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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 6/7/2019

Here are five tips for when that redecorating urge strikes but you haven't got the budget or time to do a lot. You likely could do all of these ideas for less than $50 and still give your room a new look.

  1. Fresh Flowers: You don't need a fifty dollar bouquet to make a room pretty, but any place will get an immediate boost with a bit of living, breathing greenery. Consider a $20 tropical flower, large enough to fill an empty corner, and spend another twenty on a colorful bunch of fresh-cut flowers. This will give your room an instant punch.
  2. Bowl of fruit and table cloth: Donít underestimate the zest and color that a large bowl of fresh fruit lends to your kitchen, dining room, and even the coffee table. You can also fill a pottery dish with a variety of fruits, or a tall glass vase with a single fruit (citrus such as lemons or limes) or even line up a row of green apples along the coffee or dining table for a contemporary feel. Select new table linen in the trendiest color of the season to give your room a real lift or invest in a crisp white or cream cloth for a classic look.
  3. Baskets: You don't have to a country girl or guy to appreciate the cozy look of baskets in the home. Even the modern room can benefit from a bit of wood or rattan. The primary purpose here, however, is to hide your clutter. You will feel refreshed if you add a few baskets and fill them with magazines, toys or hobby materials. It is an easy way to contain the everyday clutter that you can't stow away. Clearing up space is always a good look.
  4. Throw Pillows: You can find two throw pillows for less than $50 and even add a cozy blanket to your collection. This is an affordable and easy way to go if you are looking to make a statement. Consider the contrast of light pillows for a dark room, textures and solid colors to add color to a neutral place. And for this price, you can change it seasonally!
  5. New Paint: Admittedly, for the more ambitious, paint is a fantastic way to create a stunning look in little time. Try a creative look by painting a feature wall in a stunning but complementary color (that is the fireplace wall, that blank wall behind the couch and other spaces that can be useful). You can even tape off a small section (this is called color blocking) to focus attention on a collection of pictures, or behind a mirror, or around the fireplace.

Check your local craft store today for home dťcor accessories that will light up your living area.





Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 1/26/2018

One decorating principle thatís a huge help for any homeowner is that of layered lighting. This is the different aspects of lighting that youíll use in different rooms of your home to complete your lighting needs. The layers of light create a basis for the design of the room. These three main aspects of lighting also have a practical purpose which is nice as well. Below, youíll learn more about the three main components of lighting for any room of the house and how to best use them. 


Ambient Lighting


Ambient lighting is often the base of where people start with their lighting design in a room. This type of lighting allows you to get the overall feel for a space. The brightness level should be good enough for anyone to walk through the room without walking into things. The illumination may not be bright enough for activities that require a lot of focus like reading or chopping vegetables.


Accent Lighting 


If you think of a retail store and how the shiniest things have the brightest lights focused on them, youíll discover that you can use this type of lighting right in your home. Think of a chandelier hanging over a massive dining table. Accent lighting is usually for decorative purposes. The lumens that are given off are typically not enough for any other purpose than to attract attention to the item the light is shining on. This type of lighting is best used for things like display cabinets, statues, and china closets. The bottom line is that the accent light will add some drama without actually adding much practical use. 


Task Lighting


This type of lighting is important because itís what ensures that you wonít chop your hand off while youíre chopping up vegetables in the kitchen. Task lighting varies widely from room to room and can be anything from a desk lamp to a reading lamp to lights on the vanity for shaving and putting on makeup. Task lighting is all about being functional. When youíre trying to decide where to put your task lights think of everything from safety to convenience. The last thing you should worry about with task lighting is the look. While these lights are great under cabinets, for example, so the more creative you get with where to place your task lighting the better the look will be.  


Using this simple yet useful design principle can help you to light your entire home correctly. The right lighting can truly transform a space and give it the depth that it needs.            





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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 6/2/2017

If you have ever wanted to get rid of all of your stuff and start over, youíre not alone. Often, we get tired of the same old same in our own homes, and fail to see the potential inside of it. The key to loving your home is often not what is in it, but how you make use of whatís in it. Thereís so many ways that you can make the home that you feel so-so about turn into a home that you love. Hereís some very powerful tips to help you decorate with intention and style. We know that youíll love your home again after trying out some of these tips: Decorate For Function Not Looks Function is one of the most important words that youíll use when it comes to the interior design of your home. Some questions you may ask are: What purpose does this room serve? What purpose does this item serve? Does this couch/artwork/chair make you happy? A room could be the most pristinely decorated room you have ever seen, but if it doesnít serve some kind of a purpose, you can write it off as wasted space inside of your home. If something doesnít serve a purpose, especially if that purpose is making you happy, then itís time to say goodbye to certain things inside of your home. Only One Piece Of Furniture Should Stand Out In Every Room One key piece of decorating advice is for you to have one simple focal point in each room. Thereís no need for a fish tank, a loud orange couch and a giant painting all in the same room. Give each and every item thatís important to you its due space. Thatís not to say one painting is enough in your living room, but use your judgement when it comes to what you want to stand out and where. If a room is too busy, the overwhelming look takes away from the room and all of the items in it. You donít want pieces of furniture and artwork all competing for the attention of those who are within the room. Lighting Should Be Balanced Maybe youíre unhappy with your home because you have very little natural light in your home. Thereís ways you could add some natural light through construction, but it probably isnít necessary. Use the rule that each room should have four sources of light counting windows, overhead lights, lamps and even wall mounted lights. This will keep the rooms in your home balanced with light. When the room is brighter, youíll be happier, even without access to tons of natural light.







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