December 26, 2016

Planning Your New Year’s Eve

Three, two, one…Happy New Year! With the celebration of the year just a few days away, what are your plans to ring in the new year? The countdown is on and if you’re feeling the pressure to have the best night ever consider these simple solutions to start the new year off right. The period leading up to New Year’s Day is a time for setting things straight: a thorough housecleaning, paying off debts, returning borrowed objects, reflecting on one’s shortcomings, mending quarrels. In many cultures, people jump in water-literally washing the slate clean or the kiss the one they love to insure the relationship flourishes in the new year. According to British folklore, you should not take anything out of the house on New Year’s Day–not even trash. As this poem suggests: Take out, then take in Bad luck will begin Take in, then take out Good luck comes about Some believe […]
December 24, 2016

5 Ways to Avoid Toy Clutter

Once the wrapping paper has been ripped open, the box lids flung off and toys pried from that kid-proof packaging, the magical day we wait for all year is over, leaving our spaces piled high of new toys that need to be assigned a home in those overstuffed kid’s rooms and closets. Before adding those shiny new toys into playtime rotation, schedule some time to take a toy inventory. Many times kids outgrow or get bored with toys, maybe even those popular toys they were dying for just last year. Don’t let your kid’s play area be overrun with toys, spill over into the main areas of the house and cause clutter chaos throughout your space. Try these five tips to get your home in order well after the decorations come down. Set Rules   As the parent you’re responsible to make the decisions about toy rules and limits. Use the […]
December 22, 2016

7 Clever Tips for Staging in Winter

With the swift passing of the winter solstice, the day of the year with the least amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, the amount of daylight will slowly start to get longer again each day. But, winter in many regions is just beginning. Often considered the slow season in real estate, sellers should take advantage of this less competitive time by thoroughly preparing their home for sale. One of the biggest challenges when staging a home in the winter is trying to reflect a warm and cozy feeling inside despite the drop in temperatures outside. So while your competition is hibernating, apply these budget-friendly ways to get your home show-ready whether for buyers or guests. Curbing the Snow  The first tip to get your home show-ready starts at the curb. All driveways, walkways and steps around your home should be shoveled and de-iced. This way it’s easier for visitors to access the front […]
December 19, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home

The holidays are just a few days away, so for all you last-minute shoppers here are some gifts for the home. When in doubt as to what to give a friend or family member, a present for the home is always a good option. There are so many options for home gifts, so you’ll be able to find something unique and impressive for even the pickiest person on your list.     Home Gift Guide by tori-toth-arena   For the person who always open their doors to hosting dinner or cocktail parties, there are plenty of accessories or helpful finds for the hostess with the mostest. Have someone always on the run? Give the gift of a cozy blanket, pillow or a luxurious candle that makes the place look comfy and cozy to help them unwind after a hard day. Maybe you have a cook on your list, give them a kitchen […]
December 15, 2016

Ombre Effect on a Christmas Tree

Ombre’s popularity has surged in the past few years appearing in hairstyles, on the runway, home decor and now to your christmas tree. This technique adds gradual color to, from light to dark. Ombre is a perfectly imperfect art form, so don’t worry about messing up! The word ombre is derived from the French word ombrer which means to shade. The definition is having colors that shade into each other – used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark. Since there is no right or wrong way to ombre, you can choose any colors or items to create this technique as long as the final result is that of gradual shading.  Now you can choose one color and it’s shades to gradually place down the tree like, the Better Homes & Gardens Special Edition of Christmas Ideas, where they used nine different shades of red from light pink to magenta, red to burgundy. […]