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Spring Decor Ideas – 6 beautiful ways you can decorate your home for spring

As we slowly leave behind the shady days and hibernation of winter, it is the perfect time to focus on spring decor ideas, and how you can give your home a joyful refresh for the season.

Color, pattern, and lightness of materials are some of the key decorating ideas to focus on for spring decor ideas. Introducing floral and botanical prints, as well as styling with plenty of fresh foliage and beautiful spring flowers is also important, establishing a synergy between the inside and out.

We’ve spoken to the experts for their top interior design tips for bringing a springtime feel to your home decor. From simple accessory additions to transforming a feature wall, start your interior seasonal shift with our collection of spring decor ideas.


Swap Over Your Soft Furnishings

A quick, easy and inexpensive way you can transform a room to feel fresh and colorful for spring is to style your space with new soft furnishings, such as pillows, cushions, blankets and throws.

Mary Jo Major, founder and principal designer at Rise Interiors, ‘you can never go wrong with floral pillows or pillows that have brighter colors than you normally have out. For a big impact, switching up one or two pillows with pops of pink or patterns that pull from nature to automatically make the room feel different for springtime.’

When styling your soft accessories for springtime, Molly Mahon advises, ‘I find a room full of textures, layers and colors exciting and uplifting and for this reason, I love to mix, match & pile my cushions high. As a guide, the best-sized cushions are 50x50cm for sofas, 60x40cm for beds, and small little frillies for armchairs and gifts.’

Reserve soft furnishings in thicker, cozier materials for winter and use lighter materials with brighter color palettes or floral and botanical printed designs for spring.


Focus On A Feature Wallpaper

For a spring decor refresh, wallpaper ideas are an easy way to turn plain walls into a celebration of the season by adding instant pattern and color. Turn to floral room decor as your first option.

‘Nature-inspired wallpaper is a great way to achieve the biophilic look for spring,’ says designer Tom Kennedy from wallpaper and fabric brand Divine Savages. ‘Introduce flora and fauna in abundance, with delicate shades of pastel pinks and peppermint green to create a botanical statement that’s perfect for the season.’

Keeping the background of the wallpaper white is a wise move for brightening naturally dark room. Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and Lead Designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group says, ‘If a room is feeling dark and dingy in the spring sunshine, we paint the ceiling and trim our favorite white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. It works well in every home we have put it in.’

For the full effect, complement the wallpaper with colorful furniture and an eye-catching floral display, like in this room which features a beautiful V&A wallpaper design by 1838 Wallcoverings.


Lighten Up Your Window Treatments

We pack away our heavy winter clothes once the days get warmer and brighter, so let’s use the springtime shift as a catalyst to switch our homes’ ‘closets’ to something more appropriate to the season.

‘Ditch the dark and heavy winter drapes and change to lighter curtain ideas in pretty tones for spring,’ suggests Andréa Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors magazine. ‘Not only will you add a pop of color to your scheme, your curtains will shift in the breeze if you leave the window open, bringing a fresh and airy feel to your room.’

‘Replace heavy window treatments with lighter-weight fabric, or take down the curtains altogether in public rooms to let in as much light as possible,’ suggests Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design, located in Manhattan Beach, California.


Fill Your Fireplace With Foliage

When you don’t have a fire lit, your fireplace can soon turn from a focal point to an eyesore. The easy fix is to give it a spring makeover, with fresh foliage or flowers – and gorgeous artwork or a feature wallpaper that draws the eye for all the right reasons.

‘Style your mantel with a piece of artwork with soft pastel colors such as pink, blue, and lavender to bring in the spring season. It can be an abstract painting or floral print,’ says interior designer Alice Chiu, principal of Miss Alice Designs in the San Francisco Bay area.

Add a vase of flowers on the hearth, to cover the space where the fire would be. And indulge in some spring mantel decor ideas too.


Refresh Your Artwork

Too often, paintings and photographs become permanent fixtures on our walls – and when they stay the same, we tend to stop noticing them. But just like an art gallery will put up a new exhibition to generate excitement, you can shift or swap your artworks to bring a new visual dimension to your interior decor. For an even faster fix, buy a new print online and display it in your existing frame.

‘Your art can definitely reflect spring, too,’ says interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home, based in the San Francisco Bay area. ‘Change out or rotate your artwork with pieces that reflect what spring means to you. It can be a bright, happy color, a subject or a place.


