September 26, 2016

An Ode to My Neighbors

Although I live in the largest city in the world, New York City, you’d be pleasant surprised that the place I call home is a small town neighborhood, where everyone comes together to support one another. Neighbors are an integral part of our life – whether you like it or not. Good Neighbor Day celebrated on September 28 is an annual holiday that promotes neighborliness and niceness towards people who surround us. Who is surrounding you? I have a cast of characters on my block who always have our backs. We’ve been on our block since 2003 and have shared a lot of laughs and cry with those who surround us. If you don’t know your neighbors well, today is your chance to start the conversation and build a relationship. Here are a few tips to be the best neighbor possible: Come Together  Get to know who is living in your […]
September 24, 2016

4 Ways to Control Stress When Selling a Home

Selling a home is no easy task, it can be down right stressful. Stress is infectious and can not affect you, but those close to you undermining your ability to make important decisions or maintaining daily tasks and schedules. A recent survey by Vivo Property Buyers in the U.K. revealed that homeowners feel that selling their home is the most stressful event in their lives. Selling your home outranked other stressful life events including having a baby, starting a new job and planning a wedding. Why? Well there is a lot riding on the sale of your home, it’s usually one of the biggest assets someone owns. Not to mention, the process can be long, daunting and there are many unknowns that can play a role in your stress.  It’s important to not only sell quickly, but sellers need the biggest return on their investment to feel satisfied with the deal and […]
September 22, 2016

Freshen Up Your Home This Fall

The Fall season is a time to get back to nature. The leaves are changing, the cooler air is blowing and nights are getting shorter — a perfect time to hang outside with fire lit drink a pumpkin “something or other.” Decorating this time of year is all about making your home cozy, comfortable and sophisticated. This year’s trends have something for everyone so experiment with patterns, texture and color to freshen up the look of your home. Neutralize If you’ve had a bold summer decor style, try switching it up with neutral colors. Play with neutral colors brings back the simplicity of Fall. Neutral doesn’t mean just all white either, get creative use browns, grays and even blacks this season. Remember though when neutralizing adding different textures into a room is key. Home on the Plains Instill farmhouse style into your home this Fall, it’s a hot trend that’s not […]
September 21, 2016

7 Ways to Decorate a Corner in Your Home

Are you ignoring the corners in your home? These odd in-between places that can confuse homeowners usually end up in decorating limbo, not being utilized for it’s valuable space.   What should you do when two walls connect in a room? Here are seven ways to maximize the corners in your home to create functional beautiful spaces that connects with each room.  Entry Corner Corral all the items that come in and out of your home in the nearest corner to a door. Use hooks, baskets, and shelving to hold items like shoes, jackets, bags and even equipment and gear. Why not add a bench or seating area nearby to easily remove items, this also slows down the process when you enter and leave the home hindering the habit of flinging items about. Entertaining Corner Love to entertain? Consider adding a bar cart in the corner of a living or dining area to store […]
September 19, 2016

Pantone Colors that Inspire Fall Decor Ideas

As the seasons change, so should your home’s color palette. Add color to your home this fall by using bold accent pieces to colorful rugs, and from exciting new wall colors to a sophisticated floral arrangement.      Pantone’s 2016 Fall Color Report includes the season’s hottest colors for your fall decor this year. From warm and earthy tones, to bright and bold hues, the unique combination of colors creates an eclectic palette that can fit any style.    To help inspire your home decor this fall, FTD created a guide that features four of this season’s trendiest Pantone colors including: Spicy Mustard, Potter’s Clay, Bodacious and Aurora Red. Follow our quick tips to help you incorporate these colors into your fall decor. For more inspiration, check out FTD’s post which features over 100 fall decor ideas inspired by the 2016 Fall Pantone Color Report.   Caroline enjoys writing on a variety of topics including interior design […]