Here are 7 house pick-me-ups that take about as much time as brewing a pot of coffee and fit your schedule whenever you have a few extra minutes.
Caught between your lack of time and the urge to give your home some spit and polish? Never fear. These ideas will add panache in no time at all.
1. Switch the plates. Upgrade your drab, plastic switch plates with snazzy covers that match or accent your décor. Even the most expensive brass switch plates cost less than $20 each. Or, spend a buck for a plastic plate and decorate it yourself. Use craft paint, or cover the plate with decorative paper. You also can switch outlet covers, but don’t get too fancy. Outlet covers should blend with the wall.
2. Touch-up boo-boos. A bit of new paint gives any room a fresh face, which is why you should keep extra color-matched paint after you remodel. Touch up banged-up baseboards, door and window trim, and wall marks that won’t wash away. Even spot painting requires care; use a drop cloth to protect other surfaces.
3. Change out drawer and door hardware. Upgrade your kitchen or bathroom by installing new pulls and knobs. Be sure to measure drawer pulls so you won’t have to drill new holes. Check out these cute and economical ($4.95 for 8) zoo dresser drawer knobs on Esty. Home improvement centers have a large selection of inexpensive pulls and knobs.
4. Update your mailbox. Bump up curb appeal by spray-painting your old mailbox. You can freshen the same color, or go wild with bright hues. Don’t forget to scrub off dirt and rust before painting with rust-proof paint ($6 to $12 for a 10-ounce can; lots of decorative textures and colors).
5. Play the numbers game. Decorative house numbers and plates give your home a custom and classy look. Some numbers are quick peel-and-stick affairs; others you’ll have to screw in. They’re made of wood, plastic, brass, stainless steel, and other materials; $6 to $30 each.
6. Embellish your throne. A new toilet seat gives you a regal bearing. Plastic and enameled seats ($12 to $25) in a rainbow of colors add a dash of panache; a solid wood mahogany or walnut seat ($45-$60) makes an executive statement; cushioned seats ($15 to $20) won’t make a lasting impression — and that’s a good thing.
7. Declutter. You’ll be amazed how a 15-minute daily declutter can make a room look like new. First, get rid of stuff from your fridge door: that large, blank canvas will immediately brighten your kitchen. Corral mail and papers in decorative boxes with tops that can close and hide the mess. Organize school supplies in caddies. Every day, tame a new spot.
Article written by: Lisa Kaplan Gordon an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL.
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Today after attending a fitness class in the Sunset Park area of Herndon, I stumbled upon a cool new shop called 100 Bowls. It's a soup shop! I was blown away by the variety of options available as well as the Gluten Free bakery products and vegan options. All soups are made fresh with real ingredients right there in the store. I met the owner, Katharine, and she showed me around and explained the concept. This is a super cool spot and I look forward to trying all the different soups from the 4 seasons of the year! They also sell organic stocks; vegetable, beef and chicken.
Today I bought some Gluten free treats for a friend and the Watermelon Gazpacho for me. YUM!
The website is http://www.100bowlsofsoup.com/. Go check it out! It is a hidden Herndon gem!
These ideas will transform your outdoor space into an oasis you may never want to leave.
When your mom told you to turn off the TV and play outdoors already, she knew what she was talking about. Hanging outside is good for our mental and physical well-being.
As adults, having an outdoor retreat adds an economic component: Upwards of 80% of homebuyers said patios and front porches are “essential” or “desirable,” according to the “What Buyers Really Want” survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
So how come when we move into our dream home, we hardly ever use our decks, porches, and patios?
An anthropological UCLA study, described in the book “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century,” blames our fascination with digital devices — tablets, computers, televisions, games — for keeping us cooped up. The UCLA research participants spent less than half an hour each week in their outdoor space. And these were Californians.
So this summer let’s make a pledge to pay more than lip service to outdoor living so we can be happier, create lasting memories, and generally take advantage of what home has to offer.
1. Go Overboard on Comfy!
When you step into your outdoor space, your first sensation should be ‘ahhhh’. If you’re not feeling it, then your space is likely lacking the comfy factor. Comfy is easy to achieve and can be as low cost as you want. Start simple with a cushion or two or even a throw. Some other simple strategies:
2. Create a Broadband Paradise
Our devices and electronics have conspired to keep us on lock down. Since we’re not about to chuck our digital toys, boot up your outdoor space so you can keep texting, posting to Instagram, and watching cat videos.
3. Blur the Line Between Indoors and Out
Creating a seamless transition between your home’s interior and exterior isn’t as simple or low cost as adding comfort, but it’s the most dramatic and effective way to enhance your enjoyment of the space. Plus, it can increase your home’s value.
4. Light the Way!
When the sun goes down, don’t be left groping for your wine glass. Outdoor lighting dresses up your home’s marketability and appeal (exterior lighting is buyers’ most wanted outdoor feature, according to the NAHB study), makes it safer, and lets you spend more time outside.
5. Make Your Mark.
Let your style dominate your backyard space.
6. Don’t Give Anyone an Excuse to Stay Inside
Your outdoor space will magnetically draw family and friends if it has features they find appealing.
7. Rebuff the Elements.
Hot sun, rain, wind gusts, and bugs are the archenemy of good times. Here are tips and strategies to help you throw shade on Mother Nature:
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If your Herndon home's backyard needs a makeover - just follow some of these simple ideas. My husband is the bomb when it comes to creating a backyard oasis. Here are a couple of photos from our Herndon home.
Need help creating a backyard oasis or need a new backyard? I can help! Considering buying or selling a home in Herndon or anywhere in Northern Virginia, please reach out me at LeAnne & Company. LeAnne@LeAnneandCo.com or 202-409-7513.
You can also read about our unique, one of a kind home seller program, The Renovated Home Metro DC at www.LiveLoveHerndon.com. You may be able to defer your renovation costs to settlement. What an awesome deal!
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