May 11, 2017

How to Put Together a Mother’s Day Gift Basket

Whether you’re trying to find that perfect gift for your mom, wife, sister or daughter — maybe it’s a combination of items fit snug in a gift basket that will make that special someone smile. In order to create a gift basket for mom, it’s as easy as 1-2-3. First, you want to pick a theme. Base the theme on the gift recipient’s interests or favorite things. Next, you want to pick all the items you’d like to display in your basket. There should be a combination of different sized objects large, medium and small to place inside the basket. Finally, you want to start building the basket keeping in mind mom’s interest and design style. Deciding On a Theme Let’s take for example, if your mom loves entertaining outdoors — we can narrow down a few key items that will get her ready for summer.  I think the items […]
May 8, 2017

[VIDEOS] The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide

Want a sparkling home by the end of the spring cleaning season? There’s still time to pull on the gloves and get to work before summer entertaining begins. The best part after checking some of these tasks off your to-do list you won’t need to tackle them again until next year! Spring cleaning is a bit different from everyday cleaning because these are additional tasks you wouldn’t normally consider cleaning on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. We recently discussed the benefits of cleaning a home, plus one spring cleaning how-to in a recent Facebook Live post. Watch to learn the best way to clean the lint trap in your dryer to prevent a house fire. In our home we’re pretty much clean freaks! I find if you are constantly picking up after yourself and wiping down surfaces you’ll have less to clean overall. The benefits to living a clean life […]
April 27, 2017

7 Tips to Sell a Home with Pets

When it comes time to sell a home with pets home sellers tend to overlook the not only their fur balls presence, but all the mishaps they may have made in the home. I’m one homeowner who loves pets in fact Sal and I have three cats (1 lives outside still), two dogs and a homing pigeon.  As I’m writing this post I have to admit something…I have our female cat Tigz, whose’s been living with us since 2012, ruining the floor in my office. For the past month or so she’s been going to the bathroom on the floor, rather than the litter box. While, we first recognized this as a behavioral problem, we soon realized she had blood in her urine. Now, maybe this was a miracle in disguise but we discovered she had a large stone in her bladder. Glad to report she was operated on earlier this […]
April 24, 2017

Stage Your Home Based on a Buyer’s Emotions, Wants & Needs

The reality is most homebuyers purchase first with their emotions and then justify the purchase with their wallets.  Why? Because a home is several things: it’s where you live, it’s where you raise your family, it’s a reflection of who you are, it’s a status symbol. Regardless of stress, anticipation or, in some cases, frustration, the simple fact is a buyer can easily get attached to one home over another. That’s why you need to make sure your home stays at the top of a buyer’s mind during the house hunting process. You want the buyer to feel an emotional attachment to the space by visualizing herself living there. That’s hard to do walking in on a cluttered mess. Let’s go room by room and talk about some of the ways you can add emotion to your newly decorated spaces and utilize the top ten positive emotions, as determined by Barbara Fredrickson, author of “Positivity: Research […]
April 17, 2017

3 Not So Ordinary Ways to Decorate a Florida Room [Shop the Look]

As the weather starts getting warmer, it’s time to take the party outside! Well, not completely outside. A Florida room or sunroom can be the perfect shady retreat to enjoy the weather without dealing with bugs. This screened in room is usually attached to the residence and is designed to let sunlight and fresh air into the space to make it the perfect fours seasons room in some locations. A Florida room, quite popular in the south is combination of an indoor/outdoor space featuring anything from a sitting area, a place to eat, drink and take in Mother Nature. While many homeowners consider the room an afterthought, most decorate a Florida room in a beach theme or with palm trees. But, I wanted to share with you three not so ordinary ways to decorate this room — so it stands out on the block. This room can be a great […]