9 Home Decorating Finds To Score This 2018

Shopping for home decoration is similar to buying clothing.

You must take note of the measurements, quality, color, and material among other things. A lot goes on with interior decoration. Visiting the right store on top of scouring the pieces you wish to include in your home proves to be a source of a headache when you are at a loss for ideas.

A new condo for sale in Makati is in dire need of decorating. Luckily, luxury malls like Glorietta and Greenbelt are just around the corner to provide you with your decorating needs. If you plan to go for a haul or just redecorate, you must add these ten items on your list to score during your shopping trip.

1. Contrasting palettes

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Fusing bright and unexpected colors such as oranges and blues or purples with earth tones complement audacious personalities. These color combinations can work on small items and trinkets as well as pieces of furniture. Ashley Home Store at Glorietta 3 has signature home furniture, accessories, and mattresses.

2. Dark paint

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Rooms with enough light from windows can take on a dark color. Midnight blue, charcoal or terracotta are some hues you can try for a bold interior. True Value at Glorietta 1 offers a wide selection of paint colors

3. Decorated fireplace

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A standard feature on top of chimneys is the mantel-piece design. It makes the area feel outdated. Covering the outer walls of the fireplace with wallpaper or paint is more tasteful.

4. Disco ball

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Adding a disco ball in the living room or entertainment area makes an instant party place. The ball doesn’t provide illumination, but it’s an excellent reflector. Contemporary home stores like Dimensione may have one lying around their showroom.

5. Geometric shelving

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Irregularly shaped storages double in form and function. They are highly useful in keeping the space organized while adding design.You can opt for a standee that is a work of art in itself, or you can install some storages on an empty wall. Paint its inner part with bright hue to make the items out. A store like Home Bound has stunning pieces of functional furniture.

5. Lampshades

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An efficient way to change your home without spending too much, you start with the small items. Changing your lamps shades with bolder patterns and brighter colors improve the aura of the room. Try exploring A Touch of Elegance at Glorietta 4 for lighting inspiration.

6. Patterned flooring

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For the bold and loud characters, you can place your focus on the floor. Stencils or printed details like Moroccan-inspired or paisley patterns effortlessly brightens the area. Paint splats over solid colors is a simple way to include design while giving life in the space. Handyman has every decorator’s needs in store.

7. Oversized pendant lights

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Pendant lights or enormous chandelier changes the ambiance of the room. The oversized item dictates the personality of the area. To keep the balance of the room, ensure that the size of the light pendant is within the size of the table underneath it. Decor, a lighting boutique at Glorietta 4 has a variety of overhead lighting options.

8. Upholstery

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Another way to include patterns in your home is by installing brightly printed fabric on your chairs. If covering the whole things seems overboard, keep one side in a solid hue. The remaining side works with loud prints or patterns. The pieces at Victoria Mondiale combines comfort and aesthetic.

9. Unpredictable side table

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You can try a different surface instead of the usual four corners. A table with unexpected features – wooden vine-like legs or animal-shaped body – are ideal conversation pieces. Some surfaces can stand alone while others need support like a glass topper. Muebles Italiano has furniture pieces inspired by generations of culture and artistry.

Indeed, the malls of Makati CBD solves decorating woes. Glorietta guarantees to fill your condo unit with class and style. Most of all, it will amplify the color your life has to offer. These pieces will make you look forward to your time at home.

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The Top Four Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

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“You cannot have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” –Marissa Mayer

 

Buying a first home in today’s real estate market should be relatively easy. However, for those who are going into the venture sans the experience, it can be rather confusing and a tad bit frustrating at times. As of recent times, the housing market is showing no signs of declining and slowing down—in this regard, many prospective homeowners would feel incredibly confident about the timeliness of their purchase should they choose to buy a house now. However, if one travels through the unchartered  (in the case of first-time homebuyers at least) paths of buying and acquiring homes, mistakes and oversights are easily made. If you are a budget or have saved up for this monumental milestone (as is the case with most first-time homebuyers), you cannot really afford to make any error that would inevitably lead to a financial blunder.

