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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 3/21/2019

A new house means a clean slate for redecorating. Which is fun and exciting but can become quickly frustrating if you struggle to match the furniture in front of you to the vision in your head.

If you find that this happens the good news is that you are probably a lot closer to creating a beautiful, well-designed room than you think. Itís usually subtle touches that designers keep up their sleeves that make all the difference for a stylish room.

The first thing to keep in mind is that all furniture should be arranged to fit onto your area rug. If this isnít the case or you donít have an area rug, this is a worthy investment when youíre able to do so. If you love youíre existing area rug that is too small you can always layer it over a larger rug. This will add dimension and a designer touch, look at you go.

Keep furniture away from the wall. This also makes the above tip much easier to achieve. Thatís right you donít need to find a rug that will span the entire room. Keeping the furniture in the center of the room makes it feel bigger and more spacious. Youíll never look at your friendís and familyís rooms the same!

Match the size of the artwork you hang up to the size of the furniture you hang it over. Aim for the frame to be at least ? of the size of what it is over and hang it mid-eye level. If you have a gallery wall design it to be so that it still covers a large enough amount of wall space. And smaller artwork can always be creatively reframed.   

Take your familyís traffic patterns and activities into consideration when arranging. Blocking main routes with a piece of furniture is awkward and cumbersome. And designing a room that doesnít accommodate your familyís lifestyle can create chaos and even discord. Make space for toys, video games and homework stations for example.

Take advantage of different levels of lighting. Combining overhead lighting with table and floor lamps create a well-lit comfortable room. It also allows for more control over the ambiance of the room whether itís time to wind down at night or youíre having friends over for the game.

Add enough tables to the room. A large coffee table is an anchor to the room and allows for drinks to rest, snacks to be laid out and feet to be kicked up. You also want side tables in reach of all sitting positions, and as a place for those table lamps, we mentioned earlier.

And last but not least the secret detail few homeowners include is greenery. Lots of greenery throughout a room makes it feel pulled-together and ďrightĒ. It can be via potted plants, fresh-cut flowers or both! If you donít have a green-thumb there are lots of low-maintenance plants that can survive the most destitute of conditions. Visit a local greenhouse to get an expert opinion on what will fit your level of experience and the lighting conditions of your room. Hint: itís a good idea to know which direction your windows are facing i.e. North, NorthWest, West etc.





Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 3/14/2019

Household clutter is an insidious problem in many homes because it happens gradually and you may not notice it until it actually infringes on your living space and begins degrading your quality of life. As is the case with many problems, the first step to solving it is to recognize that you need to do something about it.

Clutter can assume many different forms in your house, but the effects are always negative. Whether you need to eliminate clutter in one room or your entire house, tackling the problem always results in a feeling of relief and accomplishment. By taking it one step at a time and focusing on the benefits of reducing clutter, you'll be able to create a positive "ripple effect" in your mind, your family relationships, personal productivity, and other aspects of your life.

Improved efficiency: Everyone knows the frustration of not being able to find something you're looking for. It's problem that may happen with increasing frequency when you're surrounded by clutter. By taking the time to sort through a cluttered closet, cabinet, garage, basement, or bedroom, you'll be able to eliminate junk, regain lost storage space, and find useful things that you forgot you even owned! When you discover belongings that your family has outgrown or stopped using, you can free up valuable space by either selling, donating, or throwing away unwanted items.

Psychological benefits: A room or home that feels cramped, cluttered, or disorganized is not at all conducive to relaxation, smooth family relationships, and feelings of contentment. If you're even a little embarrassed about the way your home looks, for example, you'll be less likely to invite family and friends over to your house. One of the benefits of actually planning a family gathering or dinner party at your home is that you'll be motivated to organize, clean, and straighten up many areas of your home -- everything from your kitchen and bathrooms to your living room and family room. Also on the plus side: Having a feeling of pride about the appearance and decor of your home is not only personally satisfying, but it can also benefit your social life!

