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July
28

Have you ever wondered what style of house represents your personality? There are so many home types to choose from, you should know which one fits you best! Take a look at these five popular home styles to get an idea for the aesthetic and functionality that match your unique personality when you're ready to purchase your next home.

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July
30

Front Door Paint

Once you have your dream house, the next step is to make it your own. And the best place to start is with the front door. It's the first thing people see before they walk in; it should make a decorative statement about who you are and what kind of home this is. Here are some paint options to consider.

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April
1

Watson List Your Home

Listing your home for sale can be overwhelming, especially if it's your first time. One of the best ways to sell your home quickly and increase your sale price is through proper home staging. Home staging is both an art and a science and often takes a good bit of experience to pull it off just right. Our real estate agents are experts at home staging and are always willing to offer tips to help you through the process.

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March
2

If there's one thing we could all take from the lovely people of Denmark, it's the concept of hygge. Pronounced hyoo-ga, hygge encapsulates all that is cozy and comfortable. But beyond the material aspects of hygge, there exists a desire to enjoy life's simple pleasures, to pause and find contentment amidst the chaos of living. What better place to introduce hygge into your life than your house? Here's how to incorporate hygge into your home and create a personal sanctuary.

Stay Simple

Bright color schemes might be bold, but they don't exactly align with the goals of hygge. After all, hygge emphasizes the simple pleasures. Keep your space uncluttered and clean and your color scheme neutral. Browns, creams, and similar colors encourage peaceful, relaxing feelings.

Cozy & Comfortable

Life is hard, so we should prioritize coziness at all possible opportunities. In your home, that means lots of cozy blankets, fluffy pillows, and feathery comforters. Another great way to incorporate hygge into your home is by creating a cozy nook or corner to which you can retreat when things get a little hectic.

Aromatherapy

Further increase the coziness of your space by lighting a few candles. Pick scents that calm you and your candles will serve as a great self-care tool. But it's not just the scent you're after; the soft, radiant light provide the perfect comforting glow.

Casual Dress Code

What you wear at home contributes just as much to hygge as the décor. So leave the jeans and dresses in the closet and opt for your coziest pair of sweatpants and fuzzy socks. If you really want to commit, grab yourself a pair of hyggebuksers.

Let There Be Light

The gentle glow of candlelight sometimes isn't enough. Open up those curtains, lift the blinds, and let as much natural light in as possible. Those soothing pillars of sunlight become invaluable for comfort in the chilly winter.

Bring the Outside Inside

Greenery in the form of plants are a great way to liven up the atmosphere in any room of your home, especially in your cozy nooks. Even if you don't have a great track record of keeping plants alive, you can still capture the ambience of the elements with wood accents in floors, furniture, and other décor pieces.

Light a Fire

If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, set a fire to create warmth – an essential piece of the hygge mindset. Few things can improve a relaxing night cuddle up on the couch under layers of blankets like a roaring fire.     

January
20

Ready to reimagine your kitchen? Or tackle that backyard project? Or maybe you're just finally ready to declutter and reorganize. Perhaps you don't even know what it is you want to do with your house; you just know you want change. Never fear! We've got New Year's resolutions for your home to inspire you.

Give Your Stuff a Home

Over the course of a year, we tend to accumulate lots of stuff. If you don't keep a handle on it, you can find your drawers, cabinets, closets, and counters overflowing with heaps of stuff that maybe doesn't belong there. Make it a resolution to give all that homeless stuff a place where it can live comfortably – preferably somewhere neat, tidy, and out of the way. Decluttering in this way not only frees up useful space, it'll make your home feel even roomier than before.

You'll likely have a lot of stuff that doesn't make the cut after this process. Instead of just tossing it, consider donating it to a local organization that will give it to those in need.

Restock & Organize Your Pantry & Fridge

Unless you're hyper-diligent when putting away groceries, chances are you've got a lot of clutter in your pantry, cabinets, fridge, and freezer. Dedicate some time to reorganizing theses pivotal kitchen spaces: sort out the items you'll use/eat from the things you won't, store frequently used items like flour and sugar in airtight containers to minimize the amount of unwieldy bags taking up space, and reorganize what remains in a clean, sensible fashion. It'll make cooking feel like much less of a chore when everything you need is where it should be.

Make Your Home Safe

We mean safe in two ways: safe from intruders and safe for yourself.

First, intruders. If you don't already have one, maybe this is the year to have a security system installed. They're incredibly sophisticated these days, allowing you to control many features remotely from your phone. Pair it with a smart doorbell and cameras and you'll feel safer than ever in your home.