Decorate With Potted Plants And Flowers

Bring uplifting greenery and florals inside with vases of flowers and houseplants, as well as style your outdoor spaces with flower baskets, potted plants and containers.

‘When spring flowers start blooming, I love to pick them up at the market and sprinkle them throughout our homes in vases,’ explains Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and lead designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group.

We love this versatile Fluted Planter from Serena & Lily, which can be used both indoors and outdoors to house beautiful botanical displays; ideal for on a console or dining table, or for use outside beside a front door or on a balcony, terrace or patio.


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We’re calling it: The ‘Emotional Support’ Kitchen is 2023’s Biggest Design Trend

There’s no denying that since the pandemic, how we use our homes and how they make us feel has really come into sharp focus.

And this focus is sharpest when it comes to designing a kitchen. It is, after all, the heart of the home, where many of spend the most time. And while it has to be functional, and of course we want it to be beautiful, it’s got to make us feel good too.

So, how to create a kitchen design, through color choices, layout, materials and lighting, that appeals to our emotions, positively?

We think this Lay On Classic & Urbo kitchen designed by Sam Hart, Senior Design Consultant, at Roundhouse London captures the spirit of the ’emotional support’ kitchen. Below, we explain why this is more than just a kitchen trend but a permanent shift, while Sam explains her design choices.



Choosing a dark kitchen color might seem counter-intuitive but it is cocooning and atmospheric, perfect for kitchens you mainly use in the evening, and especially for dinner parties, though we would advise that you need to ensure kitchen lighting is well planned for it not to feel gloomy. Think warm bulbs and shades.

‘This kitchen is painted in Farrow & Ball(opens in new tab) ‘Studio Green’. When applied to a surface, the rich pigments respond extraordinarily to all types of light. The deep green hue appears almost black when the room is dimly lit,’ says Sam.

‘The purpose of using a color like this on the walls and cabinetry is to create a cocooning feeling. In the evening time, the rich hue creates the perfect atmospheric backdrop for hosting drinks. While during the day, the rooms large paned windows allow enough light in to avoid the space from feeling claustrophobic and the greenery from just outside is echoed within.’



Antiqued and warm metallics aren’t just glamorous looking; they also add a touch of welcoming warmth to a kitchen. This is a must if you are choosing a dark or cool color for your kitchen units, walls or flooring.

‘The signature antique brass metal wrap island is real brass sheet material which is folded and welded to the shape of a door. The patination is created by a light acidic formula being hand applied to create an individual hand-crafted finish. Once this effect has been created on the surface it is sealed with a clear lacquer,’ says Sam.

‘The patina created using this method gives the warm brass a beautiful texture, character and the feeling of aging over time; elements that are essential for creating a comfortable home.’



Kitchen countertop ideas are a dominant feature, so they have to be alluringly beautiful. And there’s no doubt that the textures, patinas and colors within natural materials make us feel more enriched than anything man made ever could.

‘Using natural stone is a great way to create opulence in the kitchen. The nuances in the stone make each slab unique. The veining in each slab showcases a myriad of colors that can be introduced in other design elements to pull together the scheme.

‘In this case the pink and golden tones in the Leathered Taj Mahal Quartzite are complemented by the warm brass and intense green. The leathered effect enhances the tactile, organic qualities of the stone.

‘The shark nose edge detail makes the impressive slab look neat and elegant. This delicate detail helps to balance the industrial quality of the brass on the island to create a structure that looks like a beautiful piece of furniture in the room,’ says Sam.



Curves make a space feel more welcoming, plus they are practical because they free up the space that hard corners take up. Curves also soften a space visually, which is a must in a room that’s dominated by hard and often shiny surfaces that are the opposite of comforting.

‘Hard functional lines are unavoidable in a kitchen space, however there are ways you can incorporate rounded edges to soften the look and feel of the room. This building was originally a ship master’s house, dating to the 1700s, which is why the back wall is curved. Sam has designed a rounded bar at the end of the island to mirror the shape of the bay windows,’ says Sam.

‘Not only does this create an interesting feature, but it’s practical – no bumping into pointed edges as one moves around the room!’



Natural materials, such as wood, always makes a room feel warmer. They cry out to be touched, and again soften those hard, shiny materials so prevalent in kitchen design.

