October 9, 2017

[Shop the Look] Neutral Halloween Decor Ideas + House Tour

This year I’ve scratched the traditional Halloween decor to opt for a more neutral color scheme that’s inspired by a dark, mysterious author. Edgar Allan Poe, one of the founding authors of horror, terrified audiences worldwide with his works: The Raven and The Masque of the Red Death.  Not only does this neutral theme compliment my current style, but I can reuse a few key accessories already in the room to complete the look.  The decor is mostly limited to our entryway, living room and eat-in kitchen, since those are the main areas of the home where we spend most of our time. I’m loving the way it turned out! Our fireplace mantle, shelving unit and other tabletop surfaces have a mixture of old and new Halloween decor displayed in various neutrals, textures to create a dimensional masterpiece Poe would be proud of. Refresh Old Decor Go through your Halloween decor to determine what […]
October 5, 2017

7 Proven Do It Yourself Home Staging Tips

How can you stage your home like a pro when, in fact you’re not a home stager? Home staging is the act of preparing and showcasing a property for sale to attract MORE potential buyers and ultimately providing a  quick and easy sell. Rated as the second best home improvement for sellers by Zillow, staging can be a powerful marketing tactic used to gain a competitive advantage. The problem is it can also be expensive!  If you have more time, than money on hand to get your property prepared for sale than you may want to consider do it yourself home staging, rather than hiring a costly staging company. Regardless, here are four reasons why you’ll want to consider staging a home prior to going on the market. Top 4 Reasons to Stage a Home Avoid Costly Price Reductions: Staging is an effective way in reducing the number of days […]
September 29, 2017

So, What Blue Works Well With Cheetos?

OMG, if you missed Thursday night’s premiere of “Will & Grace” then you missed a half hour of laughs at the White House’s expense. The iconic television show took a massive stab at President Donald Trump and the tense political climate on its first episode. Now, this isn’t a post to review the rebooted show or create a political divide — rather Debra Messing’s character Grace Adler who is an Interior Designer, had a few clever lines as she took the job to redecorate the Oval Office. As she tried to pick colors to match the new curtains: “Karen, hand me that curtain swatch. I need to make sure it works with his coloring. (Holds up a Cheetos bag.) Yep, that’s the one.” Grace was trying to match the perfect blue with the coloring of Cheetos.  Which made me think, what are some blues that work well with this bold color?     I […]
September 25, 2017

Easy Veggie Pot Pie Recipe

A veggie pot pie is a twist on a classic pot pie the ultimate comfort food. The flaky pie crust filled with tender vegetables (and meat if desired) all mixed with a creamy sauce and cheese, come on it just tastes like home. My mother use to serve us pot pies from the frozen section as a kid, but I longed for an adult version where we can control the nutritional content. Hence, Sal’s pot pie recipe was born! We usually crave this recipe as the weather begin to turns cooler. This simple veggie pot pie is easy to assemble in the morning and will cook up slowly all afternoon as you tend to other home projects until dinner time. The savory smell will fill the air in your home, making it the perfect recipe to cook during an open house or Sunday suppers with family. Veggie Pot Pie Ingredients […]
September 21, 2017

Embracing Fall Home Decor Under $150

When the air starts to turn crisp and the leaves begin to change, it is time to think seriously about autumn decor. From your curb appeal to your living room there are so many ways to decorate for fall. The season arrives this Friday, just in time to add a fall decor project or two on your weekend to-do list.  Decorating this time of year can feel a bit overwhelming because there are so many variations of iconic elements that can be used to set the scene. Do you decorate for Halloween with skeletons, witches and zombies first, then Thanksgiving with pilgrims and indians– maybe it’s both at the same time? Or do you choose to just focus on the seasonal aspect of autumn using classics like cornstalks, pumpkins, leaves and pinecones.  Whichever you choose, it’s important to stick to a theme. Exercise restraint when putting together your fall decor because imagery […]