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Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/26/2020

When you have a small yard, you may feel like thereís not much you can do with your landscaping scheme. The good news is that there is plenty that you can do to perk up your yard and give it some character. Read on for tips for your small yard. 


A Yard With A View


First, you should create a focal point in your yard. You want a place that your eyes are drawn to each time you enter your yard. This focal point could be a fountain, a pergola, a tree, or even some outdoor artwork.


Create An Intimate Spot


Even though your backyard might be small, having a spot for intimate conversation and entertaining can be a nice touch to your yard. When there is a space that exists for reading, relaxing, eating, or whatever you like to do outside, it becomes more inviting. This is landscaping with a purpose.   



Use Color To Your Advantage


Make bold colors pop in your yard. Attention will be detracted from the size of your yard and the focus will switch to the beautiful blends and colors that are in the space. Placing bright colors strategically will even make your yard appear larger. 



Trick Imagery


By creating a focal point and allowing your yard to form in long, clean lines, the perspective of the outdoor space will change from small to just right. One trick is to use fences to define your yard. If you have a garden, you can use a small fence to define this area. Define the boundaries of your backyard with a fence as well. Repeating rows of flowers or bushes is another way to create those straight, defining lines. 


Use Vertical Features


When space is limited, just as you would in the inside of your house, donít be afraid to go up! You can plant things that grow on a vine and can be tamed with a trellis or pergola. This creates and elegant effect in your home. 


No Lawn No Problem


If your yard is small enough that you may not even have much grass, donít fret. Any kind of greenery can help you to enjoy nature. Whether you live in a rural area or a large cityscape, thereís always room for plant life and green natural accents.      


Donít Forget To Add What You Love


If you have an admiration for sitting by the fire, you certainly should install a fire pit. If you want a fountain, you should install it. No matter what the size of your yard, itís a place that you love and should serve you and your needs. No yard is too small for enjoyment. The key is that your outdoor space allows you to bask in the glory of your own little piece of natural heaven.    


 





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Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/19/2020


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A transitional bathroom is a popular design trend that is a cross between modern and traditional. What are the key features of a transitional bathroom?

  • A combination of two styles: A transitional bathroom can have different meanings to different people. Usually, it is a mixture of a recent era with the current era. It boasts of clean lines, with a warm and comfortable design.

  • Easy to access: A transitional bathroom also refers to a design that gives homeowners safety and accessibility. Grab bars installed near the bathtub or shower are installed as much for style as they are for safety. Handheld shower sprays and bench seats are common additions as well as mirrors and other fixtures placed low for use from a seating position or a wheelchair.

  • Safe but stylish: A transitional bathroom is visually appealing and can make you feel safe and comfortable regardless of your physical ability or age. The grabs bars in a transitional bathroom are decorative and at the same time can prevent a fall. A built-in bench within a shower stall can serve as a seat if you are unable to stand due to injury or a foot prop for shaving your legs. Also, the handheld showers will come handy if you wish to bathe seated, wash your pet, or clean the shower.

  • Sleek design: The sheer beauty of a transitional bathroom is one reason it is so popular. They offer luxurious space where you can relax and unwind without the expense or inconvenience of leaving your home.

  • Storage and workspace: The vanity and cabinets in transitional bathrooms are distinctive. They are free-standing or built-in, with recessed panels and several drawers. The transitional bathroom incorporates painted wood with decorative hardware.

  • Countertops and sinks: In a transitional bathroom, the countertop, sinks, and faucet tend to be granite, marble, quartz, or quartzite. A transitional bathroom uses the newest faucet design trend like motion and touch-control. Popular finishes for transitional bathrooms include matte, polished, and satin.

  • Colors and flooring: Flooring options for transitional bathrooms might be stone tile, ceramic, porcelain, luxury vinyl, marble, or wood. On colors, transitional bathrooms have a light and soft feel: whites, grays, beiges, blues, and silvers are the most common color choices. 

