We’ve been looking for homes for about two months now, and I swear if I say “I’m just looking for something with character” one more time, my husband may leave me for Karen, the girl who thinks HGTV is a medication and is totally OK with a popcorn ceiling (**gasp**). Continue reading “20 Ways To Add Character To Your Home”
Alright, this is a PSA for all you real estate agents out there. As a prospective home buyer, I have some things I’ve observed that I love, and well, some that I think you could improve on. And for what it’s worth, I think you should take some notes.
1. Online pictures
Ok seriously? Put some effort in these. I don’t need to see zoomed in pictures of furniture, I just care about the house. And come on, stop taking pictures of homes at night. I mean, WHY? Open the blinds/curtains, wait for the sun, and show me the house when it’s at it’s best: natural sunlight is your friend!
2. Take a video of the home
This is pretty rare, and I never understood it. I LOVE when you guys post videos of the home. You don’t need a fancy production company to produce one of these, you know that right? You can even do a simple social media post (see #12).
I may be alone on this, but I just want you to know, I throw that brochure away as soon as I get back to my car. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice, but unless it has something that isn’t already on my app (zillow, realtor), I’m tossing that right away. And if you are going to have it available, just leave it on the table. Don’t give it to folks that don’t want it, save yourself some money.
4. Printed Floor plan
For those of you that have floor plans available, I LOVE YOU. I don’t need that fancy brochure with pictures I already see online, I need a floor plan with measurements. Can my couch fit in that living room? Will my bed fit in there? I need measurements!
5. Measuring tape
Look, I keep this in my purse, but I know many shoppers don’t. And if you’re not going to have a floor plan available, I’m sure serious prospects would appreciate some measuring tape available.
6. Put the lights on
I can’t tell you how many open houses I’ve been to with no lights on. Yes, the sunlight is shining through, but for some homes that lack sunlight, those lights would make a world of a difference.
7. Home’s story
I could be alone on this, but I LOVE when the real estate agent shares the story of the home, the age, the previous occupants…etc. With that said, don’t talk my ear off while I’m there. Let me walk around in peace.
8. Stuff for kids
I went to an open house once, and the real estate agent had a “treasure hunt.” I thought it was GENIUS. They had a “map” for my kids (of the house) and it had something my kids needed to find. In that case, it was a parrot. It kept them busy, and at the end, he had a little box of stickers and candy that he gave for finding the “treasure.” I thought this was SUCH A GOOD IDEA!
9. Clean up
I kid you not, I’ve seen open houses with trash on the lawn or on the sidewalk. I’ve also seen cups and all kinds of things scattered around the house. Seriously, declutter as much as you can. Please. Put some effort into it.
10. Ask for feedback
I don’t get this often, but appreciate it when I do. And, I can only imagine it would help you as a real estate agent as well. So ask folks what they think, and ask for any feedback on the house, the neighborhood–what they liked, what they didn’t..etc. Some may not want to say anything, but you’d be surprised what helpful information you may get.
Very few of the open houses I’ve gone to have played music. However, the ones that did, made a HUGE difference for me. It really sets the mood, and in my opinion, changes the ‘feel’ of the home and the experience. It’s such an easy thing to do, and honestly makes such a difference.
12. Utilize Social Media
I’m surprised at how underutilized social media is. Do a “live,” post some pictures, do a story, and create a buzz! I had one agent ask me to post the video I took (I always videotape my viewings) and tag him. I thought that was super smart on his end.
Anyway, I hope you find this helpful, and I hope you forward this to any realtors you may know too. And happy house hunting if you’re not a realtor!
Photo Credit: The Fox Group
If you’re following me on Instagram, you know I’ve been documenting my long painful journey of looking for a home. And when I say long, I mean it’s been about 6 weeks and I’m just being a whiny little brat. Continue reading “10 Things I’ve Learned As A First Time Home Buyer”
I’m baacccckkkkk. Did you miss me? I took a little bit of a hiatus from Thanksgiving through the New Year to focus on my Instagram but I’m excited to be back at it. I have a TON to share with you! With that said, if you’re not following me already on Instagram, please do. Please be my friend, please. 🙂 You can check me out HERE. I have a ton of fun DIY’s over there, with some ‘crazy’ mixed in between.
ANYWHO. I’ve always been a neutral girl at heart, but I’ve really been craving some tiny (baby steps here guys) pops of color in my home. My love started when I saw this velvet couch from Anthropologie.
