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Add Color to Your Life with the Pantone Color of the Year

Each year Pantone releases a color of the year based on color influences and trend analysis. After Pantone’s announcement of the color each year, the color often pop up in a wide variety of unexpected places including fashion, home furnishings, new products, packaging and others. For 2019, Pantone selected Living Coral as its color of the year.

Living Coral is a warm and vibrant color that appears in nature and provides a welcome pop of color in many of life’s surroundings as well. Like anything in life, there can be too much of a good thing and there will likely be overuse of this color in the coming months in many ways but consider Living Coral if you are looking for a trendy update in your home.

In addition to showing up in paint, furniture, textiles and possibly even small appliances, add some life to your home by incorporating it in your surroundings in artwork, curtains and other home furnishings. Since Living Coral is a bright color, you will probably want to stay away from it in large quantities so you don’t overwhelm your home but consider these five ways to add it to your home tastefully

  • Add an accent wall in your dining room, bedroom or living room in Living Coral. The vibrancy of the color may overwhelm an entire room but one wall can make the perfect impact.
  • Select a piece of art with a Living Coral hue as part of it. This is an easy way to add it quickly and you can always change it later when you are ready for something new.
  • Select a floral display or wreath that incorporates Living Coral in its design.
  • Consider using it in a small bathroom or other small space that might be without a window. A pantry or closet could also be a nice way to incorporate the bright color without you having to endure it all day every day.
  • As the year progresses, Living Coral accent items will begin to pop up everywhere. Browse your favorite home goods stores like TJ Maxx, Target or Marshalls and see what all you can find. You are certain to find throw pillows, rugs, ceramics and more. Don’t add more than one piece at a time as you don’t want to overdo it.

Since 2007 Pantone has been selecting a color of the year. See the history here and see if this trend has popped up in your everyday life without you even realizing it.

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Prepare Your Home for Its Inspection

First you listed your home for sale and shortly after, you received an offer on your home. After a little negotiating, you and the buyer came to mutually agreeable terms and you were officially under contract. Now that you are under contract, the buyer will do their investigation of your home to make sure the condition is what they expect and that they want to move forward with buying the property.

As part of their investigation of your home, the buyer will likely perform a home inspection. During a home inspection, a licensed home inspector will check all of the different parts of your home to ensure they are performing the function for which they are intended and make note of any deficiencies in a report they prepare for the buyers.

Don’t let this stress you out. The home inspection doesn’t have to cause you extra stress. Take a little time to prepare for the home inspector’s visit and you will make their job easier and hopefully keep them from being too picky in their report. Even if you have taken good care of your home and are very diligent about performing regular maintenance, something may come up in the inspection. In fact, it is very rare (even with a brand new home) to have a perfect home inspection. Just wait and see what comes up and then you can talk with your agent and determine the best way to handle it. Here are some tips to get your home inspection ready.


Inspectors don’t like to move or climb over things. Make sure that all parts of your home are easily accessible including your attic, garage, crawl space and basement. Take time to clean out under the sinks so that the inspector can easily inspect the pipes. Being able to efficiently do their job will make the inspector much happier.

Gather Maintenance and Repair Paperwork

Home inspectors may be less likely to examine your home with a fine-toothed comb if you can prove that regular maintenance has been performed. Gather all documents related to the maintenance of your home and place them in a folder or binder. Leave this information on the counter for the home inspector to see.  

Make Sure All Areas of Your Property are Available

The last you thing you want a home inspector to think is that you have something to hide. Make sure that you unlock all doors and gates, including those to out buildings, garages, pool houses and the crawl space if it has a lock on it.

Clean Your Home

While a dirty home does not mean there is necessarily something wrong with it, it may give the impression that you haven’t taken good care of it. A clean home will hopefully imply that you have taken good care of it and give the inspector that feeling while they are in your home.

Get Out!

Home inspectors prefer to be alone while they are doing their jobs. Don’t hover over them and make them uncomfortable. Go to work, the gym, the grocery store, library or any where else that will give the inspector the freedom they need to get their work done.

If you are still nervous after doing everything on this list, contact me and we can walk through your home together to make sure you are inspection ready when you need to be.

Christine Topham
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Five Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozier for Winter

Winter is here and with that will come cold days that make you want to stay inside to escape the bitter temperatures. It isn’t possible to stay inside all the time, but when you do, these five tips will help you feel cozy even on the dreariest days.

1. Use your fireplace. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace, consider adding a standalone variety with a built-in electric heater in the room you use most. A space heater can add warmth where you need it and allow you to keep your thermostat lower than you normally would saving you money while adding a pretty fire to sit by in your home. The advantage of a space heater is that you only run it when you are in that room so it isn’t running all of the time.

