Carrier
      Insurance Companies:
      • Health/Dental/Life Insurance Provider
      • Car Insurance Provider
      • Home/Renter’s Insurance Provider
      Personal, Family & Pets:
      • Employer
      • Doctor/Dentist
      • Schools (If you have children)
      • Veterinarians (If you have pets)
      Memberships & Services:
      • Online Accounts (Amazon, PayPal, etc.) 
      • Streaming Services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
      • Subscriptions (Magazines, meal delivery, etc.)
      • Clubs/Organizations (Costco, BJs, Sam’s Club, etc.)
      • Gym
      And last but not least, don’t forget to update your friends and family of your new address. 
      Once you make your way through this checklist, you can officially call your new house your home!

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    • How to Prep for an Open House

      21 January 2020

      An open house is a terrific opportunity to find the right buyer for your home. It’s simple —the more people who tour your home, the more likely it will be discovered by someone who loves it. And like any other step in the home-selling process, open houses need to be done wisely in order for them to be effective.

      Here are some things to consider as you and your real estate professional work out the details on the perfect open house.

      Choose the Right Date: Obviously, you want to set aside a weekend for the open house. Pick a date where you can be away from home during the big event. For example, don’t schedule it to take place before a family celebration or the night your kid is starring in the school play. And during the winter months, have a backup date ready in case your original date gets snowed out.

      Wake Up Early: You want your home to be in perfect condition during the open house, so be sure to get a head start on the day. Wake up early enough that everyone in your household has time to make their beds, eat breakfast, clean up  and get ready for the day so that your house looks its best when the first house hunters arrive.

      Get Out: Having the owners around can make things awkward for potential buyers as they look over a home. Your real estate agent knows how to run an open house, so leave it in their hands. Go to a movie, have a nice lunch out or go see your favorite team in action.

      Take Your Pet Somewhere: Spend some quality time with your dog at a park during the open house or let them have fun with other canines at a doggie day care facility. You can also spend the day with the dog at a friend’s or relative’s house- a terrific option for cat owners.

      And who knows? By the time you come home, someone may have decided that your home is the place they want to live.

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    • 6 Smart Tips for Decluttering Your Home

      21 January 2020

      Maybe you’re moving and want to properly stage your home. Or perhaps you just want to enjoy your home more, with less “stuff” interfering with your décor. In any case, decluttering your house or apartment can create a more peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment that everyone who enters your home will appreciate. Here are some easy tips to help you get started:

      Set Goals/Make a Plan
      The first step is making a list of the areas in your home—problem zones—that need your attention. Plan a day to tackle each area (or two, if it’s particularly troublesome). Setting aside an hour every morning before your day gets going (or one morning a week, depending on your schedule) can help. 

      Look for Things That Give You Joy or Efficiency
      For each item, consider the last time you used it, how useful it is and whether you enjoy using it. If the answer to these three questions is “over a year ago” or “no,” toss or donate it.

      Invest in Attractive Storage
      From a new hamper to shelving, spending a bit of money on organizing tools that double as décor can help your home feel less cluttered and help you keep it that way. 

      Pare Down Collections
      Some items have sentimental value—childhood collections like dolls or trophies are common dust gatherers and waste space. Choose 2 or 3 to keep and you won’t agonize over the decision or lose valuable shelf or storage space. 

      Check All Expiration Dates
      Double check the dates on food, spices and medicine. Prescription meds can be turned into most police stations for proper disposal. 

      Start Small and Slow
      If you’re someone who has hoarding tendencies (no judgement here!), acknowledge it and don’t give yourself anxiety by bringing half your wardrobe to charity or throwing out half of your childhood mementos all at once. Take one box at a time and you’ll stay the course without giving yourself additional stress. 


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