Regardless of how small a financial mistake might be, making the wrong move in a saturated market would often lead to pecuniary remorse and inevitably, home buying misery. Unfortunately, first-time homebuyers are predisposed to committing these errors if they are left to their own devices and are armed with insufficient information. In any case, you can mitigate the chances of committing these lapses if you are equipped with prior knowledge prior to making your first purchase. Whether you are eyeing your first home to be in Avida Towers Cebu or elsewhere, here are some common first-time homebuyer mistakes you ought to avoid:

 

Buying a home that is too expensive

What is expensive and cheap is relative to how much the homebuyer actually earns. However, regardless of what kind of home you are looking to purchase, you should always remember to stay within your budget. How much you can afford largely varies but it depends on your debt to income ratio. Remember, you are not only going to be spending for the home alone, you would also have to take into account your monthly utility bills, groceries, insurance, etc.

Not hiring a realtor

As this is your initial venture into buying a home, it would bode you well if you worked with a professional whose expertise is in how real estate works. More often than not, homebuyers would rather forego the assistance of a real estate agent thinking that this is just another expense. Sure, it might be another aspect to pay for but think of it as a worthy investment. After all, you would stand to spend more should you purchase a home without the aid of an agent.

Not leaving room in the budget for other expenses

Unlike renting, owning a home would mean that if something breaks, you have to fix it. However, most first-time homebuyers do not seem to realize this. As a result, they would often not leave any room in the budget for any other expense. Your budget should not only comprise of what you pay for the initial down payment of your first home. In fact, it should cover a myriad of things. In this regard, you should also ensure that you leave enough to have extra money each month should you ever have the need for it.

Putting too much or too little down

Coming up with the down payment is already a major challenge when it comes to buying your first home, so defraying most of your home’s total price should be a good thing, right? Not necessarily. Putting up too much money for the down payment would cause a severe imbalance on your money savings and as a result, you may end up bungling your monthly budget. In this regard, you should not be overeager about paying up majority of your first home’s total price. Instead, pay just enough that you would still have a little legroom in your monthly budget to ensure you can cover any other expenses should you need it. Remember, you cannot always plan for every contingency, so should an emergency happen, you want to be adequately prepared financially.

 

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Rental Investments: Five Excellent Tips to Prepare for A Rental

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“To stand out, you just need to do a few things others are not willing to do.” –Michael Hyatt

There has been no question that renting out one of your unused properties is an excellent avenue for real estate investment. However, with a myriad of rental properties in almost every nook and cranny in the city (from condo units in Avida Towers Centera to apartment units elsewhere), how do you ensure that your rental property makes the cut and gets selected? Remember, every single day that you have a vacancy at your rental property is considered a loss of potential profits. However, while tenancy is mostly a hit or miss thing and has more to do with your luck in finding tenants than anything else, there are ways of ensuring that your rental properties would entice tenants to rent it out.

Apart from being situated in proximity to schools, offices and entertainment hubs, it pays to prepare your rental properties for occupancy by tenants. So, if you have been thinking of renting out any of your properties, here are some tips that would not only help you navigate through the process but make it a bit easier as well.

1.) Start the process at least six weeks out

Of course, if you are getting ready for tenancy, a little work goes a long way to ensure that the home is ready for occupants. Apart from ensuring that the home is rental-ready, you would also want to present it at its best before you even start giving your prospective tenants a tour of the home. Take note; most tenants start scouring the neighborhood for potential homes at least a month prior to their move. So, start at the earliest possible time.

2.) Spruce it up

Of course, part of beautifying your rental properties as well as making an excellent first impression on your prospective tenants is to make sure that the unit you are presenting to them is clean. Apart from cleanliness, you should also invest a little in giving it a little touch-up. Spend some time and money in applying a fresh coat of paint on the walls, incorporate fresh flowers into the home, get rid of the clutter and organize. Remember, tenants, are more inclined to rent a unit that is not only well-prepared but clean as well.

3.) Change your insurance

Whatever existing policy you have might not be sufficient enough to cover you should you become a landlord. So, before signing a lease, it is best if you find time to down with your insurance agent and discuss what available coverage options you have. Ask them about their landlord’s policy which is also known as a dwelling policy and update your existing coverage.

