Home Improvement

Enlightening Ideas for Your Home

Doesn't it always seem like we're envisioning new ways to enhance the beauty of our surroundings... particularly in our homes?  When it comes to lighting, there are cost effective and energy-saving ways to do just that!  Here are some simple and worthwhile ideas!

Improve a Home's Lighting Without an Electrician

Lighting can set the right mood in a home and make it feel more welcoming, and achieving that doesn’t always require an electrician. Curbed.com asked three designers to provide their best tips for improving the lighting in a home. Here are a few of their suggestions.

Match the lightbulbs. Change the mismatched types of lightbulbs, particularly old compact fluorescent bulbs, Jenny Guggenheim, owner of Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio in Portland, Ore., told Curbed. Replace them with one type of LED bulb. “In old homes, there are sometimes three or four different types of lightbulbs—each with its own color temperature,” says Guggenheim. “This easy fix can go a long way towards elevating your lighting.” Try using 2,500K to 2,700K warmth LED bulbs. “That range mimics daylight, but a little on the warmer side,” Guggenheim told Curbed.

Layer the light. By layering the light in your space, you can create a more welcoming atmosphere. Have at least two layers of light, designers say. The first layer will likely be an overhead, brighter light. For the second layer, use a light on a table or a floor lamp. Make sure to offset the brighter light with a layer of more diffused lighting. “You’ll immediately recognize how expansive the light is—it’s softer, warmer, and more flattering,” she says. Diffusion can take many forms, including the opaque glass of a bulb and the fabric, glass, or paper of the shade,” Alex Kalita, founder of Common Bond Design in Brooklyn, N.Y., told Curbed.

Watch the scale. Avoid using too small a light source for the space it’s in, Guggenheim suggests. For example, don’t use a tiny table lamp in a large entryway.

Place lamps throughout. “I love putting lamps on shelves mixed in with books or on the open shelving in the kitchen,” Megan Pflug, designer and owner of the Woodhouse Lodge in Greenville, N.Y., told Curbed. “You can even put one on top of the fridge.”


Source: “Pro Tips to Improve Your Home’s Lighting—Without an Electrician,” Curbed.com (Feb. 20, 2020)

End of Summer Home Maintenance

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Labor Day is around the corner and it's the time of year that people reminisce about the wonderful times they had during the summer and begin to prepare themselves for the upcoming seasons. While people prepare for the colder weather it's important that they prepare their homes, too. Here is a suggested home maintenance list for the end of summer so that your home is best prepared for the change of seasons. 

Paint (if you need to, there is better ventilation now than there will be in the winter)

Clean and inspect windows 

Make sure your fireplace is winter ready 

Replace air filters 

Fix your driveway (if necessary)

Clean gutters 

Inspect siding 

Store outdoor furniture

Organize your garage 

Clean garbage and recycle bins 

Prepare your pool for the winter/complete any necessary pool maintenance 

Seal your attic and basement

Prepare your porch, deck and/or patio for the winter elements 

Clean out your garbage disposal 

Vacuum upholstery

If you think there should be anything added to our list, let us know in the comments section below!

Celebrate Spring with a Fresh Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint is an easy and cost-effective way to give your home a new look and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Creating a focal point with color can either help or hurt depending on how you go about it. Click on the photo below for some helpful advice on how to use color effectively and make the most of your painting project.



5 Great Reasons to Sell your Home in the Winter!

When you think of winter, you may think holidays, skiings, skating, sledding but not necessarily selling your home or vacant land. It's actually a great time to list your property. Click on the photo below and enjoy an interesting article by Realtytimes.com that may have you thinking differently about selling your home while there's still snow on the ground. Then stop-in, or give us a call to speak with one of our experts and get your home, land or commercial property sold this winter!

Protect your home through the winter season!

Winter has settled in with it's delightful freezing temperatures, snow and ice. Now is the time to stay on top of some home maintenance projects you may not have thought of to make the most of the season and ensure a smooth transition to spring. Click on the photo below for a link to some helpful tips and tricks to keep your home, safe and protected against all that Mother Nature will bring.

It's time to get into the decorating spirit!


Before the snow really starts flying, now is a great time to make your outdoor

spaces festive and fun and burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories!

HouseBeautiful has put together a great collection of outdoor decorating ideas to

get you into the spirit! Click on the photo below to view the slideshow and helpful tips. 


It's a Great Time to Sell!

With low inventory and willing, ready and able buyers it's a great time to sell! 

Click on the link below for some helpful tips of what to do and what not to do to showcase your home to potential buyers and and get it sold quickly. Call or stop-in today to speak with one of our experts about a no-obligation consultation and free market analysis. We are one of the oldest and most respected firms in town, conveniently located in the heart of downtown with an eye toward care and personal service. Why settle for less?