Speaking of feeling safer in your home, sometimes it's the unseen threats that you should worry about. Invisible invaders like radon and carbon monoxide can endanger everyone living in your home. Check for radon with an inexpensive testing kit from your local hardware store. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every bedroom floor as well to monitor this deadly gas.

While we're on the topic of unseen threats, have you cleared out your dryer lint lately? Not the relatively paltry amounts caught in the trap inside the dryer, but rather the lint in the vents and ducts behind the machine? With even just a reasonable amount of lint buildup in those areas, you could be looking at a major fire hazard.

Deep Clean

New year, fresh start – what better time to give your house a deep, deep clean? Go room to room and scrub, dust, vacuum, wipe, and just generally sanitize every nook and cranny you normally glance over during your regular cleaning sessions.

Be More Eco-Friendly

Going green at home doesn't have to mean installing solar panels (though that doesn't hurt). It can happen in smaller but just as impacting ways, like recycling more than just your soda cans. From compost to cardboard and glass to grease, organize your recyclable materials into appropriate bins and dispose of them properly – your local recycling center can help you figure out the best way to approach this.

Going green can also save you money on your power bill, and who doesn't want that? Seemingly little things like turning the lights off when you're not in the room or cutting off your AC when you're gone can help the environment and your wallet. Installing LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads that use less electricity and water, respectively, are other beneficial ways to save money and the planet.

December
18

It's chilly, blustery, and it gets dark as soon as you leave work – yep, it's winter. For many Floridians who view the cold weather as a personal attack, that means spending less time outside until spring's warm touch returns. But if you're determined to get outside despite the chilly weather – especially in your backyard – you can make it happen. Here's how to make the most of your backyard during winter.

Make it Toasty

The best way to combat the cold? Heat things up! Install a firepit in your backyard for the ultimate winter hang-out spot where you can roast marshmallows with the family. If a firepit won't work for your yard, add some heat lamps to create a toasty atmosphere.

Light it Up

Part of what makes winter hard for some people is the seemingly inescapable darkness. Depending on your schedule, it might be dark when you go to work and dark when you get home. That's why adding lights to the backyard goes a long way towards brightening things up literally and figuratively. You have tons of options, too: LED, solar, path marker, string lights, spotlights, and more.

Go for Coziness

Swap out your summer furniture for more winter-appropriate items. Or if you can't, just cozy your usual furniture up! We're talking warm rugs, blankets, pillows, anything that makes you feel safe and snuggly. Do make sure whatever you use is weather-resistant, though, lest your cozy days be ruined by ruined furniture.

Keep Grilling

Grilling doesn't have to be a summer-exclusive habit. Especially in Florida where we rarely get truly frosty weather, you should keep grilling all winter long! Wear an extra layer and enjoy the radiant heat from the flame as you flip your burgers.

Get a Hot Tub

If you're in a position to, get a hot tub for your backyard! It's an immaculate luxury item, and there's nothing quite as exhilarating as spending an evening soaking in the hot tub on a frigid 32-degree night.

A Technicolor Makeover

In addition to installing lighting to raise spirits, adding some color to your backyard surroundings can have a similar effect. Plant some colorful flowers that thrive in the winter, like Japanese quince, pansies, snowdrops, winter jasmines, or cyclamen.

Decorate for the Holidays

Hang garland, put up Christmas lights, accessorize your outdoor furniture with wintry color schemes, and more to get your backyard holiday-ready.

October
13

Each sign of the zodiac is a unique blend of planetary alignments and elemental influences. This creates a personality that has unique needs, values and preferences – especially when it comes to their home. That's why we've created a list of rooms in the house that suit each sun sign's needs to a T. Here's your favorite room in the house based on your zodiac sign.

Aries - Home Gym

Aries Aries needs to be active. There just is no getting around it. Their high-energy, go-getter spirit lives in their blood. And when they can't be active physically, they'll start to suffer greatly. So, obviously the gym is their #1 room. Whether it's a treadmill in the living room, a sunroom for yoga, or a fully equipped garage gym with barbells and HIIT workouts scrawled in chalk on the floor – it's all the same to these Mars-ruled signs. The sweatier the better!

Taurus - Kitchen

Taurus This grounded, Earthy sign is ruled by Venus – the planet of beauty and love. But there is one thing they love most – and that's food. Taureans need good food, comforting food, and lots of it to remain satisfied and happy. They love showing off their cooking skills and cooking for family and friends, too. That's why a big, fully equipped kitchen is this sign's favorite room. Complete with various cookware and exotic, yet hearty ingredients, this space is sure to satisfy these creatures of comfort.

