5 Quick Tips First-Time Veggie Gardeners Need to Know

fresh herbsYou’ve finally made the decision. This is the year when you will start your vegetable garden once and for all! You’ve got all the right tools for the job, and you even have a good idea of what sort of vegetables you want to try growing this season! Now what?

If you’re a first-time veggie gardener and aren’t too sure what to do next, read for 5 quick and handy tips to help you get started below!

Start Small – We know that you probably want to try growing all sorts of delicious vegetables, but don’t get ahead of yourself! Doing too much at first can be pretty intimidating and overwhelming. Start with a small plot first. Once you have some success in growing your veggies this year, you can branch out and try growing other things next year!

Know the Basics – When it comes to basic veggie gardening, you need three things – full sun, a convenient water supply, and good soil. Full sun is a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight during the spring and summer, and many vegetables require this amount of sunshine. Want to know if your soil needs any amendments? Do a pH test to see what might be missing for a healthy crop.

Try Easy-to-Grow Veggies First – There are some vegetables that practically anyone can grow and there are some that give even the most experienced gardener fits. If you’re just starting out, try growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. You can also give carrots, radishes, green beans, and zucchini a shot once you have the hang of gardening.

Proximity Is Key – You might think that putting your veggie garden in the far corner of your property is the best, but you should definitely rethink this. The closer the garden is to your home, the easier it will be to water and maintain it. You’re also much more likely to pluck weeds because you’ll see them pop up much more quickly than you would if the garden were in the far corner of your property. Keep this in mind before you decide on a spot to plant.

Not All Bugs Are Bad – You know that certain bugs are bad news for your veggies, but what about the ones that chase away the pests? Ladybugs are especially good at keeping those pesky aphids and other pests at bay, so be sure to welcome them into your garden. If bugs aren’t your thing, you can try natural pest control by growing a lot of hot peppers and garlic by your veggies.

Do you have any stories of success or lessons to learn from in your vegetable garden? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us all about them below in the comments or on our Facebook page.

12 Colorful Flowers to Grow in Your Garden If You’re a Newbie

daffodilsHave you always wanted to have a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers but don’t know the first thing about gardening? Is your curb appeal, well, less than appealing? You might have been feeling more inspired lately to get out in the dirt and plant some of those gorgeous plants you’ve seen hanging from shop windows. Maybe you want to emulate your neighbor’s cute mini-garden that adorns the sides of her walkways. But where do you even start?

Even if you have the notorious “brown thumb” and can’t keep anything green alive, there’s still hope! Just in time for the growing season, we’ve compiled a list of 12 beautiful, can’t-kill flowers you can grow in your yard this year!

Begonias – They might be pretty, but they sure are tough! They’re also quite versatile. You can dangle them from hanging baskets on your porch, perch them on top of your stoop in pots, or plant them in your garden beds. Give them sun or shade and they’ll give back by providing stunning blooms all summer long!

Blanket Flowers – Blanket Flowers – a.k.a. Gaillardia – are native to many regions in the United States and just love sunshine. If you like butterflies and have a good amount of sunshine coming through somewhere in your yard, you can plant these flowers easily. Enjoy their lovely blooms from early summer into the fall!

Cosmos – These daisy-like flowers aren’t just cute – they’re super easy to maintain! They grow in practically any type of soil (even poor soil) and tolerate drought whenever they’re up and growing. Think about growing them on the east side of your home so that they receive full sun and have a chance to enjoy afternoon shade as well.

Daffodils – Every year when spring begins to tiptoe back into our lives, you’ll see vibrant daffodils spring forth from the ground in colorful blooms. These plants are excellent for beginners! Plant these hardy bulbs in a sunny or partly sunny spot in your garden or containers and watch them pop up in the spring. They’re best planted in the fall, so be sure to grab some once the seasons change!

Daylilies – Got some sunny spots in your yard that are just begging for flowers? Daylilies are the perfect solution! They can be planted in almost any type of soil, too, so long as it drains easily. As your daylilies grow and sprawl, you can divide them and expand your garden effortlessly as well.

Geraniums – These perky flowers are super-versatile and can grow in gardens, pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Best of all, they’re very low-maintenance and will bloom from spring until frost! Like cosmos, be sure to grow them in a spot that gets full sun and a bit of afternoon shade to shield them from the hot summer sun.

Impatiens – Don’t be fooled by the name! Impatiens are actually quite content and ask very little of you other than a shady spot and some water. These annuals come in a variety of colors and are sure to add much-needed curb appeal to your yard. Plant them once there is no threat of frost and watch them grow!

Marigolds – From cheerful yellow to vibrant red and beautiful gold, marigolds are very easy to grow and a pretty sight to behold! Plant them in sunny spots in your garden to bring some color and life to your yard!

Pansies – These flowers make excellent additions to your garden and will bloom while the weather is cool, in spring, and in the fall. In fact, if you mulch them for protection, they can even overwinter in warmer regions! All they need is some sun and soil that drains easily – easy!

Snapdragons – These flowers have a punch of personality and will even attract butterflies to your garden! Snapdragons will begin to bloom heavily and stand up to the unpredictable weather that spring and fall can bring.

Sunflowers – Big, bright, and full of life, sunflowers are surprisingly easy to grow and maintain! You can find them in several different sizes and colors, and they will grow well in sunny spots in your garden.

Zinnias – Available in various heights and in just about every shade (except blue), zinnias are charming little flowers that thrive in the sun. Do make sure to space them as directed on the seed packet label. This will ensure that they remain strong and healthy all season long!

What are your favorite plants to grow in your garden? Do you have any additional easy-to-grow flowers that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Memorable Ways to Welcome a New Neighbor to the Block

welcome neighborsIt’s finally happened – that “for sale” sign on the lawn next door or across the street has suddenly been adorned with a “sold” sign. Before too long, you will be meeting your brand-new neighbors!

Getting to know your new neighbors is something worth doing. It makes them feel more included and it can also help establish a friendship and a way for you to look after each other’s home. If you’re not sure where to even begin in helping your neighbors feel at home, read the 5 tips below to get some ideas!

Introduce Yourself – First and foremost, take the time to walk over and introduce yourself. Tell them your name and where you live, ask what brought them to the neighborhood, and try to establish common ground, whether it’s kids going to the same school, being a pet lover, or having a penchant for cookouts. You can also stop by briefly during moving day with water bottles in tow. Just tell them your name and that you live across the street or in the house with the blue door. It will help them remember where you are in relation to their new home.

Bring Over a Nice Treat – It’s always nice to receive a homemade treat as a way of welcome when you’re new. Break out your favorite recipe and make something you think would be enjoyable. If you’d rather steer clear of any possible food allergies your new neighbor may have, you can try putting together a gift basket with coupons to local stores and restaurants or bring over an easy-to-care-for houseplant (like a philodendron) for them to enjoy.

Host a Dinner Party – After your new neighbors have had a few days to settle into their new surroundings, invite them over for a dinner party. Try inviting a few other neighbors over so that your new neighbors will have an opportunity to meet more people and make new friends.

Create a Neighborhood Safety Directory – It’s likely that your new neighbor has no idea the phone numbers to call in the event of an emergency. Put together a list of all the neighbors’ addresses and phone numbers, along with the addresses and phone numbers of the police department, fire department, government offices, and possibly the schools and local doctors. Keep this information together by placing it inside a 3-ring binder.

Put Together a List of Local Services – When you’re new, you probably don’t know where to go for the best services. Help your new neighbor out by compiling a packet that has takeout menus of the best restaurants in town, library locations, information for the local gym, and the phone numbers of the local handymen and professionals. You can either put this together in a binder or glue the information on a magnet that can be placed on the fridge. Don’t forget to include what day trash pickup is and dates on any special events in the neighborhood like the block-wide yard sales!

What do you do to welcome your new neighbors? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page! If you’re looking for a new neighborhood to move to, call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

28 Tasks All Serious Home Sellers Should Do This Spring

tasks for springSpring makes its official debut once more on Sunday, March 20, and the season has definitely arrived early this year in the St. Louis region. All around the neighborhoods in the area, blossoms are popping up on tree branches, daffodils are flourishing in yards, and green grass is making its return once more. Spring also means that more and more homebuyers will be looking for their dream home and will begin house hunting once more.

If you’re looking to sell your home this spring, you will want to make your home as attractive as possible to any potential homebuyers. The best, most cost-effective way to do this is to partake in spring cleaning to make your abode outshine the others on the market.

Here is your official checklist of chores for you to do this spring if you’re a home seller:

 

General Living Spaces (Living Room, Dining Room, Bedrooms, etc.)

*Clean all of your ceiling fans.

*Wipe down your baseboards with a damp cloth.

*Repair any nail holes or damage to the walls. Touch it up with paint.

*Wipe down all doorknobs and other hardware. Polish if needed.

*Clean every window. Make sure to clean the inside as well as the outside to really let the light in.

*Repair anything that is loose or broken.

*Dust and wipe down your light fixtures. If any bulbs have burned out, replace them.

*Take down all of your drapes and clean them. If they are heavy winter curtains, consider replacing them with lighter, more airy drapes to keep it light.

*De-clutter. Get rid of anything you don’t need, use, or want. Donate lightly used goods and trash or recycle the rest.

*Clean and organize your closet. Make sure to put away your winter clothes and shoes and donate anything that you haven’t worn in 2 years.

*Dust everything, including the lamps, picture frames, and even artificial plants and flowers.

*Vacuum after you dust. Make sure to get under the beds, behind the bookcases, and even in the corners where cobwebs could gather.

*Tidy up your attic and basement.

*Wash your throw rugs, bedding, blankets, and pillow covers. This will help your home smell and look fresh and revitalized.

*Depersonalize as much as possible by minimizing your family photos and any personal collections that might be out on display. This will help buyers imagine themselves in your space with their own things.

 

Kitchen

*Clean out the fridge by tossing any unused or old food, even condiments that you don’t use. Wipe down the inside and the outside, dust the top of the fridge, and vacuum the coils.

*Clean out the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. Wipe down the doors and pulls to make them shine.

*Clean and organize the pantry.

*Scrub and clean the microwave and oven.

 

Bathroom

*Clean and organize the cabinets and drawers in your bathroom. Pare down what you don’t need and throw away old medicines.

*Clean the grout of your tile floors and on any other surface that is tiled.

*Clean every sink, tub, and toilet. Re-caulk them, if necessary.

 

Outside

*Pressure-wash the driveway and sidewalks. If the siding is in need of it, pressure-wash it carefully as well.

*Pull weeds from the garden and plant a few colorful annuals near the front door.

*Clean out the garage. Take everything out, sweep it, and pressure-wash the floors. Reorganize your items neatly once you’re done.

*Sweep and clean the patio or deck. Clean any neglected outdoor furniture, and maybe consider adding a few new cushions or potted plants to liven things up a bit.

*Clean the gutters.

*Spruce up the yard. Remove any fallen limbs, trim the bushes and shrubs, and keep the sidewalks and walkways clean. Rake up the yard to give your potential homebuyers a great first impression.

 

Need a reliable real estate agent to help you sell your home and find you the home of your dreams? Be sure to call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 today! You can also view our current properties on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

6 Colorful Ways to Help You Welcome Spring Into Your Home

ways to welcome springThe season of winter can seem interminable to many of us. Once we feel that hint of warmth and light enter back into the picture, we feel ourselves come alive and begin anticipating the long, sunny days of summer. The whites, grays, and blacks of winter begin to fade as the cerulean sky, emerald grass, and golden sunshine take center stage.

Why not bring these colorful seasonal changes into your home as well? Try these 6 ideas to help you welcome spring into your home!

Lighten Your Bedding – Warmer days will be upon us before we know it. Make sure that your bedding matches the light and the warmth on the horizon! Pack away the flannel sheets and choose a set of lighter, cooler sheets and a lighter comforter or quilt to adorn your bed. For those transitional times where the days are warmer and the nights are cooler, keep a warm blanket on the end of your bed to use to keep you cozy at night.