4.) Do not overlook legal technicalities

Before drafting your lease contract, research the existing laws of your area first. Chances are you would be required to obtain licenses and permits. Furthermore, you would also need to undergo an inspection. In most areas, tenancy is considered a business which would inevitably require a license from you—regardless of whether it is only for a single property or a series of properties. Learn the requirements of being a landlord and tenancy before renting out your home to mitigate the risk of getting into legal snarls.

5.) Decide if you will accept pets

Know that even though you will have more prospective clients should you accept their furry friends as well, there will also be some tenants who would not be so receptive to sharing a roof with four-footed creatures. However, ensure that you and your tenant are on the same page when it comes to pet policies. It would not hurt to make sure that he or she is a responsible pet owner as well. Your pet policies should be in place in order to prevent costly damage, noise and other pet-related problems. Moreover, you can then decide whether you will charge pet rent or fees.

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Home Selling 101: Three Telltale Signs You Should Sell Your Home

“Our homes should inspire us to go out into the world to do great things and then welcome us back for refreshment.” –Melissa Michaels

There comes a time wherein you would feel you have overextended your stay in your current home or perhaps have overstayed your welcome in a rental. Regardless of whatever it may be, there will always come a time wherein you will feel that selling your home would be necessary and inevitable. While some people live in their first or second home forever, there is also quite a fraction of people who cannot make that sort of commitment. Unfortunately, while your motivation for selling the house might be there, knowing the appropriate time to have it listed on the market can be quite challenging.

Moreover, apart from having difficulty in determining when the time is prime for selling is, the entire process can be fraught with complications such as emotional attachment. After all, if you have lived in your home for a significant amount of time, listing it on the market can feel similar to breaking up with a longtime lover. Furthermore, your feelings of attachment would be further aggravated by the nostalgia you would inevitably feel.
However, this should not deter you, and although you may not exactly want to sell at the moment, some things would compel you to do so. Changes in life would sometimes make it necessary to move, and you should be leaving no room for self-doubt—especially if you think you can no longer fit your growing family in a two bedroom flat.

In any case, whether you intend to move your residence in Avida Cebu or elsewhere, here are some surefire signs that you have outgrown your home:

1.) You feel cramped, and you can no longer add rooms

One of the primary motivators for making a move is the fact that some families no longer fit into their current homes. However, even if your family is not growing it does not automatically mean that your current lifestyle would still fit with the house that you have. An example of such is if you have started working from home and might need a personal space that you would serve as your makeshift office. Similarly, you might have always wanted to pursue your passion for sewing and would need a room designated for that purpose. Unfortunately, your home is too small. If this is the case, then it might be time to sell your home.

2.) You have way too much space

Of course, there is such a thing as having too much space. While some homeowners are under the impression that bigger means better, it is not always necessarily so– especially true if you feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of your homes and are constantly bothered by the pronounced silence. You might have once had a big family whose children now have homes and families of their own. If it does not make sense for you to stay in a big house, it might be best to move into a smaller one and sell your existing home.

3.) You dislike the community and neighborhood

Perhaps some of the community rules no longer sit well with you, or you feel like you have not really made a connection with your neighbors. Whatever it may be, it is a reality that neighborhood dynamics can significantly influence one’s decision in selling a home. After all, if you can no longer live with the rules imposed, why would you stay? Sometimes, it is not the neighborhood that changes but you. Maybe you can no longer make the lengthy commute to work every day, or perhaps, your kids are getting a bit older and would need to associate themselves with other children their own age—which your neighborhood severely lacks. Whatever the case may be, if you feel like you are in the neighborhood, it might be time to make the move.

Subletting Alternatives: Four Reasons Why You Should Rent Out Your Units to AirBnb for the Long-Term

“Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.”-Andre Carnegie

Today, the logistics and avenues for real estate investment are continuously evolving in such a way that it caters to almost, every consumer’s demand and convenience. Back then, we saw our rental properties as profit generators and expect our prospective clients to ride us through the tide for at least six months or more. People who are in the vicinity for a short period, however, would have to rely on lodges, bed and baths and hotels. Fortunately, through technology and the influence of the Internet, Airbnb was created. This app allows people to sublet their rental properties for shorter terms while tenants get the satisfaction of living in a place akin to home sans the exorbitant accommodation bill. As a result, a symbiotic relationship is created between the host and tenant in such a way that the host gets short-term profits every time the property is rented out while the tenant has a place to stay for a few days.

