Maybe you expected your tax refund to be a little more. Maybe you are doing the final push to save for an end-of-summer trip this year. Or maybe you are dying to revamp your kitchen. Whatever the financial goal, budgeting can ensure you and your household budget stay in top shape.
We’ve all heard the canon: reduce, reuse and recycle. But how can you put that to use in your own home?
A lot of people take advantage of more well-known tax breaks like deducting your mortgage interest from your taxable income. However, homeowners can take advantage of other benefits come tax time no matter where they own property in North America.
You clean your living space all the time: fluff pillows, dust bookcases and wash those dishes that seem to multiply themselves if you leave them overnight. There’s a couple times a year, however, where those corners and cabinets and carpets you sometimes neglect could use a deep clean. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips for those forgotten spaces in your home.
A little luck is never a bad thing, right? That doesn’t mean you have to paint everything with a four-leaf clover. Here are five charms to bring some luck into your home decor:
Peace. Serenity. Comfort. All of these are the things we’re searching for in our home. With REALTOR® Magazine reporting the number of Chinese buyers looking at U.S. property has surpassed Canadian shoppers and an Asian Real Estate Association of America survey revealing that nearly 8 out of 10 Asian-American shoppers would pay more for a home decorated with feng shui tenets, it’s clear that the there’s also prosperity in the practice.
Here are some feng shui touches suitable for any price point that can not only help you enjoy your house while you live there, but also when it comes time to move, help homebuyers choose your property above another.
Whether it’s the neighbors or the wallpaper, there are usually a couple things about our homes we’d like to change. Here are four easy solutions to your common home woes:
Problem: My house needs more personality.
Solution: Paint the walls! An easy and cheap way to transform a room is to pick a new paint color. There has been a lot of modern research on the psychology of color and some argue that it can even affect our moods, so there’s merit in brightening up your kitchen with a yellow accent wall or bringing calm into your bedroom with an oceanic blue. Plus, a quick beige coat over it saves your resale value. If you are shy about a full on wall treatment, even some paint on a prominent furniture piece or a bold, colorful wall-sized art piece can spice up your space.
Problem: My house feels tiny.
Solution: Mirrors and floor-to-ceiling designs are your friend. It’s not true that you have to put one piece of tiny furniture and hope a room opens up. Be unafraid to take design around the whole room: place a mirror on the wall instead of an art piece to open the area, take that newfound paint color all the way up to the ceiling and accent it with floor-to-ceiling light drapes to give all your spaces a grandiose feeling.
Problem: My house could use some updates.
Solution: Change your home from residence to oasis. Design each room after a favorite travel destination and turn a walk through your home into the ultimate staycation. Convert a back patio, unused extra garage or basement into a secondary living space to give your home the feeling of a new addition without needing a construction crew or a visit from HGTV. All of these will help modernize your home with things easily found at the home store.
Problem: My house is fine — it’s my yard I don’t like.
Solution: Makeover your outdoor areas by creating a focal point for design. Have a pool? Set up a grilling area and lounge chairs so you can invite friends over during the warmer months. If you are set on lounging with a smaller group, salvage some wood or make use of that beautiful oak tree and set up a hammock to enjoy the ambiance. Even some upcycled pallets with waterproof cushions and a fire pit can transform your backyard into a new space you enjoy, an extension of the home you’ve learned to love again.
When Pantone released its 2016 home design trend book — all the way back in April of 2015 — it set in motion a host of thoughts about what’s coming back in style: maybe it’s metallics and the midcentury modern aesthetic or artisanal pieces with a complementary color palette.
Here are three ways to jump on the latest trends while not emptying out your wallet: Continue reading
The holidays are over, there’s only a handful of leftovers in the fridge and all the family is finally out of the house. What might spring to mind to start off the new year is getting back in shape after all those big December meals. But another great area to look for resolutions in is your home.
Here are six ways to kick start the new year with a fresh perspective on your property.
The weather outside might be frightful, but the time it takes to decorate for the holidays doesn’t have to strike you with fear. Here’s a handful of tips to transform your home from underwhelming to a winter wonderland in an hour flat.
- Basic decorations for your decorative focal point. If you are making the focal point of your decorations a Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush, or Kwanzaa mkeka, keep the decorations simple. Instead of spending a lot of time hanging ornaments on each part of the tree, keep it simple with lights and a tree topper and then use those special decorations on tables or on a string around the mantle. (This also makes tear down easy.)