Re-posted from https://www.nobiggie.net/25-valentines-day-home-decor-ideas/ [Editor’s Note: I’ve included only 12 of the 25 ideas in the original article on nobiggie.net. For all 25, visit the link above.] Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, but there’s still plenty of time for you to spice up your home with the spirit of LOVE! Check out these fun and loveable Valentine’s Day home decor ideas. Get your creativity on by making it yourself or buy it pre-made straight from the handmade artist. Either way, you’re going to love this list of ideas. These are sure to bring some of that lovin’ feelin’ into your home this Valentine’s Day! 1. Valentine’s Day Countdown 2. Heart day Vignette  3. Love Me Do lyrics in a heart shape 4. Conversation Heart Candy 5. Spray Paint a vintage phone PINK! 6. DIY string heart  7. DIY Kiss Artwork 8. Painted mason jar via Kelly’s Creative Outlet (Etsy) 9. Easy, string-art heart via Crafts n’ Coffee 10. The Giving Tree via Wine & Glue 11. Two little lovers sitting in a tree décor via The Dating Divas 12. Valentine door decoration via Tiny...

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Re-posted from http://www.budgetdumpster.com/blog/home-design-trends/ BY KEVIN ROSSIGNOL ON OCTOBER 5, 2017 Keeping on top of the newest home décor and design trends can be difficult. That’s why we’ve started a list of the five hottest interior design trends so you can stay ahead of the curve without having to thumb through fifteen different magazines. So grab a cup of coffee and get your paintbrush and hammer ready as we take a deep dive into what 2018 has in store. Trend #1: Vibrant Color Schemes Are Coming Back As you’d expect, neutral colors such as gray, beige and everyone’s new favorite paint color, “greige,” are still the trendiest in terms of home design and décor. However, brighter colors are picking up steam. As Amanda Gates of Gates Interior Design explains, “Blush pinks, reds and greens are making a comeback but neutrals still reign supreme.” If you’re tempted by the brightness, consider painting an accent wall instead of going all-in on one color to see if it fits your style. Looking for an even smaller splash of color? Try adding colorful accessories instead. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Lamps Plants Artwork Small chairs Throw rugs Throw pillows Trend #2: Metallic Accents Metallic touches are one of the biggest (and shiniest) home décor trends right now and will continue well into 2018. However, it’s very easy to overdo it when it comes to shiny surfaces. The best way to incorporate this home trend is to keep things basic, such as hanging a silver-accented mirror on a wall or buying some copper end tables. Of course, no one will judge you if you want to go heavy on the metal. If you’re looking for wall-to-wall shine, you can easily find metallic wallpaper on home décor sites such as Wayfair and Houzz, each with a variety of patterns and sheens to choose from. Trend #3: High-Class Kitchen Elements Once again, Amanda Gates lays out the latest home design trends in the kitchen: “Quartz counters, lower and upper cabinets in different finishes, appliances in fun colors, layouts that promote ease of use, cement tile backsplashes.” Quartz is a popular choice for countertops because it goes with so many different styles. Mixing up the finishes on your cabinets makes them stand out more. As for kitchen layouts, HGTV has an article outlining a few designs that will help you move around the room a lot more easily. Of course, if you aren’t ready for a full-on kitchen remodel, you might try your hand at upgrading your backsplash or appliances. You can use virtually any cement tile as a backsplash, just make sure it doesn’t clash with your new oven. Trend #4: Geometric Patterns...

