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Top 5 Pet-Friendly Plants to Spruce Up Your Home

Categories: Interior Design | Posted: December 10, 2019

Vibrant, hardy plants brighten any space and have the added benefit of purifying the air in your home. Bringing in vibrant greenery can also add a splash of color to any space. But there’s a hidden danger lurking in household plants for animals: Some plants are toxic to pets, like aloe or branching ivy. Don’t worry; there are still plenty of options for cat and dog lovers. Here are five of our favorite pet-friendly indoor plants.

  1. Parlor Palm

We promised you a list of pet-friendly AND easy-to-manage plants, so we’re starting with the parlor palm. Pet owners who love the look of a small tree in their home will appreciate this non-toxic palm. Better yet, it’s extremely easy to care for, so beginners can enjoy the benefits of the parlor palm without fussing over it too much. There are actually a few other types of palms that are perfectly suited for pet-friendly homes, so explore your options here!

  1. Christmas Cactus

These succulents are easy to care for and are non-toxic to all pets. These spiny plants bloom during the coldest days of winter, making them a festive plant that adds a pop of color to the room even when the weather outside is frightful.

  1. Friendship Plant

This fuzzy green plant is sure to put a smile on your face – and your pets’ too! It’s easy to divide and share this fast-growing plant, which is where it got its name. So share this plant to your heart’s content with your friends, especially those with curious, furry friends at home.

  1. Spider Plant

Don’t let the name throw you. You’re not bringing ANOTHER animal into your home when you purchase a spider plant. These pretty plants are hardy and grow quickly, and the long tendrils add a nice decorating touch to your room. You’ll probably want to hang this plant for two reasons: The spider plant sprouts long, dangling shoots that need the space, and if it’s not high enough, your cat may pounce thinking it’s a toy.

  1. Calathea (or Prayer Plant)

Last but not least is the stunningly beautiful Calathea! It has lovely red, cream, and green leaves that position themselves toward the sun during the day and curl up at night. These plants are perfect for small spaces you want to brighten up, and they’re incredibly easy to grow. And – of course – they are perfectly safe for your dogs and cats.

There are plenty of other pet-friendly plants that didn’t make our list, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution when bringing plants into your new home. Besides causing a tummy ache, some innocent-looking indoor plants are downright deadly to your furry family members. But don’t let your dog or cat stop you from benefitting from indoor plants! There are so many wonderful ways you can decorate your home with these beautiful green plants.

Stress-Free Ideas for Hosting Thanksgiving In Your New Home

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: November 25, 2019

It’s the holiday season! The weather is getting colder, the Halloween candy is almost gone, and turkey day is right around the corner. Depending on how recently you moved into your new house, tackling Thanksgiving dinner may be a tremendously gutsy thing to do. Even if it’s been a couple of months, you probably still have at least a few boxes left unpacked. But that’s just fine because we’ve got some ideas that will help your Thanksgiving dinner be a little less stressful.

Roll Your Housewarming Party into Thanksgiving

Even the happiest host is going to feel fatigued having people over when there are pictures to hang and rooms to paint, so make it easy on yourself. You’re already inviting people over, whether it’s your group of friends or family, so why not host a double-feature? Combine your Thanksgiving dinner with your housewarming party.

Who knows — you might even convince those friends or family members to help you unpack or set up a room or two. It’ll be a way for your guests to stave off the post-turkey nap, at least.

Give a Potluck Spin to Thanksgiving Dinner

Instead of spending the entire day (or several days, if we’re honest) preparing dishes, digging out roasting pans, and shopping for last-minute ingredients you couldn’t find in the post-move chaos, why not ask your guests to help?

Ask each guest to sign up for an item to bring on the big day. That way, you’ll only be responsible for one or two dishes and can focus your energy on getting your new home ready for your friends and family.

Serve Food You Can Eat on the Go!

Every single person who walks into your new house is going to want a tour. Like, right away, please. It’s going to be a blast showing off your new home to your loved ones, but make sure nobody’s feeling peckish while you’re taking on the role of a tour guide. Put out plenty of snacks and finger foods for guests to nibble on while you take them through the rooms of your new home.

