10 Easy Ways to Love Your Home

Bright living roomValentine’s Day or sometimes even the entire month of February is a time that’s dedicated to showing love to those we care about. While you might be preparing your Valentine’s Day plans or figuring out what to get that special someone, take a moment to consider your home. When was the last time you showed your home some love?

Loving your home doesn’t have to be hard or cost a lot of money. In fact, there are several ways you can do it cheaply and quickly! See our 10 different tips below to help you get started today!

Bring the Outdoors In – Plants and flowers can work wonders in revitalizing your home and lifting your spirits. From a simple bouquet of flowers in the kitchen to a few cute houseplants adorning your windowsills, indoor plants will give you something beautiful to look at and can even improve your home’s air quality. If you’re not a green thumb, don’t worry – succulents can make a big difference as well!

Paint It – Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh coat of paint to give it some life. Be bold and paint a room that’s been bothering you for a while or a room that desperately needs some extra love. A fresh coat of paint on walls or a few worn-out pieces can really make a huge difference!

Invest in Better Lighting – Does your home still sport florescent lighting or garish lighting combinations? Show your home you love it by getting rid of poor lighting and investing in good lights. Decorative overhead lights, lamps, and torch lamps can work wonders for your rooms, making them feel better and giving them a softer ambiance. The right lighting can make as big of a difference as painting a room, so choose well!

Clean, Clean, Clean – We don’t just mean dusting and vacuuming here. Pick a room one at a time and really clean it. Mop the floors, dust the fan blades, and scrub it down. You’ll be amazed at how different the room will feel once it’s cleaned.

Indulge Your Sense of Smell – Seeing a beautiful home isn’t enough – try making your sense of smell happy, too! Pick up a new candle the next time you’re at the store and try it out. Keeping inviting scents that you enjoy in your home can really amp up your happiness!

Rearrange Something – Whether it’s rearranging the decorations on your foyer table or the entire living room, the act of rearranging and playing with new combinations can give your home a new and exciting feel to it. This is a quick fix for those who want change but don’t want to spend any money!

Take Down the Blinds – Do you still have those old blinds on your windows from the time you moved in years ago? Try taking them off the windows and replacing them with either store-bought or handmade curtains. You’ll find that your home will feel open, light, and inviting, and you’ll bring in a lot of natural light into your home, which can boost your mood. Close the curtains at night to maintain your privacy. If you can’t live without blinds, try a lighter bamboo variety!

Add Art – Don’t be afraid to hang some art on your walls! A house really becomes a home when there are beautiful pieces on the walls. Display beautiful pieces of art that you have found at a local store, pieces that you’ve created, or even some of your collections from the years past. If you have art on the walls already, give your house a little extra zest by rearranging your artwork.

Zone Your Space – Take a few moments to reevaluate how you’re using the space in your home. Are the rooms fulfilling what you enjoy doing in your home? For example, do you have a lot of friends over every Friday but don’t have enough seating room or have a cramped entertaining space? If your space isn’t serving you properly, do what you can to make it suit your needs.

Make Decisions to Help Declutter – Did you know that 90% of clutter is the result of delayed decisions? For example, you might not be able to decide about what to do with the sweater you’ve had for years, so you leave it in the corner to languish there for a few months without noticing. Make some decisions in your home to help you move on and get your home in order again. Figure out what will be used, repurposed, donated, or thrown away. Once your home is in order, you will feel empowered in every other aspect of your life!

How do you love you home? Let us know on our Facebook page! If you don’t love where you live and want to find the perfect space for you to live in and love, then contact the Massey Team at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or see our listings or learn more about us at www.dianamasseyhomes.com! We’ll help you find your dream home fast!

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Your Dream Home Is Right Within Reach – See It Here!

Allen house frontImagine this – you’re looking for the house of your dreams, and you’ve been relentlessly searching for longer than you’d like. You’re about to give up all hope when something catches your eye. You turn to see what caught your attention, and you gasp in amazement, eyes dilated to let in all the radiance.

Before you stands your dream home, a place of infinite beauty and wonder that is guarded behind a robust but ornate and welcoming gate. It’s as if the house of your dreams simply plucked itself out of your mind and presented itself to you in your time in need, as if to say, “I’ve been here for you all along.”