‘The beautiful warm wood parquet flooring in this kitchen helps the space to feel more like a room. Gone are the days of clinical tiled flooring in kitchens! The kitchen is often the central hub of the home, with many spending most of their time here – it’s important that they are comfortable spaces that feel like a continuation from the rest of the house,’ says Sam.

‘Not only does the addition of wood create warmth, but the pattern creates interest and contrast against the other textures in the room such as the brass and veining in the natural stone. It’s a beautiful way of adding interest.’



Kitchen layout ideas have flexed fundamentally.

‘Open plan kitchens had their moment, however in recent times homeowners have had a change of heart,’ says Sam. ‘The desire for a kitchen separate from the living space is becoming more and more popular. Those who are a keen cooks wish to try new recipes in peace, and parents that work from home want a quiet space away from the communal family area to catch up on emails.

‘The perk of having a separate kitchen space is that the room becomes a retreat of sorts – a place to read a book and have a glass of wine, or read the paper with your morning coffee. Using lavish materials such as patinated brass and natural stone help create a luxurious, serene feel further helping to make the room feel like a sanctuary.’

We can only agree – we think open plan has, to a degree, had its day, though we love the flexibility of broken plan rooms, which offer the best of both worlds, and which can, in many cases be retro-installed.



Think about how a beautifully designed room makes you feel: Happy? Inspired? Moved? This is an example of ’emotional design’, in other words, design that is created to evoke a response. This needn’t be complicated when applied to your own home: just consider what colors, textures and shapes you find pleasing and include them in your rooms, though know that some elements that humans love are universal. For example: darker, warmer colors make us feel cossetted and safe; natural textures are more pleasing to us than man-made; and soft curves are more alluring than hard lines.




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8 Ways To Bring This Season’s Trends Into Your Holiday Decor

The holiday season is a time many people cherish—the welcoming of the cold, brisk air and spicy lattes. With the changing of the seasons often comes boxing up your summer decor and figuring out how you will decorate your home for the holidays that bring up the tail end of the year.

You might be one of those people that stick with the same theme and bring out your family’s precious and memorable decor items every year. But if you are wanting to spice things up or adopt a new design trend for this year’s theme, we’ll lay out the best decor trends for this holiday season.


1. Traditional and Nostalgic Christmas

Your family might have a whole attic full of traditional Christmas decor items that carry years’ worth of memories. Luckily for you, these items are timeless and therefore always make the trend list. Colors like red, green, buffalo plaid and burlap give your guests a warm and inviting feeling. If you’ve never done a traditional style Christmas before, here are some other items to consider for decoration:

      • Santas
      • Vintage ornaments
      • Garland
      • Poinsettias


2. Bright Colors

Perhaps the opposite of the traditional Christmas is opting for bright colors as a holiday trend for 2022. 2022 has been a rough year for a lot of the world, leaving many to rip up their rule book when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Choosing bright colors is a great way to make Christmas fun and exciting and not to mention, brighter colors are a great mood booster.


3. Natural Neutrals

Christmas time has an element to nature to it and evokes a sense of overall coziness. A holiday decor trend of 2022 that helps embody that feeling inside your home is choosing natural and neutral color schemes. Use natural colors like tans, sage greens, white and to give it pop, hints of gold. Add decorative elements from nature like pinecones, acorns, and leaves.


4. Gonks

You probably wondering, “what is a gonk?” Think garden gnome but cuter. Gonks are unique decor accessories and are set to trend for Christmas 2022. They come in all shapes and sizes and are typically depicted with a tall pointy hat and long white beard. Gonks are a great way to sprinkle some character into your holiday decorations this year.


5. Add Metallics for Flair

Whatever holiday decor trend you choose as your theme this year, there is always room for improvement. A great way to do that is to sprinkle a little bling into the background. Gold is a popular choice and is great because it reflects Christmas lights and candlelight making your home feel magical.


6. Pastels

Soft pastel colors were a trend for 2022 and look to carry that into the 2022 holiday season. This is because warm peaches and pink colors blend smoothly with the greens of the Christmas tree and other holiday decorations. Couple that with pearl accents, hints of white and blush flowers and you will have a vintage and glamorous home for your loved ones to visit.


7. Candlelight and Lanterns

Trending for the holiday season of 2022 is getting back to our roots of lighting a room—candles, and lanterns. Candles are a great way to add some pop to your dinner table. Use longer tapered candles on an accented base to provide a feeling of elegance. Lanterns are a great addition to your main gathering rooms to give your guest a feeling of warmth and coziness.