Don’t Just Prep Dinner — Prep the Cleaning Station, Too

Thanksgiving dinner is a warm, cozy meal that makes you want to curl up and take a nap, not spend hours washing dishes. Save yourself the hassle by preparing for the Big Clean Up even before guests arrive. Make sure your dishwasher is empty and ready for business. Clean your pots and pans while you’re cooking, so there’s not a mountain of dishes to wash before you even eat. And finally, fill your sink with soapy water and encourage guests to pop their plates right in after dinner. You’ll be happy you put the time into this when you’re deep into the post-turkey haze.

Have Fun and Be Thankful!

Finally, Thanksgiving is about spending time with your family and friends. So enjoy it! Even if you’re eating off of paper plates, or you’re sitting on uncomfortable folding chairs between boxes, what’s important is the time you’re spending together. Enjoy your holiday!

Preparing for the First Night in Your New Home

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: November 10, 2019

You’ve been waiting all week, all month, and maybe all year for this day: It’s move-in day! Maybe you’ve hired movers, or you’re enlisting the help of friends and family. Regardless, today is going to be a long day filled with heavy lifting, excitement, and probably a good deal of exhaustion. After the last box makes it into the house and the keys are in your hand, now what? You don’t want to scramble around looking for blankets or paper towels or anything else when you’re tired and just want to relax before going to sleep.

Here are some ways you can make the first night in your new home a ton of fun and not incredibly stressful. After all, this is a big change. Make sure you enjoy it. Here are some tips for spending the first night in your new home.

Don’t Even Think About Cooking

Moving is expensive. We get it. But the last thing you want to do is to try and save money at this exact moment by avoiding takeout. Every cooking utensil and pan you own is probably packed up in a box that made its way into the living room anyway, so don’t waste your time or energy. Go ahead and order a pizza or your favorite takeout option. Now’s the perfect time to try out a restaurant in your new neighborhood.

Pack a “First Night” Bag

Yes, you did just pack up everything you own, so it seems silly to have this as a tip. But most people don’t think beyond the moving in itself, and when you’re ready to go to bed on that first night, you’ll be glad you thought ahead.

Pack a bag that contains your essentials, like:

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toiletries
  • Chargers for your phone, computer, smartwatch, and other devices
  • Medication
  • Pajamas
  • An extra set of clothes (for tomorrow morning!)

Basically, anything you use every day should be in this bag.

Set Up A Home Essentials Kit

You know all those super necessary items that you never think about but always need? That’s what should be in the home essentials kit. You’ll pack a few of these items separately and will want to unpack it immediately. What’s a super necessary but often forgotten item?

We’re talking:

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap (for kitchen and bathroom)
  • Paper towels
  • Kitchen sponge
  • Kleenex
  • Trash bags
  • Lightbulbs (you’re guaranteed to need at least one)

Unpack Your Bedroom Right Away

No matter which room you’re most excited to set up, always set up your bedroom first. At the very least, set up your bed complete with blankets, pillows, and sheets. Even if you’re unpacking bright and early in the morning, and you’re hours away from needing to go to bed.

You will be so happy when you’re ready to fall into bed exhausted that first night if you just take the time to do this right away. Sleep will come with no extra work needed.

Pour a Cup of Tea, or Crack a Beer and Just Chill

This one’s the last and most important tip for having a stress-free moving day. At the end of the day, when you’re sitting between boxes on the floor, take an hour or so to relax. You did it — you’re home! Enjoy a few quiet moments in your new house. Congratulations!

With Interest Rates Lower Than Ever, It’s a Good Time to Be A Buyer

Categories: American Classic News | Posted: October 22, 2019

If you’re in the market for a new home, even just casually looking, you’re in luck. Right now, interest rates are incredibly low, which means you might be able to afford more home than you think. In fact, rates just a few years ago were double what they are today – which is 3.75% for a 30-year fixed rate as of October 24th. 

In other words, if you’re looking to purchase property in the next few months, it’s good to be you. 

How Interest Rates Affect the Buying Process 

You may not realize how much purchasing power you have right now with such low mortgage interest rates. These rates affect your monthly payment, so you could conceivably increase your home price range without paying more if rates were higher. 

Let’s look at an example: 

A buyer who secures a 3.75% mortgage rate (today’s current interest rate) could have the same monthly payment on a $450,000 home as someone who locked in a rate of 4.75% would spend on a $400,000 home. The lower the interest rate you can secure, the more home you can afford. 

Today’s buyers can afford more home for the same monthly payments. You can extend these numbers to larger, more expensive homes depending on your budget. 

