Best Ways to Boost Your Home’s Resale Value

 

Renovations. Weekend Warrior Projects. Pinterest Craft? Whether a big scale or small scale – home improvement can always feel daunting. That’s why we’re talking about projects that boost your home’s resale value. Improve your home for yourself, but also, do so in a smart way that directly contributes to a higher resale value. Not planning on selling your house soon? Think about making these improvements to enjoy your home before you sell. Don’t find yourself down the road wishing you had done it sooner! Continue reading

Low Cost Home Improvements to Consider Before Selling

 

When you’re planning to put your home on the market, you naturally want to get the best possible offer(s) from potential buyers. While having a spare $100,000 to spend on remodeling is probably out of the question, we’ve created a list of high-impact updates ranging from $100 to $1,500 that will add value to moderately priced homes in TN. Continue reading

The Fastest Ways to Fund Your Home Renovation

 

Whether you’re renovating for style or repair, making changes to your home is exciting –and daunting! Planning what to upgrade, where to purchase the supplies, who to trust to do the work are just some of the daunting tasks involved. Continue reading

3 Easy DIY Projects You Can Do This Weekend

 

Home improvement projects can feel daunting, and more than anything; time-consuming. However, setting aside even just one weekend can bring major improvements to your home. It’s amazing how much progress can be made in such a short period of time. Have an open weekend, or even just more free hours strung together than usual? Think about digging in and knocking off something on the “would be nice” list for your home! Continue reading

Things to Look for in a Home Inspection

Usually, by the time you schedule a home inspection, you’re at least halfway in love with a house. You’ve walked through it many times, and you’ve likely made note of any concerns you have regarding the home’s condition. The inspection is the last hurdle separating you from the house of your dreams, so it’s only natural for you to want it to go well.

Ultimately, though, you really don’t want a home that doesn’t pass the most rigorous inspection. Hire an impartial inspector who has no loyalties to anyone involved except you. The most qualified home inspectors do cost more than one you might find by happenstance, but when you compare this cost to the overall investment you’ll be making in this new home, it becomes clear that this is not the moment for penny-pinching. Continue reading

Top 5 Kitchen Appliance Trends

 

Home is where the heart is. But if we’re being honest, the kitchen is really where the heart is. The kitchen is where the family gathers, guests linger and delicious meals are created and enjoyed. Over the years kitchens have gone from a place hidden in the back of the house to a centerpiece of both function and style. While style is always a matter of personal preference, we’ve rounded up a few of the latest kitchen appliance trends for you to check out…juuuust in case there’s a little remodeling in your future. (Or of course, just want to stay up on the latest trends).   Continue reading

Summer is a Great Time for a Kid’s Room Re-Do

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Now that kids are home for the summer, getting their ideas – and help – with a bedroom remodel can be a great family activity. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a few hours to make any kid’s room look completely different, and better match their ever-evolving tastes. Read More

2017 Decor Trends

If you are looking for new ways to improve your home this year, take note of what is IN this year. The 2017 home design trends have a lot to do with color, texture, shapes, simplified living spaces, and taking traditional designs and putting a modern spin on them.
 

Textured Furniture

 

Textured furniture is different and unique and is making its way into 2017 because of the way designers want their customers to be more in touch with textures. Anything from pleats, foldings, cotton, velvet, and wool will be making it’s way in homes this year. This is coming from a larger macro trend of comfort according to Patti Carpenter, the Global Trend Ambassador and Creative Director from Carpenter Co. She adds “you will continue to see faux fur, mohair, and other luxuriously soft materials in 2017.”

 
 

Hanging Pendant Lights

 

 

Table lamps are out, and hanging lights are in! This trend is important for small spaces that do not have the space for a nightstand for lamps to still be able to bring light into a room. Recently, geometrical lighting shapes have made their appearance in homes and are here to stay. Hexagonal, cylindrical, and spherical shapes have been common in bedrooms, entryways and living rooms. You will also see large pendant lighting in kitchens making a comeback in 2017.
 
 

White and Wood Kitchens

 

 

If all of the bright colors and geometric shapes are not your cup of tea, then consider going simple with a modern twist on country chic with a white and wood kitchen. Butcher block countertops are the way to go. They are affordable, durable (if maintained properly), add warmth and natural coloring, and wood has natural antibacterial properties. Paired with white cabinets and accessories, a white and wood kitchen is IN this year.

 
 

Tech Nooks

 

 

This year, “docking stations” have become all the rage for homeowners. Now that Wi-Fi gives many people to have the luxury to work from anywhere in their home, there is less need for an office space. So now “tech nooks” have become the necessity for quick and easy access. As long as there are charging stations, and small equipment for drop-down or pull out desk surfaces, you can have ability to tackle quick projects.

 
 

Beige

 

As grey became the hottest neutral color in 2016, beige is making it’s comeback in 2017. Even though beige has a reputation of being boring, there are ways to incorporate this color to give it the pizazz it deserves. Try pairing it with bold color accessories, or even pastels to see how easily it can compliment other colors. Also try pairing it with textures (Also a 2017 design trend!) such as velvet, metallics and natural linens.

