When you are moving to a new home, the first step is usually selling your current home. That isn’t always very easy. However, there are steps that you can take to help your home sell faster and for more money. One of these tactics is called staging your home for sale. There are many factors that are considered by potential buyers and there are some simple things you can do to make your old home look fresher and more appealing. Hiding eyesores around the home is definitely a great way to help your home sell. Last month we highlighted different ways to hide eyesores inside your home. Today, we are focusing on hiding the eyesores outside of your home. This can be even more important because the outside of your home helps make that all-important first impression on potential buyers. Here are 15 different things you can do to help your curb appeal. Continue reading

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Last week we started our design focus on the colours, sights, and feelings of the fall. Warming Up Your Home Design for Fall  featured 10 Warm Home Decor Ideas. When the weather starts to get a chill in the air, it is only normal for us to seek to warm up our homes, not only temperature wise, but with a warmer design, warmer colours and themes. The decor can actually make you feel warmer. More importantly, if you are selling your home, you want to stage it with decor for the season to make potential buyers feel something about the house. Making buyers feel comfortable, warm, and fuzzy goes a long way to closing in on the sale. Here are more ideas to help you decorate your home for fall: Continue reading

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When the weather begins to cool down it is time to start warming up your home. We don’t just mean temperature wise, either. You can make some simple design changes to your home to make it feel warmer, cozier, and more inviting. If you are showing your house to potential buyers or have just moved into your new house, changing it up for each season is crucial. It can help your mood and that of your buyers as well. In many cases, this can be done on a low budget. In many cases, it is just utilising some things you already had. In other cases, you can keep fall home design accessories in storage and switch them out from your summer decor and just keep rotating to keep your home looking fresh, and different for each season. Many of us often think of decorating for the different holidays, but coordinating your home decor for the seasons as well can help you always have a trendy, fresh new look. As you will see, many of the warm decor ideas for your home involve fabrics, quilts, blankets, pillows, and throws. So think about warm fabrics in addition to warm fall colours when it comes to changing your home design for fall and even into winter. Here are 10 ideas for making your home decor warmer and cozier. Continue reading

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If you have ever seen the HGTV show called Flip or Flop, you were probably inspired to either run out and buy a new house just to remodel it or, at the very least, make some design changes and do some remodeling of your own.  It is a show that airs on HGTV and is also featured on HGTV.com where a young couple of real estate agents have turned into home investors. They purchase old, run down homes and then they rebuild them, make improvements, and change the design. Then, they turn around and sell the house for usually a hefty profit. When you watch this show, it is definitely exciting to see them turn rundown and dilapidated homes into design masterpieces.  It is definitely a good source for design inspiration and motivation where you can get some great redesign ideas for some of the older or drab areas of your own home.  The bonus is that the original state of the houses they usually buy will never make you feel bad about your lack of housekeeping. Continue reading

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Many people make New Year’s resolutions about themselves, but what about making a New Year’s resolution for your home? Some of the changes you make in your home can actually help you with your personal New Year’s resolutions too. By the same token your New Year’s resolutions can help get your home into shape by setting goals for new additions, modifications, design changes, or just setting a schedule to keep up with the cleaning and chores. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to consider for your home: Continue reading

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When moving into a new home, it is often the only time and definitely the best time to renovate, remodel, and redesign. Even if your home isn’t brand new, it’s “new to you” and you should take this opportunity to make your new home your own. Some projects might be smaller in scope and some might be larger, but it is much easier to accomplish changes before you are in the home along with all your furniture and belongings. Continue reading

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Adding colour to your home design is one of the trickiest and some say hardest design aspects to pull off. HGTV helps us here with some excellent ideas and examples from the design experts. They even show us how to pull off techniques that look hard but really are not. Stripes and patterns are a great way to add pops of colour or design without it being too much colour or conflict. Here are some great examples all images from HGTV.com. Continue reading

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HGTV’s home improvement star Sabrina Soto has some really great cleaning and organising tips for you. Many of these are great ideas that you can incorporate into the design of your new home to keep it clean and organised AND in style too.

Sabrina admits that she is a “neat freak” and cleans al the time. Her clean house even inspires others who visit her to go home and clean their home! Below are some visual images of some great ways to keep your home clean and organised while also staying in style. First, we explore the cleaning products she loves and keeps in her cleaning caddy: Continue reading

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When it’s time to move to a new home, sometimes it is hard to start thinking about interior design plans too early, but the earlier you start planning, the better deals you can find and more time means a more organised design and décor plan. In addition, it can be easier to design the blank canvas of a new home rather than waiting until you are already there and have to work around your furniture and family living in the house. We are featuring 10 designs from Houzz.com today that you should consider ahead of time if you are moving and planning ahead for the designs of your new home. Most of these ideas need advance planning and have to be built or designed before you move in. Many of the designs offer some amazing space saving help. Continue reading

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It’s time to move and that also means it’s time to sell your home. The home you have been living in and making memories in likely has yielded you many happy times. Although the prospect of moving is exciting, selling your old house can be stressful and emotional. On top of that, you likely will have to make some last minute changes in your home in order to stage it for a better chance of selling. Making your home appeal to a wide variety of buyers is the goal with staging your home to sell. Here are some ideas and examples of the changes you can make to ensure that your home has a wider appeal. Continue reading

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