2. Add blankets to the couch, chairs, and beds in your home. Nothing feels better than wrapping up in a warm blanket on a cold day. Consider purchasing slippers for the members of your family as well if you don’t have them already. If you don’t wear shoes when you are at home, slippers or socks will keep your feet warm especially if you have hardwoods or tile in parts of your home.

3. If most of your home isn’t carpeted, consider adding extra rugs for winter. Nothing is worse than cold tile on your feet during an overnight bathroom trip. Adding rugs to frequently used parts of your home can make your home much cozier during the cooler months.

4. Open the blinds and curtains during daylight hours. While there are fewer hours of sunlight each day, let the sun you can into your home. The sun will add a lot of warmth and natural light and a much better atmosphere compared to artificial lighting.

5. Fill the crockpot with ingredients for a warm stew or let a pot of soup simmer on the stove all afternoon. Not only will you have a hearty dinner at the end of the day, but you will also enjoy the aroma of the food as it cooks throughout the day.

Winter can be dreary, but it doesn’t have to feel that way inside your home. A little effort on your part will make your home a cozy place to be all winter long.

Christine Topham
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Decrease your Utility Costs this Winter

As we enter the coldest part of the winter, utility bills will start to increase as your heat is running more to keep you comfortable in your home. There are many things you can do to save on your utility bills without sacrificing too much comfort. Here are some great tips to keep you warm and your utility bills low. Here are some tips to keep your costs down.  

  • Open your shades and curtains during the warmer parts of the day to allow sunlight inside to warm up your home.
  • Use ceiling fans to help circulate the warm air throughout your home and push it into the lower parts of your rooms from since heat naturally rises. Fans should turn clockwise in the winter on the lowest setting.
  • Modern electronics draw energy even when turned off. Keep devices, small appliances, and chargers unplugged when they are not being used.
  • Energy efficient light bulbs will use less energy and last longer.
  • Set your heat about five degrees cooler than normal and wear a sweater or use a blanket when you are at home. Drop the thermostat by another five degrees when you are away from home. A programmable thermostat will make this easy, or you can adjust manually.
  • Line dry your laundry if possible, and use the cold water cycle when washing. When using the dryer, make sure it is full, and the lint trap has been cleaned with each use so it will work more efficiently.
  • Take shorter showers if possible. It costs a lot of money to heat the water you use during the winter.
  • Washing dishes by hand uses more water than a dishwasher. Use the dishwasher whenever you can but only with full loads, and allow the dishes to air dry for further savings.
  • Microwaves typically use a third of the energy that the stove will use to cook the same food. This can add up over a month.
  • When you use the oven, open the door when you are finished cooking with the oven and allow the heat to escape into your home. Be careful when doing this if you have small children.
  • Keep the refrigerator full. More cold items mean your fridge doesn’t need to work as hard after the door is opened and it begins to warm up.
  • Switch out your cool cotton sheets for flannel or a knit variety to keep you warmer at night.
  • Add a blanket under your comforter or bedspread for greater warmth.
  • Keep your filters clean and change them regularly per the manufacturer’s recommendations for greatest efficiency.
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and baths only as needed during the winter. They eliminate the warmest air from your home.

A little effort on your part can make a big difference in your electric bill so take the time to make these adjustments, and you should see a difference when your bills arrive.

Christine Topham
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Creative Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Depending on the size of your home, you probably feel like you will never have enough storage space. This is an extremely common complaint when you are looking at houses but there are many things you can do to maximize the storage space you have. Where should you start?

  • Floating shelves can go almost anywhere. Use one in a bathroom to hold your toiletries, picture frames in the living room or in the kitchen for cookbooks. Don’t go overboard but they are a great way to hold things without using floor space for a piece of furniture.
  • Under the bed storage is essential. While this may not be where you want to store the things you use every day, this is a perfect place for clothes that are out of season and other things that you don’t need as often. There are many for under bed bins so you can easily pull things out without having to crawl under the bed when you need something.
  • Many pieces of furniture are made with built-in storage. Consider an ottoman that opens to store extra linens, a coffee table with room for games or a dining table with space for your plates and utensils. Empty space is wasted space. Make the most of what you have.
  • Consider adding built-ins to your home when you are making updates next. Including a desk or bookcase within your home will add more space and keep furniture to a minimum and often adds value to your home as well when it comes time to sell.
  • Take the time to properly organize your closet and have a closet system installed. A well organized closet can more than double your storage space so make this investment in your home.
  • No matter how small your space is, you must have a door. Add hooks or bars to the back of the door and even a shelf above the door to store extra things. Here are even more .
  • Are the kids rooms overflowing with stuffed animals or your house is missing a linen closet? Fill these with soft items so you have extra storage and a cushy place to sit.

The key to living comfortably in any space is to not have more of anything than you need but some spaces really are small even if you are diligent about purging what you don’t need but with a little creativity, you can still make space for everything you need.

Christine Topham
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