If this sounds like your dream home, then you’re in luck! We have such a house for you for sale right now, and we know you’re going to love it!

allen house 2Located on 5502 State Route 159 in Edwardsville, Illinois and built in 2004, this gorgeous home boasts 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in 14,632 square feet. But don’t feel daunted by its large size! Despite how large the home might be, it has truly retained that warm home feel that makes a house a home.

When you see the house for the first time, you will be greeted by a large driveway surrounded by lush green grass, a gorgeous lake, and ornately beautiful bronze doors.

allen house pic 3You will be delighted to entertain family and friends alike in this home’s spacious yet cozy features. Take guests in to chit-chat in the home’s warm living room. Cook a meal to remember together in the well-equipped, sparklingly clean kitchen and serve them in the marble-floored dining room, lit by a radiant chandelier.

You can also enjoy a stunning walkout basement complete with 6 basement rooms, 7 luxurious and spacious bedrooms, and several appliances such as a built in microwave and oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, and many more!

allen house pic 4Don’t forget to take the fun outside with your friends and family (or by yourself, even)! This custom-crafted brick and stone chateau also comes complete with a heated outdoor pool, spa, and a boat lift! You can also host parties and get-togethers on the stately patios that encircle the estate.

allen house pic 5Oh, and horse lovers – if you have a horse or wish that you could have one prancing and racing about majestically near your home, this home is definitely for you. Horses are welcomed here!

With this home, there are simply too many fantastic amenities to list! The possibilities are unlimited.

If you’re ready to check out this dream home, just give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298. You can even view this listing online here!

Renovating Your Bathroom? 10 Tips to Keeping Down Cost and Boosting Your Style!

7512480526_72e4a84767Are you tired of your bathroom but don’t have a lot of money to renovate it? Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t always have to be expensive! There are a lot of tricks to keeping the cost down while still getting the bathroom you want.

First off, know what you want before starting any work in your bathroom. Jumping in and doing any serious renovations without a set plan can not only cost you more time, but it can also end up costing you big money. Set out what you want so you don’t make the mistake of buying materials, products, or fixtures that won’t work in your space. Once you know what you want to accomplish in your space, you can start thinking about ways to cut cost without cutting the quality.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 ways to help you save money and make your bathroom pop!

1. Do it Yourself- Most of the work you can do yourself. Doing it yourself can cut the renovation cost in half. Only pay to have more complicated things done in your room. Be warned, however – before starting any major renovations you should make sure to research your project to ensure you truly know what you’re doing. Unresearched DIY projects can take an ugly – and oftentimes costly –turn.

2. Think Fabric- If you’re not a painter and don’t want to fight putting up wall paper then try adding fabric to the walls. It’s easy to put up and remove when you decide to remodel again and the best part is that it looks like wallpaper! Fabric also gives you more decorative options then standard paint or wallpaper would.

3. Let Mirrors and Artwork Complete Your Space- Mirrors can make your room look larger as well as lighter, and they can be an art piece on their own while reflecting the other art work you have in your bathroom!

4. Refurbish Old Cabinets for a Fresh Feel – New cabinets can make a space look and feel refreshed, but don’t buy new cabinets just yet. Refurbish your old ones to give them that new look and feel. Remember, spicing up your bathrooms cabinets doesn’t have to cost a lot. Choose your expenses carefully.

1387791_marble_bathroom5.  Small Bathrooms Are All About Wall Space- Storage space is hard to find in a small bathroom. A good way to create storage space in a small bathroom is to sacrifice your wall space, but this doesn’t mean you must sacrifice style! Shelves add storage and don’t have to be traditional looking; in fact, many are pieces of art! You can use decorative glass shelves, stainless steel towel racks, or even standard wood shelves. Stainless steel towel racks can hold anything from a bath sponge, clear storage containers or a potted plant.

Thinking you want to keep it more traditional and use wood shelves? Think about painting the edges or the tops of the shelves an accent color to make them a focal point.

6. Use Under-the-Sink, Open, and Tall Cabinets – Using multiple types of cabinets can help make your cabinets work for your bathroom’s functionality, storage, and design. Tall cabinets can either go from the floor to the ceiling or as a separate unit on your sink’s counter top. These cabinets are great for storing your towels close at hand. The open cabinets allow you to keep your decorative containers of cotton swabs and cotton balls on display with a clutter-free feel and look. It helps frame and contain decorations so that your sink is left looking clean and clutter-free.