8. Festive Door Displays

Holiday decorating isn’t just for the interior of your home. Step it up this season with the Christmas 2022 trend of decorating your main doorway. Wreaths, lighted garlands, plants, candles and more are a great way to make your guests feel welcomed and up the curb appeal of your home.


By: Ashlyn Brooks

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Why the Holidays Are a Good Time to Sell a House

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Low inventory and serious buyers are two reasons—and year-end issues


When it comes to real estate, the ideal time to sell your home often falls in the spring months. After all, many people hunker down during the winter months or are too busy with the holidays to think about purchasing a new home. And don’t forget, people like to start shopping in the spring to make sure they are settled in their homes before the start of a new school year.


But what if you can’t wait until the weather warms up to get your house on the market? Should you consider putting your house up for sale around the holidays?


It may not seem like the most ideal time, but the holiday season does have its benefits—provided you position your home in just the right way. You might not get in the middle of a bidding war, but you are going to deal with serious buyers who are ready to close a deal. Here are six reasons why the holidays are a good time to sell a house.



  • Inventory is low during the holidays so, while you may not end up in a bidding war, you may be able to command a higher price.
  • Buyers tend to be more serious during the holidays.
  • You can make your house comfy and homey during the holidays, creating an emotional connection for buyers.
  • The holidays may be a time for potential buyers to consider job transfers and end-of-year tax breaks.


1. There’s Less Housing Inventory During Winter

Conventional wisdom says people should wait until the spring to get the most from a home sale. After all, inventory normally picks up in the spring as the weather gets warmer. This often leads to price wars breaking out in coveted neighborhoods. A home in a great area with a lot of potential buyers can sit on the market for just a few weeks or, in some cases, even days.


But that doesn’t mean people don’t look—or buy—at other times of the year. In fact, there are plenty of homes listed around the holidays that may command more money, even if the inventory is limited. If you play your cards right, you may even be able to sell your home quicker than the ones listed in the spring.


One reason is the lack of competition during the holidays. Many sellers don’t want to list their houses just before or during the holidays—some don’t want people tracking in snow and dirt during each showing, while others just want to enjoy the holidays as family time.


Whatever the reason, don’t discount the holidays. Serious buyers won’t have an endless list of homes from which to choose, so there’s more time for them to focus on yours. Furthermore, the limited range of options available to buyers means you may be able to command a higher asking price for your property.


If you do your research, stage your home properly, and price it right, you could attract the perfect buyer and be on your way out the door into a brand new home.


2. Winter Buyers Are More Serious

Most open houses take place during the spring and early summer. It isn’t unusual to see people saunter into a property without a clear plan to buy. People often check out homes just for the sake of looking. After all, hitting open houses is a favorite pastime for many Americans.


But if your house is up for sale in the winter and someone is looking at it, chances are that person is serious and ready to buy. Anyone shopping for a new home between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is likely going to be a serious buyer—they aren’t going to spend their precious time around the holidays seeing how the other half lives. Putting your home on the market at this time of year and attracting a serious buyer can often result in a quicker sale.


3. That Warm and Cozy Feeling

The holidays are often a time when people gather around fireplaces, drink hot chocolate, and bake cakes and cookies. Homeowners who put their houses up for sale during the winter months can stage their house to give off the comfy and homey vibe that appeals to many buyers.


Some people may argue that showing a house in the winter is hard to do because there’s snow on the ground, the house is drafty, and the curb appeal is lacking. But turning the heat up, having a yummy treat in the oven, and keeping the sidewalk and driveway clear of snow and ice can boost a home’s appeal.


Not to mention that buyers tend to be more emotional during the holidays and may be more likely to make decisions based on the feeling a house conjures up. During the spring, there is a lot more foot traffic in homes that are up for sale. Some buyers may not be able to do a thorough walk-through with so many distractions.


IMPORTANT: Hiring a reliable real estate agent can help bring more serious buyers to the table during the holidays.



4. Festive Neighborhoods Are Inviting

One of the staples of the holiday months is that many people adorn their homes with festive lights and decorations. That is also true of local communities where lit-up snowflakes and wreaths can be found on lampposts up and down the main streets.


People purchasing a home during that time may see the neighborhood in a different light—more festive and cheerful—and may be more willing to consider an area that they may have been on the fence about.


