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Go Back to School with Help from Home Zone

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

It’s hard to believe, but school will be back in session before we know it. While you and your kids might not be ready to make the transition from pool parties to homework, your home should be prepared for the change of pace.

This August, fall back into a seamless routine with a helpful selection of furniture that will keep life running smoothly during the school year and beyond.

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5 Margarita Recipes We’re Trying This Summer

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

The weather is warm, the patio is in perfect condition and you’re in vacation mode. What’s the final ingredient for a fabulous summer? A festive drink, of course!

The next time five o’clock rolls around, try one of these delicious margaritas that are far from traditional. Careful, though — the whole neighborhood might be lining up for one of these legendary concoctions before you know it!

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Building the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is already upon us. As you prepare your guest room for family and diligently plan your grocery list, don’t forget to arrange a tablescape to complement your beautiful Thanksgiving feast.

Overwhelmed at the thought of simply pulling out placemats? Don’t worry! This is my five-step, foolproof guide to crafting a unique tablescape that’s true to you and your family.

Style

The first thing to do is determine the style of your tablescape. Will it reflect the general style of your home, or will it be something completely different? For a traditional look, incorporate family heirlooms like fine china and silver. Go rustic with a cozy, worn-in look that’s reminiscent of the countryside. If you prefer a contemporary style, choose black and white table accessories with a minimal aesthetic. Fashion a glam table with metallic details and a bold color palette.

Color

Next, consider your color palette. It’s easy to get carried away when planning your tablescape, so choosing a color palette will ensure your arrangement looks consistent and well-planned. The options for a tablescape palette are endless. Jewel tones are a classic fall choice for a Thanksgiving tablescape. Not only are the colors rich and flattering in a number of dining rooms, but these colors are the perfect complement to Thanksgiving foods like sweet potatoes and green beans. Other stylish choices include the warm colors of the autumn landscape, or rich shades of red.

Placement

After you have a style and color scheme locked down, consider the placement of your tablescape. Lay down the essentials — plates, glasses, etc. — and then get creative with the placement of your decorative accessories. If you have a circular or square table, you’ll make a symmetrical arrangement of additional decor in the middle of the table. For a rectangular or oval-shaped dining table, any decorative arrangement should be long and relatively thin in order to proportionally fit the table. As you lay out your tablescape, ask yourself if you’ll be putting food directly on the table. If so, don’t go overboard with decorations! You want the table to look full, but not cluttered!

Dimension

Make your tablescape interesting by adding in a little dimension. If you’re stacking a charger with a dinner plate and maybe an appetizer plate on top, create dimension by mixing colors, textures and patterns. Try layering pattern on pattern, but make sure that the patterns have a similar scale and some shared colors. The most essential way to create dimension in your tablescape is with height. A well-planned tablescape incorporates different heights using tall florals and candlesticks for visual versatility.

Additions

Tablescapes are a freeform art that can be as complex or as simple as you like. If you’re a tablescape expert, go the extra mile this year with unique additions to your traditional table setting. Label each setting with a personalized place card to direct everyone to their seats. Lastly, add a little fun to your Thanksgiving feast by outfitting each place setting with a party popper — it’s the perfect post-dinner treat for adults and kids alike. You just might make a new tradition out of it!

How do you make your Thanksgiving tablescape stand out?

Bree

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5 Areas to Accent When Boosting Home Value

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If you’re considering putting your home on the market, the first thing you want to know is how much you can ask. When your realtor gives you an estimate, your next thought is likely going to be “How can I increase that number?” Fortunately, boosting your home’s value does not have to mean renovating the bathroom or adding a home theater.

Helping your home attract more buyers, and higher bids can actually be done on the cheap with DIY projects. As some areas of your house are more valuable than others, here are the five areas you should be accenting with your home improvements.

The Kitchen is Top Priority

The kitchen is what sets the tone for your buyer’s opinion of the home. A nice, modern kitchen is worth far more than a home with spacious bedrooms but a shabby kitchen. To accent your kitchen, create some form of accent wall above the counters. This could mean tiling, mosaics, sponge painting, or simply adding a coat of accent paint. Consult your realtor, an interior designer, or even magazines for an idea of which would work best in your space.

Elegant Bathrooms Spell Luxury

Plain, basic bathrooms tell a buyer that the home is not updated or that it lacks the modern, sophisticated feel that they’re looking for. But when you add a little paint, frame your mirrors, and attach matching metal hardware, suddenly that same bathroom makes your home look great.

Your priority for the bathroom is ensuring all the fixtures match and the mirrors have frames. These two simple, affordable upgrades can make a big difference in the perceived value of your home to prospective buyers, despite the fact that they cost you little to implement.

Bedrooms are Still Important

Even if the bathroom is beautiful and the kitchen is lovely, small, plain bedrooms can easily put a dent in your sale. Of course, making small bedrooms bigger is not an option, but paint can work wonders to create an optical illusion. Lighter wall colors tend to make spaces feel larger, while painting molding the same color can help eliminate the appearance of a border. When a room is small, you don’t want a molding highlighting the size.

Even if your bedrooms aren’t small, you should still consider a fresh coat of paint. New paint looks clean and can help eliminate signs of wear and tear on your walls. If your walls are an outdated color, repainting becomes critical. Many buyers today want modern, and the wrong shade of paint can negatively impact your chances of a good sale.

The Front Yard is the First Impression

A stellar first impression is crucial when selling a home. Whether you have a front yard or just a front porch, you need to be sure the buyer is happy as they enter the property. For yards, you should be sure your grass is healthy and trimmed with neat, easy-care landscaping where applicable. Plant hardy shrubs and flowers to add color while adding the simple yard care selling point. You might also want to plant a shade tree as trees can actually cut energy costs for future homeowners.

The main goal is to make the yard or porch look lively, inviting, and well-kept while boasting ease of care to potential buyers.

Increasing home value does not need to be hard. Even the bare minimum can help boost your profits. A new coat of paint in a few high-profile areas that buyers pay the most attention to can work miracles, while swapping out mismatched hardware can instantly make a home seem more cared-for and up-to-date. As long as you focus on the most important areas of the home, you should be all set to start increasing your home’s value.

Paul Denikin began learning about DIY home repair projects after his daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. He has learned a lot through trial and error as he has worked to make his family’s home safe and accessible for her. Today, he shares his DIY knowledge on DadKnowsDIY.com, a website that offers home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information.

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