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8 Quick Tips to Giving Your Front Porch a Facelift

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By Jackie Greene

The first thing that people see when they drive up to your home is your front yard and porch area. Make sure that the first impression of guests and visitors is one that correctly resembles the home that you keep. Here are 8 quick tips on giving your front porch a facelift.

#1: Wash It Down

It is easy to forget the original color of your walkway, steps, or front porch area. Consider pressure washing the area to restore everything back to its original color. Pressure washing is easy to do and you will be amazed at the difference that a few years of grime can put on your outdoor surfaces.

#2: Clean It Up

There is nothing that will kill a facelift like old cobwebs lawn that hasn’t been mowed.  Make sure to keep the front of your home looking sharp by regularly and properly mowing the lawn–don’t forget the edging–as well as clearing away old cobwebs or leaves that have stayed past their welcome.

#3: Paint the Front Door

Nothing draws more attention than a freshly painted front door. Look online for color inspiration and don’t automatically rule out bright colors like red, yellow, or blue. If you are looking for more of a sophisticated look, consider going dark by painting your door black to add instant elegance to your front porch.

#4: Add Potted Plants

A few well-placed pots that accent your color scheme will go far in providing interest to a front porch area. Consider painting some old pots in a new color to brighten the space. Cluster different colors together to tie into your overall front porch decoration scheme. Choose plants that you love that will do well in the sunlight exposure of your front porch area. Vary the plants in different sized pots to add even more interest as well.

#5: Hang It Up

After you paint your front door, consider door hanging decor that will attract the eye of visitors. Choose a wreath with your favorite flowers or consider hanging seasonal items that celebrate an upcoming holiday. Have a regular supply of door hangings to change the overall look of your front porch in just a few seconds.

#6: Add a Sign

There is nothing better than a cute outdoor sign that will either welcome guests or get them to chuckle before entering your home. Choose from a variety of outdoor décor signs that come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and sayings. Adding a sign to your front porch area adds interest to your front outdoor space as well.

#7: Take a Seat

Invite guests to spend time with you outdoors by adding some easy seating to your front porch area. Chatting with friends outdoors is a great way to use your outdoor space as well as speak to neighbors passing by. Even small front porch areas can quickly find seating options like stools or lawn chairs that are easy to put away when not in use.

#8: Make It Cozy

Welcome guests to your home and invite them in with a cozy feeling on the front porch. Add new pillows or throws on your front porch seating that will convey that your home is comfortable as well. Hanging outdoor curtains will also help to enhance your front porch area.

Whether your home is in dire need of renovation or you’re simply looking to stand out from the pack, sprucing up your front porch is a great way to add instant curb appeal and set the mood for guest. Taking care of your front yard and outdoor living space is important when hosting guests. Provide interest to your home by doing these quick tips to freshen up your front porch.

 

Jackie Greene is a blogger, gardener, and nutrition enthusiast. She enjoys creating organic meals for family and friends using the fresh ingredients she produces from her backyard homestead.

 

 

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Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

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By Benjamin Dias, College Station Real Estate 

Remodeling your bathroom can be as simple or as detailed as you want it to be. If you are on a budget, there are simple ways to remodel your bathroom without going broke. Here are five tips to improve your bathroom on a budget.

1. Add Some Tiles

A simple way to give your countertop a new, fresh look, is by adding tiles. This will save you tons of money on buying a whole new slab for your countertop. It’s a simple DIY project and all you need is tiles, caulk, and a little paint if you want to take it a step further.

2. Refinish Bathroom Fixtures

Replace or refinish bathroom fixtures to give the room an updated look. You don’t need to completely replace those cabinets or showers and tubs, simply refinish them with a new glaze, or replace the hardware on your cabinets.  Once this is done, your bathroom will look fresh.

3. Paint Floors

Stain or paint your floors instead of replacing them. If you have wood floors, it’s really simple to add a fresh coat of a stain or even paint.

4. Choose Light Colors

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for sprucing up your bathroom. Choose a light color to make the room look open and large. You can also take this a step further and match the paint color of your walls with the color of your floors. This will give the room a monochromatic look, and it creates a more dramatic effect.

5. Get Chandeliers

Turn the focal point of the room onto a large, elegant chandelier. By choosing one large piece that draws attention to it, this will make the room seem like you have done more work than you actually have. You can purchase beautiful chandeliers for relatively low prices at your local hardware store.

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Decorating With White

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Reposted from News & Observer

White walls? White furniture? White rugs? Why not?

There was a time in home decor in which the color white was an ideal color for a formal living room. A white living room was typically a space that was seldom used and handled with great care. These days, color isn’t always king, especially as people look to live in more minimalist environments. White is a color that is often ignored, but used purposefully and carefully can and should be embraced.

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR DECORATING WITH WHITE

DO:

Incorporate the color white into accessories such as vases, florals and toss pillows.

Mix white with colors such as silver gray and taupe to help create a soothing environment.t

Use textured white accessories such as area rugs and toss pillows to help to soften a space.

Mix white with both warm and cool colors. White can be warm, like in a shade closer to taupe, or cool, such as a shade that has gray undertones. Whether blending with warm or cool colors, white helps create the ideal color balance.

DON’T:

Forget to extend the color white into elements such as cabinetry, fixtures and appliances.

Ignore the opportunity to reflect color through the use of mirrors and windows.

Be afraid to use the color white in areas that may be used often such as bedrooms or dining areas.

Omit the use of negative space, such as white trims, door headers and under ceiling soffits.

Dismiss the power of a pure white space. One of the most powerful color combinations is a monochromatic scheme, which involves a blend of similar shades of the same color.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com <mailto:info@cathyhobbs.com>or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .

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