Total Home Solutions Homeowner Newsletter Volume13 Issue 33
In this month’s Homeowner Edition we will cover
Decorate Your Shelves Like a Pro
Five Warning Signs that YOU Are Addicted to Pinterest
Fall Maintenance – Getting Your Home Ready for Winter
Decorating Your Shelves
When I was in interior design, shelf arrangement was one of the biggest hurdles for homeowners to grasp. Of course when staging to sell you would enlist a different approach where less is more, and anything interesting needs to be packed away so that it does not distract buyers from looking at what they are buying – your home.
When staging and using Feng Shui principals in a home you will live in, you can show your interests, collections, and a whole lotta personality with what you choose to place on display.
Understand that you will need to fool around with the arrangement until it feels right to you and comfortable to your eye. I spend days finding the correct arrangement of items on shelves in my home. It really is all about balance and symmetry, and that takes time to achieve. That is why I have included links to a couple of good resources for you to get an idea where to begin your arrangement.
- Gather the items you would like to have on your shelf ~ picture frames, books (sleeves removed to show the color and texture), vases, statues, tea pots, ceramic pieces, plates. Just about anything will work. Check out these ideas from HGTV .
- Collections – somehow a room with a collection spread throughout the room has little impact and tends to look more like chotchkies inherited from a long deceased relative. When arranged on a book shelf, they look more interesting and important ~ Centsational Girl has some fabulous examples
- Color without commitment! So you would like to try some color on the backs of the shelves but don’t want to commit ~ this is an easy fix – simply use cardboard cut to the size of each back area and cover with fabric, scrapbook paper, or even wrapping paper in a style or color that works with the room. Change out as often as your mood changes or with the seasons. Check out the how-to from Diane at In My Own Style
- Add layers ~ you may choose to hang a picture, lay some books in front of a picture or maybe add an easel to angle a picture or showcase a special book or add a vase on a stack of books. Create depth by varying height and size as well as placement within each area of the shelf. Check out Simplified Bee
- Think outside the box ~ I love quilts, so in one cubby of a shelf in my office, I have a stack of folded quilts, and on two long shelves I have my mother’s hankies hung over the edge of one shelf and the other a doily that was on my Aunt’s dresser.
- Add some life – greenery can take an item on a shelf and make it more interesting. In my laundry room adding greenery not only hid the not so interesting bottom of this birdcage I inherited but added life in this room that receives no natural sunlight.
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Fall is almost here and with it brings some important home maintenance.
As a former mid-westerner I know the importance of preparing your home for the onslaught of wind, snow, and ice. There is no better time than the glorious days of Indian Summer when the beautiful colors of falling leaves and crisp fall winds bring the reality of clogged gutters and loose weather-stripping.
The easiest way to keep your home in great shape and save yourself a lot of work and expense later is with regular upkeep. Small problems can be fixed before they become a major repair requiring hiring a contractor, or worse as a an emergency situation as a result of water or fire caused by deferred maintenance.
Every season I supply you with a reminder of the maintenance that may need to be done, things that need to be checked, and include some links that may help you find the answer to repair questions.
In many areas of the country, fall can bring not only visions of crisp winds and falling leave,s but also cooler weather, rain, and strong winds. Even though most of the dangerous weather of spring and summer is over for now, it is always a good idea to have a kit available for emergencies.
Let’s begin inside with emergency preparedness:
You should have the following ready:
- battery powered radio
- first aid kit
- a pill box with a few pills of any medication
- a couple gallons of fresh water
- flashlight and extra batteries
- candles and matches
- screwdriver and wrench to shut off valves with leaking water or gas
In areas prone to earthquakes you should also have a day or two’s supply of food that stores well.
If you are a camper, many of the supplies you use for camping would serve you well, so store them where access would be easy if needed.
So let’s begin our fall maintenance inside.
Check the batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Inspect your attic for leaks, openings, or areas that animals may enter when it becomes too cold to be outside.
Do you have a storage area in your garage that is cluttered? Now is a great time to clean it out, get rid of any old tools, bikes, toys, and anything that you no longer need. Now is a good time to remove toxic fluids like paints and cleaners – check your city’s regulations on disposal of anything questionable.
Check your garage door safety sensors. Here is a good guide if you need help.
Blanket your water heater if you don’t have one. They are inexpensive and will keep the heater water warmer requiring less energy to heat it.
Fireplace – make sure the damper is in working order, opening and closing easily. If you delayed cleaning of the chimney last year, schedule a cleaning now. Preventative maintenance is important especially if you burn soft woods, because they release more creosote.
Heating units can rob your home of humidity. Moisture added to the air either by a furnace mounted or free standing humidifier can make the air feel warmer and save the woodwork and furniture from cracking. Do the maintenance now so you will be ready when the temperature drops.
Schedule your furnace check-up.
Do you live in a place where air conditioners are seasonal? Fall means closing them down – follow your manufacturer’s directions on the proper procedures for your unit.
Check weather stripping around windows and doors and repair or replace any that is worn.
Clean the gutters – it is easier when the leaves are wet, so the perfect time is after a soaking rain.
Check and repair and loose shingles or tiles on the roof, as well as the flashing around vent pipes and chimneys and seals around skylights.
Check and repair any damaged siding, wood, or stucco exterior surfaces.
Caulk any gaps or cracks now while the caulk is more pliable rather than in colder temperatures.
Install storm windows after washing.
Wash outdoor furniture and cushions and store away if space allows. Empty and store clay and ceramic pots which may crack if left out in below freezing temperatures.
Before cleaning and storing away your garden tools, cut back all the brush that touches or is very near your house to eliminate damage to the exterior surfaces.
Depending upon your climate and the type of grass you have, fall usually means fertilization.
Drain and store garden hoses and cover exposed spigots with foam covers to avoid breakage when freezing temperatures arrive.
Tune up the snow blower.
Prune shrubs and bushes.
Now sit back and enjoy the beautiful fall weather knowing that you are ready for almost anything that comes your way!
Thanks for joining me today!
My wish is for health and happiness for you and your loved ones!