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Re-posted from http://www.lushome.com/modern-interior-design-trends-2018-bright-coziness-frugal-luxury/182192 Modern interior colors and design trends 2018 reflect a cultural impulse of people to support each other and protect the Earth, finding harmony in life in their communities instead of spending money. The bold, eccentric, often expensive decorating ideas of the previous year are gone. Reasonably frugal, practical, eco-friendly and comfortable are the design trends 2018 for creating functional, pleasant and modern interiors. Lushome intends to explain the intelligent latest trends for 2018 interior design and decorating. The year of concentration on families, love, success in relationships and work, brings the most recent trends in decorating which creates welcoming spaces and improve the quality of the communication between people. Modern interior trends 2018 assist in designing friendly rooms, which encourage people to act selflessly, happily and generously, but allow to save money and effort at the same time. Spending a lot of money is not essential. Seeing the potential in existing things is the important message that the interior trends 2018 bring. Modern interior design trends 2018 1. Coziness Light room dividers, reading nooks, small spaces for different tasks, united in one open interior with zones are design trends that improve contemporary homes and offices. Comfortable corners allow to relax, unwind, and enjoy peaceful moments in style. Beautiful and comfortable zones add charming and stylish coziness to modern interior design. Decorating all small areas and mastering micro-zones fill homes and offices with luxurious and trendy comfort. 2. Modern color palette Design trends 2018 blend green and brown color shades with secondary blue, white, black, dark red, soft orange and deep yellow colors. Earthy room colors serve well cozy and warm decorating. Sparkling details in metal gray or golden color beautifully enhance quiet and comfortable room colors 2018 while balancing modern color schemes. Majestic copper and bronze are stylish materials which add warmth and chic to decorating modern interiors. All white hues, gray color tones, terra-cotta, dark purplish red and wine colors are smart choices for decorating in 2018.   3. Dark wood, cork, bright lights Light brown colors of natural wood are modern and appealing, perfect for small spaces. Dark wood is one of modern interior design trends 2018 which bring delicious chocolate brown hues into interiors giving a touch of luxury to room decorating. Cork is another beautiful material which makes not only beautiful floors but cabinets doors and walls also. Filled with wood and soft textiles the rooms ask for bright lighting design. Combined with spectacular lighting ideas, wood creates spacious, warm, and comfortable rooms. 4. Simple shapes and metal furniture Simplicity is another trend in lines and shapes. Geometric, clean and elegant designs with...

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Re-posted from http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/feature/article/2017/06/rules-for-hiring-high-quality-photographer [Editor’s Note: Need a photographer? Give us a call! We’ve got a recommendation!] Don’t let poor listing photos or restrictive copyright terms stymie your marketing efforts. Here’s what to look for in the right photographer for your real estate business. JUNE 2017 | BY ERICA CHRISTOFFER Fourteen of the last 15 homes Erika Villegas has sold went under contract within 10 days. One of them was previously listed by another agent and sat on the market for nine months at $199,000. When Villegas, SFR, a sales associate with ERA Mi Casa Real Estate in Chicago, relisted the property for $209,000 in May, it sold in five days. What made the difference, she says, was the photography. While the first agent put crooked photos taken with a cell phone of the home online, Villegas used a professional photographer. “People are looking online first and foremost,” Villegas says. “They’re seeing these homes and then contacting their agent to request showings. We have to approach marketing from that perspective.” Finding the right photographer for your listings can be a daunting task, especially if you’re a new agent or have had negative experiences in the past. But professional photography can make all the difference in the world to you and your clients. Learn how other real estate pros identified the right photographer for the job and what qualities to look for when it comes to photography services, image rights, and costs. Choose someone who’s familiar with real estate. Villegas says she chose her photographer, Tony Escareno, director of photography at 360 Media Services in Chicago, because he understands the business: His wife is a real estate agent. So, he’s willing to work around an atypical schedule. “He’s not a ‘this is how we do things’ kind of person,” Villegas says, adding that Escareno is open to taking creative, nontraditional listing photos. She adds his photography to Canva and Xpressdocstemplates to create printed marketing materials. “People have been surprised by his work.” You might find photographers with specific qualifications you seek at networking events. Nico Hohman, broker-owner of Hohman Homes in Tampa, Fla., met his photographer, Sean Febre, at a local Chamber of Commerce event. Hohman says he appreciates that Febre, owner of central Florida–based photo and video marketing firm Febre Frameworks, is also a young entrepreneur. Even more appealing is that Febre’s company, which grew from a two-person team to 20 employees in 10 months, focuses exclusively on real estate and isn’t dabbling in other types of photography. Febre’s photography packages start at $100 and increase based on the square footage of a home; virtual tours cost $50; and video walkthroughs are $150. Pay attention to their...

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Re-posted from http://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/top-10-tips-for-selling-your-home-during-the-holidays Attract homebuyers even during the holidays with these useful tips. The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you’ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard. Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes. Hire a reliable real estate agent. That means someone who will work hard for you and won’t disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a listing agent who will go above and beyond to get your home sold. This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season. Seek out motivated buyers. Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel, if you live near a military base. Price it to sell. No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market. Make curb appeal a top priority. When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves. Take top-notch real estate photos. When the weather outside is frightful, homebuyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo...

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