Inspiration: Once you've reorganized your furniture, where needed, and created a more spacious feeling in your home, you'll often feel more motivated to apply a fresh coat of paint to scuffed walls, organize bookshelves, or replace old draperies with new window treatments. One thing leads to another. When you see what a difference a few household improvements can make to the look and feel of your home, you'll be inspired to find more ways to enhance your living space. With any luck, other members of your family will also be inspired to help keep the house looking neat, well organized, and clutter free. While you shouldn't expect any miracles or sudden transformations, remember: Rome wasn't built in a day!





Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 3/9/2019

ONE LEVEL LIVING at its BEST! Located in sought after Stratford Ponds this free standing Ranch style garden condo offers so much! Open & bright living room has fireplace and dining area with slider to deck with new awning. Lovely updated eat-in kitchen features white cabinetry, Quartz counter-top and brand new stainless steel appliances. Master with private bath, double sinks with new Quartz counter-top, walk in closet. Another large bedroom, laundry and full bath in hall complete the first level. Downstairs offers an entertainment room with slider to brick patio & yard. Bonus space with wet bar, guest room and a full bath with jetted tub. Storage room with new vinyl flooring. Central vac, Central Air, freshly painted interior, private back deck & yard area. Association pool & tennis!

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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 3/7/2019

Many times the house that people initially buy isnít the property that will be their forever home. The house could be too big, too small, or not in an ideal location. When you sell your first home, you want to get the most out of your investment. There are so many easy ways that you can upgrade your home for a small amount of money. Any of these upgrades will add value to your home. Read on to find some of the most affordable improvements you can make to your home that will add character and value for you.


Do Something With The Kitchen


While ďsomethingĒ is a bold statement, itís true. Just about any improvement, you make in your kitchen will give you a great return. Some ideas include:


Change the countertops

Replace the cabinets

Replace the stove

Get a new dishwasher

Install a new floor


There are so many different things that you can do to make a kitchen better. The possibilities are almost endless! The key to any renovation that you do is that you donít want it to be too styled. Try to aim for improvements that will be timeless. Check out the current trends and see what seems to be a staple in modern homes. Keep in mind that you also have to like whatever it is youíre doing to your home.



Give Your Fireplace A Facelift


Upgrading the fireplaces in your home can be a great project and an excellent way to enhance your home. You can do anything from merely repairing your fireplace relieving it from any cracks. If youíre feeling zealous, you can change the type or face of fireplace you have. Look into switching from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. Change the front of your fireplace from brick to tone. Fireplaces are attractive features in homes that make any space cozy. 


Upgrade The Outdoor Space


An outdoor living space adds a lot to a home. The nice thing about adding outdoor is you can go as big as you want to. If you live in a warm region, an outdoor kitchen is an awesome feature to add on. Put a deck on your house. Construct a patio. Put up a gazebo or permanent screen house. There are so many ways to make outdoor living a possibility.   


Clean Up Your Outdoor Space


Giving the outside of your a once over can be an easy way to upgrade your property. You can power wash your siding. Trim your bushes. Add some more plants and foliage to the landscape. These are all simple, yet practical upgrades to your home that add value and appeal.      




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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 3/5/2019

A BEAUTY on Big Sandy Pond! Step inside this gorgeous Contemporary home filled with natural light and blue water views from almost every room! Front to back living room and dining room with high ceilings and slider to expansive back deck. Through the French doors you'll find the dramatic floor to ceiling stone gas fireplace family room, open kitchen with breakfast bar and eating area. 1st flr laundry, central AC, hdwd floors, sliders to deck. Spacious first floor master with private bath. Upstairs offers loft area overlooking family room & views. Two bedrooms and a full bath complete the 2nd flr. Bonus guest space with full bath over 2 car garage, basement offers 2 finished rooms plus storage. Association beach $50 per year. Outdoor shower, stone walls & accents. Pond right out your back door!

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