What You Can Do to Take Advantage of Low Rates 

Use today’s low-interest rates to your advantage for opting for a fixed-rate mortgage, rather than a lower interest adjustable-rate mortgage. Though an adjustable-rate mortgage may save you money right now in the form of lower monthly payments, it might come back to haunt you in the future. If interest rates increase over the next few years, your rate on that mortgage will increase right along with it. 

That uncertainty makes long-term financial planning difficult. By going for a fixed-rate mortgage, you can lock in today’s lower interest rates for the entirety of your loan. 

Don’t Miss Out on Historically-Low Interest Rates! 

If you’re considering buying a new home, now’s the time to do it. You can go beyond your expected price range without paying higher monthly payments if you can lock in a number like today’s rate. The market might be cooling down as we head into November, but don’t let that stop you. Lower interest rates help home buyers like you get more bang for their buck. 

Meeting Your New Neighbors During Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Spooky!

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: October 5, 2019

Moving into a new neighborhood comes with a lot of change. The prospect of meeting all your new neighbors and getting to know the people who live nearby can be daunting. But if you’re moving in the fall, making new friends in the area is a lot easier. Why? Because Halloween, celebrated by walking around the neighborhood and greeting everyone – from friend to stranger – is the perfect time to meet your new neighbors.

Here are a few ways to quickly meet your new neighbors this Halloween:

Stock Up on Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

Moving can be hectic, but even if your move-in date is October 31st, don’t skip handing out candy. Stock up on candy for kids, and be sure to chat up parents that tag along. They’re probably curious about their new neighbor, and nothing says “great first impression” like handing out some top-tier candy.

Dress Up Your House with Spooky (But Wholesome) Decorations

Besides candy, the best part of Halloween is all the fun decorations! Jack-o-lanterns, dancing skeletons, flying ghosts… take some time to dress up your home in some fun and spooky decorations! The goal is to be festive and inviting rather than genuinely creepy or gory. You want an opportunity to greet kids and their parents, so keep the decorations wholesome and not terrifying.

Make Halloween Gift Bags for Neighbors Close By

If you have the time, consider putting together a cute and fun Halloween gift bag for your next-door neighbors. Put aside any shyness and ring your neighbor’s doorbell with the treat – it’s an excellent excuse for walking around the neighborhood to meet the people who live nearby.

Join in Neighborhood Halloween Celebrations

Many neighborhoods hold block parties or group celebrations, especially those with small children who won’t be out past 7 p.m. Keep an eye on your neighborhood’s Next Door feed, billboards around the community, or your HOA board for any events. Attending these gatherings near your new home is a stress-free way to get out and meet your new neighbors.

Celebrating Halloween is a great way to get to know your neighborhood and community. If you have young trick-or-treaters in your house, be sure to greet neighbors along with your kid. And be sure to attend any neighborhood gatherings! If it’s a costume party, be sure to dress up. You’ll get comfortable with your new community in no time.

How to Take Control and Organize Your Pantry Like a Pro

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: September 29, 2019

Think quick – do you have brown rice in stock? How about macaroni noodles? After spending time finding a recipe, making a grocery list, and planning out your meal, the last thing you want is to reach for a staple and realize you’re out… or worse; you can’t find it in the chaotic mess that is your pantry. Don’t let this be your reality.

An unorganized pantry is the bane of every cook’s existence. And the problem is, it’s so easy to let it get out of control. It’s time to take back your pantry and learn how to organize it like a pro. Here are a few easy steps you can take right now to tame the chaos and create an HGTV-worthy pantry.

Get a Fresh Start!

Don’t just move everything from your old pantry into your new home’s pantry because you had it at the last house. When you’re packing check expiration dates and get rid of the out of date, open containers, and unwanted items. It is much easier to build your stores of staple items if you know exactly what is usable from the start.

Take Inventory and Keep it Updated

Sit down and make a list of all your pantry staples, whether it’s old-fashioned oats, tri-colored quinoa, or packets of ramen noodles (don’t pretend you’re above reliving your college days now and again). Whatever you use most, put it on the list. Keep track of what’s in your pantry and what you’re running out of, and add it to your grocery list every time you’re getting low.

Categorize Your Food

While all your pantry items are sitting out on your counter, start grouping food by categories. Grains, beans, baking ingredients, and so on. By doing this now, you can add these items to your pantry at once and keep them together, making it easy to find what you need when you need it.