So what do I have now? Tunnel vision. I NEED some super cute velvet chairs to add to my dining room. Clearly Anthropologie, while beautiful, is completely out of my budget. And so I’ve put together a list of my runner ups that won’t break the bank. So here we go…
1. Makenna Armchair
I love this color green, and LOVE the shape of this chair. It’s $183, and that may seem like a lot, but WAY cheaper than other accent chairs, AND I only need two for my dining room. You can check it out HERE.
2. Cora Slipper Chair
Ok so this isn’t exactly a pop of color, but they have many color options. I just loved this one and LOVED the legs. This is $193, and you can check it out HERE.
3. Beatrix Side Chair
Ok this looks almost identical to the one at Anthropologie. I LOVE the back. It comes in multiple colors, and I love both the navy and the green personally. I found the cheapest option for $197 at Bed Bath Beyond (yes I know!) right HERE.
4. Wysocki Armchair
I LOVE the shape of this, and it’s similar to #1. It comes in a beautiful Mauve and a Mustard color. These would look super cute at a desk and not just at a dining table. For all the color options check it out HERE.
5. Paris Velvet Dining chairs
OK, these would look super cute with an unfinished dining table. I LOVE these colors! They come with other colors too, and they come in a set of two already! They are $210 (for both) and you can check them out HERE.
Hope you found these options helpful, I really do love all the colors I’m seeing in the new year! Can you guess which one I picked? Be sure you’re following me on Instagram to find out! Hoping to get it this weekend!
So I was challenged to create a Halloween Tablescape for no more than $10. The catch? You can use items you already have in your home too, OR get creative (read on!). Continue reading “Halloween Tablescape Ideas Under $10”
So I’ve been admiring kitchen runner rugs on Instagram for months now. And I’m just like, damnit I want one. I have a long kitchen, and a runner rug would be perfect. My house is mostly neutral colors, but I have to say I’ve been loving the bold colored rugs I’ve seen and kinda want that pop of color. I’ve been on the search for one, and well, that means I’ve created a short list. Below are 6 of my top picks under $100.
Also, I don’t know about you, but I base most of my purchases off of reviews. Especially when it’s a TON of reviews that are good. As opposed to like 3 people that may have given it a glowing review. Therefore, I’ve included that info below too.
1. Darchelle Beige/Pink Rug
You can find this on Joss & Main here. Out of 1249 reviews, this got 4.8 out of 5 stars.
2. Cearbhall Beige Rug
You can find this on Joss & Main here. Out of 68 reviews, it got 4.8 out of 5 stars.
3. Wilcox Orange Rug
You can find this on Joss & Main here. Out of 146 reviews it got 4.7 out of 5 stars.
4. Hillsby Orange/Saffron rug
You can get this on Joss & Main here. Out of 999 reviews, this got 4.8 out of 5 stars.
5. Abbeville Power Loom Dark Blue Rug
You can get this on Joss & Main here. Out of 1,227 reviews, this got 4.7 out of 5 stars.
6. Annabel Light Blue?Fuchsia Area Rug
You can get this on Wayfair here. Out of 1023 reviews, this got 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Alrighty, if you’re in the market for a rug, I hope that was helpful. And if you just like looking at rugs in your free time, that’s cool too, I’m not judging you.
If you’ve read any of my other posts on cheeky home accents (Part I and Part II), you know that sarcasm fuels my soul. And when I find a new place that feeds my addiction, I get super excited. You love gifting snarky stuff? Or filling your home with cheeky statements? You HAVE to check out Buffalovely. I found them on Instagram, and it was love at first sight. Let me break down some of my favorites.
You can find it here.
If you’re a mom, or know a mom, you can find this here. But seriously, they have a TON of mugs. I had a really hard time picking a few to highlight.
2. Get your drank on..
Technically I would never need one of these, because I’m no quitter. But this would make an awesome gift. Check it out here.
I mean, probably. Check it out here.
3. Kitchen Accessories
This is where I got really excited. These. Were. All. Made. For. Me.
They have WAY more cute stuff, it was impossible to pick just a few. Be sure to check out their website for more under this category.
I don’t have plants, but if I did, I would need this asap. Link here.
Tell me you don’t need this, or don’t know someone that does. Link here.
I mean ya, if we’re being honest. Link here.
Again, more honesty. Link here.
7. Bathroom Accessories
Seriously, wash your damn hands. Link here.
We all have that one friend….Link here.
Because it’s always important to set realistic expectations. Link here.
Annnnd goodnight. Link here.
Alright guys, hope you love this shop as much as I do. For more products, check out their website here.