Add In Creative Bursts of Color – Let your home reflect the colorful setting of the outdoors this spring. You can replicate this feeling by placing creative pops of color throughout your home. For example, bring out brightly-colored dishtowels in your kitchen, and choose soap dispensers in a lemon or lime color. If you’re not a fan of bright colors, feminine and romantic colors and textures like pastels can work as well!

Bring in Fresh Flowers – Bring the outdoors inside by picking some of your favorite flowers! You can either purchase bouquets at a store or you can handpick some pretty wildflowers to put in your home. Try to create a consistent color scheme throughout your home or mix and match for a more rustic feeling. Potted plants, houseplants, and beautiful blooms will give your home an instant facelift!

Organize Your Mudroom – It’s time to pack away the winter boots, coats, and gloves and bring out the rain boots, jackets, and sandals. Once you wash and pack away your winter gear, give your mudroom a well-deserved scrub-down and unpack your spring and summer garb. You can also place beach towels, baskets, and picnic supplies out and ready whenever you want to enjoy some fun springtime activities!

Keep It Light and Airy – Spring is the time to give the windows in your home a good scrubbing inside and out. Spend some extra time on the windows so that the rays of sunshine aren’t filtered by dirt and dust. Don’t forget to dust the blinds and launder the curtains as well! Additionally, you can pack away your heavy drapes and curtains and bring out lightweight curtains in sheer materials to maintain that light and airy feeling in your home.

Take Inspiration From Nature – Aside from picking some beautiful flowers, you can bring a bit of nature inside your home to help you obtain that springtime feeling without breaking the bank. Try something unique like placing a bouquet of tall spring flowers into a thin vase and place the vase inside a pair of rain boots to create the perfect doorstop. You can also add small things like pebbles and shells inside colorful baskets. Find some items from nature that speak to you from your favorite trails and locations or right outside your own door!

How do you welcome spring into your home? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

8 Affordable Tips to Help You Create a Cozier Bedroom

how to make bedroom cozyLet’s face it – life can be stressful sometimes. When we’ve had a rough day at work, don’t feel well, or just have a bad day in general, it’s important that we’re able to come home and retreat to a cozy haven. Our bedrooms are those havens that help us rest, relax, and recharge every day. That’s why it’s even more essential to make this vital room as cozy and comforting as possible.

Luckily, making your bedroom a comforting oasis away from the stressors of life doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Here are 8 easy, affordable tips to help you make the coziest bedroom possible!

Choose a Calming Paint Color – Many people may not know this, but color plays a huge role in our mood and can have both subtle and significant effects physically and psychologically. For the bedroom, you will want to choose a color that will wind you down, relax you, and help you sleep. Stay away from bright colors and choose colors that are either dark or subdued. From navy blue to sage and lavender or even a neutral chocolate brown, these colors will help you chill out more easily.

Pile on a Few Blankets – One of the easiest ways to make a room super cozy is by adding blankets and pillows to your furniture. Choose a comforter or quilt that you love and layer a soft cotton blanket on top of it. This will not only give you that warm, cozy feeling that you’re trying to obtain, but it will also give you a few options for warmth. Add a few throw pillows for that extra touch.

Dim the Lights – Just like your color choice, the lighting in your bedroom shouldn’t be very bright. In this instance, table lamps and floor lighting are your friends. Bonus points if you add dimmers!

Evoke Comfort With Cozy Accessories – To jumpstart that comforting feeling, try keeping some of your favorite cozy accessories on hand. Hang a cozy robe on a hook, and keep your favorite soft socks and slippers in a place of honor in your bedroom. You will find that you will be able to relax a little more quickly when you do this!

Get a Soft Carpet – This is even more important to do in the wintertime. If you don’t already have one, find a rug that catches your eye and that has a great texture. Having a soft rug under your feet in the mornings won’t just keep you warm, but it will also add a bit more comfort in your life.