Put it in a Box!

Store your food in containers or bins whenever possible. There are two benefits to this: first, irregular shaped items (packages of chocolate chips, fresh bags of dried rosemary) fit better in a container, and second, it will be easier to move items around to find what you need. Use clear containers to store grains, flour, and other dry ingredients to see what’s inside easily.

Hello, My Name Is…

Make it super simple to find what you need by labeling those bins or containers. You’ll be able to give your pantry a quick scan to locate whatever it is you’re looking for, and you can also take this opportunity to practice your calligraphy. Hand-written labels, printed stickers, or even chalkboard labels add a unique touch to an otherwise bland space.

Hang In There

If your pantry has drawers (or you’re using a wide cupboard to store pantry items), make use of the doors. Add a spice rack to the inside of the pantry or cupboard drawers, or attach a thin container to the door. Unless your pantry is extra narrow, doing this will allow you to use every single inch of the area.

Keep It Up!

There are probably a dozen chores you’d rather do than meticulously upkeep your pantry. It’s just so easy to shove a half-full bag of lentils or packet of taco seasoning into the depths of your pantry, but that’s how you got into this mess in the first place. Stop making excuses and take the time to keep your pantry under control. Regularly take inventory, clean out expired food items, and put things back where you found them. You’ll be so much happier if you get into this habit.

It may seem like a monstrous project right now, but start it out in steps. Even just removing outdated & half-used unwanted items before packing up your pantry, makes a big difference when getting your new pantry unpacked. So get started and organize the pantry of your dreams!

5 Things You Must Include in Your Dining Room

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: September 3, 2019

Formal dining rooms can be one of the most forgotten spaces in a new home. You may have grand ideas about the dinner parties you’ll throw, or the cherished moments of a family dinner, but lives get busy, and the dining room is all but abandoned until the holidays.

Much like any room in your home, the best way to bring energy to your new dining room is to elevate its design. Make the dining room an inviting place, with simple, elegant decorations that make the prospect of dinner downright exciting. Here are the five things you must include in your new dining room:

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Not all dining rooms are made equal. If your room is boxy, compact, or otherwise strangely shaped, adding a mirror is an elegant way to open up the space. Even better, a strategically placed mirror can reflect and amplify other design elements in the room. Before you hang, hold the mirror up to each wall to see which view reflects best. 

Bring Beauty to Every Spill

Does anything feel fancier than enjoying a delicious meal served on a beautiful tablecloth? Simple linen tablecloths add instant elegance and clean elements to your dining room. You’ll be amazed at how well a nice tablecloth elevates even the simplest plates and glasses. And tablecloths are generally safe to put in a washer so you can spill to your heart’s content.

Presenting Dinner on a Silver Platter

Okay, most of us probably don’t have real silver platters passed down to us by our great-great-grandmothers. However, it’s easy enough to purchase a few serving platters that pair nicely with whatever dish you’re serving. Plan on getting a cake stand, large oval serving platter, and a few various serving plates for side dishes or appetizers.

Let’s Toast the Host (or Hostess!)

Hand guests the perfect glasses at your next dinner party. Keep glasses on hand for the drinks you often serve, whether it’s wine, cocktails, or pints. You can mix and match styles as long as you don’t go overboard.

Set the Mood with Candles

Sharing dinner with a romantic partner or loved one always pairs well with the soft glow of candles. Keep long, tapered candles in simple holders, or use many tea lights to set the mood in the dining room. Just be sure they’re unscented!

Whether you’re a big entertainer or just appreciate a simple, beautiful dinner now and again, formal dining rooms are a great space to design with soft, elegant elements. Add different pieces – a vase with seasonal flowers or a bowl of fruit – to help the room change with the seasons. You’ll start to fall in love with sharing meals with your family and friends in this room.

Foxwoods Broker’s Open : Friday, Sept. 6th from 11am – 3pm

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Model Home, Newcastle | Posted: September 3, 2019

All Brokers are welcome to stop in and enjoy some tasty treats, drinks, and learn more about the amazing Foxwoods community this Friday!