Gemini - Game Room/Flex Space

Gemini You have to be quick to catch these flighty and mentally oriented signs. Ruled by Mercury, they crave intellectual stimulation 24/7. They are a gregarious sign by nature and love playing games and learning new things. You will typically find your favorite Gemini reading the latest news article, watching the newest TV show, or hanging with friends. This can all be done in a stimulating room with lots of hobbies to choose from. That's why the game room or flex space is the best place for these playful signs. Fill it with gadgets, board games, books, video games, and musical instruments, and watch them bask in the joy of entertaining themselves and you.

Cancer - Bedroom

Cancer Our sensitive, nurturing Cancers are happiest when at home – so nearly any room will do as long as they're with loved ones. But these Water-based signs crave creature comforts, cookies, and crying sessions. The bedroom is obviously the best place for these activities. Reading their favorite fantasy novel, watching a moody drama, or simply cozying up to their pets or family members with a pile of plush blankets and pillows (and a few sweet snacks) is their favorite thing of all time.

Leo - Bathroom

Leo Leos are simply the sunshine of the zodiac. They are lions and lionesses and love to be in charge and admired. They're walking drama and theatre majors. And what better place to practice their latest monologue than in the bathroom mirror? They love a good, dramatic soaking clawfoot tub filled with potions and bubbles where they can sip their wine and pretend they're in a movie. And let's face it, the bathroom simply has the best acoustics for singing along to their favorite musical!

Virgo - Home Office

Virgo These Earthy mothering types can be a bit nitpicky, but pure-hearted. They simply want things to be clean and organized. Nothing wrong with that! That's why you will find them in the office. They're known to always be working their tails off while spraying their keyboards with compressed-air dusters. Post-its are their favorite invention, and they'll never miss an appointment or meeting as long as they have access to their beloved planner or calendar. Plus, the office is far away from the mess of the rest of the home, which, frankly, gives them hives just thinking about.

Libra - Dining Room

Libra Make way for the hostess! Librans, like their Leo counterparts, have a flair for the dramatic, but function more as theater managers rather than stars. They love the art of entertaining and to be entertained, but they love it most when they can show off their entertaining skills creatively. That's why the dining room is where they shine. A beautifully curated table setting filled with family, friends, and good champagne is this artful soul's dream setting.

Scorpio - Den/Basement

Scorpio Scorpios are powerhouses ruled by Mars, similar to Aries. But their Water element makes them much more introverted and even a bit secretive. They really like their alone time and prefer to have a lot of it. That's why the best room in the house for them is going to be somewhere quiet and private. A den or even a basement works well so they can be on their computer or deeply invested in a crime novel with no interruptions. Plus, they kind of need space to layout their corkboard timeline of a murder they're trying to solve.

Sagittarius - Mini-Bar

Sagittarius Party's here! Our adventurous, spicy, outgoing Sagittarians love a good party and are happiest when surrounded by their friends. They're witty and fun to be around and will do anything for a laugh or an applause. They also love good conversation and a good cocktail to go with it. That's why if you lose your Sagittarius friend, you'll want to check the mini bar first. They love to meet strangers in the night and discuss the latest philosophical theory they recently read about. They must always have a mini bar or bar cart in their home stocked with the bases for any cocktail their guest desires. Cheers!

Capricorn - Study/Library

Capricorn Capricorns are known to be stoic, responsible, quiet types. That's not to say these Earthy signs can't have fun, but they really prefer to get their work done before launching into anything frivolous. They're serious about taking care of their jobs and understanding the world around them. They need a quiet space to do this and plenty of resources. That's why a study or library is going to be their favorite room. They can work, learn, and generally be in peace and quiet. Shhhhh.

Aquarius - Closet

Aquarius Most Aquarians you speak to will tell you they live either online, in their head, or outside of the house. They don't like being cooped up for too long since it suppresses their gregarious nature (AKA their need to socially analyze groups of people for ~science~). Plus, how else are they going to get their humanitarian deeds done? That's why the closet is best suited for this sign who is always ready to go out with friends or save the world. A big, spacious closet with plenty of outfits to choose from that express their unique style is sure to be the go-to place for these airy signs.

Pisces - Garden

Pisces Fluttering about in a world of their own, Pisceans create magic wherever they go. These sensitive types love romance, travel, the arts, and can be quite emotionally wise beyond their years like old souls. They are also very nurturing and understand the role our Mother Earth plays in this world. You are likely going to find them doing something creative, whether painting, writing, arts and crafts or gardening. That's why anywhere outdoors or their own personal secret garden is best for these dreamy signs. They crave their own space to get away from the troubles of the real world and they have been known to have a green thumb!

