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Archive for March, 2012

Home Decor Ideas for Fall

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Changing the decor in your home with the changing seasons is a fun way to bring the festivity inside. Warm colors dominate home decorating themes in the fall to mimic the changing leaves outside. Fall means different things to different people. For you, it may mean a blessed drop in temperature and changing colors outside. Fall may get you excited for the start of the holiday season with Halloween and Thanksgiving get-togethers with family and friends. Perhaps football season and good food are what you associate with the changing season. Whatever autumn means to you, you can transfer it to your home.

There are many different kinds of home decor ideas you can incorporate into your home come fall. The first is to incorporate deep earth tones into your decor. There is no need to go all out by repainting the walls, but perhaps you will choose to switch out the light colored throw blanket on the couch to a burgundy, gold or bronze colored blanket. The table centerpiece can incorporate colors and themes that go along with turkeys, changes leaves, pumpkins and gourds.

Moving the furniture can make a huge difference in the feel of your home. Grouping furniture together will give seating arrangements a cozier feel. Along with your throw blanket, toss some big, comfortable pillows onto the furniture. If you have wood floors, break out an earth toned area rug that matches the pillows to further enhance the warm, pleasant feeling of your home for fall. Decorate your window with heavy drapery to aid in home insulation and add a warm feeling to the room. Decorate your door with a fall wreath to help invite a warm home decorating feeling from the outside of your home.

Anything that can add warm colors and comfortable fabrics will help you accomplish your decorating goals. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits your style and preference. Some people like whimsical turkeys and footballs while others want a more sophisticated pumpkin and leaf theme. Fall is a time of family gatherings and chilly weather, so make sure your home decor makes people feel welcome in your home.

Landscaping Upgrades for Your Home

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

There are many different things you can do to your home’s landscaping to not only make your house worth more, but to also make the appearance of your house much more attractive. Redesigning your landscape is something that the sky is the limit. You can add an outdoor kitchen or patio onto your home, or you can simply plant some trees and do small touches that will completely change the look of the exterior of your house. What you do to your landscaping depends mainly on how much acreage you have to work with, what climate you are in, and what your budget is to work with.

Outdoor living areas are a very popular upgrade to add onto your home. This will make it more enjoyable to spend time outside of your house, increase value, and these outdoor living areas can look simply stunning. You can keep things simple buy having a deck constructed with a built in barbecue with a countertop, or you can go very extensive with stone work and have a chef’s dream kitchen outside. These areas present a great space to entertain guests, or a great area to kick back and relax in. Instead of staying cooped up in your home, have your landscaping upgraded into areas that you will never want to leave.

Another way to increase your home value is to have trees removed from around your house. These present potential hazards and really can hurt the curb appeal of your home. If people can’t see your house because it is overgrown with trees and weeds than obviously that can decrease value. Have all of this unattractive vegetation removed and replaced with a landscaping layout to make your house that much better to look at. It can also increase your yard space by doing this, which will also increase your house’s value.

Another major aspect of your landscape is your driveway and sidewalks. If these are all cracked and overgrown it will make your home less desirable which will affect the value. Having your current walkways and drives torn out and poured again will make the appearance of your home look updated and renewed. You can do custom walkways and patios as well as pouring a new driveway to drive up the value of your home. If your house doesn’t have a paved driveway already, this presents a very cost effective way to increase the value of your house.