When:

Friday, September 6th from 11am – 3pm

Where:

Foxwoods Model Home, Homesite #01,

11592 SE 82nd St, Newcastle, WA 98056

 

Foxwoods features a collection of 16 brand new single-family homes located in the beautiful city of Newcastle. This beautiful community offers six distinctive home plans ranging from approximately 3,664 – 4,450 square feet that offer features such as sleek open kitchens, main level guest bedrooms, private dens, large bonus rooms, remarkable great rooms, spa-inspired master ensuites, and more!

The fast selling and highly sought-after homes feature elegant and timeless details and beautiful interiors with touches like generously sized kitchen islands, convenient smart home technology, and included high-end finishes that you won’t find at other builders. To learn more contact Summer at 206.966.6594 or visit the Foxwoods community page here.

To view all currently available homes at Foxwoods please visit the Foxwoods Available Home’s Page here.

 

Directions To Foxwoods:

From I-405 S

  • Take I-405 S to NE 44th St in Renton. Take exit 7 from I-405 S
  • Take exit 7 for Northeast 44th Street
  • Take SE 76th St to 116th Ave SE in Newcastle
  • Turn left onto NE 44th St
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Lake Washington Blvd NE
  • Turn right onto SE 76th St
  • Turn right onto 116th Ave SE
  • Foxwoods will be on your right

From I-405 N

  • Take exit 7 for Northeast 44th Street
  • Continue straight onto Lake Washington Blvd NE
  • Turn right onto SE 76th St
  • Turn right onto 116th Ave SE
  • Foxwoods will be on your right

How to Organize Your Walk-In Closet

Categories: Interior Design | Posted: August 28, 2019

It’s like a dream come true: a perfectly organized, clutter-free walk-in closet. We all have fantasies of artfully arranged, color-coded wardrobes tucked nicely into a breezy closet, ready for a cozy night in, a night on the town, or another day in the office. But a lot of work goes into that dream. 

Having the closet of your dreams isn’t out of reach. You just need to set up a few basic organization methods and have some will power. We’ve collected a few introductory tips for making the most out of your walk-in closet below: 

Declutter and Donate 

Rule number one of a brand new, organized closet is getting rid of the clutter. We’re all guilty of hanging onto clothes that are worn out, don’t fit, or were never our style in the first place. Why let something like that take up valuable closet space? Take a hard look at your wardrobe and start sorting out your favorite pieces from your meh pieces, then donate anything that’s still in good shape. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted afterward, trust us. 

Sort by Season, Sort by Use 

You’ve gotten rid of all the clothes you never wore, don’t fit into, or went out of fashion years ago. Now you’re left with a great wardrobe ready to be organized. Start by arranging clothes by season – summer, fall, spring, winter – and place them in your closet accordingly. We’ve got a few tips below to help you organize those. Then, within each season, move the clothes you wear the most (your favorite pieces) to the front of the row so they’re easily accessible. 

Go one step further now and sort by color or style. You’ll end up with a closet arranged perfectly for the weather, making it easy to pick an outfit and be on your way. 

Double Up to Maximize Space 

Your walk-in closet has a lot of vertical space too — don’t let it go to waste. Take advantage of your closet’s height by using a double-rod closet organizer. Place an upper and lower bar in your closet, then hang clothes strategically by length and style. For example, keep your blouses, cardigans, and tank tops on the upper bar, and place your pants and dresses below. 

Let Your Clothes Breathe! 

Wire closet organizers are great for storing clothes in a closet you’d rather keep folded. The benefit of these wire shelves is that you can let your clothes breathe and avoid the musty back-of-the-drawer smell. Many organizers like this are customizable, so you can sort and stack them however you want to best fit your organization preferences. 

Reach for the Sky 

Use every inch of space in your walk-in closet — all the way to the ceiling. You undoubtedly have a few items of clothing or accessories (an extravagant Easter hat perhaps or a bright pink faux fur coat, perhaps?) that you hardly use but need to store. 

Keep them out of the way by putting them on high-up shelves at the top of your closet. Place this extra row of shelving closer to the ceiling, above your double-rod closet organizers. Now you can store those important-but-often-ignored items you can’t bear to part with. 

Add Storage 

One of the best things about a walk-in closet is that there’s often room to move around. However, the downside of that is there can be a lot of wasted space. Use the space below your clothing rods or on an unused wall to arrange a dresser or small cupboard to store additional clothing items that may not fit on your clothing rods or shelves. Here’s a great decorating opportunity; add elegant style or a splash of color with this piece of furniture. 

Get Hooked on Hooks! 