Listen I don’t care if it’s 90 degrees outside, if someone tells you it’s too early to decorate for Fall, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. I’m ready to wear my flannel shirt and start drinking my Pumpkin Spice Latte like the walking cliche that I’ve lived up to be.
There are plenty of places to shop for Fall Decor. However, one of my favorite places to go is HomeGoods. Why?
Because without them you may forget what holiday season we’re in. Especially when it’s hot AF outside. HomeGoods has a TON of signs for the fall right now. They have Halloween themed signs, Fall themed, Thanksgiving themed…etc
2. Money, Money, Moneyyyyy
You get A TON of bang for your buck. The prices are budget friendly, and the quality is just as good. And listen, you never walk out of HomeGoods empty handed. Like, ever. Unless you walk in there on a Tuesday and see Patty from the PTA and you’re super embarrassed for not returning her calls, so you quickly run out of the store and go mourn the loss of all the items left in your cart as you cry in your car. Hypothetically speaking, that is.
3. Pillows & Throws
Look, pillows get boring. It’s fun to switch them up a bit, especially for a holiday. They have all kinds of pillows and throws right now with all the fun fall themes and colors.
There is nothing like going to a pumpkin patch, picking out pumpkins, and then taking them home to carve and decorate. And, we totally do that with the kiddos every year. With that said, I LOVE the variety of decorative pumpkins they have at the store. And for me, I love my neutrals. But don’t worry, they have other pumpkins for all you normal human beings that like color.
5. Stuff for the kids
Ok, my kids were super excited. They have a TON of Halloween and Thanksgiving decor, snow globes, garlands,….etc.
The point is, it’s a great place to go and get the kids excited about the Fall too.
Lastly, I’ll just add that there is a ton of other stuff that I didn’t get. They have plates, cups, mugs, baskets, gifts, candles, Fall food and drinks, and so much more Fall Decor. And no, I didn’t get paid to write about this, I’m just obsessed. So seriously, go to HomeGoods. Just don’t go on Tuesday, Patty might be there.
I love having flowers in my home, but I don’t exactly have an endless cash flow to replace those suckers every week. Look, I know there is nothing like fresh flowers. And I think it’s great that your friend Casey has fresh Peonies delivered to her home every Wednesday. But I’m on a budget, and I like to spend my extra money on trips to HomeGoods, or something that lasts longer than 3 days. Continue reading “6 Reasons To Buy Faux Flowers”
I don’t know about you, but there was a time in my life when my mug selection consisted of a bunch of random mugs that I had collected over the years. My cabinet literally looked like a cluttered garage sale table packed up on my shelves. Well, at some point I decided I wanted to be an adult, and I wanted all my mugs to match. And just like my post about Reusable Grocery Bags, I said bye-bye to all those random mugs, and hello to a nice set of matching mugs. Besides, do you really want your guests drinking from a bunch of different mugs with random logos and markers on them? I know I don’t. And if you’re in the market for new mugs, below are some of my favorites currently on the market.
1. Alphabet Mugs From Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn was my first love when it came to home stuff, and they are never short of quality, super cute pieces. These are $7 a piece, and you can get them here.
2. Monogram Mug From Anthropologie
Love Anthropologie? Didn’t know they have home stuff? Well they do, and these are super cute. These are $8 a piece, and you can get them here.
3. Teverson Mugs from Wayfair
I’ve always loved clear mugs. I think they’re the coolest thing ever, and I don’t see them enough. I also love the shape of these. You can get a set of 4 for $27.99 at Wayfair here. These may be my favorite on this list.
4. All In Good Taste Deco Dot Mug from Kate Spade
I LOVE Kate Spade. Always have, and always will. These are simple, chic, and I bet you would feel fancy drinking from them. You can get these for $7 each on Wayfair here.
5. Rae Dunn Mugs
I’m sure you’ve seen these all over the place. You can find them on some random sites, but I intentionally didn’t list one here because Marshalls, TJMaxx, AND HomeGoods all have them for much cheaper.
I see them all the time, and they’re typically $3 to $5 a piece. I love the font, love the size, and of course the neutral colors. They come in so many different words.
6. Speckled Monogram Mug from World Market
Last, but not least, you can get these for $3.98 at World Market here. The current mugs I own are actually from World Market too, but unfortunately a few years old and not sold in stores anymore. They have lasted me a really long time, and are great quality.
Alright guys, I hope I’ve inspired you to go home and match up those mugs. I promise you, it’s the adult thing to do.