Again, this is all about tugging on the heartstrings. People who buy during this time of year may be more prone to emotional purchases, so it bodes well if there are plenty of triggers that can reel them in from an emotional standpoint.


5. Year-End Job Transfers

Another good reason is timing. The end of the year is typically the time when people get notified they will be moving because of a job transfer, or perhaps an offer comes through from another company that’s just too good to pass up.


Those people are going to need a home sooner rather than later and, as a result, they’ll be hunting for a new home during the holidays. These buyers can’t wait for spring, which is one reason why listing during the holidays can get the home sold—and sold quickly.


6. End-of-Year Tax Breaks

Reducing the property tax bill may not be the main reason buyers purchase a new home, but it could be why serious buyers make a move during the holidays. That’s because buyers can deduct the mortgage interest, property taxes, and interest costs of the loan if a sale closes on or before December 31. New tax laws limit the deduction, of course, but the tax benefits could still prompt a buyer to move during the holidays instead of waiting until spring.


The Bottom Line

Nobody wants their home to languish on the market nor do they want to have to lower their asking price. And while many fear that reality if they list their home during the holidays, this often isn’t the case.


When you sell your home during the holidays, you will face less competition, find more serious buyers, and may even be up for a quicker sales process. It also presents a unique opportunity to create a warm and cozy environment that you can’t present during the spring and summer months.




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Appraisers Weigh In: The Best Renovations for Your Money

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Renovation DOS

  • Kitchen remodel | The kitchen is the core of your home’s value. Investing in upgrades to appliances, surfaces, storage, finish and details can give the whole home a new feel. Take the extra step to create an open floor plan for maximum return.
  • Bathroom upgrade | Freshen up fixtures, tile and lighting to transform a dingy, dated bathroom and impress potential buyers. The less they feel they’ll have to do themselves, the more your home is worth.
  • Wood flooring | Hardwood floors are here to stay, with a timeless, versatile look that can read both luxe and rustic. High-quality laminate achieves similar results for less money.
  • Energy efficiency | Green is the color this season — in more ways than one. Upgrading your home to energy-efficient lighting, insulation, windows and appliances appeals to buyers’ senses of civic duty, and to their pocketbooks in terms of long-term savings.


Renovation DONT’s

  • Ditch the pool | Swimming pools are great fun — with an enormous price tag, and costly maintenance to boot. The best reason to build a pool is your personal enjoyment; don’t bank on it bringing home value returns.
  • Forget the fancy office | Showcasing your home’s flexibility is a smart move, but beware the permanent conversion with expensive built-ins. Buyer’s won’t relish the thought of un-renovating that deluxe office or yoga studio.
  • Scrap the carpet | Don’t bother with upgrading floors if you plan to lay down carpet. Not only do a dwindling number of buyers want it (remember, hardwood is all the rage), but you’re far less likely to see an appreciation in home value from new carpeting.
  • Standalone bathroom addition | An extra bathroom sounds like a great selling point, but beware. Adding a single bathroom is enormously expensive (you save when it’s part of a larger addition), which you’re unlikely to recoup from increased value.


Everyone’s home is different. Are you wondering how your improvements stack up in today’s market? Call me today for a free home value estimate!


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Should I Sell My House This Year?

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There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season as buyer demand slows and the number of homes for sale grows. But that shift actually gives you some unique benefits when you sell. Here’s a look at the key opportunities you have if you list your house this fall.

Opportunity #1: You Have More Options for Your Move

One of the biggest stories today is the growing supply of homes for sale. Housing inventory has been increasing since the start of the year, primarily because higher mortgage rates helped cool off the peak frenzy of buyer demand. But what you may not realize is, that actually could benefit you.

If you’re selling your house to make a move, it means you’ll have more options for your own home search. That gives you an even better chance to find a home that checks all of your boxes. So, if you’ve put off selling because you were worried about being able to find somewhere to go, know your options have improved.

Opportunity #2: The Number of Homes on the Market Is Still Low

Just remember, while data shows the number of homes for sale has increased this year, housing supply is still firmly in sellers’ market territory. To be in a balanced market where there are enough homes available to meet the pace of buyer demand, there would need to be a six months’ supply of homes. According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), in July, there was only a 3.3 months’ supply.

While you’ll have more options for your own home search, inventory is still low, and that means your home will still be in demand if you price it right. That’s why the most recent data from NAR also shows the average home sold in July still saw multiple offers and sold in as little as 14 days.

Opportunity #3: Your Equity Has Grown by Record Amounts

The home price appreciation the market saw over the past few years has likely given your equity (and your net worth) a considerable boost. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains:

“Home owners trying to decide if now is the time to list their home for sale are still in a good position in many markets across the country as a decade of rising home prices gives them a substantial equity cushion . . .” 

If you’ve been holding off on selling because you’re worried about how rising prices will impact your next home search, rest assured your equity can help. It may be just what you need to cover a large portion (if not all) of the down payment on your next home.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about selling your house this season, let’s connect so you have the expert insights you need to make the best possible move today.


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Market Corrections: 6 long term trends that are not going away

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The Dinsmore Group would like to give content and writing credit to Leonard Steinberg @theleonardsteinbergteam. He shares his valuable insights through his wonderful Compass wide journal, Compass Contemplations. Mr. Steinberg holds the esteemed title of Chief Evangelist at Compass.

There will always be periods where markets correct and re-adjust and re-balance. We are in the midst of one of these moments right now. They are a CERTAINTY of economic cycles and are often triggered by shocks. We have had enough of those in the past few years: How long they last and how deep they go is an uncertainty. Uncertainty is scary for most, but it doesn’t have to be. While this is happening I’m keeping my eyes peeled on these 6 LONG TERM trends:

  1. UNDERBUILDING: The US has under-built for a decade. Now as rates rise builders are cutting production….when we should be increasing it!
  2. NEXT GEN BUYERS: All of us need shelter, an essential need. 130 million Millennials and Gen-Z-ers are just entering or have already entered prime household formation age. 130 MILLION!
  3. WEALTH TRANSFER: Over $10 TRILLION – with a T – of wealth will be transferred in the next decade in the US alone.
  4. INFLATION: Even with inflation at 2%, building new homes keeps getting more expensive.
  5. MORE BUYERS: Wealthier Baby-boomers are buying two and three homes. Private equity is buying up homes traditionally bought by individuals.
  6. REPLACEMENT: Repairing and replacing existing homes due to extreme weather and an aging housing stock are bound to use up lots of resources for building new homes.

Yes, corrections matter and can be unnerving at times. They cannot be willed away by pretending or burying your head in the sand. It is during these times that a steadfast resolve and fast and decisive – sometimes painful – action steps are required to weather storms. But all storms pass. While some obsess with short-term trading, keep focused on longterm INVESTING!


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4 Things Proactive Homeowners Do in September

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Fall’s cooler temps are perfect for deck and yard improvements.

Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we’re getting back to our normal, post-summer routines.

It’s also a great time to give the house a little extra love and maintenance.

Stain the Deck

Help your deck field what winter throws at it by re-staining it this month. September’s cooler temps and lower humidity make it the ideal time for this project.

Check Fire Extinguishers

According to the Red Cross, fires increase in the fall and winter. Keep your home fire safe by getting your fire extinguishers checked by a certified professional. Fire extinguishers do break down and malfunction. In fact, after six years they need to be emptied and reloaded. If you haven’t already, buy one for each floor — and the garage.

Spruce Up the Yard

Aerate your lawn, reseed or fertilize it if needed, and plant perennials and shrubs (often on sale now). Your lawn will green up faster after winter, and the shrubs and perennials will have a chance to establish roots before the first freeze.

Inspect Your Home’s Exterior

Spending money on roof repairs is no party, but neither is handing out buckets to the family to catch leaks in a winter storm. Inspect your roof — and other big-ticket items, like siding, grading, and gutters — before you’ve got problems. You’ll cut costs by fixing them now and stay dry and warm all winter long.


By: Kelley Walters


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The Best Time of Year to Buy Things for Your Home

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Buying stuff can be stressful. Cheap out and you could regret it. Overspend and you’ll cut into your budget. Knowing the best time of year to buy appliances and other household items can lessen the anxiety.

Here’s a list of the best time of year for sales.

Furniture: January and July

You could save 30% to 60% buying furniture in January and July, as stores try to clear out inventory and make way for new pieces, which manufacturers introduce in February and August.

