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8 Ways to Incorporate Your Passions into Daily Life

Surrounding yourself with reminders of your hobbies and interests makes any space more meaningful.

Your home reflects who you are, and you’re way more than a selection of tasteful paint and furniture. Why not celebrate your passions by incorporating them into your decorating? When your talents, skills, and hobbies are on display as a natural part of your decor, you feel more inspired and more at home.

You don’t have to re-make your life to incorporate your passions into your home decorating. In many cases, just a small change of storage or placement will make all the difference — and you may even save money because you’re using items you already own.

If something makes you happy, bring it out and let it shine.

Store your tools in arm’s reach

Many creative hobbies come with beautiful tools. Don’t hide your paintbrushes or yarn — show them off with pride of place!

Make sure to put tools you use frequently in accessible places where you can grab them. Nothing’s worse than being inspired to create and having to wrestle a guitar off the wall or extract a crochet hook from the back of a cabinet. A good rule is to keep anything you use once a week or more within easy reaching distance.

Display seasonal equipment year-round

Just because you can only ski a few months out of the year doesn’t mean you forget about hitting the slopes. Keep your seasonal passions alive by keeping them in sight, but out of the way.

Mount skis or fishing poles over a door in the off season. If you have space above kitchen cabinets, that’s a great place for the gorgeous fondue set you only use in winter. You could even ceiling-mount a canoe paddle — or the whole canoe if there’s room. The good thing about most seasonal equipment is that you use it outside, so you don’t have to worry too much about interim storage.

Put your talents to work

Give your creative passions room to shine in everyday life. If you’re great at calligraphy, try writing a stylish meal planning list for your week, or a framed school checklist by the front door.

Woodworkers can make anything from cutting boards to furniture. If you embroider, make your own cushion covers and embellished hand towels. Potters, once you fill your mug cupboard, branch out into making planters and wall hooks.

For almost any art or craft, there’s a practical application, so make it a fun challenge to find yours.

Bring the mass-appeal objects into the conversation

When you have an interest in common with someone, the conversation just flows. That’s why it’s great to have some pop-culture touchpoints in your living space. Items like framed vinyl albums give your guests an easy way to learn about your interests and start talking.

Not everyone is going to be able to engage about your 19th-century Japanese chisel, but almost everyone who sees your framed program will remember the first time they heard about “Hamilton.”

For a living room where you entertain friends, or a home office where you have clients, these objects can help create connections.

Let your collection tell a story

When you’re a collector, every piece has a story. As a whole, the items in a collection tell a narrative of their own history and how they came into your life.

Keep collections in a place of honor where the whole story can come together. Cabinets and display shelves are great for 3D objects like glassware, figurines, and curios, and albums are perfect for stamps, old photos, and ephemera.

Active items inspire action

If you need a little motivation to practice your passion, let your decor help inspire action. Match each inspiring object with the place you’re most likely to need a boost.

If you aren’t feeling your usual gourmet self, display your antique bakeware in your kitchen. To help with writer’s block, display your diploma, your first pitch acceptance letter, or special first editions of your favorite books over your desk. Hang athletic medals and photos of you at the finish line over the shoe bin near your entryway to encourage you to go for a run.

Match the vibe of the room

In general, keep the purpose of the room in mind when deciding where to display your prized possessions. Don’t just go by where you have available wall space; take time to find the right fit.

A shelf of antique clown toys can look great in an office or playroom, but might not feel restful in your bedroom. And your championship soccer cleats or a signed football may be perfect inspiration in your workout room, but they’re less than appetizing hanging in the dining room.

Mellow treasures set the mood

Some of your possessions are just for you, and spark special memories and feelings when you see or touch them. If you have an object that brings your comfort, place it according to how it makes you feel. Does that beach rock make you feel calm? Keep it by your bedside.

If your grandpa’s old pipe reminds you of how he taught you to read, keep in in a display case on a bookshelf or by your desk.

These are just a few of the ways you can bring your passions into your home decorating. Hopefully these ideas inspire you to bring your most important possessions into your decor, so you can keep those passions alive in your daily life.

Content courtesy Zillow Porchlight. Read the original article here.

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Planting Ideas to Boost Your Garage’s Curb Appeal

The sides of a garage door and a space alongside a garage wall are often tough spots to plant. They can feature compacted soil and limited planting space and yet — depending on the location of your garage — they can be fairly prominent in a front yard’s design.

If you’re struggling with this area, take a look at these 10 ideas for planting along the garage. In each example, the plants help soften the building and tie it into the larger landscape, boosting the overall curb appeal of the home.

 

Try colorful, tough perennials and succulents. Drought-tolerant plants are always a great choice for Southern California, and there are colorful ones to spruce up your home.

 

 

 

 

Consider ornamental grasses. Many of these tough, drought-tolerant options work nicely with the home styles we see here.

 

 

 

 

 

Look into a garage-framing trellis. To give garage plantings — and your home’s curb appeal — a boost, consider adding permanent trellising up and over the garage door.

 

 

 

 

Content courtesy of Houzz. Read the full article here.

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8 Ways to Make Buyers Fall in Love

Looking to sell your home? Here are 8 easy ways to make your buyers fall in love!