However, instead of renting it out for a few days or weeks, you should start considering having it rented out for the long term. Well, if you have an empty unit in Avida Towers Cebu, you might want to consider expanding your Airbnb offering. Here are the reasons why:

1.) You live in the right neighborhood

Not all communities are created the same. There are some neighborhoods that are ideal for cultivating familial relationships while there are those that are ideal for young professionals looking to find their place in the world. If your property is any of two, there is a likely chance that a lot of individuals would be seeking it out. Airbnb provides families and individuals alike a unique avenue to look for a neighborhood that suits their lifestyle should they ever relocate to an unknown city. If you happen to be in the right neighborhood, your listing is a premier pick for long-term lease.

2.) You wish to have more time on your hands

Managing an Airbnb property that has people walking in and out almost every single day can be time-consuming, and if you have a day job, this can sometimes be impossible to pull-off. If such is the case, then you might want to reconsider your short-term listing and offer it for long-term as you would only need to find tenants and that is it—you are done with work. Finding long-term tenants dispenses with the need to update your listing and calendar every day. You would not need to clean and prepare your property every single time a tenant leaves giving you more time to yourself.

3.) You have a second empty home

In lieu of having your second property unoccupied and empty, why not open it up for a long-term rental on Airbnb? It might not occur to you yet, but it could potentially be a profit generator—so, in this regard, do not simply have it empty and sitting ducks. If you do not wish to have various strangers in and out of your home, consider having it rented for the long-term. Not only will this ensure you have a steady income for months at a time, but you would worry less knowing that you do not have different people coming in and out of your property.

4.) You want to be paid on time

An excellent advantage of listing in Airbnb is payments and getting paid on time. Airbnb requires tenants to pay using their credit card which means that rent will be given on time via the service you listed. This is a significant advantage for landlords as it ensures they would not have to worry about clients defaulting on their rental payments.

 

Home Decorating 101: Five Fail-safe Tips and Techniques to Picking Paint Colors

“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I could not say any other way—things I had no words for.”-Georgia O’Keefe

It has been said that we should paint our lives with the colors of the rainbow. If we apply the same sentiment to how we decorate our houses, then our homes should not only possess interesting furniture and décor but appropriate paint colors as well. However, choosing the best color can be a bit of a challenge to most of us considering that there is a myriad of lighter and darker tones for a singular hue—and that is not to mention that the color palette itself is already a multitude of various colors. So, how do we reconcile our inability to select an excellent paint color and decorating our homes with fresh hues? How do we ensure that the colors we do choose do not clash with our furniture? Well, whether you are billeted in a condo such as Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, here are the fail-safe techniques and tricks you can use to choosing the right paint color:

1.) Do not pick your paint color first

It may seem counterintuitive considering that it is only natural to get the biggest things done first. However, picking your paint color should be the last thing you do. Observe the surroundings of your home and have a rough picture of how you want it to look like when it is all done. With this in mind, choosing your furniture and interior decorations is paramount to selecting the right color. After you have selected your furniture, you will have a much easier time in picking the right paint color.

2.) Start small

It is pretty often that big projects such as painting a home can be a bit overwhelming and undoubtedly, some of us will have little to no idea where to start. If you are unsure of where to begin, then start with the small rooms first such as the bathroom or hallways between rooms. Should you be undertaking this paint project yourself, paint the area that is quickest for you to accomplish so that you can see the results as soon as possible. This would then make it easier for you to change should you not like the results.

