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selling homes…a family tradition


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So are we! Stop by and follow our home-related boards!

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Think staging your home is only for sellers?

Think staging your home is only for selling?  You may want to reconsider that after reading this…

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Bored with your home? 21 Free Ways to Love Your Home Again…

It’s been a brutal winter this year, and Mother Nature hasn’t been very kind this spring either.  Cabin fever sunk in, for us Chicagoans, long ago.  While I love the Benjamin Moore brown that I painted my family room last spring, I am tired of staring at it.  I have all spent a lot more time in my home than I typically do, and if I can’t head outside, then I have realized that I need to freshen things up a bit.

I am not looking to re-decorate or redesign.  I am looking for low-cost ideas, to change things up a little bit.  I found some great ideas on Houzz.  Minimalistic approached like playing background music and setting the table with fine china.   I love to bring lilacs & hydrangeas inside, sadly they are not close to opening yet this year!  However, I have never thought about placing them in anything other than a standard vase.  That will change this year!  And how many candles do I have lying around waiting for an opportunity to use them? What exactly am I waiting for?

If your home is on the market right now, consider implementing some of these ideas to warm up your space, and create some added appeal for your buyer.

Click below to read the Houzz article
21 Free Ways to Love Your Home


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where should I put that couch?

I grew up in a house where my mother was always rearranging the furniture.  It saved on traffic pattern wear on the carpet, gave the room a fresh look, and kept us on our toes.

How about you?  Mental block on where to put that couch?  Or how to arrange your table and chairs?  What about the best way to set up your family room TV?  Better Homes & Gardens offers some quick solutions to common decorating problems, including sketches to follow the ideas.

Me?  I haven’t changed any room since I moved into my house almost 8 years ago.  After reading the article, I am thinking maybe I ought to give it a try.

Quick tips & tricks for arranging furniture… http://ow.ly/tjhf4


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If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, then what is a cluttered home the sign of?

Chaos.  A busy family.  A society triggered by instant gratification.  And stuff.  As a Realtor, I still am amazed at how much “stuff” I see when when I enter so many different homes, especially those  where children have grown up and moved out.  Last year, I decided that one of my New Year’s resolutions was going to be to organize my house – to go through it, from top to bottom, as if I was preparing to sell.  I did pretty well, however life got in the way, and I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped.  This year, “organizing my house”is once again on top of my list.

Last year, I found great help through a number of Facebook pages and blogs.  Suggestions ranging from focusing on one room each month, tossing 10 items a day for 30 days, to setting a timer for 15 minutes at a time.  I was able to sign up for email programs that prodded me along, that told me what to focus on, and kept me going.  This year, I have joined two groups – one that requires the tossing of one item a day, with the goal to eliminate 365 items over the course of the year; the second is a 52 week calendar, with different tasks each day.  The available resources are even better than last year. Need some help?  Try one of sites: