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Outdoor Curb Appeal to Boost Your Home’s Value

by Courtney Soinski

With all the constant information that is thrown at us on a daily basis through social media networking channels like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, it can be difficult to decipher what’s really trending in real estate and outdoor home design. At the end of the day, you want to choose what is right for your home.

When it comes to selling your home, it’s now more important than ever to focus on ways to add value and design appeal to your home’s exterior. An impressive outdoor living space will resonate with home shoppers.

According to Niki Decker, real estate expert and creator of “National Curb Appeal Month”, potential home buyers make a “street decision” in less than 12 seconds on whether or not to view a home that’s for sale. So, it’s easy to understand the importance of curb appeal on making a good first impression.

After researching these trends, here are top ways to boost your home’s value through outdoor curb appeal.

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Bright flowers will bring more buyers.

When you have a well kept and maintained lawn that creates sharp contrast with colorful flowers, it’s much more likely that the buyer will want to see what’s inside. As you mow the lawn, remember that keeping grass longer will keep it lush and even helps get those pesky patches filled in.

 

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It all starts at the front door. 

Your yard isn’t the only thing you should be paying attention to when boosting curb appeal. It’s time to make a statement with your front door. Consider options with decorative glass access and stunning sidelights to add more natural lights while maintaining a sense of style and privacy.

 

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Think outside the design box.

For impressive curb appeal, don’t feel like you have to stick to the confines of a square, which used to be very common in designing outdoor spaces. Design outside the box by making improvements such as a deck with multiple levels or even curves, pergolas, cantilevers, or anything that will create three-dimensional interest in your yard.

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Bring the indoors out.

In recent years, more and more homeowners are breaking the barriers between the interior and exterior of their home. This includes the addition of new features and trends such as outdoor kitchens, dining nooks and railing with decorative balusters that are similar to what you would find inside the house.

 

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Add pops of color with plants.

A great way to catch the eyes of new home buyers is by using plants to frame the front door or incorporating them on the front patio. Also, don’t be afraid to use all sorts of colors and sizes, as this will add visual interest. You can even go a step further by planting flowerbeds along driveways and walkways, giving buyers a softer, more inviting feel.

Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, everyone wants a house that looks great from the curb. Follow these tips to enhance your home’s appearance for a quick sell!

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Home Design Predictions that are Coming to Life

By Courtney Soinski and Edgard Negron

Every year marks the beginning of a deluge of home trend predictions. The home design experts start throwing out their predictions faster than we can read them. However, not everything that is predicted during this stampede of trends actually makes it into our homes.

A quarter of the way into 2015 and we are starting to see many of this year’s trends come to life, the ones that you have embraced and brought into your homes.  From indoor container gardening to mixing wood and metal, 2015 is all about creating an experience for yourself and your guests.  By far, our favorite trend of 2015 is mixing modern with rustic accents in order to make your home both trendy and inviting.

Notice that I used the word “accents.”  There is no need to make major changes to your modern décor.  Simply adding a rustic wood footstool such as the one pictured here, can drastically change the look and feel of your room for the better.

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It was also predicted that we would see more organic elements incorporated throughout many homes. Bringing nature into your home has been very popular in 2015, which includes free flowing shapes, colors found in nature, and the feeling of peaceful serenity that is associated with the outdoors. You can create an “outdoorsy” feel in your home just by mixing earthy components against wooden furniture or using ivory tones throughout various rooms.

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In addition, copper touches have also come to life this year in the real estate market. Increasingly, many homeowners are including copper accents in their home, and it’s especially popular among many top designers. By displaying copper cookware in your kitchen or copper pieces in light fixtures or planters, you’ll add a touch of glamour without going over the top.

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These are just a few of the design predictions that have come to life in 2015. As the year progresses, be sure to keep your eye out for even more hot design trends. They may even be a part of your own home’s design!

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Home Office Design with Productivity in Mind

It’s a common piece of advice from effective home-based workers that you should start each day as if you were going to work in an office outside your home. (Translation: take a shower and don’t work in your pajamas.) The philosophy behind this tidbit is easy to understand.

The same axiom can apply to your home office. Is it tucked in a dark corner of the spare bedroom? Is your desk beside a bed covered in old toys? Is your filing cabinet stuffed in the closet under clothes? If your home office doesn’t feel professional and uplifting, how productive and happy can you be spending eight or more hours a day there?

Decorating your home office isn’t an art, but following some basic principles of office design can help create an organized, effective and productivity-enhancing space.

Choose a wall color that facilitates focus.

Even if your home office will be in the guest room that you just painted last year, it may be a good idea to repaint. Not only does a fresh coat of paint make a room feel energized and new, repainting gives you the opportunity to put a color on the wall that’s office-appropriate.

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In an interview by Chris Bailey of the blog “A Life of Productivity,” color psychologist and author Angela Wright suggests that your home office color scheme needs to match the type of work you do because different colors create different effects. For example, Wright says, blue might be stimulating if you do a lot of mental work in your home office. Additionally, yellow could encourage creativity, and green might be soothing if your work is particularly stressful and balance is important.

Luxuriate in light.

“You are stuck in your office – albeit at home – all day, working and slaving away, staring at the same wall and some bland office furniture you got at a garage sale,” writes Herman Chan in Home Business Magazine. “Spending all those hours in the same spot, it would behoove you to splurge on one luxury piece.” Chan suggests an inspiring piece of furniture, but you can also create a luxe effect – with only a modest “splurge” – by decorating with lighting elements such as a skylight.

Add a solar-powered fresh air skylight and an energy-efficient solar-powered blind to your home office and the products, as well as the installation, can be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit as a green home improvement.

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If your home office happens to be located in a renovated attic space, roof windows, which are very much like skylights but are in-reach, can offer natural light and fresh air plus access to the roof for debris removal, maintenance or for emergency access.

Organize with attractive storage.

If your idea of home office storage includes the cardboard boxes you used to transport files from the last job you had outside your home, it’s time to revisit your organizational plan. A cluttered, disorganized home office can cause you to misplace important documents and can make you feel overwhelmed.

As more people have begun working from home, office furniture manufacturers have branched out from the sterile-looking metal storage units ubiquitous in workplaces across the country. Today, it’s easy to find attractive storage options that fit with virtually any home office decor.

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If you just can’t find a file cabinet that speaks to your soul, why not try some alternative storage options? Move that beautiful sideboard you inherited from grandma – that just never fit anywhere else in your house – into your home office and use it for filing. Not in love with any of the desk options available at your local office store? Hit an antique shop and find an antique desk or even a dining table that you adore. Remember to keep furnishings and storage solutions size-appropriate for the room so your home office doesn’t feel crowded.

Working from home offers many advantages, including the opportunity to decorate your home office the way you want. By following some basic steps and incorporating your own personality, you can create a home office where you’ll be productive and happy throughout the work day.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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