3.) Consider the lighting

Before selecting a color, it is imperative that you consider the lighting of your homes. Paint stores have light boxes installed in their shops so that you can accurately test paint chips in various light settings. If you wish to see the truest color, natural daylight will reflect it; incandescent lighting brings out the yellows and warm tones while fluorescent lights tend to cast sharp blue tones. With this in consideration, choose the colors most appropriate for the type of lighting you have in your room. Intense colors would appear bright and overpowering when used next to a big window or exclusively on walls. However, it would look stunning when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

4.) Test paint colors against fabrics and furniture

The paint colors you choose should complement the furniture and fabrics within a room to ensure that they do not clash. To check if a particular color would look appropriate with your furniture, paint a piece of paper or poster board and hold it up against various pieces of furniture and fabrics contained in the room to see if it goes well together. You do not necessarily have to match colors, but be sure that the undertones work well together.

5.) Have a color theme

This does not necessarily mean you have to paint your homes in a singular color, but you have to consider how the results will look like once you are done painting the entire home. In essence, this would mean that you consider how rooms will look like when standing in another—especially if these rooms open into one another. If you wish to go with one color exclusively, then play with contrasts and paint some rooms a few shades darker or lighter.

 

Home Is Where The Heart Is: Five Ways to Make Your Home More Inviting

“The greatest investment and greatest fair deal and enterprise is family, cozy homes. A cozy home is based on cozy people. Cozy people are not brought and imported; they are made from the time of birth to the time of infinity.” -Harbhajan Singh Yogi

 

Home is where the heart is.

This is a familiar adage that sagely proclaims that our homes should be a form of sanctuary—a haven if you might, where we are called not only to rest our bones and weary bodies but somewhere we can feel safe and comfortable. Our homes should not only be structures made of bricks and stones but that place where every single one of us can look forward to going after a long and tiring day. As it is, the best memories are forged in a home that cultivates a cozy and inviting atmosphere—one that beckons visitors to come in, have guests linger for a little while longer and make family members never want to leave. Indeed, a place such as this would give you the fondest memories and a relaxed lifestyle.

However, how does one create an inviting home? How do you ensure you can cloak it with an inviting aura that entices people to stay? Whether you have a condo in Manila or a flat elsewhere, here are some of the creative ways you can create that inviting atmosphere:

1.) Let your front door and entryway set the inviting tone

An excellent way to establish an atmosphere that beguiles is to set the tone first. In doing so, you will not only be making a good first impression, but you would create enough interest for your guests to discover more about your home. Elevate your curb appeal and never underestimate the inviting power of a front door and entryway. Install a welcome mat and a few potted plants by your front door. Furthermore, you should make sure that this area is clean and devoid of any clutter.

2.) Use color and other design tricks to pull eyes through your space

In designing an inviting space, consider your guests’ perspectives. With this in mind, you should pay close attention to utilizing a creative design at the farthest point of view. An excellent example of this is to install a painting on the far wall just across from your front door. Emphasize this design piece by adding more fun art and lighting beside it. This design aspect alone will intrigue your guests and would pull them through your home all the while inviting them to explore your space.

3.) Have as many leafy, long, trailing and green plants

Incorporate natural elements into your home and make it seem eco-friendlier by strategically placing green, long and trailing plants all over the place. Potted plants not only make your home seem a natural, but they also enliven the space by bringing life to it. Additionally, the abundance of plants promotes a relaxing and calming ambiance that would be ideal for individuals looking to have a little relaxing space after a long and busy day.

4.) Personalize at least one furniture piece

One way to make your home more inviting and a lot more unique is to have at least one personalized furniture piece. This furniture piece can be anything—from a reupholstered furniture designed in a fun fabric or artwork you made yourself—let this be the distinctive feature of your home that sets it apart from the others (and keep it from looking like the inside of a catalog). Furthermore, personalized furniture pieces or design pieces make for excellent conversation starters as well.

5.) Have good smell linger in your home

One great way to make a significant impact on your guests is not only to stimulate their visual senses but their olfactory sense as well. Rid your house of any bad smell and have a signature scent you can have lingering in your home. If you want to take the natural route, place a vase full of fragrant flowers and it will do the trick. Alternatively, you can use potpourri as well. If you have a sensitive nose and are adverse to fragrances, then at the very least make sure your home does not have any bad smells lingering about.

