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 […]
April 13, 2017

5 Ideas to Dress Up an Easter Tablescape

With Easter hopping to town this Sunday, it’s important to capture the precious moments of spring and this fun holiday on your table. Whether you plan on hosting an Easter brunch or dinner having a beautiful tablescape at the center of it all sets the tone and puts guests in the right mood.  Here are 5 ideas to try in your home that you can easily mix and match to create an amazing Easter tablescape that’s not only all your own, but will have guests singing your praises. Add a Pop of Color with Pastels  Pastels are a common color scheme to start injecting spring into your Easter decor. You can make your tablescape as colorful or subdued as you’d like just by mixing pastels with a neutral color palette. By using a combination of one pastel as an accent color with neutral colors and some mixed metals to create an elegant look for […]
March 30, 2017

2 Potato Recipes for National Tater Day

Who knew that starchy food on the side of your plate had a day, National Tater Day is a time to celebrate the potato a nutritious vegetable that provides essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.   National Tater Day is observed annually on March 31. Whether you prefer the sweet variety, yukon golds, russets, or some color be sure to whip up some of your favorite taters in honor of the national holiday. You can do just about anything to a potato — baked, boiled, steamed, roasted, mashed, hashed, fried, grilled or scalloped (anyway you like them) and they’ll taste amazing. The potato is in fact a major staple in my meals, since I’m a picky vegetarian and it’s one of my favorite go-to foods.  Veggie Loaded Baked Potato One Large Baking Potato (Idaho or Russet) Olive Oil Sea Salt & Pepper Aluminum Foil Broccoli Carrots Snow Peas 1 cup Veggie Stock Cheddar […]
March 27, 2017

Going Beyond Cleaning & Decluttering

When preparing a home for sale it’s important to look at all aspects of the home staging process. While many times cleaning and decluttering the property can provide a vast improvement, it’s not the only projects to check off the to-do list before putting a for sale sign in the front yard. Here are four unconventional home staging tips every home seller should consider to get the maximum return on their investment. Every property has the potential to look expensive, but often times spaces fall short of the sales price because of the home’s features. To get a customized high-end look for less start by going neutral. Neutral colors as your base palette are a classic that offers a timeless appeal in any home. When mixing and matching whites, beiges and grays the color scheme creates an upscale look that’s easy to design with as the seasons change. Want a space […]