If you looking to incorporate transitional style into your bathroom, contact your local interior designer for more ideas and cost estimates. If youíre looking to sell, ask your realtor if upgrading to a transitional bath is a potential selling point.





Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/12/2020

Whether you live in a huge mansion or a modest cottage, your home is your castle, and you're entitled to be safe and secure at all times!

Unfortunately, there is a criminal element in society which can pose a potential threat to homeowners (and renters) who fail to take precautions.

While each individual has to decide for themselves what security measures are necessary for their own safety and that of their family, everyone can benefit from developing a sense of heightened awareness. This is not a difficult thing to do; it simply requires you to focus extra attention on the need to keep your home and family secure. As an old song lyric by Kenny Rogers reminds us, "Trust in God, but lock your door."

By nature, we are all "creatures of habit." It's easy to lose sight of the big picture and allow ourselves to be lulled into a sense of false security. No matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, you're inviting trouble if you habitually leave your doors unlocked. In the same way you may be conscientious about turning off the stove when you're finished using it, getting in the habit of locking your doors (and windows) before you leave the house or go to bed is also a good safety practice. Just that simple thing done on a consistent basis can drastically reduce your chances of becoming a crime statistic.

Shedding light on the subject

Another easy and inexpensive way to fortify home security is with lighting. Your house and property should never be pitch black at night because it makes your home look more vulnerable and unprotected. Creating the impression that someone is home -- whether they are or not -- can be as simple as turning on a couple lights before you leave the house, connecting your lights to a timer that will automatically turn on and off at designated times, or installing a system that enables you to control your home's security remotely. Motion-activated outdoor spotlights can also be an effective deterrent.

One of the many advantages of having a high-tech home control system is that you never have to worry about forgetting to lock your doors, turn on the lights, or adjust your thermostat; you can do it from virtually any location. If you're not technically inclined, you can have a system installed and monitored by a home security company (Make sure to compare prices, services offered, and customer reviews first, though.)

Some homeowners even opt for a video surveillance system, which is one of the most effective ways to keep tabs on your property. Implementing that sort of security system doesn't fit everyone's comfort zone or household budget, but home automation, in general, is an option worth considering and learning more about.

Whether you decide to stick with old-fashioned techniques or try the latest high-tech methods of keeping your home secure, your most important resources are awareness, alertness, and a good set of locks on your doors and windows.





Posted by Marianne Avila on 1/5/2020

Are you an experienced homebuyer? If so, you may be better equipped than others to enjoy a quick, worry-free homebuying experience.

Ultimately, a veteran homebuyer can learn a lot from his or her past experiences, including:

1. How to Avoid Paying Too Much for a House

The housing market offers many opportunities for veteran and first-time homebuyers alike. However, a first-time homebuyer may struggle to pounce at an opportunity to acquire a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price. On the other hand, an experienced homebuyer likely knows what it takes to acquire a house at a price that matches or surpasses his or her expectations.

As an experienced homebuyer, it generally helps to think about how you narrowed your price range when you most recently searched for a home. This experience may guide you as you look to establish a price range for an upcoming house search.

Furthermore, a veteran homebuyer may know exactly what types of housing market data to examine before entering the real estate market. By evaluating the prices of recently sold houses and available residences in cities and towns where you'd like to live, you can use assorted real estate market data to accelerate your home search.

2. How to Get Home Financing

If you struggled to get a mortgage for your first home, there is no need to deal with home financing problems once again. Instead, a veteran homebuyer can allocate the necessary time and resources to get pre-approved for a mortgage and enter the housing market with a budget in hand.

To receive pre-approval for a mortgage, it usually is a good idea to meet with various banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can educate you about myriad mortgage options and help you select the ideal mortgage based on your homebuying needs.

3. How to Differentiate a Buyer's Market from a Seller's Market

Regardless of whether you previously bought a house in a buyer's or seller's market, you can use your past homebuying experience to help you assess the current state of the housing sector. Then, you can map out your homebuying journey accordingly.