Five Important Things to Know When Living Alone

“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what is right.” -Brigham Young

So, you have graduated college, established a career and are now prepared to embark on your life’s next milestone. You have saved enough money to finally live on your own and away from your family to discover new heights and reach your fullest potential. Indeed, living alone can be quite a thrill. The freedom and independence that come along with it are nothing short of exhilarating. However, while living alone means no one can prevent you from doing anything and everything you like, it does not mean that it comes without a set of responsibilities. Before you start scouring the metropolis for prospective Manila properties you can live in, know that living alone means having to fend for yourself. After all, you only have yourself to rely on so it would be understandable to expect a degree of answerability to yourself as a consequence.

For some, the responsibilities that do entail in living independently may be too cumbersome to handle, while others may flourish in their solitude. Regardless, if you have even given living alone some consideration, here are things you should know and expect:

1.) There will be unplanned expenses

No matter how meticulously you partitioned your monthly salary for utility bills, groceries and the like, know that there will be unplanned yet inevitable expenses. No, these are no the things you buy on a whim or an impulse. There are likely events that would cost you to fork some cash to maintain a semblance of livability in your home. An example of this is an appliance breaking down on you or some plumbing repairs that would need to be immediately taken care of. These are things that cannot wait until the next month for repairs if you want to live comfortably.

2.) You need a decent amount of money

Suppose you have gone through leaflets and scoured the web for the ideal home and found one. To your surprise, it is just within your budget. Unfortunately, it might not be as simple as you think. Apart from the money you pay for rental dues, there might be a security deposit you would need to defrag as well. Depending on where you live, your landlord might even request a consigner for the least. To top all that, if you are going to live in an unfurnished flat, you would also need to have your own furniture to fill it up with. With all this in mind, it is important to have a decent amount of savings before deciding on living alone.

3.) Read your contract

If you are planning on renting out a flat, take note that you need to read your lease contract thoroughly. This is because the contents within are legally binding and if you neglect to read it, you may be inadvertently agreeing to something you actually do not. It might be tempting to skim over a lot of pages instead of poring over them then sign it at once, but you will be glad you did not do that if you find something you are not amenable to. Remember, should you break your lease, you are bound to pay up.

4.) You cannot take everything

You might want to pack every single thing you have in your parents’ house that you own, but know that this might not be possible. For one, the space you have might be limited and another thing, you will have more work to do and would have to expend more effort. Additionally, you might end up just filling your new flat with a lot of clutter as well.

5.) You need to spruce up

Living alone means cleaning up for yourself unless you want to live in a hovel. Everything you own would inevitably get dirty and the longer you put them for cleaning later, the more grime they accumulate. Apart from your dishes, you are responsible for your laundry and the general cleanup of your flat. So, if you want to live comfortably (and healthily I might add), it is best if you clean up regularly.

Hassle-free Move: Four Tips and Tricks to Make Moving Day Stress-Free

It is no doubt that moving day can be one of the stressful days you will ever experience in your life. Of course, collecting, stashing away and moving your entire household is no easy feat, so you are inevitably going to encounter a lot of stressors along the way. After all, in the years that you have lived through your old home, stripping it down of your possessions and packing them away can seem like a herculean task—especially if you have spent a significant number of years accumulating your belongings. However, there are ways of ensuring that your moving day goes on without a snag and without ruffling any of your family members’ feathers. Your moving venture might be a huge endeavor, but with a solid strategy and good planning, you can be assured that it would go smoothly for the most part.

So, whether your change of address is to a condo in Manila or elsewhere, here are some tips that will help you make your moving day easy and stress-free:

1.) Start weeks or even months in advance

If you live in a relatively small home with a meager number of possessions, you can start packing weeks before your moving day. However, if you live in a sprawling home with too many valuables to count, you might as well start as early as you can—even months prior to your moving date. Although your moving date may seem rather far, it is best to make some progress in your packing than be overwhelmed with the sheer number of things you have to do come moving day. True, it might be tempting to leave packing at the last minute—especially if you dislike living among boxes or have to use some things inside them. But you will be glad to have packed earlier than you should have. Just remember to pack the things you are not regularly using first and leave your daily essentials for last.

