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The Wonders of Spring

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Are You Growing a Home You’ll Love?

Despite all the wetness, or perhaps because of it, spring brings us new thoughts of growth, yard work and making our homes, inside and out, be all they can be. It is important that you value what you have, and keep it looking fresh, and in tune with what you want your life to be. I believe in the law of attraction, so if you want a home that inspires you, creates a haven of comfort and relaxation, and is a centerpiece for your life, today is the day to begin!

Are there things you really like about your home? Decor, colors, shapes of the rooms, placement of the windows? How can you accentuate the positive, enhancing them so they are focal to your surroundings? Color is a great way to provide emphasis in

certain areas of your home. Frame a room by painting one wall a vibrant, dynamic color. Draw the eye to that wall by additionally placing artwork or a favored piece of furniture on that wall. Other uses of paint and color can include doing doors, door frames and/or baseboards as key color elements. Outside, you could do what I just did, and restore older patio furniture with a fresh coat of paint. Use a neutral background color, or let the colors in your garden lead the way. Paint is inexpensive, and a great way to provide an uplift, inside or out.

Other ways to provide an upbeat element indoors is to use chair rails or other architectural touches. Crown moldings, or ceiling medallions can make even the most modern environment unique and remarkable. Add small wall shelving units or decorative sconces to display treasured books or collectibles. Outside, you can bring the same feel and techniques to bear by using architectural elements such as pediments, louvers, shutters, fancy trim or plinths for eye candy.

Most of us dislike (or even hate) it when our homes don’t speak to our interests, our family lifestyle or our tastes. In fact, many of us are living with the prior owners’ or renters’ tastes, waiting for the perfect opportunity to make it our own. However, learning to enhance the elements already present in the design and structure of our houses and yards is a clever way to present ourselves and our interests. Even baby steps will put you on the path to the home of your dreams.

What else can you do to put your best foot forward? How about some quick and easy ideas? Change your house numbers t0 make your address attractive and your home findable. You can get tile numbers, lighted numbers, or be creative and find a way to display the numbers that catches the eye. We also suggest you consider having the numbers spray-painted on your curb as well, for visibility by emergency services.

Another quickie – utilize solar lighting to make the most of your pathways and stairs. You can get battery-operated ones, in which each light goes on and stays on based on the sunlight it absorbs, or wired ones, which are all connected to a central solar panel, so that they are evenly lit. There is a huge variety out there now, and some are inexpensive enough to create attractive and long-lasting lighting displays for your treasured plantings as well.

Change things that are relatively easy to change. For instance, new curtain rods can make older curtains seem fresh and new. A selection of throw rugs can perk up tired floors, and indoor-outdoor ones are great choices for patio or deck. Think about replacing old screen doors with new ones, and you may find adding lattice-work to decks and fences adds both a visual interest and privacy. Considering a new patio or walkway? Think about colored cements, and additions such as rock chips or marble chips for variation and uniqueness.

Sometimes we are leery of change, and worried about how things will turn out when we try something new. There is no right or wrong answer, just inspiration and creativity. Don’t fret about what others may think, but do things that create the environment, indoors and out, the feed you passions and joys. Whenever you go to a home & garden center, or visit a nursery, or drive down a country lane, keep your eyes open for elements and features that make you say, “oh, yeah!” Then at home, think about how you could incorporate what you saw into what you want your home to look like and to be. Remember what Jiminy Cricket said, “a dream is a wish your heart makes!”



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