September
30

Spooky season is here! There's only one way to celebrate: turning your home into a ghastly Halloween haven. And while you could drop tons of money on store-bought décor, why not try your hand on some homecooked decorations? Take these DIY Halloween décor projects for a spin this spooky season to get your ghoulish vibes right.

Empty Bottle Candlestick Holders

Take any empty bottle, spray paint it matte black, then insert a candlestick in the opening. Now you've got spooky flickers of candlelight!

Paper Bats & Cats

Cut out silhouettes of bats, cats, half-moons, and other creepy imagery using black paper, then stick them to the outside of windows throughout your house – they look great and are easy to make!

Flannel Face Pillows

Flex your sewing muscles with this nifty project that turns your favorite throw pillows into adorably creepy monsters.

Oversized Spiders

Foam balls, toothpicks, some paint, and a few more crafts are all you need to make these oversized spiders.

Bubbling Cauldron

Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! Creating your own frothing cauldron is a breeze. Just take a cast-iron Dutch oven and mix in a little water and dry ice and voila!

Illuminated Ghost Garland

Want to make your home feel truly haunted? Follow these simple instructions to make a bunch of friendly ghosts that'll light up your home with spooky charm.

Partygoing Pumpkins

Instead of carving up your pumpkins, try decorating them with other crafts: gemstones, glitter, masks, and more.

Pumpkin Archway

Let trick 'r treaters know exactly what kind of house they're approaching with this custom pumpkin archway out front.

Mummify Your Front Door

Take some white crepe paper, adhesive putty, and some scissors to transform your front door into a macabre mummy. If you want more silly than spooky, add some googly eyes.

Spider Cake

Take any store-bought cake and add some white frosting to a frosting piping bag (or make your own with a sealable freezer bag) to layer spiderwebs on the exterior. Stick some small novelty spiders on top of the webs and you've got a chilling yet delicious spider cake!

Witch Legs

Spruce up your front lawn with these wicked witch legs. A few crafts and some elbow grease are all you need for these witchy bush decorations.

Trees from Another Dimension

Those aren't any ordinary trees in your yard – at least not when you give them a set of ghoulish eyes! Draw some pupils on a fluorescent foam circle to create the eyes, then stick them to your trees with double stick tape.

Mason Jar Ghosts

Turn mason jars into g-g-g-g-ghosts! Hit them with some glass spray paint and affix some googly eyes to the front and bam, you've got ghosts.

Candy Corn Pinata

Festive cheer comes in the form of a giant piece of candy corn with this craft. Except this one isn't edible – it's a pinata!

Hanging Cage Props

Keep ghastly prisoners in line with these homemade hanging cage props. Follow this guide to make your own!

Skull Candle Holder

Set the spooky mood with these DIY candle holders made with plaster novelty skulls.

Crystal Ball Candlesticks

These nifty pieces of décor may look like something you'd drop $15 on at a big-box store, but you can make them on your own for less!

Hanging Bats

How adorable are these DIY hanging bats? All you need are black socks, hot glue, crafting foam, and a few more supplies to craft your own.

October
9

Florida weather may not conjure up feelings of a blissful autumn even in October, but to many of us, that doesn't matter. Fall Is Life, after all. Even if the leaves don't put on the same vibrant show as they do in the North and we have to wait a little longer for cooler temperatures, you can still outfit your home with a fall-inspired look to get you in the spirit. Get started with these 11 fall decorating tips.

Pumpkins Everywhere

Whether real or fake, you can't go wrong with pumpkins when decorating for fall. Use them as anchors for large set pieces or space them out throughout your home. Even just a few can create fall vibes anywhere.

fall decorating ideas

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Embrace Warm Colors

Rich hues like brown, burnt orange, green, yellow, and even magenta are great fall colors – especially when you go for the darker shades. Play with patterns and different mixtures to create an eye-pleasing look.

Break Out the Crafting Supplies

Eager for a new crafting project? Tackle this button art candy corn piece or make a turkey out of a decorative gourd. Create your own miniature pumpkin patch complete with DIY sign and handmade pumpkins made from long-sleeve t-shirts. The possibilities are endless!

fall decorating ideas

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Fill up Your Mason Jars

Mason jars are a perfect decorative piece. Fill them up with any number of seasonal item – candy corn, real corn, acorns, just to name a few – and arrange them for an easy DIY piece of décor.

