John Colby
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Posted by John Colby on 6/7/2020

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An outdoor entrance that provides an attractive, welcoming appearance not only has the ability to enhance the curb appeal of your property, it also makes household residents and visitors with a warm visual reception to your home. You probably already know that hanging baskets and planters brimming with blooming flowers provide vibrant accents from spring through autumn, but entryways need more than flowers, particularly during late autumn, winter, and early spring. Here's what you can do to keep your outdoor entry area looking pulled together and appealing no matter what the season.

Plant Evergreens

Whether you place a dwarf spruce or Norfolk pine in a planter or plant arborvitae or another upright conifer tree in the ground near your steps, some kind of greenery is usually necessary to make an outdoor entryway look fully dressed. It also helps keep a bit of color going during the cold season. As an added bonus, you can decorate your evergreens with holiday lights and other embellishments during the celebratory season.

Create a Small Seating Area

Even if all you've got is a set of steps leading to a tiny landing, try to find room for a chair or a bench. This is functional as well as welcoming because it provides a place for people to sit and remove outer footwear before entering the home or to simply sit and relax for a minute or two before going inside after a long day at work. If you've got the room, a small bistro set made from weather-resistant materials adds a nice touch and provides a fun way to enjoy a casual family meal or round of beverages.

Install an Exposed Aggregate Walkway

Exposed aggregate walkways do double duty by serving as a highly attractive introduction to your home and providing a slip-proof surface that helps keep household residents and guests safe from potentially harmful slip-and-fall accidents. You can get as creative as you like with these and use aggregates in a variety of colors or simply stick with an understated, monochromatic look. For instance, you can use agate aggregate for a multicolored effect and oyster shell aggregate for a lustrous look. Add ground-level solar lights along the sides to show it off after dark.

Other ideas for creating a fabulous outdoor entryway include hanging a decorative door with features such as carved floral accents or stained glass, putting down rustic outdoor rugs  in front of the door, and placing accent items such as basketry or statuary on each side of the door. Have fun with it and don't be afraid to put some personality into it.

Please feel free to reach out to us for more advice on making the most of your home's appearance.




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Posted by John Colby on 3/4/2018

Whether you’ve just bought a home or you’re hoping to spruce up your current house, redecorating can be a great way to make a home feel new and exciting. However, when it comes to the actual decorating and design, many homeowners are at a loss.

Sure, you could hire an interior decorator to help you out, but oftentimes that expense doesn’t fit into the average homeowner’s budget, especially if you just spend thousands closing on a new home.

Fortunately, there are many free sources of inspiration available that will help you identify the right style for your home at the right price for your budget.

In today’s article, we’re going to give you some tips on where to find interior decor inspiration so you can get started on restyling your home.

Grab an app or two

Searching for redecorating tips doesn’t have to be a full-time job. You can browse ideas when you’re on the train to work, relaxing in bed at night, or waiting for an appointment at the doctor’s office just by downloading a few select apps on your phone.

Two of the most common apps for home decorating are Pinterest and Instagram. However, you’ll need to give those apps some information to make sure you’re getting the right images in your feed.

On Pinterest, add “home decor” “interior design” and “home decor ideas” to your interests so that you’ll see those images and articles first in your feed.

For Instagram, you’ll have to follow accounts that post what you’re looking for, then Instagram will recommend similar accounts.

Here are a few common interior design accounts to get started with:

Take an online course

There’s more to interior decorating than just finding some furniture you like, making sure it will fit in your living room, and buying it. Design principles of color, texture, and form all work together to create the full experience of a home’s interior.

While people study for years to develop techniques of design, you can learn the basics relatively quickly. If you’re interested in learning something new and updating the design of your home, you could take an online course in interior design.

Howcast has a great series of free videos called Interior Design Basics that will provide you with a good overview. Then, if you want to continue learning, check out one of SkillShare’s many interior design courses.

Take a trip to the library

When it comes to seeing the best examples of interior decoration or finding detailed information on design techniques, nothing can beat your local library. Most libraries also have subscriptions to common magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, Elle Decor, and HGTV Magazine.

If your library doesn’t have many options, you can often request items for free through their interlibrary loans system. They’ll send you books and magazines from surrounding towns and give you a notification when they’ve arrived.





Posted by John Colby on 11/20/2016

Is your home a restful and relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the work-a-day world? Or is it dark, dreary, and certainly not a place where you would want to “hang-out” 24/7? If you acknowledge that your habitat could use a facelift, but the thought of choosing colors and making decisions on décor items paralyzes you, not to worry. Interior decorating can be simple and easy if you follow a few basic principles. Let There Be Light Sometimes all it takes to make a room look inviting and warm is a change in lighting. You may be considering a major remodel such as installing larger, eco-friendly windows or a skylight or perhaps all it takes is a new light fixture to change the dynamics of the room. Hang Artwork At Eye Level To achieve a harmonious feeling in any given room, hang your primary pieces of artwork at eye level. When “eye-catching” items are hung too high or too low on a wall, it can make the room seem off-balance or give the illusion of disorder and diminished space. No matter if you are tall or short, hang art items at your eye-level, you are the one that lives here and will see it daily. However, if you share your space with others, it is best to hang at an average height of approximately 5’8” from the floor. Decorate To Please You – Not The Public Avoid getting caught up in trends that are soon dated. This is your home, your space, so decorate it in a way that is pleasing to your eye and compliments your personality. Unless you are preparing the property for sale, keep in mind that you are creating a space where you will feel comfortable; forget about impressing “The Jones.” Enliven Rooms With Mirrors If you are working with a small space, consider install or mounting mirrors to reflect interest aspects of the room and to provide a feeling of spaciousness. Strategically placed mirrors make any room look larger. To add visual interest, consider mirrors with different styles and colors of frames. Make a collage, hang a mirror from the ceiling: you are only limited by your imagination. Take Your Time When planning to redecorate or remodel a room in your home, spend some time considering the room’s intended purpose. If you plan to use the space as a home office, you will want adequate lighting, mood-uplifting colors, a well-planned work center, bookshelves, and lots of electrical outlets. On the other hand, if redecorating a bedroom, you may want plush rugs, a four-poster bed adorned with handmade quilts or a modern, streamlined contemporary décor featuring glass and chrome furniture and recessed light with a ceiling fan. Take your time finding a “look” that feels right to you. Visit home and garden show, open houses, designer showrooms for ideas and inspiration. Avoid Pointing All Your Furniture Towards The Entertainment Center How often have you walked into someone’s family room, living room, entertainment center, or den and noted that all the furniture was pointed at the television? Doesn’t anyone talk to each other anymore? Create a conversation grouping, or install a window set where you can curl up with a good book.




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