 
 

Mixed Patterns

 

If you love patterns, then this 2017 design trend is the one for you! As spotted in the Fall of 2016 New York Fashion Week, the use of mixed patterns were very common (It has been said that many decor trends stem from New York Fashion Week.) You will find anything from mixed pattern bedding, like the comforter above, to patterned tiles, to wallpaper patterns. “Expect geometric patterns, vintage feel patterns, colours, and random patterns that can be used in a variety of applications. A punch of patterned tile is the perfect way to add interest and depth to any new space or renovation!” said Jennifer Woch from House of J Interior Design.

 

 

Preserving Your Historic Home

PreservingYourHistoricHome

If you’re lucky enough to live in a character-filled historic American home, by now you realize the importance of ensuring that it remains preserved in its historic condition so as to accurately represent the historic period in which it was built.
Many historic homes of significant age have been left to wilt in disrepair for decades, requiring a complete renovation in order to restore their grandeur and beauty. However, if your historic home has been well-maintained, it obviously won’t need a total overhaul to fall in line with its proper design time period.
Regular care, upkeep and repairs (as needed) will guarantee that your historic home holds onto its historic character and curb appeal. What follows is a list of features on the exteriors of historic homes that make the biggest impression. Pay close attention to these areas of your historic home:
  • Shutters – From the late 1700s into the early 1900s, proper shutters were used functionally in order to offer protection from the elements (usually rain or hail) while still allowing the homeowner to enjoy the outside air through the shutters’ vented slots. Although shutters are still found on many homes today, they often don’t have the same size dimensions that traditional historic shutters had. Today’s imitation/non-functional shutters are purely decorative; in order to stay in line with your home’s historic period, the shutters should be large enough to cover the entirety of the window(s) they surround when pulled closed (if it were possible to do so).

 

  • Exterior doors – If your historic home’s exterior doors are currently painted white, take a closer look around the edges or in any nicks in the paint. Many historic homes still standing today originally had dark-colored outside doors as well as window sashes. If your home was built in the 1800s or early 1900s, select an extremely dark green or black for at least the front entry door. The window sashes should be painted to match.

 

  • Storm doors – The storm doors we see on homes today were added after the home was originally built and don’t fall in line with the historical design of the rest of the home. To improve the look of your home’s entry, select a storm door with very little paneling or design on it. Opt for full-view so that your (now appropriately dark) front door can shine through. It’s best to choose a storm door made from a material that can easily be painted to match the color of your dark front door, like wood or metal.

 

    • Exterior coverings – Many older homes were covered with siding in the mid-1900s. By removing as much artificial siding (aluminum, vinyl, etc) as possible, you’ll literally be exposing your home’s original design. Ideally, you’ll be able to remove siding from all sides of the home; alternatively, remove as much as possible. Expose the original brick or stone that was used to build the home for maximum curb appeal.

 

By keeping your historic home within the design styles used when it was built, you’re performing a very important task in helping us hold onto our valuable American history.

In Home Studios – Behind the Scenes

In Home Studios – Behind the Scenes

In Home Studios- Behind The Scenes

Whether you’ve just purchased a brand new house that has room for an in-home studio or you’re rehabbing an older home to include a personal recording studio, the concept may seem a bit overwhelming at first. However, once you learn which essentials you’ll need, you may actually find the process to be surprisingly easy.

 

Perhaps “easy” isn’t the right word; however, an in-home studio doesn’t have to be so complicated as to overwhelm you before you even make any headway. Starting with abasic recording studio is ideal for anyone who is just starting out.

 

Your budget will have a lot to do with the equipment you’re able to start off with. An important thing to remember is that recording equipment truly does have a ‘cheapness threshold,’ and anything that falls below that threshold simply isn’t even worth recording with. Serious recording artists, whether amateurs or with some experience, should wait to build an in-home studio until you can at the very least afford the following items:

 

  • At least one microphone – Naturally, your studio will probably grow to include many more mics in the future, especially if you plan to record groups or if you yourself are involved in a musical collaboration with several people. For starters, though, one quality microphone will usually suffice.

 

  • A set of headphones – Of course, another must-have for any recording studio is a decent set of headphones. You may only ever need one set if you do all of your recording on your own, but if you end up needing more later, you’ll have saved up more money by that point.

 

  • A computer – Purchasing the best and fastest computer appropriate for recording music will be quite expensive. If you have the means to afford a super-fast computer now, by all means, go for it. However, in general it is possible for most modern computers to handle the tasks required for recording studios. There may be some lag and glitches here and there, but if you can’t afford the ultimate recording computer, you can use your own personal computer as you get started.

 

  • Recording software – This is a must-have, because it will be the program that you use to mix and edit all of your recordings and sounds.

 

  • Recording hardware – Also referred to as the Audio Interface, your recording hardware is what you use to get all of your recording gear connected.

 

  • Speakers/Monitors – While the newbie may still refer to them as speakers, in the recording world they’re called monitors. They differ from traditional sound speakers by having a flatter sound that makes it easier to mix.

 

  • Quality wiring/cables – Without a doubt, you’re going to need to invest in a lot of high quality sound cables if you plan to use your recording studio seriously. As you start out, only buy the cables you absolutely must have (for now you’ll need some for your microphone and speakers/monitors) because they can be quite pricey.

 

To add to this list, you can also purchase a microphone stand, or let this wait until a bit later in your home studio journey. With everything listed above, you are set up to begin recording!