Employ Accents

For areas of the home you don't want to completely redecorate like, say, your bedroom, accents can have just as much of an impact as a full redesign. Mix in throw pillows or other small items with fall colors and patterns to create a pleasing contrast with the rest of the room.

Experiment with Candles

If you're anything like us, all your favorite fall-scented candles have been burning since October 1. But further experimentation with colors can liven up any room. Go for colors like deep velvet or bold green to add a touch of modernity to your autumn decorations.

Wear Your Wreath Proudly

Fall is prime wreath season! Dress up your front door with a wreath basked in rich, warm autumn colors and staples of the season like pumpkins or pinecones.

Make Your Own Centerpiece

You don't have to spend a ton of money for the perfect centerpiece. In fact, you can easily make your own with just a few flowers – go for zinnias, dahlias, chrysanthemums, and other fall blooms – some ornamental grass, and a cute planter to hold it all. For added texture, fill in blank spaces with berry branches.

Design the Perfect Fall Porch

Let visitors know they're entering a fall paradise the second they see your front porch by mixing DIY décor like the ones we've mentioned above with store-bought items like throw pillows and other decorative pieces. Accent your existing outdoor furniture and doors with long garlands, wreaths, larger gourds, lanterns, and more.

fall decorating ideas

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Clad in Plaid

As far as patterns go, it's hard to find a better workhorse in fall than plaid. Plaid's a great tone-setter for all your décor, and you can mix color schemes to spice things up.

Celebrate with Harvest Décor

We've already covered the all-around greatness of gourds, but there's more harvest décor you can employ throughout your home. A simple sheaf of wheat in a decorative jar is the perfect item to dress up a mantel, while stylish cornstalks organized symmetrically next to the front door create a picture-perfect entryway.

April
24

There's a reason the minimalist decorating style has never gone away. It's a versatile look that can transform any room into a warm, welcoming space with just a handful of smart and practical choices. Going minimalist also makes your home look neater, and helps you cut down on the daily chore of tidying up a bit as clutter inevitably builds up. And unlike other styles, minimalism doesn't require a ton of expensive pieces or an interior design degree. All it takes is a willingness to shuffle things in your home around, a little inspiration, and the right guide. Luckily, we've got you covered. Here's how to achieve a minimalist decorating style.

Declutter

There's a single philosophy that connects every aspect of the minimalist style: less is more. So let's start with the amount of stuff in your home. Pare it down! Clutter makes your home feel stuffy, which is the opposite of what minimalism aims for. Display the items you truly love and either put the rest in storage or toss it out. Counters, dining room tables, and coffee tables are areas that often house a ton of clutter, so start there. Assigning your display items a location and keeping them there helps keep clutter down after the initial clean up.

One In, One Out

Another great strategy for staying clutter-free is abiding by the "one in, one out" philosophy. You can read about it in greater detail over at Miss Minimalist, but the general idea is for every new item that enters your house, remove an old one. Bought a new lamp for the living room? Get rid of the old one instead of stuffing it in the corner of another room that doesn't need it. It's simple yet effective.

Quality > Quantity

Remember how we said to only display the items you truly love? Your aim in achieving a minimalist decorating style should be quality over quantity. A small handful of carefully selected pieces will smartly tie a room together in a way that dozens of items shoved together never could.

Stay in Neutral

Bright colors, while lively, are loud and busy. For a minimalist look, you'll want to opt for neutral hues. That doesn't mean you have to settle for stark white walls, though. Mix in different shades of your chosen color to add dynamics. If you're committed to white paint, you can still find one with an undertone of yellow for warmth or blue for crispness, for example.

Embrace Textures

Going with a subdued color gives you more freedom to play with different textures to bring variety to the room. Upholstered furniture, woven elements, items with natural wear, or pieces with a sleek finish are just a few examples of unique textures you can incorporate. Just be mindful not to go overboard; remember, less is more!

Be Natural

For all its strengths, minimalism can at times leave you feeling cold and detached. Combat this by letting in as much natural light as possible by opening the curtains or using light fabrics that let sunlight bleed through. Feel free to incorporate a plant or two, as well! They add tremendous texture and a great sense of warmth.

Accents & Patterns

Minimalism doesn't mean you have to abandon color altogether. Your flashiest decorations still have a place within the minimalist decorating style; they're just going to be used a lot less. Use your more eye-catching decorations like accents to highlight the overall style of the room. The same goes for patterns – work them into your established color scheme without overwhelming. Got any tips of your own for how to achieve a minimalist decorating style? Let us know in the comments!

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