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Fabulous Window Treatment Trends You’ll Want to Try

Nov 21, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Fabulous Window Treatment Trends You’ll Want to Try

Window treatments can make or break your decor. The right shades provide a unifying effect for your decorating scheme and counterbalance the furniture styles you’ve chosen. However, dated blinds can make even the most up-to-date home seem dowdy. Try these window treatment trends to keep your home’s style fresh and current.

Simple Style

It is said that less is more, and this has never been truer for modern style. The layered sheers and heavy drapes of days gone by are no longer in vogue. Instead, choose window treatments that suit your purpose. Stick to more opaque fabrics for areas where you’ll need privacy like in bathrooms and bedrooms; try more translucent options for the kitchen, family room or sun room.

Custom Accents

Just because you’re keeping it simple doesn’t mean you can’t add a little flair. Ideas abound for DIY curtain customization.

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Incorporating Smart Features into Your New Home’s Design

Nov 19, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Incorporating Smart Features into Your New Home’s Design

With the integration of smartphones into our daily life, more home builders are opting to add smart features to their new homes. Check out these available options for your home.

Climate Control

Would you like to have a house that remembers and sets the appropriate temperature for you? Nest’s Learning Thermostat does just that for under $250. Its software learns your usage patterns and then selects the right temperature for you based on your past usage. Its interface is similar to that of the iPod and is easy to use. Wi-Fi connectivity means you can adjust temperatures from afar if needed.

Enforcing lights-out for the kids just got easier. With Bluetooth-enabled connectivity, you can set or change the lighting from anywhere in range. Avi-on, manufacturer of smart light switches for GE’s Jasco brand, Oort and Seed are among a few companies that are creating Bluetooth-friendly light switches.

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Landlord 101

Nov 17, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Landlord 101

Owning rental property can provide a steady income. However, this area of business can also be fraught with pitfalls. It’s important to do your homework and know your legal rights. Willingness to work with industry professionals when needed is also a plus. Read on to discover the basics of how to be an effective landlord.

Budget Cashflow

In order to maintain positive cash flow, you’ll need to make sure that your estimated income exceeds your expenses. Research rent prices in your area and base your estimated income on the resulting figure. Next, add up your expenses. This includes, but isn’t limited to mortgage payments, insurance, repair and maintenance, property taxes, any HOA fees, and vacancy periods with no tenants. 

If the property you’re considering won’t provide an actual income soon after purchase, it might be a better idea to pass on it. Your local real estate agent can help crunch numbers and find a good fit for your budget.

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Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Home

Nov 14, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Home

Homeowners and renters alike rely on different design elements to create the perfect atmosphere in their home, combining color, texture and pattern until the mix is just right. However, the most important ingredient in this mix is lighting. Just as adding a dash of vanilla or almond to a batch of sugar cookies enhances the flavor of the finished treat, the right lighting subtly highlights the mood and ambiance of each room. Take a look at these types of lighting and where best to use them in your home.

Lighting Categories

Before you decide which type of lighting to use, you need to have a clear purpose in mind. There are three categories of illumination: 

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Chalkboard Paint Projects That Give Your Home Character

Nov 12, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Chalkboard Paint Projects That Give Your Home Character

Chalkboard paint is all the rage. From upcycled furniture to repurposed picture frames, its color-outside-the-lines versatility makes it a popular choice. Read on to learn how to make your own chalkboard paint in any color and where to use it to add your own unique flair to any room.

DIY Chalkboard Paint

To make your own paint in any color, you’ll need just two ingredients and a few tools. Here are the materials you’ll need.

-Flat-finished latex paint – pint trial cans for small projects or a full gallon for larger ones.

-Unsanded tile grout – available in 1lb. sizes at big box and home improvement stores.

-Appropriately sized sealable mixing container.

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