November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Centerpieces: Ideas Using Seasonal Flowers

Fall is in full swing and it’s time to start planning your Thanksgiving tablescape! Flowers are essential for any holiday table, which is why FTD came up with these floral Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas to inspire your table decor.  Each centerpiece includes the richest colors of fall, including the season’s most stunning florals including dahlias, chrysanthemums, and amaranth. They even created custom moodboards of each centerpiece idea, which highlight the most unique elements of each arrangement including harvest-inspired elements like wild blackberry branches, pomegranates, and persimmons. Checkout the centerpieces below and get inspired to make your holiday table this year a truly memorable experience! Photography by: Tory Williams for Matthew Robbins Design This creative arrangement showcases the color orange, which is one of the most iconic colors of fall and makes it perfect as a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Bold ranunculuses create the focal point, and are perfectly accented by kumquat branches. Adding […]
November 7, 2016

Avoid Turning Buyers Off During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, when your neighborhood, maybe even your home turns into a festive display of holiday decor, but there is a fine line between tasteful and cluttered. Welcoming buyers into a home for sale covered in holiday decor with a life-size santa or an overload of string lights in the front yard isn’t something most buyers want to necessarily come home to. Sometimes it’s hard enough to get sellers to agree to remove certain objects or tone down accessories in their home or front yard. So when it comes time to decorate with ghosts and goblins around Halloween, gourds at Thanksgiving, or put out the menorah or Christmas lights and trees in December, how can you show off your holiday spirit without going overboard or offending buyers? In many cases a buyer will get distracted with the holiday decor and overlook the curb appeal. While holidays like Thanksgiving and […]
November 3, 2016

3 Ways to Hide Negative Features

Every room has positive and negative features, it’s what you do to downplay negative features that can make a buyer excited about your space. Take a look around the space you’re sitting in right now – is there a glaring eye-sore, repair or imperfection staring back at you? That’s considered a negative feature in a home. Now, if you don’t see an unsightly feature in the space, take a second look. Many times negatives are overlooked in a home because a homeowner either doesn’t want to see the issue, or they’re essentially wearing blinders and can’t see those details that may be unappealing to others. How can you remove those blinders? Home sellers should walk through each room of their home to critique the space as a buyer would and make a list of tasks or projects to complete. Here are some negative features you’ll want to take note of: Undesirable location of the […]
October 31, 2016

6 Last-Minute Halloween DIYs for the Home

Happy Halloween! Halloween is a great time for decorating your home. Many homeowners spend days, not to mention a small fortune, making their spaces look scary and fun. The truth is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money making your house look haunted.  Spook up your space with these cheap and easy DIYs. Let’s start with a few different illuminating ideas: Mason Jar Mummies To create this simple DIY candle holder you’ll need an odd number of mason jars with varying height. White ribbon or gauze, scissors, a hot glue gun and a small package of google eyes. Then you’re going to wrap the white ribbon around the mason jar a few times securing the material with hot glue. Once you’ve wrapped the jar add two google eyes to bring the mason jars to life. This project cost just under $10. Ghost Candles These ghost candles are simple […]
October 29, 2016

Lessons of a Superstorm

The night of October 29, 2012 changed our small beachfront community forever. Wind-driven storm surge from superstorm Sandy flooded the entire neighborhood leaving anything under five feet high submerged in the murky water. Recovery in Hamilton Beach, has been slow and steady, but we’re seeing our community skyline progress. As we walk through the neighborhood construction from superstorm Sandy continues. Homes are being knocked down, rebuilt and elevated to withstand future flooding thanks to the NYC Build It Back Program. It’s been a grueling process dealing with the program’s setbacks, but hope has been rekindled to neighbors here who have been in living in limbo, now that their seeing new home’s resurrect.  After the storm there was only two options: put a band-aid on your home and wait for the government to step in or flip the bill yourself, do the work and pray for a reimbursement. Being an impatient person, […]