Thursday, December 24, 2009

5 Tips For Selling Your Home Through This Holiday Season

The holiday season is approaching rapidly now.  The stores are tempting us with dancing Santa's, animated snow globes, poinsettias and huge green wreath's. The huge problem is you are selling your house this season.  Too much of these beautiful decorations could harm your selling progress.  When your house is on the market or about to go on the market, you as a homeowner should only be thinking of selling fast and profitably.   Decorating your home too much can affect your sale.  Less is always better when you're selling your home.

Curb appeal is crucial to a quick profitable sale.  

1.  If you haven't already, now is the time to trim all bushes, shrubs and trees, rake dead leaves from gardens and walkways.  Walkways and windows should be clear of debris. Discard any hanging baskets and pots (summer is over).  Red and green's are great colors to add attention to your property and to enhance its curb appeal.

2.  Add black as a accent.  If you have room add black urns on both sides of the door to enhance and give it some drama.  Adding seasonal greenery is an inexpensive way to decorate. (If you don't have a cedar bush or pine tree, look at your mom's or neighbour, you only need to clip a few branches to stick into the pots.)  If you want to be creative add a red ribbon bow (use wire ribbon for beginner's).  Stick a few poinsettias in the greenery from the dollar store.

3.  The front door should stand out from the rest of the house; this is the welcoming factor of your property.  Ensuring it's clean, bright and clear at all times will leave a lasting impression on your buyer.  Painting the door a contrasting color that complements the rest of the house would help with its curb appeal. It's Ok to place a wreath on your door, just keep it simple, remember the key "less is better when you're selling."  Not everyone celebrates the holidays in the same fashion as you and your family do. 

4.  If your budget allows add some new  door hardware.  If not, ensure everything at the entrance is spotless, no shovels, no brooms, no garbage or recycle pails, no shoes, no dirty mats, nothing... less will sell your house faster.  By putting these things at your front door you're just telling me (the buyer ) you have no storage,  so neither will I.  You have just lost a sale right here at the front door.

5.  All the blow up animated characters you have, save them for next year in your new house, they will be new again and you'll appreciate them even more. You're moving right?

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hudson Furniture Inc. A Leader In Eco-Luxury

design by Barlas Baylar
claro walnut top
bronze squares base

Rhapsody in blue hanging lamp, iron, gloss nickel

chandelier hanging lamp round
iron and swarovski crystals


17ft solid claro walnut slab top
with tapered metal legs

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gorgeous Holiday Table Decor That's Festive, Fabulous & Best Of All...Earth Friendly!

Instead of going shopping and standing in endless lineups this year, looking for the next best trend in holiday decor and entertaining, why not look in your own backyard?  Whenever possible, try to use what you already own when it comes to tableware.  Why not try an out of the oridinary holiday colour scheme?  Second hand stores are wonderful, treasure-like coves for finding unique pieces to add to your table that will almost always give your guests something to converse about and guessing where you found your fabulous finds and how you had the time to put it all together!  

To add some texture to the table, just step outside!  You're sure to find branches, twigs and greenery that can easily be mixed with berries and fruit slices to make earth friendly bouquets, not to mention warm and inviting scents!  Simply put in a vase and grouped together in various heights will put that finishing touch that is sure to inspire your guests.  
(Photo courtesy of Real Simple). 

Your Values & Design Go Hand In Hand More Than You Think!

List 5 values that best describe you and think about ways to honour them in your home and let that influence all your design decisions.  You should have a clear vision of who you are, what you stand for and what your life’s purpose is. Know your strengths.  Were you born with a unique gift you can share with others?  Set a goal within the next few days and follow through with it.  Most importantly, always maintain a positive attitude!  With these thoughts in mind, you can make your dream a reality, and not just a vision.  So get out a pen, and paper and get with that plan!  Feel free to share your thoughts and comments here about how just a few simple changes transformed your life and home for the better!  Big or small, you might surprise yourself!  My goal is to help transform homes one at a time and maybe change a life or two in the meantime!  

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Create The Perfect Guest Bath...

Fresh ways that will welcome your guests and create that perfect bath just takes a few key luxury items. Here are a few tips to make their stay enjoyable and relaxed:

  • Towels. This is where to spend the most of your budget. Start with he most fabulous, luxurious bath towels you can find. You only need a couple, depending on how many guests you have of course. Mix them with a few lower priced so it won't break your bank account. Always include facecloths and hand towels. Don't forget the bath mat!
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness. Check out your local off price retailer for french soaps, monogrammed and natural bars as well as body scrubs and lotions for a fraction of the cost than regular shops.
  • You can find cozy spa like robes and slippers for 20-60% less at these same off price retailers.
  • Nothing says relax more than a few scented candles and aromatherapy oils while soaking in a soothing bath. You can find these at most retailers and always look for clearance deals!
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