April 5, 2018

Time-Saving Cleaning Products to Deep Clean Your Home

Are you ready for the annual deep clean on your property this spring? It’s time to spring clean your space, and while this takes effort, time and more than a weekend to conquer these tasks –the reward of a clean home will be worth the work.  Set aside some time in your schedule this month to tackle spring cleaning tasks, from clearing away dust bunnies to power washing the deck. But, before you start checking items off your to-do list here are a few products that will save you time while deep cleaning:   It’s Magic for Surfaces Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a time-saver for scrubbing away scuffs, fingerprints, and other marks difficult to remove. Before using this product though, test out a small, inconspicuous spot on the wall to make sure it won’t damage your paint. If the test spot looks good once dry, scrub away. If the […]
March 22, 2018

PETS: Bird Proof a Home or Else | The Tragic Tale of Whitey

As a homeowner we do our best to keep our home safe not only for loved ones, but for guests and pets too. There are many dangers within the confines of your property that can be harmful, some deadly– I found that out the hard way this weekend… With the touch of a button, the home environment that I take pride in became a toxic chamber for my bird, Whitey. The convenience of having a self-cleaning oven triggered respiratory failure and ultimately Whitey’s untimely death. [IMPORTANT: This is a hard post to write, I’m heartbroken, but the outpouring of support that admittedly agree they too were unaware of this safety issue, prompted me to write this post. Please take a moment and share this information to raise awareness and prevent another bird to suffer like Whitey. See responses below.] Meet Whitey (aka Coo-da), a white owl pigeon we rescued in […]
March 1, 2018

Decorating Mindset: Right Brain Thinking Helps Style a Home

Do you have the right decorating mindset to style a home? No matter where you are in the homeownership process it’s important to focus your perceptions so your home is the most appealing on the block. Every homeowner, especially those selling, must become successful at creating first impressions. This step allows you to develop a good sense of what your audience (buyer or guest) wants, and what it takes to ensure that you stand out in their minds well after visiting your property.  Think of your open house or dinner party as if it’s opening night for your favorite show. The stars would be walking the red carpet, dressed to impress, promoting the show and creating excitement and buzz—that’s what staging does to your home when selling (or staying). The Decorating Mindset A buyer’s gut reaction never goes away, so make sure to critique each area of your home or […]
February 17, 2018

Easy DIY Macramé Wall Art

Have you ever wanted to know how to DIY Macramé wall art? Macramé is all the rage this past year, I’ve seen it in my travels from Mexico to the Hamptons used as art installations in dining areas, statements above a bed, hanging planters, light pendants, dream catchers, napkin rings and even as curtains.     mac·ra·mé (n.) is the art of knotting cord or string into a pattern. This type of art was popular in the Victorian era and again in 1970’s bohemian style. Materials used in macramé include cords made of cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn.    An oversized, handmade macramé piece of wall art can be expensive, but costs a fraction of the price if you take on the project yourself, see the DIY macramé wall art tutorial video below. Here’s what you’ll need:  200 feet of 3/16 white rope   Rit Liquid Dye (optional)  3-foot piece of driftwood (pipe, curtain rod, spindle, etc.)  Scissors  Start by cutting […]
February 8, 2018

Home Staging Tips: How to Stage a Fireplace

Fireplaces are a “hot feature” on a homebuyer’s wish list, that’s why home stagers take the time to probably stage a fireplace before a home sale. Fireplaces have the capability of being a bold focal point within a space or an unattractive nuance dating the room. With so many buyers desiring this property feature, a home seller needs to take time to highlight their fireplace, making it center stage in the room.  According to a National Association of Realtors 2013 Home Features Survey they found that 57-percent purchased a house with a fireplace. What’s even more important then the fireplace itself, is what’s surrounding it. One term widely used is a “mantle scape” which is adding natural elements of various shapes, sizes, textures to set a scene across your fireplace’s mantel. Try these tips when updating your dingy fireplace when staging a home: Update Fireplace Materials Screens. If your fireplace has a brass screen […]