6 Easy Ways You Can Give Your Home More Personality

ways to give your home more personalityThe homes in our neighborhood can say quite a bit about the people who inhabit them. The neat and tidy façade of the ranch next door may suggest that the owners are classy, detail-oriented, and take great care of their home. The bright blue door of the bungalow across the street may indicate a sense of playfulness and adventure. Oh, and that lake house tucked away from it all with the pool and beautiful gardens? We’re willing to bet that homeowner loves being outside (and maybe hosting some fun parties!).

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot to give your home that bit of charm you want! Here are 6 easy, cost-effective ways you can make your home shine:

Paint the Front Door – What’s one of the first things you notice about a home? The front door! Take a look at your home’s exterior and landscaping to determine which color suits the door best (and brings out your personality). Bright colors like cerulean, mint green, and vermillion can show visitors that you’re fun and adventurous. Darker colors like plum or even black can show off your style and class. You have countless options to choose from, so select the best for you!

Add Artwork You Like – Life’s too short to hang works of art you don’t like in your home. Find pieces that fit you and your home to adorn your walls such as a fun painting you found on vacation or a work from your favorite artist. If you’re artistic, display some of the pieces you created for all to see!

Update a Fixture – Do you enjoy cooking? Treat yourself to a modern looking faucet or a sleek appliance. Do you find yourself spending most of your time writing or sketching in your spare room? Update the lamps or overhead fan to something whimsical with good lighting. There are several types of fixtures out there with a variety of features, and they’re usually very easy to install yourself!

Embrace Pops of Color – The colors you choose throughout your home can really show off your personality. Find ways to combine your favorite colors with your furniture with paint. Even something as simple as mixing various throw pillows is a great way to introduce more character into the space!

Customize Your Hardware – Even minor changes can make a big difference! Switch out your older furnishings with ornate drawer pulls and stylish outlet covers. You can find just about any style possible at your local hardware stores or craft fairs.

Display Your Travels – What better way to bask in your vacation memories than by decorating with them? Turn a decorative box or a cabinet into a collage of photos and phrases that defined your favorite trip. Adorn a bookshelf with a classy vase filled with sand from your favorite beach. Display seasonal fruit in a bowl you picked up from your journeys. You’ll add unique décor and be able to relive your travels at the same time.

If your current home doesn’t fit your personality or lifestyle, then it might be time to look for your new dream home. Let the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties lend a hand! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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Get Out and Vote This Tuesday!

Get Out and Vote!

Election Day is almost here – have you registered to vote yet on (or before) November 6? There’s still time to get out there and be more involved in your local community this year!

Not sure where you can vote? You can find your nearest polling place on Madison County’s website. Here are all of the polling locations in Madison County at a quick glance:

Edwardsville – Madison County Administration Building at 157 N. Main St.
Alton
– Alton Law Enforcement Center at 1700 E. Broadway
Granite City
– Township Building at 2060B Delmar Ave.
SIUE
– Willow Room at Morris University Center
Bethalto
– Bethalto Village Hall at 213 N. Prairie St.
Collinsville
– Collinsville Senior Citizens Center at 420 E. Main St.
Godfrey – Lewis & Clark College: Ahlemeyer Atrium at the Trimpe Advanced Technology Center
Highland
– Latzer Memorial Public Library at 1001 9th St.
Madison
– Madison Fire Station at 1800 3rd St.
Troy
– Troy City Hall at 116 E. Market St.
Wood River
– Township Hall at 33 S. 9th St. in East Alton

Before you cast your vote, remember to read up on all of the candidates and what they stand for! You can find plenty of information online, including www.ballotready.org and also in the Belleville News-Democrat.

After you vote, don’t forget to sport your “I Voted!” sticker. Post a selfie on social media for everyone to see. You never know – you really could influence your friends and family to get out and vote as well!

So what are you waiting for? Make sure that you’re registered to vote and make your voice heard in the ballots this November!