7. Personalize Your Bathroom- Don’t be afraid to incorporate yourself into your bathroom! Personalize your bathroom with a few framed pictures or even a canvas print to make the space yours. Small decorative accents can also make the space feel complete and encompass your personality.

913533_bathroom_window8. It’s Okay to Splurge on an Item- If you find or know that there is something you want to splurge on, then find ways to cut back on the cost of something else. Refurbishing is a great way to cut costs!

9. Create an Accent Wall- Save a little money by only tiling one wall. Tiling the wall around the sink or bathtub gives you functionality as well as a great accent wall.

10. Add a Floating Shelf- A floating shelf not only looks great but it also gives you extra storage space! Consider placing a floating shelf in a normally unused space to place your toothbrushes and soap or any fun decorations you want to display!

What does your dream bathroom look like? Let us know below in the comments or on our Facebook page! If you’re still looking for your dream home call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or you can check us out online at http://www.dianamasseyhomes.com! Let us help you find your dream home!

What’s Your Architectural Personality?

Victorian House on WhiteIn the world of architecture, there are several different types of homes out there for us to choose from.  Some people are more drawn to certain styles of architecture than others, though many aren’t sure what it is about that style that pulls them in. In fact, they might even begin to wonder if their attraction to a certain architectural style might shed light on their personalities and lifestyles.

Well, we feel that perhaps your choice in architecture could very well indeed speak of your personality and how you like to spend your time! Check out five of the most popular types of architecture below and see if you match a certain style!

Lovely Ranch style home of red brick, white trim and black shutters with an American Flag.

Ranch House – Strong, easy-going, and kind, you like a simple life in the suburbs away from all the hustle and bustle but close enough to your loved ones. You love having company over and are a warm, relatively laid-back kind of person. You feel it’s better to have a house messy from visitors than pristine yet lonely. To you, life is measured by how well you spend your time, not by the material possessions or money that you acquire.

Victorian House – When you’re not planning an amazing party you’ll be hosting, you’re out in your garden, antiquing, or partaking in another activity that exhibits your creative side. You love planning elaborate get-togethers for your family and friends and want to show them how much you care for them. Much like a Victorian house, you can be a bit mysterious and dark, but there are many sunny and cheerful things about you!

Mediterranean Style Single Family House, Suburban Beijing, China, Wide Angle

Spanish Colonial – If you’re drawn to the Spanish colonial, then you are a warm person with a penchant for romance and life. You are a relatively traditional person who takes simple ideas and adds your own artistic flair, just as a simply constructed Spanish colonial home might have details such as painted tiles, iron fixtures, and huge carved doors. You are down-to-earth, fun, energetic, and elegant, and you can put everyone at ease.

New home built in the tradition of the Colonial style with a country feel.

Highbrow Greek Revival – These types of homes, which are also known as Southern Colonials, are a fun mixture of Roman, Greek, and French with their high columns and high windows. Just like the highbrow Greek revival, you are also a mix and have many influences. You like to look at the world in the big picture and make it all work together. You are a sophisticated soul, but that won’t stop you from dancing with your best friends on a sawdust floor! You love life, and you seem to always find time to talk with a loved one over a plate of delicious food.

A picture of a modern luxury house and garden

Contemporary – Edgy, minimal, and thoughtful, you are the type of person who likes to reflect on life, that is, whenever you’re done updating your blog! You enjoy quiet spaces and exquisite foods, and you are one to notice details. You tend to defy tradition, much like contemporary architecture does, and you find that people trust you because of your quiet, confident composure.

What’s your architecture personality? Let us know below in the comments or on our Facebook page! And remember, if you’re looking for your dream home, whether it’s a ranch house, a contemporary home, or somewhere in between, just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298, and you can even check us out online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com! Let us help you find that perfect dream home for you!

Want To Sell Your Home? Turn Your Yard From Boring To Beautiful!

What is the first thing that buyers see when they see your property? Why, the outside, of course!

Landscaping can greatly influence how a potential buyer may feel about your home; sometimes it can be the end-all point that makes them buy the house or quickly turn around to look for another home. Luckily, a few simple changes can improve the curb appeal of your property and change the “For Sale” sign in your yard to a “Sold” sign!

Put That Power Washer to Good Use! Some areas of our home (including the outside) tend to remain perpetually “clean” in our minds, but we should really try to break that misconception trying to sell! Believe it or not, your deck, driveway, and home exterior can get pretty dirty over time, dulling your home’s colors and liveliness slowly but surely.