Floor samples especially often sell for a song, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Storage Essentials: January and August

In August, retailers slash prices and offer free shipping on shelving, organizing systems, baskets, and storage bins, baiting parents who are packing kids off to college or getting organized for a new school year. (No offspring? No problem. Proof of parenthood isn’t required to qualify for deals.)

It happens again in January, when stores roll out more sales — and selection — to help you find a home for all those holiday gifts and meet your organizing goals for the New Year.

Linens and Towels: January

Department store “white sales” — launched in 1878 — are still a favorite marketing tactic and make January the best time to binge on high-quality bedding and towels. If the exact color or style you’re seeking is out of stock, ask in-store for a rain check, so you can get exactly what you want at the price that can’t be beat.

Major Appliances: January, September, October, and the Holidays

The prices on this year’s appliances bottom out when they suddenly become last year’s models. Except for refrigerators (more on that below), you can pick up last year’s models for way less in September, October, and January, when stores are making room for new inventory.

For good deals on this year’s models, wait for Black Friday and the holidays. The season rivals inventory clear-out bargains as the best time of year for sales on appliances. And if you’ve got more than one appliance on the fritz, holidays are often the time to find incentives for buying multiple items.

Mattresses: February and May

Even the most obscure holiday seems to inspire mattress sale commercials. Annoying, yes, but also a reminder that you should never pay full price for a mattress. The best time of year for sales is February (courtesy of Presidents’ Day) and May (Memorial Day).

Many department stores offer coupons for additional savings on the sale price, while specialty chains — which have the biggest markups — can drop prices 50% or more. But don’t waste your time price shopping: Manufacturers have exclusive deals with retailers for each model, so the only way to find a lower price is to snuggle up to a different mattress.

Refrigerators: May

Unlike other big-ticket appliances, new fridges are released in May. Combine the need for retail turnover with Memorial Day sales, and you get epic savings nearly all month long, making it the best time of year to buy a new refrigerator.

Snow Blowers: March and April

The best time to pick up a low-cost snow blower is exactly when you DON’T need it: in March and April. That time of year, no store wants them taking precious floor space away from spring merch like patio furniture and grills.

Vacuums: April and May

New vacs debut in June, so last year’s models go on sale in April and May — just in time for spring cleaning.

Roofing: May

For the lowest price on materials, buy in May.

But if you’re paying a pro to install a new roof, contractor rates begin their climb April 1 and stay high through fall. So if weather allows for wintertime installation, you could save big.

Gas Grills: July and August

Come July 5, there’s still smoke in the air from Fourth of July fireworks, but stores are already moving on to Halloween, with Christmas not far behind. So, they’ll cook up juicy savings on grills and other summer staples in July and August. Sales peak by Labor Day, so you could pick up a new grill and still have time to host one final summer hurrah.

Lawn Mowers: August, September, and May

August and September are the perfect time to retire an ailing mower. You’ll find the lowest prices of the year (but also the slimmest selection) as stores replace mowers with snow blowers. Retailers also kick off the season with sales every April. You generally won’t save quite as much, but you’ll have more choices.

Perennials: September

Unlike nonperishable goods, there’s not much retailers can do with last season’s perennials, so September brings savings of 30% to 50% and two-for-one offers on plants like hostas, daylilies, and peonies. And note that independent gardening stores can typically offer deeper discounts than big chains.

Cooler weather also makes this a great time of year to plant. How’s that for a win-win? If you prefer planting in the spring, many nurseries offer 10% to 20% off when you pre-order in February or March.

Power Tools: June and December

Power tools are a favorite go-to gift for Father’s Day and the holidays, so June and December are the best time to buy tools like cordless drills.

Paint: January, May, July, November, and December

Prices for interior and exterior paint bottom out when the mercury (and demand) falls — in November, December, and January, but also when it rises back up, in May and July.

HVAC Equipment: March, April, October, and November

Just like with snow blowers, the best time to buy furnaces and whole-house air-conditioning systems is when you don’t need them. Prices are lowest during months with moderate temperatures — generally March and April, then October and November.

Many installers also run promotions during these slow seasons to help load their books. They also may be more willing to negotiate a lower price or throw in a free upgrade like a fancy thermostat.

Flooring: December and January

From mid-December into January, homeowners tend to take a break from major remodeling projects because of the holidays. Flooring retailers and installers are looking for business, so that gorgeous wide-plank flooring or luscious carpet can be yours for an even more scrumptious price. Happy holidays to you.


By: Amy Howell Hirt