  1. Disassociate and De-Personalize — Providing the buyer with an opportunity to envision themselves in the home is crucial. This can be achieved by removing all personal photos and limiting the use of décor that has phrases.
  2. De-Clutter — Have you ever been in a model home? Make your home a model home by clearing off kitchen and bathroom counters. Make sure shoes are neatly placed on a shoe rack or hidden in the garage. Don’t leave anything on the entry way and hide cords. The best way to de-clutter is to actually start packing.
  3. Rearrange and Organize — Buyers have a tendency to open cabinets and closets. A few organizing tips: hang clothes together, buttoned, and in the same direction; neatly stack dishes; and have items in your cabinets and refrigerator facing forward. Avoid placing furniture at an angle as it makes the room seem smaller.
  4. Move Your Favorite Items — If you love a chandelier and want to take it with you, remove it before showing the property. If a buyer doesn’t see it, they can’t fall in love with it.
  5. Minor Repairs — Minor repairs can truly aid the salability of a home. Patch holes, fix leaky faucets, adjust doors that don’t close properly, and re-caulk showers, tubs, and sinks. Replace burnt out lightbulbs and make sure the walls are a neutral color. If a room is small, hanging curtains a foot higher than the top of the window will create the illusion of a larger room.
  6. Cleanliness — You want to make sure the house is clean. Clean grout lines, remove cobwebs, clean out the refrigerator, and dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Hang fresh towels, vacuum regularly, polish chrome faucets, wash the windows, and most importantly, clean and air out any odors.
  7. Curb Appeal — A buyer’s first impression is the outside of your home. Make it beautiful! Keep sidewalks cleared, remove shoes and kids’ toys, mow the lawn, and paint any faded window trim or peeling paint on the deck. Make sure the outside lights are working and remove oil stains from the driveway (Coke is a great way to do this). Planting yellow flowers will evoke emotion.
  8. Ambiance — You want the buyer to walk into your home and not want to leave. A few suggestions that have great effects: turn the TV to smooth jazz, bake cookies before an open house, or use a diffuser to provide a tranquil scent.
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5 Tips to Win Trust and Business

5 TIPS TO WIN TRUST AND BUSINESS
Jill Grano is successful, in part, because she’s open and approachable. Here are some of her top tips to build client relationships that last:

1. Be the expert. Buyers and sellers will react to personal knowledge and expertise more than anything. Walk through and get to know the inventory, and don’t rely on online photos to tell the story. The Internet is just a crutch.

2. Give back. Engage in community work you’re passionate about. As a bonus, the time you dedicate connects you with influential leaders and potential customers.

3. Act intentionally. Analysis paralysis is the enemy in real estate. If you’re wondering if attending an event will be worth your time, the answer is probably yes. Don’t overthink it; just go and do it.

4. Be collaborative.When it comes to working with other agents, earn a reputation for being easy to work with. Think collaboration, not competition.

5. Nurture relationships. Real estate is all about relationships – work hard to foster them in all areas of your personal and professional life.

Courtesy of Above, the RE/MAX Magazine, from “Her Approach: Get Out And Go!” by Camille Wilson.

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Staging Your Home To Sell: 8 Ways To Make Buyers Fall In Love

“You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Will Rogers said that about people, but the same rule holds true for homes. When preparing to sell your home, you must take advantage of every opportunity to make your first impression stunning. Here are 8 tips to blow your potential buyers away.

  1. Curb Appeal: A buyer’s first impression is the outside of your home. Make it beautiful! Keep sidewalks cleared, remove shoes and kids’ toys, mow the lawn, and paint any faded window trim or peeling paint on the deck. Make sure your outside lights are working and remove oil stains from the driveway (cola is a great way to do this!). Planting yellow flowers will evoke emotion.
  2. Ambiance: You want the buyer to walk into your home and not want to leave! A few suggestions: play smooth jazz, bake cookies before an open house, and/or use a diffuser to provide a tranquil scent.
  3. Cleanliness: You want to make sure the house is clean. Clean grout lines, remove cobwebs, clean out the refrigerator, and dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Hang fresh towels, vacuum regularly, polish chrome faucets, wash the windows and mirrors, and MOST importantly, clean and air out any odors.
  4. Minor repairs: Minor repairs can truly aid the salability of the home. Patch holes, fix leaky faucets, adjust doors that don’t close properly, and re-caulk showers, tubs, and sinks. Replace burnt out light bulbs and make sure the walls are a neutral color. If a room is small, hang curtains a foot higher than the top of the window, which will create the illusion of a larger room.
  5. De-Clutter: Have you ever been in a model home? Make your home a model home by clearing off kitchen and bathroom counters. Make sure shoes are neatly placed on a shoe rack or in the garage. Don’t leave anything in the entryway and hide cords. The best way to de-clutter is to actually start packing!
  6. Disassociate and De-Personalize: When de-cluttering, remember to consider personal items you’ll be taking with you. Providing the buyer with an opportunity to envision themselves in the home is crucial. This can be achieved by removing personal photos and limiting the use of décor that has phrases.
  7. Move Your Favorite Items: If you love a chandelier and want to take it with you, remove it before showing the property. If a buyer doesn’t see it, they can’t fall in love with it.
  8. Rearrange and Organize: Buyers have a tendency to open the cabinets and closets. A few organizing tips: hang clothes together, buttoned, and in the same direction; neatly stack dishes; and have items in your cabinets and refrigerator facing forward. Avoid placing furniture at an angle, as it makes the room look smaller.

Not sure your home is ready for the market? RE/MAX Regal will help you stage your home for sale and advise you through the preparation process!