There’s never a great place for purses in a closet. You can’t hang them up, and they just get cluttered and disorganized piled on a shelf. You’ve got the wall space now, so use it! Hang decorative hooks on the walls of your closet at different heights to hang purses, bags, or even jackets you don’t want on a hanger. 

You can even make a smaller version of this for your jewelry! Hang small hooks near a mirror in your bedroom or closet and you’ve got a place to store your necklaces tangle-free. 

Take a Deep Breath, Get Organized, and Live Out That Fantasy 

A perfectly arranged and organized walk-in closet isn’t out of reach. By following these few basic tips for organizing the structure of your closet, you’ll be there in no time. Just remember to keep sorting through clothes on a regular basis, donating what you don’t wear and recycling what’s too old to keep. You’ll end up with a perfect wardrobe suited to your current tastes in a de-cluttered walk-in closet.

8 Home Decorating Tips You Should Always Follow

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: August 15, 2019

No matter what style speaks to you – whether you’re a minimalist at heart or love rustic themes – some design tips always apply. Here are some timeless home decorating tips you should always follow, no matter how you choose to decorate your home.

  1. Make Your Bedroom Your Favorite Room in the House

Your bedroom should be a calming, relaxing sanctuary. It should be a room you can escape to, a place you enjoy being in. Splurging here is fine, as long as you do it carefully. Spend the extra money on high-end bedding and pillows – you can reuse them for years, and falling asleep each night will be a luxurious experience.

To elevate the room’s design, choose a solid-color duvet or comforter and pair it with matching pillowcases, adding in a decorative pillow or two. The combination of color and pattern will make for a magazine-perfect look.

  1. Expand Your Home with Mirrors

Mirrors immediately brighten and expand any room, no matter how cramped. Place mirrors on walls opposing windows or other light sources to double this effect. Windows can double the visual square footage of a room.

Artfully place mirrors on your walls in a series or on their own to amplify any room.

  1. Let There Be Light (and Lots of It!)

Lights can do wonders to a home. For instance, you can immediately set a mood with lights on dimmers. Different lights, like overhead lights or table lamps, add a lot of style and interest to the room. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to figure out what works best – and don’t be shy. Combine various light sources in a room and see what happens!

  1. Bring Style to Every Room, Even the Bathroom

It may not be as glamorous as your bedroom or living room, but a neglected bathroom is a sad sight. Elevate the humble bathroom by using beautifully folded towels, tasteful art, chunky bars of soap, and a few decorative items. Consider lighting here too – you don’t want harsh or over-bright light here.

  1. Try to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Here’s a truly timeless design tip. Clutter in your home can add stress to your life. Try not to clutter the surfaces in your home. Of course, we all know that dining room tables should be for eating, not for piles of paperwork or books. Apply the same idea to other surfaces of your home.

Don’t clutter your shelves with knick-knacks or misplaced items. Stick to a few statement pieces and try not to overstuff your shelves or open spaces. Keep things clean and minimal.

  1. Your Couch Doesn’t Have to be a Wallflower

Here’s a tip most people do not think about. We tend to push furniture up against the wall to create more space in a room, but that can sometimes feel strange. We want to encourage comfort and conversation, not keep everyone with their backs to a wall.

Consider instead orienting furniture around a central point in the room. For example, around a fireplace, underneath a ceiling fan, or in a particularly sunny corner. Ideally, don’t orient your entire room around an entertainment system.

You’ll find this cozy arrangement is much better for inviting people into your home and enjoying time together.

  1. Natural Lighting is the Best Design Element

There is nothing better than letting beautiful, natural light pour into your rooms. Make sure you are capturing every bit of the natural sunlight your home receives, especially if you’re facing north or south.

Swap out dark or thick window coverings for lighter ones – both in color and weight. Thinner fabric will help the room feel lighter, even when the sunshine outside is dim.

  1. Use color!

Accent walls, decorative pillows, statement pieces. Try not to design a room with one single color or pattern. Mix and match complementary colors or patterns to avoid building a dull room. This design mix keeps your room exciting and visually appealing. You can use this as an opportunity to show off a particularly unique piece of furniture in your home or even a favorite art piece.

Keep these basic tips in mind when designing your dream home, and you’ll be sure to love every space in it. Remember to maximize natural light, don’t go crazy with the statement pieces, and take advantage of design tricks to expand your home’s many areas.

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