The best way to brighten these spaces of your home is by using a power washer. When the first wave of water hits, you’ll be shocked at how much brighter you’re deck, driveway, and exterior look! While a power washer is a great tool, it needs to be used with care – it admits extremely high pressure that can harm skin and housing materials if used unwisely.

Make Your Home “Inviting! – Nothing says “home” like a wreath and a welcome mat! Wreaths and welcome mats are an inexpensive touch to add to your home to draw any potential buyers in. Feel free to get creative by making your own wreath or find an inviting wreath at your favorite store. Already have your own mats and wreaths and don’t want to part with them? No problem! Simply clean them up so that they look like new again!

Give Your Home the Green Treatment – Who doesn’t love greenery and flowers? Not very many people! Done correctly and artfully, greenery may be the trick to landscaping your home to sell. Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry! You can easily make it look like you do! When you go to purchase your greenery ask the staff member which plants and flowers are the easiest to maintain. All you need to worry about is picking out the right color of pots to complement your home and watering them to their specifications! Now THAT was easy!

Flowers are a Home’s Best Friend – Picking where to place the plants and flowers you have bought can be difficult to do sometimes! When you’re setting them out, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Lining the walkway to the house with pretty flowers can be really inviting to anyone – potential buyer and visitors alike. If you love gardening, then feel free to plant more flowers! Don’t panic if gardening isn’t up your alley – a little really DOES go a long way! (Oh, and here’s a fun tip from us – Place the brightest flowers closest to your entryway to make both the color of your home AND the flowers stand out!)

Make Your Yard into a Work of Art – Greenery is all good and dandy, but don’t feel like you need to turn your yard into a jungle! Try using some landscaping stone as a way to make your yard look even more beautiful! Create inviting walkways with irregularly shaped stones. Frame your flowerbeds with the stones acting as a border. If you feel like stepping a bit out of the box, try creating a mini-waterfall in your yard and fill the basin with koi! If you’re unsure of how to do this, you might want to either read up on the details or call a professional to help make your yard look beautiful.

Say Good-Bye to Overgrown Lawns! – Finally, be sure to tame any wild shrubberies and trees. Greenery is good, but a mess of it can be counterproductive and a huge turn-off to your potential buyers! When your house is on the market, take a couple extra hours to trim and shape any bushes and trees around your home. Make sure that they complement all the hard work you have put into making your home sellable!

If you are looking for your dream home The Massey Team can help you! Contact us today at 618-791-5024. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

Can’t Get To The Beach This Summer? Then Bring The Beach To Your Home!

The weather in the Metro East St. Louis area is really heating up, but nothing beats the 90 degree weather than laying on a beach somewhere tropical! If that isn’t an option for you this summer then bring the beach to you by giving your home a tropical makeover!

Okay, it may not be as great as going on an amazing getaway, sipping a cocktail, and watching the sunset, but it can definitely give your home a whole new feel! This may be just the new look you needed to make your home have that “wow” factor this summer.

Family Vacation Photos: Displaying memories made with your family is always great, but how you frame the photos is what will make them stand out. Use papyrus paper or a tropical themed paper as the matting surrounding the picture. You can also use a light wood or worn wood frame to enhance the tropical theme. When displaying the photos on a shelf or table, be sure to put a few seashells around the photos to really give them that maritime touch!

Table Runners: For all of the tables in your home, whether big or small, use a woven beach mat as the table runner.  The color mimics the hue of sand and the woven grass will remind you of a grass skirt. You’ll feel like you’re at a luau in no time!

Kitchen and Dining Room Chairs: This is not an area people typically think of often when it comes to accenting their home, but in reality, this is your secret weapon! Reupholstering your chairs can be a costly expenditure, but if you use a cloth napkin instead, you can change the chairs’ fabric as often as you want! Simply take a cloth napkin (in this case a tropical floral print works best) and sew large beads to the corners. You will want to sew on ribbon ties to the napkin so you can tie it to the back of the chair. The beads will then act as weights to help secure the napkin!

Table Settings: This is always a great way to bring fun to your home! You can be really creative when it comes to table settings. Add a splash of color by using a mix of colorful plates like blue and green. For something really unique, braid long blades of grass and tie them around the napkins as napkin holders. You can also use the same napkins as you used on your chairs to bring your nautical look together. For your center piece use bright tropical flowers in a funky vase to really make your home seem like an island escape!