Achieve Color Balance – In order to keep your bedroom from looking like a bat cave, strike a balance amongst your colors. For instance, if you chose to paint your walls a striking dark blue, balance this with light or white furniture and bedding. Your accents will pop, and your room will feel inviting and warm.

Invest in Aromatherapy – According to the National Institute of Health, aromatherapy can help you relax when you’re stressed. In fact, it’s often used to help cancer patients, based on the theory that certain scents can have an impact on the brain’s emotional center, providing relaxation. Keep a few of your favorite calming scents on-hand in the bedroom like lavender. You can light the candle 15 minutes or so before you’re ready to go to sleep for the night.

Make It a Clutter-Free Zone – Having clutter in your bedroom can make it even harder for you to let your mind unwind after a hard day. Take out anything you don’t need and keep the decorations to a minimum. You may see a real difference in your sleeping if you’re used to a cluttered bedroom!

Sometimes a home’s setting can make all the difference in comfort and coziness. If you’re looking for a new retreat, check out our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com, or give the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties a call at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298!

7 Big Reasons Why We Will Always Love White Cabinets

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Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? If you’re ready for a major overhaul, be prepared to spend a good amount of money. According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors®, the average cost of a complete kitchen renovation is about $60,000. If you’d rather have a larger ROI with less work, why not try starting with white cabinets?

Fashion fads come and go, but white kitchens and cabinetry have stood the test of time. Here are 7 reasons why we love white cabinets in the kitchen!

It Will Never Go out of Style – Certain stains of wood or even types of wood in cabinetry can become dated in time. You’ll never have to worry about your cabinets going out of style based on the stain of the wood. White cabinets are timeless and have transcended a variety of trends throughout the years.

It Can Make Your Kitchen Seem Larger – Do you have a small kitchen? White cabinets could be the answer for you! Dark cabinets can make your space look and feel much smaller than it really is, but white cabinets can give the illusion of a larger, grander space.

White Is Marketable – While color is always popular in the home, white has topped the charts for years. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2013 annual survey, 67% of their respondents said that white was their first color of choice when it comes to cabinetry. It is appealing to home owners and buyers, and its universal simple beauty can make the kitchen even more attractive to potential homebuyers.

It’s Stylistically Versatile – No matter what your style is, white goes with everything. From European to modern, from traditional to contemporary, white cabinets will work with your favorite styles.

You Have a Variety of Wall Color Choices – When you have white cabinets in the kitchen, you can choose just about any color combination you wish. The best part is that you can change out these color schemes whenever you feel like it and pretty easily. Your color of backsplash will never clash with your white cabinets, and repainting your walls is much easier and cost-effective than getting all-new cabinetry.

They Can Make a Big Statement – White kitchen cabinets can give you the opportunity to have a certain flexibility that stained cabinetry does not. For some fun flair in the kitchen, select kitchen cabinets that have glass front doors and let your cabinets be the center of attention by repainting the inside of the cabinets a color that will make them pop.

White Gives Good Vibes – Want a happy feeling in the kitchen? You can’t go wrong with white. It gives a happy, inviting feeling and reflects light, making your kitchen a warm, positive place to make and enjoy meals in.

Are you a fan of white cabinets in the kitchen? Do you have white cabinets? Let us know all about it in the comments below! If you’re looking for a new kitchen and a home to go with it, call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298.

7 Clever Ways to Use Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year in Your Home

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Each year, Pantone gives us the Color of the Year, which sets the stage to the new year’s fashion, home décor style, beauty regimes, and much more. For the very first time, Pantone has chosen two different colors as the Colors of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity, a soft, calming combination of two remarkable colors. Pantone chose to go with two colors as a way for consumers to seek sanctuaries of solitude in the midst of the stressors of daily living. Best of all, these two colors go with practically everything!

Life can certainly be crazy and stressful. Let Pantone’s Colors of the Year help you de-stress and find that soothing oasis you need. Here are 7 ways you can incorporate these two great colors in your home!

Linens – When you think “comfort” and “relaxation,” the room you probably think of right away is the bedroom. These two colors are absolutely perfect for the bedrooms! Incorporate them through your linens to create a relaxing space for you to sleep at night. Choose one or both colors for your bedding and mix in grays, whites, and even deep purples for a sophisticated touch.