If you notice houses are selling quickly at prices above their initial asking figures, you may be preparing to enter a seller's market. In this scenario, you may need to act quickly to acquire a great house.

Comparatively, if you find that homes are lingering on the housing market for many weeks or months, a buyer's market may be in place. In a buyer's market, you may be able to purchase a stellar house at a discounted price due to the sheer volume of houses that are available.

Before you launch a home search, it is important to note that even a veteran homebuyer may need help at times. If you hire a real estate agent, you can receive expert support throughout the homebuying journey. In fact, this housing market professional will make it easy for you to discover a superb house in no time at all.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 12/29/2019

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Have you ever walked into someone's home or office space and instantly felt that it was positive, welcoming and peaceful?  It means more harmonious work with customers and clients and a more peaceful attitude at home.  Imagine walking through your front door and the stresses of the day melting away.

A good design, including color, layout and lighting can help create that environment for you or your business.  Read on to learn more!

Color

To create a relaxing and serene impression, consider using pale blues, which many people find calming.  Aqua and periwinkle are also soothing colors.  Want something warmer?  Peaches are a fresh choice to create a feeling that's more energized, yet welcoming and relaxed. 

For an interesting twist, consider creating a gradated impression with mountains or swaths of gently shifting color either with paint or using wallpaper.  Gradual shifts in color are very soothing to the eye and also make decorating far easier, as it's possible to match with any of the colors present.

For bedrooms, do consider darker colors such as midnight blue on one wall, especially if the bedroom does not include an office space and is used mostly for sleeping.

Layout

One of the decorating maxims is quality over clutter: "buy it once, and buy it right".  If your budget is tight, gather the bare essentials first, and allow yourself a full year to reach the finished, polished look you're going for.  Remember that if it's a home you've purchased, you're going to be living there for years to come: there's no deadline to acquire the perfect look.

Finally, don't purchase furniture that is oversized in order to 'fit' a larger space.  There are two options for larger spaces that seem empty: include more furniture around the central hub of a room (such as a couch, loveseat and two chairs instead of just a couch); or create two hubs of interest in the room.

Lighting

There is little more important to the peace and serenity of a room than natural light!  Be sure that whatever window treatment you use isn't so complex that it takes a great deal of effort rearrange to bring in more light or block it out.  Be careful of overhead lights: they can be overwhelming if too intense.  Finally, concentrate standing lamps in quiet corners that may be used for reading or play.

One of the best things you can do for a room that seems hemmed-in and dark is to knock out the existing windows and add new, larger ones in their place.  This isn't an inexpensive renovation, but it can change the look and feel of a room entirely.

Candles, fireplaces, and string lights are the ultimate in soft, social lighting!  Use these to create an intimate atmosphere.

Living Things

Every room needs a living thing in it, whether that's a standing plant or a fish tank.  Living things bring a touch of the serenity of nature to your space. Here are a few great ideas for indoor plants.

Remember the Other Senses

Keep in mind that the environment where you live and work is not just about looks!  Part of what makes a room feel inviting is texture, scent and sound. 

To create an inviting look, have a variety of soft things to touch in your room, going for quality in whatever rests closest to the body: use high-quality couch pillows and throws, but skimp on curtains, for example.  

Be aware that when it comes to the senses, there's a lot of individual variation regarding what's considered comfortable.  When questioning what scents to use in your home, err on the side of caution: it's better your guests not smell your fresh vanilla plugin than that you give a friend a migraine!  Ask yourself if you notice the scent when you first walk in after a few hours away. If it's a strong smell when you walk in, you should probably back off. 

Unpleasant noise can make a space feel very unwelcoming.  Playing classical or soft acoustic can disrupt irritating noise.  If the outdoor noise is intense, consider getting a white noise machine or asking your home device to play the sound of waves; this blocks out repetitive or unpredictable noise nearby.

Using these tips and tricks, you can create a warm, welcoming space that comforts you, your family and your guests without words.




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