2.) Be organized

Being organized is key during your move as it aids you in staying on top of things. To make sure you stay organized during the move, have a list of all the tasks that you need to do and divide them in weeks. This would give you ample time to complete whatever is written on a particular week’s list. A typical organized moving day list would consist of eight weeks of their own respective tasks.

3.) Clean out the clutter

Clutter can not only induce headaches, but they are eyesores as well that would do nothing to prove visual aesthetics. If you have a lot of clutter lying around at home, it would be a good idea to start getting rid of them before you even start packing. In this way, you would feel a lot more organized. Additionally, getting rid of the clutter would prevent you from packing things you would not necessarily need in your new home—saving you from all of the frustration in getting rid of them once you unpack and get settled into your new place.

4.) Label your boxes and bags

To know where items to be packed should go and to easily identify which is which, you should label all of your boxes and bags. Apart from categorizing them and knowing what the contents inside are, this would also help you determine which boxes and bags are to be opened and unpacked first. Typically, this is best done if the box is labeled according to where its contents will be placed (labeled per room). However, it would also be ideal if you also wrote and included the contents of its label. Boxes that contain important and sensitive documents such as birth certificates, insurances, passports and the like should be placed in a secure folder and should have a different marking than the rest. Ideally, this folder should be in your person at all times.

Five Steps to Turn Your Flat into an Elegant home

“Do you know what elegance is? It is not only what you are wearing, it is how you wear it, who you are inside. It is the way you decorate your house, what you surround yourself with, what books you read and what your interests are.” -Carolina Herrera

Without a doubt, achieving elegance in our homes would be difficult as elegance is subjective, much like beauty is. Incorporating a bit of elegance in our homes is not straightforward and can feel a bit frustrating at times. However, there are universal concepts that we can all agree on that would make a home truly elegant such as the ones below. Whether you are sprucing up your condo unit in Arbor Lanes or looking for a way to bring a touch of sophistication to your homes, here are the steps to making your homes truly elegant:

1.) Select a color theme

A color theme that does not clash and highlights the most important aspects and elements of your home is imperative in turning your homes into an elegant dwelling. Select a color palette consisting of at least 2-3 main colors with 3-4 complimentary colors—make sure that these colors go well together and would work in harmony. A good example is to tale main colors such cream, brown, and green while your complimentary colors should be shades lighter or darker than your main colors. Examples would be ivory, beige, and champagne. Do not go for colors that heavily contrast each other unless you are looking to contrast colors for a specific feature in a room.

2.) Choose the main items to highlight

Highlighting the main objects in a room not only gives it significance, but it significantly increases the elegant and sophistication factor of your room. Some of the items you can highlight are major furnishings such as bookshelves, a large sofa or even the room itself by utilizing creative paintwork and excellent carpeting.

3.) Create a focus in the room

Unlike choosing main items to highlight, the focus of a room should be the center point or feature that would catch the eye upon entrance of the room. It should draw eyes and start conversations whenever people are in the room. It can be a rather uncanny object such as an unusual chair or bookcase, an intricately framed mirror, a wall of photos or an abstract painting. Let this be the one attraction of the room and let everything else support and complement it. Remember to only add one focus as when you incorporate too many aspects; it creates visual noise that would result in a stressful rather than a unified look.

4.) Clean up the clutter

Clutter is another source of visual noise, and it tends to detract a room’s elegance and beauty. Stuff such as mail, magazines, shopping catalogs and even remote controls should be stowed away as it is not pleasing to look at with the rest of your décor. Do not have too many items or trinkets on display and set a rule on how many items should be on any counter or table surface.

5.) Select beautiful things to give your home a soul

Let your décor speak about your home’s character as well as show a glimpse of what their inhabitants are like. One of the features of an elegant home is a well-loved home, so decorate but do not go overboard. Select some of the most beautiful things that have some meaning to you and place them strategically in your home. Some souvenirs from your travels may do the trick, a unique centerpiece on your dining table or works of art you have done are great selections for this. Additionally, these items are also great conversation starters as they create a spark of interest in a home. Steer clear from overly minimalistic kind of decorating as they make your homes look dull and without life.