Kitchen Appliances – Who says you have to have plain white kitchen appliances? Large or small, appliances these days come in a wide variety of hues to enjoy when you’re preparing your meals. Mix and match your kitchen appliances this year for a calming kitchen. A neutral background will work perfectly for these two colors to keep your look elegant.

Flowers – Who doesn’t love fresh-cut flowers? They’re beautiful and they smell great, plus they do wonders in boosting your mood. Choose a vase in one shade – perhaps Serenity – and pick some flowers in the Rose Quartz hue to help you add color throughout the house.

Dishes – It doesn’t matter if you keep your dishes inside the cabinets or display them on exposed shelving – having a matching set can really pull your dining and kitchen space together. You can try adding in a few Rose Quartz and Serenity dishes to your set, or you can splurge and get a whole new set in those 2 colors. You can find modern ones in stores now or hit up the local thrift store for a vintage-looking set.

Painted Doors – Tired of your front door’s color? Why not paint it one of the two shades for 2016? Choose the color you like best to welcome yourself and your guests into your calming home base. Make the color pop even more by keeping the entry room a neutral color like white, cream, beige, or a shade of gray!

Accent Walls – You don’t have to paint all four walls of a room to give it a total makeover! Sometimes painting just one wall can create depth and interest. Choose your favorite color of the two for the wall, and use the other color as accents in your pillows, artwork, throws, lamp fixtures, and more. You can also incorporate one or two neutrals to tie the look all together in your accessories.

Throw Pillows – Don’t want to make a big change? No problem! Try getting a few throw pillows in Rose Quartz and/or Serenity. This is a relatively inexpensive solution that can radically change the room’s look and feel. Plus, they’re super easy to switch in and out as the seasons change!

How will you be incorporating the new colors this year? Let us know in the comments below! We love hearing from you!

 

Want a Little Home Office? Turn Your Closet Into an Office in a Snap!

how to make a closet officeThere’s nothing quite like having your own little home office to retreat to so that you can do your bills in peace, continue some work from the office in the comfort of your own home, or write or create something beautiful. Sometimes, though, space just isn’t an option. You might not have that extra room to dedicate as your own personal home office. You might not even have room for a desk in your home or apartment.

So how can you have your own little home office without having to move, renovate, or build on to your home? It’s easy! Just turn a closet of yours into your own little compact office!

When you begin making your closet office, so to speak, start by maximizing every square inch of the space with smart storage solutions so that your new space will be worth showing off! You will need to keep in mind that this new “room” is also not like any other in your home; you will need to be very wise about how you implement pieces of furniture and space-saving devices.

See below how you can start making your compact office now!

Choose a Great Wallpaper – Since this is an interior segment of your room, you will want to make it pop and stand out from the rest of the room instead of blending in with boring paint or, worse even still, leaving it that nasty white, beige, or off-white color that has been on the wall since the home was built, a wall that has been shrouded in darkness and covered with dust. We humbly suggest using wallpaper instead! Find a really gorgeous piece of wallpaper that speaks to you or makes you feel more creative or productive. A great wallpaper will take your space from closet to a destination

Try Floating Planks – Shelves are a great way to help conserve space, but clunky hardware and the visual clutter of brackets can really put a cramp on your compact office space’s style! Instead, try using floating planks! The won’t overwhelm a tiny room, but they will still have all the space you need to store all those things you need for your office! As a bonus, they will hardly obscure your gorgeous wallpaper!

Select Fun Organizers – With this small space, think outside the box a bit! You don’t have to be tied down to boring office supplies and organizers, especially when office supplies and boxes come in so many great prints, colors, and designs these days! Choose files and boxes that spark your interest. Instead of using a boring old cup for your pencils and paper clips, opt for something more fun like a trophy or a nice vase!

