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Renters Be Aware

With the rent rising and the popularity of renting still in it’s booming phase, it’s going to be a tough market to get the living space you are looking for.

There are a few smart tips to go into this market with that might be beneficial for you in this process. With the prices rises, it might be smart to consider sharing the rent.

If that’s not an option, know your rights! It’s important to know the rules for fees and deposits and to protect yourself from those landlords who aren’t as reliable or trustworthy.

Anticipate extra fees and costs. Expenses can rise with parking, insurance, and amenities. Never go to your maximum budget because there will always be something extra you aren’t taking into account for. If you are one of those lucky ones without any hidden fees, you’ll appreciate that extra income later on.

Be prepared to negotiate. Since renting is on it’s rise, the competition can get rough. Keep all your information needed for an application ready so there is no wasted time, and accept that you might be fighting with others for the same space.

Be willing to compromise. You are not going to get what you used to pay for.  Accept the fact that you might need to live with less and be reasonable. Renting is stressful enough, you don’t need any extra stress added onto it!

Be prepared. Be ready to negotiate. Be open to different possibilities.


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Halloween Home Safety!

With Halloween around the corner, make sure your home is ready and safe!

Your front door naturally sets the mood for the rest of your home.  Covering your entrance with handmade spiders and black and white pumpkins, your home will instantly get the spooky Halloween vibe it needs.:

Keep the walkway as clear as possible. It’s fun to decorate the door, but make sure there aren’t any tripping hazards.

Beautiful Victorian Home Aglow for Halloween:

Make sure you are well lit! You don’t need to go crazy on the lights but make sure they can see the walkway path to your home.

Happy Halloween!  Here are some simple tips to help keep safe on this magical night:   1. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.  2. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.  3. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.  4. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.   7. Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.  8. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.:

Take the little ones out earlier and get them home at a decent hour. It doesn’t take much candy to keep the little ones happy and it’s safer and less scary when it’s not so dark.

Learn about the teal pumpkin project. Kids with allergies will be looking for homes with teal pumpkins that are providing non candy items. (Little trinkets or dollar store items are perfect!). These kids struggle during Halloween and often feel left out.

Climbing Skeletons...I saw this in the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine this past fall and LOVED these skeletons! So happy I found this again online, I can't wait to do this one Halloween when I finally buy a HOUSE again! :) :):

And last but not least, have fun!

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Helping Kids Adjust During A Move

We always talk about moving, opportunities, and updates, but what about adjustments for the ones we love? Here’s a few tips for the little ones in families that might need a little help adjusting as well.

Amanda Peet's house: California Boho, entry hall, pink Turkish rug, black, white, natural:

Keep some things the same. If you had fresh flowers in your first home, having fresh flowers in your new home will give them a sense of comfort.

Embaixo da janela do closet deu para instalar a sapateira revestida de laminado. Com 18 cm de profundidade, é suficiente para pôr os sapatos em pé nas gavetas basculantes de 65 x 42 cm cada uma:

Make sure they have what they need for their room. Giving them a defined space and everything put where it belongs may not be your top priority when you move in. Beds and kitchen things are definitely important, but to a child having a place where their things belong is too.

Midcentury dressed in bedroom:

You might feel inclined to get rid of all your furniture and get new things, but a piece from the previous home may help with the transition. You might upgrade later, but it might help them see that it’s still a piece of who you are in the new home.

30 Colorful and Fun Kids Bathroom Ideas | Daily source for inspiration and fresh ideas on Architecture, Art and Design:

Bathrooms are personal, especially when you are potty training. New potty’s are scary to most kids. Make the bathroom feel like theirs. Even if it’s completely new, just knowing it’s decorated for them or decorated like the previous home may help them adjust. (Again nothing has to be permanent.)

Holiday Home Tour Day 4 {Forever*Cottage}:

Keeping the first holiday as “normal” as possible is helpful. There’s so much change already happening and a holiday’s are a big event that they’ll want to be kept just the same! It can be easy as the same decorations for the year.

Everyone has a story to tell. tell on. // Artifact Uprising | Create your own Premium Photobook:

Give them a chance to look back.  It can be as simple as a little picture book of memories from the old home. They’ll need to mentally go back sometimes and this is a great way to help them feel better during the adjustment. It’s hard to feel like part of your life was taken away from you, but being able to see the memories helps.

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Different Lighting Provokes Different Moods

We’ve all heard the statement – mood lighting. But can lighting really effect you mood? We think so! Here are some examples of lighting we recommend for a welcoming home.

beautiful foyer....tile mixed with wood flooring, white washed wood plank ceiling accent, mouldings, columns, lanterns...

Light fixtures should be fit according to the size of a space. A larger room would fit better with larger lighting fixtures.

Kitchens That'll Never Go Out of Style: 7 Ingredients for a Timeless Look

The style should be cohesive with the rest of the decor as well! The black hardware and lighting above go together but the fixtures also stand out a little. That’s a great balance!

From Magnolia Farms. Just bought this light fixture! Need bigger kitchen table!

Picking lighting fixtures based on a trend isn’t always a great idea. Keeping a classic style keeps you on trend and can still be fun to look at!

I love this bathroom! Gorgeous finishes and brilliant ideas for space-efficient solutions at

But most importantly, lighting should make you feel good about your home.

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Tips on Real Estate Photography!

If you are interested in Real Estate Photography here a few tips to get you started:

Camera: Purchase a good quality camera and read through the guide!! It’s important to learn everything that it can do to help you maneuver a great photo.

9 Helpful Tips on How to Take Fantastic Photos Everyone Will Love … Learning how to take fantastic photos is actually quite easy. Everyone’s a photographer these days, thanks to programs like Instagram, …Practice: Practice makes perfect! Try getting great shots around your house, use different lenses and accessories (like a tripod!) to figure out what works best for you. Get used to different lighting and how angles look in each photo.

I really like Making It Lovely's explanation on how to photograph your house the right way.Editing: Find an editing program you like and learn everything there is to know about it! Figure out how to adjust your pictures to look how you want them to.

How We Shot It - Real-Estate Photography

But most importantly: Capture the homes best qualities! Make it a space worth falling in love and moving for.

My Formula For Pricing Real Estate Photography

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Moving Must Haves

Moving into your new home can be exciting, overwhelming, and stressful all at the same time! Here are a few tips to help you get through the firs 24 hours:

1. Pack a suitcase:

I did this in my studio. Inside is vintage lace, velvets, silks, special threads and ribbons and a one case if full of antique quilt blocks. So cute!

Put in it the clothes that you’ll need for two days and a night, bathroom necessities (including toilet paper), and maybe even your pillow and a blanket in case you don’t get the bed set up right away!

2. Kitchen necessities:

Minimalist Danish Kitchen Designs by Kvik Kitchen Inspiration

Paper towels, paper plates, utensils, cooler of food, snack bag, and trash bags!

3. Label label label:

I like these ideas for moving!! And a checklist to print! Another good idea for our move coming up!!

Label those boxes with whats inside, color code them for each room in the house, and put a great big start sticker on the ones that should be opened first. I did this for my last move in and it saved us so much time and frustration of moving boxes around a millions times and opening the same ones to see what’s inside!

4. Make a list:


Make a list before you move of things you might want to buy on your way there like batteries, a first aid kit, flashlight, light bulbs, paper products, or even some curtains to cover the windows the first night.

5. Enjoy:

Go Whimsical in Your Color Approach. Teal front door and gray grey exterior on house home. (IDEA for front porch)

Try not to stress about too much. Almost everything in the moving process can be replaced and it’s more important that you enjoy the journey than worry about the little things. After all, you just got a brand new home!