Flowers, Plants, and All That: Give your home a tranquil setting by including flowers and plants. All it takes is a few cute little pots and your favorite greenery! You can set them throughout your home or you can have one area designated to your mini in-home garden. You can also set your favorite reading chair by them and using it as your place to read, write, or relax!

Just because you can’t make it to the beach this summer doesn’t mean you can’t bring the beach to you! After a few easy changes made to your home, you’ll feel like you’re away on vacation EVERY day!  Check out more decorating tips here.

If you want to take a permanent vacation from your current home, then be sure to stop by The Massey Team’s website at www.dianamasseyteams.com or give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298! We will help you find your dream home in no time!

Ten Ways To Add Curb Appeal to Your Humble Abode!

 

You know how a house has great curb appeal? Every time you walk or drive by it, you just can’t help staring at it. You might even find yourself stopped in front of it, jaw agape and drooling at its beauty. In fact, you might even find yourself driving by that house more and more, simply to look at it and lament that your house is nowhere near as awesome as “that house.”

Luckily for you, there are quite a few easy and relatively cheap ways you can increase your own home’s curb appeal and make a great first impression on others! Check out these ten improvements you can do in a day, a week, or a month below!

CURB APPEAL IN A DAY:

Focus On the Front Door – Your front door is the focal point of your home and reflects your home’s interior, so be sure that it looks the way you want it to! Clean off all dirty spots around the knob, polish the fixtures, and paint your door a bold or zippy new color!

Makeover Your Mailbox – Is your mailbox sad-looking? Does it just scream, “Hey, kids, come hit me with a bat!”? If so, you need to do some serious work! Your mailbox isn’t just for receiving mail – it’s also there to complement your home and express your personality. Spring for a new mailbox or give it a facelift with paint and new house numbers.

Install Outdoor Lighting – Low voltage landscape lighting will make a huge impact on your home and can also provide you with added security. Light fixtures can add accent lighting on plants, trees, or the house, and they can also illuminate a walking path for visitors to see. Can’t use wired lights? Try out solar fixtures! Just be aware that the light levels won’t be as bright as wired lights.

Add Some Plant Life to the Scene – Plants add a punch of color to your curb appeal quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from a nearby garden center or grow your own favorite plants. Try to incorporate leafy plants with flowering plants in an asymmetrical arrangement to create a dynamic ambiance.

CURB APPEAL IN A WEEKEND:

Add Outdoor Art – You don’t need to become Van Gogh to make your yard look beautiful! Simply choose weather-resistant pieces of art that complement your home. Find a birdbath or sculptures that you love to set outside, and add music to the air by tacking on a wind chime! You can even add water sculptures – just e sure that they’re out of any leaf-dropping range!

Replace Gutters and Downspouts – Are your gutters peeling paint or have rust spots? Are your downspouts nearing non-function? Time to fix them up! Replace your old gutter system with newer, snap-fit vinyl gutters. You can put them together with few tools and no painting! You will boost your curb appeal and help prevent basement flooding when you replace those old gutters of yours!

Create New Planting Beds – If you don’t have a planting bed in place, you should get to it right away! The best places to have a planting bed include in front of the house, along driveways and walkways, and in the front corner of the yard. Choose features for the bed that will frame your home, not block it off. Edge the bed with stone and include a different arrangement of plants in size, color, and texture.

IN A MONTH

Renew Painting, Trim, and Siding – Give that house of yours a well-needed facelift with new paint, siding, and trim! Any cracked or rotting material will automatically downgrade a home’s curb appeal and chase away potential buyers, so do your best to maintain your home’s exterior. You’ll be amazed how your home’s look will be transformed with just a fresh coat of paint and trim!

Make Your Walkway More Inviting – There are several ways you can make your walkways better. You can dress them up with brick and stone borders (and maybe plant a few small flowers on the side), or you can replace your straight, boring concrete path with a dynamic, contoured one made out of brick or stone!

Show Love to Your Driveway – Give your driveway an upgrade without breaking the bank! Repair any cracks and stains and pull weeds out of the driveway. You can then stain the driveway’s concrete, place flagstones nearby, or plant more flora on the sides.

Remember, by adding more curb appeal to your home, you are not only upgrading its price but also enticing potential buyers to come by and check out your home!

If you’re ready to sell your home or maybe want a few ideas for adding more curb appeal, call us here at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298. You can even visit us at our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see what we can do for you!