Light It Up – If you’re familiar at all with design, then you probably know that the right lighting can make a space come alive and that poor lighting can negate any positive effect that any paint choice or piece of furniture could provide. To make this closet office a bright, inviting space, choose overhead lighting or even a dainty chandelier to provide the right light while giving your small space an ambiance of elegance. You may also wish to use a desk lamp for practical task lighting as well.

Make Your Own Desk – If you want to place a small desk in your closet space, that’s fine by us, but did you know that you can easily make your own custom desk! You really can! Just start with two standard file cabinets and attach a wheeled stand to the base of each cabinet (to make moving it a cinch!)! You can brighten up the boring cabinets with a bit of indoor/outdoor spray paint as well. Finally, position a ready-made melamine desktop on top of the two cabinets, and you’re ready to use your very own easily-movable desk!

Choose Your Final Furnishings – When you’re done creating your own closet office, select your final furnishings to finish the job! We suggest picking a nice, soft rug that has a big of a personality to make a soft spot for your bare feet and also a small, versatile chair that can easily move elsewhere within the room or underneath the desk if at all possible.

Want more tips? Searching for a home of your own that has enough room for a home office (or at least a big enough closet) and your other must-haves on your list? You’ve come to the right place! We can find you that perfect place just for you in no time. Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can best assist you!

7 Quick and Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Home for Spring

spring decorating tipsIt’s springtime, which is a wonderful time to throw open the curtains and windows, put away the heavy draperies, and let the sunshine pour in! It is also a fantastic time to brighten up your home just a little bit!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go overboard or spend a ton of money in order to reinvent your home! There many things you can do to brighten up your home that takes very little time, effort, and money! In fact, we have 7 quick and easy ways for you to spruce up your home today! Check them out below!

Purchase Cheap Houseplants – Want a really easy way to perk up your home and bring some it some life? Buy some cheap but beautiful houseplants! They will not only bring a pop of color to your home, but they will also provide you with free, clean air and make your space seem more cheerful! You can easily find very cheap houseplants both big and small at your local nurseries, grocery stores, and in large stores like Lowes and The Home Depot!

Switch Out the Pillows – As the weather gets warmer outside, you know it’s time to switch out your pillows to match the nicer ones! Put away the warm winter pillows and opt for plain and patterned pillows in pastel or bold shades of pink, blue, green, and yellow. Feel free to mix and match pillows to match your rooms’ different feels and styles!

Bring Out the Candles – Instead of going to the beach and the outdoors, bring the beach and the outdoors inside to you! A scented candle can change the atmosphere of your home very easily, so choose scents that remind you of spring weather! Opt for citrus-flavored or floral scents, or you could even choose to begin pining for summer by selecting a “beach” scented candle!

Spruce Up Your Dining Table – Give your dining table a pop of spring color with a beautiful and simple tablecloth! Select a tablecloth that blends well with your dining room’s décor and curtains. Opt for shades of pastel and material that is easy to clean and maintain.

Grab Some Fresh Flowers – What’s more spring-like than fresh flowers? Add a touch of color and calmness in your kitchen, living room, hallway, or any other room by selecting colorful spring flowers! For ideas, try using yellow daffodils, purple tulips, or maybe even a bright carnation or two. Be sure to display these gorgeous flowers in attractive vases painted in bright or pastel colors! Remember, you don’t have to have a huge bouquet of flowers to make this work – even one or two fresh stems can look just as beautiful!

Switch the Bedding – That’s right, it’s time to put away those heavy, warm comforters and blankets and switch for light-weight bedding and throws! If you can, select bedding in fresh spring colors like blue, pink, green, or yellow to help make your room pop and bring life back into it!

Break Out the Paint – One of the most inexpensive ways to reinvent and revive your home is with a simple bucket of paint! Find a color that lifts your spirits and makes you think spring, and get to work! You can opt to paint just an accent wall or paint an entire room one color, or you can turn that paint on cabinets, vases, or other small decorations!

Remember, springtime is a time of renewal, so let the warm weather and sunshine energize and inspire you to help you brighten your home this spring! If you’re looking for a new home to brighten up your life, then you’ve come to the right place! Just give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check us out online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com! You’ll be glad you did!